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Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  62 responses

Post Up: Lakers Finish Strong

And Pierce leads the way for Boston.

by Holly MacKenzie /@stackmack

Although  we’ve come to the end of the road, I can’t let go…

I cannot let go of the regular season yet, it can’t be the Last-Day-of-the-Regular-Season Eve, and yet it is.

Pretty crazy. From LA and Boston picking up where they had left off, Cleveland shocking everyone and the Magic finding a way to survive without Jameer Nelson, this season has been a crazy one with so many teams having successful seasons. I still can’t believe the Cavs have 66 wins. 66!

I love how the Lakers have been the only team to get a victory on Cleveland’s homecourt. You know I want to see that finals matchup.

Imagine the intrigue and the hype that would surround that.

If you havent’ seen it, this video of LeBron working out before the Celtics Game is pretty wild. Bron fan, in need of workout inspiration, etc., I watched this entire thing, and didnt even wish for the 11:43 seconds back. Loved the music choice as well. This man is one ridiculously strong guy.

So, with a loss, the Sixers have to wait for the Raptors to take down the Bulls (which I don’t see happening), and also get a win in Cleveland (also, a long shot), or they’ll be facing the Celtics in the first round.

The Lakers/Jazz first-round series had their preview last night, in the final game of the season for both teams. LA allowed the Jazz to stay comfortable until late in the third where they pulled away with ease. Nice to see Byum continue to get his footing.

Happy Leon Powe is back for the playoffs, as well.

The Hawks got the W against the Heat, but many of the starters for both teams sat this one out. Speedy Claxton’s twittering about not playing seemed to work as he had his first minutes since 2007. Claxton had one point on the season for his 5.7 million dollar salary. Not bad.

Huge night tonight with 14 games on the schedule. Be sure to stay in and watch the final night of the regular season. There’s sure to be lots of crazy moments as teams try their best to get those W’s to wrap up their seasons.

Last night the Hawks pulled off the 81-79 victory over the Heat. This was a game that served as a preview of their first-round matchup, but was played mostly with role playesr and the benches of each team. Dwyane Wade, Joe Johnson, Jermaine O’Neal, Udonis Haslem, Maurice Evans and Zaza Pachuila all sat the game out, while Michael Beasley led the Heat with 23 points and 14 rebounds n the loss. While the game was tied going into the fourth, the Heat went were unable to score for the first four and a half minutes of the final quarter and the Hawks took the lead and did not give it up. Mario Chalmers had 15 points for the Heat and James Jones added 10. Marvin Williams returned to the floor for the Hawks and he had 13 points, as Flip Murray scored 17 in the victory.

Boston found themselves in a battle with Philly, but were able to pull out the 100-98 win, thanks to holding the Sixers to just 15 points in the final 12 minutes of the game. Without Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, it was Paul Piere who did the heavy lifting for Boston, scoring 31 on the night and nailing what would be the game-winning jumper to break the Sixers’ back. While they trailed by 11 in the second half, the Celtics calmly came back and Philadelphia could not keep up down the stretch, even as Boston relied heavily on their bench. With the loss, the Sixers now have to hope that they can win tonight in Cleveland and that the Raptors can beat the Bulls in Chicago, if they’d like a chance to move into the sixth seed and avoid a first-round matchup with these Celtics. Tony Allen scored 18 for Boston and Leon Powe had 10. Glen Davis added 15 off of the bench. Andre Igoudala scored 25 points for the Sixers, and dished 7 assists. Andre Miller had 15 points and 9 assists and Thaddeus Young scored 18.

The Lakers met up with the Jazz last night for what will be their first-round matchup. Things were tight until late in the third when the Lakers used a 16-9 run to go into the fourth up, eight. Then, to kick things off in the final twelve minutes, they reeled off a 13-2 run and led 104-85 by the end of it. It was as if they were simply toying with Utah in the first half, allowing them to keep it close before deciding to close it out in the second. LA won despite shooting 24 free throw attempts to the 47 that they gave up to the Jazz. Pau Gasol led the way for the Lakers with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Andre Bynum scored 22 while Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom had 16 piece apiece. Deron Williams had 25 points and 13 assists for Utah. Andrei Kirilenko scored 20 off of the bench and Paul Millsap added 10. Carlos Boozer scored 16 in the loss.

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

    The Hawks don’t want it with Beasley. Believe that. Beasley had a double double….in the first quarter….against Marvin, the Atlien and Al. The Hawks played all their starters but Joe….the Heat rolled out two. The Hawks are in for a deep sh*t pile.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Nice to see LeBron listening to oldies.

  • malanacream

    I can’t wait to whatch this playoffs, its going to be amazing, I’m just sad that Orland it’s not going to matchup Detroit in the first round. Although, Atlanta and Miami its gonna be awesome.

  • A D-Wade Fan!

    The beast has finally been unleashed… Waited all year to see this out of Beasley and the last few games he’s giving it big time! That boy was born to score. Rebounding like a beast too. Although I don’t think Josh will give Beasley that much room in the playoffs… It should b a good matchup.

  • Ken

    I thought he listened to “Time after time” to get into that warrior-like mentality?

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

    Wow. Thats a pretty impressive workout. Especially pre-game.
    Oh, and the video of Shaq (from a different link) he just throws a grown man into that bin.. wow he’s strong.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Sh-t, maybe Eboy was right. Wade and Beasley could very well be the best 1-2 punch in the East next year. The only thing that worried about Beasley was could he rebound in the L like he was rebounding in college since Durant couldn’t do it. Well, he can. He’s a player. I can’t foresee a scenario that would bring him back to the bench, even with a healthy Haslem.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Interesting workout regime James’ has. I would like to get his full schedule (with weight and everything) though, as this workout seemed pretty lite, but considering it was pre-game I’m still impressed. Paul Pierces heroics lost me some money last night, but since last years finals I can’t do nothing but love the guy.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Ohh yeah and Beasley has finally arrived it seems, good timing. What Shaq video Hursty? Where do I find that stuff?

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

    The prank that Louis Admundsen(sp) pulled.
    Its in the other news section. ‘Prank War’.

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

    The dumbell reverse lunges are 10kg. I know because I’ve got the same weights as that rack/set at my gym.

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

    man i was all pumped up for Magic – Sixers!! now the whole thing is screwed up. Bulls – Magic? Celtics – Sixers? thank god miami – atlanta hasn’t gone anywhere! very anxiuos to see what happens in the west

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    E, don’t get too excited. The Hawks starters played token minutes. Joe and Al played about 15 minutes each. I agree that Beasley has looked like a monster since getting the starting nod, but last night showed what he’d look like as the focal point of the Heat’s offense, he needs to stay as agressive with wade in the lineup.

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

    ciolk…….you hit the nail on the head……The Hawks played their starters token minutes…..the Heat only played two of theirs and they both did basically what they wanted in their token appearances. Beasley has been aggressive with Wade during the last couple of weeks….so it’s not excitment…it’s realization.

  • Myung

    That preseason game between Miami and Atlanta was awesome last night.

  • Krishan

    Sad that Beasley got pine for the chunk of the regular season, could’ve given ROY consideration easily if he didn’t, or if he got ample minutes. I believe in this Michael kid.

  • Krishan

    And this just in: David Stern said that there is nothing wrong with Lebron lipsyncing tupac during a work-out, despite celtics’ complaints.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Shaq is funny

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

    Last Bobcat game of the season = 2night!

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

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  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    I need Dj to go off tonight BET. Its the last night ofmy fantasy finals and now that the Hawks clinched their spot, Joe Johnson’s not getting minutes, DJ needs to step it up tonight!

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

    cio’s personal needs are nice, but i dont care. I just want a win.

  • http://www.myspace/nathanjames101.com nate the great

    id rather see an earl boykins workout. heard that fool could bench around 400ibs.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    i love pregame lifting. Just gotta reduce the weight from the usual offday workout so as not to alter your stroke and you’ll be super hyped for the game. I tore LBJ’s (proposed) workout program from a men’s health month’s ago, as well as a few from Wade and LT from the the chargers. Great stuff there, and effective.

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

    Darksaber reads mens health? LohL

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    You can laugh BETstar (i actually did too after reading your comment) but i only grab MH when i see US-Pro athletes on the cover. Love reading/checking out their fitness regimen. Anything to stay ahead of my opponents. Got a prob. with that?

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Powe the SHOWwwwwwww!

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Lou Amundson needs to watch his hair today, I’m pretty sure Shaq is gonna be trying to sneak up on him with the clippers… and I don’t mean the hilariously inept basketball franchis.

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

    Powe Show reminds me of Sham Wow

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    The future at the PF spot is looking bright. I can’t wait for the Beasley vs Griffin battles. Let’s hope the injury god’s will be kind to them. (no Amare)

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Beasley is a good talent, but I still feel the Heat would be better in the long run, if they would have drafted OJ Mayo. Beasley can score yes, defense counts too. I feel the Heat could have drafted another foward at his position later in the draft or this years draft. A player like OJ Mayo, will not be found in this years draft or next to come. A Juice and Flash backcout would have been DYNAMITE!!!

  • Krishan

    Juice and flash would have been a redundant disaster. Beasley was the right choice. Even if they had the first pick, beasley would still have been the right choice.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    The Seed: OJ and Wade, who are both shooting guards who like to over-dominate the ball, would make a great duo?
    Did you get into Chalmers’ weed?

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Krishan: Now… Wade and ROSE, now… hmm… I’m not sure if that would have been a horrifying disaster or one of the most beautiful backcourts in basketball today. They are both sorta shoot-first point guards, but Rose is thriving with Salmons at the ball, so I’d say he’d be even better with Wade (Wade could hit Rose nicely on the cuts he runs off the ball).
    Man, Rose and Wade… that woulda been beautiful.

  • http://hoops4life.com overtime

    Nice roundup of the season Holly. Just a side note by the way, assuming Rose is R.O.Y, when was the last time the winner of that award was also in the playoffs?

  • Krishan

    They’re too much alike jukai, rose and wade. The reason that rose is thriving with salmons is because salmons doesn’t shoot 20 attempts every ballgame. Although I agree, that would’ve been beautiful.

  • Krishan

    Overtime: tim duncan?

  • Krishan

    wait, it was mike miller porbably…

  • http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    Lebroid James

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    It was very cute to hear the Laker fans chant MVP for the last time last night.

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    BEASLEY for ROY!! i called it art the begining of the season(i kno im pushing it but im excited).
    and wow, i used to like bynum but now hes starting to get on my nerves just like the rest of the Lakers (not including shanon brown). who does he think he is pushin Deron like that. im so glad Dwill gave him the Tie Domi hit

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    MeloMan13: … you’re excited about being wrong?

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

    Utah’s season just ended last night.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    At least they won’t be swept like last year’s Nuggets.

  • NAS

    a pre match workout for AI would probably consist of him sitting in a chair with his assitant doing his hair while he is eating a bucket of fried chicken wings

  • Krishan

    I tried to read nas’s comment, but all i could see was *deleted*

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    One thing that nobody is talking about : on the low, the Lakers’ situation at the pg spot is absolutely atrocious. Fisher has been terrible and Farmar is just lost. Hell, Shannon Brown is getting big minutes and three teams (including the Bobcats!) passed on him already. 3 teams have a (slight) chance of upsetting the Lakers in the west : hornets, spurs, jazz and if they do, it’ll be because of their all-world pg’s murdering the lakers.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    lol cause it was funny

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Yeah but Lakers would just make up for that with easy as hell tip-ins in the paint by Gasol, Bynum, and Odom.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    nice use of the boyz II men chorus in your first sentence btw, Holly.

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

    Z: The Bobcats used Shannon, we just had to sacrifice him. In fact he got too much PT, it actually cost us a game (to the Atlanta Hawks) because we played him a lot and he made a series of stupid plays. He just works really good in Phil Jackson’s system.

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

    My star power is needed here ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    cavs are resting bron, mo, z and joe smith w/ wallace injured. i guess tying the home record don’t mean squad to them. i like that, all sights on the trophy.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    I think its smart too, Z. Bron knows that tying an semi-significant, regular season team record is not worth risking injury to ANY of the Cavs key players. If they were about to go 42-0 and be at the top of the stack, I could see them playing it, maybe. Say what you will about Bron and his quest to be a billionaire, icon, etc, but he knows that in the end the chips are all that really matters.

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

    cio is wrong again. Lebron knows that in the end, proving Farmer Jones right is all that really matters.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    go back to class BET

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Wally Sczerbiak will drop 50 tonight.

  • Big J

    Wally will channel his inner Hakeem the Dream and get 10 blocks cuz he’s beast like that

  • http://myspace.com/yungjames187 Smoovetendo

    why am i so elated that i listen to the same music as lebron when i work out

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

    Call me crazy but I can see B-Easy getting the starters nod by the second round of the play-offs and looking like the teams MVP from here-on in!

  • nastierthanyou

    The workout wasn’t impressive it was a glorified stretch. Cats still nasty though. Leaner than I thought. he’s gonna be jacked up by the time he’s thirty. Like altered beast after a bubble.

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    @ Jukai: im excited that Beasley is turning the corner and is proving his worth in last years draft

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