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Monday, January 11th, 2010 at 9:09 am  |  51 responses

The Post Up: Sheed-tastic

This ain’t no EuroLeague.

by Holly MacKenzie / @stackmack

Wow, wow, wow. Where did the weekend go? It’s Monday morning — Happy Monday!– and I’m still trying to figure out where Friday evening went, let alone the rest of the weekend.

LeBron James can fly. Or he comes closer than the rest of us “mere mortals”. I mean, seriously. They showed the clip on NBATV last night and it was truly absurd with his head at the rim. Above the rim. Yeah. I don’t even know. It’s not even his head being at the rim, it’s like his shoulders were there.

Wild.

Do the Cavs throwback uniforms drive anyone else crazy? I feel like there are 80 million and the ones last night looked too much like Knicks colors for my liking. Maybe it’s just the LBJ to NYK talks that I’m already tired of.

Kinda like these Bosh to LA/Houston rumors. Can. We. Please. Stop.

To quote a Raptors person last night, during Bosh’s scrum as he was being asked questions about the rumors: “Hey Chris, is it January 10th, or July 10th?”

I mean, come on. It’s fun to speculate, but sometimes I’d just like to hear Bosh (or Bron, Wade, etc.) talk about the game he just played rather than give generic answers we’ve heard a million times about the biggest summer of their lives. Let the guys breathe. And play. And all of that.

Rajon Rondo up close is something I recommend for everyone who likes the game of basketball. He’s so quick, so, so very speedy, it’s mindboggling. Add in his passing, steals, banking 3-pointers in at the end of the shot clock AND a triple-double and Rondo made my Sunday sweet.

Against the Raps, Rasheed Wallace had his best game as a Celtic, scoring 29 points and hitting 5 of his 7 3-pointers. With the Celtics jumping out to a 10-0 start less than two minutes into the game, the Raptors kind of started out the game shooting themselves in the foot. Not the way to win against Boston.

Sheed telling the ref to watch the flops while reminding him that “this ain’t no Euroleague,” was awesome. As was some of the Celtics assistant coaching staff randomly yelling out “Ball Don’t Lie” when a Raptor was on the line and missed a free throw after a call they didn’t particularly agree with.

My favorite part of the afternoon was Doc asking media row what had happened in the NFL games as the final seconds ticked off of the clock. I also liked his Boston Celtics cufflinks.

DeShawn Stevenson coming out with “Agent Zero” on his ankle tape made my heart sing. I love teammates sticking with their friends/family/etc. (regardless of the stupiditiy of the situation, I think Stevenson feels/knows Arenas didn’t have any ill intent), and you know I love ankle tape and messages written on shoes.

Kinda makes me wistful for “All Alone 33″ and Steph Marbury, but it’s good. Makes me happy when guys express themselves. Just not sure how his organization would feel about him keeping Gil close when they are trying their damndest to keep him as far away as possible.

The Hornets grabbed their sixth straight in their game against the Wizards yesterday and Chris Paul had 26 points and 14 assists. Antawn Jamison had 32 points and eight rebounds as I continue to hope he ends up somewhere where he can win.

Speaking about the Cavs, yes they defeated the Blazers. Yes, LeBron had 41, 10 and 8 after scoring 31 in the first half. Can we get a shoutout for Brandon Roy? The guy is so damn efficient. Let’s look at his line from Friday evening in a win against the Lakers.

B. Roy – 32 points, 9-11 fgs, 13-14 fts, 5 rebs, 6 asts, 1 stl

That’s efficiency at it’s finest. That’s a damn fine line.

Pretty shooting percentages like that make me almost as happy as alliteration.

The Blazers are stealing what’s left of my bball heart.

On Saturday night, while most of the world was recovering from football and watching Barkley –who was, apparently, not quite what they had hoped for– on SNL, I was watching Tyreke Evans trying on the ROY crown and seeing how it fits.

Wow.

Against the Nuggets (who were on the second night of a back-to-back, but whatever), the Kings got the W as the rookie duo of Omri Casspi and Evans led their team down the stretch. After Chauncey Billups hit a three with 11 seconds remaining, Sacramento went to their rookie wonder and he scored with 0.7 seconds remaning to give his team the victory.

It was exciting, exhilarating and rewarding. The poise he shows is special. He doesn’t look like a rookie. He doesn’t act like a rookie and he sure as hell isn’t treated like a rookie by his teammates.

Does Evans have to wear a Dora the Explorer backpack? That image doesn’t even compute in my imagination.

Just asking. Dude is balling for real.

Casspi, too. Random fact, I think eight times out of 10, I type “Omar Casspi” before wanting to punch myself in the face for the slip. Other random typo’s I always do: “Buss” for bus, “Kidd” for kid “Perksins” for Perkins and “palys” for plays. Oh tired hands plus a basketball mind make for funny mistakes sometimes. The Omar thing annoys me, though. I don’t get where I get that one from. Sorry, Casspi. Love what you’re doing in Sac-town.

The Lakers smoked the Bucks in LA and I’m hoping Michael Redd is okay after he went down with that knee not looking good. About the Lakers/Bucks game: Brandon Jennings had a rough night in front of his fam/friends in LA, shooting just 4-for-17 from the floor. Kobe Bryant was even worse, hitting only 4-for-21 on the night.

Shannon Brown with a game-high 19 points on 8-for-12 field goals was great. As was his heave to beat the buzzer at the end of the third quarter and his back-to-back blocks on a single possession for the Bucks.

#LetShannonDunk.

Andrew Bynum had 17 points and a career-high 18 rebounds. Maybe he’s coming to Toronto? Blah. I’m not playing that game. Have a great day, everyone.

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  • riggs

    charles barkley on mcgruber was good, and even though he didnt have alot of lines in the scared straight skit it was funny also.

    shout out to rondooooooooooooooooo for helping me win my fantasy match up.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    If bosh ever joined LA, hand the trophy over for the next 6 years.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    yeah riggs that mcgruber is always hilarious to me. other than that it was kind of meh because Charles just seemed so plain and regular on the skits. Alicia Keys made up for it though.

  • http://Www.lkz.basket Darksaber

    Well Bengtson went after Chuck’s SNL appearance in Twitter like it was the flava of the day. Even Steve Nash added his 2 cents. Me? I’m witholding judgement until i see the damn episode thats being bashed so badly. And yes Holly. Yes, the 333 unis Cavs are wearing so far are kinda crazy (said so lhere last week). How are people supposed to shell out so much dough for retro/specials gear in this economy. Oh well

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    LeBron is a much, much better basketball player than he was last year. 41 pts on 19 shots and never went gunning for 50 or 60 (31 at half). He just made sound basketball decisions in the crunch and kept feeding guys with open looks. Props to Mike Brown for figuring out that it was better to post up Bron on the wing in crunch time with his dribble alive than to go 1-4 flat. It only took you 5 years.

  • http://www.slamonline.com MooButter

    B. Roy – 32 points, 9-11 fgs, 13-14 fts, 5 rebs, 6 asts, 1 stl Where did you get this statline? According to ESPN Roy had 34 points, 14-23 fgs, 4 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 1 block. I love BRoy too, but your stats were pretty inflated.

  • A

    @MooButter: That was against the Lakers. Not the Cavs.

  • http://www.slamonline.com MooButter

    ahhh, thanks. sorry I missed that.

  • http://www.bluefont.com Hisham

    Holly, I’m trying to figure out which footage you are talking about at the beginning of your post so I can go watch. “LeBron James can fly. Or he comes closer than the rest of us “mere mortals”. I mean, seriously. They showed the clip on NBATV last night and it was truly absurd with his head at the rim. Above the rim. Yeah. I don’t even know. It’s not even his head being at the rim, it’s like his shoulders were there.”

  • http://myspace.com/showbread Bryan

    Hisham : he caught an errant pass from mo williams and hit his head on the ceiling before coming down with the ball.

  • LA Huey

    @Z, how’d you like LeBron’s 1st qtr demeanor? Dude looked damn near impossible to stop. Being a Blazer guard must’ve been rough.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    @Z: Agreed, Z. The last 5 minutes of last night’s game against the Blazers really, really impressed me about Lebron. And posting him up in that elbow region was killer, too. I don’t see that many Cav games so I don’t know when they started doing posting him up like this, but it’s definitely way way better than the 1-4 iso play they’ve run to death. By putting him in that wing post position, his teammates aren’t just “witnesses” anymore; they’re slashers or open shooters waiting for the Lebron pass. Really impressive how they stopped the Blazers’ run.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    The Blazers are something else, too. For a roster so wracked by injuries, how they manage to keep their heads up and compete with everyone has got to make Portland fans proud.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Errant is an understatement. I don’t know what Mo was trying to do with that one. LA Huey: when the jumper is wet, it really doesn’t matter who’s guarding him because you HAVE to give him space or else it’s 2 points at the rim. Bron could be shooting 50% on threes and ppl would still play him for the drive. That’ll change once he hits 30.

  • http://Www.lkz.basket Darksaber

    Rajon Rondo, get him on the court and he’s trouble… Last night messed around & got a… you know the rest. So umm, AI’s got allstar starter votes over this beast?

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    SNL has sadly really deteriorated. I guess it’s been having a slow death over the last coupla years, with only the Tina Fey’s election sketches being worth watching. They’ve still got pretty talented guys like Andy Samberg and Will Forte, but the writing’s gotten a bit too contrived. And Barkley as a guest is at least far far better than their usual unfunny guests like Megan Fox, who really was just nothing more than a really, really hot prop in every sketch she was in. Sigh, remember the good old days of “In Living Color”…?

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    people still watch snl?

  • http://Www.lkz.basket Darksaber

    Samberg’s Digital Shorts are en fuego this season though. The ones with Rihanna (Shy Ron..nie) and Ryan Reynolds (& Frodo) are fantastic.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    i always thought of samberg as a failed singer who recycled himself into comedy

  • http://myspace.com/showbread Bryan

    Snl hasn’t been funny since Eddie Murphy left. Ok maybe since Norm Macdonald left.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Yeah, Samberg has a bunch of good digital shorts here and there. But they’re so few and far between. Kenan Thompson is… just bad, and Kristin Wiig feels really forced. Even Mad TV, while being quite a bit more crass, was better at a point.

  • http://myspace.com/showbread Bryan

    House of buggin was better than the crap snl is putting out there now.

  • riggs

    anybody has a link for that lebron dunk?

  • http://www.bluefont.com Hisham

    thanks Bryan, too bad I didn’t get a chance to watch the game. it doesn’t seem to have made the highlight video on NBA.com.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kevinwilson16 Kevin Wilson

    Sheed’s right. In Euroleague, people drive to the basket instead of shooting 20 percent from the arc.

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

    How the eff is Brockman in the league? lol

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie
  • http://www.bluefont.com Hisham

    thanks for the link holly! that IS amazing

  • http://www.freewebs.com/galacreativa Gustavo

    @MooButter, that was hilarious…you´re so stupid!

  • http://realcavsfans.com Anton

    I was at the Cavs/Blazers game, incredible arena. That place is always near capacity even on slow nights.
    lol @ Shaq falling into the front row and kissing a Baldwin.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Anybody see that story on Hoops Hype about Lebron getting goosed by a random fan during his warmups?
    It was written by some cat from Blazers Edge. The funny thing was the writer used the Lebron’s action as proof of his overall arrogance and compared him unfavorably to Brandon Roy and Kobe. Now, I can see Roy, but KOBE! Come on now, ain’t nobody as arrogant as Kobe in the entire league. He got as much ego as he got game.
    Plus, if a strange man randomly grabbed my butt, I think I’d have a problem as well. Come on now, that’s just unacceptable behavior right there.

  • LA Huey

    Wait, Z. You think LBJ won’t drive when he’s 30 or the strategy will change? And when LBJ’s jumper is money, contenders might have to just stockpile forwards that will guard him in 8 minutes shifts – the entire length of the court.

  • LA Huey

    Oh, and I meant when his J is fully developed and guaranteed, not this every few games sort of thing. And @Allenp, how did he react because I don’t know you’re supposed to react to that sort of thing?

  • LA Huey

    Allenp, so I just read about it on Blazersedge. Dude’s just salty that his team got wrecked. Not really fair to any celebrity/athlete in this day and age. Hell, it even weirds me out when I play in my rec leagues or pickup games and people do that.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Of course it was the Blazer’s dude being salty and using that incident to buttress his previous claims about Lebron’s attitude. The thing is, he used KOBE!
    That right there just destroyed his argument. I can’t consider you an astute judge of people if you argue that Kobe is more forthcoming and personabe than Lebron. Or that his image is less managed. Can’t respect your opinions at all.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Bron has really replaced Kobe as “that guy people love to hate”. I mean, dudes are going out of their way to criticize him. Russ on twitter last night posted that “this is exactly why you want Bron to start the game hitting long 2s” when Bron missed two or 3 jumpers in the third after having gone 10 of 12 with three 3s. I mean… come. on. Dudes are trying to grasp on whatever they can. Before it was the J, now they’re talking about the post up game like every wing should be MJ on the block at 25 years old. According to the critics, he’s also the only dude in the L that he’s too unselfish and a ball hog AT THE SAME TIME. And he eats babies.

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

    no mention of jamal crawford, holly?

  • LA Huey

    @ Z and Allenp. true, true. I’m just surprised there was a ish-storm about how “he’s so full of himself he has to sport two different shoes at once”. btw, does the nba not have rules about the shoes you wear anymore?

  • Mack

    ball don’t lie could have applied to a couple calls for the celtics;
    Perkins was backing down Bosh, who just stepped out of the way, and as Perkins fell on his ass, the ref called a foul.

    Also, Weems and Rondo were battling for a loose ball, when Rondo just throws the ball behind his head and flops to the ground; foul on Weems.

    Other wise, It was a good game for the celtics and the raptors need to get Bosh some help in the paint or something, Perkins was owning Bargnani down low.

  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    THIS AIN’T NO EUROLEAGUE! If nothing else, ‘Sheed just gave me a proper defense for when Spanny comes trolling around here with his innumerable exclamation marks. Another reason to love the man.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    as a Blazers fan Im very proud,ITS TUFF TO WIN WITHOUT DEFENSIVE BIGS AND BENCH, hope they can sneak into the postseason, with all the roster available they shouda get homecourt in the spring, oh well, next season they´ll get that…AND NOW IM GONNA ANSWER TO THE QUESTION EVERYBODY ALLWAYS TALKS ABOUT: KOBE BRYANT IS THE MOST SKILLED PLAYER IN THE WORLD BUT LEBRON JAMES IS THE MOST DOMINANT IN THE UNIVERSE AND IS THE BEST ATHLETE I´VE SEEN IN MY LIFE, PROBLY THE BEST ATHLETE TO EVER LACE EM UP IN THE NBA TOO.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    and I dont like the C´s and that Rondo foul on Brad Miller was flat out dirty and Chicago was robbed but Rajon Rondo IS THE BEST PG IN THE WEST BY FAR AND AN ALL STAR FOR SURE even though he ant shoot. when he can, whatch out!

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

    I was positive Brandon Jennings was going to end up with ROY after that 55-pt game. Oh well.

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

    As for typos, I can never, no matter how many times I try to memorize it, get the spelling of the word “conscious” right.

  • Johnson

    I sure hope bjennings doesn’t turn into the next flip murray, i think he’ll level out eventually but man did he hit the rookie wall fast. On another note, in the cavs/blazer game I don’t think shaq got enough credit, sure lbj tore up the first until adjustments were made, but the shaq effect was imo the reason the blazers were shot down. He was forcing big doubles down low all night with howard trying to guard him and the cavs got more open jumpers than any team rightfully should in a game, the cavs played badly other than lbj/shaq and should be thanking the basketball gods they pulled ahead in the 4th, they should have won by much more.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    oh and Alicia Keys is sooooo gorgeous I go bananas every time I see her,lol…and a great artist too, even a fan of reggae! sweet Alicia…

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    LOLOL AT ALLEPP.WELL SAID

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    the guy in the BlazersEdge is a fan of Bron, so no hate there

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

    @sporting-lisbon-blazers… Ummm. Rondo is the best PG in the WEST? your a drop kick.

  • http://seriously.anything.works.here Dave

    LOL @ melvin. Race you to use it.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    Im not american so dont know what drop kick means but you´ll get a job checking speling mistakes at bball blogs thats for sure, a smart person would understand, oh well, not everbody gets it…

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