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Thursday, November 5th, 2009 at 9:01 am  |  68 responses

Post Up: Dwyane’s Got It

As does Kobe. And Melo. And….

by Holly MacKenzie/@stackmack

Woah, holy long night. I got home from the arena after filing my nba.com story on the Raptors/Pistons game just in time to catch the OT session of the Hornets and Mavs. I hate seeing Chris Paul look as frustrated as he has in the past couple of Hornets games, so I was rooting for them to get the W, but I couldn’t help but sympathize with the Mavericks and their tired legs from the night before. New Orleans outscored Dallas 17-10 in the extra session and CP3 got to be happy for the evening with the 114-107 victory.

CP3 also scored six of his 39 points in the overtime period. 39, five and seven for Chris on the night. It was Peja Stojakovic who hit the game-tying three to send the game into overtime, but that occured while I was walking through the door. I didn’t even get to see a highlight of the shot! I’ve been told, however, that the Mavericks dug their own grave late, with Jason Terry (35 points), missing a technical free throw and the Jose Juan Barea missing a pair of free thows in the final seconds, allowing Peja the chance to tie the game up.

One night after his huge 29-point fourth quarter, Dirk finished with a much more understated 12 points, shooting 4-of-15 from the floor.

The Raps took down the Pistons, but not before giving me and my game story writing soul a heart attack by allowing a 17-point third quarter lead turn into a one-point Pistons lead in the fourth quarter. They clamped down on the defensive end after that, but I was a stressed girl for a few minutes, thinking my story was about to be scrapped.

Andrea Bargnani had a career-high 12 rebounds to go with his 22 points and two blocked shots. Yes, he is a seven-footer and yes, 12 rebounds is a career-high. Our man Oakley spoke about Bargnani, saying someone that tall needs to be grabbing more than five boards a game. When Chris Bosh was asked about the statement, he said Oak has always been honest and he hopes Andrea heard him and will continue to focus on boards.

Ben Gordon is foolishly good on the offensive end of the basketball court. Anything inside of halfcourt is fair game for him. He started out with a ridiculous jumper, had 21 at half but slowed down in the second half, possibly due to fatigue, logging 45 minutes after playing the night before.

Antoine Wright and Jarrett Jack were two of the biggest difference makers in the game for the Raptors.

Austin Daye remains the skinniest NBA player in the world.

I know he shot 1-of-11 from three against the Pistons, but I’m still taking Ryan Anderson as my MIP this year. Yes, his minutes and role will be reduced when Rashard Lewis returns, but Orlando is just the perfect fit for him. Second year guy, hard worker, I’m rolling with him. 20 points and 10 boards for him this evening as the Magic bounced back from the loss against the Pistons to take down the road-weary Suns, 122-100.

Dwyane Wade went off for 40 against the Wizards, but I didn’t see any of it. The Heat won 93-89, Gil finished with 32, and the Wizards lost Mike Miller to a shoulder sprain. Get healthy, Wiz!

A slow start for the Nuggets was able to be brushed off as they woke up to take down the Nets, 122-94 behind 22 points from Melo, 16 points and nine boards from Nene and 23 points from rookie Ty Lawson, who looks nicer with every game. Chris Douglas-Roberts led the Nets with 19.

Dahntay Jones has been putting in work in Indy, scoring 19 points to go with 12 boards as the Pacers got the win against the Knicks, 101-89. David Lee had another big night for the Knicks, even in the loss, finishing with 20 points and 19 rebounds. Monster.

18 points and six assists for Rondo to lead all five Boston starters in double-figures as they hung on to escape with the 92-90 victory over the TWolves.

I’m just seeing NOW that I missed the Lakers take down Ariza’s Rockets in OT. Okay, okay, the team isn’t quite Ariza’s, but you know what I mean. Lakers win, 103-102 in OT, Kobe finishes with 41, Andrew Bynum had 17 points and 17 boards and Derek Fisher strips Ariza of the ball in the final seconds of overtime. Sounds like that one was a battle from start to finish. Wish I’d have gotten to see it.

ATL picked up their second win in as many nights, this time over the Kings. Joe Johnson scored 26 points as did Jamal Crawford, with six Hawks players reaching double-figures as Atlanta pulled away from the Kings in the fourth, outscoring them 30-18. Kevin Martin scored 29 and Jason Thompson added 22 points and 12 boards in the loss.

119-105, Golden State over Memphis. My boy Jax had 20, Monta Ellis finished with 24 points and 12 dimes and Anthony Morrow showed that sweet stroke, scoring 24 points while hitting 4-of-4 from deep, and 10-12 from the floor. Rudy Gay led the Grizz with 29 in the loss.

Iverson-watch: 18 points, seven assists. Most importantly, 27 minutes of playing time.

And with that, it’s time for me to hit the hay! Catch you in the a.m.

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  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    The fact that dahntay jones is averaging like 15 points a game is nothing short of a miracle. I haven’t watched any memphis games butttt, it seems like they play better with iverson at least according the plus minus nerds.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Damn, up 3, you make a FT and it’s ovahhh… But two of the Mavs guards(!) miss 3 FT’s in a row. Wonderful. The blonde 7 footer made 14 of 14 FT’s yesterday but the lil guys can’t make ONE?! Way to suck, guys.

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

    I’ll go first shall I?

    Was a little discouraged by the 22 point loss the Suns were delt. This East coast trip for them is TOUGH. See what they can do against Celtics…? I loved how Byron Scott got up the Hornets players during practice this week. Might of even uncrossed his arms too?!?! TWOLVES were robbed last night… Can you believe it? NEllie is a hadnful of games from being the winningest coach OF ALL TIME… might take him till Jan to get the title though. It kind of doesn’t mean much though looking at the GSW outfit this year.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Brand J needs to give Wade a signature shoe….now. Can’t stand seeing Flash in generic J’s. It’s kinda depressing.

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

    My comment was too long and came up third…

    OH WELL…

    I like your pick for MIP. But I’m afraid it’s going to be Andrea Bargnani’s this year. He’s looking like AllStar material, and he wont be losing his starting spot to Rashard Lewis and 8 days time either?!

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

    Is it just e or do others see the bounce back in Ben Wallace’s step this season? Guess it’s always good when you can get some court time.

  • andre

    Dacre you’re 100% right, he’s moving much faster and more assertively, like Big Ben again. I think you could be right about BargNarg, especially if he starts to rebound consistently.
    Holly, “Get Healthy Wiz” should be on a Tshirt, or maybe a tatoo, its reediculous.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Spaceship Jay

    I agree a thousand percent Dark. I wish I could have seen that game

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    What? The Mavs couldn’t make 1 clutch free throw? Is it the 2006 Finals again?

  • http://www.ineedabluefont.com Hisham

    what’s up with Wizards and shoulders this season? new injury theme? seeing MM sreaming like that made me cringe. brr

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

    Darks, how was Dirk last night? lol

  • http://www.ineedabluefont.com Hisham

    yeah man dirk is soft and a loser! can’t even break 40 on back to back nights! this really takes away from yesterday’s performance what a weak euro p*ssy

  • Jacqueline Mitchell

    I was very impressed with the way Minnesota played Boston last night although I think K.G. should have gotten a foul called on him for the way he tied up Corey Brewer. The Celtics were lucky this time,they certainly got good use of that shamrock on their uniforms!!!

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Maybe some Lakers fan can answer this for me since I didn’t really watch Bynum in his rookie year: could he never really jump or is it the effect of the knee surgeries?

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

    @Z – Both i think. He is quite heavy set. But he has good footwork. But he isn’t a high flyer lol.

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

    Minny played great … and how the celts are getting some of these calls are ridiculous. KG fouled the sh1t out of Brewer!!
    O and some things I noticed about the LAL/OKC game. The score clock for OKC goes up as soon as the ball is in the cylinder, zero time delay. Took about 3 quarters to get use to it, but it was kind of cool.
    Artest is gaining weight.
    Jeff Green is the man. Along with Shannon brown.
    And that the refs seem to have a slight delay going on right now. Hopefully they clean the fouls up by mid season!!

  • http://www.clutchfans.com/ Blue

    Lakers/Rockets was an awesome game…the Rockets are a little inexperienced in clutch situations but I am very proud of my boys. This season could be very interesting…

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

    Obviously, none of you watched the best head to head matchup of the night between Dwyane and Gil…..truly an entertaining battle.

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

    I watched that E. Dwyane and Gil were great last night.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Hopefully gil stays healthy and keeps it up.

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

    EBoy, why is B-Easy getting the raw end of the stick court time wise…? And JO finished with….4 points? WHat happened?

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

    DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED WHEN ARTEST AND ARIZA GOT A DOUBLE-T UP????????????????????????????????? was there a storyline to it…?

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

    JO has really lost a step. I would be surprised if he got more than the vet’s minimum when his contract is up after this season. One player who has done really well is Quentin Richardson. He appears to be in the best shape I have seen him in.

  • peter

    FREE IVERSON

  • Sparker

    bosh is a piece of work. implying that bargnani needs to clip his scoring ambitions while cb4 is the one who’s becoming a black hole. and antoine wright was also one of the few raps who didn’t embarrass themselves against the magic on sunday.

  • Kadavour

    I got Aaron Brooks for MIP. That lil dude is a PROBLEM. Wade squarely out-played Gil imo.

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

    JO needs nights off. That’s for real. He can’t 4-5 games a week….3 would be the optimum number….his knees are just beat up. Those first couple of games this season he looked great….but I reserved judgement until a week passed by…..I;m glad I waited. Tad, you’re right…I’m actually shocked at how well Q has played (besides the fact that he resembles a basketball player instead of the ball)he’s really meshed well so far. Dacre, Beas is still working out the kinks….but his minutes are mismanaged. He’s starting in a token role…once he hits the bench…he’s stuck there for long stretches due to Spo’s mancrush on Haslem. I love UD, but when you have a tight game and you need scoring in the last few minutes, the question is, do you want to have your best defenders on the floor or your best scoreres. Spo sticks with that Riley mentality and goes with the defensive squad and thus far, it’s worked. I won’t be surprised to see Beas move by the trade deadline….within the division….with other parts…for Tuff Juice. Dwayne wants to surround himself with his “boys” if he’s going to stay in Miami and missing out on Lamar pi*sed him off…so now he wants to move toward another piece.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Wade vs. Agent Zero was fun last night, but did anyone else notice that Flip Saunders apparently went to the Mike Brown Offensive Coaching Clinic while he was away from basketball? Every damn play was Gil just trying to beat his man off the dribble and trying to create from that. It was kind of God awful.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    One other thing, that floater Wade hit last night was a thing of beauty. I didn’t know he had that in the arsenal.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    If the Heat trade Beasley for Butler, they are stupid.

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

    Not having seen the game I say this with some ignorance but Gil’s numbers looked awful last night.

  • http://slamonline.com cb 34

    Why is nobody talking about how great a pick up jamal is for the hawks? When the game is on the line, i’d rather him have the ball than joe. That dude’s been clutch his whole life.

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

    I’ll say this…..Gil is explosive as hell and his shot is fantastic, but HE IS NOT A POINT GUARD!!!!!!!!

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

    Oh….and Deshawn missing two late free throws was extremley pleasing.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Spaceship Jay

    Allenp, which Butler are you referring to?

  • http://slamonline.com cb 34

    @ allen: If you’re referring to caron, what’s stupid about that? I don’t think beas will surpass caron as far as game goes.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I actually think Beasley can be an outstanding player given proper minutes and coaching. I don’t know if he’ll ever reach his potential, but the potential is there.
    When is the last time Caron Butler didn’t have a recurring injury?
    He’s on the downside of his career, he plays the 3, one of the easiest positions to fill, and he’s most effective with the ball in his hands regularly. I don’t think he’s a great solution for the Heat. I like Caron, but I would figure out a way to make Beasley, Wade and Chalmers work first. If I was trading Beasley it would be a for a legit big man, or a really nice big man prospect. Not for an aging small forward.

  • http://slamonline.com cb 34

    If i were the heat, i’d take caron in a second. The heat will be exponentially better once wade and caron are reunited.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Beas is a better offensive talent but caron is better in every other facet in my book.

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

    I’d rather have Caron. Like yesterday.

  • http://slamonline.com cb 34

    @ bryan: i don’t think beas is a better offensive talent than caron. Not at all. Caron is simply better in all areas.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Beas could be a 25 to 30 ppg guy caron doesn’t have that ability but I do think he’s a better defender passer leader and everything else.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Hish and James the B: touché, gentlemen, touché.

  • michael

    Holly, which do you enjoy writing more the nba.com game recaps or the SLAMOnline ones? And didn’t members of the AP used to write the nba’s recaps?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    How much longer y’all think Caron has?
    I think Beasley is the better bet.

  • tavoris

    Brad, Flip said that “Give Gil the Ball” IS their offense.

  • tavoris

    Crazy that Wade took Foye to the post every chance he got. Even crazier that Foye didn’t even try to stopa guy that’s similarly sized.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Beasley doesn’t even have a position yet. I see the potential but Caron is only 29 and his game was never based on athletic abilities. He could be doing what he does easily for the next 5 years. He’s a poor man’s Paul Pierce. He would be an excellent, reliable (20 ppg, intangibles)second banana to Wade.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    dacre, just some nonsense, one guy puts his hand on the other the other slaps it off, ron points a finger, says some words, and repeat….

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Z
    Yes, but do you compete with what Caron produces?
    The ceiling for Beasley is higher, which I would think benefits the Heat long term.
    At first I thought Beasley , but wasn’t going to be able to cut it, but he appeared to come in focused this year. It seems like the coach just has him on a short leash.
    I forgot who it was that pointed this out, but somebody not a while back that Beasley and Chalmers probably make the same amount of mistakes. The difference is that Chalmers’ mistaks come on offense and Beasley’s on defense.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    So hasheen thabeet. Wow.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Exactly tavoris. He took Mike Brown’s one page play book, crossed out LeBron and wrote Gilbert in crayon next to it.

  • tavoris

    Brad, with all the weapons they have (and the apparent emergence of Blatche), they should be able to switch it up a LITTLE. But, it’s pretty much the Gilbert Arenas show. I guess he wants to make up for the time Gil lost.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    While I’m thinking about it Chris Paul is shooting 64 % including 80% from three.Man needs to work on that jumper to keep up with deron williams though right?

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

    Sorry for the jinx Mr Grant Hill.

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

    Andray Blatche emerged last season…and the season before that….and the season before that….noticing a trend?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Bryan
    5 games in?
    Really?
    A little early don’t you think?

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Allenp: I believe the words were spoken that deron has the ability to hit a bunch of threes in a row and chris doesn’t. 12 out of 15 is a great start, I obviously don’t think he’s going to shoot 120 out of 150 for the year but can we all agree that deron williams is just not that much better of a shooter nor has he ever been its always been a crock argument.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Hey Z, I thought Andersen Varejao deserves more money than Rudy Gay!

  • http://realcavsfans.com Anton

    He does.

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

    @TADOne: Wasn’t Andray Blatche supposed to be the “next Rasheed Wallace”?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Hey Anton, I thought you were serious!

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

    The Ariza drive at the end of OT was a foul. Either a block, or a charge, but there absolutely a call to be made – biting the whistle on that play was the wrong decision by the referee’s.
    And good on Chuck Hayes / Landry for both playing well.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Chuck Hayes is top 5 interior defenders in the league;–there, I said it. He’s actually top 5 defenders period right now. His intelligence and instinct on the defensive end are incredible.

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

    gonna go ahead and co-sign the hell out of teddy’s comment. I’ve been watching chuck play for a couple of games now, and boy does that kid have absolutely lightning fast hands under the basket defensively. If swipes on the ball while a shooter is about to go up with the shot were counted as blocks, chuck should be leading the league in that category

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

    Teddy – Don’t claim credit for saying something that I’ve been saying here for over a year. No offense intended mate haha.
    ps – my details all came up Dacre’s.

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

    Thanks for clearing that up RV. THere wasn’t even any nba.com film to see about it so it must have been token spewage. If I told you that over the first 2 weeks of action Kirk Hinrich has looked like ALL NBA defensive 2nd team, would you ridicule me??
    He played so well against the Cavs today!

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

    http://www.nba.com/playerfile/patrick_mills/index.html

    tell me: is this PATRICK MILLS OR…. JUWAN HOWARD???????

    HAHAHAHAHAHAAaa

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