Thursday, January 28th, 2010 at 9:09 am  |  70 responses

Post Up: Raptors Rolling

On a busy night in the League.

by Holly MacKenzie / @stackmack

The one really, really bad part about having a Raptors home game on a Wednesday? I miss the busiest night of the NBA schedule. Got home in time to see Deron Williams lead the Jazz over the Blazers and I’m watching this fourth quarter of the Warriors and Hornets. Someone tweeted it the other night and it’s true: Happy Chris Paul has been replaced by angry CP3.

sidenote: Game is now over. Hornets hang on to get the W after seeing most of their lead evaporate late. Chris Paul may have been angry, but he scored 38 points! He also had six rebounds and nine assists, but seven turnovers. Eeek.

I can’t say I blame him, since it seems like his organization wants to save money before they want to win games, but I kind of miss the old CP3.

Larry Coon tweeted that he is hearing that Zack Randolph made the All-Star team. I do hope so. Who are your picks for the guys who should make it that maybe won’t? Your on the bubble guys. I just want Gerald Wallace in the game. What got me was how Rondo was the obvious no-brainer for the Celtics, but I had to debate over Pierce and KG. Kinda shows his value to his team. Especially since we’re not talking about the Western Conference where there are 80 million amazing guards.

I was disappointed that DeMar DeRozan was left off of the rookie roster. I get that Jonas Jerebko had slightly better numbers, but, man. DeRozan started every single game so far this season and he’s been a part of a team that is currently in fifth in the East. The Raps are currently in fifth place because they got the W against the Heat Wednesday night.

Dwyane Wade was awesome through the first three quarters, but in the fourth, the Raps clamped down on his touches and forced him to give the ball up. That didn’t work out so well for the Heat. Wade finished with 35 and 10 assists, but Miami lost 111-103. They also lost Michael Beasley in the first half with a hyperextended right knee and had he been in the game the result may have been different. Beasley started out the game well, very active and aggressive.

Andrea Bargnani scored 27 points on 13-for-19 shooting. He’s a big man who had 27 points, didn’t attempt a free throw and didn’t even score half of those buckets on layups/under the basket. He’s so much trouble when his shot is on. Chris Bosh had 24 points and a season-high 18 boards.

I was just happy for Sonny Weems who started in place of DeRozan. It was his first NBA career start and his mother was in town and got to see him.

Yes, I’m a sucker for family. You know this.

So, the Lakers won in Indy, the Cavs destroyed Minnesota (or, looking at boxscores, I guess the Lakers did more destroying than the Cavs), Denver won again (without Melo) and the Nets won. Yes, New Jersey won, defeating the L.A. Clippers, 103-87 despite playing without Devin Harris and Courtney Lee. Their leading scorer? Kris Humphries, of course. 25 points and eight boards off of the bench in their fourth victory. Of the season. Dear God. Let’s hope for another one, soon.

The game that disappointed me was the OKC Thunder losing to the Bulls, 96-86. Gotta love the Thunder. Hate that they lost this one after holding the Bulls to just 12 points in the third quarter.

All five of the Spurs starters reached double figures as San Antonio took down the Hawks, 105-90. Josh Smith was fantastic in the loss, scoring 14 points and grabbing 16 rebounds to go with seven assists a steal and a block. Crazy line. He’s on my All-Star list, too.

The Bucks grabbed a close, 91-88 victory over the Sixers and Charlie Bell –one half of my favorite NBA couple on Twitter– had 18 points to lead the Bucks.

Oh, yeah. Ty Lawson. He’s another fantastic rookie who didn’t make the rookie squad.

29 points on 9-for-15 shooting for Kobe. Efficient. I love it. Also love nine rebounds and seven assists. That guy’s great.

Okay. It’s time for me to go to bed. Let me hear your All Star picks, if you’ve got thoughts on the rookie squad and anything else that’s standing out as surprising to you midway through the season.

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  • Milan

    Thanks, Holly. Really looked forward to the Post Up toda, probably because I need something to keep me awake at work.

    I agree about DeMar.

    Spurs are so up and down this year, I hope they’ll be consistently up come playoff time.

  • http://Slamadamonth.com Mvp23100

    And holly stop riding 24 him and efficient dont belong in the same sentence

  • jumpman3224

    My Reserve predictions
    Guards – Rondo, J. Johnson, Rose
    Forwards – Pierce, G. Wallace, Bosh
    Center – Lee
    Injury Alts – Noah, Jennings, J. Smith

    Guards – Paul, D. Williams and Roy
    Forwards – Durant, Randolph and Nowitizki
    Center – Bynum (or Kaman)
    Injury Alts – Whichever Bynum or Kaman doesn’t make it, Boozer, Gasol, A. Brooks

  • T-Money

    Ty Lawson is just as good at all the other rookie point guards out there, if not better (Reke is not a 1). He got penalized because he’s backing up an all-star on a contender. They can’t just throw minutes at him. He’s really got it all: finishing down low, mid-rang j, shooting from deep, 1vs1 defense, setting guys up. I’m a fan.

  • http://www.slamonline.com MooButter

    Box score doesn’t tell the whole story. You were right. Cavs destroyed Minnesota. Wolves scored a lot of garbage points in the last six minutes when the cavs had scrubs in. Could have easily been a 25 point game.

  • Chris Skighwalker

    What about Timmy D’s stat line last night!
    21,27 and 6 assists!

  • T-Money

    Bron mentally checked out midway through the 2nd quarter last night, you could tell he didn’t give a eff about this game. / Shaq is literally rounding into shape. He’s been doing this every year but I guess people still need to panick when he starts out slow. FG% in January? 64. He’s out there wheeling and dealing again. It’s the first time ever in Bron’s career that he can just throw it to someone down low at the beginning of quarters and say ‘get buckets’.

  • jumpman3224

    Last night, LBJ got T’d up for arguing a no-call. Then Mike Brown gave him a rest. As LBJ approached the bench, he kicked a towel and slapped a container of cups off of the top of the gatorade cooler. Classy. A couple cups few into the faces of fans who paid plenty of cash to sit behind the bench. He should get a fine or one game suspension for that. Guarantee he doesn’ though. If he ever gets called for a goaltend on one his blocks he is going to go wild.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Wow, Nba fastbreak on Espn is starting to become my video version of Post up. Luved Robert Flores last night, and so many cool highlights to chose from (danger, disjointed Nba fan splurge following): Derrick Rose going 1:1 against Thabo, crossing him over then hanging for the lefty layup… Beaut! CP3 totally killed Monta in one sequence in the 3rd with an array of moves that would rupture my ACL if i tried to copy em (x-over to reverse x-over between the leg to spin to assist in the paint), oh lord, amazing. Then T-Williams went on to to lose his damn mind and threw down not one but 2 fantabulous dunks on the clips, and Mr. James made young Corey Brewer wish he were back home in the tundra when he swatted his breakaway layup into the Atlantic. Then Timmahhh went and grabbed 27 rebounds against Zaza, Horford et al (making them cry their hearts out on Twitter after the loss), i mean seriously…. I FREAKING LUV THIS GAME.

  • http://images.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=http://slamonline.com/online/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/kobe_bryant_top_50.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/nba/slamonline-top-50/& James the Balla

    lol at Jumpman … good call!!

  • http://www.bluefont.com Hisham

    Here’s Holly recapping the Raptor game twice on the same day but for different outlets. We should team up angry chris paul with angry dwight howard. They’ll cancel those frowns on each others faces right out. too bad that’ll never happen

  • http://digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    T-Money: Dont you think Lawson is seems slightly BETTER because of backing up an All-Star guard? He gets to learn from Chauncey and most teams dont see many minutes from him so they cant prepare for him. IF he had as many minutes as other rooks, I think he wouldnt seem so complete or as effective.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    What the heck are the velociraptors doing wearing wifebeaters (yeah, thats what those tops look like to me) with “Huskies” written on the chest…. In purple. Holly, care to educate?

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Albertbarr: great points, man. Makes sense.

  • jumpman3224

    @Darksaber Toronto Huskies were a one year team in the Basketball Assocation of America (1946-1947). The Raptors are not direct desendents of the Huskies but the BAA, so its kinda like the Memphis Grizzles wearing Pros jerseys. That being said, those were the most plain jerseys I’ve ever seen.

  • jumpman3224

    but the BAA helped lead to the NBA*

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Thanks jumpman, much appreciated. And yes, plain would be the word. Or “yawn”.

  • jumpman3224

    @Darksaber Yawn works too. I can’t imagine those retro jerseys are selling well at the team shop. I want to see CB4 in a true Raptors throwback, complete with Red raptor on Front and funky box with name in it on the back.

  • jumpman3224

    @James the Balla haha thanks. Idk if you’ve ever watched a local cavs broadcast but austin carr can be a trip and he didnt acknowledge the gatorade cup tantrem (the other guy did briefly). He just kept going on about how Sessions didnt get “all ball”. Seriously if a ref ever has the stones to call him for a goaltend and/or foul on one of those blocks (not saying they all are, but c’mon) we might have a Dennis Rodman/Ron Artest type of situation.

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    Fact: The first “NBA” game was played in Toronto, between the Huskies and New York Knicks. But if you ask Kenny Smith he will tell you that the Raptors were wearing throwback Minnisota jerseys.

  • T-Money

    Isn’t it crazy that Holly is giving mad love to Kobe for a statline (29-9-7 on 50+ shooting)that Bron does on an average night? We’re taking this LeBron cat for granted. / Good point on Ty Law, AlbertBarr. I still think it’s harder for a rook to play behind an all-star on a contender because the coach can yank you with the quickness if you mess up. There’s no such thing as learning on the job when your team is gunning for a title. All the minutes have to be earned. Jonny Flynn NEVER plays 20 mins a game for Denver this year.

  • T-Money

    Bargs is a stone cold shooter but he’s a 7-footer who never posts up and rebounds like a 2-guard. That needs to change before before the Raps can make any serious noise.

  • LA Huey

    @James the Balla, good to see you back. Life must’ve been hard with those losses in T-dot and Cleveland.

  • LA Huey

    @jumpman3224, seems like you just catch highlights and not actual Cavs games. I’ve only seen half the nationally broadcasted games and they’ve called goaltends at least twice on LBJ. But assumptions are better than facts.

  • T-Money

    yeah james, i didn’t see you around after LA got their a–es handed to them again up in Ohio…

  • http://jayemmbee.blogspot.com ClutchPerformer

    co-sign jumpman3224

    its true he wont get fined or suspended
    event though other players have been fined for less, ike standing up too long at the bench for block fans view
    and he probablly will go balistic if he gets a goaltend even though alot of those “blocks” really are.

    and i cant stand watching Cavs local, the way they dont acknowledge anything bad, act like hes Gods gift to man

    Timmy D, with 27 boards, straight Beast mode,
    and My raps with crucial victory to move them to 5th in the east and i agree Raps need to wear the Dino throw backs,
    just once id like to see them get TNT or ESPN air time

  • LA Huey

    @T-Money, to be fair to Kobe. He’s a 2-guard surrounded by All-Star caliber talent, Artest/Gasol/Bynum/Odom shouldn’t even give him the opportunity to grab more than a pair of rebounds. But you’re right, its silly that we expect epic stat lines from LBJ.

  • T-Money

    Is it just me or Kenny Smith doesn’t really respect LeBron’s game? In the LA-CLE game he said at halftime that he never expected Bron to be that good of a scorer. Really? You didn’t expect the most physically gifted athlete in the history of the league to be amongst the scoring leaders?

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    T-Money/MVP23100: Pretty sure I give LeBron plenty of love in here. Kobe’s line last night WAS efficient. 29 points on 15 shots is a good night. No way around that. If you read the post up even semi-regularly, you know that I’m a sucker for efficiency and lines like that. Corey Maggette and KD have had some nice ones in the past few weeks.

    On Andrea: he’s averaging 6.4 rebounds per this season. Not what he’s capable of getting, but considering he doesn’t operate in the post nearly as much as other big men, the rebounding average doesn’t really bother me. It used to, but I’m getting to watch him on an almost daily basis and he’s getting better, stronger and more aggressive.

  • jumpman3224

    @LA Huey if you’ve only seen half of the national broadcast you’re sample size isnt really big enough to be considered facts. Living in NE Ohio, Cavs games are basically the only thing on. Everytime he gets a block I rewind and slow down on my dvr. Granted, I dont watch every game because the Cavs arent my team, but I’ve seen most of them and I’ve only seen LBJ get called for two goaltends this year. One against ATL, which was obvious because the layup had already been on the backboard, and one against DEN. I shouldn’t have exaggerated that he never does, but c’mon almost everyone could go either way and as far as fouls he only gets whistled for 1.8 a game. I think he gets the benefit a lot and doesn’t take kindly to it when he doesn’t.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    6.4 rebounds by your 7-foot center is problem no matter how you slice it.
    If Dirk can average 10 boards, Andrea can do the same.
    I know you love the Raps, but don’t go soft on dude. It’s inexcusable that he doesn’t average more boards, it’s just a lack of effort and focus.

  • jumpman3224

    @ClutchPerformer that’s what I’m saying. Big Baby got fined 25 G’s for cussing at a fan. I say hitting or nearly hitting one with a cup that you slapped has gotten to be a bit worse.

  • LA Huey

    @jumpman3224, so your bad for exaggerating and speculating a meltdown. It’s all good. And as far as the fouls go, dude doesn’t really play an aggressive brand of defense to really put himself in the position to get fouls called on him. Most of his “elite” (he’s above average on D, at best) plays on defense are from playing passing lanes and weak-side blocks.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Yes, the passion of Bron continues. Crucify him!!! And Andrea is a Center? Coulda fooled me.

  • jumpman3224

    @LA Huey yeah maybe he wont go Malace in the Palace at the sound of a whistle but in case you missed it you can see the gatorade cup incident that im upset about here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9Ty8gRjXoU

  • Squirrel7

    I wonder if Darksaber gets a different version of Fastbreak than I do in England, the one here is usually awful, considering it’s often presented by an ex-wrestler in Jonathan Coachman, and had a truly appalling feature a week ago with Tim Legler and Bruce Bowen doing a mid-term. I do like Mash, Jalen and Legs though.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Squirrel7: the one last night was quite good. And i don’t watch for Mash, legs, Duckvoice Avery etc. Love the condensed way they go through the day’s games while still discussing developments, stats etc. Becoming a fan of their format.

  • LA Huey

    @jumpman3224, I’ll check it out when I get home. Dang, work internet restrictions. And I do agree that LBJ can get rather…”enthusiastic” about calls that don’t got his way.

  • Squirrel7

    Fair enough, we only get it once/twice a week here so maybe I just long for a little more in depth analysis…. And I only mention the panellists as English soccer ones are appalling, bar none.

  • T-Money

    ”The Gatorade Cup Incident”? Really?! jumpman, you’re reaching. / about lebron re: personal fouls. how many times a game do you say to yourself ‘man bron clearly fouled that guy’? he never tries to steal the ball from his man (eliminating reaching fouls), doesn’t go for charges (eliminating blocking fouls), doesn’t bite on pump fakes and goes out of his way to not get any body contacts when he contests shots. basically, he WANTS his guy to take long contested 2-pointers. how many fouls are you going to pick up playing that way?

  • chingy

    When your teammate gets 18 boards (CB4), you’re not gonna grab too many yourself

  • jumpman3224

    @T-Money I knows its not the worst thing to ever happen, but I just think had a different player done it we would be hearing about some sort of penalty. As far as fouls, I have to disagree that he never tries to strip his man. He also could pick some up on his block attempts or offensively. He is the only player averaging over 20 ppg that averages less than 2 fouls per game. Again its, not like a major travesty…i’m just sayin’.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    You’re just saying what?
    You brought it up randomnly and pratically begged for Lebron to get suspended. Clearly, you have some ulterior motives.
    I’m not saying Lebron couldn’t be called for more fouls. He could, like most superstars. But, people have given some explanations for how he avoids fouls and until people offer some proof that these are lies, well it seems like folks are just hating.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    Timmy freakin Duncan is averaging 20 10 4 and 2blk in32 MINUTES PER GAME?! is this dude 4real?

  • jumpman3224

    @AllenP I do think he should get a fine OR one game suspension. I think if a lesser player reacted the same way a bigger deal would be made of it and at the very least he would be writing a 25,000 check. No ulterior motive. The foul talk got started by me saying that some of his blocks could go either between clean block, goaltending or a foul. The only other time I talked about fouls was to say that his 1.8 fpg is helped by getting the benefit of calls and a specific response to T-Money points. I’d say it is a fact that he occasionally tries to strip his man on the perimeter. Outside of that I haven’t said that he doesnt do a good job of avoiding fouls. He in fact, does.

  • jumpman3224

    He in fact, does.* Outside of his block attempts which most could go one of three ways.

  • http://slamonline.com ujangapri

    @jumpman3224: I’ve seen your video and (kinda) analyze the play, there’s a contact on bron’s layup, but lebron himself stick out his knee, it could’ve been an offensive foul. And it just me or bron’ took three steps to the basket?

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    jumpman3224 presents: Captain Obvious Breaking News of the Day
    “Good evening. Startling revelations are starting to surface that NBA superstars do not get called for fouls often. Also, Y2K – fact or fiction? More at 11.”

  • Candice

    Holly no love for the Bull’s winning their 4th straight road win?

    Loved when D. Rose dunked in the game. Westbrook just stood to the side.

  • jumpman3224

    My beef is not superstars not getting called for fouls often. It was a supporting statement to my original complaint of LBJ’s reaction to getting a technical saying that based off of that reaction he may have similar ones if more calls went against him.

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

    that video is funny, the lady behind the bench gets all scared and jumps back. i wish we could see where the cup tray goes. does it hit the security guard? he should get fined for that. no big deal tho. and i will be waiting for the 11 oclock news broadcast.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    jumpman is right though. It wasn’t that big of a deal, but if Ron Artest, Stephen Jackson, Rasheed Wallace, or even just a regular player not named LeBron or Kobe kicked a gatorade cup into the stands, he would have been ejected.
    However, the refs probably didn’t see LeBron kick the bottle in the first place, and in that case all arguments are pointless–because we won’t know whether or not he WOULD have been ejected if the refs had seen. Yeah…

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    At this point Bron gets way more h@te than Kobe. Which is kind of odd.

  • http://www.slamonline.com MooButter

    The question is, what did the fans say after it happened? I was dissappointed in his lack of self control. If this happened on the road, he’d be fined. At home, the fans probably got over it pretty quickly. No one is more concerned with their public image than LBJ. He looked sick to his stomach after he did it and I wouldn’t be surprised if he apologized to them.

  • LA Huey

    MooButter has a good point. Cleveland fans shouldn’t necessarily beg for LBJ to slap Gatorade in their faces but I’m sure they’d be okay with that if it means they have a team that’s going to be a legit title contender every year.

  • jumpman3224

    I feel like a lot of LBJ hate started last summer when it seemed like in a short time span he didn’t shake hands, wore the Check My Stats t-shirt and was the villian behind dunkgate. Not that those things have anything to do with his phenominal basketball skill. But, I would say that was when a large amount of hate swelled up.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Okay, I watched the clip.
    Lebron should get fined. You can’t throw stuff in the stands, and that’s what he did.
    Also, he got fouled, clearly, then he traveled, clearly. Ref didn’t call either one, which is ridiculous.

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

    “I just want Gerald Wallace in the game.” You and me both. We got it though!

  • T-Money

    1- Handshake-gate: Wade didn’t shake hands when the Hawks beat them. Numerous stars did not shake hands when they got beat in the playoffs. Bird and Magic went on the record saying that they would NEVER shake hands after a loss. He messed up by skipping the press conf and journos got mad. 2- Check my stats shirt was obviously an inside joke as he wore the t-shirt on a boat in St-Tropez. He didn’t exactly go to the grammys with that shirt and it wasn’t a photo op. 3- Dunkgate: That’s on him. Maybe he didn’t know that Nike confiscated the tape but he could have asked for it to be released like the day after and it would have been the end of that.

  • T-Money

    It’s funny how we talk about Bron’s ”incidents” when he is about the only superstar in the game that has never had anything to do with law enforcement authoritis. I mean… it’s not like he got caught with weed at an airport, been accused of rape or threw his wife bucknaked in the streets and then went looking for her with a loaded gun. Bron has not done anything major yet so journos have to reach for controversial angles. If Kobe gets beat by Denver last year and storms off the court, we would have been talking about his competitive nature.

  • jumpman3224

    @T-Money: Yeah, honestly its crazy he gets hate on the first two. But, when it comes down to it those all happening in such a short time span hurt his image.

  • jumpman3224

    @BETCATS – Congrats on your squad’s debut in the ASG. Well deserved!

  • whooo!

    if anyone even saw the boxscore for the Hawks-Spurs, Duncan somehow managed to pull down 27 boards! this is a guy who got his first MVP EIGHT seasons ago… crazy how everyone writes him off each year.

  • http://slamonline.com niQ

    DeRozan didn’t make the Rookie Game? WTF? That’s BALLS!

  • underdog

    It’s not just Duncan caught 27 rebounds. It’s his career high. Just wow.

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  • LA Huey

    Bron’s been fined $25K. Jumpman cannot be reached for comment right now as he’s in an orgasm-induced comma.

  • LA Huey

    @T-Money, LBJ didn’t shake hands with the Celtics the year before. Not saying good game wasn’t a problem to the media until he decided to snub them. Silly, aint it.

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  • Hangtime Hec

    Lmao. Which nba star threw there wife bucknaked into the street?