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Thursday, November 8th, 2007 at 9:27 am  |  98 responses

NBA Game Recaps

What happens if the Clippers and the Hawks are good at the same time?

By Holly MacKenzie

Another full schedule in the NBA last night. Ben Collins was at the Boston/Denver game, so be sure to check out his game notes because they are pretty awesome and definitely funnier than anything I could write from looking at highlights. Obviously, the biggest story to me last night was Amare sitting out yet again for Phoenix. As each missed game goes on I get more nervous, but hopefully it is just a matter of needing time to get rid of the swelling and heal the knee totally and nothing more serious. In the meantime, Amare’s importance is being magnified play by play for Phoenix. Orlando is continuing to play well and I really like how Rashard Lewis is fitting in down there. Chris Kaman got a haircut and has a great start to the season. Clipper fans have got to love that. LeBron was just amazing again last night and I am impressed with how the Cavs have played in these past two games without Hughes, Marshall and Snow. It was another tough loss for Seattle and this time Durant’s frustrations really came out, especially as he was helpless from the floor for most of the game, shooting only 3-17 on the night. I didn’t get to see any of the SA/Miami game but it is good to hear that Wade was out shooting before the game and is closer and closer to returning. I’ve got to say I can’t wait to get myself to Boston to watch KG do his thing with Allen and Pierce, even in a blowout it will be so satisfiying for me to see KG get what he deserves. Bargnani is jacking for Toronto and Garbo still isn’t getting any time. It will be interesting to see how the Raptors chemistry is once we get a few months into the season. And now for tonight’s schedule, its Dallas in Golden State. I wonder how many fans will pull their yellow shirts out and slip them on for the rematch? Also, one of the scariest things I have seen lately is Dirk Nowitzki doing the “Gentleman, start your engines” thing at a Nascar event. Saw that on BDSSP last night and I can’t get his voice out of my head. Okay, onto the recapping.

Orlando 105 Toronto 96

With each team having played the night before, Toronto dropped its second game on the road to Orlando while the Magic continued to win, sending the Raptors on their way with a 105-96 loss. For the game, Orlando led by 8 after the 1st quarter and then 52-47 at the half. They kept their lead going into the 4th, but the Raptors continued to fight back and they took their first lead of the game with 3:56 left. After going up 92-91, the Raptors were helpless in stopping the Magic from going on an 8-0 run to regain the lead and hold on to take the victory. Jameer Nelson was back for the Magic after missing the game last night due to a concussion. It was Nelson who was instrumental in that 8-0 run, hitting a three and a lay up to save Orlando. All of the Magic starters finished in double-figures with both Hedo Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis posting 24 points. Turkoglu also nabbed a career-high 15 rebounds. Dwight Howard and Keith Bogans each scored 17 with Bogans adding 11 rebounds as well. Nelson finished with 10 points and 7 boards, six of those points coming during that all-important run to take the lead. For Toronto, Chris Bosh rebounded from a scoreless night from the floor in Milwaukee to score 26 points (including going 14-14 from the ft line), and grab 10 boards, Andrea Bargnani had 16 while Juan Dixon and TJ Ford each scored 12.

LA Clippers 104 Indiana 89

After averaging 109 ppg in their first three victories, the Indiana Pacers shooting went cold in their game against the Clippers and it was LA who was able to escape the game with their winning record unscathed, defeating the Pacers 104-89. While the teams switched leads in the first half, things remained close in the 3rd until the Clippers went on a 14-0 run that saw them go into the fourth up 87-72. For the rest of the 4th the Pacers did not get any closer than 11 points as the Clippers answered every attempt at a run and led by as many as 21 for stretches in the 4th. Indiana shot only 10-37 in the second half, losing their shooting touch for the first time this season. Sam Cassell had a great game for the Clippers, scoring 35 points and dishing 8 assists. LA also got 15 points and 22 huge rebounds from Chris Kaman as they outrebounded Indiana 53-40. Corey Maggette had 18 and Tim Thomas added 15. LA lost Cuttino Mobley in the 1st quarter to a pulled groin. For the Pacers, Danny Granger had 16 points, Mike Dunleavy scored 15 and had 8 rebounds and Jermaine Oneal added 13 in the loss.

Philadelphia 94 Charlotte 63

The Bobcats got blown out at home by Phoenix on Tuesday and endured the same fate last night in Philadelphia. Philly took control from the opening tip until the final buzzer and ended the game with a 94-63 victory. The Bobcats were without point guard Raymond Felton who injured his knee in Tuesday night’s contest versus Phoenix. Without him, their offense fell apart as Charlotte finished with only 16 team assists and 26 turnovers. Jeff McInnis started in place of Felton, but he finished 1-6 from the floor with only 2 assists and 5 turnovers. For the game Charlotte shot only 30.7% as compared to Philadelphia’s 34.8%. The Bobcats were also 0-13 from the three-point line in the contest. In the win, Philly was lead by Andre Iguodala and his 19-point effort while Samuel Dalembert had 9 points and 13 boards. In the loss for Charlotte, Matt Carroll had 16 points and Emeka Okafor had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Atlanta 105 Phoenix 96

After getting their offense on point in a victory over Charlotte Tuesday night, the Phoenix Suns ran into Atlanta and Atlanta’s athleticism ran the Suns out of town,105-96. The Hawks played a great game throughout, getting key contributions all over the board as they came up strong in the 4th, outscoring the Suns by 5 and ensuring there was no repeat of their 2 losses this season, which were games that were close the entire way through with the young Hawks unable to pull out the stops when it mattered. In the game last night there was no shortage of people to step up for Atlanta. Marvin Williams had a huge game for the Hawks, scoring 18 points and hauling down 12 rebounds. Of those 18 points none were bigger than when he responded to a Steve Nash lay up with 4:45 remaining in the game by knocking down back-to-back jumpers at the top of the key to stretch the Hawks lead. In the final minutes of the game, Josh Smith was the one grabbing key offensive rebounds and completing a three-point play. Smith finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds. After the made free-throw by Smith, Atlanta was up by ten, 99-89, and they managed to stay in control for the 1:47 remaining on the clock. The Hawks finished the game outrebounding the Suns 56-40, due in large part to Amare Stoudemire’s absence as he missed his 3rd consecutive game with a sore knee. Nash did everything he could for the Suns, scoring 34 points and dishing 11 assists, but it was not enough to overcome the Hawks and their four players who recorded double-doubles. Joe Johnson had 15 points and 10 assists and Josh Childress had 19 and 10 as rookie Al Horford pulled down a career-high 15 boards. Shawn Marion had 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Suns, Grant Hill had 13 points and 9 boards and Leandro Barbosa finished with 12 in the loss.

San Antonio 88 Miami 78

After being handed their first loss of the season in their last game, the Spurs made sure they got back on track with their winning ways as they downed the winless Heat 88-78 last night. After keeping things close in the first half, the Spurs led by one at the break, 39-38. Once the third quarter got underway, so did the Spurs as Manu Ginobili took over leading San Antonio in a 10-2 run to extend the lead. Ginobili scored 12 points in the 3rd and the Spurs opened the 4th up 65-48. In the opening minutes of the final quarter, the Spurs went on another 10-2 run and were up 15 points at the end of it, where they went on to claim their 4th victory. In the win, Ginobili finished with 25 points to lead the Spurs as Tony Parker had 22 points and 8 assists while Tim Duncan added 12 points and 8 rebounds. The Heat were led by Shaquille O’Neal in the loss, with O’Neal posting 17 points, but grabbing only 3 rebounds. Ricky Davis had 14 points and Udonis Haslem had a double-double with 10 points and 9 rebounds.

Memphis 105 Seattle 98

The Seattle Supersonics were up by 14 points in their game against Memphis last night. They had been in this position before and just as they had done previously, they gave up the lead and surrendered the win, winding up with an 0-5 start to their season as they allowed Memphis to notch their first victory. While the Sonics led going into the 2nd half, midway through the 3rd the Grizzlies went on a 23-8 run to take control of the game and went into the 4th quarter up 87-81. Seattle continued to rally against the lead and cut it to 100-98 after rookie Kevin Durant hit two free throws with 2:14 remaining on the clock. Seattle did not score again in the game while Kyle Lowry grabbed his own offensive board and knocked down a huge three-pointer with 11.4 seconds remaining, sealing the victory for Memphis. It was Rudy Gay who led the way for Memphis with 25 points and 10 rebounds and played some defense on Durant that stumped him, holding the rookie to 17 points on 3-17 shooting. Mike Miller had 20 points for Memphis, Darko Milicic had 15 points and 10 boards and Pau Gasol added 11 points and 10 rebounds. On the losing side of things, Chris Wilcox had 21 points and 8 boards while Damien Wilkins tallied 18 points. Memphis was 10-25 from the three-point line while Seattle went 3-12. Seattle was without Kurt Thomas again who has yet to play this season after suffering a hamstring injury.

Portland 93 New Orleans 90

While the Hornets set franchise records in their win against the Lakers Tuesday night, it was a whole different ball game against the Trailblazers, who were able to avenge a loss to New Orleans last week and also notch their first victory of the season by defeating the Hornets 93-90 in their home opener. While the Hornets led 49-44 at the half, the Blazers broke out an 18-5 run to start the 3rd quarter and take a 72-60 lead. The Hornets Tyson Chandler was ejected from the game shortly after the run for elbowing Martell Webster. Coach Nate MacMillan gave Jarett Jack’s starting spot to Steve Blake in an attempt to get a spark off the bench in Jack and the move worked as Jack finished with 20 points, scoring 9 of them in the 4th quarter. Webster also scored 20 for the Blazers who got a 12 point, 8 rebound effort from LaMarcus Aldridge while Brandon Roy added 17 points and 7 assists. David West exploded for 34 points and 18 boards in the loss for New Orleans while Chris Paul had another strong night of 18 points and 12 assists. Tyson Chandler had 11 points and 8 rebounds before his ejection in the 3rd and Peja Stojakovic came off of a night where he was 10-13 from the three-point line against the Lakers to score only 5 points and finish 2-13 from the floor.

Utah 103 Cleveland 101

After a big win in Golden State on Tuesday night, the Cavs were hoping for another in Utah. With a triple-double from LeBron James they almost pulled it off, but Deron Williams stole the spotlight at the end of the game as he surprised the Cavs, speeding up the court for the game winning lay in with 1.3 seconds remaining in the game. While the Jazz were up by as many as 9 throughout the game, the Cavaliers hung on and were right there at the end where LeBron took over getting the 6th foul on Milsap, scoring a lay up but missing the ensuing free throw. Cleveland got a break as the offensive board went to Zydrunas Ilgauskas and the Cavs called for time with 17 seconds on the clock, down by three, 99-96. Out of the timeout, James went in for the lay up rather than a game tying three and Cleveland was in a position where they needed to foul. Ronnie Brewer was the guy who was put on the line and he was solid for the Jazz, extending the lead back to three, 101-98 with 9 seconds remaining. Of course, the final shot went to James who drilled a three-pointer to tie the game at 101. While Jazz Coach Jerry Sloan says he tried to call a timeout, and the entire Cleveland team expected the Jazz to do so, Deron Williams pushed the ball up the floor and scored on a lay up giving Utah the 103-101 victory. Williams finished with 15 points and 12 assists (also 8 turnovers), Paul Millsap had 24 points and Carlos Boozer continued his strong play with 23 points and 12 rebounds. LeBron finished with his 11th career triple-double going for 32 points, 15 boards and 13 assists. He also had 3 steals and 2 blocks in the loss. Ilgauskas had a double-double with 18 points and 14 boards and Sasha Pavlovic added 17 for the Cavs who were playing without Eric Snow, Donyell Marshall and Larry Hughes for the 2nd straight game.

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  • Pedro Mota

    Shame on Miami

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    I think with victories over the Mavs and the Suns, the Hawks have officially won the equivalant of a title for Hawks fans. Good for them and I know Lang is quietly planning a all Hawks Links that sings the praises of every member of the Hawks organization. Which they deserve at the moment.

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    Holly, as for the Heat, the pieces are in place to do something once Wade gets back. They played right with the Spurs for the first half, but without Wade’s freelance work on the perimiter, they have no one to create space (sorry Ricky) and free Shaq up to operate. And Wade’s D and subsequent offense would slow down opposing guards only because they’d have to work on both ends. Smush is playing himself into someone else’s rotation right now, because he won’t be in a Heat uniform for too much longer.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    How did Shaq look in the game, Eboy? I definitely think Wade will bring a biggg boost to the Heat and it’ll just prove how valuable he is to their success. Shaq’s game is easier with Wade playing as well, so I wonder how his numbers will improve upon Wade’s return.

    It looked like Ginobili and Parker had their way last night. It’s true, without them having to work on D, they have that much more energy to exert on the offensive end and it looked like it was an easy night at the office for Duncan who was able to just let his guards take over.

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    Basically, what you said, without seeing the game, is about what happened. Shaq is in an odd spot right now. He’s playing a decent game, but he has little lift throughout the game. Being 35 has something to do with it, and maybe the quad injury from the preseason is still lingering, but there was a moment early in the third quarter wher Eboy throw him a lob a Shaq crushed it right over Oberto, so he hstill has it in him, maybe just once or twice a game, but it’s there. And Wade’s return will only help to give him breathing room that he doesn’t have right now. And as a side note…..the only player that get’s Shaq the ball in really good postion? A certain Mr. Hardaway. Two game’s in a row now, Penny put’s the ball right in Shaq’s hands in a good spot to score the ball.

  • peteb80

    So I assume Chris Kaman is the frontrunner for best white American ballplayer of the year? (Top 3 come with a guaranteed try-out spot for the Olympic team)

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    And while Shaq’s rebounding numbers are pretty sh*tty, people that actually know the game, and have played it, know that, even today, at his old, brittle age, Shaq still causes almost every opposing center to play against to stay out of the paint, away from the basket. He doesn’t have the lateral quickeness he had 10 years ago to make explosive moves to the basket or cover 15 feet at a time to track long rebounds. So him being out past the free throw line 80% of the time on the defensive end, doesn’t allow him to sit under the basket for easy rebounds, since Riles rarely plays zone, which is in vogue throughout the league. I know these words are foreign to most people that read here, so I apologize.

  • Keith

    Eboy: Talking of Penny, how is he doing so far? Is he playing more shooting guard or point?

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    Keith, his role is kind of undefined. He handles the ball slightly and hasn’t really done much more than feed Shaq in the post, and play a little post game against smaller defenders. He has no quickness and his jumping ability is even worse than Shaq’s. But I’m not worried about him turning the ball over and I think he Wade and Shaq on the court at the same time will really show his value. I think the old dudes just need to get rolling a little bit and get their bodies up to speed and they’ll be fine. I’m not worried about the Heat now. I’ll be worried if Wade comes back and this type of play continues.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    Regardless of how old Shaq gets, he will always be a presence under the basket. Just his sheer size alone will defer people. I think a lot of the naysayers will back off when Dwyane comes back. Obviously, Shaq is on the decline, but as long as his team is definitely better WITH him, (and it is obvious, that they are) than I think people need to wait until Wade comes back before they really judge Miami. We talk about him like he is this old decrepit player who cannot do anything, it cracks me up.

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    Well, this site is also polluted with just as many Shaq haters as 24 detractors, so listening to the talk here, you would think they both are garbage from varying points of views.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    I’m just glad I am a kobe/Lakers fan who still manages to love Shaq. I mean, some of his decisions drove me crazy, but come on he gave us 3 consecutive championships!

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    I fall in love with you more each day, Holly. You are so smart….Ha ha. Changing team topics, do you see Amare playing in the Heat game tomorrow night? Do you think it’s going to be an ongoing issue? And I think Agent Zero’s knee issue is going to be a big problem for the Wiz much sooner than later.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    aww Eboy, back atcha. About Amare. I am on the lookout for news articles hourly. He keeps on saying the same stuff, that he feels good, it feels better everyday, etc but I’m not buying it just yet. I liked what D’Antoni had to say, that they would rather him take off a chunk of time now, get the swelling down and then have it be good, rather than come back for a game, miss a few, come back for a few, miss more time. Every time I have seen knees that have not responded well after a scope, ultimately there has been more work that was needed to clean out the knee. Two times I have seen players with scopes, then they would have the same swelling after playing a few games and the knees would just continue to blow up. Once each of those players had to undergo more work, it was discovered that more meniscus was torn and needed to be removed, or there was the articular damage. I don’t wanna cry wolf and I am by NO means a doctor, just speaking on my experiences. Hopefully, Amare has just had an unlucky stretch and once he gets his knee under control the scope was all that was needed. It is just his past history that has me so worried, of course. As for Gil, I love how people are cracking on his shooting percentages when the guy probably shouldn’t even be out there playing. He got the knee drained again, and I just hope he takes some time off to get it right. It is so early in the season I hope both of these guys take enough time off to heal and get healthy. I know Gil and Coach Jordan are both trying to diffuse worries but the boy’s knee is not right. He has had it drained twice now in a 3 week period, but feels he will be ready to play TONIGHT. Just take some time, you know?

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    I do think it is a positive that Amare has said the knee isn’t really bothering him and is feeling better, it is just the swelling more than anything. It could just be the first games back, playing in back to backs. Maybe he will take this time off, and then ease himself into it. I know preseason his minutes were limited to 25 a game, but then once season started they took those limitations off of him. Perhaps they will put a cap on his minutes again?

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    Agreed. Although, I think the Suns could keep their heads above water much longer than the Wiz if they both lost STAT and Gil for any length of time. Like you said, it’s still so early in the season, shutting them down for 8-10 games to try and get them right would pay off in the long run.

  • BETCATS

    demoralized

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    HA HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dumb feline. You shouldn’t talk so much sh*t after 4 games, BET.

  • BETCATS

    at least our most expesive player WORKS

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    yeah, I haven’t taken the time to look at either washington or phoenix’s upcoming schedules. if they can afford it, give them those 10 games. Amare himself said ,”You can’t win a championship in November, but you can lose one, you know what I’m saying”. Which is so true. At least he has enough sense to really NOT push it. I appreciate and respect that he has taken himself out of these past few games to try and wait until the health is a given. The Wiz are completely screwed without Arenas though. There is just no way around it.

  • neaorin

    I only saw the first two games of last years’ Bulls – Heat series, but I remember the Bulls running circles around the perimeter (something they couldn’t do against Detroit later on). What’s Miami’s plan to counter that in ’08, considering they added Penny and everybody else is a year older?

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    For all the people that don’t watch the Heat on the regular, besides Shaq and Zo, the rest of the regular players are all under 30. Well, J-Will is 31, but his health issues aren’t age related and he has looked good so far this year. Penny is just ancillary at this point.

  • Captain America

    Let’s dial back a few weeks ago to when the Ricky Buckets and Blount trade transpired. Buckets was gonna be just what Miami needed, eh? KG “finally gets what he deserves” please. KG has been the pampered pooch since he entered the league. What? Even of this KG was a victim bee.sss.

  • Captain America

    Should read enough of this KG was a victim bee.sss

  • Keith

    Can you prove those comments Cap America?

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    Dime is looking for it’s village idiot back, Captain. Return to the bowels of that rag.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    KG is one of the realest guys in the L. He loves the game and when a player puts their heart and soul on the floor every single night, yeah I like to see them succeed. I am loving him in Boston. Of course I will hate it when they run through some of the other teams that I like, but seeing KG win is sweet for me.

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    BET, I can’t see you when your not orange and your best player actually sits in the skybox, if you must know.

  • neaorin

    eboy, I’m just saying that something would have to change since, Wade aside, the rest of the Heat’s… not so old players aren’t exactly difference makers on either side of the ball – as a Cavs fan I am required by law not to have a good opinion on Ricky Davis. So my question is: what’s their new plan to defeat what beat them last year, besides dropping Eddie Jones and hoping Wade is 100%?

    I do need to watch more Heat once #3 comes back, though.

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    neaorin, I’ve said since the preseason, that Riley needed to make some moves. He made one good one in getting rid of Walker for Davis. They need to get a role player who can make threes and play perimiter D. He will get that deal by the trade deadline. I am still in the minority, but I think he will move to get Artest. Sacremento is ripe for the move and although the cast of characters would grow by one, their ability to play against the league’s elite would grow by leaps and bounds. Riley has said the roster is still moldable and just a week or so ago he addressed that he would still have interest in Artest if a deal could be reached. Don’t think he won’t make a pitch to the Kings.

  • neaorin

    If Riley actually manages to get Artest there’s no way I’m missing another Heat game this season, sleep and commitments be damned. All that would be missing would be Whoo Jackson.

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    Artest would play a bigger role in the Heat’s chance’s than the Knicks, the other named mentioned the most for his services. And if the Knicks keep playing decent, they may not want to mess with their roster.

  • Blue

    E.T. for P.O.D.

  • Captain America

    Look, I’ve followed KG since draft day. While admittedly KG is a great, HOF caliber player, he does not walk on water. Sorry to disappoint, but KG also doesn’t don a cape nor a hallow. KG had incredible influence on the Minnesota franchise. He made his share of bonehead recommendations such as keeping Sprewell, who was last seen selling boats in Wisconsin, and accepting his outlandish contact demands. Up until the trade, KG contends that he wanted to stay with the Timberwolves. Why not? He is loyal and was making nearly half the salary cap. Reality bites folks, and KG has not been a victim. I suspect if you asked him, he would say the same thing.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Seth Ferranti (http://slamonline.com/online/2007/10/los-angeles-clippers-season-preview/) just called to say he is VERY excited about the Clippers’ prospects.

  • http://www.myspace.com/2536545 Bryan

    Captain America really does strike me as Charley Rosen.

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    Shia, you’re not incarcarated. Good to see your name this morning.

  • Keith

    Cap; your comments seem to be based on personal feeling and don’t have any real factual basis.
    KG led the T-Wolves from the minute he joined them. He led in points, rebounds and blocked shots. He revolutisionised the PF position with his versatiltiy. He one MVP and has been a countless allstar. Sure he took a big fat contract..who wouldn’t? But the failure of the franchise to get to the big dance wasn’t solely his responsibility. For the franchise to continually break up the team around him is, apart from anything else, destructive. If you can’t see how much KG wants to win and help his teammates, then you haven’t seen KG at all.

  • http://www.myspace.com/2536545 Bryan

    It’s good to wake up at 10 , even if I miss a lot.I didn’t watch any basketball last night,but I’m happy the Hawks are worthwhile.And Josh Smith’s numbers are ridiculous.I’m sure they’ll even out over the year he can’t go through a season averaging 3 steals and 3 blocks and shooting 30 percent can he? haha

  • Keith

    Sorry. My above comment seems to indicate that people’s opinions can be wrong. Which of course, is incorrect. Except in the case of Captain America.

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Eboy, I’ve been replaced?? You and Holly’s love fest is making me jealous. Seriously, though, you guys have it right about waiting for DWade to return before judging the Heat right now. DWade will bring back confidence as well as another focus for defenses. Right now, no one really has to play much defense because of the scoring droughts throughout the games. Third quarters are killers for us. Anyway, sorry to intrude on your little tryst.

  • http://www.myspace.com/2536545 Bryan

    Captain America belongs at dime , where his low basketball IQ and weirdly personal hate on some of the games great players make him a standout among a crowd of idiots.

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    Cheryl, a man has needs…..know what I mean? Plus you are working all those long hours…..ha, ha!!! But good to see you early today. I want to see what you think. Is it me or is there way more effort from this group at 0-4 than the team last year. Even last night, losing by 15 to the Spurs in the 4th, they had a chance to cut it to six with 2 minutes left but a turnover and a subsequent three killed their chances. I liked the effort. In every game. I think that if Wade was there for each game, they could have won all 4 instead of being an 0 for.

  • http://why-bother-reading.blogspot.com/ H to the izzo

    Captain America is the Eboy of KG hate

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    I totally agree, E. They are playing with energy, but sometimes their focus breaks down, esp. when they miss shots on 2 or 3 possessions. Then there appears to be scrambling and sort of a paniced attitude, even from Riles. A creative scorer, who can make a shot as the clock winds down is what is needed. And guess who possesses that ability?

  • http://www.myspace.com/2536545 Bryan

    I think all this Shaq is dead talk will be over when Wade comes back.

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    Izzo, I really don’t hate anyone in the NBA. We’ll except Chris Quinn, because he’s garbage and I could take his spot. I really don’t hate Kobe the player either, I dislike his “wannabe like Mike” attitude is all.

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Eboy, I like Chris. He’s a steady hand, but if you could take him, I’d rather see you play back up. Aw, give the kid a break…

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Although, I bet Brian Chase may have offered more scoring off the bench than Chris. But, how could Riles justify throwing away 2 million?

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    I like him too, Cheryl. Just jealous of his place in the game. And now my Nuggets thoughts of being one of the class teams of the West has been shi*tted on for two games in a row. What is going on with this league?

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    I’d actually prefer Robert Hite back in the mix. And why didn’t Cook get any time last night?

  • http://www.myspace.com/2536545 Bryan

    All right I’m off to the college, Keep up the good work Holly I feel like I was there myself when I read your recaps.I may be back later but if not I’ll be sure to fill you on my dominating performance in my game tonight.f*ckers.

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    It’s been weird the last 2 seasons, hasn’t it? I don’t know, but injuries seem to be taking more of a toll on teams than I remember in the past.

  • Captain America

    Let’s see…I said (hopefully you were able to read) “admittedly KG is a great, HOF caliber player”. Does that equate to KG hate? Only in your dreams. Keith comments that I’m giving personal comments not based on facts. I can and have followed KG’s career since draft day and know all about his numbers. Kobe has great numbers too. KG does have fantastic moves off the box (see vids of McHale’s post moves for reference). I repeat, KG does not wear a hallow, he does not walk on water, nor wear a cape. I also repeat that KG does not see himself as a victim as he wanted to stay with the T’wolves up and until he was dealt. That was his statement. Doesn’t sound like a victim to me (or anyone else with a brain larger than an acorn).

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    Shia, make sure you are as thorough in your own game’s recap as Holly is. I’m sure you’ll have a 35 and 8 game report for the morning. And Cheryl, yeah the injury bug is more than annoying league wide.

  • http://why-bother-reading.blogspot.com/ H to the izzo

    Doesn’t the Heat title run seem like ten years ago?

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    For the second post in a row, the Captain has referred to a halo as a hallow. Please correct yourself in future use of that symbolism when referring to “higher plane” players.

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    Izzo=modern-day Rip Van Winkle

  • Captain America

    There is no off season for ballers anymore. With summer league and personal workout regimens, players are more prepared than ever to avoid serious injury. That is why it is difficult to accept the vast number of early season injuries. I would like to see the NBA put some serious money into determining what makes the more durable players so. Injuries are incredibly destructive to the league, the players, and fans.

  • http://why-bother-reading.blogspot.com/ H to the izzo

    Eboy:Don’t ever make me google a name again

  • Captain America

    W.H.E. when you can’t dispute the facts as I presented them, go for the typos, that’s a winner, right? Meantime, I’ll assume that my insightful comments were completed accepted as gospel. Amen.

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    I had no qualms about your criticism of Garnett. Although you are mistaken. Re-read the comments, Dimeboy. You must have me confused with someone else.

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    Izzo, you had to Google Rip Van Winkle? They don’t have the story in the Emerald Island?

  • Captain America

    How ’bout Deron’s buzz beater…all star and MVP material

  • http://why-bother-reading.blogspot.com/ H to the izzo

    Eboy:Not that one.We have our own.

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    Similar to Rip Van Winkle? What’s the name? Do you have one like the Headless Horseman, too.?

  • http://why-bother-reading.blogspot.com/ H to the izzo

    We have a whole mythology,I’m not too familiar with it,but we do have a story similar,And the Headless Horseman is universal

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    Izzo, cool. Do you have interest in Tim Burton movies? His latest one is about a month away, again with Johnny Depp as the star.

  • http://why-bother-reading.blogspot.com/ H to the izzo

    I like most of his stuff.But by month away over there means about two years over here

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    WOW!!!!! I can’t believe you have the “intranets” available to you.

  • http://why-bother-reading.blogspot.com/ H to the izzo

    Yeah and I’m hearing great things about these new “cordless” phones.

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    They’re not all they’re cracked up to be. Big long antennas, weigh about 3 lbs., bills are like $1.00 per minute.

  • Keith

    What’s a phone?

  • http://why-bother-reading.blogspot.com/ H to the izzo

    That Sam Bowie’s destined for great things

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    I hate to say it, but in Miami they’re comparing this new kid Harold Minor to Michael Jordan. Things are going to be different in Miami now.

  • http://why-bother-reading.blogspot.com/ H to the izzo

    Hitler has no intention of creating an empire.This is f*cking great for Europe

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    Whoa, you went to new lows there. Let’s go back to the future, shall we?

  • http://why-bother-reading.blogspot.com/ H to the izzo

    Did you properly get my last comment?

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    The Hitler one?

  • Tom

    You know Shaq right now reminds me of Kareem in his last couple of years. He was a shadow of his former self (from what i’ve heard, i was only about 8) but the team still ran a lot of stuff through him, and even though he couldn’t score like he used to, he opened up a lot of opportunities for his teammates to score, and thats where shaq is right now, 17-20ppg but if used right can be a lot of easy buckets for everyone else, especially considering how good shaq is at finding teammates.

  • Tom

    that smiley face was supposed to be an 8…..how did that happen?

  • http://www.myspace.com/impulseshopper_acquirente its just alex

    Please forgive me for what I’m about to discuss…The Clips are faring ok so far without Brand with Kaman picking up the rebounding slack. It seems like Dunleavy is letting them run a little bit, something he’s been a stubborn a-hole about in the past. And Thorton just seems to be hard working and willing to do whatever the team needs without major minutes. That being said I will revel in the 3-0 record for the remainder of today. They play Detroit tomorrow.

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    Alex, Clipper love is really rare around here. It’s like finding a Tickle Me Elmo doll during the Christmas of ’97.

  • http://www.myspace.com/impulseshopper_acquirente its just alex

    I’m one of those freaks who loves the “other” team in LA. I have a thing for the underdog or as most people refer to it… the perennial loser.

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    Hey, if they can get Brand back at some point, and keep winning, who knows what can happen.

  • bouncyman

    E boy, I’m curious who do you think Riley will trade to acquire Artest? And, do you think D-Wade will be enough to put the team back in contention?

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    bouncyman, ain’t you the same dude that said you had a 60′ vert? I like fantasy’s too, like Batman or the Heaty’s chances at a title this season. But, on the real, if Sac is desperate enough to move him, the Heat can give up Wright, Parker and picks and cash. Look what they moved for Toine. And if that type of deal goes down, they will be as dangerous (to themselves and the rest of the East) as any other squad out there.

  • bouncyman

    yes i am and it was a joke in the vein of “unlimited range” mentioned in the previous comments.. i guess i didn’t make it obvious enough.. 60″ vert too realistic for you? ;p
    Yeah if they get Artest… they will be extremely scary. I still can’t believe Riley even gave Smush a chance

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    There was so much fantasy going around in that post it was like being in a Rhianna/Jessica Alba sandwich it was hard to keep up.

  • bouncyman

    Really? Rhianna?? If we’re dealing with fantasies, why not just make it a Jessica Alba/Jessica Alba sandwich

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    That’s a good point.

  • http://www.myspace.com/2536545 Bryan

    You guys are crazy.

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    Shia, are you registered? And you should be in the Ryan post, if your not already.

  • http://www.cfpf.org.uk/articles/rdp/caasqp/caasqp.html Tarzan Cooper

    keith bogans

  • http://robpaxon.com Rob Paxon

    If my kid makes 500 billion dollars and gambles away 499 billion I’m straight with that.

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    Daniel Artest will eat all of you

  • albanyballer

    Hawks for the playoffs!! Good to see Sean Marks finally getting some burn! Don’t sleep on him, he is legit.

  • Permaculture

    Where oh where is the Boston/Denver recap?! the highlights I saw were some raw, Showtime sort of stuff on the celts side. I stood up out off my couch with excitement.

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