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Friday, December 12th, 2008 at 9:00 am  |  90 responses

The Post Up: Celtics Making History

While Dallas continues to turn things around.

by Holly MacKenzie

Fridayyyyyy!

Feels good, doesn’t it? For whatever reason, this week kicked my ass. I’ve got Chris Paul and the Hornets coming through on Sunday to face the Raptors and then Vince, Devin and the Nets on Tuesday, Dallas and my boy JJ Barea on Wednesday and then….I fly HOME.

I absolutely love this city, but I cannot wait to have two weeks at home with my mom and friends. How is it the middle of December already? I am excited for Christmas visiting, then I’m excited for one of my favorite people to fly in to see me in January (I get to play tour guide which is going to force me to learn this city!), and then All-Star will be here before we know it.

This year and NBA season is flying by. I think I may hate the fact that fans can vote for the All Star starters. Yes, I’m a fan first, but yuck. There are always choices they make me crazy. Let’s name our All Star teams in the comments, okay?

Thoughts on Iverson potentially getting voted in? Those Celtics sure are popular this season. Greg Oden just made me shake my head.

Kobe’s webcast unveiling his new shoe was just awkward yesterday. I saw our own DeMarco Williams asking a question and that was the highlight for me. The press conference/webcast was held in a local high school and the kids were subdued for being with Kobe. The whole premise was just a bit off. I didn’t like it. The shoes do look ridiculously light, though.

Critt with 6 minutes and 4 turnovers. I still believe. He just needs minutes and time to make mistakes. I’m convinced of it.

Thoughts go out to Cuttino Mobley, who announced his retirement yesterday. Thank goodness for that trade to New York. What a blessing it has turned out to be, as it uncovered the fact that his heart condition was more serious than previously thought. Wishing Mobley all of the best from here on out.

So, this might sound crazy, but hear me out. Chauncey Billups. MVP. Maybe? Perhaps? Kinda? I know, I know, but really, the team he left is in disarray and the team he’s gone to, well they are looking great, playing great and suddenly have that attitude that winners have.

Of course, I’d still give the award to LeBron right now because his Cavaliers are sitting very pretty at 19-3, but Billups has shocked the hell out of me. And, I like it.

Boris and Raja are supposed to be making their debut with Charlotte on Saturday night. I’ll be watching to see how Raja especially fits into the lineup. I still don’t get this trade, even after you all broke it down yesterday.

You guys all know that Jarrett Jack is Chris Duhon’s cousin? The things you learn while reading media guides.

Check Dave McMenamin’s, piece over at NBA.com. Giving a rundown of some of the rookie hazing he’s seen so far this season, there are gems like Robin Lopez having to fetch dinner for a Suns vet from the media room and Joey Dorsey’s “Rook#15″ nameplate. I love the NBA.

Barkley is also pretty funny. He’d be even funnier IF I got TNT here in Canada. Russ kept me up to date pretty well, but the real thing would be nice.p

Oh yeah, the Celtics are off to their best start in franchise history.

Boston 122 Washington 88

Well, the new guys got some burn for Washington. That’s about the only positive to come out of this game for the Wizards. 122-88. The Celtics rolled easily to their 21st victory of the season and now stand at 21-2. This marks the best start in franchise history. On the flipside, the Wizards have dropped to 4-16 and it’s going to take more than two new guards to make them better. At the end of the first quarter, after going on a 19-5 run, the Celtics led 36-21 and they only increased the lead from there. Kevin Garnett played only 27 minutes but still finished with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists while Ray Allen and Paul Pierce each scored 22. The Wizards were led by Caron Butler’s 19 points as Antawn Jamison and Juan Dixon scored 17 apiece.

Dallas 95 Charlotte 90

It may not have been the prettiest of wins, but it was a win. Having never lost to the Charlotte Bobcats, the Mavericks were not about to start last night. While the Bobcats were shorthanded the day after a trade that sent Jason Richardson and Jared Dudley to Phoenix, they still more than put up a fight as they found themselves down only one in the final minute of the game. It was a steal by Jason Kidd that led to a three-pointer from Dirk Nowitzki to put the Mavs up four and Second to 1give them the lead for good. Nowitzki finished with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists for the Mavericks. Jason Terry scored 26 points, including 11 points in the final quarter and Kidd added 12 points and 7 assists. Emeka Okafor scored 27 points and pulled down 17 rebounds for the Bobcats while Raymond Felton scored 16 points and D.J. Augustin added 9 points and 10 assists in the loss.

Utah 97 Portland 88

Even without Carlos Boozer, the Utah Jazz still look good. Would we expect anything less from one of Jerry Sloan’s teams? Against the Blazers last night, the Jazz took care of things in the first half by outscoring Portland 28-19 in the second quarter to take a 57-46 advantage into the break. In the second half Utah continued to be solid and held off all Portland attempts at a comeback. In the absence of Boozer, Mehmet Okur led the Jazz, scoring 27 points and grabbing 10 rebounds on the night as Deron Williams finished with 14 points and 11 assists and Paul Millsap continued his strong play, scoring 17 points to go with 12 rebounds. Brandon Roy did everything in his power to will his team to a victory, but it wasn’t happening, despite his 33 points. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 22 points and Rudy Fernandez added 10 off of the bench.

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  • Dutch Rob

    first!!

  • Dutch Rob

    and gotta agree with LBJ being the top contender for MVP right now. D-wade would be my 2nd pick if the heat were winning a bit more.

  • Benoit Benjamin

    Couldn’t agree more on the voting for All-star game. Doesn’t make any sense this year if AI and Yi are voted starters.Stern and Ron Artest should each handpick a team and paly with no refs. i’d watch that.

  • Ken

    ECF this year are going to be a blast to watch.

  • Ken

    I think it’s hard not to give LBJ the MVP, if the Cavs keep winning. Celts and Lakers may have better records at the end of the season, but those are teams. LBJ (no disrespect to Mo) is essentially doing it all himself. The other post-season award I think will be a lock is Duhon for MIP. Is anybody else even in the conversation for that?
    As for my all-star team:
    EAST
    G-Wade
    G-Hard to say.
    F-LBJ
    F-KG
    C-Howard

    WEST
    G-Kobe
    G-Chauncey
    F-Dirk
    F-Amare
    C-Yao

  • Tom

    my all stars….
    East
    g-devin harris: i think he’s surprising everyone with how fast he’s realizing his potential
    g-dwayne wade-the heat are 3 games over .500, nuff said
    sf-lebron-no explanation needed
    f-Bosh-Despite the last couple of weeks, he’s reached another level this year
    C-Dwight-simply the most dominant centre in the game right now.

    West
    g-cp3-best pg in the game
    g-Kobe-no explanation need
    sf-melo-33pts, 12 min.
    pf-pau/dirk- this one’s a toss up. Pau has been the Lakers best offensive player this year, and Dirk is quietly having another strong season as the mavs are starting to look legit.
    c-Duncan-he got wins playing with george hill and matt bonner for a month.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    I think the mavs made the devis harris trade for jkidd AND the Keith Van Horn Juvenation machine for Dirk.

  • matt the jazz fan

    @Ken – even the ECSF are gonna be tight: Orlando, Cleveland, Boston and Detroit’s last stand…

  • blackjack

    East
    g-Wade
    g-Allen
    f-Lebron
    f-Garnett
    c-DHoward
    West
    g-Paul
    g-Kobe
    f-Carmelo
    f-Pau
    c-Yao

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

    Let’s be honest, I could have beaten the Bobcats last night.

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

    Okafor4MVP.

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

    Joe Johnson.

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

    Javaris Crittenton:4 turnovers in 5 minutes.I know he is turnover prone but that’s something else.

  • Gumdrop

    Heard you get a name drop on the Basketball Jones yesterday Holly.

  • http://web.mac.com/roaringred bbaby

    Russ, why do you have to hate on the Mavericks? They are playing well, winning 11 of their last 13.

  • http://www.slamonline.com mat smith

    Holly, NBA dot com slash tnt overtime to watch Chuck, works here in England!

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

    “Emeka Okafor scored 27 points and pulled down 17 rebound” BEAST!!!

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

    I’m not hating on the Mavericks. It’s nice that they’re playing well. But beating the Bobcats by five when they’re missing Gerald Wallace and Jason Richardson isn’t anything worth getting all excited about.

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

    “Russ Bengtson says:
    Let’s be honest, I could have beaten the Bobcats last night.” Yeah, wallace, diaw, bell, singletary, and Juwan Howard all didnt play (we are about to sign him)

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

    P.S. Meow.

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

    Also, EBoy. You say Okafor sucks? Well, he is having a better season than your boy Marion is, and Marion is getting more money. Okafor is averaging more Points, Rebounds, and Blocks. All Marion is doing is averaging 1 point more and getting paid more money to do it. SO HA

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

    Oh and NBA League Pass Broadband International can go f*ck itself.”Not available in your country”,it’s not like I’m living in Mozambique.

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

    Yes because Eboy is a huge fan of Marion.

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

    He gets páid the most money on his team

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

    am i a huge fan of Okafor just because he is on my team? Last time i checked, i said paying Okafor as much as we did was a mistake, but he does not suck like yall are saying. Check my boy

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    There’s probably a few players you wish the bobcats took in that draft though.

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

    ^maybe, but i cant alter history, so i regret nothing. What happens happens, i just gotta deal with it.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Kid Presto

    Snow in Mississippi! no school! blogging all day long! damn, I haven’t been on here so early since last year. I would like to say that D.J. is my favorite rookie to watch. He is going to be a stable point guard for years to come.

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

    DJ is a rookie that Larry Brown gives heavy minutes to. Nuff said.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Kid Presto

    I wonder if I came out of China into the nba would I get at least over 300,000 votes to get into the all-star game? they are persistent over there.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Kid Presto

    he gives little guys like myself a glimmer of hope. Who said Felton and DJ couldn’t share the turkey, huh?

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

    D(K)P:More plentiful than persistent.Wouldn’t it make more sense for the coaches to pick the starting line ups and then for the fans to choose the subs,so that way,it would be in some way far.Does anyone really care anymore anyway?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Kid Presto

    East

    PG-Devin Harris
    SG-Joe Johnson
    SF-Bron
    PF-Chris Bosh
    C-Dwight Howard

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

    I would vote for you and i am not chinnese.

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

    but thats just cause you my peoples and all…

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Kid Presto

    All-star appearances just look good on a resume. Some players are always deserving of it but never get it. Oh well, those players are the ones who are balling after April getting those chips.

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

    Kid: D-Wade>Joe Johnson.

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

    The fans should get to vote for one reserve.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Kid Presto

    thanks, BET. I’d do the same just to see your crazy ass antics in the game.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Kid Presto

    oops!!! for real, the drugs are doing something to me, BET. I really forgot about the MVP right now. damn, well JJ would be the sixth man.

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

    Russ:On condition that said reserve be Antoine Walker.

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

    But if they take away the fan vote Yi might not make it.

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

    Kid, you vote me in, i will Pants Yao (and to anyone who doesnt know what that means, i would pull down his shorts, i want to become the National Hero of Vietnam and Tibet anyways)

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Kid Presto

    Yi hasn’t even put up good enough numbers to make my cities all-metro league team.

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

    It snowed in New Orleans and TADOne makes his triumphant return….coincidence?

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

    RIP- Chris ‘Flash’ Richards, why isnt this in SLAM, my main man from the Globetrotters passed and SLAM doesnt find it newsworthy?

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

    I long for the day when Shawn is gone with the Miami tradewinds.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Kid Presto

    I just want to smile at beyonce as I dunk on LeBron and laugh at Jay-Z at him and Kanye’s newly anticipated Blueprint 3.

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

    Peace.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Kid Presto

    I’m thinking you were talking about “Flash” from and 1, Bets. But yeah, RIP to the man. and I’m kind of happy that LA didn’t take marion for Odom. smile.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Kid Presto

    West

    PG-CP3
    SG-Beans
    SF-Melo
    PF-Amare
    C-Yao

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

    Izzo: Let’s be realistic—It would be Sun Yue and Yi.

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

    But seriously. Let the coaches and players pick the All-Stars in January, leave one spot open, then give the fans a two-week period to vote for the final reserve on each team. Coaches of each team pick the starters, so if the West wanted to start a front line of Shaq, Yao and Duncan, they could.

  • Gumdrop

    But if we shut down our democratic institution of fan-based All-Star voting, the Chinese government will take it as a sign of the failure of democracy. All of our free trade will be for nothing!

  • Gumdrop

    That said, Yi sucks.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Me too eboy. His ego is weighing the heat down.

  • Jackie Moon

    Isn’t the All-NBA team the real recognition you want, not All-Star?

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

    2 billion Chinese can’t be wrong, can they?

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

    ^^ Yes, but the universal expression of talent is “x-time All-Star.” Which does roll off the tongue/fingers a bit easier than “X-time All-NBA selection,” but is far more misleading. I wrote something a while ago that advised replacing the former with the latter, but who knows whether it’ll ever happen.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Yes.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Some of those all star numbers are accurate though. Like Lebron being a 12x all star by the time he retires or something whose gonna argue with that?

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

    Yes, but he’ll have also been a 12x All-NBA selection and hold a mess of records. All-NBA always tells the truth. All-Star, not so much.

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

    “NBA All-Star Jamaal Magloire” sounds much better than “Porfessional Basketball Participant Jamaal Magloire”.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Yeah I can agree with that. Its always funny how guys who might not make the all star team end up on an all nba team , its like he’s not one of the 24 best in the league in february then he’s one of the top 15 by the end of the year.

  • G-O

    Finals over = 3 weeks of not reading this post at 8 everyday :(

  • Jackie Moon

    Slam should start the movement. From now on, any listing of achievements in any player features will not mention All-Star appearances, only All-NBA selections (even though those are a little skewed too, but they’re more accurate than All-Star voting).

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

    Ok, i’m sure it got said but i’m too lazy to look it up….but who votes on All-NBA? Is it just the GM’s and coaches?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    G-O, you fly through those finals!

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

    Hi Holly.

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

    I’m not sure entirely who votes for All-NBA (the media might be involved, actually), but I’d rather the attention went to the guys who were recognized as the best at the end of the season rather than those who were voted most popular one month in.

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

    I agree Russ, 1000 percent. I just wasn’t clear on who gets a vote for that.

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

    It’s funny, though, how “All-Star” or even “x-time All-Star” are mainly used when there’s nothing else to refer to. So while Vince Carter may be referred to as “eight-time All-Star Vince Carter,” you’d rarely (if ever) hear Michael Jordan referred to as “14-time All-Star Michael Jordan.” It’s either “six-time NBA champion and Finals MVP Michael Jordan,” or “five-time MVP Michael Jordan,” or “10-time NBA scoring leader Michael Jordan,” or just “God.”

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

    Anyway, wow, the Wizards sure stunk up the joint last night, huh? Maybe they can get in on the bailouts.

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

    I’m thinking Dumars is pining for a piece of that pot as we speak.

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

    Yeah, Detroit might qualify, too. (The first time I read that I read “Dumars” as “Duncan” for some reason and couldn’t figure out what the heck you were talking about. Stupid eyes.)

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    When the hell is Gilbert supposed to come back or is done for the year and I just missed the memo?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    It is like the Pro Bowl v. All-Pro argument.

    Jake Plumer made multiple pro bowls.
    AR, love that Magloire comment.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    Hi, Tad. How have you been? And Shia, I miss Gil whole damn lot.

  • Anton

    Where’s “Worthy of Your Attention”?
    The Celtics/Hornets game is gonna be epic tonight.

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

    Hi Holly. I’ve been………busy? Yeah…busy. Lot’s of stuff happening; some good, some not so much. I should probably just email you. Yeah…..

  • Keith

    Gil is scheduled for January. His mouth, however, has always been active.

  • ciolkstar

    Felton is going to get traded, DJ Augustin’s time is now.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    Yeahh… An email would be good, Tad. And Keith, thanks for the heads up on the Jones. You got to it before I did. Love that Skeets man. He’s the best. I will get to your email from last week, promise. I’ve just been psycho these past few weeks here.

  • thesubwayconnection

    Hey Holly! As a fellow Canadian (whatup Chris!) We get some Inside the NBA on Tues/Thurs nights on the RaptorsNBATV channel.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Gumdrop: Yi definitely does NOT suck. He’s not all-star caliber and maybe he will be and maybe he won’t be in the future, but right now he isn’t. That being said, he’s a good YOUNG player.
    Stupid@ss b!tch.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ thesubwayconnection: Canadian cable sucks donkey nuts.
    And I love Canada.
    But its true.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Too bad you suck too.

  • Jack

    EAST:
    PG-Devin Harris – Tearin it up, mad fun to watch.
    SG-D-Wade – As above + above .500
    SF-LBJ – As above. And the team record.
    PF-CB4 – Yi? Please. CB4 or KG.
    C-Dwight – Hands-down best C in the L now.

    WEST:
    PG-CP3 or Bbbbbbbbillups – Best in the west.
    SG-Kobe – no need to explain
    SF- Melo. Has shown all doubters he can play D, team ball and now has one of the most complete games in the L. Oh and I think he may have scored 33 in a quarter :P
    PF- Dirk, he’s the man in Dallas, and he’s why they are starting to look up again.
    C- Yao, not because it’s what I want, but because we don’t get a say anyway what with the Chinese people voting for him like crackheads.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Is it just me or does Paul Millsap make Carlos Boozer appear expendable – Just who would you trade him for?!… I like the mindset Dallas have gotten themselves into, dig in and fight it out for wins scene at the moment, but you know somewhere between here and Febuary that will evolve into a double figure winning streak… I CANNOT stand the PHX Suns at the moment, which is a shame as they are my favourite team – WHO ARE THEY NOW??? I fear they’ll miss the playoffs altogether. Is it just me or does Dwayne Wade dunk it REALLY EASILY now…??

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    @ JACK :: Who would you say should start ahead of Ming in the WESTERN team….?? No other Centre in the West at the moment is doing things as well as he is – Sure Shaq is playing very efficiently but they are struggling now…..maybe Andreis Bidrins…BUT that is a large gap between the top 3 out WEST.

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