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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  47 responses

Post Up: Cavs, Magic Win

While this may be the end—again—for Allen I.

by Holly MacKenzie / @stackmack

Please, please, please tell me you all saw LeBron’s alley-oop slam against the Knicks last night. It was another one of those, “oh my, oh, oh my, he’s flying,” moments and it was just really pretty. As pretty as something that damn ferocious can be. My favorite part was Bron’s reaction after he saw the replay. He couldn’t help but smile when he saw how close to the rim he was. Someone on Twitter told me he was obnoxious because of that reaction. To that I say, I’d rather be called obnoxious by someone who will never be able to dunk like that in their life than not be able to enjoy getting paid millions to play a game that I’ve loved my entire life.

In other words, lighten up. Don’t be a hater. Enjoy greatness when you get it. I know I am.

Anyway, the Cavs won in a laugher, dismantling the Knicks 124-93. Bron had 22 points, seven boards and seven assists, Mo Williams scored just seven points but had 10 assists and Antawn Jamison continues to get used to his new team, finishing with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Bill Walker led the Knicks with 21 points. Bet you didn’t think I was going to say that. Tracy McGrady played had six points and David Lee had a quiet 10/10.

With the Clippers up 10 against the Jazz with two minutes and change to go, Kelly Dwyer retweeted this: Memo Okur missed a three a moment ago and he is now 4 of 28 from three in 4th Quarter this season.

Yikes.

Despite a scare late, the Clippers were able to hold on for the 108-104 victory. Baron had 19 points and 12 assists as all five Clippers starters finished in double figures. Davis also was just one turnover shy of the bad kind of triple-double.

As someone who gets to go to Raptors practice on Wednesday and talk to the guys about this two-game road trip with back-to-back blowout losses, a four-game losing streak and what the hell happened to playing defense of any kind, last night’s 116-92 loss to the Rockets was painful. Really, really painful. With Andrea Bargnani coming in at a -29 and Patrick O’Bryant recording a +6, it was that kind of game. By the end, I didn’t want to watch, but knew I had to. The Rockets shot 51 percent and had 33 assists on 41 made field goals. Aaron Brooks and Kevin Martin had a field day, with Brooks scoring 28 points on 11-for-16 shooting, and Martin scoring his 28 on 9-for-18 from the floor. The Rockets his 13 3-pointers, shooting 52 percent beyond the arc.

It was ugly and ugly early as Toronto trailed by 20 at the half. Chris Bosh, I hope that ankle’s healed because your team needs you.

The Magic rolled to a 126-105 win over the Sixers, topping 33 points in all but the fourth quarter. They shot 58 percent for the game and hit 15 3-pointers out of their 23 attempts. Yes, 66 percent from deep. Hot like fire. Matt Barnes continues to show how huge he’s been as a pick up for Orlando, scoring 16 points and hitting three 3-pointers. Jameer Nelson had 22 points and 10 assists and Vince Carter added 19. Rookie Jrue Holiday had a career-high 23 points for the Sixers in the loss.

New out of Philly sounds like Allen Iverson may be stepping away from the game to be with his young daughter who is battling illness. Whether or not this is true –and I can’t yet put into words my thoughts/emotions on this if it is– my thoughts, prayers and well wishes go out to the Iverson family as they continue to deal with one of the hardest things any family has to deal with.

27 and 13 from Dirk, 22 from Caron and the Mavs got another victory, taking down the Bobcats 89-84 to get their eighth in a row. Hated hearing Stephen Jackson say that the Bobcats played scared. That’s not how it’s supposed to be. At all.

The Spurs won on the second night of a back-to-back, taking down the Hornets, 106-92. George Hill had 23 points, Tim Duncan scored 22 and Tony Parker added 18. The story here –for me, at least– is Hornets rookie Marcus Thornton pouring in 30 points on 12-for-19 shooting. The Western Conference rookie of the month, Darren Collison, added 10 points and 15 assists in the loss.

What in the heck are the Hornets going to do with their pg situation this summer? Surely they can’t keep Collison stifled on the bench behind Chris Paul. And, CP3, well, he’s as good as it gets. It’ll be interesting.

The Hawks took down a Chicago team that struggled as Derrick Rose tried to shake off a knee injury, falling 116-92. Josh Smith was sensational for Atlanta, finishing with 17 points, 18 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks. Al Horford had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Marvin Williams added 18 points. I’m going to add my plea for the Hawks to go to Josh and Al on the offensive end more. Sometimes, as much as I enjoy Joe and Jamal, I’d prefer to see their other guys get some open shots, sometimes, the easy shot.

Okay, sorry for bringing up the Hornets rookie love again, but they’ve just bee so huge in the last little stretch. It’s awesome seeing guys who didn’t have a lot of hype around them when the seasons started break out and make everyone start paying attention. Kind of like… Zach Randolph. I definitely didn’t see that one coming.

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  • Ken

    I know it didn’t count, but LBJ’s dunk was the craziest i’ve ever seen in an NBA game.

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

    Best dunk since Kobe’s reverse against the Hornets right before the playoffs in 08 I believe!!! It was very very very sexy!!!

  • http://fklflc.om Jukai

    No mention of my Suns dismantling the Nuggets? Well then.

  • http://Slamonline.com Mvp23100

    Nasty dunk indeed remember all that bron wont be a good competition dunker He did that effortless im loving antons play right now between 17-20 50pct this way if mo happens to vanish we still got a solid scoring 2nd option btw its about the cavs this season forget everybody else

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Hey good job knicks.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Wow, Dallas has a quiet 8 win streak going right now, schedule be damned! That trade is looking great so far, Dirk has got his stroke/confidence back (avg. 30 points the last 4 games), and the D is putting in work. Bobcats scored 15&16 in the last 2 quarters, at home. Thats a statement. Can Erick is Damp please stay “injured”. His new name should be Erick DNP-CD-pier.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    That LeBron reverse oop didn’t count?! It should have been a 4pointer!! Incredible, amazing jam.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    The Knicks are an absolute embarrassment and they pretend its all part of the master plan. And everyone wonders why I find other teams to root for in the NBA. If they were just losing I’d be ok with it. If it was just a young scrappy team I’d be ok with that also. But they surrendered and p*ssed on all their fans forever and its disgusting. I’m a Knick fan for life , but I’d like to swing on Dolan for real.

  • kudos

    Umm lebron does a regular oop and a lotta people are on his balls now??” LOL, for a second i thought delonte’s pass was better than his dunk. At least he was being guarded. How many times has lebron dunked on someone?? Not many.

  • http://www.slamonline.com MooButter

    I hope he gets all the extra curricular stuff worked out because I absolutely love watching Delonte West play basketball. He is just a quiet hard nosed player with no fear. He attacks the rim and is probably the best post player on Clevelands roster. He is really, really good.

  • CSP8

    @kudos- I don’t know what dunkin on somebody has to do with anything but as of this year he’s only had about one or two but check his first 5 years and you’ll see why many people just move out of the way.

  • http://Slamonline.com Mvp23100

    @kudos
    i hope your being sarcastic if not your a dummy

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Kudos to you kudos, you just redefined player-hater.

  • LCD Screen Cleaner

    what was so impressive about the pass? the dunk wasn’t bad.

  • http://fdjslfl.com Jukai

    How many people has Lebron dunked on? Seriously? People MOVE OUTTA THE WAY.

  • Hangtime Hec

    Why hasn’t Lebron been to a dunk contest before? sheessh. That reverse jam was just filthy.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Hey Holly, what’s the situation with Hedo and Calderon? I read that both were injured last night. Any word when they will be back?

  • subsea

    i miss the 80s… seeing bron dancing on the sidelines makes me sick. can someone please put an end to this.

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

    MooButter, I love West too!!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Kudos is high.
    Did he forget the smackdown Bron layed on Garnett two years ago? Or the way he got with Timmy a couple years before that? Lebron regularly embarasses anybody stupid enough to challenge him at the rim,w hich is why nobody challenges him at the rim.
    Now, I don’t know if Lebron would be a great dunk contest dunker, so many dunks have been done it’s hard to come up with new stuff. But, dude is easily the best in-game dunker in the league, and anybody who argues differently is stupid.
    Boris Diaw is such a soft bum. Talk about somebody who really doesn’t care abotu the game, man that dude has been lazy since he got his money from the Suns.
    D-Rose is nasty, but the Hawks turned it up for real to turn a close game into a blowout in the fourth quarter. When they are playing defense and running, they are nasty. Crawford is crazy at scoring. He went into the fourth having a bad game, then suddenly exploded and wound up dropping 20, easy. If the Hawks consistently pass the ball, they are so dangerous.

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

    Allenp, Both Kevin and Tim dunk on’s weren’t close to what Amare did to Jefferson, Kobe on Dwight, Carter on Mourning … not even close!!!
    Bron would be great in a dunk contest I think. And he is the best in game dunker. The fact that guys won’t challenge him on his dunks, is one big reason why he doesn’t have AMAZING dunk on’s. Just amazing dunks. Even if 99 percent of the time it’s the same dunk he does lol.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    There’s only two guys I think that have the right combination of physical tools and timing to get away with contesting a Lebron dunk. Dwight and Josh Smith. Smith is like a mini Lebron anyway tool wise, lacking the speed of Lebron but pretty close in the power and jumping ability.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    James
    So, you think Amare is a better in-game dunker than Lebron?
    I brought up those two dunks because they show that when people are stupid enough to challenge him, Lebron dunk on them.

  • Chris

    Blazers!!!!!

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

    No, Lebron is the best in game dunker. but that doesn’t mean he has had the best dunk on’s. His best dunk on would be probably on Damon Jones. If you take Vince, Ray, t-Mac, Kobe, these guys have DUNKED ON/OVER people. Because big men challenge and they make them eat their cereal. With Lebron, people don’t challenge, they let him dunk. So that hurts him for dunk ons.

  • keify34

    Why would Lebron go to the Knicks when they’;re just so awful? I understand that the dream is to build a roster around Bron and another star but seriously, playing like that can’t do the Knicks any favour. Sorry Brian.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    James
    I didn’t say Lebron had the best dunk-ons. I said Kudos was silly for saying:
    “How many times has lebron dunked on someone?? Not many.”
    This is like saying that Deion Sanders in his prime didn’t really get interceptions. Technically, you might be right, but that means you ignore the fact that people didn’t even throw the ball to Deion’s side of the field because they were so scared of him. Same thing with Lebron and dunks.

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

    Exactly!! Same concept.
    But I will say Iggy and Smith are both close to Bron IMO.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Wow great comparison Allenp. I didn’t even think of it like that.

  • http://www.bluefont.com Hisham

    I wish that ref hadn’t made the foul call. I don’t think the ref should reward a lazy player’s bad defense by calling the foul and allowing the defense to reset, but instead punish it by letting the foul go and counting the two points. there’s a rule in soccer where if an offensive player is fouled in a clearly advantagiuous (sp?) position and he can keep his advantage by not having a foul called, they will continue play. If it turns out the offensive player loses his advantage after the contact, then the ref blows the whistle. As a consequence, delayed calls happen, by I don’t think that’s so terrible. Fouling should not be a defensive strategy and by calling the game as described above you ca take some of that away.

  • http://www.bluefont.com Hisham

    by=but and ca=can.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Hisham
    That’s an interesting point.
    You see those same calls sometimes in NBA games. The other night when Atlanta was playing the Bucks, Josh Smith dove for a loose ball late in the game and crashed into Salmons. The ref was going to let the play go because the foul was one of those “both guys going for the ball” plays, but then Salmons lost control of the rock and went out of bounds, so the foul had to be called.
    You see that a lot on delayed whistles. The refs with let a bump go if the player manages to score anyway, but they will call the foul if the bumps makes the player miss the shot.

  • http://www.bluefont.com Hisham

    Thanks Allenp. It might be good if they turned that into a rule though. How many times do you see a steal that turns into a breakaway and the team that just turned the ball over commits a sissy foul at half court to prevent a possibly momentum changing dunk? If the offensive player isn’t bothered too much by the foul, don’t call it in that situation.

  • http://www.another48minutes.com Gerard Himself

    just watched that LeBron dunk again (and again, and again). Too bad it didn’t count, but it was one of the best alley-oops I’ve seen in a loooong time. Man, watching it makes you think: never thought NBA Jam could be that close to reality. Yes. It was that good.

  • http://wealwayswin.net Hersey

    Lebronslam was sick. Suns bench torched the Nuggets. Dragic looks like a different player this year.

  • CSP8

    Didn’t he put one on Sheed in that sick ECF game in 07?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    CSP8
    Yeah, he got the whole Detroit roster on that one.
    That’s what I’m talking about.
    Bron established a reputation and now only the truly trill cats in the league are challenging him at the rim. So of course he isn’t dunking on as many cats.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    AGAIN holly chooses not to speak about a big win in Memphis by Portland…if it was OKC you would have been all wet over it!

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    no suns over nuggs too?

  • T-Money

    Funny thing about that Knicks game is that it wasn’t even that close. Cavs had a 48-point lead at one point but Mike D didn’t empty his bench to make the beatdown shameful instead of straight up disgusting. If Bron is going to NY, best believe he’s not gonna go alone because that’s a sorry-ass team.

  • Nowitzness_grl

    All I have to say is … if King Crab can dunk and show out in a regular season game, surely he can enter the dunk contest… Surely.

  • hoodsnake

    Jeez its a bit late to tank now Knicks!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Knicks shouldn’t be that bad though… It might actually be D’Antoni’s fault. I don’t know who to blame, but Al Harrington, David Lee, Tracy McGrady, Wilson Chandler, and Danilo Galinari are all All-Star caliber or future/potential All-Stars. (McGrady is still struggling from his injury but he’s shown he can still play at a high level). Toney Douglas is a bright prospect who’s had his minutes stripped from him throughout the season like Anthony Randolph by Nellie.
    Even Bill Walker can play decent ball; given the proper minutes I think he’ll be a good player in the future.
    This is NOT a team of scrubs! This brings me to the conclusion that D’Antoni is not the right coach for the Knicks. The part that gets me is, Larry Brown would have been really good with this group of guys…

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

    Bron’s dunk was bittersweet. Because that oop, as well as the ones he threw down in the ASG, would have EASILY won him any dunk contest. Will he ever compete in one? Argh.

  • JoeMaMa

    1) People say Lebron won’t go to the Knicks because they’re no good. That was the case with Cleveland when he landed with them, but they don’t have the cache and money the Knicks have. And Lebron’s way better now. So that argument…don’t hold much weight.
    2) Trade CP3 for a young wing and a big. Start Collison, Thornton, the wing, Okafor, and the big, and that’s a young, dangerous starting five, like OKC. CP3 is tops for pgs, but Collison is showing up big, and you could get ALOT of talent for CP3.
    3) I think Lebron is awesome. But cosign subsea. I miss the 80s, when sideline dancing would result in getting smoked. I blame the league hyperventilating when any contact happens, because back then Lebron would now have no front teeth, or an urge to dance during games, again.

  • T-Money

    Oh come on, that’s just a lazy and tired argument. MJ didn’t go to the hole in the 80s? Nique didn’t go to the hole in the 80s? And both are nowhere near as big as Bron. Cmon now, yeah you could handcheck in the 80s but it wasn’t freaking rasslin’. Heck, even Zeke was going to the hole. I just hate that back in the day argument everyone could shoot (not true) and nobody could drive without going to the hospital (complete lie).

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