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Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008 at 10:10 am  |  203 responses

The Post Up: Lewis and Outlaw with game winners

Lakers win, Warriors lose and Washington continues to impress

By: Holly MacKenzie

If anyone would have told me that the Lakers would score 39 points in the first quarter and be up by 10 against the Nuggets without Kobe Bryant attempting any shots, I would think they were living in a dreamland. In actuality I was in the dreamland as I watched LA put together a great quarter.

Of course, Carmelo went out of the game with a sprained ankle, but I was still impressed with the Lakers offense, Kobe’s decision-making and the guys energy as a whole. I always hate watching Iverson lose though, always.

That behind-the-back pass from Kobe to Turiaf was gorgeous. Maybe these games without Bynum will show people another side of Kobe?

Why does LeBron love playing in the all-star game? Playing with people who are better than him. Who is better than him? “Kobe, no question”. That was my favorite part of the entire Miami/Cleveland game last night.

It just makes me feel bad and frustrated to watch the Heat right now.

Inside the NBA killed me tonight. Killed me. When Barkley thought the painting of MLK was Oliver Miller…I was done. Those guys are my favorite. Seven hours and three games with them today, it was perfect.

It must have been a weird feeling for George Karl to sit and see his team go down by 18 and then because it is a blowout have his son get into the game for the two to become only the third father-son pair to play against each other in a game. He looked so proud the little smirk couldn’t even be wiped off of his face.

It is amazing when you see replays involving Iverson to actually notice how much contact he takes on every single play, usually without getting any call.

McGrady is going to play the rest of the season out by battling through the pain in his knee. Good for him for being tough, but I hope he doesn’t do any further damage and he can be a help to his team night in and night out. I thought it was a good idea when JO mentioned taking the rest of the season off to fully recover his knee and I kind of wish McGrady would do the same.

The Atlanta/Portland game looked insane. From what I got to see of it. I had the live feed on my computer and the yahoo!sports boxscore, but I was at a coffee shop and missed most of the overtime because the online feed kept on freezing. The important thing is, Portland found a way to win again, and again it was Outlaw to step up with the game winner.

“King James is ready to roll” Bron was fun to hear mic’d up. I wish I could subscribe to all of my favorite mic’d up every game. That would be the ultimate viewing experience.

I don’t think I would want to hear the Warriors or Nellie last night, though. Dropping one to the Timberwolves at home was rough. When Baron Davis has a bad game like that, the Warriors are pretty much toast.

Washington 102 Dallas 84

Washington’s theme for their game yesterday was to get better on every possession. They had a fantastic showing defensively as they held Dallas to only 84 points on their way to handing them their most-lopsided loss of the season, 102-84. In the close contest, it was Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison who blew the game open by scoring 19 consecutive points for the Wizards in the third quarter as they went into the fourth up 73-60. In the final period it was all Washington as their lead was never in doubt and their 18-point margin at the end of things was their largest of the game. Caron Butler continued his fantastic play, scoring 25 points, grabbing 9 rebounds, dishing 5 assists and nabbing 5 steals, Jamison had 23 points and 8 boards, DeShawn Stevenson scored 18 points and Antonio Daniels had 13 points and 6 assists. Josh Howard was great for Dallas in the loss, scoring 32 points, Dirk Nowitzki had 21 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and Devin Harris added 14.

San Antonio 95 Charlotte 86

The Charlotte Bobcats will go as far as Gerald Wallace and Jason Richardson can take them. When the two combine to shoot 10-36 in any game it spells trouble for the Bobcats, especially so when it is against a structured team like the Spurs. After being up by one at the end of the first quarter the Bobcats went into the half down by seven, 54-47. Thanks to their classic pick-and-roll the Spurs were able to hold onto their lead and were up 73-67 to start the final quarter. A dunk by Tim Duncan extended the lead to 11 with just under four minutes left in the game and San Antonio went on to the victory from there. Duncan finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocked shots, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili scored 16 points apiece, Michael Finley had 13 and Ime Udoka added 11. Emeka Okafor had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Bobcats as Jason Richardson had 13 points and Wallace scored 15, as each finished the game shooting just 5-18 from the floor. Wallace added 9 rebounds, Raymond Felton had 10 points and 6 assists and Nazr Mohammed had 12 off of the bench.

Indiana 110 Philadelphia 103

After starting out flat and going down 32-19 at the end of the first quarter, the 76er’s worked their way back into the game, but they came up short and were unable to complete their comeback from 16 down. In the second quarter Philadelphia used a 16-0 run to cut the Pacer lead to two points, but they would not get any closer as Kareem Rush and Mike Dunleavy hit consecutive three-pointers to close out the half and leave Indiana up 63-49. Philly would again cut the lead to two in the third quarter but Indiana responded with a 15-4 run to close out the quarter. In the final period the 76er’s would get as close as 106-100 with 2 minutes left in the game, thanks to a three-point play by Iguodala, but he followed that up with an airball and the Pacers went on for the win. Rush finished with a game-high 25 points, Dunleavy added 24 and Danny Granger had 18. Jamaal Tinsley had only 2 points but dished 12 assists and Troy Murphy added 13. Iguodala led Philadelphia with 23 points, Andre Miller had 21 points, Louis Williams scored 14 and Thaddeus Young added 13. Samuel Dalembert grabbed 13 rebounds in the loss.

Houston 96 Seattle 89

After a strong first half that saw them trail by only one, 53-52, the wheels fell off for the Sonics as they opened the third by missing 14 of their first 20 shots in the period as the Rockets took advantage and went into the fourth up 77-68. In the fourth the Sonics would get as close as four on a three-pointer from Wally Szczerbiak with 1:50 on the clock. Yao answered for the Rockets by getting to the line and knocking down both free throws to extend the lead back to six. Yao then blocked an attempt by Jeff Green to seal the victory for Houston. While the teams had almost identical shooting percentages and each pulled down 46 rebounds, Seattle attempted only 14 free throws, connecting on 8 of them while the Rockets hit 21 of their 31 attempts. Yao led Houston with 30 points and 17 rebounds to go with three blocked shots while Tracy McGrady had 17 points 6 rebounds and 5 assists coming off of the bench in his second game back from a knee injury. Bonzi Wells scored 16 points, while Rafer Alston and Carl Landry added 12 points apiece. Jeff Green and Wally Szczerbiak each scored 15 points for Seattle, Nick Collison had 10 points and 9 rebounds and Kevin Durant added 12 as Earl Watson had 9 points to go with 9 assists in the loss.

New Orleans 106 Milwaukee 92

The Hornets rebounded from a sluggish start in their game against Milwaukee yesterday to come back and take the 106-92 victory thanks to the ever-improving tandem of Chris Paul and Tyson Chandler who each finished with double-doubles. While Milwaukee led by four at the half, the Hornets turned things up a notch in the second half, knocking down three’s, connecting on alley-oops and getting out to run as they used an 11-0 run to close out the third and start the fourth. Things continued to roll for New Orleans and the went up by as many as 21 points in the final minutes. Chandler finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds, Paul had 16 points and 10 assists without any turnovers. Peja Stojakovic had 18 points, David West scored 16 and Morris Peterson added 14. The Bucks were led by Michael Redd who had 19 points, Andrew Bogut who finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds and Charlie Villanueva who added 18 off of the bench. Mo Williams also had 16 points and 6 assists in the loss.

Utah 109 LA Clippers 93

In their 109-93 victory over the Clippers last night the Utah Jazz were on fire, finishing the game at 57% from the floor. The Clippers were unable to keep up with Utah and the game was never really in doubt. The Clippers managed to cut the lead to four points in the third on a three by rookie Al Thorton, but Matt Harpring answered by scoring seven quick points to get the lead back into double-figures going into the fourth. When Los Angeles got within nine points in the opening minutes of the fourth, the Jazz answered by going on a 20-6 run to blow things open and put Utah up 107-84 in the final minutes. Utah had six players finish in double-figures and they were led by Deron Williams and his 18-point, 13-assist night. Matt Harpring and Paul Millsap each had 17 points off of the bench and Carlos Boozer had a 12-point, 12-rebound double-double. Ronnie Brewer had 15 points while Mehmet Okur and Kyle Korver scored 13 points apiece. Corey Maggette had 23 for the Clippers, Chris Kaman added 17 and 10 rebounds while Cuttino Mobley and Thorton each added 14 points.

Memphis 104 Chicago 90

The Chicago Bulls got off to a slow start on the road against Memphis last night and the result was a 104-90 loss that dropped them to 16-24 on the season. While Chicago weathered bad shooting to trail by only one with 3:30 left in the first half, the Grizzlies closed out the final minutes of the half with a 12-0 run to take a 13-point advantage into the break. The second half was all Memphis as the Grizzlies extended their lead to 17 points and cruised to what was only their 12th victory on the season. Rudy Gay and Mike Miller had 24 points and 10 rebounds apiece for the Grizz while Mike Conley Jr. had 10 points and 10 assists and Pau Gasol added 12 points and 10 boards. Ben Gordon had 25 points in the loss, Andres Nocioni scored 16 Luol Deng had 13, Kirk Hinrich added 12 and Ben Wallace grabbed 13 boards.

Orlando 102 Detroit 100

While Rashard Lewis has had his ups and downs this season, last night was definitely an up as Lewis hit the game-winning jumper as the buzzer sounded to give Orlando the 102-100 victory against the Pistons. After starting out slow, the Magic used an 11-4 run to close out the half with a 55-49 advantage at the half. In the second half the Pistons closed the gap and went into the fourth trailing by only two, 80-78. The game would be close the entire quarter with Rasheed Wallace missing a game-tying three-pointer with 36 seconds on the clock. Orlando missed out on the opportunity to clinch the victory when Lewis missed a shot and then Dwight Howard missed on the tip in attempt. This set up the Pistons final possession where Chauncey Billups got free to knock down a three-pointer to tie everything at 100 with 3.6 seconds remaining. On the final play of the game, Lewis rose up and hit the jumper as time expired and Orlando got to walk off of the court victorious. Hedo Turkoglu had 26 points and 8 assists to lead Orlando; Howard had 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks and Lewis finished with 16 points. Richard Hamilton was tops for Detroit with 21 points, Tayshaun Prince had 20 points, Wallace finished with a 15-point, 15-rebound double-double, Billups finished with 18 points while Jason Maxiell and Antonio McDyess added 11 points apiece.

Cleveland 97 Miami 90

The bleeding continued in Miami last night as even an inspiring performance from Dwyane Wade in a match up with LeBron James could not prevent the Heat from dropping their 14th straight. The game was close throughout, with neither team leading by more than nine points. While the Heat went up by as many as five points in the first half, the Cavaliers led for almost the entire second half as the Heat players, minus Wade, were horrible from the field, shooting only 3-21 and managing to score only six points the entire second half. Luckily for Miami, Wade had 32 of his game-high 42 in the second half as he scored the Heat’s final 18 points of the game. He brought Miami to within four with 30 seconds remaining, but LeBron clinched the game with two made free throws on the next possession. James finished with 23 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for Cleveland while Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 13 points and 11 rebounds, Drew Gooden had 11 points and Sasha Pavlovic and Damon Jones each added 10. Wade’s 42 point came on 17-29 field goals, to go along with 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Shaquille O’Neal had 10 points and Udonis Haslem had 9 points and 13 rebounds.

Minnesota 109 Golden State 108

The team with the worst record in the league didn’t look so bad in a victory over the Warriors last night. Snapping their 16-game road losing streak, the TWolves had to wait until the final seconds of the game to escape with the victory, thanks to a missed layup by Baron Davis and the missed tip in by Al Harrington. Opening the game by going up by 10, the Timberwolves gave up that lead by the half and trailed 52-49 before coming out strong in the third, outscoring the Warriors 36-28. With the strong third quarter they took an 85-80 advantage into the fourth. In the fourth the Warriors came back and cut the lead to 93-91 before Antoine Walker would hit a three to extend the Minnesota lead. Ryan Gomes would hit two free throws to give the Timberwolves a 109-108 lead with 54 seconds left in the game. The two teams would trade misses as Baron Davis missed a three-pointer for Golden State and Marko Jaric missed one for Minnesota setting up the Warriors for one last chance to take the game. Davis would miss a layup in the final seconds, the tip in attempt by Al Harrington at the buzzer wouldn’t go and the Timberwolves got the victory after shooting 51% from the floor for the game. Ryan Gomes was great for Minnesota with 35 points and 11 rebounds, Al Jefferson had 21 points and 12 boards, Mariko Jaric scored 16 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 10 assists and Sebastian Telfair had 15 points and 7 assists as Rashad McCants added 15. Monta Ellis led Golden State with 28 points, Matt Barnes had 20 points and Stephen Jackson added 18. Davis scored only 15 points on 5-14 field goals to go along with 6 assists. Andris Biedrins had 12 rebounds and Al Harrington scored 9 points and grabbed 8 boards in the loss.

Portland 111 Atlanta 109

After going down big in the first quarter and trailing 27-18 going into the second quarter, the Portland Trailblazers outscored Atlanta 36-23 to take a 54-50 lead at the half. The two teams would trade leads throughout the second half and thanks to four straight free throws by Joe Johnson in the final minute of regulation the game went into overtime with things all tied up at 100. In the extra session Travis Outlaw went to work scoring eight points, putting the Blazers up 109-107 before Marvin Williams knocked down two free throws to tie the game with 19 seconds remaining. On their final possession of the game, the Blazers went to Outlaw again and he delivered, running the clock down before dribbling inside the three-point line and rising up to knock down a jumper over Josh Smith with .9 seconds remaining in the game to give Portland the overtime victory. Outlaw finished with 23 points off of the bench, Brandon Roy had 18 and Sergio Rodriquez added 16. James Jones added 10 points for the Blazers. Joe Johnson was fantastic for Atlanta with 37 points, and 7 assists, Josh Smith was a force for the Hawks with 17 points, 17 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals and 3 blocks in the loss and Tyronn Lue had 18. Al Horford added 7 points and 11 rebounds.

LA Lakers 116 Denver 99

Without Andrew Bynum and Trevor Ariza the Lakers knew they would have to step up and help Kobe Bryant shoulder the load. No one expected his supporting cast to take all of the weight off of his shoulders but that is just what happened last night in a 116-99 victory over the Nuggets where Bryant had only 7 shot attempts and dished 11 assists, setting up teammates and getting the Laker offense flowing. Derek Fisher was the recipient of many Bryant passes, as he scored 16 of his 28 points in the first quarter. The Lakers went up by as many as 21 points in the game and after Denver took a brief lead in the third quarter, LA finished the period and started the fourth on a 31-8 run to break down the Nuggets and they did not look back. Denver was without Carmelo Anthony for much of the game after he sprained an ankle midway through the second quarter and did not return. Without Anthony, Marcus Camby did his best to step in, scoring 18 points to go with his 12 rebounds, but it was not enough as the LA run blew the game open. Fisher finished with 28 points, including shooting 6-7 from beyond the arc as Bryant had 17 points to go along with his 11 assists and Jordan Farmar had 19 points off of the bench. Lamar Odom had 15 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists, Ronny Turiaf added 11 and Kwame Brown had 11 rebounds as the Lakers moved within one game of the Phoenix Suns and their conference-leading record. Allen Iverson finished with 24 points and 7 assists to lead Denver while Linas Kleiza had 21 points off of the bench and Kenyon Martin added 16 points and 11 rebounds. Anthony Carter was scoreless in the game but did have 14 assists for the Nuggets.

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  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    a little late coming….but, it was a big night, sorry!

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

    What a wierd night of games.

  • Milan

    What do you mean late? Or are people here too demanding?
    It’s perfect timing for me and one of my thousand study breaks. If I weren’t from Europe, I’d still be sleeping, when this gets posted anyway.

  • Tom

    Morning Holly!!! Just checked the highlights and boxscore of that Lakers game…….wow!! Anthony didn’t play most of it but still, I’m very impressed, Kobe 11asts is always nice to see, Odom played a great game from the looks of it too. Kwame w/ 11 boards and I heard they cheered for him on his first few dunks……that had to feel good.

  • T Bone

    timing is fine Holly, at least i can read it today rather than have wait till tomorrow. it was a big night although my fantasy team is gonna take a hit without Melo this week.

  • Captain America

    Heat now worst team.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    yeah, the sprain looked pretty painful…reggie miller is getting worse by the game as far as announcing..he made me ears bleed…..Odom did what was needed of him and KObe was so much better than the boxscore will show. He could have easily finished with 15+ assists if some of the guys would have made more shots. His passes were just awesome to, showed how well he does see the game when he wants to.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    Milan, I usually like to have the recaps up by 9am Eastern time, but on busy nights like this, it usually doesn’t happen!

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Morning Holly. My Pistons are in a rut right now. Ugh. Lakers played big last night. Portland was the best game by far. And if Ryan Gomes isn’t Player of the D.A.Y. then Sam is still drunk.

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

    regarding kobe: nobody should give him credit for being a team leader or for being unselfish. to quasiquote chris rock, you shouldnt get credit for $hit you should do anyways.

  • http://myspace.com/mrdyalekt d.Y.

    Missed all these games. Just like MLK blvd is always a dangerous street, MLK day is always a crazy day for mr dy. So Melo is out and the Nugs continue slowly morphing into the early millennium Sixers. Woot.

  • http://slamonline.com/online/2007/10/game-notes-boston-and-minnesota-at-london/ Keith

    Denver are beginning to annoy me. Before the season started, there was genuine buzz that they could upset the big 3 teams in the west. They’re so inconsistent though, they’re going to be lucky to be 6th seed at the moment. George Karl will be lucky to hold onto his job if the Nugs don’t win 50+ games and get out the first round.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    I think the injury thing will help Karl, and it sucked to see Carmelo go down last night. If they could have all been healthy from the get-go it would be interesting to see where they would end up.

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

    the nugs couldnt get a call last night. a.i. was hacked multiple times with no whistle.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    It’s crazy how many hits he takes a game, how much he hates to sit, how hard he falls and bounces back up. Last night was all about appreciating Allen Iverson for me. Gosh, the guy is just insane.

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

    how nice of kobe to demonstrate the bruce bowen step-in for melo. if melo had done that to kobe, everyone would be heated calling melo dirty, etc. on one of kobe’s behind the back passes, he ran through a nug(maybe camby) in one of the most obvious charges ever, no call, open basket for kwame or odom

  • http://slamonline.com/online/2007/10/game-notes-boston-and-minnesota-at-london/ Keith

    I just think Denver needs to tighten up a little defnesively. Nah, screw it..they need to tighten up a lot. They’re giving up about 105 ppg and with Camby in your squad, that just shouldn’t be happening.

  • http://myspace.com/mrdyalekt d.Y.

    Reason #896389 why AI is the anti Jordan.

  • Milan

    Well if that’s the case and you set yourself a deadline, you’re forgiven for your tardiness today.

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

    GOODNIGHT!

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    So who takes Melo’s spot in the starting lineup?

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    Did you guys see Kenny, Charles and Ernie after the games? I was busting up laughing.

  • Milan

    On a Bulls note I just checked and they have an average points difference of -3, surprised me since they seem to lose all their games by +10 or more, what a bad year.

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I missed that Holly. Being on the East coast, I was in sleep mode. But I did catch their pregame at 5 and Chuck was rolling early.

  • T Bone

    nuggets = sixers from few years back, and heat = lakers of the past 2 seasons (just worse) with a star sg doing everything he can and the rest of the team offering little to no help…. how many fgs did the rest of the heat hit in the 2nd half?

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

    As much as I hate to say it, I have to agree 100% with Tarzan’s 10:34a comment.

  • http://slamonline.com/online/2007/10/game-notes-boston-and-minnesota-at-london/ Keith

    Nah T Bone, the Nugs are potentially way better than the 76ers from a couple of years ago. That was when Philly was running with Chris Webber, A.I. and Jamaal Mashburn. A combined salary of $498,938,983 a month.

  • T Bone

    keith, i agree, i was just following up on d.Y.’s comment earlier (10:26).

  • BETCATS

    bobcats played like hot garbage yesterday.

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

    and why all the agreeing?

  • Tom

    Anyone else notice Kareem Rush aka Wayne Brady is tearing it up in Indy right now, I’m surprised it was so hard for him to find a role on another team after he bounced from LA

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    ahhh it was classic, Tad. they showed one of those crazy abstract-y painters who throws the paint at the canvas and spins it around, paints with his hands (is ANY of this making sense?), anyway, the guy was doing a portrait of MLK.. Every game highlight they showed they had shown the MLK celebration. So, the guy is finishing up the painting of MLK and Charles says, (seriously), “Who is that man painting?” Ernie and Kenny DIE laughing and then Charles says, “that looks like Oliver Miller not MLK”, and they show a shot of Miller sitting on the bench and it was damn near identical. The three of them are laughing their heads off and Barkley is just like “its been almost 9 damn hours here, get me out of here”. He said hes taking Dwyane out of his 5, oh man, he was hilarious. The best part of the night.

  • Tom

    wow, I should actually read these recaps before I start posting

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    dammit Eboy, I was letting that one slide because I could have went off on a rant but I didn’t want to start a Kobe debate this morning.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    3-21 fg’s for the second half, Wade finished at 17-29

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

    KWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

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

    Just saying, it’s kind of true, like the Heat are kind of a disguisting pile of horsesh*t.

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Those guys make even the worst games enjoyable. The best part is that they don’t even try hard, they just act natural. ESPN anchors should take note. Of course, there is only one Ernie and one Charles.

  • http://slamonline.com/online/2007/10/game-notes-boston-and-minnesota-at-london/ Keith

    BETS…these boards are filled with love nowadays. It feels like the kind of ‘love fest’ Bill Walton may have experienced back in the day.

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

    a Bill Walton lovefest? where are all the werewolves?

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Also Holly, I saw the replay of KG high fiving the assistant coach and then realizing he had ripped off his watch and walking it back over to him. Classic.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    HAHA soo funny hey, tad. hhaha seeing him snap out of his intense, focused stare to run over to the coach with the watch it was hilarious. KG’s a great guy, could you imagine coaching someone that talented who sets the perfect example of focus and intensity for the rest of the team? He amazes me with that intensity.

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    And the best part was that he had walked another 3 or 4 steps before he realized the watch was caught on his hand. The assistant coach didn’t even realize it was gone until KG had held it out to him.

  • T Bone

    ha ha… the love fest! screw you all then! its the end of a long work day in Cape Town and im off home to my flat by the beach in glorious 32 degree weather! hope you are enjoying winter up in the northern hemisphere!

    holly 3-21, i thought i read something like that…. that is just crazy!

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Damn, I just read the Heat/Cavs recap again. Wade needs some effin help from his teammates.

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

    T Bone , where is the Naked Trucker? that was the worst show ever.

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

    this is en route to 400

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    The Bulls need to blow it up.

  • Jared

    i don’t like melo at all but i’m hoping he’s ok…good call earlier on kobe bowening him

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    400? Doubt it. This hasn’t broke 50 yet. Games were kind of underwhelming.

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

    Russ a Spotanious Compbustion of the CHI Town Cows would be more intresting.

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

    the bobcats played like UGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGH

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    T-Bone, it was -19 here last night. brrr.

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

    it was 15 degrees here last night

  • http://slamonline.com/online/2007/10/game-notes-boston-and-minnesota-at-london/ Keith

    What’s the solution for Chi-town? Obviosuly Big Ben either needs to find his intensity or he needs to leave. But what about Gordon, Deng, Hinrich and Nocioni? Any one out of those 4 could be packaged with Ben to get some decent size in return.

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

    It’s 72 here right now.

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

    some decent? if the bulls dont get an all star for any combo of Gordon Deng Hinrich Nocioni or Duhon then they need to stay put. Trade Tyrus to the BOBCATS!

  • Lucci

    bassy had some dirty assists last night

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    They need to trade or not re-sign half the team. It’s obviously the wrong mix. A KG-like trade would be great, it’s too bad that KG was already traded. And guys like McGrady or O’Neal won’t be the answer. I have my doubts about Pax, too–his drafts AND his marquee free-agent signing are suspect.

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

    where is bassy anyway?

  • Slick Nick Da Ruler

    How nice was Rudy Gay last night? Too bad his jersey will never be a top seller.

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

    IF TMAC was 100% i would trade for him but that happens once every blue moon so trade for….JAMIRO MOON

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

    it must be a slow day….

  • Jared

    Can’t talk bad about bassy, he’s putting together a good year, around 10 and 5 in over 30 mins a game, yea, he’s having a good year.

  • Slick Nick Da Ruler

    Its amazing to see the backlash against Chicago. Everyone raved about their potential, and now the team is exposed as a decent hustle team with no star. Big Ben looks like Alonzo during his Raptors/Nets era. Wallace makes me sick.

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

    i remember all these people ‘oh the bulls are back’ ’6 more rings on the way’ ‘ben wallace is the answer we need’ ’73-9′. I was thinking, this is some trash, no chemistry, they are Cows not fierce bulls. Looks like somebody is right.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I’d be fine with them if they were a ‘decent’ hustle team. Only thing is, 16-24 and one game in the loss column out of dead last in the Central is nowhere near ‘decent.’ They should have kept Scott Skiles and fired everybody else.

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

    all though compared to the Miami Heat (whose winning ablity went on the south beach diet) the Bulls look like Gods of the Hardwood. Yay Jim Boylan

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    The Bulls are beyond frustrating to watch.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    And for the record, I thought they had a good shot at making the Finals if they built on what they did last year, the youngsters improved, and Ben Wallace reported with the intent of actually earning his paycheck this year. None of those things happened. In fact, all of their so-called ‘good’ players regressed. I repeat, blow the whole ugly mess up.

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

    Luol Deng is the one decent duke player PLAYING in the NBA and not on the chill list so he doesnt need to explode.

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Unfortunately, being in the East, they still have a shot at the playoffs. Until they go on another losing streak, Pax probably won’t do anything.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    yayy game notes!

  • Slick Nick Da Ruler

    BET, Deng is overrated. Russ, how do 6 young players regress in their development? Is Skiles partly to blame? This team reminds me of the Clippers teams from 6 years ago, lots of promise, mostly unfulfilled potential. Will a Chicago fire sale really improve the team?

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

    I like the year Bassy is putting together.

  • http://slamonline.com/online/2007/10/game-notes-boston-and-minnesota-at-london/ Keith

    Russ, I remember telling you back at the beginning of the season that the Bulls would push for Conference finals this year. Feel free to now laugh at me. But if you DO, understand you are only laughing at the misery of your own teams plight.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    What’s their best-case scenario? Actually, that’s a bad question–because it’s coming in as the seven seed, knocking off Detroit (the Bulls ARE 3-0 against the Pistons), catching a battered squad by surprise in the second round, beating whoever upsets the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, then beating the injury-plagued Spurs (Duncan and Ginobili collide in Game One, knocking both of them out for the rest of the series) in the Finals, becoming the first 35-47 NBA champs. I feel sick.

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

    He is still Coach K’s last hope at saying ‘yeah that NBA Player was from my school’ his last trys failed (Daniel Ewing, Corey Maggette’s personaltity, Elton Brand’s Knees, Shane Battier in general, Grant Hill’s entire body)

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

    8th belongs to the Bobcats but we will take higher

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    And I’m not sure if their young guys have regressed as much as they have temporarily plateaued. They need a superstar vet (like a KG) to push them harder, and it’s quite apparent that Ben “Captain? No Thanks.” Wallace isn’t the answer.

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    They do have a f*cking hex on the Pistons. I wish I could explain it.

  • Jared

    Damn, work in that duke hate

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

    i just thought i could fit it in. WOLFPACK BABY

  • Jared

    Russ it doesn’t seem at all like yesterdays game has made you thoroughly reflect on how bad the bulls blew it by not trading for kg, not at all

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

    although all of those guys i listed -Daniel Ewing had their own story’s in SLAM so i dont know, maybe they arent total f*ck ups?

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    The Bulls would have never gotten KG–it’s obvious that Kevin McHale was only going to trade with his hetero cross-country life partner (and the Bulls didn’t have a young big like Al Jefferson to use as a centerpiece anyway).

  • http://slamonline.com/online/2007/10/game-notes-boston-and-minnesota-at-london/ Keith

    Kobe’s not looking so bad now…

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Ben Wallace, Ben Gordon and Tyrus Thomas to the Clippers for Elton Brand and Corey Maggette.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    They were never getting Kobe, either.

  • Jared

    That trade would be pretty good, i think Joe Smith and EB would be a good front court, and a dukie back court with duhon, deng and maggette, beautiful

  • http://slamonline.com/online/2007/10/game-notes-boston-and-minnesota-at-london/ Keith

    This is my problem with any move that incorporates Ben Wallace…surely anybody that has been watching even the last 2 weeks can see that dude’s a hindrance. Why would anybody trade for that, along with his big fatty contract?

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Because the Clippers are paying Elton anyway, and they’re not going anywhere? Trading Elton Brand was the Bulls biggest mistake in the last 10 years. Um, except for maybe signing Ben Wallace.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    I am ashamed that when I wrote this last night I neglected to mention that today is the anniversary of Kobe’s 81. Lets hope he doesn’t have to score 80 to win the game for the Lakers any time soon.

  • http://slamonline.com/online/2007/10/game-notes-boston-and-minnesota-at-london/ Keith

    And not forgetting letting Jordan, Scottie, Phil and Dennis leave.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I’m including that. Their time was up. Like I’ve said before, there’s a reason no team has ever won more than three straight championships since the ’60s. Scottie and Phil were done with Bulls management, and there was no way Dennis would have another trouble-free year. And Jordan RETIRED. It’s not like he was itching to play another year right away. I’ve forgiven the Jerrys. Can’t you?

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    http://boss.streamos.com/wmedia/nba/nbacom/originals/kobe_first_allstar_011808.asx

    in case there are any Kobe fans still around…. clips from his first all star game at MSG. So young, so skinny, trying to be so cool, going up against MJ. And I still wish we could have had KG and Kobe on the same team, imagine that!

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Yeah, that horse has been beaten way too long.

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

    You do remember the first 3 peat right Russ? If Michael didn’t have to go awy because of the gambling accusations they would have put together 8 titles, regardless of how nice the Rockets appeared for two seasons.

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    KB neeeded a damn haircut!

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

    G’day

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    BUT THEY DIDN’T. MJ walked away because of–whatever. Stress, gambling issues, the murder of his father, watching “Field of Dreams” one too many times. And don’t sell Hakeem short, either. There’s a reason he went No. 1 ahead of ol’ what’s-his-name.

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Morning izzo.

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

    But don’t say it couldn’t happen. It would have, if not for uncontrollable circumstances (well Mike could have kept the money in his pocket but…..). Keep the Dream alive Russ.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I used to think the Bulls would have won eight straight too, but do you know how hard that would be? How many games, how many injuries avoided, how many lucky breaks? Someone would have broken down, no question. Maybe they would have found a way to win four straight, but had MJ played straight through, they wouldn’t have still been winning chips in ’97 and ’98.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    It would have never happened, period.

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

    The knicks would have beaten them both years.

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Shia needs some coffee.

  • Jared

    Russ thank you for those game notes, they were much better than the game.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    I’m with Jared… And why were Pierce and Qrich ejected anyway? Did they do anything besides jaw at each other? I looked up and they were both on their way to the locker rooms.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Welcome. And as far as I could tell (like I said, I was seated at the very top of the arena, with no TV for replays) they were just going back and forth. Q had fouled Pierce three straight possessions (and had yet to score), so he was probably gonna foul out anyway. Sucked for the Celtics, who were already missing James Posey.

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Joey Crawford.

  • Jared

    jawing…trying to avoid any marcus camby/danny ferry-esque mishaps…although if Isiah Thomas got punched in the face by Q it would probably not be a bad thing.

  • Jared

    I’m really waiting for the full team brawl ala major league 2

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    Russ, expect a long-winded email soon. Also, that comment you made about KG being able to play on any team has been sticking with me and it is so true is is absolutely ridiculous. Ridiculous. Just shows how crazy and talented and special he is. What was with the teams being near halfcourt for the timeouts? On another note, I’m still trying to figure out why the benches are all standing for half of the first quarter during games at Staples. Some games neither bench sits down for almost the entire first Q.

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

    Ronny Turiaf has some annoying antics on the sideline.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    Ronny can be whatever kind of cheerleader he wants in my eyes. I’m just thankful he was able to come back and play.

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

    I’m not saying stop I’m just saying if I was playing against him I would be aggravated. My team in high school used to cheer to whatever the other team did. “dribble, dribble, dribble, dribble, pass dribble, shot”

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    hahah that would be nice and annoying, Shia. What did you think of the Atlanta/Portland game yesterday?

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

    I only caught the end of it.But I like atl better than portland so I wish they would have won , but the Blazers are just on fire lately.I don’t think anybody knows how to deal with them yet because everyone was really expecting them to be doormats.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    yeah, they’ve been awesome. I hope they don’t go downhill and lose their momentum after the allstar break. I always get worried with young teams, but now I’ve got enough trouble worrying about the Lakers these next seven weeks or so. I’ve gotta step away from SLAMonline for a bit to get some work done, though. Be back soon…if anyone is around on this slow news day.

  • Jared

    who you guys got for most improved player of the year?

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Travis Outlaw.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    Bynum…if he can come back and finish strong.

  • Jared

    i’m stuck between bynum and lil dun. Outlaws been much better too though.

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Oh sh*t, yeah Bynum. Forgot about him. Outlaw is gonna get 6th man anyway.

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    And McMillan has to get coach of the year.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Not Isiah?

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    In Bizarro world I suppose, yes.

  • Mike C

    Why is LeBron always so eager to say that Kobe’s better than him?

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

    Mike:Because he is?

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    It’s in his Nike deal.

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

    Kobe also actually owns 50% of Nikes lower end players.

  • Reggie Evans

    Russ – did Lebron’s Nike deal also stipulate that he coast through last year’s regular season?

  • http://myspace.com/jrcfl Justin

    Got to see the Magic finally beat the Pistons last night. Awesome. Then came home to see the end of the Heat/Cavs. DWade put on a Willie Burton-esque performance, only for the Heat to lose again. Someone bring back Jon Sunvold!

  • Slick Nick Da Ruler

    Eboy, Money never won a championship against an elite center. Dream epitomized elite during the mid-90′s. It would have been a classic matchup.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Reggie: Probably. They didn’t want him to get hurt before he did the latest round of commercials.

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

    Yeah, Nick, nothing like Michael’s competitve fire to kill the legend of Hakeem if they met in a 7 game series. Hakeem NEVER would have met that challenge. He killed Shaq, not Michael.

  • Captain America

    Heat is now worst team

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Okay, who has seen Cloverfield?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Hi, I’m late.
    Have we already talked about the best 30 seconds in TV history: When Sager asked LeBron to wax poetic about MLK last night, and he did?

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I did see that interview Ryan. It was good. Not sure if it was brought up?

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

    Yes to Cloverfield, and yes to Sagar with Lebron. I hope you were leading to something Jones, cause if you don’t I will.

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Ok, so Cloverfield: Live up to the hype?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Nah, eboy, I was just struck by the dual absurdity: Sager throwing that question in point-blank, a question that any 23-year-old athlete who’s never had to stand for anything is much more likely to botch than answer well; and Bron not exactly botching it, but sort of saying enough words that sounded kind of appropriate that most people probably didn’t realize he basically compared King’s dream of racial and social equality to his own dream of being really really wealthy.

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

    Did you see it, TAD? It was actually really well done. Scale of 1 to 10, 8. Acting was good, set up was great, idea was well executed. The only thing I would have liked to have seen less…..? The actual monster. It was there, then not there, then would be like Godzilla by just putting it’s foot down, could hve stayed shrouded in mystery and not have changed the outcome of the movie’s effectiveness.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I told peole yesterday that it would have been awesome if Isiah just recited MLK’s “I Have A Dream” speech in lieu of a postgame press conference. Then took credit for it.

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Didn’t see it. Saw the freakin huge box office numbers though. Was waiting for some positive feedback before I decided to see it.

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

    You are so on point, Jones it’s scary. Yeah, I agree though, Lebron had no way of preparing an appropriate response in the humble, well versed way the corporate types would have liked to have heard. Shaq’s response was easy and simple, he just put up the peace sign. Effective and not open for scrutiny. Being in the game that long has it’s merits.

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I actually didn’t think of it that way Ryan. But now that you mention it, Bron did say that in a round about sort of way.

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

    TAD, you’d enjoy it. The crowd I was in was hyped throughout. I’ve actually seen it twice because my wife really liked it, and she never gets overexcited about a movie.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    They showed various Knicks on the scoreboard talking about MLK throughout the game. Malik Rose was his usual eloquent self, Randolph Morris was a tongue-tied mess who shouldn’t have bothered. And I’m pretty sure Herb Williams was actually talking about Martin Luther, who was his roommate in college. I really, really, REALLY wish they’d gotten Steph to do it.

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

    Yeah really. Starbury Luther King.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    I miss the Garden, Russ.

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    They should have had the Pistons/Magic game on TNT, just so they could have asked Sheed his thoughts on MLK.

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I may go see it tomorrow or Thursday. Want to avoid the crowds.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    The Garden has it’s problems (rats, insufficient electric outlets and media seating, terrible food, the Knicks), but it’s still the best damn arena period.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Wrong ‘its’. I suck.

  • Jared

    Thank you Russ. I think its crazy that they had you sitting in the 400′s…where do you usually sit with media credentials?

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    And here I thought media credentials meant good seats.

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

    I wouldn’t want to be ANYWHERE in the vacinity of Isiah or Dolan. YOu never know when the sniper jumpoff is going to happen.

  • Jared

    no artilery in the garden

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I wonder if Dolan has his own private security?

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

    Jared, you could probably get a poison blow dart gun in.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    The media sits in four sections at the Garden–courtside, a floor level batch immediately behind the visitor’s basket, a 100 level section behind the Knicks basket, and two long rows on either side separating the 300 and 400 levels. Usually we’re in the 100 level section, but at games where there’s lots of out-of-town media, we wind up in the nosebleeds. Trust me, I’m happy to be in the building at all, but sitting way up in the clouds doesn’t allow me to give any new insight about the game. You see more on TV for sure.

  • Jared

    haha you’re probably right, good hustle

  • Jared

    yea, i remember the first starbury game, i got tickets in 406, i might as well have been watching from the concession stands

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Dolan hates Slam.

  • Jared

    Dolan hates anything not named Isiah or Dolan

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    Ryan, I thought the same thing about Bron. I don’t know how eloquent I would sound being put on the spot like that, especially if I am used to showing up in front of a camera and being asked about how it feels to be this great. haha. He tried his best to pay his respect and appreciation, but all I could think was, wanting to grow up to be a mega-famous athlete is not the same as wanting to live in a world of equality. If it wasn’t for one dream, Bron’s wouldn’t be feasible. I think he knows that, but, put on the spot it didn’t come out well. Still ballsy move to throw that at him right after the game. haa

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

    SLAM hates Dolan.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    EVERYONE hates Dolan.

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

    We set the bar too high last week dude.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    hahah the 13 games tired me out last night.. Couple that with a ton of assignments that are due, a resume that stilll is being tweaked, a stack of emails that have to be responded to and playing phone tag with stupid student loan people… I haven’t been able to contribute as much and I almost feel guilty about it.

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

    I was on the phone til like 7 in the morning so I was asleep most of the day which is why I haven’t been around.I watched the Laker game last night though Fisher blew that game open.

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    The games were sorta underwhelming Shia. Plus, I got the feeling a lot of people are dealing with the recovery from a 3 day weekend.

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

    underwhelming is not the word. Under exciting

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    I’m thinking that too, Tad. I feel as if I’m recovering and I didn’t even have the holiday! haha. It sure does feel like a monday today and a night with only two games on the schedule does not bode well for recapping excitement tomorrow. Maybe Nash will drop 25+ assists and make my night?? Probably not, but I will always watch the Suns for the excitement factor, and because I love their starting five (insert Leandro, take out Diaw), more than any other starting five in the L.

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    This only made 177?? Underachieving f*ckers.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    Um, apparently Heath Ledger was found dead in his home? wtf is going on in Hollywood. This is just so sad, first Renfro and now him? Gosh.

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Um, Heath Ledger?? Google, here I come….

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Oh, the Brokeback dude.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    Just sad.

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    He had a 2 year old son. That’s depressing…

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Wow, you guys are fast ’round these parts. And forget Hollywood, he died in Manhattan.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Also, I had him mixed up with Josh Hartnett.

  • Keith

    Ledger is dead? The dude that was just in Batman? Man, that is messed up. Thoughts going out to the family.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    They’re already calling it a possible overdose, and it happened in Mary-Kate Olsen’s apartment (she wasn’t around). How embarassing.

  • Keith

    Embarassing for who? Mary-Kate? Heath’s family? His ex-wife? Pretty sure that the only thing that matter is that he is no longer alive, rather than where he was found.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Just in general, I guess. It’s amazing how fast the story had developed too, given that it happened less than three hours ago. And obviously it’s depressing more than anything.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    gosh, I just remember seeing pictures of him with his little daughter who was like a mini-me version of him. And also him at the oscars only a couple of years ago. How quickly things can spiral downward for celebrities. Very sad for his family and that little girl. Very strange about the Mary-Kate Olsen connection.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    and talking about depressing things, I read that Brad Renfro had just gotten a tattoo two days before he was found dead in his apartment last week. The tattoo was on his back and said “Eff all y’all”. That is really sad.

  • Keith

    You just know that so many stories are going to come out of this and his family are gonna to hear stuff that they never knew or needed to know. Whenever a celebrity dies, it always brings morality home to me. I always kind of think of celebrities as ‘untouchables’.

  • Keith

    *mortality

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    It also came out today that Nene’s tumor was actually malignant. It sounds like they caught it early and they got it all, but that’s scary as hell, too. Especially since the only reason they found it at all was a league-mandated drug test that revealed abnormal hormone levels. Hooray for drug testing.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    Thank God for that.

  • http://yahoo.com Play Cool

    kwame brown is acutally pretty good. I know that is a lie but I’m tryin to keep hope alive with the situation the lakers are in right now. We will all see Wednesday when they play spur city. play wit it.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apathy hursty

    hi.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apathy hursty

    3…

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    2….

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    1….

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apathy hursty

    200!! ‘ hursty pats himself on the back’ (maybe a little too hard).

  • smash her socks

    I hope tghe Hawks turn it around, theyre a very good young team. If they put a banger/rebounder (Like a przybilla, maybe Zaza) into the starting lineup at center to play 20 minutes a night while sliding Horford to starting PF and moving J-Smooth to the 2nd unit to spearhead their bench (which in turn makes their bench one of the best in the NBA) and keep playing Anthony Johnson 28 minutes a night as their starting PG with Acie as backup playing 20 minutes a night with the 2nd unit mostly while he develops (Hawks are 13-6 when AJ plays 26 or more minutes)…. plus Woody goes to Horford in the lowpost alot more on offense and J-smooth postup more plus marv when mismatched, and more pick and rolls especially with J-smoove but also with Horford and chillz plus with Marv on pick and pop mostly… if all these minor adjustments were made than the Hawks will win 43 games this year and get that 8 seed.

    They are a very talented and good young team with a very good young leader/franchise player in Joe Johnson plus they play good d and have many good offensive options plus depth, they are the youngest team in the league and keep getting better too…… if the adjustments are made they are ready to win right now, hopefully they arent mismanaged and their main man at coach figures it out.

  • smash her socks

    6 real good teams in the east, 10 real good teams in the west……… dammit why cant those 16 teams make up the playoffs instead of the standard 8 from each c$onference…….. damnit!

    well, if Chicago and NJ could turn it around maybe we could be okay….

    Im wondering about Toronto if theyre gonna step up and beat Boston. Orlando, Cleveland, Washington and Detroit have all defeated the Cetlics, but the Raptors havent in 3 tries (Although they only had full health in 1 of the meetings, the first one in which they lost by 3 on a Ray Allen gamewinner/buzzerbeater in overtime)…… looking forward to that game tonight Toronto/Boston.

    Also a WHALE of a matchup between Cleveland and Washington. Washington is 22-12 since the 0-5 start, and Lebron is 22-12 with Lebron in the lineup and 0-6 without him…… Washington has won 8 of 10 and Cleveland has won 9 of 10….. monster matchup between Cleveland/Washington tonight!

    Very good matchup New Orleans/Portland too, Hawks/Nuggets is a solid matchup too and isnt there a lakers/spurs matchup too? WOW!

    Washington is extremely impressive, Caron Butler is an absolute stud. They have a very very good team, 22-12 since that 0-5 start and they just beat Dallas by 18……. theyre damn good.

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