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Monday, March 9th, 2009 at 8:00 am  |  79 responses

The Post Up: All That Jazz

Not even clocks springing forward and EST can stop Sloan’s squad.

by Holly MacKenzie

Monday!!

I feel like I’ve been through the war and back today! Or tonight, since I’m writing this around, oh, it’s about 5:37 a.m. EST right now. Losing that hour last night, kicked my ass. It should have kicked the Jazz, but of course, they took down the Raptors.

Story of our lives here in Toronto.

Utah’s won 11 straight. 11! They had to deal with the time difference and also losing an hour because of the clocks going ahead Saturday night but still pulled out the win in the fourth. Deron Williams said he fell asleep on the training table 15 minutes before the game, Kyle Korver said he woke up at 1 a.m. and was lying in bed until 4, then woke up at 8 totally confused about whether it was 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. The guys were not thrilled with the early start, but they were able to heat up late and take care of business.

Also, Jerry Sloan is amazing.

I was able to witness Dwyane Wade’s amazing 42-point performance on 17-23 field goals Friday night. I’ve since decided it was the best performance I’ve seen live, slightly beating out Kobe’s 46-point night in February of ’08.

He was incredible. He was also incredibly nice. While I felt as though I spoke with him forever one-on-one after the game, when I sat down to transcribe my piece over at The Score, I quickly realized a lot of what was said wasn’t quoteworthy. What I DID forget to ask (of course), was how it felt to drop the 41 on the eve of his SLAM cover. I had so many things to ask and Dwyane was just so laid back and easy that I got off track.

Either way, Cheryl and Eboy, your boy was fantastically nice and had the media in Toronto smiling.

Here’s the link to my mini-edition of a one-on-one with Dwyane.

My favorite Wade play of the night? There were many that were absolutely lovely, but this one , takes the cake.

I know, I know, he got his first ejection of his career in the final minutes of the Heat’s loss the Cleveland on Saturday night. The Cavs were a handful, with Delonte and Mo playing so well together as Bron picked up another triple-double on the season.

So, the Thunder won again tonight. This time it was against the Sixers, 89-74, and again, it was without Durant and Green. Malik Rose was huge for OKC, giving 14 points and 11 rebounds while Nenad Krstic had 20 points and 8 assists, while shooting 10-13 from the floor. Our boy Nick Collison had 12 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Philly had 20 points from Andre Miller who seemingly has found the fountain of youth*  and 20 from Thaddeus Young as well.

*a quick google search shows Miller as being born in 1976. Okay, so he’s not really that old at all… It just feels like he’s been around forever. Is this just me?

Another game I didn’t see (because I was watching Pat Mills and St. Marys get a W last night!), was Sacramento grabbing their 14th win of the season by taking down the 40-24 Denver Nuggets, 114-106 despite Carmelo Anthony finishing with 32 points, Chauncey Billups finishing with 22 points and 8 assists and JR Smith adding 19. Kevin Martin had 26 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists for the Kings, Andres Nocioni had 23 points and Spencer Hawes tied a career-high with 20 points to go with 8 rebounds as the Kings hit 14 three-pointers compared to only four for the Nuggets.

We established in Friday’s edition of the Post Up that I don’t understand or care for the +/- stat on a boxscore. When Leon Powe is the only Celtic with a + (+8), in an 86-79 point loss to the Magic, his 12 points and 7 rebounds in 29:59 minutes of play looks pretty good. I’m just saying, Doc. Give Powe more time!

Still can’t believe we have Stephon Marbury as the starting point (in this game in the absence of Rondo), for the defending champion Boston Celtics. Bizzare-o world.

Or that the Kings took down Denver. Or, that Phoenix is now four games out of that eighth spot. Can they really not make the playoffs? That just doesn’t feel right.

Thoughts on ROY? Still set on Rose? I’m just asking.

One more thing. Did you all see the starting lineup for the Warriors on Friday night? Let me go through who we didn’t have playing. No Jax, Maggette, Monta, Azubuike, Biedrins. Fun times for the Warriors. Some thoughts on Nellie and what’s going on in the Bay.

ps…. UNC over Duke.

Utah 109 Toronto 101

The game story of this one is simple. The Raptors scored 39 points in the third quarter and were ahead in the fourth. The Jazz missed seven free throws in the fourth… And still outscored Toronto 28-14 in the final quarter. Games are not won when your offense dies like that. This has been the story of the season for the Raptors. Hang around until the fourth and then fade out. The game was the 11th straight for the Jazz and they did it without Boozer who was sidelined with an ankle injury. The Jazz allowed the Raptors to hang around as they struggled to get into the game and adjust to not only the Eastern time zone, but also the hour that was lost due to clocks springing ahead. Once the fourth quarter rolled around, they were awake and were too much to handle for the Raptors, as Toronto shot only 6-19 from the floor in the final twelve minutes. Deron Williams finished with 25 points and 9 assists as Mehmet Okur added 19 points and 11 rebounds and Paul Millsap added 18 points to go with 11 boards. The Raptors had another strong game from Chris Bosh as he finished with 30 points and 10 rebounds as Andrea Bargnani scored 20 points to go with 8 boards and Jose Calderon added 11 points and 11 assists in the loss.

Orlando 86 Boston 79

While the Celtics were able to get the win against Cleveland Friday night, the absence of KG inside was too much for them to overcome yesterday afternoon as they fell to Dwight Howard’s Magic, 86-79. Without Garnett and also point guard Rajon Rondo (sitting out with a sore ankle), the Celtics were unable to get going and opened with their lowest scoring quarter of the season (15 points). While the Magic ran over the Celtics early, and ran out to a 22-point lead, they got lazy in the fourth and allowed the Celtics to cut the lead to three, behind Ray Allen’s 17 fourth quarter points (32 in the game), before pulling out the victory as Howard clinched the game with a pair of free throws in the final minute. Howard finished with 18 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocked shots as Hedo Turkoglu scored 16 and Rashard Lewis added 15. The Celtics were led by Allen, as Paul Pierce had 16 points (but 6 turnovers), and Leon Powe added 12 points and 7 rebounds off of the bench.

San Antonio 103 Phoenix 98

It was a close one for the Suns against the Spurs, but isn’t that always the way. The Spurs have owned the Suns recently and with Phoenix chasing that eighth spot in the West, a loss, is a loss, is a loss. They need to be winning these close games, not falling behind early and then biting at the heels of San Antonio in the fourth. With Tony Parker scoring 12 points in the final quarter and finishing with 30 to go with his 9 assists, the loss dropped the Suns four games behind the Mavericks for the final playoff spot in the West. While the Suns lead by one in the fourth, San Antonio charged back and it was Parker who hit a dagger with 26 seconds remaining to put the Spurs up seven. Tim Duncan had 17 points to go with 15 rebounds while Roger Mason added 18 points. The Suns were led by 23 points and 11 assists from Steve Nash, 20 off of the bench from Leandro Barbosa and 15 from Jason Richardson.

New Jersey 106 New York 101

While we had a close one in New Jersey with a slightly injured Vince Carter and then a solidly clutch Devin Harris down the stretch, the Nets were able to hang on to grab the 106-101 victory. Harris finished with 35 points and 11 assists as he came up huge for the Nets in the fourth, in a game that was close throughout. While it was Brook Lopez who put the Nets up one with 1:54 remaining, Harris sandwiched Lopez’s bucket with four free throws and a layup. After the shot by Lopez to give the Nets the one-point lead, the Knicks responded by turning the ball over and missing shots on five consecutive possessions, securing the victory for the Nets. Vince Carter added 25 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the Nets as Lopez put in another strong night with 16 points. David Lee finished with a monster line in the loss, 19 points, 14 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals for the Knicks, as Nate Robinson had 17 points and Danilo Gallinari 15 points each off of the bench.

Houston 93 Memphis 83

With the Nuggets losing in Sacramento, a win would put the Rockets in sole posession of first place in the North West division. Facing the Grizzlies, that win was quite painless to achieve as the Rockets went up big early, leading 55-37 at the half. They mantained that lead with ease for most of the second half and although the Grizzlies threatened in the fourth by cutting what was a 20-point lead down to 10, the game was never really in jeopardy for the Rockets and they rolled easily to the win despite being outscored 26-18 in the fourth. Yao Ming led the Rockets with 24 points and 17 rebounds, Luis Scola had 18 points and 14 rebounds and Von Wafer added 13. The Grizzlies were led by Rudy Gay’s 21 points, Marc Gasol had 18 points and  Darell Arthur added 6 points as he pulled down 12 rebounds.

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

    I’m glad that he was on good behavior with you, Holly! And yeah…he’s just working hard every game….and if the rest of the team could do the same with some consistency…they’d be good instead of ok. Glad you enjoyed his good night…he’s been on a really good roll, for real.

  • Sarah

    I am so glad Malik Rose is getting to play again.

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

    Dang, this was a nice extensive Post Up today :) Nice lil bit to wake up to. Also, my back is hurting from that knife you dug into it on the Duke/UNC line. Ouuuch.

  • MalevolentKing7242

    The kings won and the thunder have a 4 game win streak… this is an intresting season. Hey Eboy

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

    Good morning, King. And the BETCATS are one game out of a playoff spot…….our BET is going to be fire today.

  • riggs

    actually we lost due to the fact that we didnt have rondo tbh

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

    Good morning, everyone. I still don’t believe that the Kings beat Denver… or that T.O. is a Buffalo Bill. What a weekend!

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

    BET is going to be blitz 2000 on fire today. GET EM EBOY

  • littleshotlarry

    It’s weird how the Nuggest struggle sometimes, there was a cap on the rim or something. …also that D-Wade move was outrageous.

  • littleshotlarry

    Then again, looking at those stats, I guess the Kings just played really well. They definitely moved the ball better.

  • Miranda

    The Rockets aren’t in the North West division, so it would be hard for them to lead in it.

    The Griz also didn’t threaten by cutting it to ten, they cut it to 10 when the benches were cleared in the last 4 minutes of the game… which was caused pretty much single-handedly by Brian Cook.

    Take him BACK Orlando… take him back!

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    This season is crazy.. The knicks have had promising moments but of course its time for the famous late season collapse and they won’t disapoint on that front.

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

    ^HAHA!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    That’s ok eboy we have a good thing to build on for once we’re not taking the fast track and rebuilding it from the ground up piece by piece.

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

    I was all for them getting in until Lil KryptoDouche acted like the midget moron he is in that Heat game two weeks ago plus D’Antoni’s beaver teeth still bug the sh*t out of me.

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

    man, this is the first time i saw Holly’s pic, she’s such a beauty …

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

    POOR Boston, Magic did a great job…

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    I always thought Bryan was a Lakers fan.

  • Sparker

    i watched the raps this wknd and was still muttering to myself hours later. jose looks lost (i’m guessing he has an issue w triano), bosh is trying to do too much (and is getting stripped at crunch time) and guys who are contributing for three quarters aren’t getting any tick in the fourth (when hey jay, it may be time to try something different). congrats to russ for declaring it a lottery season for them as soon as they fired mitchell

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

    I passed on the Nugs/Kings game, as well, for the WCC tourney! Just wish I was in Vegas, for it!

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    I didn’t see how he acted so I can’t comment. He does act like a napoleon from time to time though. I’m a die hard knick fan Z but they don’t give me very much postive to mention. I am however a Kobe fan. My fandom breaks down like this : Knicks number one and then I decide who I want to win a game based on how many players from that team I like. Except San Antonio and Dallas and formerly the Pistons. I can’t root for them for any reason.

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

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    6 strait and 1 game out. All we need is Chicago to win games at the same pace as us and we are in!!!!

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

    lulz @ Wade getting ejected

  • Tom

    I’m lovin these Monday morning post-ups, great work Holly!…The Jazz are having the quietest 11 game win streak ever. Despite their record, something seems off about the Spurs this season. I say they go out in the 2nd round. And Wade is every bit the MVP candidate Kobe and Lebron are, its a 3 way tie right now, you can’t go wrong giving it to any one of them.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Jose Calderon is the worst perimeter defender in the NBA. I watched at least 40 Raptors games a season so I’m fairly confident in that statemetn. Worse than Nash, Farmar, Wally Z, Damon Jones, etc. He’s not even pretending, getting in a defensive stance for show. With a team like that, your strategy has to be to flat out outscore opponents. The Raptors should be gunning for 120 every game because they will give up 105-110. Stressing defense to Calderon, Kapono and Bargs is just a waste of time.

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

    playoffs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!agrhgahrdasnmkfasbdra dcvbnASDEAIERJKWGNASDF VqASFRBAWFNASDFD,NAMGFAFKDAMCajdenfdas,f.dansgfaeNHDEAMJbnasdf.aeawrarad

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    George Karl and the Nugs: so wack.

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

    Z, Calderon is not anywhere near as bad as Chris Quinn. Like I told Holly, build like a prepubescent boyscout, face of a goblin, ears of an elf, defense of one of those senior citizens in the aleve commercials, jumpshot of a JV waterboy, handles of…well of any white dude with a basketball.

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

    I wish the Nuggets had a legit coach, like Larry Brown. Larry Brown is bringing the Bobcats to the playoffs, so he is a legit coach.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    I’ve been saying all season that The show needs more PT. What the hell is up with Doc. On Friday he had a 20/10 double d against the cavs!!!! He should be starting in place of crybaby, maybe that’ll happen now that Glen git hurt. Also…. THABOOOooooo!
    Oh Holly, don’t worry about not getting great quotes from Flash. That rascal switches on the charm a lot with female press members. Melanie Collin’s smile almost froze in place during their nba.com segment last week. Wade is the man.

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

    why is nobody up in here?

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

    i will self-conversate then.

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

    So BET your boys are making the playoffs?

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

    F*ck yeah!

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

    Who loves Orange soda?

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

    Kel loves Orange soda!!!

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

    memo from CPU to BET: You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down.

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

    memo repeated!!!

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

    this is my 14th comment of the day!

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

    so 15/41 comments are mine now! b*tches

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    quick someone get a BET-ranquilizer! This six game streak and hovering around a playoff spot is going to make him go hyper….. Whoops, too late, just read his playoffs outburst above.

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

    arent Darksabers so cute when they are that age?

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    I know what you are feeling. Slamonline deprevation from the wkend. Symptoms? Massive amount of commenting on monday post up’s

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

    no, i am just too happy that we are so close yet so far from a playoff berth.

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

    well, Betcats has a 6 games winning streak, larry brown’s a great coach.

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

    i wonder if i can get 50% of the comments

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

    ???

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

    Baboons are the cure to cancer

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

    and Greenville NC

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

    and Greenville SC

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

    24 comments for me Kobe Kobe Kobe!!!

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

    i am done postwh0ring for right now

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

    cease fire and fall back.
    Its almost spainish time!

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    well your team deserves it, no one had them on their playoff radar this season, and those players like Boris and Raja who got shopped or crash who is just mental on the court (in a good way) could be vindicated. Or even Felton. Too bad for J-Rich, who i really like, those suns are setting fast.

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  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    is patty mills still a blur on the court in the college ranks? He was ridiculous in Beijing

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

    i still got 3 minutes till the bell rings.

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

    sh!t be annoying me. WTF the bell?

  • http://apeachbasketandadream.wordpress.com/ Peach B.

    What really hurts about DUKE-UNC is that the Heels now have more ACC regular season titles than us.

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

    Ben, not you too!

    I can’t speak as much (i did watch all of their Thursday/Friday series w Portland/Utah) about the team, but I did recently see them force the all-powerful Lakers into one of that franchise’s worst shooting night’s ever. And that Utah loss was a classic home Salt Palace Roast!

    Granted, ARCO ain’t the hellhole it used to be, though.

    Dark Saber, YES! Last night was his first game back in a month and he looked tenative for a bit, then just started blowing by everyone. (Thumb injury-speed just fine)

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    cool, can’t wait for Pat to run the nba ragged

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

    See him tonight at 9 est against gonzaga in the wcc final.(espn)
    unfinished business, would be an understatement.

    He broke his thumb in the Gaels’ first game against the Zags. I think he had like 19 with four mins still left in the first half.
    He got hurt, then they got blown.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    DWade took himself out of the game because his STD’s were acting up.
    It’s one thing to crab dribble, it’s another to dribble with crabs.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Sounds like a vengeance game to me if there was any, Cub.

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    the Raptors just need to blow their team up. seriously. They’re games aren’t even remotely entertaining unless your rooting for the other team. Jose Calderon was a huge mistake. he can’t play d, dribble with his left, create for others, etc… the only thing he can do is right hand dribble and shoot and hes not even doing that right now. If hes your starting pg your team isnt winning more than 35

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    and can the Nuggets please get a new coach. theve already reached their ceiling with George Karl and that ceiling is playoffs, no second round

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    It’s one thing to crab dribble, it’s another to dribble with crabs.
    Brilliant!!

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  • http://www.hibiahi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    i can see my old comments from here!!

  • http://www.hibiahi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    i wonder why people dont comment on this any more… I am guessing it is my fault somehow, but oh well.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/ Michael NZ

    Wait, I got something… I clicked on The Score for the first time. Read the One on One. Cool. Saw that Holly had a bio picture. Never seen before. Can put a face to the name now… AND what a pretty face it is! Haha. Sorry? But seriously, my god! Better looking than JE Skeets. Phoar. Again, sorry.
    That was awkward.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/ Michael NZ

    Also: +/- is garbage. Sick of that stuff.

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

    I JUST WORKED IT OUT!!!! PHX ARE LOTTERY BOUND SO THEY CAN PICK UP PATTY MILLS!!!!

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

    Micheal, the plus minus system has some validity. Lebron is the leader in it, he is also the best in the NBA.

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

    Darce, F him, they are getting Brook.

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

    i think i secretly live here. I found the door the janitor always leaves open and snuck in. Now i am not leaving.

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

    brook = blake. All light skinned people are the same to me.

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