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Thursday, February 26th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  90 responses

The Post Up: Parker Ballin

And Sheed has earned a timeout

by Holly MacKenzie

It’s somehow Thursday and I am majorly behind on my work for this week. I’m learning very quickly how important it is to have balance in your life and I’m also realizing that I suck at it.

I took parts of my evening off both Tuesday and Wednesday night and now, here I am absolutely screwed in every sense when I think about all of the things I need to have finished and filed before 3 p.m. today. My goodness.

Is this grown up life?

Back to last night, I came home and crashed. Maybe it’s because I’m working through the cold that I had, maybe it’s because I’ve been all over the place, I do not know. I know I’ve missed most of another night of NBA action though, catching the fourth of the Atl/Denver game (sorry Hawks fans, that was a rough ending), the Clippers shocking the Celtics, and that’s about it.

Chris O’Leary was a champ though and decided to pay homage to Russ by writing haiku’s about each match up of the night. I promise things will be back to normal around here soon, but Wednesdays might have to be brief from now on. Too many games! (Not that this is a bad thing, of course), but a girl’s got to find balance. Or at least pretend to.

Check my piece on Mark Madsen over on my Court Surfing blog and be sure to check out Lakers/Suns. Could be a high-scoring one tonight!

Not sure if any of you guys saw it, but NBATV showed a special on Kevin Garnett last night that I wish I could link you all to right now. From high school, to Sam Mitchell and Malik Sealy to the Celtics, it was one of the best player features I’ve seen and it would show anyone that dares to doubt KG’s passion that it has been there all along.

One thing that occurred to me while watching: How amazing it must be for Kevin to have Bill Russell as a father figure in his life right now. You can tell this is something that holds weight for him. I love the pride he has when it comes to the history that Boston has as a franchise.

Is Steph really going to become a Celtic tomorrow?

Not to jump the gun here, but, Where is Iverson going to end up after this season?

Also, Lamar Odom. Is there anyway the Lakers can keep him?

I’ve been becoming more and more obsessed with the salary cap issue these past few days. It’s going to be interesting to see how things shake out this offseason. This could be a result of the Raptors disappointing season. Here in Toronto we are all looking forward to see what’s next.

Okay, so the good from last night:

Devin Harris being wild for the second night in a row. 42 points on 14-23 from the floor as the Nets win against the Bulls 111-97, thanks in large part to the fourth quarter where they outscored Chicago 37-21. Harris had 19 himself in the final twelve minutes. Tyrus Thomas had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls.

O’Leary says:

Devin Harris balls
I’m just saying he’s got game
I don’t mean his junk

Dwight Howard with 24 points, 20 rebounds and 4 blocks and Hedo Turkoglu scored 33 in a 114-109 victory over the Knicks. The Magic got lucky in this one as the Knicks pushed things until the final possession. Nate Robinson led the Knicks with 32 off of the bench while Al Harrington added 27.

O’Leary says:

Nate/Howard part two
Howard wins when it matters
dance like soulja boy

The Hornets got 30 points and 11 rebounds from David West and 20 points to go with 13 assists from Chris Paul to escape with a 90-87 victory over the Pistons who have lost their eighth straight. Richard Hamilton had 24 points for the Pistons off of the bench. More bad news for Detroit as things continue to unravel as Allen Iverson aggravated a back strain and Rasheed Wallace wasejected from the game in the fourth quarter, but more importantly, will be suspended for the Pistons next game because he is now up to the 16 technical-limit for the season.

O’Leary says:

Pistons lose again
Their worst slide in many years
Who’s Walter Hermann?

Every game it feels like Utah’s got a different guy to step up, last night it was Mehmet Okur who scored 25 as the Jazz beat up the TWolves, 120-103. Ronnie Brewer added 20 points and Deron Williams had a 13-point, 13-assist double-double. The Wolves were led by Kevin Love who scored 24 points to go with 15 rebounds. Ryan Gomes scored 24 as well and Mike Miller added 21 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in the loss.

O’Leary says:

Utah has their big
Minny’s without Jefferson
but they have McHale

Another huge night from Tony Parker in the absence of Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. Parker had 39 points and 9 assists to lead the Spurs to a 99-84 victory over the Blazers. Portland struggled mightily in this game, shooting only 37% from the floor as Channing Frye led them offensively with his 15 points off of the bench.

The Hawks were without Josh Smith and Mike Bibby last night and they lost a heartbreaker to the Nuggets after coming back from 17 down to lose 110-109 after Flip Murray’s shot at the buzzer was too strong. Chauncey Billups scored 33 for the Nuggets as Carmelo Anthony added 23 points and 10 rebounds. Marvin Williams scored 31 for the Hawks in the loss.

O’Leary says:

Nugg-life narrow win
a fourth that’s cheekier than
Eric Snow’s sly grin

The Clippers shocked the world and the Celtics by taking them down 93-91, thanks to a late basket and a free throw from Zach Randolph who finished with 30 points and 12 rebounds on the night. Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo each scored 17 points for the Celtics, while Paul Pierce scored 20, but struggled after dislocating a finger.

O’Leary says (he wrote this one a little too early, but I liked the KG line, so here you go):

C’s play the Clippers
Boston’s fear of KG’S wrath
leads them to the win


Gerald Wallace had 27 points, Boris Diaw scored 23 and the Bobcats took down the Kings, 98-91 at Arco last night. The Kings were led by Kevin Martin who had 27 points and Francisco Garcia who scored 15.

O’Leary says:

Who can beat Sacto?
Even Michael Jordan’s team
A King-free roster

And, a few more from O’Leary:

Gil says he feels good
but what about McGuire?
new dog in town

Cover up your face
when the Clippers come to town
watch out for Z Bo

Bucks versus the Mavs
where was Cuban last week
Dirk needs a fresh start

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

    Ahhhhhhhhhh…….

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

    Obviously, the Celts need Steph.

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

    Oh yes Eboy, he’s obviously the guy who can fix ALL of our problems. But let’s not talk about Marbury today.

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

    Oh……GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    Joking Mooseshaft, joking.

  • jay

    the celts need the bronniestopper aka deshawn, he’s having a great season and would be a good fit.

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

    Your sleeper team won’t get past the second round, E. BTW, I got 102.6 and rising today. Sucks.

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

    I know you were joking. My brain is working about as well as BET’s spell check.

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

    Make it stop, please.

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

    Sorry, TAD. They’ll make the playoffs, at least.

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

    The smartest player on the floor last night? Rasheed Wallace. Get me the hell outta here!

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

    That wasn’t my sleeper team, Moose..it was TAD’s. And 102.6 sounds like some smooth jazz station’s call letters. “102.6…The Moose….smooth jazz….all the time”

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

    Well if AI shuts it down for a couple of games ’cause of his back issue…..the Rip experiment can go awy for a minute.

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

    We’ll see about the radio station, Eboy. A feature interview would have to be in order.

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

    Unrelated: A British guy just walked in the office i work at, and he said “Bollocks!!”. The guy was very pissed off, but it was hard not to smile after hearing that word for the first time in real life.

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

    E, Rip is already venting:
    -
    “I said I would come off the bench as long as we win,” Hamilton said. “But we’ve been losing. We are 4-12 with me coming off the bench. Something’s got to give. Something’s got to change. I am on board with doing whatever for the team but coming off the bench and we’re not winning, that’s something totally different.”

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

    So TAD…..Ivy will probably miss their next game….Sheed is out for it too for suspension…..who’s the next road block for them? Will they win again this season?

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

    BOLLOCKS!

  • MalevolentKing7242

    Hey Eboy… I was at that clippers game even though Im not a clipper fan. But still It was more entertaining than most games Ive seen them play.

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

    Oh, and can someone please send a player who can grab ONE defensive f*cking rebound in the final 30 seconds of a close game to the nearest airport and buy him a one-way ticket to Detroit Metro Airport? Please. Thanks.

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

    THE PISTONS SUCK BOLLOCKS

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

    Here’s a novel idea……..bench Sheed. He’s been about as useful as Kwame anyway. Go to a three guard lineup with Tashaun and Amir or McDyess. How could it hurt?

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

    King…..are you a Celts fan?

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

    Incidentally E, they will probably win their next game with Iverson and Sheed out, just because. That will bring all of the “SEE, I F*CKING TOLD YOU IT WAS AI’S FAULT ALL ALONG!!!” people out of the woodwork.

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

    Against Orlando, TAD?

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

    Oh, and for all of the people that came on here today saying Pistons suck or something that original, ya’ll can kiss my ass. Ok, rant done.

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

    Is that who Detroit plays? Then yeah, against the Magic.

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

    It’ll be tough . . .

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

    Yeah….they’re not beating the Magic.

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

    TAD, take it from me…….your guys are NOWHERE as near bad as thr Heat were last year…..and I heard about it the entire season…..just keeping hating on them yourself and you’ll grow numb to it all by April.

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

    Francisco Garcia hasn’t been in a post up I’ve ever read until now. I remember watching him anchor the backcourt at Louisville. I also remember him openly admitting he wasn’t fully ready for the NBA but went in the draft because his family was EXTREMELY poor, Rick Pitino agreed and boosted the mans status.

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

    Good for Garcia then, Justin. Thanks for sharing that.

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

    On a side note: Jim Calhoun got his 800th career win for UConn last night. Only the 6th coach ever to reach 800 wins. Hats off to Jim. Who’s overpaid now?!

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

    no hate for the team TAD, in fact, 2 of my favourite 5 players currently play for the pistons. but they do suck. you know, losing 8 straight equals sucking. As tempting as it sounds, i am not kissing your ass

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

    Tad: I BRING OVER TWELVE MILLION DOLLARS TO THIS UNIVERSITY! *insert christian bale meltdown, just for good measure* BRING ME FACTS.

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

    That was my favorite blowup of the year so far, Justin.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Pistons suck.

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

    absolutely. I think Calhoun and Bale need to do DNA testing, they seem to be related in the pitch of their screaming.

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

    Well….you know, Russ.

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

    Also, Marquette is now one of my favorite college teams. Jerel McNeal is really good. It sucks that their starting PG broke his foot last night.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    As much as I’m rooting for AI to be successful I can’t say the dark side of me wouldn’t be satisfied if the pistons missed the playoffs. Oh yeah and f*ck Tony Parker.

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

    Tomorrow,recaps in ballad form.
    It’s sad to think that Dominic James was once a lottery pick.That was a while ago.

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

    Izzo, when you say ballads, do you mean the “Faithfully” “Keep On Living You” kind or the “Tangled Up In Blue” “Still Got The Blues” kind?

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

    BOLLOCKS CELTICS, OH… SHEED BOLLOCKS

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

    WTF is Bollocks?

  • Twin Paradox

    …when will i get to post “It’s all AI’s fault”

    Oh yeah, the Pistons really suck…

  • Fred34

    If a T falls in the woods – - – -and there’s no one to see it . . . . . .. it’s on Sheed

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Soooo a few days ago, someone proclaimed their hatred for Tony Parker and his “overrated” game. So far, Tony Toné Toni has had a games of 55/10 back in november and the brilliant last two games of 30+ Points and double figure assists while the supposed cornerstones of the Spurs lick their wounds. Oh, and all those big games were wins too. TONY PARKER IS FREAKING GOOD AT THIS!!!!

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Hisham’s love for the word Bollocks is making me smile, especially since i used it on Lang two days ago in the Devin Harris “walk or not” Buzzerbeater discussion. Yep, that’s a great word. sometimes i’m chuffed to be a (half) Brit.

  • Fred34

    flucking french

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

    TAD:Male reproductive organ.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Oh, and i hate haiku’s…

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

    Ok, so it was as stupid as I originally thought. Thanks Izzo.

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

    hahaahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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

    I spell and pronounce it bollix,’cos I’m down with the kids.

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

    I normally don’t like Haiku’s either, but Russ drops some good ones 95% of the time. No offense to yours, Mr O’Leary.

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

    we some winners!

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Russ needs to do some penmanship and write a bloody book already! It’ll be legen….dary!

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Anyone else see the Knicks get ROBBED of a foul call on the last shot of the game? IN THEIR BUILDING? Lee clobbered Kryptonate on the desperation heave, a midair collision of the most obvious kind, and no whistle. i was speechless (and i couldn’t care less for the Knicks normally, but jesus!)

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

    and so begins the Miki Moore era in boston

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

    Other than the Pistons, I watched UConn/Marquette and Maryland/Duke last night. Greivis Vazquez (sp?) is really good.

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

    TAD:I had him as a POY candidate at the start of the year,eh,I was wrong but he’s really good.

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

    Is he the guy that had the red blotches under his eyes?

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

    did Maryland beat Duke? I feel retarted now..

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

    according to the duke fan 3 chairs down from me, they did not

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

    Naw, Maryland lost. However, they kept the margin within 50 points this time, so it was a moral victory.

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

    Celtic benchwarmer Gabe Pruitt DUI’d it up yesterday!

  • WhaHuh

    Vince aka the Commish doesnt believe in your Tony Parker he believes in T-Mac the MVP

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Then the commish should be…wait for it…committed!

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

    I was about to say that, BET.

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

    no haiku for spurs?
    thats cool, four rings is a lot
    tony goes off when needed

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

    heres my haiku:

    We beat a team
    Shaq called the Queens
    No playoffs? No problem

  • Myung

    Heat vs. Hawks tomorrow night, eboy. Just what the doctor ordered. :-) We just lost 4 out of 5 on our West Coast swing. 3 of the losses were blow outs, and we lost a nail biter last night… yet we’re still one of only 5 teams in the East as of this morning who are over 0.500. The East’s top 3 are in the top 5 in the League, but the rest of the conference (Hawks and Heat included) wouldn’t even in the top NINE of the West. Other than Washington, every single team is alive in the East right now (Toronto has the 2nd worst record in the Conference and sits just 4.5 games out of the 8th spot).

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

    I think your boys are going to lose another close one.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    This whole leastern conference thing has been going on way too long now…

  • Myung

    I’ve seen nearly every game we’ve played this year, so your prediction that it’ll be a close game is a good call (other than a few games, we’ve kept it close against both good and bad teams alike). That being said, your sentence is flawless, except I’d replace “lose” with “win.”

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    Jay Electronica is a beast!!

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

    Sure, Myung, sure.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    ahh, online teamfan rivalry, fascinating. Please continue, boys.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    -Slamadaday: GWallace’s freeze frame acrobatic dunk

    -”I’m still alive” of the night – Tyson Chandler’s 17 rebounds…doesn’t seem to fail the Hornets’ physical

    -Honorable mention: The Birdman block

    -LOL of the night: After the Clippers/Celtics game, some guy in a Clippers jersey was seen exiting the arena and screaming “ANYTHING’S POSSIBLE!!!”

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    why does nobody frequent this anymore? And why doesnt holly comment/have conversations with us normal folk like she used too? I am so confused.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    I just traded David Lee to get Charlie Villanueva. I need threes, blks and stls now with Granger out.
    But am I crazy for parting with one of the most consistent bigs in fantasy?

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Jay Electronica is pretty tight.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    there are not women on the internets, you know that bet.
    but yeah, this week has been slow. bandwagon fans deciding which team to jump to?

  • hugo

    seems like Oleary be puffin too much soon-to-be-legal reefa…cleveland aint a king free roster!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    SAMMY STEVENS IS LEADING THE REVOLUTION OF HIP HOP!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    GET ON IT SLAM!
    SEARCH MINIMALL RAP ON YOUTUBE.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Von Wafer needs to get more play time.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    LMFAO @ HISHAM

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    SAMMY F*CKIN STEVENS SEARCH HIM UP SON!

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