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Thursday, February 11th, 2010 at 9:09 am  |  31 responses

The Post Up: Rookie Love

Steph Curry putting in serious work.

by Holly MacKenzie / @stackmack

Oh boy. Can I just write the #rookielove hashtag and be back to bed today?

You think I’d be used to the Raptors blowing 20-point leads and then pulling out the victory –because, really, they’ve been doing it all season– but when you’re writing a game story on deadline, the panic still comes. Dammit, Raps. Give me an easy story to write! Please.

Okay, time to explain the opening. Stephen Curry dropped 36 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists all over the Clippers last night. The Warriors ran away with the 132-102 victory, outscoring L.A. 38-20 in the first quarter and then 46-28 in the third. Yikes.

The last time a rookie had a 30/10/10 triple-double was Jason Kidd in 1995, but that was a double-overtime affair. Before that –as far as I can tell– it was Kevin Johnson in 1988, but that game also went into overtime. Insane. As Golden State writer Marcus Thompson said via Twitter, Curry become just the sixth rookie to top 35 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. The other five were Michael Jordan, Jason Kidd, Jerry West, Oscar Robertson and Elgin Baylor. Pretty good company to be in, I think.

Another wild stat from that game is that Anthony Morrow and CJ Watson both played the entire 48 minutes, despite it being a 30-point win.

In Toronto, the Raptors won their eighth straight home game as they held on to get the 104-93 victory against the Sixers after allowing Philly to come back from 23-down in the third quarter to tie the game at 93. From there, they closed the game on an 11-0 run. Chris Bosh had 23 points and 12 boards before he heads home to Dallas for the All-Star game.

Elton Brand was not at all happy that Eddie Jordan sat him for the third quarter.

In New Orleans, the Hornets got the win over the Celtics, but Darren Collison had 10 turnovers. Yikes. 25 points, nine rebounds and four steals though? Exactly how many assists do you need to offset 10 turnovers, anyway?

Ray Allen didn’t play for the Celtics because of back spasms. Who thinks the C’s are going to make a move during the All-Star break? Actually, before the break gets “officially” upon us, who is going where, in your opinion?

The Bucks took down the Nets by 20 and apparently there were about 1000 people total at the game, due to weather and… well.. the Nets. So few people, that they invited everyone to come sit courtside. Crazy. Andrew Bogut had 22 points nine rebounds and four assists while Luke Ridnour added 17 off of the bench.

In Utah, the Bynum and Bryant-less Lakers took down the Jazz, 96-81. Yup. I think it’s safe to say Kobe’s got a more than legit supporting cast. That win was impressive because you know how hostile the Utah crowd can get. Pau was huge again, with 22 points and 19 rebounds. I can’t help but love every huge performance from him in Kobe’s absence. I hope it doesn’t cause issues to arise about who is getting the ball when and where when he returns, but it’s fun to watch in the meantime. Lamar Odom had 25 points and 11 rebounds in the victory.

In Portland, the Blazers had three players top 20 points –Steve Blake, Andre Miller and LaMarcus Aldridge– as they defeated the Suns, 108-101. Blake also added 12 assists in the win as the Blazers jumped out to a 10-point advantage at the end of one and were able to hang on despite getting outscored 34-25 in the final quarter.

Okay. It’s time for me to get out of here and get to bed. As excited as I am for All-Star weekend, not being there is killing me. The Raptors assistant GM asked me if I’d be in Dallas last night and I accidentally shot him daggers with my eyes because it hurts to say no. His reaction was a quick, “Ohh. Ohh. Ohh. Guess not. Sorry for asking.” Yeah.

Anyone here in Dallas or heading there to take in the festivities? I know I’ll be checking for the SLAMonline updates to see what shenanigans our boys get into. In the meantime, I’m pretty excited to sleep in for a few days in a row.

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  • jumpman3224

    That Statline by Curry is amazing. I didn’t think he had it in him. Congrats to the rookie!

  • jumpman3224

    Also, I think the Lakers playing so well sans Mamba is the best sign so far this season that they can repeat. You know if they sputtered without him that he would come back and shoot 35 times a game. Since they are clicking without him, I bet he comes back and tries to assimilate into the group. That’ll make them very scary around second season time.

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

    I was wrong on Steph Curry. I figured he wouldn’t be anything more than a very good role player in the L. I am stupid.

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    I’ll just co-sign:
    TADOne Posted: Feb.11 at 9:26 am
    I was wrong on Steph Curry. I figured he wouldn’t be anything more than a very good role player in the L. I am stupid.

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

    Utah played like sh!t!!! Ak47 was the high scorer with 17, and then some bench guy was next with 13 lol.
    haha Juk’s… always willing to rub it in someones face!!

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    I mean, really, I was talking about Curry being the next JJ Redick. When Redick was getting 20-5-5, I laughed and I think I said “well, guess JJ is BETTER than Curry”
    Christ was I wrong. I owe Curry a fruit basket or something.

  • jumpman3224

    This rookie class is sooo much better and more deep than most people gave credit for!

  • http://fdjsklf.com Jukai

    No James, I was saying that I thought the exact way TAD did. I thought Curry was a nothing player. I am always willing to rub it in someone’s face, but I’m also more than willing to concede I was wrong.

  • tavoris

    just for kicks-I had to go back to the article when Curry declared for the draft. Certain ppl ROASTED me for not being on the “I Hate Curry” bandwagon. not gonna gloat but, I told ya so

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

    Man… the nets had 1016 people at the home game last night… : ( that is some sad sh!t!!!

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    I don’t even remember what I thought of Curry when he first declared but good for him.

  • http://digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    Shoulda seen the end of the Game in detroit…prolly like 100 people…nearly empty.

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

    Yeah, I was looking at a picture from last night! 1016 people… for the whole game… and they lost to the bucks!! Man.

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

    I didn’t “hate” Curry. I thought Curry was a very good college player and would be a very good role player in the L in the mold of someone like Jason Terry or Jamal Crawford.

  • http://www.inbox.lv smiles

    all due respect to curry, shouldn’t be a fluke, he’s a really smart kid, should succeed nicely although I doubted his willingness and overall ability to play the point after watching him in davidson
    as refers to hornets, it seems collison is ready to take it over so when paul comes back and IF things don’t work out and he’s not satisfied and the lakers don’t win it this year either I think there couldn’t be a better time for Paul/Kobe swap…just dreamin
    and the celts stink so much that a 1 round exit might be a reality, they’re ancient
    looking forward to cavs-magic, gortat needs to start next to dwight

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

    hhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
    Kobe/Paul swap

  • http://www.bluefont.com Hisham

    my night on league pass: started out trying to watch bulls-magic. bulls on a back to back, rose hurt, magic lead by 25 after the 1st: I’m done with that game. wasn’t gonna watch LAL-UTA without Kobe and Deron in it. rest of the games pretty much looked like they were going to suck. Thought i’d try the clippers-golden state game. no monta? skip! after that i was done. pho-por looked like it was alright but i just didn’t have the energy anymore.. how frustating it was to see that i actually missed Curry’s breakout game.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Steph Curry was my best Fantasy pick up this year!!
    I’m actually surprised that Lebron never got a 30-10-10 in his rookie year.
    What else was I going to say. Oh yea, Raptors. They ALWAYS do it.
    They play well for the first few quarters, then boom. It’s a tie game.
    On the bright side they’re actually finishing games this year so watev.
    Oh and, Eddie Jordan SUCKS. He’s messing up EVERYONE’s rhythm in Philly.
    They need to fire him ASAP.

  • http://www.inbox.lv smiles

    fcuk all jersey sales and sh1t, but if kobe is as dumb
    as he is now and they are mugged by denver in conf.
    finals kobe is d.o.n.e.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Oh and btw, who was guarding Baron Davis cause that was a HORRIBLE stat line. I think he was like. 1 for 12 or something.

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

    Smiles, you’re an idiot lol.

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

    Kobe and “assimilate” in a sentence does not compute.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Curry is mad nice, the Knicks should have drafted him. Oh wait, they came after the Warriors. Aww, I guess there was nothing the Knicks could do then. Its not like they could have drafted Brandon Jennings, Ty Lawson, Darren Collison, DeJuan Blair, Marcus Thornton, or Chase Buddinger.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    DARREN COLLISON IS THE F*CKING TRUTH!!!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Collison is still learning though–he almost had a triple double last night with 25 points, 9 assists, and 10 TURNOVERS.
    But eventually either him or Chris Paul are going to leave New Orleans. Paul is the best point guard in the league but Collison is already too good to be back-up to most point guards in the league.

  • tavoris

    ^and to think many teams were criticizing the Hornets for not making a more glamorous pick.

  • Joey E.

    TMac would actually be a pretty good fit with this W’s team. I dont think it could happen though. also, they need to drop Monta

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/madlib Michael NZ

    Golden States boxscores are fun to read.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    Holly get your facts right, BLAZERS WON IN PHOENIX not in Portland! also, Steph Curry is the real deal, how bad the Wolves GM looks for taking Jonny Flyn, i mean, i like Flyn but Curry is a flat out star in the making!

  • vtrobot

    1016 people for an NBA game? WOW. wow. don’t they usually try to fake those numbers? Maybe there was really only 500. That’s rough.

  • SirPatrick

    I figured Curry would be good in the right place – didn’t think the Warriors would be the right fit (still don’t think they are) but the dude can ball. The points and assists don’t surprise me, but the rebounding #s he has pretty good for a “small skinny kid”

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