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Wednesday, January 6th, 2010 at 9:09 am  |  64 responses

The Post Up: Grizz Goodness

And the high top fade returns!

by Holly MacKenzie / @stackmack

And back to our regularly scheduled programming here in the Post Up…

Seriously though, one more thank you for every thought, prayer and kind comment that was sent my way yesterday. Thanks for hanging in so I could show love in my post and stay true to how I was feeling inside. I don’t ever want to give you something that doesn’t feel real and writing anything other than the emotion I was feeling would have felt off.

Means more than you know.

Is it wrong that I kinda wish Brandon Jennings had the high top fade for his SLAM cover?

Wow, the universe gave me a great night of bball to dive into last night, didn’t it?

There were a ton of crazy finishes on last night. I missed some of them because I was liveblogging the Houston/Lakers game for The Score, but flipped over in time to catch the end of Portland/Memphis.

Wow.

As Jerryd Bayless drove to the hoop and was fouled I realized as the play stopped that my body was tense and I had bawled up both hands and held them by my face. Haven’t done this for a team in a long, long time. I was pulling hard for the Blazers like they were my team or something. Bayless broke me just a little on the first free throw. The ball was in, halfway down, bounced around a bit and then bounces back out. The home rims were not kind to JB.

The Grizz got the W, Zach Randolph had 27 and 14, Marc Gasol had 18 and 10 and OJ Mayo had 27 while also drawing a HUGE offensive foul on Brandon Roy down the stretch.

This game was their 18th victory, last year that didn’t happen until the 65th game of the season. Wild. All hail Zach Randolph, including…. NEW fan Matt Moore of Hardwood Paroxysm. If you know anything about my former editor and forever friend (and if you don’t, it’s time to check him out), it’s that he doesn’t do fandom of one particular team. Well, after the victory of the Grizz tonight, he’s pledged his allegiance and he’s a Grizz Guy.

Let’s never let him forget it. Frontrunner for the fan blog name?

“God Chose Memphis” courtesy of @isaiahk

No Foster, Hansbrough or Murhpy, but the Pacers had Hibbert. Against Dwight and the Magic. And it worked. Of course it worked. Wanna know why? Because the Magic head home to face the Raptors tonight. *sigh*

Hibbert was awesome though, scoring 26 points to go with eight rebounds, three assists and four blocked shots while going against Howard who was held to 11 points on 2-for-6 field goals to go with his 15 boards. VC had 15 points… on 15 shots. Magic have gotta start getting Dwight more touches or getting him to be more aggressive, or something.

I say this when the team is still 24-10. Hmm. I expect a lot from the good teams, I guess.

In LA, the Lakers had Ron Artest back, but were without Pau Gasol against the Rockets. They didn’t know if they’d have Lamar Odom because he was sick before the game, but the guy ended up starting in place of Gasol and turning in his best performance all season in a game that was close because of how the Rockets hustle and fight on every possession.

Odom finished with 17 points, 19 rebounds and nine assists. He gave them energy, he got them loose balls and offensive rebounds and he was fired up all night. He even had a beautiful move around his defender going to the right hand, which, as a fellow lefty, I was excited about.

The Chicago Bulls miss Ben Gordon.

I’m confident in saying he wouldn’t have missed that wide open three-pointer.

Chris Webber said Gerald Wallace should be going to the All-Star game. Do you agree?

Wallace has been amazing. The rebounding is just ridiculous for a 6-foot-7 guy. I’d love to see him in the mix.

32 and 14 from Antawn Jamison in a Wiz win against the Sixers who fell apart late. I don’t want to say anything else about the Wizards because this Arenas thing is just too much at the current moment for my brain to take in.

Catch the Monta Ellis “foul” on JR Smith at the end of the game to put JR on the line with 0.4 seconds remaining to win the game for the Nuggets against the Warriors? Yikes. I don’t know about that. Neither did JR, considering he was ready to go to the locker room, thinking he’d lost the game on his missed three-pointer. Tough break for the Warriors on a big night for rookie Steph Curry who had 26 points while Ellis had 32 in the loss. Kenyon Martin had 27 points and 13 rebounds for the Nuggets in the win.

27/11/7 + two steals and a block for Tyreke Evans. Yeah, yeah, they lost to the Suns as Steve Nash saved his team for the 113-109 victory, but that’s a hell of a line from the rookie, in just his second game coming back from an ankle sprain and then returning in the game after tweaking it. 24 points and seven rebounds for Casspi, too. My fave rookie tandem, for sure.

Okay, I know there’s more, but I think I covered all of the good stuff that I saw. If I missed your fave plays, tell em, thanks!

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  • http://www.mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    Zach Randolph!

  • http://www.mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    good to see you’re back in business Holly

  • Jer Boi

    Nuggets keept managing to stay in games or win without Melo and Billups in the lineup even though they kinda sucked with only Melo in the lineup.

  • http://www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Hmm, if Playoffs started today, Bobcats, Bucks and OKC would be in. Okay, what is this? Am i getting punked?

  • Hussman25

    Lovin the young fella’s High Top Fade! Agree w/ u Holly; def should have rocked it for the cover… Playing like this, he’ll be on plenty more tho.

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    Tyreke had 27 points 11 rebounds and 7 assists in a loss to the suns playing on a bum ankle. Casspi was playing well also. Kings need to get one of these close games soon before they break their spirit. Nasty was just to good last night.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    If anyone would like to join me in a moment of silence for the end of Chris Quinn’s career in Miami, please do.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    If anyone would like to join me in celebrating Skip’s return to Miami in a couple of days, please do!

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Chris Webber?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Monta Ellis got screwed. Bad call.

  • LA Huey

    As soon as I saw that twitter post, I was cursing young buck for not switching his hair before the cover.

  • http://www.mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    I will forever remember that crazy crazy circus shot by chris quinn a few years back. I remember watching it over and over thinking: what is that twelve year old doing in the nba??

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Skip to my Miami?

  • jumpman3224

    2 Things: No it is not wrong to wish Jennings had the hightop fade on the SLAM cover, that would have been a glorious first. And, is Z-Bo an all-star? I mean you have to think the starters are going to be: Kobe, Nash, Dirk, Melo and STAT. That leaves seven spots (barring injury). Durant, Duncan, Roy and Paul are all but locks to be named as reserves. That leaves 3 spots. Randolph an all-star? Play with it.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Monta Ellis definitely got screwed over. And I noticed in the boxscore J.Howard committed a Flagrant foul. Who was it on?

  • bakers’ dozen

    Bad call on Monta at the end fo the game? Did you even watch it? He undercut JR and gave him no room to land. That is a foul in any league on the planet. The shooter has right to from the floor to the ceiling and back again while in the motion of shooting. If you take away a player’s ability to land (a la Bruce Bowen), it’s a foul.

    That being said, it was a great game to watch…Kenyon Martin and Joey Graham carried the team with a LOT of help from Little Big Man Ty Lawson!

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    Nash had a terrible game. He was overdribbling and wasting away possessions, entirely uncharacteristic of the guy. This is a case of reading a boxscore and thinking one had a good game. Dwight Howard syndrome, I call it.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Yeah, Nash did have a bad game. Tyreke was killing though. If the Kings had more of an inside presence they would have won that game. And the Grizz are for real. I want to hate them because of how the Iverson thing went down, but man I like the way they are playing right now. Wouldn’t it be funny if Zack Randolph and Jamal Crawford both get to the playoffs this year, while the Knicks don’t? After all, Crawford and Randolph have often been maligned for being players that put up stats but don’t win, and that was true in New York as well.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I understand that Monta undercut him but it was a quick desperation heave by JR where JR was jumping towards Monta to just get a shot off. When the hell does that ever get called?

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    No Jukai…I watched the game and Nash was THE player on the SUns who made it happen for his team when they needed it. The Kings were making quite the rally to come back and then…Nash just couldnt stop hitting. And sure, there were plays where he over dribbled and turned it over or it got stole but who was THE player last night? Nash. He kept the Suns in the game with his shooting, drew some fouls and knocked down the free throws at the end to ice it. So, maybe it was you who did not watch the same game as I. To me, Nash was the reason for the Suns W and the Kings L. So please, before you try and state as fact that someones opinion is based on a boxscore, ask them WHY they have the opinion, then you can disagree. Jack@$$.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Zach Randolph deserves some All Star love.

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    Reaaaaally AlbertBarr?
    How about the three straight possessions when the Kings were on a role where Nash decided to chuck up bricks?
    How about the two possessions after that when Nash decided to dribble at the top of three (something drastically uncharacteristic of Nash, at least when he overdribbles, it’s around the basket to create plays) and then threw turnovers?
    How about the end of the second quarter where Nash was stripped trying to do to much and the Kings got an easy bucket, a four point turnaround going into halftime?
    How about the time at the end of the game where Nash was trapped, thought he was just going to be fouled and stopped his dribble and was LEGITIMATELY STRIPPED and was bailed out by a foul call he didn’t deserve?
    How about the fact that Nash, with 12 assists, only has a 1.7:1 apg/to ratio, five of those TOs coming in the second half turing key stretches that the Kings were making?
    How about the fact that Nash had 10 points and 7 assists in the first quarter, where he was AMAZING, then mostly made free-throws through the entire game?
    If you want to know, Amare was more of the reason the Suns held on for the W than Nash. I know Nash is a terrible defender, but Tyreke manhandled him to the point of obnoxiousness. There was one possessions Reke posted up Nash and Nash tried to pull the chair out… and Reke didn’t move and just daintily went up for a layup. Clearly Nash has only watched people do that on TV. Nash is a bad defender, but today he was clearly stiff and did not prepare for the defensive battle he was going to get.
    Oh, and the Suns got that 20 point lead with Nash on the bench.
    So, how about YOU tell me why Nash had a good game.

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    And that above just came from a guy who spent a span of days arguing on behalf of Nash against dudes telling me that Nash is -solely- a name we acknowledge because the media needed a white guy they could love.
    So cut me a little slack here, buddy.

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    What’s sad is someone just asked the biggest Suns fan on SLAM if he watched the damn game. What’s up with that?

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    Basically, despite all of his mistakes and ample turnovers, which you have so excellently detailed above, Nash was the player who pulled through when it mattered. Amare was nonexistent in the second half and the player who kept scoring when we needed a stop…Nash. I never said he had a “good game”. I said Nash was “too good”. And that is because he is able to play through a bad game (which he was forced into by the long defenders of the kings, and 30 and 12 is not that bad…even with the turnovers) and make the shots that he needs to in order to WIN the game. So, although it may have looked like Nash was mistake prone all night through your lens, through mine he was the player who kept putting the game just out of reach for the Kings. I watched quite a few of his leaning fader jumpshots go right over Tyreke’s hands and not even hit the bottom of the net as they went through the rim. Believe me, I wanted the kings to win the game but because of Nash (not in spite of him) the suns won the game.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Jesus Jukai, take a breath buddy.

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    What is up with it Jukai is that I am a Huge Kings fan and you implied that I did not watch the game. What is up with that?

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    And we all know you are the “biggest suns fan” on slam. You make it hard not to.

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    Whats sad is that it is that important to you that everyone recognize you as such.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I’ll make a deal to both of you: come and be a Pistons fan for a week and then stop complaining about how either of your teams are struggling.

  • jumpman3224

    As far as G. Wallace getting all-star love…he def. should. It looks like the starters will be: James, Garnett, AI, Wade and Howard. I say that the bench will shake out like this: Pierce, Allen, Rondo, Bosh, Wallace, Carter, Johnson. I’m not saying that is what I want to happen, just what I think will happen.

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    Pistons fan for a week, eh? Do I get to hate on Kwame Brown being on my team? Also, do I get one of those radical MADE IN DETROIT T-shirts they are peddling on Pistons.com? I must know if this is part of the package.

  • jumpman3224

    Also, I think Brandon Jennings, Josh Smith and Mo Williams will get replacement consideration in the case of any injury.

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    Would love to continue the banter but I gotta go work…honestly Jukai, I enjoy your posting at slam very much. We just disagree today. GO PISTONS (for a week)!

  • tavoris

    Hibbert looked like the black Rik Smits last nite. they were fouling the sh!t outta Howard 2

  • bakers’ dozen

    Hibbert=the black Rik Smits! Hahahaha!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Deron Williams should play for the East All-Star team… I have a feeling he’s going to be shafted agani.

  • tavoris

    If Carter is not a starter, then the coaches will not pick him as a reserve. Payback for all the years he got voted in during undeserving years.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Ariza is shooting a horrible percentage from the field… At this point I prefer the Lowry/Brooks backcourt..

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    anybody else notice damon stoudamire was an assistant coach for the grizzlies? That was interesting.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    The two best point guard defenders in the league are Kyle Lowry and Jarret Jack. Who else?

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    AlbertBarr Posted: Jan.6 at 11:53 am
    I never said he had a “good game”. I said Nash was “too good”.
    ———————————————–
    AlbertBarr Posted: Jan.6 at 11:32 am
    No Jukai…I watched the game and Nash was THE player on the SUns who made it happen for his team when they needed it.
    ———————————————–
    You’re right TAD. I should take a breather.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Rajan Rondo. Deron Williams. Steve Nash. (What? He takes charges…)

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Teddy, I can tell you who’s not..Calderon. LOL

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    Teddy: Rondo, Hinrich, Billups, West, Stuckey, Westbrook…?

  • hillbilly

    If Brandon Jennings is gonna rock the high-top fade, I think the Bucks’ PA guy should at least have the chutzpah to play a li’l snippet of “Ain’t Gonna Hurt Nobody” when he scores. Otherwise, what’s the point in bringing it back?

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    That was beautiful, Hilbilly.

  • hillbilly

    Thanks, Jukai.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    wait, Roy Hibert completly outplayed D12?! can ANYBODY BEALIVE IT? also, f#ckin ZBo is beasting like is a contract year..@teddy, Lowry and Jack are nice defenders but Jukai just told you the really good ones.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    ZACH RANDOLPH FOR ALL STAR! ive been saying that for a while now. gerald wallace and AL HORFORD TOO!

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    SOMEBODY EXPLAIN THIS TO ME!!! Pistons down 3 with the ball, final 10 seconds…Charlie V has 4 in 5 treys of the Detroit team, AND THE COACH LEAVES HIM ON THE BENCH PUTING BEN WALLACE( witch Dallas could foul to win the game) proly to get the offensive board. WHAT THE F#CK was he thinking?

  • tavoris

    Kirk Hinrich, Delonte West, Mario Chalmers, Chauncey Billups, Derek Fisher, and Devin Harris are really the only PG’s who excel at defensive stuff other than gambling for steals. Baron Davis is the best defensive PG in the game when he puts his mind to playing defense (far too rare of an occasion).

  • davidR

    TAD, at least the pistons have a championship in this decade. try being a warrior fan

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    AlbertBarr and Jukai were being hilarious today. nice touch.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    obie trice rap name no gimics…………GERALD WALLACE FOR ALL STAR GERALD WALLACE FOR ALL STAR GERALD WALLACE FOR ALL STAR GERALD WALLACE FOR ALL STAR GERALD WALLACE FOR ALL STAR GERALD WALLACE FOR ALL STAR GERALD WALLACE FOR ALL STAR GERALD WALLACE FOR ALL STAR GERALD WALLACE FOR ALL STAR

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Ah, I almost forgot about Westbrook! Hinrich is a great defender too. My pick for best PG defender still goes to Lowry, though.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Last year, had Zach Randolph and Jamal Crawford stayed in New York, the Knicks would have made it to the playoffs. Its not them who don’t care about winning, its the KNICKS who don’t care. By that I mean the management.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    tavoris, you said that fish is a strong defender? hahaha

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    also, MONTA ELLIS OFFICIALLY MADE THE STUPIDIEST THING OF THE NBA SEASON, nobodys gonna beat that faul.

  • Mack

    TERRIBLE call on Roy, can’t believe they wouldn’t let them play, that’s a rough foul in that situation, and Roy barely did anything at all!

  • tavoris

    Z-he does a good job of being in the right place at the right time. Fish also, for his lack of quickness, tries MUCH harder than most at that end. I was merely pointing out guards that play good position defense (and not just the steal/block guys that are regularly glorified).

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    probably ellis didnt faul JR but he shouldve stay put, Maggette was all over that JR shot!!

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    yeah mack, that was a bad call on Roy but our Blazers just didnt execute down the strech like they normaly do.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Hursty, care to read the comments in the Yao Ming post again, or are you just going to ignore how wrong your comment was?

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