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Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 at 9:09 am  |  62 responses

Post Up: Curry/Kobe Show

The rook’s got game.

by Holly MacKenzie / @stackmack

And, I’m back!

A week, two NBA arenas, lots of beaches, drinks and beautiful sunsets later and I am back in Toronto and am pulling hard to try and keep my eyes open as I write this. We were supposed to have today off since the Raptors had played a back-to-back before flying in to Toronto, but after going 0-4 on the trip a practice was called and my catch-up from red eye day turned into a work day.

I’m such a rookie vacationer, I don’t know how to not get jetlagged.

I’m just happy we had great games last night. After not watching much of anything NBA for the whole week -seriously, crazy, right?– it was so nice to sit in front of the TV and take in some bball goodness. I kinda thought ESPN was going to have two blowouts on their hands, but the Warriors/Lakers game turned out to be a great nightcap. While the Lakers won 124-121, the Warriors fought them the whole way through as Steph Curry missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds. After Monta Ellis grabbed the loose offensive board and tossed up a three at the buzzer, the ball bounced three times before finally refusing to go through the hoop and the Lakers exhaled.

Kobe Bryant exhaled after escaping a missed free throw in crunch time and nine turnovers in the game. Oh yeah, a rookie named Steph Curry hanging with him, too. Yes, I’m not kidding. Kobe finished with 29 points on 9-18 fgs, with three rebounds, four assists and nine turnovers. Curry finished with 29 points on 11-19 fgs to go with five rebounds, nine assists and didn’t turn the ball over in his 33 minutes. Pretty sweet line for the kid. I really wanted him to hit that three and take the game to overtime. He’s just so much fun to watch.

Of course, it’s nuts how easily the Lakers scored in the fourth when they wanted to. I’m just happy I saw a Kobe game winner at STAPLES and then Steph drop 35 in Oracle three nights later. Made watching both of those teams a little extra fun for me. All of that craziness in the game and the Lakers won by three despite winning the battle on the boards, 56-25.

Now, the first game in ESPN’s doubleheader didn’t turn out so well for those tuning in as the Celtics manhandled the Pistons,  119-93. Leading by 16 at the end of the first quarter, Boston had already blown the game open at the half thanks to a 64-35 advantage as the second half was more of a formality than anything. Michael Finley led the C’s in scoring with 15 points off of the bench as seven Boston players reached double figures. Will Bynum led the Pistons with 16 points and seven assists.

The season just seems to get tougher for the Pistons. They lost Tayshaun Prince in the first half when he came down on Maxiell’s knee, injuring that problematic back of his. With the injuries and then their offseason signings not really making the splash they had hoped, I feel for Detroit fans.

In Houston, I flipped at the half when the Rockets were leading 68- 57. Fast forward to the fourth and the Nuggets were back in front, setting up a crazy finish that ended with Aaron Brooks nailing a game-winning jumper and the Rockets getting the 125-123 victory. Melo was phenomenal in the loss, finishing with 45 points and 10 rebounds as the Nuggets had six players reach double figures. Let me tell you, a girl goes away for a week and comes back to Johan Petro putting up 11 points and 10 boards. Wasn’t expecting that one.

Aaron Brooks had 31 points on 11-17 shooting to go with nine assists to lead the Rockets to their 34th victory of the season. Kevin Martin added 29 points and Luis Scola had 23 points and 11 boards as Houston shot 57 percent for the game and hit 12 more free throws.

Okay, be patient with me as I ease back into East Coast life today. I’ve got a million more things to tell you about LA and STAPLES and Oracle, just need some time to get my thoughts and photos sorted. My camera broke on the night of day two, so thank goodness for Blackberry cameras and generous friends.

Also, I leave you with this bit of happy news: Shaun Livingston got the start for the Wizards last night. Yeah, it was a loss and he didn’t post a great line, but he got the start after his 18-point, eight assist night over the weekend. Yay to that.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Stephen Curry!

  • http://slamonline.com mvp23100

    all the hype and media bias aside lakers are looking real mediocre bottomfeeders are hanging with them elite teams are spanking them whats the excuse

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

    Yo, Pingping just died. RIP!!!

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

    Mvp … good call man. You have a real grasp on the obvious.
    I tell ya’ what, the Lakers are soooo bad, you have to tie a pork chop around their neck so the dog will play with them. They are so mediocre that they are FIGHTING tooth and nail for a playoff spot. The coach is about to lose his job. The Raptors of the West coast.

  • vtrobot

    lakers are getting old.

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

    To have 24 TO’s compared to 5. And still win.

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

    I am getting some CRAZY de ja vue … replace MVP with meloman, and we are looking at the exact same thing last year lol. What happened again? Want to remind me Mvp?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    James, they played a team with 17 wins. There’s a reason (actually a bunch) why the Warriors have problems winning games, and that includes shoddy coaching from quarter to quarter by Don Nelson. Don’t act like the Lakers just beat the Cavs in a nailbiter. You sound dumb.

  • http://slamonline.com mvp23100

    @james the female
    what im saying is the whole year we’ve heard their hands down favorites they haven’t played like it or earned that title at all but what about them cavs though homie

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

    QUESTION 1 OF THE DAY: What NBA teams have been swept in the last 25 years in the NBA Finals?

    ANSWER:
    Orlando Magic: Led by Kobeless Shaq
    Cleveland Cavaliers: Led by Lebron James
    NJ Nets: Led Jason Kid

    QUESTION 2 OF THE DAY: Which of the above teams lost be average of more then 10 pts in the sweep?

    ANWSER: Cleveland Cavaliers: Led by Lebron James

    LAST QUESTION OF THE DAY: Who is the only all star in the history of NBA to decrease his shooting % by 15% and point average by 6.5 pts per game from regular season to NBA finals?

    ANSWER: Lebron James.
    Regular season 47%, Finals 32%
    27.3 pts/game regular season. 20.8 pts/game Finals.

    Cleveland….where sweeping the spurs in the reg season and getting swept in the finals happens

    Cleveland….where MVP, COY, BEST record, can’t make the finals.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    And James, if you can’t see the differneces between this seasons Lakers squad and last years (which was much more efficient) then you truly have no place discussing them. Just root for them and let everyone else make “as*es” out of themselves for seeing their more than apparent flaws

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

    lol done for the day. I seen some guy post that and I thought it was funny.
    Welcome back Holly. And again R.I.P Pingping!!

  • jumpman3224

    Lakers were great in spurts last night and very lack luster in other spurts. Bynum and Bryant both turned the ball over too much. That being said, Mamba was right and that game isn’t a very good indicator of anything because they will not play a team with that style in the second season.

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

    Eboy – The same thing was said last year. Their O is worse but their D is better. They have a worst record against the top teams. But they are the champions, just like when the spurs were and the pistons. They are the team to beat. They are my team. They are the BEST team in the West, and the second best team in the league. if they were that much worse then Dallas, and Denver, and Orlando, and Atlanta and whoever else, well they would have better records then the Lakers. But they don’t. When the Lakers fall apart and miss the playoffs this year, or drop to 6th in the West, or lose in the first round. Then we can say they are garbage and need a change. Right now. With the Cavs and the Lakers on top of the mountains. We can’t say sh1t about either team. They are the best. Over and done with.

  • http://slamonline.com mvp23100

    and this aint last year either bro you sound like skip bayless with the spurs or these cats with the patriots its a wrap

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

    So it’s game over for the Lakers Mvp? lol
    Well if the Lakers win the championship, you have to mow your lawn in your wife’s Sunday dress.

  • jumpman3224

    @MVP the lakers aren’t exactly getting spanked by elite teams. In 2010 they’ve only lost by more than 6 to an elite team one time (Denver – 13) so it’s not like they’re going out there and getting their asses handed to them lately. That being said they still have lost some of those games and certianley haven’t played their best basketball. They have flaws for sure. The reason they still get love is because they’ve shown that they (PJax and Lakers) know how to fix flaws in the post season and win a title. They are the only team assembled as-is that has one a championship in the league and that grants you a bit of leeway and love. Also, there fans may make excuses but Kobe and Phil do not. They know they aren’t ready for a Championship series quite yet.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    James, all you said is true, but does not make up for the fact that they will not snigg their OWN record from last season since they have slipped, as to their standards. Let’s pretend you’re smart at basketball and don’t know little about the rest of the league and it’s teams. If you compare the Cavs of last season and the Cavs of this season, which team seems better AT THIS POINT IN THE SEASON? Ask yourself the same question about this season’s Lakers team and last season’s AT THIS POINT IN THE SEASON? We can only discuss where the teams are currently, and it’s obvious that one of them is playing at a better level than the other. And I’m not even comparing the Cavs and Lakers. I’m talking about the two Laker rosters.

  • jumpman3224

    won*

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    *snigg? I like that word. Should have been sniff, but snigg sounds gangsta!

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi Twersky

    Welcome back, Stackmack.

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

    I was like SNIGG? lol
    Listen, I know the Lakers are worse. And so is the record. But that doesn’t mean sh1t with Kobe and Pjax. I agree that right now they could fall apart in the playoffs. Not the first round but second round or the conference finals. And the Cavs are playing AMAZING basketball. I love Bron, even though I talk a lot of sh1t about him, he is the best player in the NBA now. And the Cavs have no the best chance to win. But the SAME THING happened last year. fo-fo-fo for the Cavs last year. The Lakers had to grind out wins, and the Cavs walked through. The playoffs are a different season. So until then!!
    My predictions still stand. Start of the season I thought Lakers-Celtic. Now I am saying Lakers-Orlando.

  • http://slamonline.com mvp23100

    jumpman
    only denver by 13 you forgot about 2 cle losses when i say spanked i dont mean blowout i mean their record vs those teams
    @james
    if you know ball like you claim you know you had lebron james vs the spurs in those finals how old was he again 21 22 michael jordan couldnt make the finals that early by himself and beat seasoned vets and that is a BIG if but i think you know deep inside you dont want to see cle in june your probably praying they wont make the finals

  • http://myspace.com/heislegend Bryan

    Its like this : Laker fans are underreacting and Laker haters are overreacting. Its not nearly as easy as laker fans think its going to be to turn it on in the playoffs, although I still think they’re gonna win it all. Its also not doomsday. Its going to be harder to win this time than last time. But I’ve said all along and look at Phils record, his first title with the Lakers they won like 67 games or something and the next season they slipped. In 96 with the Bulls they won 72 and the next year they won less, its his pattern. He gets guys to buy in 100% win a title and the next year he lets them play loose and f*ck off more until the playoffs come and then he turns the screws on them.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    I hope james the balla dies in a fire

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    If the Cavs benefit from preferential treatment from the refs in the playoffs (which they will), and the Lakers get the same (which they will), Cavs/Lakers should be a lock this season as the Finals matchup. Last season seemed like it SHOULD have happened, but the Sternbot won’t allow it to fall by the wayside this season. No way. I mean outside of Orlando, who really gave a sh*t that the Magic played for the title last season. Just saying. Too many great subplots to not expose, especially adding Shaq to the mix.

  • http://slamonline.com mvp23100

    I agree that right now they could fall apart in the playoffs. Not the first round but second round or the conference finals. And the Cavs are playing AMAZING basketball.
    Thats all i wanted to hear bro remember last years the past year

  • http://myspace.com/mcnarrative Kieran

    James you come across very childish and a little bit dim

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

    Mvp, I just seen it on yahoo… thought I out it on here because it would get a re-action out of some of ya’ll lol. You guys throw Kobe stats out like funky cold medina was back topping the charts.
    I hope Anton has a sister, so I impregnate her, and then abort the child.

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

    kieran – Thanks, I think thats why Anton likes talking about me so much. He thinks I am a young lad.
    thought I would put it on here ***

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

    WHy is everyone so high on Denver? if anyone is underachieving, it’s the Thuggets. They have a 6th man who can start on any team and can be a top 15 guy in the league. A great shot blocker, a great center, a top 3-5 player who is in his prime, one of the top 3 pg’s in the league, a lock down defender, a gr … sorry, the Lakers just turned the ball over.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    James, just another point (which I’ve tried to avoid) if you want to continue to downplay Lebron’s season (which is even better than last season’s MVP) is the fact that Kobe’s slippage is showing much more than it did last season. Sure, we all know he has the capability to play a lights out game, but it’s not happening nightly (hi Lebron) and he has shown rust and mounting nagging injuries not seen in his game before. So while everyone just assumes dude is going to explode once the playoffs start (and he could) it’s probaly more fair to think that if he does play “Black Mamba” ball and shy’s away from the concept of the triangle and doesn’t keep Pau involved, they are ripe for the taking, and that’s not factoring in the Ron Ron factor and what that may or may not entail.

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

    Lebron is amazing man, he really is. He is the best the game has to offer. As I have said before. I fully agree. But to be honest… I dont think Kobe is going to explode in the playoffs. I think he is going to be great, but not Lebron or Wade great in these playoffs. He will try and do what he has too. I think he will be a lot smarter then in the season. I do not think he will be shooting 30 shots unless Pau and Artest and Fish all don’t come to play. And that’s when we either barely win, or lose out early in the playoffs. Every laker fan should know that.
    I mean it’s the same thing as the Cavs. Bron and the Cavs kill every team in the first quarter/half … then he starts shooting 3′s and long distance 2′s and they win by 5/8/10. Every superstar is guilty of it. But Kobe is coming up on 32, a little less athletically gifted then Mj and a lot less then Bron. So he is feeling the injuries and the long season. It happens. As a Laker fan, I am hoping he doesn’t try and win the playoffs by himself. I don’t think he will, but again… everything will be determined during and after the playoffs. The Lakers I think are going to take it. I am sure you think your Heat will take it too … lol.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    No, I`m pretty sure you`re an old man whose wife left him and your self-worth is so low that you need a sports team to convince yourself that life is still worth living all the while knowing that the chances of people caring about your life are about as great as Kobe turning down a drunk virgin.

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

    lol an old man? I WISH!!
    Anton, you are the gary busey of commentators. Everyone laughs because it’s awkwardly scary … you are a nut job. Just for a second, stop skinning cats and jerking of on chatroulette, and just chill!!

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

    off*

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    ^It like watching Glenn Beck and Keith Olberman have a conversation. Both are batsh!t crazy, but it would be semi-entertaining.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Oh yeah, Welcome back, HollyHood.

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

    Brad, you have seen my facebook lol… I am not “batsh1t” crazy!!

  • jumpman3224

    @MVP: I left out the one Lakers loss the cavs because I was only talking 2010, but fair enough. Will be an interesting playoffs.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Well…maybe not, but you are Canadian. This I’m sure of.

  • jumpman3224

    Melo – Thanks for scoring 45 and grabbing 10 boards while my team is in a bye week for the first round of the fantasy playoffs. Thanks for nothing.

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

    That is true. But considering how nice all of us Canadians are, and you Americans with your gun slingin’ and throat punches … you guys are the crazy ones. : D
    Melo – Thanks for scoring 45 and losing, it gives my Lakers some breathing room.

  • peter

    Does anyone else think Kobe doesn’t get the calls he used to? I’m not saying he doesn’t get superstar calls anymore, but it used to be any time he drove to the bucket and didn’t score it would be a foul…maybe its a decline in his game and he’s not drawing the fouls anymore, but it seems like he gets stopped/stripped a lot more often these days with no call

  • T-Money

    The Lakers have no one to worry about but Dallas out West. Denver is not smart enough to beat LA, I don’t see it. Dallas is for real though, they have plenty of size to throw at Pau and Bynum. They can rotate Butler and Marion (and even Kidd) on Kobe to make sure he’s always being bumped. They have firepower off the bench. They can go small. They have a killer in crunch time. I just like their 8-man rotation. I never thought I would say this but Dallas is a physical, rugged team.

  • jumpman3224

    I don’t think Kobe needs to explode for the Lakers to prevail in the post season, they are most dangerous when they are balanced throughout and he can playmake and score to close things out. Their scoring balance against PHX was perfect for them. 3 guys at or over 20 and two right around 15.

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

    Co-sign peter.
    T-money – Denver can get hot to easily. And OKC … well who isn’t rooting for OKC?
    Co-sign Jumpman.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    peter:Kobe has become much more reliant on his jumper, fewer drives=fewer calls.

  • http://bluefont.com Hisham

    I expect to see some ping ping links today. RIP

  • Rob

    Steph is phuckin sick man, he was like a little dynamo! he just kept the game going fast fast and faster, Fisher and Shannon couldn’t keep up, he was shooting pretty good too. Lakers, what can I say, they make me suffer a lot these days, I just hope they can put their game together for these last regular season games and start playing like the champions they are before playoffs the start. Kobe looked pretty uncomfortable with his finger, he couldn’t handle the ball. Way too many turnovers.

  • Bruno

    welcome back Holly I sure missed the post up
    found out about ping ping yesterday in a newspaper website and the first thing that came to my mind was Lang, cause he introduces to Mr Ping Ping .. RIP

  • peter

    Brad, I’m talking specifically about drives…used to be he would drive, throw his arms up (remember that one?) and get a call…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Meh.

  • LA Huey

    I love watching James drift in and out of retarded fandom and intelligent discourse in his posts. He’s trolling y’all for realz.

  • Rusty

    James we are talkin bout this season homie.

  • vtrobot

    Holly, it’s good to have to back. It’s really not the same without the Post Up. P.S. Dallas/Cavs Finals.

  • ConeyIslander

    I’m not seeing all this laker guaranteed chip talk at all. They just look worn out and beat up.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    SHE’S BACK!!!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    And: TONEY DOUGLAS IS THE TRUTH!!! Seriously, the Knicks FINALLY found a reliable point guard. I know I say this a lot, but Toney Douglas is a future All-Star. Defensively he is pretty d@mn good and offensively he’s both an efficient scorer and a point guard with good court vision.

  • http://missjia.com meloMan2.0

    @James: i dont know why u always mention me as someone who down played the Lakers team, i just didnt like them.. but not once did i say they were mediocre… infact, i said numerous times that the Lakers SHOULD win because of their talent and size

  • Easy1

    All of this back and forth is pointless. This may be the only sport where regular season does not really translate to the post season. Simply put, we’ll have to see what happens.

  • Proudly Rwandan

    that stephen curry kid is good!

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