Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 at 9:01 am  |  33 responses

Post Up: Grizz/Kings Goodness

Nets/Bobcats ugliness.

by Holly MacKenzie/@stackmack

Memphis Grizzlies in Sacramento to take on the Kings.

Allen Iverson’s season and Memphis debut.

Rudy Gay playing for an extension.

OJ Mayo playing for respect.

The Kings? They were playing for their first win of the season.

Bet you didn’t expect the late night matchup between the Kings and Grizz to be the game of the week, did you? I was amped to watch Ivy, always love watching Mayo and of course, wanted to check out Tzvi’s boy, Casspi. Didn’t know what I was in for until the Grizz were saved in regulation by Zach Randolph -of of all people– forcing overtime. While the entire fourth was a back and forth seesaw, the Kings broke away in the extra session, particularly when Randolph picked up his sixth foul and was sent to the bench,  outscoring the Grizz 17-6 in the extra session.

Kevin Martin was fantastic, scoring 48 points on 14-of-27 field goals. Spencer Hawes had 21 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists off of the bench and Beno Udrih added 16 as the Kings bench more than made up for their starting five outside of Martin, who managed just 12 points combined.

The Grizzlies wasted a 30-point, 16-rebound effort from Randolph as Marc Gasol had 16 points and 16 boards, Gay added 21 points and 13 rebounds and Mayo had 22.

Bizarro stat of the night: The Kings won despite being outrebounded 57-44, but they also had 14 made three-pointers to the Grizzlies four.

Crazy game and I just didn’t want it to end.

While this one was going into overtime, the Clippers managed to win their first game of the season, picking up a 93-90 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves that came down to Corey Brewer taking a rushed three and missing. Al Jefferson had 24 points to lead the Wolves while Chris Kaman led the Clippers with 25 points and 11 rebounds while Eric Gordon had 17.

With those two games being so great, it was almost possible to pretend that the NJ Nets and Charlotte game didn’t even happen. With the Bobcats having eight made field goals in the entire first half and the New Jersey managing to score just NINE points in the entire third quarter, it wasn’t a pretty one. The Bobcats somehow managed to win 79-68, but that only happened thanks to a 24-0 run as the Nets forgot how to play basketball and went more than 11 minutes without a field goal. It was so very ugly.

The positive? There were so many clanged shots, Gerald Wallace ended up with a 24-point, 20-rebound performance for his fantasy owners.

The Knicks put in another 40-point fourth quarter, outscoring the New Orleans Hornets by 10 in the final period to take the 117-111 victory at home last night. Chris Paul had 32 points and 13 assists, Emeka Okafor scored 24 points to go with 10 rebounds and David West added 21, but it wasn’t enough to combat the 28 points from David Lee, 24 from Al Harrington, 20 from Larry Hughes and 18-point, nine assist night from Chris Duhon.

Just one game after my guy Trevor Ariza had a career-night, the Rockets pulled out another victory, this time against the Utah Jazz. It was Aaron Brooks to step up last night with 19 points and nine assists, but the Rockets had eight players reach double figures. Impressive for a team missing so many pieces. Luis Scola added 14 points and 15 boards and rookie Chase Budinger had 17 off of the bench. Mehmet Okur led the Jazz with 21, Ronnie Brewer scored 19, Andrei Kirilenko added 18 as did Deron Williams who had the saddest face of life while sitting on the bench watching the clock run out.

It’s only early, yes, but we are officially one week into the young NBA season. Love it.

Biggest surprise so far?

Bet Brandon Jennings is the answer for some.

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  • Atrain

    Jennings for ROY. Can’t wait to see him take on Rose tonight…

  • http://www.clutchfans.com/ Blue

    I love how the Rockets play as a team. I know it’s only a week into the season and it’s gonna be some horrible games just like it will be some great games, but they will be fun to watch. AB for MIP!

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    KINGS! The kings are a scrappy team. When they meet the rockets it is going to be 100% hustle. Martin was amazing last night…I would like to see Tyreke play better. As for AI…he just didnt look that great out there.

  • maio

    Off-Topic: Where is Ron Mercer anyway? Anybody know?

  • Sam Raphael Chadwick

    so far Casspi playing better than tyreke evans?? just a thought

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

    Jennings looks really really good. I know this is nitpicky, but it irks me that he seems to be incapable to do a layup with his off hand.

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

    Man…. I watched that Nets-Bobcats game on LP. Basically, I wanted to wait for new year’s, and hopefully two bottle rockets will end up in my eyes if I ever have to watch a game like that again.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Just like last year, Marc Gasol is playing VERY well early in the season… if only he could keep it up… Oh yeah, you too Bargnani. Loving the Rockets unity right now, 8 players in double figures?? Dayumm

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    Marc looks a lot leaner and quicker. I’m liking him.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Milk carton : tyreke evans.

  • rog123

    These rockets are very young/talented. Am I the only who is against re-signing yao and tmac? I know they work hard and stay out of trouble but those are some heavy contrcts for two dudes who don’t play. Imagine if the rockets could sign bosh this summer. They are literally, 1 perfect piece away from title contention

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

    Actually, Chris Kaman has been pretty surprising so far, coming back from injury.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Chris Kaman is making me glad I drafted him for my fantasy team…also, am I the only Detroit fan who is regreting giving Chase Budinger away? He’s appears to be more NBA ready than any of our rookies.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno


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

    Wayno: I also have noticed Budinger’s play and wanted Detroit to keep him. He appears to be a better player than DaJuan Summers.

  • http://slamonline.com walt williams

    Casspi>Desmond Mason

  • http://www.theonion.com/content/news/staten_island_historians_piece Lee

    Jennings for “ROY”? You guys are effin’ ridiculous. It’s spelled M-V-P, not R-O-Y.

  • http://realcavsfans.com Anton
  • One Sun

    Kevin Martin is good. Quietly very good.

  • http://www.raptors.com LeeVan

    Please excuse my namesake who posted 3 spots above me, as he is CLEARLY slurping the Jennings juice(or oozing sarcasm) a bit too much.
    I, LeeVan, have been impressed with Jennings, but Aaron Brooks is that dude for me, at the moment.

  • http://www.theonion.com/content/news/staten_island_historians_piece Lee

    Brandon Jennings is the greatest basketball player ever. Aaron Brooks is second best.

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

    Some crazy boxscores last night thats for sure… May and Mason start but play single digit minutes… Gasol playing 50 mins… the bizarre Nets/Cats quarter by quarter scoring… the Hornets playing with 3 players. Only piece of normality was Iversons b!tching. Please go away.

  • Kris

    That Kings/Grizzlies game was wild, both teams running up and down the court as if they’re competing for the title of “quickest point scored”.

  • http://fjdsklf.com Jukai

    Casspi is a one trick pony (scoring), but hey, he’s decent at it, keep giving this dude minutes!

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

    I’m buying a Chris Kaman jersey.

  • http://sfjdo.com Jukai

    Izzo: Hey, can you do me a favor and show me the stats of Andrew Bynum and the stats for Chris Kaman on top of one another?

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

    Andrew Bynum:PPG:20.3 RPG:8.70 APG:1.0 EFF + 22.67
    Chris Kaman: PPG 22.6 RPG 10.20 APG 1.4EFF + 26.20

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

    The Bobcats play terrible offense, and win games when they make the team they are playing play even worse. They shut down New Jersey. That 24-0 run wasnt a accident, it was due to intense defense. But beside Gerald, DJ Augusin was the only good Bobcat. 21 points in 28 minutes off the bench. Everybody else played awful offense beside Boris who was medicore. Raja Bell came back and put the straps on the NJ guards, making all of them work for their shots.

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

    To sum it up: the Bobcats are .500 now. I am happy they are winning, but the way they win concerns me.

  • http://sfjdo.com Jukai

    Oh wow Izzo it seems like Chris Kaman is a better player than Andrew Bynum huh who would have thought

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

    Its now safe for Russ to commence commenting…

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    When will the Rockets get SOME love?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    rog, not signing Yao would be crazy. If they can play this well without him, imagine when he gets back.
    They can literally switch between 2 different styles of basketball every game. When Yao’s on the floor they slow it down and play through him. When he’s out, they run like crazy and do what they’re doing now.
    Since Yao Ming’s minutes are going to be lowered significantly during the regular season to preserve his body (which should have been done before), this means that opposing teams are going to have a tough time adjusting on defense.
    They have the tools to pay fast ball and slow ball.