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Thursday, November 6th, 2008 at 9:00 am  |  78 responses

The Post Up: Big Names, Huge Games

TP, 55. Amare, 49. LBJ, 41.

by Holly MacKenzie

My goodness. The NBA is back in a big way. I had a weird feeling that it was going to be a huge night around the L, last night. Ryne and I had spoken about how the season has been a bit slow to get moving and then suddenly it was as if the league had heard us and decided to bless us with a ridiculous Wednesday night.

First of all, Iverson. Billups. No Iverson dressing. That broke my soul just a little. Anyway, the Raptors lost a tough one to a fiesty Pistons squad. There will be game notes Amare, too good.coming shortly.

Okay, onto the big stuff. Tony Parker. Amare. LBJ. Parker dropping in 55 points last night? 55. And 10 assists as well. Only MJ and Oscar Robertson have done the same. Ever. He was just insanely unstoppable. I know it was the TWolves, but it was an amazing performance and his team needed a victory.

Am I the only one who is guilty of sometimes forgetting just how talented Parker is? I also cannot believe he has been in this league so long. I remember loving him when I was in high school and he was an 18 year old rookie who was getting the rookie treatment from Popovich.

Amare. Why oh why could he have not been on my fantasy team last night? 49 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals. Oh, 2 blocks as well. And, he did it on 17-21 from the floor and a perfect 15-15 from the line. Please, please, please continue to play angry, Black Jesus. I’m still in awe of this line. Entirely.

LeBron. Not too often he gets overshadowed, but here it is. James had 41 last night in a victory over the Bulls.

The Warriors/Denver game was my favorite of the night, besides watching the Raptors/Pistons live, of course. The Warriors hung in there fought back and turned the game around after being down in the first half. It was a close one throughout the second until Golden State finally managed to create some space in the fourth. I was happy they were able to pull it out. Melo shouldn’t have made those 44 points comments.

I’m not too embarrassed to admit that after a beautiful J by Jackson in the fourth, I was definitely lying in bed with one arm raised in the air, celebrating that basket. Okay, maybe I should not have shared, but, these Warriors are really fighting and they are my underdog team to root for this year.

Also, Alex English is one beautiful person. You’ll learn more in the game notes.
So, after a huge night on the schedule last night, we’ve got an easy TNT night, tonight. I am looking forward to an easy night in with Ernie, Kenny and Charles. Can it really be Thursday already?

LA Lakers 106 LA Clippers 88

In a game that was very close until the fourth when the Clippers turned back into the Clippers, the Lakers pulled away late and used a 22-0 run to run away with the game. The Clippers were doing more than hanging around as they switched leads with the Lakers throughout the game, but it was midway through the fourth quarter when it all began to break down. Thanks to a boost from Lamar Odom off of the bench, the Lakers began their run and did not look back. With their offense fuelled by their defense, the Lakers were able to get Baron Davis out of the game after he committed his fifth foul with the game tied up at 81. When he returned to the game, his team was down by six on the scoreboard, but more importantly, they were down themselves and not playing the way they had for the first three quarters of the game. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 27 points, Odom had 15 points and 9 rebounds off of the bench and Andrew Bynum had 9 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocked shots. Al Thornton led the Clippers with 22 points, Tim Thomas scored 18 and Baron added 17 in the loss.

Golden State 111 Denver 101

With their new point guard Chauncey Billups opting not to join the team in the Bay for their game against the Warriors, the undermanned Nuggets battled against Golden State, leading throughout the first half, before fading in the second and dropping a 111-101 decision last night. While Denver was ahead early and led by seven at the end of the first quarter, the Warriors hung in there and were able to swing the momentum by the half, trailing only one, 59-58 at the break. In the third, the Warriors came out blazing, pushing the tempo and attacking Denver to get them on their heels. Led by Stephen Jackson, they were able to pull away in the fourth to grab their first home victory of the season. Jackson led the way with 29 points and 7 assists as Kelenna Azubuike scored 22 points off of the bench, Andris Biedrins scored 12 points to go with 11 rebounds and 5 blocked shots and Brandon Wright had a career-night with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony had 28 points to lead the Nuggets as Dahntay Jones scored 15 and Nene had 19 points and 15 rebounds.

Utah 103 Portland 96

In another close game last night, the Jazz pulled away from the Blazers in the fourth quarter to remain unbeaten, all without Deron Williams. Outscoring Portland 29-18 in the final quarter, it was Brevin Knight who got things rolling in the fourth, as Utah remained strong when a lay up from Brandon Roy cut the Utah lead to only one with a minute remaining. Rather than panic and rush a shot, Andrei Kirilenko calmly fed Carlos Boozer the ball for an easy lay up of his own with 29 seconds on the clock and a three-point lead that they would hang onto. For the final play of the game, it was Rudy Fernandez who took the shot and missed and the Jazz were victorious. Mehmet Okur scored 22 points for the Jazz, Boozer finished with 20, Kirilenko with 17 and Ronnie Brewer with 16. LaMarcus Aldridge and Brandon Roy led the Blazers with 18 points apiece as Joel Przybilla added 16 rebounds in the loss.

Cleveland 107 Chicago 93

On nights like Wednesday, LeBron James just makes it look too easy. In a game against the Bulls, James finished with 41 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals, almost effortlessly, as the Cavaliers handled the Bulls with ease, despite a late run by Chicago with James on the bench. Once he returned to the court, however, it was short-lived as James got back to work by putting in seven quick points to all but silence the Bulls. Besides the big night from James, Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 15 points and 10 rebounds, Delonte West scored 16 points and Mo WIlliams added 13. Ben Gordon had 31 points off of the bench to lead the Bulls while Derrick Rose scored 20 points and Loul Deng added 18 in the loss.

Phoenix 113 Indiana 103

After a strong start to the season that included a victory over the Boston Celtics, the Pacers were looking good against the Suns, until Amare Stoudemire happened. With his team trailing by 11 in the first quarter, Stoudemire got to work. And he didn’t stop for the rest of the game. Just missing his career-high of 50 points, he finished with a ridiculous line of 49 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. He shot 17-21 from the floor (with two of those misses coming from the three-point line, so 17-19 from inside three), and went a perfect 15-15 from the foul line. The dominance of Stoudemire coupled with the Pacers settling for jumpers in the second half spelled doom for Indiana and the Suns came away with the 113-103 victory. In addition to Stoudemire’s big night, Boris Diaw had 14 points off of the bench for the Suns and Grant Hill added 11. Danny Granger and TJ Ford each had 23 points to lead Indiana and Marquis Daniels added 19.

San Antonio 129 Minnesota 125 2OT

In what was a marathon of a game, Tony Parker came out on top. In a big way. With the Spurs struggling to start off this season and in search of their first win, the Timberwolves were quick to pounce and try to continue holding them down. Parker was having none of that. Becoming only the third player ever to score 55 points and dish 10 assists, Parker forced the double overtime with a shot at the buzzer and then again was their go to guy down the wire as he simply could not be stopped, jumper after jumper, layup after layup. He was the one who forced the second overtime period as well, another jumper sailing through the net. In the second overtime, it was all Parker as he scored six of the Spurs first eight in the period, refusing to let his team drop another contest. He shot 22-36 from the floor and had some help from Tim Duncan who put in 30 points and 16 rebounds and Roger Mason Jr. dropped in 26 points off of the bench. Al Jefferson led the Wolves with 30 points and 14 rebounds, Mike Miller scored 25 points and Sebastian Telfair added 8 points and 10 assists off of the bench.

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  • http://another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    Parker is amazing, and the Warriors should be glad they can always count on Buike.

  • http://www.myfreesport.com LexaB

    TP can be so sick when he’s in da zone!!! So can we finally put him on the “best PG of the game” talk??? I know u guys usually throw hate at him on this site but can u honestly still say CP3 or Deron are THAT MUCH in front of him??? I still think they are better than my man Tony but the difference is not as big as you would think… three rings guys, three rings… and if he couldn’t have won them without TimRobot and Manu, who really thinks TimRobot would have been able to get those rings all by himself??? I know the guy’s a machine but still…

  • http://www.myfreesport.com LexaB

    Oh and just because I never said it before : thanks for my every morning NBA-fix Holly, everytime the sunshine of the day :)

  • Ken

    Can you believe that Amare had micrfracture knee surgery just 2 years ago? Amazing.

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

    I’ll be front and center at the bar of my favorite sports bar on Friday to see Iverson in his Piston debut and watch Detroit go 5-0. I’m ready for Boston on Sunday already.

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

    Can I just say, f*ck Chauncey and his horseface for not being man enough to get his physical on Tuesday. Oh yeah, the best 4-0 team in the league is in the East.

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

    E, I don’t actually think it was Chauncey’s fault. Apparently it wasn’t setup by Denver in time. At least that is what I heard.

  • http://www.ngunioamosotho.com Nguni

    TP is the 5th best pg in the league.

  • http://www.ngunioamosotho.com Nguni

    behing Nash and B. Diddy.

  • Candice

    Holly I’m sorry that you still couldn’t see AI play in person. I know you was looking foward to it. Also if AI did what Chauncey it would probably be blown up on ESPN.

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

    He’s still a horse faced bitch, TAD. And I’m just mad I didn’t get to see AI and have to wait two full days to see him.

  • Candice

    If it was Denver fault, why did they wait so long. They was able to get AI phyical done during a snow blizzard.

  • KobeStopper

    The most amazing thing about Amare’s line is that he took 2 3s in the game. So from 2 point range, he was actually 17/19. That is ridiculous

    And I’ve got both TP and Amare on my fantasy team

  • Michael

    duncan/mason/parker combined for 111 of 129 spur points, must be some sort of record surely

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    And the Hawks beat the Hornets.

  • Kostas Koufos

    i see T.P scoring 55 only when his team needs to do so and without forcing a single shoot (what Manu did last year at the first few months in a similar situation for Spurs)and i remember A.I. and “STARBURY!!!” getting their 50′s and how they used to do it….And yet we got people comparing real-serious players like T.Parker with A.I and the other cartoons….poor T.P… .

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

    Kostas: Maybe i’m late to this, and I knwo you are like ‘Mr. Basketball Fundamentals Man’, but why is AI considered a “cartoon player”?

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    So, the Heat defeat of the 76ers means nothing? ‘Rio broke a record for steals in a game. And it was the first game (I’m sad to admit) that I watched from start to finish of my team. We’re still here, Miss Holly! :-)

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

    And yes, the Hawks did beat the Hornets, in NO as well. Quite impressive.

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

    You picked a good night to watch, Cheryl.

  • Kostas Koufos

    @TADOne…: 1)he has the looks and style of a cartoon hero, 2)his game efficiency can only be accepted-apreciated by little kids (this ain’t bad at all for my favorite league, i bet this target market is one of the most profitable and i honestly thank him for boosting the revenues from bball around the world…). I respect him for his contribution to the well being of all those making a living from bball but i cannot consider him a real bball player or compare him with serious talents that have repetedly demonstrated their value by WINNING all around the world (Manu, Dirk, Scola, Gasol, etc) . I can assure you(although i cannot prove it to you..) that there is no coach in the league that would take A.I.(in his prime) over Parker, or Billups, or Manu, or Deron….

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

    I thought we ridded ourselves of the simpletons.

  • Kostas Koufos

    @Eboy…..:we never do…and this is a great thing or else we would have to actually work in order to make a living….

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

    ……..

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

    Note to self- J-Rich aint clutch

  • Kostas Koufos

    “whereof one cannot speak, thereof one shall remain silent” (one of my favorite lines from one of my favorite teachers,Ludwig Wittgenstein )

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

    I’m sorry I asked Kostas. Please go back to your coloring book and please stay within the lines. Thanks.

  • Kostas Koufos

    @TADOne…..:speaking of coloring books and since Eboy reminded me of uncle Ludwig i can recommend you “The Blue and Brown Books” of his…it is way easier than the Tractatus and has some funny comments also (i could understand almost nothing from Tractatus by the way…)

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

    BET, how’s those Knicks taste?

  • Kostas Koufos

    delicious!!!!!!!

  • namik

    regulars- who compared Kobe(??) to good will hunting?? I was watching it last night and the scene where he burns the formula and says “Do you know how easy this is for me?!?” reminded me of that particular convo. It’s been driving me crazy all morning. Please help.

  • namik

    Eboy your Lakers hate is ridiculous and unnecessary.

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

    Eboy, how did the Cats taste?

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    The Spurs supporting cast is a collection of bums. Spurs management gets a lot of props, but man, once you get past Parker and Duncan the dropoff is staggering.

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

    hoot hoot!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    Eboy how did the Cats taste when they destroyed the heat? And you eat bagels! Bagels!

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

    namik, the essence of “Change” can’t cure me of certain failings….especially when it comes to the colors purple and yellow.

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

    How many wins do the CAT’s have? How many do the Heat have? Add them together and you come up with your grade number.

  • Myung

    Tad, I’ll answer your question from the other post here. Regarding Coach, I’m now a soft “No.” I still haven’t changed my stance, but it’s softened. I’ve been such a harsh critic of his in the past so it’s going to take more than a 3-0 start to move me into his corner. BUT… I’ll give him some props. If you watched our 3 wins, we’re winning with straight hustle and athleticism and DEFENSE. Just like in our 3 wins against Boston last May, we’re simply playing HARDER than the other team. I’m hoping it’s due to his coaching (for the sake of his job security). I DO think he’s been doing better with substitutions this year as well. It’s too early to tell anything, but this isn’t a 3-0 start against the Wolves, Grizz, and Nets. We beat 3 legit teams, and in our 2 road wins, we were up pretty much the entire time. If I blamed him for our losses, then it’s only fair to give him some credit for some of our wins.

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

    slay mode? LOL? na boy i am in 10th, you got a butt hemerage, its all good?

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

    its about to be spainish 1 time!! I got a quiz on verb conjucations! How do you say Lebron James in spainish?

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

    Myung: My comment on Woody was purely sarcastic, but I do see the Hawks playing with some urgency early in the season and that has to be a good thing.

  • namik

    Eboy-”Yes We Can!!!”

    Can anyone answer my question please? Btw 2OT AND 55 points from Parker to beat the Wolves? I know its early, but god D ! LeBron has it in for Chicago for some reason. Excluding Amare, are the Suns still the Suns of old? God I hate not being able to watch games 3 times a week….

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

    Namik- I actually have no idea what you are talking about…sorry.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    Cheryl! I see you, girl. I was at the Raps game and missed most of the earlier games on the sched. I did HAVE to recap the Suns game, because, shoot, Amare went crazy!
    Candice, thanks for the message. I will get to see Ivy again this year though and hopefully then he WILL be playing. I’ve heard that Chauncey wasn’t IN Denver last night, so who knows.

  • http://www.myspace.com/hemantsbeats what

    HAWKS BIATCH! Co-sign everything Myung said about Woody too.

  • http://www.myspace.com/hemantsbeats what

    Also, is it possible to trade Kostas and a future draft pick for Chukaz? The constant stupidity from Kostas is really starting to get mind-numbing.

  • namik

    TADOne-Thank you for answering. I believe it was Myles or Jake but I’m not sure. And I think it was Russ who said something like “I can just imagine Kobe burning his 81 point stat-sheet and saying “Do you know how easy this is for me?”. It was hilarious. I just wish I knew for sure. Sorry about the Iverson trade.

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

    Why sorry? Ivy is my favorite player in the L and he is going to my favorite team. I’ll miss Billups and his steady leadership, but i’m excited.

  • Kostas Koufos

    @what….:i love you.

  • namik

    Sorry because this is about to be a “Shaq to Phoenix” kind of trade. Why spoil something that was fine as it was? And Billups wasn’t even a malcontent like Marion. Bad, bad trade.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    The Hawks, Heat, and Lakers all get a gold star for their performance last night. If the Spurs are gonna need 55 and 10 from Tony with 2 OT’s to beat the L-Wolves it’s gonna be a long season in Spurville.

  • Phil B

    How scary is it that the Spurs needed 55 and 10 from TP, 30 and 16 from Timmy and two overtimes to beat the Timberwolves? This is gonna be a long season for Pop if Manu doesn’t come back soon. Oh… and role players need to do their thing.

  • http://Yahoo Carl

    I wonder if TP, Lebron, & Amare text eachother before their games and placed a bet on who would score the most.Great perfomances!!!

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

    Namik: I’m in the “wait and see” approach. However, it is not a “bad, bad trade” as you say. That is just ridiculous to say.

  • Tom

    Morning all!…..Amare is a freakin video game, seriously, who goes 17/21 in a real NBA game? He is this generations Shawn Kemp. Also Ben Wallace has been pretty surprising in his last few games, double digit boards both times, I only know because he is on my fantasy squad, maybe he’s back to his old self?

  • http://heavyasheaven.blogspot.com Kid Presto

    It is simple incredible that the hawks are beasting right now. Joe Johnson is becoming one of my favorite players in the L right now and Josh Smith is just known as “Fantasy”. kid feels the stat sheet.

  • http://heavyasheaven.blogspot.com Kid Presto

    pistons don’t make it past the first round. silly me.

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

    KP: Pistons will make it out of the first round. They only way it doesn’t happen is if Joe starts hanging around with Zeke again and gets talked into trading Sheed, Rip, and Tay for Curry, Crawford, and Z-Bo.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com H to the Izzo

    AI-Billups Trade Implication #1,239:If ‘Melo doesn’t really perform this year,the Nugs might look into moving him.

  • http://heavyasheaven.blogspot.com Kid Presto

    I’m just messsing with you TAD. I really can’t bet against the boys because I feel Iverson is going to make them more of a run and gun team and that is good for Rip and the young gunner Stuckey.

  • Kostas Koufos

    can’t wait to see A.I. taking the Pistons from 100% to 55%…
    @H to the ZO….: trade Melo…??!!!are you nuts..??!!!Melo is the future of this (video)game!!!!!

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

    Detroit has already scored 100 or more points in all 4 of their games this season so far. They are also holding opponents to a 93 point average. It appears Curry has aclimated himself quite nicely.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Who have the Pistons played so far?

  • Kostas Koufos

    @TADOne….:wait till the cartoon joins them next week….

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

    Who have the Lakers played??

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

    TAD, why bother? Seriously…..you’re not ignorant….leave it be. Once they resign McDyess, then what? Oh yeah, the East will be their’s for the taking (Celts will really miss Pose in a head to head series) and they’ll have the front court to bang with the big’s in the West. Can you tell I’m excited for the Pistons because of Allens’ inclusion?

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

    Co sign eboy.

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

    I’m a glutton for punishment.

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

    It feels so strange to have Shia on my side and not saying “f*ck the Pistons” anymore. “Change” indeed.

  • Kostas Koufos

    first loss for Olympiakos this season at the “Drazen Petrovic” stadium against Cibona Zagreb….Papaloukas tried to keep us in the game but he couldn’t do it alone…dissapointing performance from Josh who finished with 8 points after some terrible shooting from outside…(ain’t NBA here to run & dunk and save his life…)…

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    HAHA, love that Shia loves Ivy. I’m on your side now also, Tad. That Iverson, he can make anyone love anything, can’t he? He’s a special one.

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

    “Come on aboard! We have plenty of food and drinks. To your left is the Bad Boy exhibit, and to your right is 2004 carcasses of Gary Payton and Karl Malone. Please refrain from taking pictures.”

  • http://www.myfreesport.com LexaB

    Holly, glad to read you admit to sometimes forget how talented my man TP is!!! Seen a lot of that around here and still cant figure out why!! Cant just be ’cause the guy is married to one eva “dream-girl-for-most-men-so-we-just-cant-throw-some-love-to-her-guy” longoria, can it??? Awesome Post Up by the way, as usual girl

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

    the Celtics big 3′s had their ups and downs in the playoffs. posey was consistently their 3rd best player every time. Ainge should have realized that, unless he was napping when the celtics were playing.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    I actually didn’t mean for that to come off in a smartass way, I was really wondering who they’ve played. Oh well.

  • Anton

    Saturday night will be a glimpse of Pistons vs. Celtics in the conference semifinals.
    Iverson/Pistons 09
    Yes We Can!

  • Anton

    *conference FINALS.
    I cannot spell when Iverson is this awesome

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