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Tuesday, December 30th, 2008 at 9:00 am  |  56 responses

The Post Up: Al Jefferson Is Pretty Good

Those Raptors are not. And LeBron? He’s 24 today!

by Holly MacKenzie

Okay SLAMmer’s. It’s Tuesday morning, my last day in Nova Scotia and last night was spent with my mother, not watching basketball. After pulling out every trick in the book to get in all 12 hours on Christmas Day, there was no way my Mom was allowing me to get away with another NBA-filled night. Not my choice. So, we’ve got some stats and a brief, brief, brief rundown of everything. You guys can fill in the gaps for me.

What did I see/hear:

The Suns managed to take down Oklahoma City 110-102, even with Nash leaving the game with back spasms. This was not fun for my fantasy team since I’m facing the guy who is only 0.5 games back of me, and he has Chris Paul on his squad.

Get better, Nashy.

Shaq had 28 points and 12 rebounds in that game to help the Suns grab the W. JRich had 20, he’s really getting comfortable in that Phoenix uni. Barnes had 19 off of the bench.

Westbrook had 31 for the Thunder. Let’s talk about that guy. I like him.

The Hawks took down Denver 109-91, last night as Joe Johnson scored 25 points and dished 7 assists while Al Horford had 16 and 10. A night after scoring 32 at MSG, Carmelo Anthony He shaved. He scored.struggled from the floor, shooting only 4-17 for the night.

The Magic were leading against the Pistons last night, and I’m not sure what happened. Got a text saying they were collapsing in the fourth and it appears that was correct as they lost 88-82. Detroit was led by Stuckey who had 19 points, despite needing 19 shots to get them.

Dwight had 18 and 18 for the Magic in the loss.

OJ Mayo versus Kevin Love went into overtime where the Wolves (really!), took over and outscored Memphis 19-9. Mayo finished with 23 points while Love had 17 and the W, but it was Al Jefferson who was the star of the game as he poured in 38 points and pulled down 16 rebounds on the night.

Exciting game of the night: Washington minus Caron taking down Houston, 89-87. Again, I didn’t get to see this one, so fill me in but, wow. Antawn had 30 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocked shots. Yao Ming scored only 12 points on 4-14 shooting while Ron Artest finished with 20 off of the bench for the Rox in the loss.

Utah grabbed another win last night, this time over Philly, 112-95 with 27 points from Ryne’s guy, Deron Williams. Mehmet Okur scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Andrei Kirilenko added 16 points and 13 rebounds. Thaddeus Young did his best to pace the Sixers with 17 points and one pretty highlight as I’ve been told he looked like Jason Williams on the break with a behind the back fake and finish.

And while the Raptors were continuing to fall flat on their faces and make me sad, I got this from Chris O’Leary:
Hump is the man
I know he’s average as hell
but he plays the game the right way
him and bargnani need to room together
so he can teach dr. andrea about being a man

All I’m going to say is you can’t lose when Jose has 21 points and 16 assists and the Warriors give you 5676 thousand chances in the final two minutes to steal the game. Raptors lost to the Warriors, 117-111 thanks to 30 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists from my guy, Stephen Jax. Marco Belinelli had a great game scoring 23 points and making me cringe every time I saw Andrea Bargnani. Andris Biedrins had 13 points and 15 rebounds. I had one of those “who do I want to win” moments. Oops.

Well guys, I think that’s it. Check Court Surfing later this afternoon for my “Best Of 2008” list and be sure to sound of and let me know your thoughts over there.

I’ll be back in Toronto tomorrow and hitting up the Raptors and Nuggets shootaround and game, hoping and praying that New Years Eve doesn’t bring a bunch of drunk unhappy fans with it. I hate, hate, hate being in an arena that is booing their home team.

I’m going to be happy to jump back into the world of the NBA though.

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  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Al Jefferson+My Fantasy Team=Happy Moose

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Holly, I don’t think booing a bad team is something to worry about. You need to be concerned if fans get so fed up, they’ll root for the opponent (New Yorkers and LeBron).

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Al Jefferson is who we thought he is. :) Thank the lord for that! Happy Birthday LBJ!

  • http://deleted B. Long

    What do you buy a guy like LBJ for his birthday?

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

    Actually Holly, the Magic weren’t leading against the Pistons. Detroit led the whole game, the Magic just tied it up at 77 in the 4th before the Pistons closed it out.

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

    LBJ doesn’t need anything. However, I need plenty.

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

    You buy him 24 hours of coverage.

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

    Deron is my guy also, … Jerry sloan did a good job.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    I’m back baby. Saw the knicks embarass themselves against the wolves, not in person thank God. Saw the jets destroy my hopes and dreams for a good new year. And saw some excellent games on Christmas day. The knicks and new york sports in general get worse by the day, but I’m hanging in there.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    I’m a big Thad Young supporter and I’m glad he had a nice game but I had to drop him for my boy Jeff Green, who’s really stepped it up of late. Also, I picked up Bellinelli just in time for him to explode with 23 and 6 with 5 3s. Where’s the fantsy post at anyway?

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Fantasy Q: Could I get Al Jefferson for Caron Butler or Melo (maybe throw in Brook Lopez as a sweetener?) I has a ton of elite SFs and PGs and no elite big man…

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    The Nets’s home woes eclipsed the Bulls’s road woes in the battle of “who loses first?”

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

    Mr. Rose was ballin last night.

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Big Man

    Detroit is an interesting team. They seem better than most of the top teams in the East for large segments of the game, then they seem to just fold up in the crunch. They beat the Magic, but that was after giving back a nine point halftime lead and allowing Howard to score 17 in the second half!
    Plus they were giving up open shots to a scorching Rashard Lewis all night. That’s a weird team. I can’t tell if it’s Iverson’s influence or the lack of Billups’ influence, but they are missing something. And it’s not talent, although they need to improve on the boards.

  • WhaHuh

    Al Jefferson eats teams that give him single coverage

  • http://blog.mlive.com/fullcourtpress/ Dave Dial

    The Magic weren’t leading the Pistons all night, in fact it was just the opposite.

    The Pistons had leads of 10+ points for much of the night, but the Magic came back and tied it in the 4th quarter, only to watch the Pistons regroup and pull it out in the end.

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

    I know I’m probably going to get stoned to death for saying this but Al Jefferson’s game and especially his footwork is growing more and more Tim-bot like every time I see him play.

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

    AK47 is in full effect. 16 13 3 3 3.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    MESSAGE TO SLAM IT STAFF:
    Please make the new layout IE6 friendly.
    Sh-tty browser but my IT dudes won’t let me change it. (Security issues, licences, compatibility, blablabla…)

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  • ClydeSays

    Once Al Jefferson learns to play D and pass out of double/triple teams, the Wolves will be on their way to a sub .500 season…

  • Reflex

    B.Long : That’s not a bad thing is it? If DHoward followed he’d be a 30-15 guy in no time…
    I, like many, don’t like Timmy D’s game but I sure do respect it.

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

    I feel the exact same way, FunkMaster Re-Flex.

  • Reflex

    Glad we’re on the same page squire!

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

    STACK MACK BE BACK IN THE KITCHEN COOKIN UP THAT HOT ISH!

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

    And i still pick the Nuggets to win the west.

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

    They’re the only other team with a shot, BET. Maybe the Jazz. But who the hell is gonna guard Bynum or Gasol in the post? They only have one Nene.

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

    By the way, last night was the first night Deron said he felt 100%. Look out, NBA!

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

    Kenyon Martin has been reborn.

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

    @BET:Like…he found Jesus or something?

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

    no like he is playing good.

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com Nbk

    haha B

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com Nbk

    can someone tell me what makes the SLAM ONLINE | » Dikembe Mutombo Is Back In Uniform Posted: Dec.30 at 4:17 pm happen. is that to let us know a new article is available?

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

    ???

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com Nbk

    SLAM ONLINE | » Dikembe Mutombo Is Back In Uniform Posted: Dec.30 at 4:17 pm
    [...] Houston strengthened its interior by bringing back 76-year-old Mutombo. Even at his age, the Mount will improve the Rockets’ defensively challenged frontcourt, and help prevent teams like the Wizards from stepping over them. [...] ?? thats what i am talking about, what makes those alerts things pop up

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

    why are you questioning the alertness of the alert system? I dont understand. You make me cry sometimes.

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com Nbk

    i was asking if it is an alert system. That answers my question, but happy to help you cry

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

    stop ruining America NBK

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com Nbk

    stop wearing diapers to bed

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

    ill stop that when i am ready. In the mean time, you can stop acting like Nbk stands for Notwithstanding Brainy Knowitall.

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com Nbk

    wow another name abbreviation original

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

    SLAMonline-Where Cyberbullying Happens.

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com Nbk

    thats catchy

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

    i like that

  • slamfan4life

    i guess only a couple of peeps saw D.Roses game yesterday?

    21pt
    12ast
    4reb

    o yeah…and a WIN for chicago

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

    Rose is on my fantasy squad so I definitely saw it, Slamfan. He seems to have busted through that rookie wall just fine.

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

    Rose smells like Rookie of the Year

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

    @BETcats:Do Magic Headbands exsist? Check my blog to find out!

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

    i already know the answer, but i guess i will here a conflicting scientific opinon about it.

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

    Stupid fu*king Houston, what a terrible 1st half. That is all.

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

    19 Points on NINETEEN shots? Dayum? Oh and Holly? It’s Nashty, not Nashy. Come on, lady.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Cyberbullying is a criminal offence.

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

    its not cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is saying ‘that dress makes your a$$ look fat, you fat wh0Re’ on a Jenny Craig user’s myspace or something. This is debating

  • Brad

    Big Al is probably the most under rated player in the league hands down! He’s puting up 22 & 10 night in night out…if he played on a team that could get a W once in awhile he could make the All star team.

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