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Ian Mahinmi and Tomas Satoransky provide ‘magnifiques performances’ vs. the Knicks

EU represent!

The Wizards beat the Knicks, 118-113 last Wednesday in their last game before the All-Star Break. Yes, Bradley Beal scored 36 points, 11 of them in the fourth quarter and it’s easy to give him the glory.

But it wouldn’t have been possible without the performances of Ian Mahinmi and Tomas Satoransky. They both come from countries that truly fit the Valentine’s Day spirit considering that the Knicks win was on Valentine’s Day.

Ian Mahinmi gave Wizards fans a magnifique Valentine’s Day Gift

Mahinmi tied his season high of 17 points on 6 of 8 shooting last Wednesday. He also added 8 rebounds and blocked three shots. You can watch his highlights in the video above.

This month, Mahinmi is averaging 8.7 points and 4.7 rebounds a game. He’s also scored in double digits in four of February’s seven games. All things considered, Mahinmi’s been magnifique as we head to the All-Star Break. I hope it continues!

Just can’t help putting songs about France to celebrate Mahinmi’s performance

Valentine’s Day was Wednesday. And since French is the “Le langage de l’amour,” we could post the Chainsmokers’ take on “Paris” from last year. But it doesn’t show that French atmosphere.

There are many songs about Paris out there, but not all capture the Valentine’s mood. I did find one song from one of Mahinmi’s stomping grounds in the EU, though it isn’t France. “Parijs” from Surinamese-Dutch reggae/pop singer Kenny B captures the mood quite well. It’s a song about when he bumps into a femme néerlandaise in Paris who can’t speak much Français. It was a top hit in Les Pays-Bas in late 2015:

Either way, nous t’aimons, Ian!

Tomas Satoransky dishes 11 assists and blocks three shots

Satoransky didn’t get a double double, but he dished a career high 11 assists in the win and shot 4 of 8 from the field. Sato also blocked three shots on Wednesday in a game where the Wizards just had no problem blocking shots left and right.

Given how Satoransky is playing, the Wizards are in good hands while John Wall is recovering. Once Wall is back, Satoransky is not going to rot away on the bench. Brooks is going to find this man playing time.

Prague, an underrated “City of Love”

Prague doesn’t have the reputation of Paris as the “City of Love.” But the city is trending up in this regard. Furthermore, Koreans seem to have a leg up on this trend.

In 2005, “Lovers in Prague (프라하의 연인)” was one of the most watched romantic dramas in Korea. In short, it’s about a female Korean Diplomat in the Czech Republic who is also the President’s daughter. She meets a Korean detective while in Prague. Eventually, they both come back to Korea and fall in love. Here’s a snippet from SBS, the network that aired the show.

I’d say Tomas is happy to see that his city is proudly featured all over the world.

Alright, that’s more than enough from me in a belated Valentine’s post. Enjoy the rest of your Fridays.