Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  15 responses

Post Up: Fear The Deer

Or, Bogut if you’re Steve Blake.

by Holly MacKenzie / @stackmack

It’s a weird night in the NBA when you are more amped for the Wiz are gunning for their first victory since a February 28 win over the Nets than anything else, including playoff positioning races. Please, tell me someone else was watching that carrying call on Kyle Lowry and the ensuing flip out by the man who just wanted his Rockets to get a fair shake? He was awesome. I love insane fans. Except for when they sit behind my media seat and  are hurling mean insults at players. I’m not good at being mean. I know, I know, all is fair in love and basketball, but my heart can’t take it.

Anyway, Chase Budinger had himself a game and hit a jumper to put the Rockets ahead before corralling the most important rebound of the game, hitting two free throws and finishing with 24 points on 9-for-13 shooting as he helped the Rockets pull out the 98-94 victory on their home court. I can’t lie, I was pulling for the Wiz. Over a month straight of losing. Losing Josh Howard for the rest of the season. Picking up my man Shaun Livingston for the rest of the season. Surviving the Gil Arenas situation. I wanted those guys to have a reason to smile as they walked off of the floor.

In Milwaukee, the Bucks continue to ball, taking down the Clippers, 107-89. This one got a little chippy when Steve Blake took exception to a screen set by Andrew Bogut and immediately got in his face. Yeah, I thought he should have been mad at his teammates for not having his back, but had to love him stepping to Bogut, despite the obvious physical disadvantage. Now, here’s where I have the problem. When Blake and Bogut stand face to face, Travis Outlaw comes flying in to Boguts chest, pushing him away from his teammate. Okay, cool. When Brandon Jennings sees this, he comes over to have Bogut’s back. The refs take their sweet ass time to review and decide what they are calling and they finally settle upon double-techs for Bogut and Blake and then, a technical on Brandon Jennings. Now, if you’re going to be tossing out technicals, you’d best give Outlaw one as well since he was the first person other than the two involved to make himself a part of things.

Agree or disagree?

Anyway, the Bucks pulled away thanks to Rasual Butler getting Rondo’d by Jennings immediately after the technical and suddenly the Bucks look like their coach. They are playing hard, tough and mean. I love it. I mean, I really, really love it. They’ve got a rookie pg who lost his shot for half of the season. They’ve got a big man who simply doesn’t get enough love and who tweets with our boy Russ on the regular. John Salmons playing like a star, Jerry Stackhouse coming out of retirement and singing the praises of P90X, Ilyasova making Hammond look like a genius and all-star tweeter Charlie Bell. In my world, it doesn’t get much better than the Milwaukee Bucks. We’re talking the OKC of the Eastern Conference in my books. Yeah. Kinda like a big deal.

Brandon finished with 17 points, Stack had 16 and Ilyasova scored 20 off of the bench. Drew Gooden put in 20 points and 11 rebounds and Chris Kaman had 17 points and 10 boards in the loss. Bogut had the best face ever after he finished an alley oop. Bucks. Seriously. 4th best record in the L since February 1st and I love it.

Russ Westbrook to KD for the slam is one of my favorite NBA things. Andre Iguodala going hard to the hoop, too. I’d like him on my team. Yes, yess, I would. Iguodala is one of those players who does so many things and yet, we look at his turnovers or missed shots more than the positive impact he has on the game. I’d really, really like him on a team I was building. Even if the team he is on just lost by 17 to the Thunder, 111-93. Love seeing the Thunder jerseys in the stands during road games. Especially after hearing why KD chose his number. Durant finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City while Russ W. had 10 points and 14 assists and Jeff Green added 16. Iguodala finished with 21 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and three steals in the loss. Elton Brand had 22 points as well.

In Chicago, the Bulls nearly gave me a heart attack, hanging on until the final seconds, before the Suns got some hot shooting and Steve Nash-ness to escape with the 111-105 road win. Channing Frye hit a huge three, Nash made a layup then fed Grant Hill for an open dunk and suddenly the Suns had the lead and enabled the Raptors to move to 1.5 games ahead of Chicago for the eighth and final eastern conference playoff spot. Nash finished with 22 points and 10 assists, JRich had 27 (including a huge three, himself) and Amare added 21 and 11. Flip Murray was all over the place for the Bulls, scoring 23 points on 9-for-12 shooting and Derrick Rose had 23 points and 10 assists in the loss.

In Indy, the Pacers stole another game, this time taking down the Kings, 102-95. 17 points, seven rebounds, 10 assists and four steals for Tyreke Evans in his return. Damn, that guy is good. Missing five games didn’t slow him down, but unfortunately for the Kings, they were unable to slow down the Pacers who won their eighth straight at home behind 33 points from Danny Granger.

Clippers are in town tonight. Hoping the Raps get the win to extend my season a little more. I just wanna see a playoff game, guys!

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  • http://Www.twitter. Darksaber

    Russ and ‘Drew’s twitter love affair sickens me, it sickens meeee!! (ok, not really, we chat a lot too. Bogut loves himself some Twitter, gotta hand it too him)

  • spit hot fiyah

    2 things about that picture. 1, pause. 2, Charlie seems to be just as tall as brandon.

  • http://myspace.com/heislegend Bryan

    I can’t wait til Westbrook really turns into a point guard. 16 8 and 5 from a dude who isn’t even halfway there yet is ridiculous.

  • T-Money

    Even though Jamison is working for the Cavs, I’m almost mad they didn’t get Iggy who’s basically Lebron-lite (down to the passing). Can you imagine Bron and Iggy taking turns slashing to the tin, running the break and wreaking havoc in the passing lanes? Iggy would be soooo valuable as a 2nd banana

  • http://SLAMonline.com GotHandles?

    Bjennings, BIG UP ROY.

  • http://www.yougotdunkedon.com LilKDub503

    Brandon Jennings should get the ROY simply because he has led his team to the playoffs, while the Kings are still the tomato can of the NBA. Tyreke Evans is no doubt stellar, but Jennings is just a better leader. But then again, LeBron won ROY while Carmelo got to the playoffs, so yeah.

  • http://missjia.com meloMan2.0

    ^ but Melo averaged more points and rebounds, on better percentages than Bron also… Jennings hasn’t done that. not saying he doesnt deserve some consideration though

  • T-Money

    Brandon Jennings has not ”led” anyone to the playoffs. He has been really inconsistent and his role in the Bucks’ success has been very marginal at times this year. Cmon now, he’s doing fine for a rookie but it’s almost like saying that Courtney Lee ”led” Orlando to the Finals in his rookie year. The Bucks are winning with a steady dose of Bogut on the block and one of the best defenses in the NBA.

  • Lee

    Don’t forget John Salmons.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Check My $tats:
    - In the last 20 seasons, Kobe had the most 25-pt games with 68. Jordan was 2nd with 67. With 9 games left, Durant has 65.
    - 23′s so efficient that even with 100 straight misses, no assists and no rebounds in his next 200 minutes, he’d still lead the league in PER.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Wait, the Blazers traded Travis Outlaw and Steve Blake for Marcus Camby? Wasn’t it just for some cash?

  • vtrobot

    I’m not saying that Jennings doesn’t have a ton of help, but it seems like he’s been more important to this MIL team than c. lee was to that ORL team. I can’t believe that the C’s are going to play MIL on 4/10 AND the last game of the season, 4/14. if they meet up in the 1st round, it’s gonna be heated by then.

  • http://fdjsklf.com Jukai

    vtrobot: Yeah, he’s been more important, but he’s not the LEADER. That’s Bogut. He’s not the CLUTCH SHOT TAKER. That’s Salmons.
    So he’s just a great third option.
    And so we have to check his stats because he IS a third option. And his stats aren’t on par with Tyreke Evans.
    Honestly, if Bogut was on a team like the Warriors, he may be in contention (although I’d put money that Reke would still take it). Being on a winning team hurts Jennings, especially because in bad games, Jennings is benched and Ridnour plays the majority of the game. On one hand, that’s an INCREDIBLY VALUABLE ASSET to have as a player, to be alright with sittin’ down and letting your teammate take the time cause you know the next time yer given the chance, he’ll do the same. On the other hand, the fact that that even happens is not good stock for Jennings’ ROY chances.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    2nd fav team in the L. bogut for mayor.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Anton – that stat is hectic. MJ has won more championships over that same period also.