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Thursday, April 9th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  56 responses

The Post Up: Barea’s Ballin’

And the Birdman is blocking shots with ease.

by Holly MacKenzie / @stackmack

Oh Thursday, with the many games of Wednesday to recap. Seriously, could someone tell me how to make this cold die? It’s not even a cold, just eyes that water, a cough that only arrives at night (when I do most of my work, naturally) and a constant headache above my eyes. Gah. I actually left my keys in my mailbox and then IN the door to my apartment when I went to the grocery store yesterday, how’s that for foolish?

I’m excited for the Nuggets/Lakers game tonight.

NBATV was airing a special on Shaq last night and it hit me that he was only 24 when he made the jump to the Lakers. At the time, he seemed so much older (probably because I was so much younger… 11, I think?), but he was still a baby. Crazy to think he’s been in the L since ’92. Where has the time gone?!

Shaun Livingston watch: 17 minutes, 6 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals.

Birdman watch: 8 points, 9 boards, 7 blocks. Crazy man.

Happy moment of the night: Hearing the ESPN guys praise Jose Juan Barea. JJB was killing it as the Mavs took down the Jazz with ease, 130-101. 130 points for the Mavs was impressive, especially the 18 from Barea (on 8 shots and accompanying 9 assists), and the 21 from Jason Terry. They are a fun tandem to have coming off of the bench. Dirk had 31 and Josh Howard had 13 points, 8 rebounds and 7 steals. Deron Williams had 18 points and 12 assists Andrei Kirilenko added 17.

There was another 130-101 game last night in the L as the Pacers took down Toronto in Indy. Indiana shot 54% from the floor while Toronto managed only 38% and that was the ballgame. 14 and 11 for TJ Ford who got the W against his former team. Jarrett Jack added 23 points and Danny Granger had 29. The Raps had 21 points and 9 rebounds from Chris Bosh and 16 points from Patrick O’Bryant. I kid you not. You know the season is over when.

21/6/7 for LeBron James as he helped the Cavs take care of business against the Wizards, 98-86 after leading 26-13 at the end of one. Nick Young had 16 for the Wizards. In case you missed it, check out the remake of the Nike Freestyle video from the Wiz.

The Blazers took down the Spurs, 95-83 behond 26 points from Brandon Roy while Tony Parker had 17 and 7  and Roger Mason added 18 for the Spurs who struggled to put points on the board without their star off of the bench. Tim Duncan scored just 4 points in 23 minutes for San Antonio.

The Celtics held on for the 106-104 victory over the Nets, 106-104. Vince Carter threatened the Celtic’s win by cutting a 106-99 lead down to two in the final minute by hitting a three, getting a steal and then nailing a jumper with 50 seconds remaining. While Boston would not score again, NJ didn’t either and the Celtics were victorious. Rajon Rondo finished with 31 points 9 rebounds and 5 assists on 10-15 fgs. Vince finished with 33 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the Nets.

Detroit killed NY 113-86. Russ fed me stories of Sheed’s amazingness all night. Rip didn’t get kicked out. That’s about all you need to know from this one. Oh, Dyess had 16 boards to go with 13 points. Fountain of youth, indeed.

30 points for Joe Johnson as the Hawks took down the Bucks, 113-105. Al Horford had 19 and 9 and Mike Bibby added 22 points and 8 assists. The Bucks were led by Keith Bogans with 22 points and 19 from Richard Jefferson.

The Suns played spoiler against the Hornets, hanging on to take the 105-100 victory. Steve Nash had 23 points and 13 assists Jason Richardson and Shaquille O’Neal added 17 points apiece with 10 rebounds for Shaq as well. The Hornets received 29 points, 16 assists, 7 rebounds from Chris Paul. David West had 29 points and 12 rebounds and Peja Stojakovic added 18 in the loss where the Suns attempted 33 free throw to the Hornets 12.

Carmelo Anthony had 31 points Nene had 23 and 10 and Chauncey Billups added 18 as the Nuggets held on to the two spot in the West by taking down the Thunder 122-112. Kevin Durant scored 31 for the Thunder and Jeff Green added 24.

Okay, enough from me for tonight. I feel like I’ve aged 20 years and suddenly need 6 hours of sleep a night. Yikes!

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

    phirst

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

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

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

    well i am on spring break (even though we only have 5 days including saturday+sunday) So goodbye for today

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    6 hours isnt really THAT much sleep.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    F*ck the mavs.

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

    Holly:If you want to kill your cold(or at least make it suicidal) make it watch “The Hottie and the Nottie”.It’s a Paris Hilton vehicle and I kid you not,she is the ‘Hottie’ in question.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    I really hope the Mavs move infront of Utah. That would make the first round so much more interesting. Lakers vs Jazz, Denver vs Dallas, San Antonio v New Orleans, Houston vs Portland. Although the 3-5 spots are ridiculously close together and anything could change.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    The hot girl from step by step is the ugly one in that movie if I’m not mistaken.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    I would love to see the lakers decimate and emasculate the mavs.

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

    Kevin Love.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    Joe Montenga.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Bryan: I want the Mavs to get to the second round, only cause Eric Dampier deserves it.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Plus, because not enough people read it, the Onion has a great one:
    “Injured Manu Ginobili Only Flopping At 85%”
    -SAN ANTONIO—Having returned Tuesday after missing 19 games with an ankle injury, Spurs guard Manu Ginobili expressed frustration with his level of play, saying that his ability to draw offensive fouls by flopping to the floor with little or no provocation was still only at “about 85 percent.” “The ankle is healthy, but my flailing and splaying still aren’t where they need to be,” said Ginobili, who has begun to practice windmilling his arms and falling backward during shoot-arounds. “I’m used to throwing myself 10, sometimes 12 feet down court. At this point, I’m lucky if I’m getting 8 on a good flop. My wailing is good, but I need to be hitting the floor a lot harder than the guy hit me, if I was hit. I can’t catch myself with my hands like I did in the second quarter tonight. That was bush league.” Ginobili then flung himself out of the locker room, slid backward onto a bus, and tumbled wildly into his suburban home.

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

    Where has THAT Pistons team been all season?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    Detriot.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    You can correct me if you want, but thats how i spell it.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Allen Iverson was holding them hostage tad.

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

    Morning all. Hopefully I’ll be gracing you with some Aussie flavour over the next week or so because school is out for the next little while.
    Happy the Jazz lost- any time they lose makes me, as a Rockets fan very happy.

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

    Boing is ziiinnng’ing people today. First on the Memphis pic, now here.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Eff the Knicks…oh wait, that’s already a fact for them, they be f*cked. GO MAVS!

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

    What is this 1967, Boing?

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Wow , really?

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

    Yeah Shia, I think I deleted that memo. Thanks.

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

    1967 was gangsta.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Gather round kids, grandpa Eboy is gonna tell a story!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    Ya, police brutality, how gangsta.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    I’m really excited for Nuggs/Lakers tonight. But, George Karl limiting JRs minutes while he’s so hot is one of the dumbest coaching moves I’ve seen in a while. It seems like he’s got a hard cap on his minutes at 25:00. Does anyone remember JR D’ing up Kobe and talking isht last season? Yeah, Kobe torched him but I think given the opportunity JR could go bucket for bucket with Kobe himself. I REALLY want to see JR raining threes against Kobe, just to see how Kobe would react. I honestly think JR could make Kobe revert to his jackhappy self if he starts bombing like his did last week.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    And, just to clarify,I don’t think JR could get the better of Kobe for an entire series (esp if he’s not getting major minutes) but on a given night, I could definitely see it.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Oh, and Rajon muth*af*cking Rondo.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Rondo proves me wrong every game he plays.

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

    Is Rondo the best rebouding point guard in the League?
    That used to be Kidd, but not anymore, at least not consistently… thoughts?

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

    Hursty:Chris Paul.

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

    I was going with either Rondo or CP, but it seems as if Rondo does it more consistently- grabbing 7 boards a game, while everyone notices when CP does, because its almost (or is) a 3×10, and he has games with 2 or 3 rebounds.. just like every guard does.
    Interested in knowing the statistics on it though. Not that I’m going to go looking or anything.

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

    Eboy would know about 1967, he was 15 then.

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

    Hursty:
    Rajon-5.2 RPG
    Paul-5.4 RPG

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

    The Jazz offically do not scare me anymore. I’ve never seen a more Jekyl/Hyde team from home to road games. That was awful last night.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    B Long: On a scale of one to ten, how much will Andrew Bynum screw up the Laker’s chemistry? One being really bad, ten being first-round upset.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    Jason Kidd: 6.1 rpg, first guard on the top rebounders list.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    I’m wondering about that as well Jukai. I think it all hinges on how Odom produces, if/when his minutes are limited. If he pouts and doesn’t go hard when he’s on the floor, the Lakers will have problems. If he’s motivated by Bynum’s return, hits the glass and stays efficient offensively, I think The Lakers are baiscally unbeatable. And it kills me to say that.

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

    Not you too, Ciol?! UGH…

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

    Some of these comments will make the end of June all the more satisfying.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Don’t get it twisted TAD. I HATE the Lakers, I would rather ANYONE but them win it. I’ve been trying to convince myself that the Nuggets could do the job. I guess Portland could give them a run for their money. I guess I’ve been thinking more in terms of the West, because I definitely think Cleveland could beat them.

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

    lmao @ Jukai 9:41

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    @ Coikstar: i agree, Jr definetly has the talent to go toe to toe with Kobe. This game is Real big tho. the only thing that concerns me is tht the Lakers have been breaking streaks all season and Denver is currently the hottest team in the league right now with 8 wins in a row…

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

    @Jukai:I have complete faith in the Zen Master. Their won’t be that big of a chemistry issue. They’ve sorely missed his inside defensive presence. It’s more about what kind of shape he is in and how effective he can be.

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

    Nugs will beat the Lakers tonight.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    If both the Nuggets and Rockets make the second round, what will that say about T-Mac and Iverson?

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

    @Tad:Nope.
    @Jukai:It says they should play for the Celtics next year.

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

    Vlying Fagima

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Nah, Tracy needs to go to the Suns and avail himself of their medical miracles. Phoenix is like the Lourdes of the NBA.

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    It would be kind of cool if Tracy and Vince went to Phoenix and turned back the clock.

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

    yeah allen, it would. But would end up happening is they would both be developing a championship desire that is a menapausal reaction, which will turn them into freaks like KG was. T-Mac will go back to Orlando and Vince will go to somewhere like the Lakers and come off the bench.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    The Rockets actually have the best shot of making the 2nd round in years. They’re matched up tentatively with Portland right now, right? Utah seems to have their number, but if they draw a cinderella Portland team… man. Tracy, Tracy… I don’t know what he’s gonna do if they make the 2nd round.

  • http://web.mac.com/roaringred bbabjy

    YUH! The Mavs are showing some heart. It’s about time

  • doyouwantmore

    Tony Danza

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