Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  19 responses

Post Up: Wiz Win Again

And it just wasn’t Stephen Jackson’s night.

by Holly MacKenzie / @stackmack

After a busy Sunday we were given a bit of a lighter schedule last night and I can’t lie, I flipped over to ice dancing during the halftime of the Clippers/Bobcats game and stayed there for a bit. Canada won gold, which I know means absolutely nothing to most of you, but the couple was so cute and happy, those are the moments of the Olympics that I love. As for the hockey, nah.

In some upsetting news, Josh Howard left the Wizards game against the Bulls in the first half and did not return after spraining an ankle. Without him, the Bulls went on a run, but Washington showed some grit, fighting back and held Chicago to a disastrous third quarter where the Bulls were outscored 31-16. While they would come back in the fourth, the deficit was too much to overcome and Andray Blatche’s 25-point, 11-rebound night helped the Wizards to hold on and keep the 101-95 victory, giving them three straight wins at home.

With the season the fans of Washington have had, I couldn’t be happier for them to be enjoying a little bit of success in the aftermath of the trade-deadline. It’s fun to watch a young, motivated group of guys go out there and scrap for wins. I really hope Howard’s knee isn’t as bad as it looked, buckling underneath him.

Randy Foye had 16 points and nine assists and Al Thornton scored 17 off of the bench for the Wiz. Derrick Rose led the Bulls in the loss with 22 points and six assists. Flip Murray added 16 off of the bench.

In New York, the fans continued to cheer for Tracy McGrady, but their team continued to disappoint, falling to the Bucks, 83-67. What’s worse, McGrady knocked knees and is unsure whether he will play in the Knicks back-to-back tomorrow. While McGrady finished with 15 points and David Lee scored 12 points to go with his 13 rebounds, the star in the Garden last night was Andrew Bogut. With 24 points –on 12-for-15 shooting– to go with 20 rebounds and five blocked shots, Bogut was huge for his team, but really, the Knicks were pretty awful, shooting just 33 percent from the floor as they were outrebounded 61-35. That’s a pretty wild stat right there.

In Dallas, the Mavs got the 91-82 victory against the poor Pacers who continue to struggle. Did you realize they are just 19-37 on the season? I knew it was bad, didn’t realize it was that bad. My man Rob Mahoney over at HP wrote an interesting blog post about Troy Murphy and the sorry state of the Pacers right now. Check it out.

So, yes. Ugly game in Dallas, but the Mavs offense was just a little bit better than Indy’s (which isn’t saying a lot), and Brendan Haywood had a big night finishing with 13 points and 20 rebounds, three blocked shots, too. Dirk had 23 points and Jason Terry added 13 off of the bench. The Pacers were led by 14 points from TJ Ford and Murphy’s 10 points and 11 boards.

Really, wanna know how ugly that game was? Both teams shot under 40 percent. Ick.

In Utah, the Hawks came away with a HUGE road win over the Jazz, pulling out the 105-100 victory. Yes, the Jazz were without Deron Williams, but this one is still a big one, because the Jazz are oh so tough at home, as we all know. Of course, they were also on the second night of a back-to-back, after getting the comeback win in overtime against the Blazers, but still. Nice, Hawks. I was loudly expressing my frustrations with Joe Johnson just as he nailed a huge shot in crunch time and I can’t hate. The Hawks are fun to watch.

Joe finished with 28 points, six rebounds and six assists, Josh Smith had 18 points, nine rebounds and five assists and Jamal Crawford had 17 off of the bench. Boozer flirted with a triple-double finishing with 10 points, 11 boards and eight assists in the absence of point guard DWill. The Jazz lost despite outrebounding the Hawks by 10 as Atlanta shot 54 percent for the game.

And in Clipperland, my man Stephen Jackson had what might have been the single worst performance of his career. 1-for-16 from the floor, 0-for-5 from three, five turnovers, five blocked shots, six fouls.

Oh, it was ugly.

The Clippers held on for the 98-94 victory, probably aided by Jackson fouling out. Trailing going into the fourth, the Clippers fought back, using their defense to hold off the Bobcats. With Jackson struggling, Gerald Wallace did his best to try and lead his team, scoring 32 points to go with 12 rebounds and five assists. For the Clippers, Baron Davis had 10 points and 10 assists, Rasual Butler scored 20 and Chris Kaman had another double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds.

Hey, at least Jackson didn’t go 0-17, like Tim Hardaway did in 1991, right?

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  • daniel


  • http://www.behindtheb.blogspot.com Sam Raphael Chadwick

    I was really shocked when I found out Atlanta won in Utah I was less shocked when I found out the Jazz played without D.Will and AK-47 good game overall.

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

    I’m glad Andray Blatche is finally playing up to his potential. I hope he keeps it going and also gets in the weight room.

  • Kulchakris

    As a DC metro area resident, I was listening to local sports-talk radio on the way to work this morning. Amazingly, people are already staring to turn against the departed stars! Comments like “The team is better without those guys” were pretty common. This is truly a what have you done for me lately league.

  • Kulchakris


  • jumpman3224

    67 points? Guess Donnie Walsh can’t put the Knicks in a postion to win in free agency and put a solid product on the floor. Who do ya’all think is getting the 8th seed in the East: Bucks or Bobcats?

  • karma

    WTF is up with that Wade ad? It actually makes me want to exit SLAM’s website everytime it comes on cuz its so effing annoying. Get rid of it, you’re losing hits.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    Drew Bogut POSITIVELY DOMINATED THE KNICKS ALONE! it was fu(ked up seeing New York play like that..Eddie House thinking hes RayAllen didnt help forSure..ATL took advantage of Jazz minus DWill and AK47, they executed to perfection in crunch time with JSmoove actually setting up Jamal and Joe, they ran their offense by him and worked very well…also, REFEREES IN UTAH JUST DONT CALL THE MOST OBVIOUS fauls on Utah´s defense, MAN THE FU(K UP MOFO, BIATCHES!

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    mofos…also, JoeJohnson made a though cluch shot, it was nice. and man, DeAndre Jordan SH1T ON Theo Ratcliff cereal, but i mean, he made him eat it too! vicious facial, where are the slamadaday fellas?!?!?! and those Wizards are the weirdest lookin team right now, but very fun to watch, Boykins,Foye,MikeMiller,AlThornton,JoshHoward,Blatche,JavalleMacgee. i mean WTF?!and theyre winning too.

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

    KARMA -I feel your pain, I HATE that wade ad!!! I already said, for the fact that ad even exists, I will NEVER buy another Wade shoe!!!

  • T-Money

    I saw Dray Blatche at a party last year in DC, let’s just say I won’t hold my breath on him realizing his potential. Mike Wilbon said that the only way you could get Blatche to work out in the off season is if you put the gym in the VIP section of the club.

  • phil

    Josh Howard injured his ankle!?!?!? I’ve never seen this in my life before!

  • http://slamonline.com JL

    has anyone even bought that show with the weird window?

  • General Larry Platt

    I saw BDiddy partying with SJax till Monday morning… Didn’t suprise me

  • http://www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Okay even though i suspected Josh Howard of dogging it in Dallas after the few great games he had for the Wizards last week but Jesus H, a torn ACL?? After all the injuries he’s had the last two seasons? He doesn’t deserve this. So sorry, Josh.

  • The D Train

    Josh Howard out for the year with a torn ACL

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Blatche is now the best player on the Wizards. He’s got a lot of potential.

  • PETA

    mga putang ina ninyo!!!

  • LCD Screen Cleaner

    he just called your mothers whores. and what’s with these wizards picking up all these unnecessary wins eh. time to tank, and tank with pride.