Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  50 responses

The Post Up: Smooth Spurs

Whooooo! Jack scores 43.

by Holly MacKenzie / @stackmack

Sometimes I swear that I will things to happen. Okay, okay, I know that I don’t have that kind of power, but it really does seem like when I’m talking about something, somehow my NBA night ends up involving it.

Last night, this happened twice.

After talking with a friend (shout out to @bomani_jones! If you need a radio show to listen to between the hours of 7-10 a.m. check this guy out. Seriously. He is the only talk radio I can do. And not just do/handle, but thoroughly enjoy. For real) about the Spurs and their struggles this season –I still do not like Richard Jeffferson in a San Antonio uni– naturally they’d go out and smoke the Lakers.

I also will have you know that we talked about Stephen Jackson and well, you know how that turned out last night.

So, LA was without Pau Gasol and they lost Kobe Bryant in the second half because of back spasms, but the Spurs still dominated through the first two and a half quarters. Midway through the third the Lakers showed fight and the game was much closer in the fourth than the final score showed, but Tim Duncan was fantastic, finishing with 25 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, four blocks and two steals. Tony Parker killed the Lakers in the second half with his drives to the bucket, scoring 22 points to go with six assists and while the stats don’t show it, George Hill was awesome. Stripping Kobe in the first half, dunking, hustling, battling with Ron Artest in the second half, kid had it going on.

Oh.. and his stat line was pretty nice: 13 points on 6-for-7 shooting, four rebounds, six assists and two steals in his 28 minutes. He was one of my favorites to watch at Summer League, so I’m loving the progress he’s made.

The water break thing in Memphis that required the arena to be evacuated and game to be stopped for 40 minutes was kind of insane. Sounded scary to hear the place was being evacuated because of an emergency. Thank goodness everyone was okay and it was nothing serious. While the Clippers had a huge night from Baron Davis –27 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists and five steals– they were outscored 25-12 in the fourth as the Grizz got the 104-102 victory on their home floor.

We spoke about the Pistons yesterday and they were finally able to snap their 13-game losing streak last night. Against the Wizards, of course. What a mess in D.C. If I didn’t know what to say about Detroit then I sure as hell don’t know where to go to talk about the Wizards. Blatche, look at your team, man. Be quiet, work hard, earn your pay cheque and don’t make life more difficult. Mike Miller, I hope you get well soon, and I’m glad you got the haircut. Randy Foye, LOVE seeing you score 20 and dish 10 dimes… Just wish it didn’t have to be like this for you to have the ball in your hands so much. Caron, tough juice always and Antawn? Oh, Antawn. I just want you to be on a team that deserves you. You deserve more than what you’re getting from where you are right now.

Now, Stephen Whoo! Jackson. Stand up, Stack Jack fans. Our boy had a career night last night in a 102-94 victory over the Rockets. Scoring a career-high 43 points, SJax was awesome. I didn’t see it live, but caught it later on and, ohhhh love that guy. The 43 points topped his previous high of 42 that he had six years ago and it was also a Bobcats franchise single-game record.

And… In Sacramento, the Kings were sticking with the Magic until the fourth quarter came and then they kinda fell apart, allowing the Magic to outscore them 33-10 in the fourth. The win stopped Orlando’s road skid at three games as Dwight Howard scored 30 points and grabbed 16 boards, dominating the Kings inside. Vince didn’t play for Orlando, but it didn’t matter with Mickael Pietrus scoring 18 points and pulling down 10 rebounds off of the bench and Jason Williams adding 12 points and six assists in a reserve role as he returned to his old stomping ground.

As for tonight? I hope Kobe’s healthy and if he’s not, that he takes the game off against the Mavs. I hope that the Milwaukee/Portland game is fantastic and that the OKC boys keep on rolling.

What about you?

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

    wow sounds like a pretty exciting night in the NBA.. didn’t catch any of it, had to study unfortunately.

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

    I watched the Spurs/Lakers (of course) and I agree with you that Richard Jefferson looks kinda out of place on the team right now. Perhaps he’ll find his niche before April, but he seems like a poor fit with this team. AK47 would be a nice pick up if they could get him for peanuts. And all I saw was the hightlights of the Bobcats game, but damn, Jax did his thing, huh? Glad dude’s in a happy place.

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    That fourth quarter by the kings was terrible. They were taking wild shots from the beginning of the quarter that had no chance of going in (Donte, I’m looking at you) and they certainly couldnt get stops. Disheartening after how well we played in the first three quarters. It should be interesting getting Kevin Martin back for the philly game and cisco soon after. Could have used Martins scoring last night in the fourth, his jumper is more consistent than most of the team and with howard protecting the paint we needed some outside offense. We needed that game. Kings are slipping fast because of a brutal schedule, not good.

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    Oh and HUGE game from Howard last night. 9 for 15 shooting(12/17 from the line) for 30 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocked shots (it seemed like more), 3 steals.

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

    That should be his average

  • LA Huey

    I really like George Hill. Must be the most inked Spur since Worm

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Two things about Andrew Bynum: 1- His offensive repertoire is way more advanced than I had ever imagined. Wow, just wow. And that was against TD. 2- A center with 11 makes should finish the game with more than 23 points! Andrew never initiates contact on his moves and rather tries to separate himself from the defender to get a shot off using his height and skills (love how he keeps the ball up). That’s fine and all but sometimes a 7-footer has to bully mofos on the block! 11 makes should lead to a 30 point game.

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

    That’s what I love about what KD’s been doing. those 30 point nights on 8-14 shooting

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    11-23 fg with 1 ft is what I would expect from a star wing on a very average night, not a dominant big man.

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

    I’m glad to see the Pistons still have a heartbeat.

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

    I agree with Z

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

    I’m also glad to see that Baron Davis still has a heartbeat. Where did that trip-dub come from?

  • underdog

    @TAD: from the Memphis defense, I guess…

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    Z: Bynum was having a good game. The majority of the shots he took don’t go in on most nights.

  • Brian

    The Lakers are looking old with all these injuries, looks like a one and done for them.

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

    Baron’s been playing really well of late. High assist totals, and his scoring’s been up too. clippers have been lovely

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    I was flipping back and forth between games…what kind of injury did Chris Kaman have? Is it serious or just a few game thing.

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

    Kaman tweaked his back during warmups. I’m not sure if he’s supposed to be out very long, or not. Didn’t sound too serious.

    And Z, watching Bynum score so effortlessly against Duncan was wild, right? Dude is 22. I don’t think the Lakers are rushing to get rid of him.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    @Z. Bynum DID get to work with Kareem (or was it someone else?). But yea, TIM DUNCAN!!! wow. that dude is crazy. Can we just give him most improved player award just for kicks? LOL

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

    Kaman is supposed to go in for an MRI, but that is just as a precaution. I hope he returns soon because the Clips are starting to turn the corner.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    The media is reporting that Kobe ripped out his own spine, wrapped it around his broken fingers and punched himself in the face in the name of overcoming adversity.
    What a hero.

  • http://myspace.com/showbread Bryan

    I saw bynum make a jumper right over td like he wasn’t there it was beautiful. I think he really just needs to mature emotionally because the physical is there, and pau is skilled enough to share the post. The other thing is consistency. If he can prove to be a factor for all 48, Kobe can actually afford to rest some because Bynum has the ability to carry them for stretches on the offensive end.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Something must be said about TD’s tremendous interior defense when a big goes 11-23 and we’re talking like he took him to the cleaners. / The back thing was just an old man’s injury… that’s way more scary for Lakers fans than broken fingers. When the back starts acting up, it doesn’t go away. Ask Steve Nash.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Steve Nash will say I won’t tell you any secrets unless you join Phoenix. Lol

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

    I can’t get the phrase “water break” + the image of Zach Randolph out of my mind.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    I have a feeling Andrew Bynum leaves the Lakers in the next 3 years. Trevor Ariza didn’t want to stay, why would Bynum?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    That move where George Hill stepped on Kobe’s feet to steal the ball was smart. Cheap, but smart. Who says Bruce Bowen retired?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Houston dropped to eighth seed! NOOOOOOOOO! They’ll be back!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Good point by Z on how Bynum is a kinda of a finesse big. Dude has great touch, but he does need to get some bully boy in him. He whines to the refs too much instead of just manning up against cats on the block.
    I knew Richard Jefferson would have problems, me and my homeboy argued about it before the season began. He’s not as good a shooter as Bowen from the corners, not as good a defender, and really only effective as a player with a lot of shots or a lot of fast breaks. He has neither in San Antonio.
    Did y’all see that left handed lay-up Duncan hit late in the game off that sweet move from Manu? That’s fundamental genius right there. There are very few centers in the league who would have felt comfortable going to their off hand in a big moment like that.
    The only person scarier than Lebron coming at you in the open court is Tony Parker. Dude is pretty much scoring or getting fouled every time and there’s nothing you can do about it as a defender.

  • robb

    I don’t think a team who was winning by 22 without Kobe and Gasol and suddenly were winning only by six at some point can be called “Smooth”. Turnovers at the end killed the Lakers. The Spurs didn’t win, the Lakers lost. There’s nothing smooth about it.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    My take on small guards liek AI, Monta or TP on the break is always: dare them to finish over the trees and don’t bail em out.

  • Bruno

    watch’em grizzlies

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

    I don’t know about all this Bynum fascination, but The Robot hit a floating fadeaway against him that may have made Kobe blush at how nice it was. Timmy was killing it all night last night even with Bynum’s nice game in the limelight.

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

    manu is the most fun player to watch in the league, his style, his flair, is so crazy and just comes out of nowhere. and yea, tony on the break is unstoppable. im so mad baron didnt get the win with that monster triple double. stupid water break!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Typically when guards are finishing on the break they are finishing over guards not big men. I mean, most of the time Parker’s going against the opposing point guard on a run our, or a swingman. Ever so often he’s facing a big, but usuall the big is running to get into position and really out of control. I think Parker is an amazing finisher under the rim, even over taller players. Iverson used to be a beast, but he fell off and Monta is nice.
    The Grizzlies are playing the way they should be playing with the talent on that team. Getting rid of Iverson was a smart move for them, good for Lionel Hollins for not capitulating. I thought Iverson would have eventually become the starter over Conley, but the way Iverson handled that situation was all wrong, and I’m happy to see it work out for Hollins.

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

    The Spurs have a nice group. If they stay healthy and gel a bit more they will be a problem for the rest of the West. George Hill is an under the radar dark horse who proved he won’t be bullied by Kobe OR Ron? That’s pretty gangsta….even for a regular season game. I think the whole Ron Ron/Ariza swap is beginning to take effect, especially when Ron is asked to do more in the offense. If he’s not posting up, what else is he providing in the triangle? Not much.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    What exactly do you think Ariza would be doing differently? Everything I’ve seen in Houston is that more shots may raise his points average, but they make his overall game suffer.

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

    The Spurs are doing what they always do: start slow, play under the radar, and then get on a roll into the playoffs.

  • http://myspace.com/showbread Bryan

    Tim Duncan is still a beast I’ve said it at least a dozen times on here that his demise has been greatly exaggerated.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Allen: this is a classic example of guys being asked to do something they’re not good at. Ariza can not create for himself and it’s shwoing in Houston. Ron Artest can not let the offense come to him and it’s showing in LA. He just can’t go 5 or 6 possessions straight without getting a look and doesn’t know what to do when plays are not ran for him. He’s basically asked to be a spot-up shooter. There’s no room for him to post up or create off the dribble with this Lakers team.

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

    Allen…..I’d be pretty sure that Ariza shot the three better and was a much more disruptive force on the defensive end. Ron is still solid at times…but Ariza was more active in the Lakers system and played a more defined role, and really seemed to gel with Kobe as two lockdown perimiter defenders. On offense, Ron needs multiple touches to be effective, Ariza didn’t. Spotting up and occassionaly getting to the rim was just what they needed.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I think the Artest signing has been derailed by the concussion, but I mean before that problem, the Lakers were killing everybody. Granted, they had all those home games, but they were still killing.
    I actually think Ron and Gasol need more touches. Kobe is scoring more than he really has to. Some of those post-ups Kobe is getting should be going to Artest.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Allen: they were killing bad teams and at home.

  • http://slamonline.com d.j.

    “OK guys they are clearly outplaying us and are a way better team than we are… so to make this not look as bad with the media and to help our confidence going into the 4th quarter ill say i got some back spasms OK… team on 3 OK.. 1 2 3 ‘TEAM!’ ” – Kobe B*tch Bryant

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    that ron ron ariza swap does not look good to LA and Timmy is still a beast, HES AVERAGING 20/10 IN 32 MINUTES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://dgcoursereview.com Bro. D

    I don’t know where BETCATS is so I’ll have to do the obligatory Bobcats Nation reppin’

    *taps microphone* Check, 1,2. Check.

    Ahem, Playoffs.

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    Lebron would never have gotten back spasms.

  • J

    ^ the secret is yoga.

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

    The beauty (if not the “plain-ness”) of the Spurs is that they just go about playing ‘within’ the frame work of what they put down on paper. Your looking at one team that has, through the entire decade under pop put the same patient approach onto the court. It’s why they will be a team to contend for a run at the finals this year. PARTICULARLY if the Lakers don’t get their health back and moreso if Kobe is dragging injuries into the playoffs…
    Dejuan Blair though…played 6-8 mins in the 1st Q and then….left the building??

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

    @ d.j. – That little huddle conversation was probably the LAST thing to ever come out of the black mamba’s mouth. so I guess your in the ‘LeBron Camp’?