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Friday, February 20th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  55 responses

Post Up: Spurs Spoil Pistons

While the Jazz take advantage of a KG-less Celtics squad.

by Holly MacKenzie

A quiet Thursday last night, but we got lucky and had two good games.

The Detroit/San Antonio match up really turned out to be great. I wasn’t expecting that. Iverson was fantastic. He still looked like someone else out there, though.

I thought the Jazz were going to come out flying,  but it looked like some of the guys forgot to return from All Star break during that first quarter. After shooting 26 percent midway through the second quarter, Jerry Sloan got a technical foul and fired his team up and before we knew it, the Jazz were back.

Scary moment when KG went down without appearing to have any contact on his knee. The official word was a strained knee, but of course, we’ll keep you updated as more info becomes available. While he wanted to play in the second half, the Celtics wisely elected to shut him down for the night.

Thoughts and well wishes are being sent out to KG.

The return of Charles on TNT was great last night. He appeared to have been humbled and greatly touched by the support he has been given. I will just say, when it comes to Charles I feel it isn’t my place to judge, bu to support and pray that he will never again get behind the wheel while intoxicated.

As for the rest of the things that go along with that story, well, I’m not going to begin to judge what he does in his spare time. Instead, I appreciate him for the laughs and jokes he provides each week. Appreciate the honesty he brings to us and to the table and above all else, appreciate him for being a square peg in a round world and bringing something different to Inside the NBA. There is only one Charles Barkley. Let’s hope he never has to again take an absence from the game and gig he loves so much.

I thought I’d have a lot to talk about from the trade deadline, but unfortunately, it was a pretty uneventful day. Pretty lame, for me personally.

I lost Will Soloman from the Raptors and I’m pretty sure I am the only Soloman fan out there besides his family and friends. Be kind to him, Kings fans!

Then, I lost Rashad McCants, who I was supposed to speak with this Tuesday when the Wolves were in town.

Also, Wednesday night, I was unable to speak with Delonte West, as a result of his not dressing. Makes sense, but it killed a story I’ve been working on since January that can only be completed (or completed as I want it to be), with a few quotes from Delonte.

That’s always fun.

I really don’t understand Houston. Or the Bulls, even. I don’t see Brad Miller with Derrick Rose. Larry Hughes on the Knicks will be interesting to watch, though.

Also, Jameer Nelson underwent surgery on his shoulder yesterday. Well wishes for a speedy recovery are being sent to Jameer.

Okay, on to the two recaps. Enjoy your weekend, everyone.

San Antonio 83 Detroit 79

While Allen Iverson was great in this one, he wasn’t enough for the Pistons. Scoring 31 points to go with 7 assists, Iverson missed what would have been a game-tying three and the Pistons won this one by being solid at the line in the final minutes of the game. While Iverson either scored or assisted on the Pistons final 15 points of the fourth, he rushed a three-point attempt with five seconds remaining and the Pistons down 82-79. Bruce Bowen hit two free throws with nine seconds on the clock despite being only a 47% free throw shooter on the season. Before that, it was Tony Parker to knock down a pair of free throws. Then, with the Spurs up three Tim Duncan hit one of two free throws to put the game out of reach for the Pistons. Duncan finished with 18 points and 18 rebounds, Parker had 19 points and 11 assists and Matt Bonner added 15. Besides Iverson’s 31, Antonio McDyess had 13 and Jason Maxiell added 10 on the night as Rasheed Wallace managed only 4-17 shooting in the loss.

Utah 90 Boston 85

While the Celtics jumped out to in early lead with the Jazz starting the game by being unable to hit a shot, things changed just before halftime. First, Coach Sloan picked up a technical foul that woke his squad up and they came roaring back to go into the half trailing only one, 39-38. Next unfortunately, Kevin Garnett came down with a knee injury that took him out of the game just before the half. While the team called it a knee sprain, he did not return and without him, the Jazz were able to steal a victory against another one of the league’s top teams. The Celtics hung around and threatened late, but were unable to convert extra opportunities down the stretch while the Jazz made the most of theirs. While Paul Millsap struggled early, he was solid late, hitting a shot and taking the foul to convert a three-point opportunity and then Mehmet Okur (19 points) and Deron Williams (18 points and 10 assists), took care of things from there. Ronnie Brewer also added 16 points. The Celtics were led by Paul Pierce’s 20 points, but he was unable to hit them when it mattered. Rajon Rondo had 15 points, Ray Allen scored 12 and Kendrick Perkins added 12 points as well to go with 11 rebounds.


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

    worst deadline day EVVAR

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

    this was a weak deadline. All the players insiders and writers alike (including me) thought that STAT, VINCE, and possibly Shaq (at lone point Cleveland was in talks to trade Ben Wallace, A draft pick @ Wally…but it didn’t go down according to ESPN) would be traded for sure. None of that happened. The Magic picked up a dangerous PG in Rafer, and other than some minor trades, nothing happened.

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

    Meh.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    I think people forgot the deadline two years ago or three years ago when one trade happened. This deadline wasn’t so bad.

  • Scott

    Still, boring trade deadline… I expected at least some of the big expiring contracts to be traded (Lafrenz, etc.)

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

    i just got off work, thought i would see whats up on slamonline, EARLY!

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

    o and chuck is definitely a round peg in a square hole.

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

    is everyone ready for a lot more aaron brooks?

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    BULLS ACQUIRE JAMES IN BLOCKBUSTER DEADLINE DEAL

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

    mike james?

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

    jerome james?

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

    Thanks Russ, I needed more drama this season:)

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

    James Dolan?

  • http://allanzuss@yahoo.com Mendel

    AI 30 points!!! Breaking ankles!!! Blew to cluth threes but if he keeps it up the pistons will be aight and in the ECF. In the words of Flva Flav YEEAHHH BOOOYYY!!!!

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

    If anyone out there knows where the Pistons heart went too, please point it in the direction of Auburn Hills, Michigan. Thanks.

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

    Oh, and firemichaelcurry.com should be up and running before COB today.

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

    So, what’s this I hear about KG and his knee? Did he shout so hard it strained a ligament?

  • matt the jazz fan

    Lebron James?

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

    James Naismith?

  • http://docfunk.blogspot.com Doc Funk

    Etta James. The Bulls needed some soul off the bench.

  • Josh

    I don’t think I would call that game a “steal” for the jazz. Not a huge Jazz fan, but I watched the game and the jazz hung with the Celtics from the start of the second quarter on. I think putting that asterisk on there (jazz steal one from KG-less Celts) isn’t really justified. Not sure if they would’ve won this one with KG in the second half, but it definitely still would’ve been close. Give them a little credit …

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

    Doc funk, niiice.

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

    james singleton?

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    The Jazz did only take the lead after KG went down though, right Josh?

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Apropos of nothing, I love Ronnie Brewer’s chicken wing jumper.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    CJ Miles is a G

  • Andy

    I think Russ was referring to 1990s British band “James”, who had a hit with a song called “Sit Down”. To which Bulls players that would refer to, I’ll leave that open to debate…

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

    ciolkstar, CJ Miles, one of my favorite Dallas cats. Mainly because I’ve been in a few of the same tourneys as him, also because I love lefty two guards with quick releases (Salim Stoudamire, CJ Miles, Michael Redd)

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    I’m glad he’s getting some minutes in Utah now, Walsh. Sloan is a bit of a hard ass, but Miles will mature under him. Utah usually does a really good job of developing young players. Its nearly impossible for me to root for the Jazz thanks to Karl Malones vicious elbows strike to dRobs temple and that nearly-unwatchable brand of ball he and Stickston produced. But I really like the group they’ve assembled in Utah, especially once Boozer leaves.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Stickston = Stockton

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

    I just like two Dallas area cats in the back court, haha :)

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

    by the way guys, off topic mention. ESPN apparently says that the Cavs are the DEEPEST team in the league. So they say Bron is most valuable because the team would suck without him, then call them the deepest in the league? That doesn’t make sense at all. I’m not Cavs hating, Bron IS the MVP this year. But damn, ESPN needs to get their story straight.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    The Cavs are sneaky deep. Being able to bring Varejao, Gibson, Hickson, Pavlovich, etc.. off the bench is pretty nice. they’ve done a good job all season of sustaining pace after injuries (Delonte West, Big Z) I still think the Lakers probably have better depth, or atleast did with Bynum, but the Cavs have a bunch of players who fit very well into what they’re trying to do.

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    AI was killing.
    What happened to Stuckey? When he was destroying cats, the Pistons were dangerous. Did all the teams figure out he can’t shoot or something?

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

    Gucci Banndanas! I am at school today!

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    The Cavs are deep and well balanced. They have a backup for every position : Gibson, Sasha, Wally, JJ, Varejao. They have 10 guys they feel confident throwing into a playoffs game. That’s the reason I believe they’re going to come out of the East. Boston’s bench is just disgusting. Tony Allen and Big Baby are two of the worst rotation guys on good teams in the L.

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

    Z, tony allen is injured. But Big Baby is just…ugh

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

    no, I know they are deep, I’m just saying ESPN shouldnt be saying they suck one minute to help the LBJ legend, then say they are the deepest in the L to help the teams public opinion.

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

    or they are just stating their opinoin backed up by fact?

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    I don’t think the Cavs are even close to as talented as the Lakers, but they might be deeper. I think there is a distinction there.

  • http://www.bbaxn.com Darksaber

    i am a Leon Powe fan. He was great last playoffs. Quiet nice kinda guy (met him in rome in 07). Why do i say this? Because watching him stumble, travel and plain embarass himself in the post this season is driving me gaga! Stop all the pseudo dream shakes, one simple fake and go up strong. Lord knows yo can jump high! And could someone please bring the allstar snubbed Ray Allen back?zhis new one left his touch in scottsdale or wherever that excuse of an allstar game happened.

  • http://www.bbaxn.com Darksaber

    oh and IVERSON, son! Yeah!

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

    Allenp: yeah, AI was killing last night. However, he was also killing ALL ball movement for a good portion of the game. I think this is the first time i’m going to be critical of Allen about his dribbling too much and not rotating the ball. However, pretty much the whole team seemed to be guilty of that in the 2nd and 3rd quarters last night.
    -
    As for Stuckey, I have no clue into his struggles of late. He said he isn’t tired, but he just seems a step slow out there. I think his energy level is low and he has hit a wall, but he is too proud to say so.

  • Josh

    @ ciolkstar — looking back at the play-by-play, you’re right. They had a hole from the first and spent the rest of the game digging themselves out, so some of their momentum was definitely gained while KG was still in, but maybe it was that lack of his presence inside that let them get over the hump. It definitely helped free Milsap up to focus on just Pierce, which turned out pretty well …

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    and Amar’e is out!

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    TAD, SOMETHING is going on with Stuckey. I think I remember hearing about a minor ankle sprain that he was going to play through? I really hope the kid gets back to the level he was playing at in January because he’s a fun player to watch and Detroit needs him to play well.

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    TAD
    When players get hot, they do tend to affect ball movement. Now, Iverson took a few questionable shots, but not that many and he was going hard. But, the way he plays when he’s feeling it doesn’t seem to work as well on the Pistons. The other players clearly get pissed. And jump shooting Sheed wasn’t much help either.
    But, I like how hard McDyess plays. He should have stayed in Denver.

  • http://nba.com tealish

    TAD: I’m glad you’re finally on board about Curry. I can’t believe some of the “plays” that came out of timeouts down the stretch. How about that crucial possession with Pistons down 2 and out of the timeout they draw a play for a Rasheed Wallace turnaround fadeaway at/near the 3point line against Tim Duncan? This was when AI was on fire, mind you.
    Then they need a 3 to tie and it’s Iverson iso’d up. As hot as he was, he’s not the guy you go to for a 3, come on now. Curry needs to go.

  • http://nba.com tealish

    As for disrupting the ball movement, with the exception of that double clutched shot in the paint, I didn’t see anything that was forced. Nobody else was doing anything anyway, so overall, I had no problems with that.
    @Allenp: Ditto on Dice. He’s playing with the most heart right now and that includes Iverson.

  • http://www.myspace.com/krisholliemakingmoney Dang I’m Nice!!!

    The Pistons make my cerebrum hurt.

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

    Allenp: Yeah, i’ve never faulted AI for effort and i’m quite sure I never will have to. I did see some possessions yesterday where he was basically dribbling around more than to my liking, but no one else was really doing much anyway. However, I didn’t see any of the other players getting upset, but I did see them standing around watching alot. Also agree on McDyess. I saw him straight up body Duncan on D and get 2 clean blocks on him on fadeaways, which is very hard to do on Duncan.
    -
    Tealish: I wouldn’t say i’m finally on board with Curry. I’ve been quite critical of him for at least 2 months now. The problem I had was of people calling for his firing or calling him inept after just one month. He is still a rookie coach and will make bad decisions. My issue with him is that he seems to be getting worse as the season progresses, not better. That is very hard to do in your first full season as head coach. I’m still holding out hope that he starts to get it and turns the team around because they still listen to him, which is good.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    new words on HIBACHI by your boy!

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

    Iverson wasn’t THAT great…he hogged the ball something fierce in this one…RIP was open SO MUCH down the stretch in the fourth….and MATT Bonner… ‘the red rocket’?! Why is he being left open? Dude can shoot.

  • Dwyane

    You guys just dont get it man A.I. not dominating the ball is the problem. He shoots 14 shots a game in the 3rd quarter he had 2 points cas he was standing around and did’nt get to many touches A.I.’s sacraficing and nothings happening but I think he’s tired of it its not helping the team so why not go out and do what you can do best in the league which is SCORE and a guy who has scored more then 23 000 points in his career and is third in PPG AVG all time is not going to like standing around that much

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

    He doesn’t have to stand around….he just needs to pass to RIP who’s wide open ALL THE TIME and stop taking crap shots.

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