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Monday, November 23rd, 2009 at 9:01 am  |  64 responses

Post Up: Brown Flies High

While the Nets sink to new lows.

by Holly MacKenzie/@stackmack

It’s a Monday, it’s not a fun day.

Oh my word, the day isn’t even here and I’m not sure how I’m going to make it through. It’s one of those Mondays where I’ve got 80 million things to do, besides work and practice. Bah. Also was talking to our boy, Tzvi last night and the two of us lamented over the fact that neither has gone grocery shopping since way before the NBA regular season has started.

Yeah.

What the hell have I been doing with my life? Watching bball. Writing about bball. Going to practice. And loving every minute. My diet hasn’t been as balanced as it should be, my sleeping schedule is more non-existant than ever, but dammit if I don’t love this game more today than I did yesterday.

Even when I get assigned liveblogs for games that end up as blowouts every single time. Last night, it was the Thunder/Lakers game and LA was up by 20 before the first quarter was through. They scored more in the opening quarter than the Thunder did in the first half and in the fourth we had the Shannon Brown highlight reel which makes any blowout worth watching. Loved the Lakers announcers jumping on the dunk contest bandwagon.

Please NBA, let this happen.

Kobe’s behind the backboard shot was ridiculous. His entire first quarter was foolish. He is 14 years in and still adding moves and plays to his own highlight reel. He’s such a special player, I really don’t have the words or at least, coherent enough thoughts right now to try and convey the legacy he’s buildling game by game.

Um… the Nets. We could talk about them after every loss (and I think we do), but man. Can they just get the win. I don’t care against who, I don’t care how it happens, just someone, let them win.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Magic. They were in town to face the Raptors yesterday (check my nba.com gamer here), and they are just solid, committed and deep. With Dwight, Rashard and Vince all on the bench to start the fourth, their bench handled business until they could come back into the game and finish things off.

Even without Jameer, the Magic looked solid. Our boy, Whit Eboy played 39 minutes in the game yesterday and that could end up being a concern for the team, but right now they looked good. And, of course, playing against the Raptors, J.J. Redick looked amazing. The rims love him here in Toronto.

Want to know who else is balling and deserves some love for the heart they’ve shown without their leader? New Orleans, shawty. Taking down the Hawks, then coming into Miami on the road and putting up serious fight, falling 102-101 to a Heat team that was looking for a victory after losing to the Raptors Friday night.

Rookie love. Collison and Thornton have given Hornets fans a reason to smile. As much as I’m loving them, CP3, get well soon. I miss your pretty passes, lots.

Anyone else loving Will Bynum? Happy to see him making the most of his minutes in Detroit. That team, I just don’t know what to think about them. You know how every team has an identity, a feel? I don’t feel like I’ve got any sense of who/what Detroit is. The game against the Suns last night was just horrific with Phoenix winning 117-91. Of course, the injuries to Rip and Tayshaun have really hurt the Pistons, but eh. Pistons fans, what are you thinking/feeling about your team right now?

Denver really, really would scare me, if I was playing in the Western Conference. Yes, the Lakers are insane and they played Denver without Pau Gasol, but Denver is just crazy deep and aggressive and intense when they want to be. They’ve had some surprising losses, but the homecourt advantage that they have is nuts. 5-0 at home to start the season and the losses appear to come when they think they can just “flip the switch,” which they seem to be able to do, at home.

If I’m in the West, I want to do all that I can to get homecourt and avoid the Nuggets in the end. Please, tell me you saw J.R.’s 360-layup the other night? He’s so insanely good when he wants to be, just like his team.

Oh yeah, watching Dwyane Wade do his little pull ups on the net pregame was pretty fun. I love the little moments that we see on t.v. each night, coming to life from media row. That’s one of my favorites. LeBron and the talc, KG during player intros, you know the moments.

Yesterday it was Vince Carter raising his hand into the air before tip off as the crowd went wild with boos.

I didn’t see the Knicks/Celtics game, but two things: C’s shouldn’t have needed overtime against a Knicks team that were on the end of a back to back and what the hell was Al Harrington doing, popping his jersey to the crowd after hitting one of two free throws to tie the game in the final seconds of regulation? I mean, yay, you tied the game, but had you made both, you could have won it. Show a little restraint, maybe?

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  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Holly, that was the highlight of the last 4 yrs. of Al Harrington’s career. Of course he was excited!

  • http://sdjfklf.com Jukai

    Of course, no mention of my Suns freaking killing the Pistons. Someone reminded Amare that he CAN still dunk whenever he wants to, and he did that pretty much every play

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Nash was making the Pistons look silly last night, Juks. He had one dribble drive where he shot the layup with his wrong hand that gave me flashbacks to 06.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    Juk’s, I am going to buy the iMac and throw the i7 processor in it.
    What’s up everyone. KOBE baby!! : D

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    F*ckin knicks AND jets. Just shoot me.

  • http://showmeyourwits.blogspot.com Showmeyourwits

    Kobe with 22/8/7 or something in a blowout? I almost want the Lakers to be in close ones just to see the numbers he’d put up.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    26/7/5 … but good try, plus 2 steals and zero to’s!!

  • Atrain

    YungBuck3 R.O.Y. road show rolls thru San Antonio tonight, plus ESPN announced Friday’s game in OKC will be nationally televised so the rest of the country can catch up…MO MILLY

  • http://www.sixers.com 360vue

    @Brad, you talkin bout the layup over Big Ben? That was swish. Shannon defo needs to be in Dunk contest, hes got serious hops, give him some time to get creative and who knows what he could deliver! Could barely believe Jellybeans circus shot… I know it shouldn’t be said over just one play, but how people genuinely think Kobe is not numero uno in this L I do not know.. Oh and Holly, of course Pistons got no identity, after they ripped up their squad this summer and Kuester is a rookie coach you can’t really blame them at the start of their “rebuilding” phase for lacking a feel of who they are and where they’re at

  • vongustedt

    MISTAKE!! AL harrington made both free throws, sending into overtime….

  • vongustedt

    MISTAKE!! AL harrington made both free throws, sending into overtime….

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    If Mr.Jennings is NOT ROY, something is messed up. He is having a better rookie season then Damon, Lebron, Duncan… everyone. What a season.

  • Hoodsnake

    Lol poor Harrington fool

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    The knicks are full of guys who fancy themselves all stars meanwhile if you combined all their good attributes and eliminated all the bad ones , the player created would still be a 4th option on any other team. F*ckin idiots.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    The Knicks and Nets need their own reality shows on VH1.

  • http://slamonline.com Adam Fleischer

    Harrington took it to KG all night. It was tough to watch as a Celtics fan. He kept the Knicks in the game. And he hit both free throws.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    If Harrington made the layup with the And 1 it would have been game over.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    It’s gotta suck to be BETCATS. Watching Brown play so good with Kobe. And now the Cats have… Vlad!!!

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

    The highlight of the weekend for me has to be the Josh Smith game winner though.

  • http://sdjfklf.com Jukai

    James: Actually, the Cats traded Vlad for Stephen Jackson. And they destroyed the Pacers last night. So, you know, I don’t think Charlotte fans are THAT upset.

  • http://www.dsenyard.com dsenyard

    Didn’t Denver previously have a problem with trying to “flip the switch?”
    Am I the only one who feels like Bucks games are most see T.V.? I probably watch them more than any other team on League Pass….

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    2 BIG MISTAKES BY MISS HOLLY..I KNOW ITS FUN AND COLL TO BASH AL HARRINGTON BUT HE MADE BOTH FREEBIES TO SEND IT TO OT AND WAS ALMOST AN AND 1 GAME WINNER!!! HE CAME OF THE BENCH AND WAS THE ONLY REASON NEWYORK WAS IN THE GAME ALL AFTERNOON WITH A 30pts/9rbs PERFORMANCE WITH SOLID DEFENSE AND 6 for 7 from 3pt land OR SOMETHING CRAZY LIKE THAT…so yeah, get it right next time.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    That last post by Dsenyard was by me.
    Also, Garnett was seriously dragging that leg in the Knicks game. He ain’t right at all, which bodes well for the Magic.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    How weird is it that half of Shannon Brown’s baskets end up in the sportscenter top 10 each night? That’ almost a real percentage!

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    I´ve allready watched more Bucks this year on LPB than the entire past season…

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    Wow, got the Harrington thing wrong. I SWEAR they showed him missing the first free throw, saying he could have won the game. I even asked someone who was @ the game about it, and they agreed it was foolish of him to pop the jersey…. while missing a free throw. Guess it can be hard to pay attention to the Knicks even if you’re THERE. Yikes.

  • http://slam lil kobe

    da knicks in nets should get blacked out like they do in football cause they suuuuucccckkkkk!!!!

  • http://nba.com Reflex

    1)Harrington was causing Garnett all kinds of trouble last night. Also, his jumper was broke all game long but hit his last 3 2 of which where timely daggers.

    2)I know it’s real early in the season and anything can happen but as of now, Jennings is not only the frontrunner for ROY but he should be at the ASG, he’s averaging 25.5, 5, 4 for the year and has his team at 8-3 without their supposed best player (Redd). The only other PG who’s produced consistently and better than him so far is Nash. I’m not implying he’s the 2nd best PG in the league or anything like that but on current merits he should be playing at the ASG

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    Good call Juk’s… my main pont was to try and make fun of BET… didn’t work.
    Oh and I bought my Mac : D!!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    point*
    Well I a done for today lol. I feel drunk.

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

    I was feeling ok about the Pistons until they went West. Ugh.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    Shannon brown has swallowed farmar and sasha’s minutes. damn right. play wit it.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    I don’t know but I’m just not high on stuckey at all he’s not a point guard. He’d be better combo mostly 2 guard but even still he just doesn’t blow me away and never has.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Stuckey isn’t a passer. And, he needs to improve his jumper some more to be an elites scorer.
    The Piston don’t have a passer on that team right now, and it’s going to be interesting to see what happens to Rip when he gets back.
    Brandon Jennings is playing like a top five point guard right now. His decline is inevitable, but that young man is beasting right now. He rarely make stupid decisions. It’s uncanny. He’s not getting an incredible amount of assists, but that’s because his teammates aren’t great scorers, and he’s not just making passes to get assists. He’s making the correct pass given the situation. I thought dude would be good, but man, he’s killing so much right now.
    There is no way that team shoudl be 8-3.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Jennings is going to be a monster for many years. And he doesn’t seem to be the headcase so many lead guards are. I think that going to europe not only helped him get prepared situationally and physically for what the nba game is like but also it humbled him to the point that his ego isn’t going derail him like a Marbury or Iverson. Best young guard in the league by far. At least until John Wall gets here.

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    Nice choice on the computer James!!! I want one.

  • http://nba.com Reflex

    One more thing, Duhon is pure garbage. I’d rather have a team chemistry disturbing Iverson over Duhon 8 days a week.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Duhon did look horrible against the Celtics.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Duhon would look horrible against my rec league team.

  • riggs

    duhon looks horrible playing with his son on a playskool rim

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    He must be good at team chemistry.

  • riggs

    ive heard that brandon bikes to practice and is still riding in his camry? if thats true then all the stories ive heard beforehand about the kids ego was nothing but BS.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    He drives a Ford Fusion, not camry.
    There was a big story about how he drives that car, and Bogut drives a Ferrari, only the reporters got it wrong because Bogut’s car isn’t a Ferrari.
    The Ferrari belongs to Redd.
    It’s obvious this kid’s rep was assainated by individuals who wanted to promote the horrible system that is the NCAA.

  • http://www.sixers.com 360vue

    Duhon IS terrible, minus the anamoly of that 22 dish game hes a disgrace to the point guard position…

  • funkdoc

    Haha, Harrington actually celebrated with his arms up after the buzzer. He was already happy he got an overtime against the C’s, that he didn’t care that much about the W.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    i can’t believe people talkin trash bout duhon. after he started last season averaging 8 assists i was bombarded for calling him a below average pg. nice to see everyone come around

  • http://www.sixers.com 360vue

    Glad to say I was never on the Duhon bandwagon, although did think he’d turn out better than this when he was in his early years in Chitown. Anyone else noticed how resentful and unimpressed that old guy in the PostUp picture on the homepage is while Shannon leaps out of the room?

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Nbk I hated duhon since duke. F*ck that guy.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    how is he a starting PG in the NBA. Why would any star sign with a team that starts Chris Duhon?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Last year he played decently at times. This year the drinking and heavy minutes caught up with him.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Denver could cause serious problems to LA in the playoffs if they can force the pace. They’re faster at every single position (if you consider JR as the starting 2 since he plays 30 mins anyways). However, they are NOT deep and can only roll 8 guys max. An injury to any one of them and they’re effed… and they have 3 injury prone bigs \ is rasheed done? he’s been playing beyond terrible basketball and can’t seem to do much more than shoot 3s.

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

    the Bobcats r@ped the Pacers last night, yet dont get mentioned! I thought we traded for Stephen Jackson so we would always have some words in the Post Up. Dissapointed i am.

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

    James, we traded Vlad for Stephen Jackson. Would i rather have Shannon Brown or Stephen Jackson? I think i will take Stephen Jackson.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    LeBron James.

  • Atrain

    @Bryan: John Wall has nothing on Jennings. Jennings impact first 10 games is like nothing we’ve seen before

    @riggs – YungBuck3 is riding around in a new Ford Edge…like 25 gs…he’s said multiple times he wants to save his money what with an ucapped or lockout season possibly on in the next couple years

  • http://sportzin.com Joey E.

    Lakers are insanely good

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    I don’t comment much on your work, but great recap for nba(dot)com, Holly!

  • Robb

    I love the Lakers. That, ladies and gentlemen, is called Showtime.

  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    Right, this is going to be somewhat painful but: andrewbynumisplayinglikeanallstarrrrrGAH! Ouch. I’m not trying that again anytime soon.

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

    one, WHEN WILL TORONTO FANS LEARN?!?! the more they boo, the more vinsanity dances on their souls. maxiell continues to eat babies, with brown being a kinda big baby. but no mention of that from holly the laker fan, what a surprise. i had forgotten how incredibly lakers biased most slam writers are. objectivity while working!

  • Atrain

    tough one for the bucks tonight…cant win em all no shame falling to the Spurs…hope for a bounce back against NOOCH on wed, then its PRIMETIME ESPN against OKC on Friday

  • J

    A.I. to Bobcats..

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

    deeeeeeeeeetro…. eh.

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

    Atlanta looked great (in the first half atleast) on international TV today. Alot of ball movement and such. But then it was a different beast out there for the 3rd and 4th quarters (and Za Za Pachulia gets WAY too many touches…).
    p.s. Anthony ‘bug’ Johnson has gotten from his young team mates, the best new nickname in the NBA – “DAD”.

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