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Thursday, December 10th, 2009 at 9:01 am  |  66 responses

Post Up: Rookie Mistake

And an NCAAer who is pretty special.

by Holly MacKenzie/@stackmack

Oh, Jonny Flynn. One night after the behind-the-back pass that led to the Turkoglu steal and dunk to break a tie and ignite the Raptors, Flynn got caught turning his head as Chris Paul slipped past him and got the layup to give the Hornets the one-point victory.

The part that hurts the most about the loss? On the second night of a back to back, the Wolves were up 16 in the second half, before allowing the Hornets to come back. Ouch. The Wolves are playing better, but they’ve got to learn to close these games out. Rookie seasons are for learning lessons and making mistakes and Flynn is doing both. Here’s to hoping the learning curve stays steep and the mistakes slow with time.

Chris Paul had 15 points and 14 assists as he continues to bring the Hornets back to .500. It’s always good to see Peja back to scoring and he drained 5-for-6 from beyond the arc last night as he was good for 21 points. Such a tough loss for the Wolves when they shot 52 percent and outrebounded the Hornets 49-29.

Okay, its not NBA, but did you all see John Wall will Kentucky to a victory over UConn last night? This guy is so calm, cool, collected, poised and freaking EXPLOSIVE. He’s a joy to watch. I only saw the final minute of the game because I didn’t realize it was hidden in the sports channels on my TV, but I was thankful I got to see the finish. I’m so excited to think of a tournament with this young guy in it.

Speaking of talented young guys, Brandon Jennings got himself back on track last night, against the Raptors, of course. Before you hate on the Raps, they were without Jose Calderon (sore hip) and Andrea Bargnani (sore right ankle), and they looked tired. Jennings was fantastic in the first half, scoring 14 points in the opening quarter, hitting 4-for-6 from deep and finishing with 22 points, six assists, two steals and two blocked shots.

He also scared me when he went down with a hyperextended knee late in the third quarter. Seeing him limp around the court and then fall down by the Bucks bench made my stomach turn. Thankfully, he was okay.

The Cavs were a little out of sorts against the Rockets. Houston used a 19-2 run to close the first quarter, leading 33-19 after the opening 12 minutes of play. From there, the Cavs sort of lost their cool, with Mike Brown getting ejected and Delonte West, Mo Williams and Shaquille O’Neal all getting called for technical fouls. The Cavs had more turnovers (20) than they did team assists (18) as the Rockets got a big win and stand at 12-9 on the season. Trevor Ariza and Aaron Brooks led the way with 26 and 27 points, respectively. 12-for-13 from the free throw line for Brooks, four 3-pointers for Ariza.

Also, there was no dancing.

I thought the Nets were going to get the W against the Warriors, but it wasn’t meant to be with Golden State busting out to take the 105-89 victory after outscoring NJ 38-21 in the second quarter. Question concerning the Nets: What does Josh Boone have to do to start hitting his free throws? The guy’s shooting 40 percent on the year and they are just so damn ugly. He’s always been bad, I know, but it blows my mind when guys just can’t get better, after shooting them day after day in practice.

Love, love, love the Jazz retro uniforms. Impressive, impressive performance from Utah in Los Angeles, although you sort of knew, as soon as Phil called that timeout in the third q, that they were going to dial in and get the job done. And, don’t say I’m giving the Lakers too much anything. They held Utah to six points in the fourth as they turned a close game into a blowout.

The Detroit/Philadelphia game was a little tough to take. I hate everyone calling Allen Iverson old. He hasn’t played in a few weeks, he isn’t 24 anymore and it’s going to take some time. Also, the six turnovers were probably a result of playing the team where this whole mess of him not being a starter started in the first place. I wanted the Sixers to get this game because losing 11 games straight is just rough. The play by Rodney Stuckey, to get back the possession after he was stripped by Iguodala and drain the bucket with a second on the clock was lovely. Just a great play by a player who reacted a step ahead of everyone else on the court at that moment.

Speaking of rookies…. Jonas Jerebko. He had 17 points and 10 rebounds last night and he played a huge part in the Pistons victory, as they were without Ben Gordon and Rip Hamilton.

The Kings lost to the Spurs last night and yet they are still 9-12 on the season. I’ve been blown away by how well they’ve played in both their wins and losses this year. Casspi and Evans have been awesome. They’re doing this without their leading scorer. It’s kind of a perfect feel-good story, right?

Also since we’re talking Kings… A little Cuse love: Donte Greene’s been pretty good this year. It’s great seeing him settle in and start producing for his team.

118-83. Man the Hawks have been on the good side of some crazy lopsided victories this season. Not sure what to make of the Bulls. I’d just like a healthy Rose… As would my fantasy team. Jamal Crawford had 29 points to lead the Hawks off of the bench as the Bulls gave up 50 percent shooting to Atlanta while shooting just 36 percent themselves.

Anyone else excited at the thought of the ovation Chauncey Billups will receive from the Detroit crowd tonight? Makes me smile just thinking of it. TNT Thursdays. It doesn’t get any better.

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  • riggs

    some guys just plain suck, josh boone is one of those guys.

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

    John Wall is The Truth 2.0
    LMAO @ riggs.
    “Also, there was no dancing” – How sweet it is!

  • Bruno

    two games in a row and no dancing???
    why lebron???
    why???

  • http://www.slamonline.com MooButter

    For the second straight game turnovers doomed the Cavs. As a player and as a fan, there is nothing more infuriating than turnovers. Oh, and Ariza’a reverse dunk in trafic was just sick.

  • the Rudy Gay Pride

    Lebron danced during the Grizz game, i was there and saw it, right before a free throw attempt, looked over at taj and got down for about 2-3 seconds. Cavs are having fun (which is a good thing) but aren’t taking things serious enough to make it to the finals this year. Come on LEBRON!

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

    Co-sign Bruno… where is the dancing? : D!!!!
    Kobe and the Lakers were BALLIN in the 4th.
    I now think that one of my favorite players is B Jennings!!

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    6 points in the 4th. SIX.

  • http://showmeyourwits.blogspot.com Showmeyourwits

    That Lakers 4th quarter D was incredible. One thing I noticed is that Fish didn’t play a lot of minutes against D-Will. I think PJ is slowly handing things over to Farmar and Brown, at least against the faster pg’s.

  • tavoris

    @Hursty-that was the first time I saw him play. I didn’t realize he was THAT fast. Geez…

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

    Since it takes fu*king forever for any of my emails to the slam staff to get published/responded to -
    Marion Jones is considering a return to basketball after her sports ban finishes through next year. She won the ’93 Championship with UNC as the starting PG.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    As great as John Wall is, and he’s pretty damn special, it’s a little early for people to already be saying he’s better than Rose was at Memphis. Oh, how quickly we forget.

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

    @the rudy gay: All I know is the Lakers played Utah last night. They crushed them in the 4th, and I barely seen a smile. All BID-NESS!!!

  • LeoneL

    Nice piece of news Hursty… The young guns will be too much for her I’m afraid.

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

    I just hope John Wall doesn’t fall victim to the hype beast. It can – and will – consume anything despite our best well wishes and intentions.
    John Wall is FAST – but not exceptionally quick.
    Kemba Walker is quick AND fast.
    Also re. Wall, I would like to see him play more defence. Really LOCK a guy down for 3 or 4 minutes. Walker just blitzed him a few times there but I guess that happens to everyone.
    Offensively, his jumpshot isn’t bad either – he just has no need to use it because he gets past everyone.

  • http://fdsjklf.com Jukai

    A factor people that’s helped the Lakers; Farmar and Brown have REALLY picked things up. Both realize their minutes depend on out performing each other and in turn, both have been playing out of their minds.
    Can someone explain why Lebron was taken out of the Houston game when they were only down by seven? Lordy lord…

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

    She’ll be able to hold her own quite easily in the WNBL (Australia) I’d imagine though. And at 34 she wouldn’t be that ‘old’. Not when she has pure speed like she does. The WNBA certainly isn’t out of the question as a back-up.
    She’s 6’1. Candace Parker is 6’2 and plays SG/SF.
    Marion played PG.
    People said Vince Carter wouldn’t be able to jump after he hit 32 or so when he was 25. Look at his exhibition game for UNC this summer.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Jukai:He had a dress rehearsal for High School Musical 4.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    LeBron is such a freaking loser, getting beat on the road and he won’t even dance! C’mon man, you owe it to the fans! Sam Cassell was doing the big balls dance even on misses. I’ve seen Antoine do the shimmy when Boston was down by 20. KG crawls on the floor at all times, regardless of the scores. Didn’t you see Kobe do his jaw jutting stuff when they got bodied in Denver at the beginning of the season. Unless you showboat when you’re losing, you’re not for real. P*ssy.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    John Wall looks like an nba vet playing too fast for his teamates and opponents alike. Basically he’s in a different league than his peers right now, and as much as I love Derrick Rose, I never felt that way watching him at memphis, he had flashes of talent but Wall just looks light years better than the competition. He’s young and needs to learn to slow down for his team to cut down on turnovers but other than that… 19 and 7 at a big time college is ridiculous.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Man, Rodney Stuckey has been playing great since being put next to a veteran PG. He’s letting his offense come to him and he’s not forcing the issue so much. Jonas still continues to impress and AI was outplayed by Chucky Atkins…all in all, that was a good night!

  • http://fdsjklf.com Jukai

    I gotta say, I sort of predicted that Wall would turn out to just be a ‘Rose-lite’ type of point guard, but Bryan’s right… Wall looks like he’s on a higher level than all his peers, while Rose never really looked that much greater than his team. Wall looks downright polished, his moves are clean and his decision making skills are without question on the NBA level right now.
    Then again, Beasley also looked better than Durant in college, so…

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Jukai:That’s because Rose wasn’t playing on a team of mostly freshman, Memphis was mostly seasoned upperclassmen when Rose got there.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    John wall>Derrick rose. at least in college. play wit it.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    I really wish Lamar Odom would score more. I disagree about Beasley looking better than Durant in college though. No mention of Kevin Love either? He’s playing pretty well since he’s been back.

  • Daniel

    the nuggets and pistons aren’t on TNT tonight.

  • Atrain

    Holly – How about Roko last night? Guy hasn’t played in weeks and torches the old squad…any insight into his game? Thankful Jennings is ok

  • http://fdsjklf.com Jukai

    Long: That’s true, and CDR clearly is a better pro than people thought, but regardless, Rose still looked far more ‘raw’ than John does now.
    Bryan: Beasley looked like a downright FORCE in college. I can’t believe he’s playing this subpar as a pro, I never would have expected it.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    I actually thought wall didn’t have a shot but he proved last night that when need be, he can knock down the J consistently. play wit it.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    He played for Kansas State and they didn’t really do much. Durant was a monster in college also lets not forgot the 37 point 20 rebound games. But yes I’m also surprised beasley isn’t producing more, although I blame the way the heat use him more than his ability. I don’t think that coach trusts him to be able to make plays. He still has a nice stroke, he has good quickness with the ball and a knack for scoring but he just doesn’t get the green light.

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan2.0

    @ Daniel. i kno, an outrage
    but has anyone else noticed that in BOTH of the games AI has played in this week, he has been dropped?!?!? first by billups and now by Stuckey… INFRONT of the Philly fans!! thats just not right

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

    I hear ya Juk. In another 2 years when Fish retires. Looks like the Lakers will be in good hands with Farmar and Brown.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    I bet Rondo would lose to Josh Boone in a Free Throw Contest… Just saying.. And can we just give John Wall the ROY award for 2011 now?

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    And Jukai, Beasley is doing a LOT better this year than last. Okay well maybe not THAT much better but its still just his second year. And don’t forget he’s playing with someone who needs to get his 30 points a night..

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

    Beasley is playing good this year. But he could be doing alot better outside of a Heat system!!
    lol Rondo is terrible at the line. But Bron got a bit better at the line!! Bron is playing so good right now… but there are two things holdin’ him down. 1) TO’s 2) Shaq.

  • LexLuther

    the number of games the Lakers have had at HOME to start the season is utterly ridiculous.

  • http://Slamonline.com Cmonpeoples

    Farmar brown. Lol

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    LexLuther is right. And the number of games they are gonna have on the road to end the season is utterly ridiculous.

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

    Rodney Stuckey is starting to play great under the radar. Jonas Jerebko is the steal of the draft so far.

  • Wat Misaka

    Michael Beasley = Kenyon Martin 2.0 in terms of transferring his game from college to the pros..

  • rikson

    @Brad: But there is a difference buddy! Id rather play at home to start the season, right?

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Farmar Brown, Christmas Holiday, Gay Love Session (if minni gets Gay according to rumours)… Such great names on same teams.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    rikson:Why? Maybe if your a young team trying to gel and sneak into the playoffs, but for a vet team that has championship expectations you’d much rather get the majority of your road games out of the way and be well rested going into the playoffs. At least that’s my opinion. Everybody’s gotta play 41 home and 41 away regardless. It’s not like the Lakers are playing 50 at home and 32 on the road or something.

  • The D Train

    Brad Long @ 10:11…I just posted in another thread about Rose being too willing to concede to the veterans on the Bulls. I only saw a bit of Rose at Memphis, but it sounds like this is the way he was there, too? As a Bulls fan, it’s somewhat worrisome that at the last 2 levels Rose has not asserted his will on either team. That does not bode well for the Bulls if he is to be the franchise guy unless he starts to take charge…

  • mems

    lmao that rockets game was awesome. lebron was crying and varejao was flopping all game long. i think the rockets should have started dancing

  • LeoneL

    @Hursty..I agree with her speed but there’s a huge difference between that and speed in change of pace. But she’ll no doubt leave defenders eating her dust (no pun intended as she’s not THAT old) on breaks. Best of luck to Marion.

  • http://www.teflinprague.com SAB

    bargnani didn’t play cos of a “sore right ankle”. what the hell is that? man up…

  • http://badnewzballer Jdubc

    As a Laker fan i would mos def agree that the amount of home games we have played is ridiculous. A 10 game win streak is great and all but i wont be impressed until we start dominating on the road and that starts saturday at the jazz.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Due to my brain constantly being mindf*cked by Mike Brown’s (in)actions, I can no longer support a team whose biggest enemy is sitting beside them. Because of this, I am resigning as a Cavalier defender until said coach is fired (or if Byron Scott takes over but due to Bron’s love for a b!tch coach, Brown’s face is plastered on Scott’s body ala the movie Face Off).
    As a result, I am accepting bids to actively root for a different contender. The benefits you receive of my services:
    -constantly cutting down opposing teams, with no regard for political correctness or human decency
    -cheering for your team
    -buying jerseys of role-players
    -associate team with intense pleasure by mentioning said team name at least 3 times in sexual encounters
    I look forward to review your competitive bids.

  • http://dsfjkl.com Jukai

    I was thinking…
    Perhaps the Cavs should lose the next couple of games.
    Then maybe, just maybe, Mike Brown will get the axe.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    No way is Brown fired before the playoffs, I imagine he’ll get the axe after he gets out-coached in the playoffs.
    I say tank the rest of the season, that way the coach gets fired plus you get a chance at John Wall. Then, ride out a few bad seasons before blowing up the team to trade for Chris Paul in 2012. I should be a GM.

  • max

    For the people who think Wall> D.Rose, just remember march madness…
    Rose against mich st, texas, ucla, Rose was CRAZYYYY GOOOD!!!! And like someone mentioned, rose didn’t play with a ton of freshmen like wall.
    And for beasley vs Durant in college. I also agree with jukai. Beasley had two games with 30 n 20!! He averaged a lil bit more ppg n rpg than KD too! I mean their team got out in the second round. They had a really similar season, but I still think Beasley was slightly better in college.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Good things can come out of losing early games for the Cavs: 1- Ferry won’t think that his team is good enough as is (unlike last year) and will actually try to get a TRUE second banana (Kevin Martin? STAT? Rip? Twan? Money ain’t a thing). You don’t win titles with one bonafide all-star, Mo is a 3rd wheel masquerading as a right-hand man. 2- Mike Brown will rethink his coaching/subs patterns. Okay #2 won’t happen, but let’s shoot for #1!!

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Z:What does Kevin Martin or Richard Hamilton bring the Cavs that Mo Williams isn’t already? I mean, I could see how they could use Antwan but Stat ain’t happening. I don’t see Kevin or Rip being that piece that puts them over the top.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    BTW, I think it’S safe to say with the way that Orlando handed their a–es back to them last year that a championships are not won during the reg season.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Brad: Apparently, K-Mart is on the market. He’s a guy that can create on his own and he’s a much more gifted scorer than Mo Williams is. He’s young, gets to the FT line and shoots well from 3. That’s highly efficient scoring (eFG%) even if his standard fg% is not strong. / STAT can be had too as he is not really ahppy in PHX and has been seeking a way out. / Jamison would be an ideal fit but I just have a hard time picturing Washington helping Cleveland get better. A deal will be done, Cavs have expiring contracts and can absorb ridiculouns contracts as Dan Gilbert simply don’t care about spending.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Z
    Might as well try for Bosh if you’re shooting for the sky.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    K-Mart and STAT is not shooting for the sky, I think. Reports have suggested that K-Mart is available and STAT and PHX have been trying to part ways for quite some time. Only way T.O. trades Bosh is if they keep on losing and he makes it perfectly clear that he won’t re-sign. And even then.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Might as well get Kobe if you’re shooting for the sky.

  • http://dsfjkl.com Jukai

    God, a Lebron and STAT tandem. Better reinforce the home rims with titanium.

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

    Stuckey pwnd Iverson last night. That crossover was SICK

  • Daniel

    My crossover is sick.

  • str8 from samoa

    haha its allgood. iverson still a lil rusty but hel be back!!!

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Anton denouncing the cavs was one of the funniest things i’ve read in here. (u scream “cavs” during intercourse, man? Wonderful)

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

    loooool @ Anton

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    i wonder how long it takes anton too come up w/ sh!t like that…..either way, touche

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    @ Darks – If you must know, I repeat famous home team announcer quotes like “throws the hammer down!” and “get that weak stuff otta here!”
    @ nbk – on that spot, baby. freestylin and hyperizin

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