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Monday, April 13th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  237 responses

Post Up: Raps Play Spolier

While Finley beats (or cheats) the shot clock.

by Holly MacKenzie / @stackmack

Good Morning. Welcome to the last week of the 2008-2009 NBA regular season. Kind of crazy, isn’t it? I really can’t believe it.

This was my first year in a locker room covering a team for a season. It was my first time working towards becoming comfortable in that setting and it was my first opportunity to try different things out with respect to my writing.

It’s also over.

Because the Raptors had one hell of an awful, brokedown season, last night was their final home game and although they closed out with victory, I’m pretty sad right now. It was Easter, everyone and their dog had left the city to be with their family and I was feeling like all of the good things were coming to an end. And, I didn’t even have any chocolate to make the day a little better.

Seeing Ray Allen elbow Varejao in the balls was surprising. Jesus Shuttlesworth, it was Easter Sunday!

So…. I picked up the newest issue of SLAM Saturday night on my way to work. I didn’t get the Rubio/Jennings cover which was my first pick so I’m hoping that will be the one that gets mailed to me (hint, hint). I also picked up the remaining copies of SLAM that were on the top shelf and behind some other fitness mag and moved them front and center. I’ve done that as long as I can remember. Wherever I see SLAM, I move them to eye level before I leave the store. Anyone else do anything like this?

Dwyane Wade did his part to make me smile, dropping a career-high 55 on the Knicks last night as the Heat took down New York 122-105 thanks to a fourth quarter where they held the Knicks to just 14 points while scoring 25 themselves. The Heat jumped out to an early lead after pouring in 37 points in the opening 12 minutes and led 37-26 after one. Besides Wade’s 55 and 9 boards, Michael Beasley was huge for the Heat, scoring 28 points to go with 16 reobunds. The Knicks had 21 points apiece from Al Harrington and Wilson Chandler and David Lee had another double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

The Raptors had a chance to play the spoiler against the Sixers who would clinch the fifth seed in the East if they won. For one of the few times this season, Toronto rose to the occasion and got the W, 111-104, thanks to a late steal from Shawn Marion to clinch the game. Andrea Bargnani had 17 points  and 6 blocked shots for the Raptors while Chris Bosh finished with 22, Anthony Parker added 18 and Jose Calderon had 11 points and 11 assists. The Sixers struggled as Andre Igoudala scored 21 points but had 10 turnovers. Andre Miller could not get it going as he finished 2-14 from the floor to finish with just 10 points and 4 assists. Samuel Dalembert had 21 points and 12 rebounds as his ex-Canadian national team coach watched from the sidelines and Louis Williams had 23 off of the bench.

The matchup of the day was supposed to be the Boston/Cleveland game. The Cavs quickly ended that idea as they held the Celtics to just 3-20 shooting in the first quarter and led 31-9 after one. By the third quarter it was a 30 point game and they rolled on to the 107-76 blowout while LeBron spent much of the fourth on the bench cheering his teammates on. 29 points and 7 assists for James, as the Cavs shot 55% to the C’s 35%. Delonte West and Mo Williams each scored 13 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Celtics were led by Paul Pierce’s 14 points, but it took him 17 shots to get them. Glen Davis added 13 in the loss.

Chris Paul continutes to amaze, this time pouring in 31 points to go with 17 assists and 9 rebounds as he helped the Hornets get the big 102-92 win over the Mavericks. With David West also scoring 31 and Rasual Butler chipping in 13, the Mavericks could not keep up late, despite Dirk Nowitzki’s 29 points and 14 rebounds on the evening. Josh Howard had 15 points while Jason Terry and Brandon Bass added 13 points apiece off of the bench.

The Lakers pummeled the Grizzlies, 92-75 and Andrew Bynum scored 18 points as he continues to find his footing and shake off the rust. Kobe Bryant scored 16 points on 7-9 shooting and Pau Gasol had 12 points and 13 rebounds. Reserve Shannon Brown played 16 minutes in the game as there was talk of him potentially playing an important role in the playoffs against certain point guards the Lakers may face. OJ Mayo scored 20 points to lead the Grizzlies in defeat as Marc Gasol scored 14 and Hakim Warrick added 12 off of the bench. Memphis struggled from the floor, finishing just 36% on the evening. With their 64th victory, the Lakers still trail the Cavs for the best record in the L and would need both the Cavs to lose out while they win their game against Utah in order to grab that top spot. I’m willing to bet it doesn’t happen, with the Cavs playing Indy and Philly next.

The Spurs won 95-92 against the Sacramento Kings and without Tim Duncan, but it was a controversial win as Michael Finley knocked down a three with 1.3 second remaining after the shot clock had expired. While the shot clock clearly showed that it had expired, there was no buzzer and the red light did not go off. A review cannot be made for the shot clock and the refs counted the basket as good, sinking the Kings hopes at taking down SA. The Kings were without Kevin Martin who sat out with a sore ankle, but Spencer Hawes scored a career-high 24 points as Francisco Garcia scored 12, Andres Nocioni added 11 points and 8 rebounds and Jason Thompson 8 points and 11 boards. Tony Parker scored 25 points to go with 9 assists for the Spurs, Roger Mason scored 22 and Kurt Thomas had 9 points to go with 13 boards in the victory.

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  • ab_40

    haha AI II went AI I tonight 10 turnovers dayum

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

    Those Hawks are going to make a nice appetizer.

  • Tom

    Happy Easter Holly!!!…First thing you should do is pick up some of that easter chocolate thats on clearance now. I would love to see the lakers use Brown more, maybe in a 2nd unit with Ariza and Farmar and Bynum and Odom, it would give the Lakers a nice shot in the arm when the starters sit.

  • Ken

    Ray’s elbow to Sideshow’s nuts made my day. I’ve been wanting to do that for a while myself. But on national TV on Easter Sunday? I guess Jesus can do what he wants on Easter…

  • AlbertBarr

    Kings can’t catch a Blake…I mean break.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    AlbertBarr with the word play

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

    Holly- I always do that with the magazines haha.
    Oh, and Jukai needs to copy/paste his/my statement on the previous post up.
    ps- Finley’s 3 was a dodgy dodgy call. I was listening to the Spurs play by play man on the radio- even he thought that it shouldn’t really count. Very unsure at best of its legitimacy.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    hursty is in da building? Is it a bit early for one of your sexscapae like posts, Kangaroo Jack?

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Hursty Posted: Apr.12 at 9:36 am
    If you’re a Rockets fan you aren’t scared of the Blazers- only concerned if it comes down to a last second shot with Tmac defending Roy with 0.8 remaining and you’re up by 2. Other than that, you’re sweet as.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

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  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    oh this gives me a idea: Lets make a period pyramid!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    but lets use explmation points, they are much cooler

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

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    !!

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    !!!!!

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    !!!!!!!

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    !!!!!!!!

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    !!!!!!!!!

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    C-C-C-C-COMBO BREAKER

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    !!!!!!!!!!

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

    @BET- No no, its 11:40pm over here, and it’s the holidays.
    Oh, and I met up with Skip this arvo, he says g’day.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    cool!

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

    !

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

    BET…..how about hangman again?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    The sun god Ra will not be pleased that Jukai has messed up his temple. Moses still hasnt sung ‘let my people go’ yet Jukai!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    that was more of a one time thing, but i guess if you want…

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

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

    Well….no one’s talking ball at the moment…

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

    I really need to figure out how you do that.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

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  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Eboy: I’ll talk ball! Let’s talk about Fat Lever! That dude gets no love!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    it directly relates to you

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

    Eboy is gay!!!!!!!

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

    Eboy is old!!!!!

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

    I’m not even trying to say letters!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    yeah eboy, jukai always got ball on his head. Whether he is takin them to the face or talkin about them from the tip of his tongue, they are always their.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Eboy Posted: Apr.13 at 9:46 am
    Eboy is gay!!!!!!!

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

    LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Thanks d wade. At least the knicks beat the magic on tv.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    HE ADMITS IT! Ladies and gentleman, this eboy has turned a black man redfaced

  • A D-Wade Fan!

    50 through 3, and 6 three pointers… Man that guy ceases to amaze me. At least we are locked in with Atl. Should be a good series. Beasley has been killin’ it! Man is he playing well! Hope he keeps it up when he goes back to the bench… Its inevitable. But hopefully he will get more mins than haslem. I love haslem but Beasley is such a beast on O.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    The only thing I do is check if the SLAMup is in the middle. Because the damn kids always steal it out!!!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    this is just too funny

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

    I like this D-Wade fan cat.

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

    Was I right with either of my guesses, BET?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    “I move them to eye level before I leave the store. Anyone else do anything like this?” No, but once i moved all the Playboys at Barnes and Nobles to the Kid Magazine Section.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    No, but it was hilarious

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

    “I move them to eye level before I leave the store. Anyone else do anything like this?” I used to do that at Barnes & Noble and Borders. All the Borders went out of business around the way and the Barnes & Noble cat that stocks their mags is a faggola…..so he gets pissed if I try moving them around. The Walgreens and CVS ones aren’t even worth moving cause their magazine racks are so small to begin with.

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

    Dammit.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    SO what do people think about the Celtics getting mad at the Cavs antics, and saying they will remember it in the playoffs?

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

    Are the first two words “Eboy is”?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    “their racks are so small to begin with.” Quality over Quantity eboy!

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    James: Well, it means that Boston is going to be even more pissed when they lose to the Magic and never get to play the Cavaliers.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    @ eboy: No

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

    It won’t matter James…….the Celts are going to really miss having home court…..they’ll be strong for a couple of games but the Cavs are going to wear them out on the perimiter…..if they both get to the ECF’s.

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

    lmfao @ BET 9:50.
    That was comment of the month!

  • Myung

    H-E-A-T I-S S-U-K?

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    The cvs here still has the allen iverson cover on the shelves.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    also, if everyone could stop by Hibachi and comment on Moose’s latest piece, more specificly tell him to stop f*ckin posting it, i would appreciate it.

  • Myung

    Good morning, eboy.

  • Myung

    And good morning, everyone else.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    Just asking. The Cavs are not graceful winners lol. I feel like I am watching the circus. They are winning though.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

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  • A D-Wade Fan!

    Wow… I’m honored. Hey Eboy, how do u think Beasley will fair in the Atl series? Last time we played Atl in atl, Beasley was good. He was torching Horford, but he didnt get much run vs josh smith. How do you think he will do?

  • A D-Wade Fan!

    Wow… I’m honored. Hey Eboy, how do u think Beasley will fair in the Atl series? Last time we played Atl in atl, Beasley was good. He was torching Horford, but he didnt get much run vs josh smith. How do you think he will do?

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

    LMAO @ BET! Hello, Myung. You’re about to get what you’ve been wishing for……enjoy it.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    BETCATS: I misread what you wrote and thought you wanted me to tell him to stop f*cking posting. So I did. My bad.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    A D-Wade Fan! is a dreamer, but he is not the only one. I guess i too am a D-Wade fan.

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

    The PoPo just went next door! I’ll be back and let you know what happens!

  • A D-Wade Fan!

    whoops sry for the double comment.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Its alright, that would be nice too, only temporarily of course.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    “The PoPo just went next door” I thought Popo went out the backdoor? What the hell do australians look like? And what is a next door? Is that their belly buttons? SO do they sh!t out their belly buttons? WTF!

  • A D-Wade Fan!

    Lol. I mean if you dont dream… well… ur life must suck right…

  • Myung

    eboy, who has a better game tomorrow? Chris quinn or Mario West? I hope both coaches show an ounce of common sense and bench all the starters…

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    micheal vick killed my dog. maurice clarret shot my dog. donte stallworth hit my dog with his car. matt jones illegally possesed cocaine with my dog.

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

    nothing happened… the old man who lives next door has a granddaughter whos favourite game is apparently ‘prank the police- because that is what a 6 year old does’.
    Weird that a squad car turned up- as well as a paddy wagon.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    A D-Wade Fan! is great at making big assumptions

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Hursty: You ment Po-Po as in police? I thought you went to take a sh!t.

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

    Beasley is going to be one of the major factors in the series, D Wade fan. Horford will be that too…..so it will be interesting.

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

    You didn’t know what the ‘popo’ means BET?

  • A D-Wade Fan!

    Well I try my best!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    i thought you meant poo-poo.

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

    What about Bibby on Chalmers?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

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  • A D-Wade Fan!

    It will be hard facing horford… esp since he’s one of my fav. players.

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

    I can only guarentee that Dwyane and JO will be on the bench for the game Myung. I think Spoelstra isn’t confiendt enough to have all his limited talent sit out one quarter let alone an entire game.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Anyone see what Shannon Brown did yesterday? That dunk was mean.

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

    dont worry about it.
    Anyways, at this comment rate, it could reach 400+.
    Happy Easter btw.

  • A D-Wade Fan!

    Bibby isn’t that fast and isn’t that strong… perfect for Chalmers. But bibby is a vet, and he knows what to do in the playoffs. Although Chalmers has guarded Bibby pretty well during the Regular Season, the playoffs is another story… but Flip will definitely kill chalmers.

  • queazy

    Spolier? Is that related to Spoelstra?

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

    bet I need a clue about the hangman thing.

  • Myung

    Everyone will kill Bibby because Bibby can’t guard a chair. I’m interested to see if Josh will play well because he’s actually been close to great these past few weeks (this, coming from probably his biggest SLAMonline critic). Horford and Smith have BOTH been playing really well this past month. Joe has been up and down, but I’m hoping that’s just due to fatigue (I REALLY hope coach just sits him for these last 2 games). I’d love to see Marv get some minutes too, since he’s only been back for 1 game since his back injury. Looking at all 16 teams in the Playoffs… it’s going to be a fun postseason. Can’t wait ’til Saturday. I sort of wish they’d just cancel these last 3 nights of the regular season and get the playoff schedule finalized.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    no clues. New one _ _ _ ….._ _ _ _ _….._ _

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

    A

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    link awaiting moderation!

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

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

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

    Have Ritalin gone out of business?

  • A D-Wade Fan!

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  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    who said eboy could play? And all the guesses were wrong ☻/
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  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Your mama.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

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  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    BET en fuego. For real.

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  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    What type of redneck yokel is eboy? Its 3 words and he guesed 2

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

    Your mama licks.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    have you nought (the cool way to spell not is nought) heard of syllables?

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

    Haha I understood eboy. Not sure whether BET was being smart with his comment though…
    Anyways, I gotta get up early tomorrow, drive the tractor around, feed the chickens, usual farm stuff.
    Might go surf later, spose the bloody crocs have to be fed as well. Busy day.
    Later fellas, have a good one.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    alright hursty!!

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

    Australians are so oddly cool.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    bloody CP3. Well the Mavs are still showing heart at the right phase of the season. Just stay away from Mavs-Killer and Bynum reloaded, guys. Denver is good, no doubt. And that frontcourt is seriously good, but the Mavs can hang with them. Utah better hope Kirilenko/Okur/Boozer get their act together for that series.

  • A D-Wade Fan!

    Cant we all just get along… F

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

    My last guesses haha:
    Y
    L
    P
    B
    Peace.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Damn, Hursty is holding it down on the farm for real. I’m sure its alot of hard work and long hours, but atleast your really nobody’s b1tch, unlike the lower rungs of the corporate/business world.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

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  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    “the bloody crocs have to be fed”. Coolest thing ever said here. Here i am fresh off a diving/snorkeling trip to Phuket the past weekend (god damn reef sharks scared the air outta my lungs on multiple occasions…. Safe my butt). And the net reception at the place i stayed at was soooooo slow (forget wifi) i couldn’t get slam fix. Twitter is the net version of crack? Not for me, slamonline it is.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Wait, Flash had a double nickel (sic.)? At MSG? What is it with that place and 50 point games? Bigger rims or what?

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

    Dark, they were in Miami…..so was your boy…..I felt blessed to see his best scoring performance in person….on a holiday….with my family. It was pretty cool.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    E. I’m sure it was. Lucky you. Can you feel the envy. Eh? Can ya? So Wade is now a more than capable 3 point scorer as well as the best dribble penetrator not named CP3/TP3 in the Nba? And he’s peaking again shortly before the playoffs? Yikes. What do you think is gonna happen in that hawks series?

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Dark: I can tell you. It involves the name “Hawks” and the number “6.” Throw ‘in’ somewhere in that sentence and you got my prediction.

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

    Dark…..look……he can hit a three now without it feeling like he’s going to break the backboard when it leaves his hand. If he’s hot and in rhythm, he’s got a nice ability to make a couple. I don’t think we should be looking at him to be winning the three point contest next year or anyhting like that. As far as the Hawks series….I’ll let myung and Co Co and I’m sure later this week, Lang, tell you how….although Miami will be scrappy….that the Hawks have just a little bit too much for their down south neigbors to get more than a game….maybe two. I’ll let you know today though….that if Wade plays at the pace he has been playing at…Beasley continues to stay on this roll he has finally worked himself into and Chalmers and Jo contribute enough to keep the Hawks D off balance a bit…..there will be a bunch of Hawks fans (did I just write that?)with lingering dissapointment for another off-season.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    The Knicks can’t guard anyone, and they push the tempo anyway. Dropping 55 on the 2008-09 Knicks is like dropping 26 on, say, the Spurs.

  • Myung

    So…vs. the Knicks this season, Kobe had about 33, LeBron missed a 25-5-5 by 1 rebound, and Wade had 26.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    nice one Russ. But E, how deep is young Eric gonna go these Playoffs? 8? 9? J.O. Still kinda looks creaky, although he’s hardly missed a game since the trade. Is Magloire a reliable backup or does Anthony still get the bulk of those minutes? And now Luther’s hurt, who’s backup PG/SG, because you KNOW Mario’s gonna mess up a tight game or so.

  • Myung

    Jukai, I don’t think the series will end in 6. Much to eboy’s chagrin, it’ll be Hawks in 5 or 7. I can’t see us winning a decisive game on Miami’s home floor.

  • Sir Chuck

    D-Wade Baby Double Nickle! lol Was funny to see him telling Dantoni sorry i gotta do this to your team everytime haha.

  • Myung

    I’m really happy for you and your family, that you got to be there in person, eboy. What an amazing memory for your son. That’s awesome.

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

    See…..Dark…..what’d I tell you? There’s one. As far as the point duties….it’s Mario….then Dwyane…..that’s how it’s been since Luther went down. Dwyane will not be dettered by a Quinn has gotten spot minutes….but he’ll be glued to the bench once Game 1 rolls around. Anthony will also not be seeing the florr in the playofs….yesterday was the first game in the longest he logged minutes. I say he rolls 8 with Moon….Jamal and Cook off the bench. I can easily see JO, Haslem, Beasley, Wade and Chalmers starting against the Hawks…..since the Hawks don’t roll out 7 footers.

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

    Myung, my son screamed “DWYANEEEEEEEEEEE WADEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE” about 40 times yesterday…..although half of those where when other guys on the Heat were scoring and even when “the Pistons” (TAD will like that) were making baskets too. Kid’s a buffon.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Oh my. L’il whitehot is gonna terrorize slamonline as soon as he’s able. Heat Fanatic right thurrr. The next generation of commenters is being trained it seems.

  • Myung

    Whether we have a son or daughter later this year, he/she will be raised to scream “Alllllllllllllllll Hooooooooooooooooorfoooooord.”

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

    Yeah….Myung…..that’s for sure. Dark…..I hope that I can keep him away from here until he’s at least 18……I couldn’t imagine him conversating with a still young BET.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    really Myung? Fliiiiiiiiiip Murrayyyyyyyy has a nicer ring to it, no?

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    omg. L’il Eboy meeting current BET. Can i get advance booking on those tickets? Courtside please.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    12 threes is still a lot… just saying.

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

    It’s way too many Shia. I don’t like when he get’s that comfortable out there.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    Wade, I’m really sorry….

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    Dude still won’t answer my phone calls..

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    What’s a buffon?

  • Myung

    Are you kidding, Dark? There are 11 other guys on the Hawks roster, including scrubs like Thomas Gardner and Randolph Morris I would rather have my son/daughter rooting for than old Ronald Murray. I have a love/hate relationship with Josh Smith, but with Flip, it’s pretty much a hate/dislike relationship. By the time my child is old enough to understand basketball, I’m hoping Flip (along with Speedy Claxton) are distant memories. Flip is a gifted scorer, I admit, but his basketball IQ leaves much to be desired.

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

    Hmmm, postup commments ain’t what they used to be.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    You know what I miss? Lang counting Dalembert’s incredible statistical season in terms of assists. Dude has 17 assists in nearly 2000 minutes of action. He also has a 1:37 assist to turnover ratio in the last 26 games. Yet he’s taken over a 150 shots in that period. Dude is TRYING to not get assists.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    LeBron swatting Ray was golden. Smart move that Varejao kept his cool, but it would have loved to see him ripping Ray to pieces after that cheap-cheapshot, you just don’t do that kind of stuff to another gúys sack..

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    oh ok Myung. Had clue you disliked flip. At ease.

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

    Sorry B……no one felt like talking about the Lakers this morning.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    He’s still no Yinka Dare. Look up his career numbers sometime.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Sammy D, that is.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Russ, that was great for a laugh, but Dare took 200 shots for his career. Dalembert has taken over four hundred shots this season. So I assume Dalembert gets the ball a bit more.
    Still, having four CAREER assists is truly an accomplishment.

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

    Dalembert is in the Kevin Ollie school of being able to hold down a long term job in the Lig on the back of a college career that reached the dizzying heights of 6 points and 6 boards a game.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Wally Sczerbiak…WITH NO REGARD FOR HUMAN LIFE!!!

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    MVP! MVP! MVP!

  • Michaelbchnn

    The Heat will take the Hawks in 6. They don’t have anyone that can gaurd D-Wade, and thats all that really matters.

  • Myung

    I agree with the above assessment that the Hawks can’t guard Dwyane Wade, but strangely enough, NBA teams somehow found a way to overcome Wade enough times to win 38 times against the Heat this season (including the Hawks holding a 2-1 mark against them, going into tomorrow’s meaningless game)…and that’s all that really matters.

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

    Myung grasping at stats that mean little to Dwyane Wade’s playoff ability is kind of funny…..and that’s all that really matters.

  • Myung

    I’m pretty certain that most national media members (and possibly the majority of SLAMonline commenters) will pick Miami to upset the Hawks in round 1, but that sort of disrespect (“Oh snap, I know he’s not playing the disrespect card”) is the status quo for Hawks fans.

  • Myung

    What exactly is Dwyane Wade’s playoff ability, eboy? The ability to get to the line every time you even glance at him?

  • Myung

    Actually, I’m kidding. He is one of my favorite players in the League, and I respect the heck out of him. He is going to absolutely light the Hawks up, but in the end, 5 players > 1 amazing superstar.

  • reflex

    I’m Wade’s biggest Stan (move over Eboy) but I feel he has another 2-3 years at this level, maybe more who knows. Point I’m trying to make is, I hope the Heat GM can pull off a Mo Williamsesque trade or two to take the Heat to that next level. Boozer, Millsap, Gordon & Bosh are just some guys who may just help do that.

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

    Uhm……..I think you’re trying that reverse psychology stuff, Myung, but it’s not going to work. It’s quite doubtful that any more than 2 of the SLAM writers will pick the Heat in an upset…..and I really doubt the rest of the major media outlets are going to all of a sudden jump on some miniscule Heat bandwagon just to spite the Hawks.

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

    reflex…….you can make that claim all you’d like. My last name’s not Union…..and I support the entire squad…..not just one dude.

  • Michael

    @myung. The Playoffs are differnet from the regular season. Playoffs is all matchups, and if you can’t gaurd a teams best player you are going to have trouble winning that series.

  • reflex

    chill out Eboy, it was a entirely jovial, no need to get your knickers in a twist…

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

    I was only joking too…..just didn’t want to add a smiley face to it…..’cause it wouldn’t show up until 3 hours later through the moderation filters.

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

    Isn’t Eboy a Bulls fan anyway?

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    I’d like to see the hawks get out of the first round but not at the heats expense. I wanna see d wade in the ecf against the cavs.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    So what are the odds of the Sixers sliding to the 8th seed?

  • reflex

    Apologies on my part then!

    5 days till playoffs, I’m excited like a school kid!
    I’m gonna make a bold prediction and say the Lakers DON’T make the Finals, the whole not playing consistent D is gonna catch up with them hard.

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

    Hi Izzo……do you have any funny leprachaun jokes to share with us?

  • Myung

    Nah, wasn’t reverse psychology at all. I strongly believe more people will pick the Heat over the Hawks. If I’m wrong, I’ll come back on here and apologize.

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    Is Haslem still out for the Hawks series? If so, I can’t see Miami advancing without their rock, despite the superhuman abilities of DWade.

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

    He’ll be back Allen.

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

    Eboy:I’ll tell it just as soon as you’re finished gelling your hair.See you in three hours.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Both teams are young but the hawks are an immature team in my opinion. Maybe I’m wrong but I think the heat have a little more maturity about them.

  • Myung

    I agree with that assessment, Bryan. The only players I completely trust at all times are Al Horford, Marvin Williams, and Joe Johnson.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    ^^^^that’s sexual harrasement!

  • http://basketball-reference.com nbk

    Yeah because Mario Chalmers, Michael Beasley, Daequan Cook, Joel Anthony and Jamario Moon have all done this before….

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    I didn’t say experience you f*cking idiot I said maturity. Your stupidty never ceases to amaze me.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    pwned via Shia ‘the cold shoulder’ Bryan

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    Yeah, I can see the maturity issue with the Hawks. Flip, Josh Smith and Mo Evans are very suspect. Bibby is semi-suspect only because I think he believes he is better than he truly is right now.
    Even Joe Johnson can become a little immature and take some bad shots. But, typically Myung is right about the smart cats on the roster.
    Then again, I don’t know if I trust Jamario Moon and O’Neal. Chalmers either. But, I do think Haslem and Wade have a better shot of keeping their knuckleheads under control.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Heat series is a coin toss imo. I think it will eventually come down to how well Jermaine copes with Horford. Other than that, WAde will be beasting, JJ aswell to a lesser extent. Josh will probably have a pretty even matchup with Beasley, whereas the rest of the Hawks supporting cast will outplay the Heat’s ditto (the Wade factor easily makes up for this). Horford-O’Neal is the key as I see it.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I guess I’d take the Hawks due to home court, but the Heat have two things going for them that the Hawks don’t: 1) Wade is by far the best player on either team, and 2) The Heat aren’t coached by Mike Woodson.

  • Myung

    Something I just realized: between Marv, Chalmers, and Horford, you’ve got guys who have been on the 4 previous NCAA Championship teams (not including last Monday’s UNC team, obviously) in Carolina, UF X 2, and Kansas.

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

    Who else wouldn’t be shocked if a “story” came in the next week that Eric Spoelstra was busted for possession and Riley is on the sidelines for Game 1?

  • Myung

    The “busted for possession” part might not happen, but the “Riley is on the sidelines for Game 1″…I could see.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    “Not i” said the cat in regards to eboy’s question

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    Is Mike Woodson really a horrible coach?
    I haven’t watched enough games to figure out why people hate him so much.
    I can agree with LZ on the Horford vs. O’Neal matchup being a big deal, although I firmly expect Horford to win that battle. I actually think Magloire might suprise some folks though. With Haslem healthy, the Heat are somewhat deeper in the frontcourt than they Hawks who have nothing once you get past Williams, Horford and Smith. The Heat can at least bring Magloire and Anthony off the bench for spot minutes or in case of foul trouble.
    It’ll be interesting to see the matchup between Joe Johnson and Wade. I don’t think Johnson can slow Wade down too much, but he has been known to take his game to another level in the playoffs.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I’m just going off what I hear from frustrated Hawks fans. Allegedly he makes his substitutions by rolling one of those 12-sided Dungeons and Dragons dice (with Speedy Claxton’s name crossed out).

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

    I’ll say it…..if Beasley plays at a 18-20pt/8 reb per game level…..the series will be over in 6 games in the Heat’s favor. That will mean Wade isn’t having to kill himself to do everything and the lane CANNOT be clogged with Beasley spacing the floor. He will hit j’s all day if whoever is guarding him (Marvin?) leaves.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    i saw Mike Woodson bench Josh Smith for the 2nd half of the bobcats game and that basically gave us the game this season. He is the only coach that bickers with a start player to the point where the win percentage is affected. Or at least that is what i think.

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

    And Marvin in turn won’t kill Beasley on the defensive side.

  • Myung

    My answer to that, Allen, is “yes” and “no.” First of all, I’ve said all along that he’s probably a GREAT assistant coach. I think as a head coach, he leaves a lot to be desired. From a fan’s point of view, my biggest gripes with him are 1. He doesn’t call time out’s when the other team is on a run (and before you know it, we’re down by 15) 2. He calls time out’s when we’re on a run (thus killing our momentum) 3. His substitution patterns are often baffling and 4. The team has no offensive identity. That being said, you also have to wonder how terrible a coach is if he can deal with injuries to three starters in Marvin Williams (missed 19 games), Al Horford (missed 13 games), and Josh Smith (missed 12 games), while incorporating two new players (Mo Evans and Flip Murray) and losing their best bench player (Josh Childress) and still get 10 more wins than last season. It’s easy for people like me and CoCo (and pretty much every Hawks fan I know) to bash Woodson constantly, but the reality is, he’s better at his job than we’d ever be so…we’re probably way harsher on him than he deserves.

  • Myung

    Allen, don’t forget Zaza. While he’s certainly no star, he’s just as capable as any big man the Heat can bring off their bench.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I just hope Zaza doesn’t get a big hea—oops.

  • Myung

    Is it a stretch to say the Pistons could upset Cleveland in round 1? I’ve seen the Pistons play a decent # of times this year, and I actually think they’re one of maybe 3 or 4 teams that when they’re clicking, could give Cleveland fits. I know they’ve underachieved like crazy, but they definitely have all the parts in place to pull an upset; the question is, can those parts work together and do it?

  • Myung

    LOL, Russ.

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

    Sure…Myung…..sure.

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    I forgot about ZaZa. Yeah, he’s equal to those Heat guys. But, I also had forgotten about Beasley.
    The Heat front court rotation is better and deeper than the Hawks.
    Haslem
    O’Neal
    Magloire
    Anthony
    Beasley
    Moon
    Cook or Jones.
    That’s eight live bodies. The Hawks have:
    Willams
    Smith
    Horford
    ZaZa
    Jones
    Evans
    Three of those cats are starters and one of the others is Mo Evans. I say the Heat have an advantage.
    The Hawks are not a deep team. Steve Smith has been saying that for weeks, and it might finally come back to hurt them.

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    The Pistons couldn’t upset Cleveland if Lebron promised to only shoot jumpers for one half of each game.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    That would be the biggest upset in the history of the NBA.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    The pistons are done. I think the heat/ hawks series is going to be a good one but I think the heat got it.

  • Myung

    I agree with Steve Smith; the Hawks are definitely not a deep team. Thankfully, the starters are all young enough (minus Bibby) to play major minutes. Zaza, Flip, and Mo will get the majority of the bench minutes. Mario West is the defensive “stopper” who literally can be seen at the end of each quarter when there’s under a minute to play (blink, and you’ll miss him). Solomon Jones and Acie Law (if/when healthy) get sporadic minutes, if any. Essentially, Woodson uses an 8 man rotation, but from what I know about basketball, an 8 man rotation is generally ideal for most teams. This past Friday was the 1st time in what seems like forever that we’ve had all 8 guys in the line up so we’re getting healthy at just the right time.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Pistons will be swept, they are absolutely no match for the Cleveland Benchpranks at this time. And while I acknowledge Beasleys recent play (and still is a firm believer that it’s only a matter of PT and growing up a bit, before he’s right there with James, Kobe, Wade, Durant in the scoring race) I think that Hawks have two big athlethic and playoff proven forwards (Josh & Marv) that will slow him down pretty well this time around. But like I said earlier the series imo is a cointoss.

  • Myung

    I guess I’m in the minority here, but I actually think the Pistons can give Cleveland a big test. I’m picking the Cavs to win the title, so I’m not predicting an upset either, but if it were to happen, I just wouldn’t be surprised (according to what I just read from some of you, I’m guessing you would be heart-attack-level shocked in the Pistons pulled the upset).

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Considering they’d have to beat the Cavs at least once in Cleveland, yes.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Myung I’ll pay your next 2-year SLAM-subscribtion if the Pistons upset the Cavs.

  • Myung

    Not necessary (as I won a lifetime subscription a few years back), Lz. For the record, I’m not predicting an upset; I’m merely saying the Pistons (just my opinion) are better than their record indicates. I think the Cavs are going to be the eventual champs so I’m not picking against them; I’m merely saying that I think the Pistons have more weapons, especially defensively, than any team 4 through 7 in the East, to pull a major upset in this conference.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Myung; I know what you said in the earlier post, no need to repeat it, I only made the offer to demonstrate how far I think the Pistons are from causing Cavs problems. But since you’re already taken cared of, I’ll change the offer to a nice steak-dinner (if you’re a vegetarian, I’ll eat and you’ll drink, if you don’t drink well we’ll never be friends) anyways I’m with you on the Cavs going all the way, and congrats of the life-time subscription how do us mere mortals win one of those?

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    Myung is high…
    Step away from the keyboard and the bong, Myung. Slowly step away…

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

    Are there going to be SLAMOnline playoff previews for each matchup? Ryne? Ben? Will each series be assigned to a writer like years past?

  • Myung

    Lz, sorry for repeating myself. Looking back at what I wrote… yeah. Totally redundant. My bad. It was a contest a few years back (I think Sam was running it, but I’m not sure). The question was to list all the SLAM diary keepers. I think I was 1 of the 1st five to answer correctly. Easily the best prize I’ve ever won.

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

    They should sell lifetime suscriptions.

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

    with a b.

  • Myung

    I just might be, Allen. I’ve been hanging out with Mario Chalmers.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Myung; no stress about the redundancy. A nice prize for sure. Sure beats that hangman icon that BETS got awarded for having the 10.000th (or whatever number it was)post.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Eboy; I totally agree.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Speaking of upsets, am I the only one feeling that LA could have trouble with Utah (if Utah ends up at 8th)in the first round? Jazz match-up pretty well I fell.

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

    Lz that icon was from my own creativity, SLAM had nothing to do with it.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Stop lying BETS.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Lz: Same problem; can the Jazz win a game on the road? Let alone one in L.A. against the Lakers in the playoffs? It’s more plausible than the Pistons beating the Cavs in Cleveland, I guess, but not by much.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Russ; I don’t think they’ll prevail either, but Jazz being so tight at home could maybe spell a close series and who knows maybe Deron could pull out something extra under LA’s blinding lights. Guess I’m just hoping for the unlikely. Pistons on the other hand will be lucky if they steal a single game I believe.

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

    no you can ask anyone, i got the thing from another site, not here. But i think its cute you challenge me so.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    BETS; I was joking all a long. Hehe You really thought I was being serious? now that’s cute. But at least I got you to admit that it wasn’t your ‘own creativity’ that came up with it. You got it from Youtube right, if I remember correctly I saw it around there.

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

    no i was also joking, we cant playfunmakepretend anymore? And yes, i was the only one creative enough to Copy + Paste it and bring it here. I am like the Europeans: i introduce un-indigenous species to ‘new’ lands, and destroy already in place cultures along the way.

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

    Someone listened in history today…

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

    actually it was about 6 days ago…

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    Go read Guns, Germs and Steel.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Beasley could have done that all year long with that kind of PT. I mean, there was a story about Riley being upset because he had a Batman mouthpiece. Who the eff cares?! Yeah, he’s on the short side for a pf but he can board and that’s all that matters. FREE BEASLEY!

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    Hmm…Spurs will struggle in first round….as may the Celtics…. Lakers – Cavs final this year? And if Hawks meet Cavs anywhere before that, could they be the spoiler king this year?

  • chintao

    Gratuitous ‘Cuse love for Hakim Warrick. Thanks, Holly. Also much appreciated is that you have done a nice job keeping us all up-to-date this season.

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