Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 at 9:01 am  |  46 responses

Post Up: LBJ Wins in G-State

Scores, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks, too.

by Holly MacKenzie / @stackmack

Oh, I thought it was going to be a night of comebacks in the L after the Raptors allowed the Indiana Pacers to come back from 23 down and get the 105-101 victory.

I thought the Bucks were going to pull off the comeback win against the Suns. They fell just short, but showed a lot of fight and heart on the second night of a back-to-back after finding out they had lost Michael Redd for the remainder of the season after he re-tore his acl and mcl in his left knee.

Before we go any further, sending all of my positive thoughts to M. Redd right now. After working hard to get back and having his ups and downs as he worked to get used to being back, Redd re-injured his left knee last night and will have to go through the whole process again. Here’s hoping his strength and faith remain strong as he continues on the comeback trail once again.

Thoughts are also with Bucks coach Scott Skiles who was taken to the hospital before the game in Phoenix tonight with a heart issue. Hoping he’s healthy and good to go as soon as possible.

In the Suns victory, Steve Nash had 30 points, seven rebounds and 11 assists. He also had seven turnovers, but shot 12-for-18 from the floor as the Suns hung on after allowing the Bucks to come back from 24 points down to briefly take the lead down the stretch. Grant Hill reached 15,000 career points and honestly, it’s just amazing to me that he was able to come back and play long enough to get there. He’s playing, playing well and it still feels so satisfying to see him doing what so many didn’t believe he’d be able to.

As for the Raptors/Pacers, the Raps lose on the night when O’Brien doesn’t play Dahntay Jones as he picks up the DNP-CD for the first time this season and also on the night when Andrea Bargnani grabs a career-high 17 rebounds.

Even in the loss, it was lovely to see Andrea crashing the boards. He wasn’t the only one with a huge game, as Troy Murphy scored 20 points to go with his 16 boards.

Not lovely: Second straight game of Hedo Turkoglu shooting 2-for-9 from the floor.

There was a wild game in Boston as the Hawks came to town and left with a victory. Atlanta finds a way to bring their “A” game against the C’s in Boston, don’t they? The Celtics were without both Kevin Garnett and Rasheed Wallace (and Marquis Daniels, of course, who I’ve enjoyed in Boston and am looking forward to watching again when he gets healthy) and they were unable to stop Joe Johnson. Giving up 36 points and five 3-points to “Joe the basketball player” as our girl C Co would say, the Celtics also fell apart as they fought with the refs. Doc Rivers was kicked out and the Hawks went on to their third victory against the Celtics this season.

As Co Co said, regardless of what happens at the end of the month, “we’ve” won the season series. Rejoice, Hawks fans. Now, teach your team to defeat the Magic.

18 points, five rebounds, eight assists and four steals for Andre Iguodala in a Philly victory over the Hornets. Man, New Orleans just can’t seem to get comfortable on the road can they? They’re like a different team when they are not at home.

Did you all catch the Twitter beef between Jordan Farmar and Brandon Jennings? SMH.

That is appropriate in describing that, right? I did like Farmar’s “Look at the ring. Done proved myself,” line. That one cracked me up, because you can’t really argue with it.

Detroit. Detroit. Detroit. Stand up? 13 L’s in a row. I’m sorry. Tad, I’m sorry. Ben Gordon, you should still be on the Bulls squad, instead of losing to them. I don’t know what to think about the Pistons. Paying all of that money to Charlie V. and BG to come off of the bench never made sense to me in the first place and now it just looks bad.

What are you guys thinking about the team?

There was a close game in Golden State between the Warriors and the Cavs as Cleveland prevailed despite the bes efforts of Monta Ellis, keeping it close down the stretch after a c-o-l-d stretch where he missed 10 straight shots. While Ellis finished with 30 points, five assists, steals and turnovers, Corey Maggette scored 32, but neither could match LeBron James who had 37 points, eight rebounds, 11 assists, two steals and four blocks, one of which was a from behind swat on an Ellis steal and it was awesome.

21 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Steph Curry on 8-for-15 field goal attempts. He had the prettiest move against Anthony Parker, all but tripping him up and then getting to the hoop for the finish with ease.

Also: Leon Powe. Cannot wait for that man to be out of his lovely suits and back in a uniform.

16 points, 6-for-10 fgs, 2-for-3 3-point fgs, 2-for-2 fts = Jonathan Bender’s line last night in the Knicks loss to the OKC boys. Yes, it was a loss. Yes, it was a success for Bender who continues to show he’s making the comeback a reality.

30 points for KD on 8-for-14 fgs, getting to the line 16 times, connecting on 13. I love those lines.

Maggette’s 32 came on 7-for-14 from the floor and 17-18 from the line. Crazzzy.

2-for-13 fgs….. Hi, J. Flynn. I’m still sticking with you through another rough night. 24 points for his teammate Corey Brewer though. Anyone else cringe whenever he goes to the hoop because they fear he is going to snap in two if he’s fouled?

Melo had 24 points in his return after resting that sore knee as the Nuggets held off the TWolves, 105-94.

Lakers/Spurs tonight is the game I’m looking forward to watching. Even when they are struggling, love watching SA at home. Here’s hoping for lots of DeJuan Blair time.

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  • Ken

    Wow, Bron had a videogame line!

  • michael scorn

    Yeah, but it was against Golden State. They let rookies score 55 on them.

  • Reflex

    Since no one else will, allow me to show some love to OKC, 8-2 in their last 10 with Durantula scoring 30+pts in 8 of those games while taking on average just 20 shots per game. Pure unaldurated beast.

  • riggs

    i heart coco but the season series this year means nada, especially these last two games.

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

    I can’t comment much on the Pistons until we win a game. Just 1 damn victory is all I ask for. If the Pistons lose tonight against Washington they will tie the franchise record for most losses in a row with 14. The Wizards are is disarray as well but I have no confidence in Detroit right now.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    Hi Holly.

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

    LeBron’s block on Monta was sick. I shouyldn’t be surprised but I am.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    He proved himself so much that the Lakers didn’t want to lose him and gave him a big extension after that championship. No? They didn’t? Okay then. You can’t claim rings when you basically rode the bench throughout the playoffs. He proved himself like Tony Allen proved himself.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Mike Brown had a revelation this week-end. Second game in a row taht he posted up Bron in crunch time. This time, Bron basically manslaughtered Maggette on the block. So the jumper, the post game and the lockdown defense are there… I’m waiting for the usual suspects on these boards to find something else about his game… / TAD, I feel for you. That team is sawwrry.

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

    Z…..it some weird way, it would be like Will Perdue telling The Dream, “I’ve got more rings than you, so stick your Dreamshake!”.

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

    It’s time for Dumars to start shedding salaries. Tayshaun Prince, welcome to the trading block.

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

    Can I start the “Fire Spoelstra” chant right here, in my little cyber neck of the woods?

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

    Are the Heat struggling that bad, E? I’ll gladly trade places with you.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    E: Wow, you’re giving him the pink slip already? I always thought he was a fairly good xs and os guy. But he doesn’t seem to be able to inspire/motivate players. And he’s effing up Beasley’s development. Okay, yeah, I see what you’re saying lol.

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    Who would you want instead Eboy? Riley…or some other available coach?

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

    Z…..exactly. Tad….no it’s not quite as bad as your boys situation, but I think he’s lost the team and Dwyane’s attitude is becoming more and more flighty by the game. Albert…to be honest, I’m not sure…..Byron Scott needs a new start, doesn’t he? Him and Riley have an old school bond, too. I think a team this young needs an older voice to speak to them.

  • LA Huey

    Eboy: I’ve only seen like three Heat games this season so I can’t say I’m too familiar with Spoelstra’s work but it seems the Heat’s record accurately represents their combined talent level.

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

    Huey…to a point it does….but there’s been about 7 games which they could have actually WON that they didn’t due to his poor personal choices at a particular moment and the fact that he’s too stuck on his rotation patterns.

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    Scott could be a good pick. Spoelstra just seems too much like Riley’s puppet/protege. With Riley still lurking upstairs I just cant take Spoelstra too seriously.

  • LA Huey

    Man, I’ve been sneaking up and blocking guards on the break for years. LBJ’s jocking my game and not giving me my due. Kid’s these days…

  • LA Huey

    E: Let’s hope Spoelstra will learn from his mistakes and be better next season. And as AlbertBarr pointed out, I doubt the Heat can get a better coach with Riles ready to snipe another ring once they get near the Finals again.

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

    The Heat need to worry more about losing Wade.

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

    TAD, I’d say today….January 12th, 2010…he’s got one foot out the door already. That could change, but I’m not so sure right now.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Yeah, Eboy the Heat are basically embarking on the DWade farewell tour. My wife, who knows very little about ball, was watching that game last night and said “Why does he look so tired?” about Wade. I explained to her that he always looks tired ’cause carrying a team on your back is tiring. Beasley can play, but Spoelstra hates him. And the whole team sucks on defens for long stretches of the game. It’s a mess down there. And Dwade can go to the Chi and team up with the player he initially wanted the Heat to get.
    The Raptors are crazy soft. Just soft.
    Detroit is horrible. They get Iverson for the cap space, then waste that cap space on Charlie V and Ben Gordon? Ridiculous.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    I’m so pissed at the Raptors. Blew a 23pt lead! That’s so sad. Arghhh. And regards to Farmar, wow, I hate people who talk sh!t FROM THE BENCH. Z actually took the words from my mouth.
    Anyways, I’m starting to really like Stephen Curry’s game. Well, I always have, but I’ve been able to follow it so much more closely since I’ve had him on my Fantasy team .lol
    Oh and btw, I hate how TORONTO canNOT guard BIGS who shoot 3′s. I mean, Bargnani plays the SAME way! You’re telling me he this guy only sits at the 3pt line on offense and can’t go out to guard someone there on defense? smh

  • Bruno

    go hawks 3-0 with boston this season
    tonight LA visit the AT&T Center a must watch

  • http://www.luketynan.blogspot.com litetitan

    i dislike how the suns get huge leads and then let the teams come back into the game…can’t they play some serious lock down D for 1 quarter? thats all it would take…

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Oh, I also have to admit that I was DEAD WRONG on Steph Curry. I was comparing him to a sniper like JJ Reddick but that guy is a legit starting NBA point guard, he just had no one to pass to at Davidson. He started summer league and training camp gunning but settled down. / We Canadians already know. That’s what the Raps do. They get hot and get big leads not because they’re playing great but only because shots are falling. Then the second half happens and we really see what’s what. The culture needs to change. Bring back Oak as an asst coach or something.

  • LA Huey

    wait, Z, you’re Canadian too? And no mention from you or stackmack about Hedo’s from-the-hip alley oop last night? That fall-from-ahead loss to the Pacers must have been really deflating.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    litetitan: no.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    It’s pretty evident that Antawn Jamison will be in a Cavs uniform in about a month, just follow the signs…
    The Washington Wizards…wizard…Gandalf…you shall not pass…Gilbert shall not pass…the Wizards shall not pass the playoffs..a good playoff game this weekend is Cardinals/Saints…Cardinals have wings…I got a bucket of wings today for only $16.99…if you subtract 12 from the first number you have Jamison’s number…number’s don’t lie…liar liar…Jim Carey’s fantastic…Fantastic 4…Jessica Alba’s ass…booty sweat…Shaq sweatin at the free throw line…Win a Ring for the King…Win a Ring with the (jami)’Son.
    Done deal.

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    Brilliant Anton. There are no gaps in your argument at all. Who leaves the cavs though to get the deal done?

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Well first you’d have to make a pre-trade.
    Leon Powe gets:
    -JJ Hickson’s knees
    JJ Hickson gets:
    -a 5 minute tutorial on how to catch a basketball
    Then, trade Hickson, Z (buyout, comes back), draft picks.

  • vongustedt

    Amen, about JJ Hickson Anton, are his fingers like made of butter he cant catch a ball to save his life, i swear of lebrons 3ish turnovers a game one should belong to hickson every night. DAMN!!

  • vongustedt

    Amen, about JJ Hickson Anton, are his fingers like made of butter he cant catch a ball to save his life, i swear of lebrons 3ish turnovers a game one should belong to hickson every night. DAMN!!

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    Hi, Ryan.

    Reflex, I think raving about Durant’s line is giving the OKC boys some love.

  • Anthony

    Kobe vs the great Keith Bogans, i cant wait

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    anton, that was simply great. i really wish i could watch spurs lakers game tonight. AND its cwebb and gp, wait, what? o, its nerd night. and i dont have nbatv here, shat!

  • Reflex

    Can’t believe how much of a bonehead Nelson was for not calling a timeout, makes no Goddamn sense not to

  • Mack

    Dejuans a BEAST

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    goon one anton, those make me laugh

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    Free JAmison!! but if the Cavs get him just gice them da ring, thats a terrific O/D combo at PF between him and Verejao

  • J

    @anton. yes Jamison to Cleveland please. even on JJ’s expense. sure. i’m done with the guy and this whole high potential thing. i want a ring. all i worry about that trade is the Z buyout.

  • J

    @ E: Scott sounds good to me. and Beasley has to go. great potential and really improving. but not sidekick material. package him with JO and go get your big of the future. Riley has something i think.

  • http://www.luketynan.blogspot.com litetitan

    lakers got a can opened on them to the tune of 20 points. that george hill cat look good.