Thursday, November 27th, 2008 at 9:00 am  |  46 responses

The Post Up: Giving Thanks To Chris Bosh

And also, Joey Graham.

by Holly MacKenzie

Because you know the rest of the Raptors are.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you Americans. May you eat lots and be happy. I wish I was having my mom’s Thanksgiving dinner tonight, even though our holiday was last month. Huge night on the schedule with 14 games. This means league pass made me dizzy and I did not watch them all. I. Could. Not. Do. It. Sorry. Sometimes LP makes it difficult because with all of the options, you end up flipping at the wrong time and missing the best players/runs. I do hate that, but I am not complaining, especially not today.

You know when they talk about moral victories? Tonight was one. For the Warriors, I mean. It may not help them in the win column, but it definitely will help them mentally. One night after getting blown out in Washington, 124-100, the Warriors bounced back to put up 67 points against the Celtics in the first half.

Of course, they ended up losing 119-111 in the end, but it was still an impressive performance. These guys just may be pretty damn good when/if they get Monta back. If the guys they’ve got now aren’t too tired. Really though, they are in pretty much every game until the final minutes. I know that giving up 124 points and 119 points back-to-back isn’t great, but I am proud of them. Very proud.

This guy, Rondo? Amazing. He changed the entire feel of the game on his own. That speed of his is pretty much unstoppable. At one point he drew a charge and as he hopped up, KG got into his face and the energy was just ridiculous. Oh to be Rajon Rondo, playing, learning and living with the Big Special.Three.

So, another game, another huge line. 39 and 11. One, Chris Bosh. This guy is special. With J.O. sitting this one out and his team absolutely needing a victory against the Bobcats, Bosh more than delivered. Shooting 15-20 from the floor and 9-10 from the free throw line, the Bobcats couldn’t do much of anything to stop Bosh as the Raps won 93-86. Joey Graham was freed from the bench and he came up big, scoring 17 points on 6-8 shooting and having the highest +/- of the team at  +10.

After that horrifically rough finish to the game against the Suns last night, the Thunder had to go into Cleveland and face the Cavs. Didn’t really go so well. It was 44-16 at one point in the second quarter and then before I knew it the game was over with Cleveland taking it 117-82. I’m feeling for Oklahoma City right now.

Thunder Thornton, jam-a-rama. These Denver announcers are a little crazy. Melo looks good.

Of course, the Orlando/Philadelphia game was great and it was on ESPN, meaning, I didn’t get it. Rashard Lewis hit a three with 4.7 seconds left to keep the Sixers reeling as they try to find some consistency with Elton Brand on their team. Dwight Howard continues to save my fantasy team.

New Jersey recovered from a tough loss to the Lakers last night by defeating the Kings in overtime 116-114. John Salmons scored 38 points for the Kings in the loss. Vince had 25 points before going down in the fourth with what appeared to be a pulled hamstring. He needed two of his guys to carry him to the bench before going back to the locker room. It was Devin Harris who hit a jumper to win the game for the Nets.

I’m pretty sure I said that Melo would break out of his shooting slump tonight and he did just that, scoring 30 points as the Nuggets needed every one of them to defeat the clippers 106-105.

The Pistons defeated the Knicks last night, 110-96 as they received some big numbers from their bench. Amir Johnson had 12 points and 13 rebounds while Stuckey put in 11 assists and 13 points on the night.

I didn’t catch the Portland/Miami game so I can’t say what went on there, but a 38-point loss to the Blazers by the Heat doesn’t sound right. They shot only 34% in this one while giving up 49% shooting to Portland as Channing Frye had 17 points off of the bench and LaMarcus Aldridge added 16 while Greg Oden had a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double.

Interesting question a friend of mine asked yesterday: If the Lakers go on to win 70+, does Kobe win the MVP if Bron (or Chris Paul, or Wade, etc), is averaging a ridiculous line and the Cavs (etc.), win 50+? Would it go to Bron because his team isn’t as talented and this season Kobe hasn’t had to put up the same numbers meaning he may not be as valuable? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Have a wonderful holiday/weekend/day. Let’s all be thankful regardless of whether we are celebrating today, or not.

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  • Andy

    If both seasons continue the way they are, I’d have to give it to Bron. Yes, Kobe is a born winner…a stone-cold killer. But the Lakers are far more of a team this year, and I just think LeBron’s individual statistics are too impressive to ignore – at this rate, he’s going to average 30, 8 and 7. Those are ridiculous statistics by any standards. There are some good PGs in the league who won’t average 7 assists. Kobe himself, with his new-found team player ethos, is averaging just under 4.

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

    i am back on the computer, apperantly my uncle and aunt and my cousins is comming HERE at 10:25. So i got back on. Good sh!t Holly. What did you think of Gerald Wallace dunking on people? I was happy about that. The Toronto game was a good loss because everybody played hard. As long as i see effort i am fine with us loosing.

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

    also Lebron4MVP

  • http://www.hoopmixtape.com Simon S.Y Lawy

    Kobe is MVP for sure if my Lakers win 70+ …..

  • http://www.hoopmixtape.com Simon S.Y Lawy

    Bosh was a beast…

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

    Simon, i dont know if they will win 70, i am saying 62-67 wins.

  • http://www.hoopmixtape.com Simon S.Y Lawy

    well, i did said ‘IF’…

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

    true. But IF i say i will be the greatest IF i dominate the world, does that make it a statement people cant start a conversation using their beliefs as reinforcement with? I said ‘IF’. I feel like actin like a thanksgivingdouche right now.

  • http://www.hoopmixtape.com Simon S.Y Lawy

    well, maybe you’re right, but we never know what’s gonna happen tomorrow, we can’t predict our future…..here comes the big ‘IF’ …

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

    they dont call me BETstadamus for no reason Simon, i know what you will eat for breakfast 2 weeks from now.

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

    reasons why thanksgiving is great

    1. Good food
    2. More good food you are forced to eat after announcing being full
    3. Good football
    4. Good Basketball
    5. Good family bonding time
    6. Day After Thanksgiving sales (Everything at Footlocker will be 40%, you canadians should cross the boarder and gets some kicks)
    7. Playing football with my cousins and comming in looking like the Duke Mascout; Black and Blue bruises all over.

  • Monkeyball

    Can anybody remember the last time the top three scorers in the League all came from the same draft class?
    Oh, yes, Lebron’s MVP right now. I don’t care if the Lakers stay undefeated the rest of the season. It’s an individual, not a team award. When the Bulls won 70+, Mike averaged 30, 7, and 7. He had Pippen doing everything, and Rodman grabbing 15 boards a game, and he still had numbers that looked more like Lebron’s than Kobe’s (so far THIS season).

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

    I have shut down my site. Happy thanksgiving, i got to go get ready for uncle/aunt to show up


    back to black

  • Tom

    Nice to see some of the raptors really focus on defense last night, namely, Bargnani and Joey. Without JO though, Raps are getting murdered in the paint though. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone down in the US!

  • http://hoops4life.com overtime

    You get 70 wins, you get an mvp

  • Andy

    I’m staking a claim right now for Chris Bosh to be voted Most Improved Player at the end of the season. There’s an added level of consistency to his game this season, and he can now rightfully be called a franchise player. Finally, the Raptors can lay the ghost of Vince Carter to rest.

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

    I know this is old news, but i haven’t been around. I like how a lot of you now have your own blogs, or group blogs. Fun stuff. Especially SKO. Interviews and everything. cool!

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

    sorry to see that BET is shutting it down

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

    I like the colorway on Bosh’ shoes

  • WhaHuh

    Come on guys that question is pathetic and reflects badly on all who would seriously answer it. MVP after 13 games in the season? GTFOH. This is different to ROY discussions because their teams performance is irrelevant to their individual ones, I dont expect any ROY candidates to get to the post season

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

    68 points?? Eboy, explain yourself

  • Monkeyball

    All who seriously answer the question understand that the season’s just starting, WhaHuh.
    Excuse me for being a fan. I guess you just sit there all year and don’t open your mouth about anything until mid-March. Not everyone has your discipline…

  • http://www.hoopmixtape.com Simon S.Y Lawy

    @monkeyball, when bulls win 70+, mike averaged, 29,5,5 …

  • Monkeyball

    Actually, Simon, according to NBA.com, Jordan averaged 30.4ppg, 6.6rpg, and 4.3apg. I was off, but so were you.

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

    The Heat sucked harder than the BETCATS last night. That is all. Also, I’m thankful that the Post Up is back in the mix full time and I’m thankful my girl Holly is back. BTW, if Lebron averages 30 and the Cavs win 50 + and Kobe averages 24 and the Lakers win 70, Lebron’s winning it ’cause his team is not talented in the Lakers class. That being said, the Laker’s aren’t winning 70, 67 sounds about right, they’ve had a softer, easier schedule than Kim Kardasian ass so far.

  • http://www.hoopmixtape.com Simon S.Y Lawy

    How did you guys define talent? Eboy…

  • http://www.hoopmixtape.com Simon S.Y Lawy

    i don’t think cav’ are lack of talents.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Damn. Happy thanksgiving everyone. The knicks tankfest has started in earnest.

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

    They don’t have the same total Simon, not even close. Talent….I mean.

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

    Shia, I see you turkey!!!!

  • Tom

    I agree w/ eboy, the Lakers have had a very light schedule so far, makes it very hard to guage how far they’ve come. And if Lebron and CP3 continue to play like they are right now, they get the MVP nod over Kobe no matter how many wins the Lakers get……writing that last line just killed me a little inside.

  • tealish

    Devin Harris must be the front runner for MIP. He is impressing on the regular.

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

    The Laker will win 73 regular season games this year. Eboy knows I predicted this in the offseason and it is scaring the ish out of him right now. Happy Turkey Day, E.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Free Joey Graham! His toughness and energy are exactly what the Raps needed last night. Moon usually provides that, but he was matched up with Gerald Wallace, who essentially is a souped-up Super Saiyan version of Jamario Moon. Real sloppy start to the game though. And DJ Augustin’s dynamism reminds me a lot of a young Mighty Mouse, he’s gonna have a place in the L for a long while I think.

  • namik

    Anyone hear the latest on AI? Practice? Yes AI, practice. Fun stuff.

  • MeloMan13

    that is the best posible way to describe Gerald Wallace Joel

  • enigmatik

    wtf.14 games in the season and yall talking bout who should be MVP?bring it up next year fools.

  • LJ

    Hope you have a horrendous Thanks-Giving BETCATS!!!!
    And happy Thanks-Giving to all other U.S.A. citizens.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Why did you shut down you site, BETCATS?

  • Teddy-the-Bear


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

    cos no-one was commenting on it Teddy.

  • Andy

    Enigmatik and all you others complaining…no-one is saying who SHOULD be MVP now. We’re discussing who should be MVP, if the two players’ seasons pan out the way they’re going now. Absolutely nothing wrong with that in my eyes.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Aha thanks Meloman.