Thursday, January 21st, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  21 responses

The Post Up: Bobcats Rolling

And OKC is looking good.

by Holly MacKenzie / @stackmack

Here I was complaining about there only being two games on Tuesday night and I was struggling to stay awake through all 13 games on the schedule last night. Wow.

Of course, the Raptors/Bucks game took up a chunk of my evening. Know what I hate? Like, positively loathe? When a team wastes a career night from their franchise player. That’s exactly what the Raptors did last night against Milwaukee. Bosh had a career-high 44 and yet, they didn’t go to him nearly enough down the stretch in a close game.

That’s frustrating. Even more so when Andrew Bogut fouled out midway through the fourth.

The Raptors lost 113-107, despite the 44/12/4 performance from Bosh. B. Jennings had 16 points… on 21 shots. Eeek. Also about the Milwaukee game: Jerry Stackhouse checked into the game for the first time, and hit a three, grabbed five rebounds and dished four assists in his 17 minutes off of the bench. He also attempted five shots. He was active in his time on the floor.

On the other end of the efficiency scale, Kevin Durant poured in 31 points on 18 attempts as the Thunder took down the TWolves, 94-92.

This was only one of a handful of games that went down to the wire.

We had a good one in Golden State as the Warriors wanted revenge on the Nuggets after Denver got lucky in Denver earlier this month. With Monta going “Monta” and forcing overtime with a 3-pointer, the overtime was just as entertaining with Monta and JR Smith returning three’s and the Warriors somehow managing to keep it close until the final seconds despite a rag-tag line up of eight players, including D-Leaguers and Devean George.

Gotta give Corey Maggette some love. Dude’s been putting up some big numbers and has had some solid games for the Warriors as they try to get it done through various injuries and different line ups each week.

My goodness, did you all catch that Rondo feed to Rasheed Wallace in Detroit last night? The Pistons got a huge W over Boston, but Rondo’s pass was one that I had to watch about 15 times, smiling each time.

Kevin Durant with the alley oop feed to Russell Westbrook showed why I wish Russell Westbrook was in the dunk contest. He’s good. The Thunder are now six games over .500 and have won more games this season than they did last year.

Thanks to Baron Davis scoring 11 points down the stretch and 23 for the game, the Clippers held on to get the 104-97 victory over the Chicago Bulls. With Baron heating up in the final four minutes, his team needed each of his points as Marcus Camby pulled down 25 rebounds and Chris Kaman worked his way back from a back injury by scoring 20 points. In the loss, Derrick Rose had 23 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Bulls who were without John Salmons who missed the game with flu-like symptoms.

31 and 13 from Carlos Boozer, 26 from Andrei Kirilenko and 18 points and 10 assists from Deron Williams allowed the Jazz to defeat the San Antonio Spurs, 105-98. The win gave the Jazz a season sweep over the Spurs and with Tim Duncan being held to 14 points, he currently sits at 19,999 career points, sure to hit the 20k mark in his next game.

In Charlotte, the Bobcats faced the Heat who were on the second day of a back-to-back and wow, did they jump on them from the get go, defeating them, 104-65. Yes, I know. With tired legs, Miami shot just 29 percent for the game and were outrebounded 50-34. While Dorell Wright scored 16 points off of the bench on 6-for-11 shooting, Dwyane Wade scored 16 points, but it took 16 attempts for him to get them.

Jamal Crawford with 20 points off of the bench in a Hawks victory over the Kings. He’s going to win sixth man of the year, right? I mean, he’s got to be the front runner as it stands right now.

The Magic defeated Indiana 109-98 and the stat that stuck out to me the most from this one was Dwight Howard shooting 16-for-24 at the foul line. Those are impressive numbers from the big man. Those are also a lot of free throws to be attempting.

Okay. I’m looking through some boxscores, still. There was a ton of action last night. And tonight, Lakers @ Cavs, the rematch. Let’s hope the Cavaliers fans don’t end up throwing anything onto the court.

Finally, a few words from Sam Dalembert who has returned from Haiti, because he can say it better than I ever could:

“I know I’m not going to save the whole country, but I know deep inside that we need to do more. Maybe we can save some lives, and make others just a little bit better.”

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  • MattM

    I am loving the NBA League pass. Where else could you watch Thunder vs Wolves in a mostly empty Target Center.

  • Ken

    I really like the Young Thunder; I’m happy Durant is learning what its like to win in the A.

  • $tev3

    A. The line on Baron Davis made me smile.
    B. Durant needs a max contract when a free agent

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Timmah!!! 1 point to go.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Come on, Detroit beats Boston AND Stuckey outplays Rondo, yet the only thing you mention is the pass from Rondo? Stuckey had 27 pts on 11-24 shooting, 11Rebs, 6 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk, and only 2 turnovers. That’s a heck of a line right there.

  • http://Slamonline.com Eboy

    I really like the BETCATS squad….I’ve said it for two years in support of our BET….but Jax has made them legit…which is nice to see. The Heat are Jekyll and Hyde personified, 30 point win Tuesday and 40 point loss the next night? Too f*cking weird. Dwyane gave up on the game at halftime too. Whatever….they’ll pull out a 7th seed at this rate and then for three months, Heat fans will die a little inside as each day passes when Dwyane doesn’t sign a new deal. I’m already prepared for it…like I’m waiting on 2012-like mass hysteria and global destruction!

  • http://myspace.com/showbread Bryan

    Co sign Eboy. I thought Stephen Jackson would help but he really injected a winning attitude and swagger to them. I wish Felton was a little better and more consistent but he is what he is.

  • Juice

    yea need more guys like dalembert

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    I’ll be participating in the mass hysteria, Eboy.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Hey everybody, what do you guys think of Larry Brown’s coaching of this squad? Do you think he can get them to the place he had the Pistons in the early 2000′s? Or are they winning despite LB?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I don’t think they have the collective talent of that Pistons team. Larry Brown coaches every team the same way, but it takes a certain talent level in the players for the team to really be great, and I don’t see that with the Bobcats. After Stack Jack and Wallace, the talent dropoff is steep.

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

    They play good defense which is a good start for any team. If they had a rock solid PF, they’d be very dangerous….they’ll be some available so if they make that move, perhaps it will be time.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    The Bobcats aren’t only good at defense, they’re GREAT at defense. Number 1 in the league for fewest points allowed. Larry’s doing something right.
    If Larry could get the Philadelphia 70 Iversons to the Finals, I think he can get the Bobcats to the second round. I don’t know if they can beat Atlanta, though, but Orlando looks really overrated.

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

    “Yes, I know. With tired legs, Miami shot just 29 percent for the game and were outrebounded 50-34.” That isnt tired legs, thats great defense. And Cheryl, say what you want about our ‘talent drop off’ but Raymond Felton is better than all 3 of your point guards combined. Flip Murray is better than any bench player you guys have. Talent drop off? LOL. But i still have much love for you.

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

    And eboy, you are 100% correct, we are just 1 starting power forward away from a championship caliber team. And yes, plenty will be availble soon. But I want us to wait until the offseason to get the missing link. It will disrupt team chemistry if we get rid of anyone important. However, if we could get somebody for cheap, which might be due to the current finicial situation, i would be all for it (just like im all for using 10 commas in a sentence). If we get a gritty guy from the D-League i would be happy. That should suffice for now.

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

    i just realized Allen P, not Cheryl said ‘talent drop off’. My apolgizes to Cheryl. My reading skills are nowhere near where they should be.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Be reasonable. After Wallace and Jackson, most of the cats on that are not bonafide starters. They can start, but they aren’t the cats you want starting, even Felton. And neither Jackson nor Wallace is a superstar, and it’s borderline whether they are stars.
    I like the Bobcats, and the way they defend, but I think they are going to have serious, serious problems on offense in the playoffs. And while defense is important, you still have to score more points than the other team to win. Every squad Brown coaches has problems on offense. The Sixers were saved by Iverson’s amazing scoring ability, and the Pistons had players who could score if given the right opportunities. Outside of Stack Jack, I don’t feel confident that any of the other Bobcats will score consistently in the playoffs.

  • http://digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    @AllenP: G-Wallace isnt going to score consistently in the playoffs? Why is that?

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

    Im confused Allen.Our game play style is around team orriented consistantsy. We, as a team, shut people down, and outscore them. If our team defense isnt working, we get outscored and lose. But our defense is always working. All we need is Wallace to score +15 (under his average) and Jackson to score +15 (under his average) then have our ‘one random guy’ step up and score +15, and we should be good. The one random guy could be flip, it could be DJ, it could be Boris, it could be Raymond, it could be Derrick Brown, or it could be Nazr. That has been our formula thus far, and it has worked wonderfully. I would also say after the first 10 games of the season, Felton is a “bonafide” starter as you call it. He is the guy who closes games for us. We would not have won several games (most recently the Sacremento game) without him. He has improved his shot selection and is a much better playmaker, plus is a great defensive guard. I think any team that has him as a starting point guard is a very lucky team. He can really do anything and fit into any style of offense. Plus he is tough as nails, and has gotten stitches several times this season. Dont try and slay on Ray-Ray.

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

    Also, what player really is consistant in the playoffs? Every big name i can remember has some spectatcular games, some decent games, and some awful games. People should really start to consider Gerald Wallace a big name…..

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    BETCATS…I am mad the Kings never protected hm for the expansion draft…like anyone would have stolen doug christie…G-Wallace has always been a fave of mine.