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Tuesday, January 13th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  60 responses

The Post Up: Groundhog Day

Different day, different arena, same result.

by Holly MacKenzie

Tough loss for Raptors fans last night. While it was a “good” loss in the sense that the team played together and forced overtime against the Celtics, it was so painful to watch their defense disappear in OT. That Paul Pierce is something, isn’t he? Great performance from him, especially in overtime, on his way to 39 points.

I was happy to see my favorite Celtic Leon Powe score 10 off of the bench. I will be really happy when the Ivy issue of SLAM finally arrives in Toronto so that I can read my piece on Powe. Page 32 if anyone is interested. A friend made sure to tell me I was on that page, since you know, anyone who knows my email, knows that is my number for Mr. Magic.

Felt like a good omen.

You know what else was fun? Finally getting linked over at Truehoop yesterday for my Celtics game notes I linked to in here yesterday. I’m still flying high over that one. Thanks to all of you who checked in, read and commented. I got some serious haters. I love it!

I had one of our very own call me out last night via gchat. Ryne Nelson is not happy with the lack of Deron coverage. I’ve got to give it to him, he’s loyal to his guy. As a ridiculously loyal fan You know it's me.myself, I respect that. Honestly, I just haven’t caught a lot of Jazz games, but I saw that beauty 3 he hit at the end of the shot clock last night, to put the Jazz in in the final two minutes. That was picture perfect. I know Ryne was smiling.

The Knicks defeating the Hornets in New Orleans? Can someone tell me what happened? I didn’t catch even a glimpse of this one…. What the hell is going on? I’m going to assume you’ve all seen the horror that is the harrassment suit that Eddy Curry is facing. I’m going to hope and pray for the sake of everyone involved (particularly his family), that this is somehow not true. Goodness.

Never a dull moment in NY. Ever.

Didn’t catch the Bucks defeat the Wiz either, but I notice that Nick Young had 30 to lead Washington. Dark days in D.C., but that guy makes me smile.

Danny. Granger. 30 last night. Another loss and you can see it in his eyes, he’s not having that. Who would have guessed he’d be one of the league leaders in scoring? I love it.

Before I forget, Deron’s three was nice, but Mehmet was the hero in Utah last night. A career-high 43 looks good on him.

The Portland/Chi game was entertaining. I love those Blazers. Even if I’m really hoping Darius can stick it to them and play these two games then continue to build from there.

To echo the front page over at Yahoo! Sports, what’s going to happen in Detroit with the return of Hamilton to the lineup? Go small with Ivy and Rip or sit one of them? Let me know how it’s going to go down, guys. Thanks.

While we’re on the topic of Yahoo! Sports, I noticed that my absolute favorite, number one basketball show/radio show/video podcast, The Basketball Jones, was sponsored by none other than SLAM yesterday. Beautiful. Perfect pairing. No one does it better than Tas and Skeets (and JD). Made me smile.



Boston 115 Toronto 109 OT

Don’t you love those home and away back-to-backs? I do. One day after the Celtics took down the Raptors in Toronto, they returned home to do it again. This time however, they needed overtime and a 39-point effort from Paul Pierce to get the W. Playing without both Jermaine O’Neal and Jose Calderon, it was Andrea Bargnani who again put the Raptors on his back and knocked down a three at the end of regulation to force overtime. In the extra session it was all Pierce, despite his playing on a sore knee that he injured Sunday in Toronto. The Raptors defense died in the overtime as they gave up 22 points to the Celtics in the five minute session. Pierce was 13-26 from the floor for his 39. Kevin Garnett had 20 points and 12 rebounds and Ray Allen had 12 points and 5 assists. Andrea Bargnani scored 23 points for the Raptors while Bosh had 18 and 11 (but was very quiet down the stretch), and Roko Ukic had 16 points off of the bench.

New Jersey 103 Oklahoma City 99

On a night where both Vince Carter and Devin Harris were struggling offensively, rookie Brook Lopez took over, scoring 31 points and saving the Nets from what would have been an embarrassing home loss to the Thunder. Luckily for NJ, Lopez was on fire and guided the Nets to a 103-99 victory. This was an odd one as Vince Carter connected on a three with nine seconds remaining only to have the basket waved off because Coach Frank had stepped onto the court to call a timeout. On their final possession in regulation, Harris missed a jumper and in overtime Carter kicked things off with a three-pointer that did count and the Nets didn’t look back. In addition to his 31 points, Lopez had 13 rebounds. Harris finished with 17 points, on 22 shots and Carter had 21. The Thunder were led by Kevin Durant’s 26 points and 9 rebounds while Russell Westbrook had 19 and Jeff Green added 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Portland 109 Chicago 95

When I flipped over to this one, I was surprised to see a very close game in the opening minutes of the fourth. Tapped a few lines out on this very column and the next thing I know, the Blazers have extended their three-point lead to double-digits and have broken the backs of the Bulls. An 11-0 run by the Blazers in the fourth did the Bulls in as they were unable to get the stops that they needed down the stretch and Travis Outlaw shot his way to victory for the Trailblazers. Outlaw finished with a season-high 33 points while Greg Oden had 17 points and 13 rebounds and Steve Blake had 16 points and 10 assists. The Bulls were led by Drew Gooden’s 22 points as Derrick Rose had 13 points and 10 assists Ben Gordon added 17.

Utah 120 Indiana 113

One night after he scored a career-high 42 in a loss to Golden State, Danny Granger was again on the losing end, this time in Utah as Mehmet Okur led the Jazz to a 120-113 victory on their homecourt. Okur exploded for a career-high of his own, scoring 43 points in the game as the Jazz hung on for the win, despite allowing Indiana to come back from 20 down, thanks to a 16-0 run in the second half. While the Jazz pulled the victory off, Indiana continued to push and it was Deron Williams who saved them late, knocking down a huge three-pointer at the end of the shot clock to put the Jazz up 116-109 with 1:25 left. Besides Okur’s big night, Williams finished with 23 points and 11 assists as Andrei Kirilenko added 23 points and 12 rebounds. Granger had 30 points to lead the Pacers while Troy Murphy had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Mike Dunleavy added 20 off of the bench in the loss.

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

    Okur scored 43?!

  • Ken

    Yep. I was equally surprised. I wonder if the Celts are getting back on track now, or if its just because they match up well with Toronto?

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

    Yeah, i’m going to need to see a few more games from Boston before I consider them back on track. It is not like the bullied Toronto off the court and beat them convincingly. Besides, the Raps have their own issues.
    Holly: Regarding who should go to the bench in Detroit, AI or Rip, i’m thinking AI? I like the way AI and Stuckey have meshed together, but Rip’s game is better when he is in from the start. Running around screens and getting a groove in the mid-range game requires you to test out the defense and see whether or not teams are going over/under the screens or switching off. Iverson can be a spark off the bench when teams have their second unit in and he can go at reserves or already tired starters.

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

    That Vince 8 second shot was great, but then, some dummiess coach call a timeout… arrrrr
    Vince was real this season, shooting clutch after clutch…BTW, i’m tired of DID YOU SEE VC every nets home game, anything new?

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

    Deron was good…

  • http://www.friendster.com/sesa Sesa

    KG talked too much trash in the postgame interview. Clearly, he wanted more air time than Pierce

  • matt the jazz fan

    move rip for a decent non-undersized starting center

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

    Yeah, those grow on trees.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    I think they should trade rip and if not he should definitley move to the bench.

  • jedi420

    What I find the most troublesome about the Celtics is the lack of touches KG gets in the paint… I’d say 95% of the time he has the ball it’s in the 18-20 foot range, he has a nice jumper from there but percentage wise I’d really like to see him posted up more.

  • WhaHuh

    It was bigman night. Career games for Oden, Lopez and Okur

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

    Yeah, that Brook Lopez is better than I thought.

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

    Okur had 26 in the first half. Dude slacked in the second.

  • Squirrel7

    Impressive night for Lopez, the game over here at the O2 had him looking like one of the worst NBA players I’ve ever seen (though he got going a bit towards the end of the game).

    Also, am I the only one who expected more from Jeff Green, even on such a woeful team?

  • http://www.shermradio.com Sherm

    The Bulls were unable to get stops after the first quarter. Vinny Del Nobody has to be the worst coach ever…Free Derrick Rose

  • Squirrel7

    I’d argue Reggie Theus was the worst, but then I remembered all the valuable life lessons (don’t smoke, don’t drink, don’t play hurt, etc.) he taught Michael Manning and the rest of the Deering Tornadoes……

  • riggs

    “Who would have guessed he’d be one of the league leaders in scoring?”
    i did when mike dunny and him were basically having a competition on who can ball it up the most each game.

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

    Free Derrick Rose and Danny Granger.

  • http://www.shermradio.com Sherm

    Vinny Del Nobody has to be telling the players to keep the ball AWAY from Derrick Rose.

    Luol Deng= Fail

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    You move Rip for a Big now, AI doesn’t sign this summer… and you have a huge hole at 2-guard next season. Brilliant. Keep Rip.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Should Joe D go for cap flex or trade AI at the deadline for a big? Teams tend to keep decent bigs for themselves so I don’t really know what’s out there… Brad Miller is available, maybe Przbylla too.. (sp?)

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Scratch that, the Blazers wouldn’t touch AI. Sh… who wants AI?! He’s such a hard player to integrate in a team. You kinda have to change your O for him.

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

    Z: How about trade nobody? I’m not sure why exactly everyone is jumping on the trade-one-or-the-other bandwagon? Curry has yet to even make a decision one way or the other. In fact, he may just go back to the small lineup, though I doubt that. My thought is to allow Curry to make a decision and see how things play out.

  • AlbertBarr

    I don’t think AI would let himself be traded to Sac. Brad MIller is also old and can’t jump and plays the high elbow like sheed. They need a post presence, not a high elbow passer and shooter.

  • http://slamonline.com HollyHood

    can someone please tell me why Chris Bosh is so scared of Kg. whenever they play this guy acts like he cant score and never tries to get the ball.
    Kg plays uptight on him and he cant get by him??
    hes playin like a b*tch

  • AlbertBarr

    If portland got AI for ghostface, they would have the cap space they wanted (before Darius-Gate) this summer.

  • AlbertBarr

    But really I think Joe D wants to keep AI so he can NOT resign him and get what he needs from the free agents this summer…maybe 2010.

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

    cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurtis

  • AlbertBarr

    AI should sign with Orlando. They need a SG. He also would compliment their shooters nicely with his driving ability.

  • collin

    good thing deron was my fantasy player last night.

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

    its magic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    Where would Ryne be? He needs to chime in on Deron, since he hit me up on g chat to ask why he hasn’t been getting any love! hahaha

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

    Deron Williams is healthy yall!

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

    Iverson for McGrady

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

    ^Why God? Why?

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

    If McGrady’s contract came off the books after this year like AI’s, then yes. However, it doesn’t.

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

    He doesn’t post

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

    I wasn’t sayin it will just what I think would be best (for winning)

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

    At this point, i’m glad Houston was asking for so much when Detroit came calling for McGrady this summer. It turned Joe Dumars off from trading for him and it proved to be a good move. I, for one, don’t believe Tracy is completely finished. But the odds don’t appear to be in his favor.

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

    gp

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    sad, isn’t it Tad? I hate realizing these guys have been in the L for 10+ years. Eeek.

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

    Indeed Holly. I was one of Tracy’s biggest fans a few years ago. He is still only, what, 29?

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Tmac to new york. And Curry for Felton.

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

    yeah tad he 29 I think as a player if he was healthy there would be nothing better for detroit. Houston needs to do something with him the situation is like now & laters except its been sour now and is getting more sour

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

    If TMac were healthy, any team would be crazy not to consider him with what he brings to the table at 100%. However, every day that goes by with him not playing or playing subpar makes him more and more irrelevant.

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

    Does anybody else remember hoping Vince and Tracy where gonna become the Canadian Bacon version Mike and Pip? Crazyness.

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

    i guess but if he becomes healthy right at playoff time then he wont be irrelevant at all

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

    B: Hell yeah. Of course, back then Tracy was young and not getting much burn. Vince and Tracy are very hard players to root for. The term “enigma” does neither much justice.

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

    I got a Vince rookie jersey as a Christmas gift back in the day…….I don’t know what happended to that thing.

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

    The one with Barney on it? UGH.

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

    I do remember him Slamadamonthing Rik Smits in that jersey though. Ahh the good ol’ days.

  • http://www.shermradio.com Sherm

    Tmac is 29 going on 50

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Eboy, great things tend to disappear over time. In this case, I’d check Straight Cash Homie for the culprit.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Holly, great job on my man Leon Powe in the latest ish. Great read.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Man, my Knicks are so f*cking good sometimes…
    They are, in the words of Clyde, “Erratic-Dramatic”.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Anyone else notice that the Warriors are the West Coast version of the Knicks, except we are a tad bit better?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Just a question: When will Al Harrington get some ink in the mag?

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

    Did anyone see the Barry to BROOKS(!) alley-oop in the second Q? Also Deke was huge for the rockets in the 2nd Q.

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

    Whats the bet PHX can get a better record than Boston by the end of the season? Sure Nash looks older under a slower helm but that big Shaquille fellow sure doesn’t…… Dikembe needs to get to the allstar game this year, make it happen coaches!……I do love SLAM mag, but to be honest I haven’t even bought an issue since this this website got overtly awesome! My bad.

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

    Moose Posted: Jan.13 at 5:33 pm
    Holly, great job on my man Leon Powe in the latest ish. Great read.
    ________________________________________________
    I Knew It!!! Moose is actually Amad Sharrad!

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