Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 at 9:01 am  |  72 responses

The Post Up: 4th Q Collapse

Sorry, Bulls fans. Rough night in Chi-Town.

by Holly MacKenzie /@stackmack

There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home.

Just being home makes me feel better. I had a great flight except for some crazy ear snap crackle and popping on the way down…. yikes to being stuffed up from a cold and flying and now more than a few hours later, I’m still hearing a little funny out of my left ear.

Random me fact: I’m 30 percent deaf in my right ear, soooo I’ve been asking my mother to repeat herself a lot this evening. Luckily, she’s still in the excitement phase of my being home so I’m getting lots of patience. And amazing food. To quote CDR, “yes, yess!”

If you’re following Mr. Douglas-Roberts, you saw him call me out on Twitter yesterday, telling me to take some time off from bball and take care of “my familia.” While I won’t totally be taking time off, I may be a bit scarce in the Post Up’s this week because, shoot, I’m home! Super pumped about it, too.

Okay, so the Bulls dropped more than the ball, they dropped the whole damn world when they fell apart and allowed the Kings to come back from 35 down in the third freaking quarter and get the 102-98 victory. WOW. Huge. Insane. Tyreke Evans, hi, yes, we know you were the Western Conference Rookie of the Month. Yes, we know you’re pretty freaking awesome. Goodness. Evans finished with 23 points and eight rebounds. Rose had 24 points and seven assists in the loss.

Am I allowed to be excited about the last two performances from Derrick Rose? I know, right now is a bad time to be excited about anything related to the Bulls, but he’s on my –awful– fantasy team and he did not look good at all to start the season, and finally the ankle appears to be healed and he looks like he is rounding back into the Rose we all fell in love with last season. I know it’s a little early to get excited, but can you blame me?

Okay, I know. You probably can. It’s a bad day to speak anything positive about any Bull, but Rose, I’m glad you’re getting healthy.

Also, Ime Udoka, nice fourth quarter.

Vinny, Vinny, Vinny. Wouldn’t wanna be you this morning. Not for all of the money and hair product in the world.

Speaking of coaches, where do you think Avery J. will end up next? L. Frank? Byron? There’s a lot of coaches out there I’m looking forward to watching in their next gig, wherever they end up.

Finally the Bucks got a W, although they found themselves in another close game. This time they won 84-81 against the Pacers and Andrew Bogut was huge with 31 points, 18 rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots.

J.J. Redick had himself a game last night, helping the Magic take down the Jazz, 104-99. Redick scored 20 points and the Magic shot 9-for-21 from downtown as they pulled away late to get the W.

Exciting new for the Magic? Jameer is back, baby. He played limited minutes, he missed all six of the field goals he attempted, but he’s back, he’s back, he’s back. Always good to see guys back on the court, doing what they love, where they belong.

21 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots for Dwight. Love to see him jacking up his blocks per game. It’s like it is so easy for him, when he wants it to be. Come on, Dwight, keep wanting it.

Interesting that Shaq got some boos and cheers on his return to Phoenix. Shaq’s an interesting character, isn’t he? He’s one of the most loved personalities, the most dominant of my time and yet, he seems to burn a lot of bridges and really rub people the wrong way as he goes about his NBA journey.

The Cavs dominated the Suns in the fourth quarter, outscoring them 27-16 as they took the 109-91 victory, giving Phoenix their first home loss of the season.

Bron watch: 29/6/4/2

Mo Williams also had 24 points, six rebounds and five assists. Delonte West added 12 points and six assists off of the bench.

Question: What the hell has happened to Richard Jefferson in SA?

Damn, Chi fans. I’m feeling for you today. 35 points, hey? I’d say that stings, but that’s not strong enough to express it. Yikes.

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  • http://Www.fastbreak.com Darksaber

    At 5 foot 1, live from Noooova Scotia, your one and only, Holly Mack. Nice to see going home doesn’t equal an end to post up articles from Stackmack. Snow started melting here in the alps, i’m betting u are up to your neck in it. Oh yeah, Bogut needs an allstar invite, asap. Watched him school Hansbrough et al, thing of beauty.

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ DIMITRIS DIAMANTIDIS

    BREAKING NEWS!!! VON WAFER to Grizzlies and MARCO JARIC to Real Madrid(that’s bad)!!!!

  • http://www.hellomynameisjuan.com kilinkis

    it was terrible, i wanted to cry

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    The definition of TerriBull.

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

    Holly: saw your game recap of Sunday’s Raptors-Hornets game i believe it was on nba.com! I’m probably the last guy to notice, but it’s really cool to see your name pop up on NBA.com. Good recap too. Was it your first on NBA.com?

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    Hey Hisham, thanks for the love. I’ve been covering all Raptors home games for the .com this season. It’s been really fun. Dark, you knowwww it. Klinkiis… I’m sorry. I feel your pain.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    can we take nicknames away from players to give it to others? eff lance, reke was born ready.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Since Vinny is definitely getting fired I really just hope last night just assures us that he will never again be hired. Also I hope they get rid of him before he destroys Derrick Rose. Right Russ?

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

    Reke for ROY. I know 55 is a lot of points, but consistency wins. Evans is that dude.

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

    Holly: I can’t believe I missed that. Can’t watch video at work so those written recaps are definitely a part of my daily routine. But congrats anyway. also: LOL@ Bryan.

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    KIIIIIINNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGSSSSSSS!! I apologize for this gratuitous outburst but my Kings are gettin’ nasty. That is what needs to happen to grow into a legit competitor, know how to never quit and fight hard for every game. Tyreke is number one…I dont think even Blake Griffin would have controlled the game like ‘reke is right now or made as big of an impact. And young money is just inconsistent right now. Sorry Bulls, you need a good coach and maybe it would have stayed a blowout…Paul Westphal>>>>Vinny Del Negro. Happy Holidays Holly and all at SLAM!

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    i rip mike brown in here e’rrday all day so it’s only fair that i give him props for what he did last night. he often went with mo, gib and west on the perimeter and that completely threw off the suns. they started looking for ghill on the block against dwest and went away from their offense and, more importantly, it kept the ball away from Steve Nash.

  • LOAF

    Amen to NBA.com Recaps Hisham, defiantly breaks up the day for me, but i also get video! God Bless Univerisity work gaining me more access on the web at work! :)

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    Reke, Reke, Reke, Reke, Reke……….play wit it.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Tyreke Evans!

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    I loved seeing Delonte get things going, Z. Can’t express how badly I want the game to be his escape until he sorts everything out. Shia, you crack me up.

  • http://slamonline.com walt williams

    The Brockness monster and Udoka were freaking huge! And yes, Evans pointed at the Bulls home court and stated, ” This is MY house!” after doing the Sam Cassell dance. Classic for a rookie..

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Just a thought: why couldn’t Bron be the stretch 4 that the Cavs are desperatly looking for? He’s 6’9 and one of the Suns broadcasters was saying last night that he actually weighs 271. Maybe not a switch you want to do mid-season but that should at least be explored for next year. Big, skilled 4s are much harder to find than scoring 3s.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    strange f#ckin thing…bulls beat ATL and thenchoke vs Sac town…lol@brad

  • Don

    wow. how could you lose a 35point lead in just 18mins of basketball? does vinny even know the word “work the clock?”

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

    Z, I imagine Mike Brown probably has explored putting Bron at the 4 but has stayed away from it because it would probably have Bron wear down alot more as the season went along guarding 4′s and it would also take away his effectiveness roaming off the ball defensively and helping out.

  • http://www.yahoo.com Logues

    hey atleast rose had like 24 and 7, thats gotta make SLAM feel better about putting him as a top 20 player this yr

  • The D Train

    Vinny cant get the F outta dodge soon enough. Just pathetic. I wish I could channel my inner Bill Walton…oh wait, here it comes: JUST TERRRRIBLE! That is the worst collapse in the history of western civilization. The game of basketball is a veritable ballet of beauty, but not when you fail to put your heart and soul on the floor. I repeat: TERRRRRIBLE!

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

    In fairness to Del Negro, the Bulls players should be ashamed and embarassed by this as well.

  • http://slamonline.com walt williams

    3 clutch performances in the last four games for Tyreke! The pick of Arenas, the drive in Milwaukee and now this!!! He is 20!! So much for the Kings being worst then last year.. So much for Evans not fitting because he isn’t a true point.. So much for the notion that Westphal is inferior to Rambis.. Soo glad we didn’t pick up that hack..good luck wit that Minny..

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

    Hey everyone. Cavs played good last night. B jennings, Redd, and Bell were shooting nicely last night. I love Jennings, his game is so smooth. Same with Evans. But I feel Jennings is ROY… I had a good feeling about both of these guys. I picked them both very high on my fantasy team. But imo Brandon so far get’s the nod. I really want to see Evans have a game where he drops 40-45 with a nice stat sheet.

  • http://www.teflinprague.com SAB

    Avery’s been out the league quite a long time now… are we sure he’s gonna come back?

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    @James…why does Evans need to drop 40-45 to be up to snuff? At this point, and looking to the future, Evans has been the superior player (consistency being the main factor). His size just makes him that much more potent and he seems to just know exactly when he needs to dominate. Although I do love Young Buck and really was pulling for the Kings to draft him at 4 but…looks like the Kings knew what they wanted and made a good decision. And Jennings has a more consistent shot at the charity stripe. Evans realy needs to work on that.

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

    Well I like to see the little guys like Jennings, make big things happen. And he has just as much as Evans. They each do they’re own thing better then the other. But … Jennings has a beast game… 55 points. Even in the comeback last night, Evans still had 23 points. Not taking anything away from it. But I do want to see a beast game. But Evans has cluth to his name now, so that’s a nod for Evan’s over Jenning’s. It is going to be a great ROY race. My nod so far is Jenning’s. But I can definitely see how someone would pick Evans.

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


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=814908451&ref=nf The Last Kings Fan

    The Kings got stops on 31 of the Bulls last 40 possessions. And does anyone have a better core of rookies than the Kings? They’re the only team I get to watch on a regular basis, but with Reke, Omri and Brockman (who played a helluva game last night), this is a really deep team

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Truth be told, the Kings have better talent than the Bucks right now.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Let’s not even talk offense. Evans is MILES ahead of Jennings on the defensive end. Reke won the game against Wash on the defensive end when he was on an island against Gil. Jennings is not doing that anytime soon. / I feel we should create a new position in basketball for the ball-dominant/creator wings. Bron, Wade, Roy, Evans are not point guards but they can’t be reduced to mere swingmen. The 1s playing with them are only called pgs because they bring the ball up, those guyus are the one initiating the offense.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    If Jennings gets ROY over Evans then the NBA is a crapshoot just trying to get as much money as possible. Evans is one of 3 players averaging 20 5 5. GTFOH if you think Jennings is having a better season, especially considering the Kings are in the West with a record 2 games under .500 without their best player

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Who’s Shia?

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    The small ball lineup with LeDance at the 4 and Sideshow at the 5 is very effective, of course Mike Brown doesn’t realize it for long periods of time.
    Oh, and I had a Holly moment when Delonte drove, got the And-1, then proceeded to look at the camera and say “I love this game.” Made me smile.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    and chicago never should have hired del negro. a rookie star player is enough rookie for an entire franchise. let alone a rookie player w/ a rookie coach

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    @James: fair enough…@Z: EXCELLENT POINT! ‘reke is long and strong and plays awesome D. He also tried to clinch the win in Milwaukee by tipping the inbounds pass the play before his layup. He gets it and is doing work. ROY in my opinion.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Z: Or like Allen Iverson? Except when people mention guys like that and bring up Iverson, for some reason Iverson is the only ball hog.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Avery Johnson would work wonders for the Raptors…

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    My life would be complete if the next time West made an and one they played a clip of Snow rapping that he’s the leprechaun gangster from that song informer.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    The difference between Iverson and those guys is that Ivey can’t guard 2s and 3s because of his size and you have to cross match up when he is on the floor. It’s really, really hard to defend in the NBA when you have two guys under 6’3 on the court at the same time. That’s the only reason guys like Gil, Franchsie, Steph have/had to be 1s. To quote SVG, in the NBA your position is who you can defend.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    No doubt Tyreke is playing great. But, it’s no coincidence that his game took off when he stopped being responsible for running the offense as a point guard.
    Jennings is doing his thing in what is arguably the most difficult position to pick up in the league, and like Evans, he’s doing it without the benefit of freakish athletic ability but an uncanny game sense.
    Sure, Evans is putting up nicer numbers, but I think it’s telling that those numbers game after he was moved off the ball and had his responsibility lessened. Jennings is being asked to run a team, keep two egos mollified in Redd and Bogut and be the crunch time decision maker for a talent weak squad. Plus he’s playing for one of the most demanding coaches in the league.
    The only knock on Jennings is that his shooting percentage is dropping lately.

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

    Jennings plays the passing lane better the Reke though. That’s why he averages more steals. And jennings is about Iverson’s size. Iverson was never an amazing defender. He played the passing lane extremely well… but he is smaller then most everyone he will guard in his career. Evan’s has the body to be a great defender. With what jennings has… he uses it well.

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

    AllenP on my side… nice to see lol.

  • Ben Flook

    The Kings are playing without there best player? They weren’t competing like this before Martin went down. I dont think he can lead this time like Tyreke an Beno Udrih can. Btw im really suprised at what a solid player hes becoming

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Allen he got taken off the ball as a point guard. But he does not handle the ball less since the move, he actually handles it more. But I see your point

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Tyreke is a shooting guard and Jennings is a point guard. Both are great.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Nbk the ball is in his hands more but its in a different capacity. He’s not responsible for setting the table for everyone and himself. He sets himself up and then looks for teamates now, two completely different situations.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    yeah i said i see allen’s point

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    why do they start him at the 1, though?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    they don’t beno starts

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    that’s not what the boxscore says. nocioni, casspi and evans are starting on the perimeter.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Nah, Beno comes off the bench, I think. At least he did against the Bulls.
    I don’t know why they start him at the one. Probably because they are still thinking of playing him there when Martin comes back. They should just let he and Martin run together and forget about who is playing what position. Although I guess it would be a hassle to to have to bang with the threes in the league for either of them.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    oh i missed the chicago game. ive watched 3 or 4 games since Martin went down, saw Beno start in all of them. but i’m happy to hear he didn’t or hasn’t been as of late

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Kings have good talent. Nocioni, Thompson, Brockman, Greene, Evans, Udrich, Rodriguez, Martin, Hawes. That’s decent. Not good, but decent.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I hope the kings end up getting Xavier Henry. I feel like he is their missing peace (to make the playoffs)

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

    Sup everybody. I havent been here in a while.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Nobody missed you… Just playing.

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    Dont forget Casspi AllenP…he is legit.

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    Hopefully the overtime victory will give the Kings what it takes to compete against the Cavs tomorrow. I doubt it is a game we take (even at home) but it could be close if this team continues to hustle and make plays. Should be a good game.

  • Atrain

    Chicago should fire VDL and Lovie – Two 4 one discout

  • RV

    Houston just re-signed Wafer…

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

    dang Allen, still got your knickers in a knot from that time i did that thing that had nothing to do with you and you werent affected in any way whatsoever?

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

    Eric Maynor got trade to the thunder! :) Shaun Livingstong got waived :(

  • http://slamonline.com Niya-girl-fresh

    It’s not the coaches fault all of the time, it’s the fact that the players need to go out there and play right.

    When the Bulls sat back and let the dude from the Raptors tie his shoe, was like NOPE they’re not serious. They’re a totally different team from last season.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=814908451&ref=nf The Last Kings Fan

    (Trying to clear some stuff up) Tyreke has been starting at point guard for most of the season, though Beno and Sergio Rodriguez keep getting big minutes off the bench, a lot of times together. The most used starting lineup this year has been Reke, Donte, Nocioni, Thompson and Hawes, though against Chicago Omri started ahead of Donte.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=814908451&ref=nf The Last Kings Fan

    Also, Evans has scored 18+ in 18 of the last 20 games. Consistency.

  • LeoneL

    And we had people saying this year’s draft class is mediocre…:D

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    Z: So Dirk, Nash and Iverson have no position, cause they can’t defend anyone, zing

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

    We got Von Wafer y’all!

  • http://www.cracked.com litetitan

    Vinney Del Negro walked into the locker room before a big game, looked over to his star player Derrick Rose and said, “I’m not supposed to let you play since you failed to sit your math exam apparently, but we really need you in there. So, what I have to do is ask you a math question, and if you get it right, you can play.”

    Derrick Rose agreed, so the coach looked into his eyes intently and asked, – “Okay, now concentrate hard and tell me the answer to this: What is two plus two?”

    Derrick thought for a moment and then answered, “4?”
    “Did you say 4?” Vinny exclaimed, excited that he had given the right answer.

    Suddenly, Joakim Noah, John Salmons and Luol Deng began screaming, “Come on coach, give him another chance!”