Friday, March 26th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  23 responses

Post Up: Heat Burn Bulls

Bron knew Jordan Crawford was more than a dunker.

by Holly MacKenzie / @stackmack

Another night where I chose NCAA over the NBA. What is going on with me? I’ve been affected with the madness and I hope you were, too. At least for the Xavier/K-State game. Wow. A 2OT thriller that saw Kansas-State finally pull away for the 101-96 victory. The game was everything that is right about college basketball and the kids playing in this tournament. Both teams left their hearts on that floor, playing hard, fearless and tough. Big shots, huge makes and so much emotion showed by everyone in the arena. It was pretty much perfect. Even though I realized I was rooting for Xavier hard when I was shaking my head no as K-State made a bucket late in regulation.

Jordan Crawford was great. He finished with 32 points and made one of the most ridiculously deep threes I’ve ever seen in a college game to keep the game going into a second overtime. Terrell Holloway had 26 and was the picture of calm on the free throw line down the stretch. They just missed a couple of shots while Kansas-State made made a couple of free throws and that was the end of their season.

The smiles of the players on the bench during timeouts as they recognized the epic game they were a part of, the shots of a nervous coach’s wife and the fans ohhin and aahing and then going silent. Gus Johnson. 28 points and back-to-back threes in the second overtime for Jacob Pullen. Six 3-pointers in the game for him. 25 points for Denis Clemente. Just, yeah. There were too many amazing moments to mention.

It was a game that won’t soon be forgotten by anyone that watched and it’s one that will be cherished by each guy that played in it.

It also made me feel better about Syracuse losing to Butler. That still makes me sad to think about. 18 turnover and that #1 means nothing.

Okay, enough about the NCAA from me, but what else is there to talk about? Surely you don’t want to hear about the Bulls (and I’m kinda trying to save our boy Russ from having to live through that awfulness again), who were down 30 at the half to Miami and went on to lose 103-74. It was a game I’m kinda glad I didn’t see much of. Jermaine O’Neal led the Heat with 24 points while Dwyane Wade heard cheers from the hometown Chicago fans as he scored 12 points to go with 10 assists. Michael Beasley added 15 points and the Heat shot 52 percent for the game compared to just 32 percent shooting for the Bulls. Lots of long faces on the bench through the second half of this one for Chicago. Hakim Warrick’s 14 points off of the bench were a team-high while Taj Gibson and Derrick Rose scored 12 points apiece.

In Houston, the Clippers got the 99-93 road win thanks to 25 points and 12 rebounds for Craig Smith, while Drew Gooden had 17 points and 14 rebounds and Baron Davis added 16. Trevor Ariza had 18 points to lead the Rockets, but he needed 20 shots to get them. He did have eight rebounds and eight assists though. Aaron Brooks had 18 points and nine assists in the loss. The win snapped an 11-game road losing streak for the Clippers and I realized Shane Battier is a big part of enjoying the Rockets play. Without him, it wasn’t as fun.

In Portland, there were a whole lot of hardcore K. Pritch supporters, rooting for their guy and their Blazers as their team won, 101-89 against a Mavericks team that collapsed late, scoring just 14 points in the fourth quarter. Andre Miller didn’t go off for 50, but he did finished with 19 points and 10 assists while LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 and 10 and Marcus Camby scored 17 to go with 11 rebounds. Brandon Roy scored 16 points. For the Mavs, Caron Butler had 25 points and nine rebounds. Dirk Nowitzki struggled from the floor, shooting 5-for-13 and finishing with 15 points as Shawn Marion also added 15 in the loss.

Feels like it’s the final week of the season with all of these teams juggling for playoff positioning, right? Gotta love it. You know what else I love? Chris Webber on Inside the NBA. He’s been my favorite part of the NBA on TNT this season. Such a natural and so much fun to hear him speak honestly about the game and it’s players.

Perhaps my fave NBA moment of the night: Charles interviewing Spoelstra and messing up by holding the mic in front of himself and not his interviewee. Awesome. With sports, reality is better than fiction. Always.

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  • Ken

    That Xavier game was great. All the threes in the OTs…thrilling.

  • BostonBaller

    I’m always amp’d for Mad college hoops in March!! From the 1st round on you get excellent games. Why not watch college over the pros for 2 weeks. I even watch the ladies and their madness. It gives you a chance to see the ladies you guys write about if you don’t normally follow women’s college hoops.

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

    I hope Charles and Kenny both get food poisoning from that garbage-a*s Chicago pizza they were eating last night. All they did was suck Noah’s co*k, the Bulls futures co*k and how great the “core” of the team was while the Heat r*ped them from beginning to end. I guess the last impression the Bulls left on Dwyane’s potential move to Chicago ended their chances of getting him with their fantastic “future”. Fu*k TNT and their shi*ty-ass HD coverage, too.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    wow eboy, youre pissed for a fan who wached his team blow out da bulls on the road…im very happy my TrailBlazers beat the Cubans fair ans square, that dallas team is stacked but my guys showed they belong in that West upper-echellon..they needed this win for a litle boost of confidence…WAY TO OUTPLAY THE DIGGLER MISTER LAMARCUS!

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

    The Lakers DO NOT want the Blazers to stay in the eight spot for a first round matchup…..believe that.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    but i have to agree with you on smthin eboy..those fools never praise a team, only take shots like the tito jacksons and sh1t..i like them, theyre entertaining, but they rarely show the love they should to a hardworkin team..chicago looked like sh1t but gotta give it to miami for shuttin them down and executing on the block.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    DeMarcus Cousins is already more mentally though than Dwight.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    they prolly rather catch sanA cause every Portland vs LA game is like the end of the world for Blazers fans and we play them well at home, but if i can avoid them i would also..theyre the best out west..but as a learning experince wouldnt be that bad, this season is allready surpassing expectations cause of the injuries.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    heres anton hatin on super”happygolucky”!lol

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    heres to anton hatin on super”happygolucky”!lol

  • Brett

    I enjoyed charles/kenny and EJ behind the mic, wish it was a better game.. but blowouts happen.

    Webber was great on Inside, he should be a part of the team every week, he knows his stuff and is well articulated.

  • The D Train

    Blazers can roll with the Mavs and the Lakers in the first round. I don’t think Blazer fans want any part of Utah, as they seem to own us. Obviously it’d take a monster effort to take down Kobe and Co, but with the repeated problems the Lake-show always has up here in the dreary NW, we’d have to at least like our chances…as much as you can like your chances against the reigning champions in a 1 vs 8 match-up. Went to the game last night and was not impressed with the Mavs at all. They got flustered by the refs, and Kidd was non-existent, as was Terry. The absolute low-light for me was going to see my favorite NBA player, Dirk, play like dog sh1t. I watched him in warm-ups and he seriously did not miss for the first 10 minutes of pregame. Just net, net, net, all on mid-range jumpers. Turned to my buddy and said, “Dirk looks like he might get 50 tonight.” Of course once the curtains went up he got into the theatrical bullsh1t and kept trying to draw fouls on ticky-tack sh1t. Not his finest moment, and a definite let down for me. Happy the Blazers won, though, cuz the way things are going up here, Blazer fans need some positive mo’ going into the playoffs. Just to think that one year ago we were the up-and-coming team, overachieving as one of the youngest teams in the league, with a well-loved GM and a seemingly stable future. Enjoy your current situation, OKC, cuz you never know when the winds are gonna start a’blowin’ and the ship starts to sail way off course.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Co-sign Anton.
    I see Angry Eboy is in full effect today.
    And the Lakers will beat the Trailblazers in 5. Bank on it.
    Now, Denver doesn’t want to see the Trailblazers, because that would be a big problem for them.

  • vtrobot

    @ d train: i was in PDX from 2000-2004. forget about on course/off course, there wasn’t even a map back then. or perhaps the map had to be used as papers (JR couldn’t find his soda can). the team is definitely on course, just horribly unlucky recently. it’s great to watch LaMarcus have good games. nice move getting him instead of tyrus and getting b. roy instead of bassy. and pritchard is on his way out? huh? i would love to see them knock off LA in round 1.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Thx Holly, nice Post-Up this time around. Finally got the Kobe-issue in my mailbox, and found that my comment was featured prominently in Thrash Talk – good looking out Ben.
    Some thoughts on the games (mostly questions actually);
    I was watching the K-State & Xavier game last night, but started bopping my head with around 4 mins to go. So my girlfriend started complaining and persuaded me into going to bed. After seeing how it turned out, she wont be forgiven anytime soon. Jordan Crawford is amazing, it is me or is he like a more athletic version of name-brother Jamal? What is going on with the Mavs, has Dampier coming back really interupted their karma so bad? Gooden is playing out of his mind these days it seems, good for him. Is Denis Clemente Brazilian or half-Brazilian, what is his story anybody has the heads up? Portland will give any team trouble in the playoffs, they are getting quality wins with a balanced attack, and Brandon can still go of. And lastly; Eboy is a grumpy old man.

  • The D Train

    RE: Dampier…Haywood is a man, baby! Seriously, watching him versus watching Dampier last night it was painfully obvious he is a significant upgrade over Dampier. The 35-8 split in minutes at least confirms that Carlisle has some idea of this, yet it’s still perplexing that they are starting Dampier for some crazy-arse reason.

  • The D Train

    @vtrobot: man, for newsworthy and comedy reasons, I really miss JR and Co. Everyday was an adventure with JR, Sheed, Mighty Mouse, and the Nanny Stopper.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton
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  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    lol @ Eboy’s aggressive posting.While they say some things never change, others do i guess.

  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    @Allenp: Denver don’t even want the playoffs to start anytime soon, with the way they’re playing. As it is, it looks like any team from below they’re seeding can beat them. They need to wake up soon and gather some momentum come playoff time.

  • Johnson

    yeah, if the blazers can manage to get out of the 8th seed than denver which is equal on talent now that kmart is out who was so important to that team, a billups-miller, camby/lamarcus-nene/anderson and roy/batum-carmelo/smith would be an amazing series.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    If the Jazz upset a West Coast powerhouse, Sternbot and co. are going to wax that @ss… Believe that. They’re going to pull some strings behind the scenes (i.e. referees) to make sure the Jazz lose.