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Thursday, November 19th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  34 responses

The Post Up: Dirkus Circus

Headline courtesy of J.E. Skeets & Tas Melas.

by Holly MacKenzie/@stackmack

Such a busy night in the NBA and where was my focus? Milwaukee, the same place as most of the NBA people on Twitter. I cannot express in words how exciting it is to see the hype the Bucks now have around them as a team, and the mild hysteria that has erupted around Jennings. It’s fun. With Twitter, we get to watch the evolution from rookie to star-in-waiting, through nine games.

We also got to all panic in unison as he took a Brook Lopez knee to the thigh in the fourth and appeared to be down for the count for a few seconds before shaking it off in a timeout. Whew. The Bucks survived to get another W.

The Nets, well, they survived, but 0-12 is just awful. It’s dreadful. Especially when Chris Douglas-Roberts is exerting his healthy self for 45 minutes, and putting up a career-high of 31 points to go with 10 boards in the loss.

My highlight was Jennings slipping past NJ defenders and getting a dunk in the game. Also postgame when he said that’s probably all you’ll see from him in terms of dunks this season. He had 19 points and eight assists, but he also turned the ball over for every one of those assists.

Just listen to him talk about his 55-point explosion in this interview. The best is when he says, “I love to play basketball. That’s all I really want to do. I’m not worried about the other things that come with it. The main thing is playing basketball getting wins, making my teammates better and making this city want to come back to the Bucks games every night.”

He gets it. He’s 20 years old and he gets it. Gonna be lots more to come from this guy.

Raja Bell playing in Boston for the Warriors last night.

That’s a guy that recognizes the blessing of this game and of his career. For a guy who is supposedly getting surgery TODAY, gritting out a game against the Celtics by playing through pain when a season is not on the line, for teammates he hasn’t really played with that’s respect for the game. That’s why he deserves ours.

He did play for Nellie before, though. Had a jolt from the past hit me, as I  thought about Raja being in Dallas for a season before he went to Utah and became known as a defensive stopper and one I’ll always enjoy.

The Kobe clothesline was hard for me to take, but he acknowledged that he lost his cool on that play. Still as a Lakers supporter, I never thought he’d end up being my go-to NBA guy when people ask who is the easiest to talk to. From that very first NBA preseason game in Vancouver between the Suns and Sonics (RIP, sonics), Raja was just easy.

He’s a guy who loves the game and is thankful to be playing it. I’ve got love for that.

The Raptors played like the Raptors as they lost in Utah. Getting down by 18 in the opening minutes, then cutting it to three at the end of three only to fall apart in the fourth and lose to the Jazz, 104-91. Chris Bosh was fantastic in the loss, scoring 32 points to go with 17 rebounds, but outside of 19 points from Marco Belinelli off of the bench he didn’t get much help. Boozer was huge for Utah, getting 22 points to go with 18 boards, while rookie Eric Maynor added 15.

The Spurs and Mavs had a crazy one in Dallas, but I did not see it because it was an ESPN game that wasn’t picked up here in Canada. Epic fail on my part, and on my country’s part, I know. The Mavs pulled away in overtime and survived Kris Humphries missing a dunk. That I don’t need to see live to picture. Dirk had 41 points and 12 boards while Tim Duncan reminded us all that he’s still got it (even in a losing effort), finishing with 22 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and four blocked shots.

Lots of guys injured in that game with Marion and Parker both out with ankle injures, Dampier missing the game sick and Ginobili going down with a strained groin as well. Get healthy, Mavs/Spurs!

One of the other big games of the night was in Washington, as the Wizards had their guys back healthy and used a strong second half to take down the Cavaliers, 108-91. LeBron had 34 points and nine assists, but the Wizards had Earl Boykins, and he was great in the final quarter. Boykins finished with nine points but he was all over the floor as Antawn Jamison scored 31 points to go with 10 rebounds.

And the Hawks continue to win. Al Horford makes me smile when he runs the break. What are you thinking about this team? I keep waiting for them to stumble (sorry, Hawks fans), but they don’t. It’s been impressive. 10-2 looks mightly fine in ATL.

Looks like Stephen Jackson is feeling comfortable with his new teammates. Playing 45 minutes, scoring 26 points and taking 21 shots, Jax doesn’t need time to get acclimated, I guess. Bobcats still lost by two to the 76ers, though.

I’d just like to see more of Mr. Holiday, please.

Andre Miller with 10 points and 11 assists in a Blazers victory over the Pistons.

Rashard Lewis bounced back from a bit of a rough seaon debut by pouring in 17 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and two steals for the Magic and they dominated OKC from start to finish. My fantasy team was smiling all around last night.

Can someone answer this: Is B. Roy really 6-foot-6?

And finally, its time to welcome back both Jamaal Tinsley and Eddy Curry. Both made their season debuts last night. I cannot say enough about how great –and young!– Curry looks. Glad he finally took his career into his own hands. Going to be interesting to see what happens with Tinsley.

It appears Iverson really is going to end up in New York and still, my thoughts are a clustermash of confusion.

I just hope the Nets get their victory against the Knicks on Sunday, first.

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  • http://fdjklf.com Jukai

    Mike Brown showed off his coaching of the year cred by taking out Lebron, watching their five point lead turn into a five point deficit, calling time out, and STILL NOT PUTTING IN LEBRON AFTER THE TIME OUT.
    He knows how to win, lemme tell ya.

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

    As much as I hate the little douche, Deshawn played Lebron better than I’ve ever seen him play one on one D against him. My only question is, why did Lebron insist on shooting fade away threes against him when he was getting to the basket so often without much trouble? Strange. Lebron could have had 50 and the Cavs may have had a chance if he took him off the dribble in the 3rd and 4th quarter, even when they were showing the double at the three point line. Grimace should have been running back cuts to get him free to the basket as a pressure release.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    that was insane, juks! spoelstra did the exact same thing when miami played the cavs. i mean take em out with 3 mins to go in the 3rd and leave them there for the whole 4th! the cavs also had their two best bigs sitting at home, so i’m not sweating it too much. jamison came to play though, so awkward yet so effective.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    e, that was lebron’s fault more than deshawn’s d. he hit three 3s in three straight possessions in the 3rd quarter and from that point on, i knew that he’d be throwin up jumpers for the rest of the game. i’ve seen it countless times. i guess you could also blame mike brown for not having the b-lls to tell him to fall back sometimes.

  • http://blueness.com Hisham

    Dirk Nowitzki is one ugly sonofabitch. He’s been on a tear though. WOW

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Of course the day after I finally get someone else to praise durant he throws up a terrible game. On the bright side james harden finally broke out.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Is Stuckey still the future? Will Bynum is making him look bad right now.

  • monkeyball

    Co sign Jukai on the Mike Brown thing. Talk about a bad coach riding the coattails of a superstar…
    Iverson to New York will end up at least as badly as Marbury to New York. Will they never learn?

  • http://fdjklf.com Jukai

    Can someone verify this for me: when DeShawn Stevenson got that ‘jump ball’ on Lebron, I was mystified. Deshawn GRABBED ONTO Lebron’s waist. He was grabbing Lebron’s midsection with one hand as he held onto the ball with the other. Yet, the refs called it a jump ball.
    But the damn commentators agreed with the refs!
    I’m so confused on this play. Did I not see things correctly?

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    That one sided shoulder to wrist sleeve Antawn was rocking is a cool look. very unusual on a b-ball court. Way to bounce back from Injury, Jamison. Fantastic game.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Oh and one more thing: DIRK!

  • a_whiteman

    Dirk is a monster!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    jukai: that’s the new trend in announcing. they had a point to make. they had already said that deshawn was doing an excellent job on bron so that jumpball was was added ammo for their argument, regardless of it were the correct call or not. / hubie also said that the big difference with bron this year is taht he was shooting 4-5 threes a game instead of 1 or 2. i seriously think that he doesn’t follow the nba anymore and just shows up to announce his games.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    Iverson and wade together? that kind of sounds deadly almost. If AI remembers he will be the second banana. play wit it.

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

    Jukai…yes, Deshawn tackled him and yes, I was confused as to how the announcers were saying it WAS a jump ball. Pure stupidity.

  • http://fdjklf.com Jukai

    The refereeing last night was heavily sided with the Wizards. There was no way the Cavs would have won with Lebron on the bench and Mo playing the way he did, but it just seemed like added insult to injury.

  • tavoris

    the refs screwed up the call because of how HUGE Lebron is. This very well may be the first time Lebron got a “Dwight Howard call” against him.

  • steve

    No love for Brand?

  • jumpman3224

    I hope NBA.com is counting my write-in vote for Jennings as an All-Star East Guard. He doesn’t show up at the end along with Wade, James, Bosh and Howard.

  • ber

    Cosign Z about Will Bynum and Stuckey, I never really liked Stuckey, him and Conley deserve to be 2nd string guards..

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    um.. I don’t know why my name posted as “ber.” Anyways, I’m glad Elton Brand finally got the minutes to play again. I always said he’s still got it and everyone said he’s too old. And thanks Holly for these post ups! I love reading these!

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Anton should now aim all rape jokes at DeShawn Stevenson since he actually commited the crime on national TV last night.

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

    Z: Um, wrong. Bynum is not making Stuckey look bad at all. They are 2 different types of players: Bynum obviously is more aggressive going to the rim and Stuckey is more patient with trying to setup the offense, playing great D, and is averaging 5.5 rebounds a game. What you are looking at is the Pistons have a good situation with a 1-2 punch at PG.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    @Holly…why you ask about B”the natural”Roy height?? I think he is, he looks as tall as Kobe when they go against each other…Dirk´s a beast, young buck nearly went for Agent 0 record for turovers and Jamison/Mike Miller are 2 of the most skillfull and likeble players in the Association, I WISH I HAD BOTH IN MY BALL CLUB…also,

  • http://www.mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    you guys, i’m at work right now so i can’t link to anything, but i’ve got a great separated at birth for ya: compare that picture of Dirk on the homepage to the stayin alive video by the beegees. The part where the guy with the high pitched voice goes stayin allliiiiiiiiii-iiiiiiiiii-iiiiiiiiii-iiive while almost running out of breath is where you need to pause and go back to the slamonline homepage. and then back to youtube. and then back to slamonline. pretty good match IMO

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    TORONTO PLAYS DEFENSE LIKE PHOENIX OR GSW, ATUALLY THE SUNS HAVE BEEN PLAYIN MUTCH BETTER D THAN THE RAPS, and dont blame Calderon cause Billups and DWill did not have big games against them…Toronto has a high quality roster in my opinion but only Amir Johnson and Antoine Whrite(bench players) play any D WHATSOEVER!!!

  • http://myspace.com/rsaenz24 rog123

    During lebrons first years, he was always getting beat up and didn’t show any reaction, therefore not getting any calls. That’s why he now acts like every nba player

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

    What up everyone. Dirk is making my fantasy team happy. Bron was trigger happy last night after those shots. Harden and Jennings are making me fantasy team happy (more so Jennings). New York and the Pacers, best game of the season last night – that is all.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    White Chocolate behind the back pass to Rasard Lewis for the 3!!!

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    *Rashard

  • Orlando Woolridge

    Seems to me that Stuckey is playing a lot better this year. Detroit fans, am I right? I do love me some Will the Thrill though.

  • http://showmeyourwits.blogspot.com Showmeyourwits

    Dirk was going hard last night, as was TD but you could tell he ran out of gas by OT. Oh and that Humphries dunk would’ve been major if he got it to go. Can’t believe he tried to bang it on TD like that with no hesitation.

    As a Laker fan, I don’t care, but as a NBA fan it’s sad to see the Spurs w/o Parker and Manu. The younger guys just aren’t there yet and RJ isn’t fully comfortable in the offense. TD can’t carry them in games like last night for long before he’s sidelined as well.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Is it too early to say that Antawn Jamison > Caron Butler? No offense to Caron, who’s a great player himself. I just think Antawn Jamison is one of the most underrated players in the league, maybe ever.

  • J

    Z Posted: Nov.19 at 9:41 am
    e, that was lebron’s fault more than deshawn’s d. he hit three 3s in three straight possessions in the 3rd quarter and from that point on, i knew that he’d be throwin up jumpers for the rest of the game. i’ve seen it countless times. i guess you could also blame mike brown for not having the b-lls to tell him to fall back sometimes.

    i definitely agree with this. you know i HATE lebron doing that. and that “heat check” he does, man i hate it. why not try on the post. i don’t see anyone preventing him in planting himself at the post.

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