Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  37 responses

The Post Up: Bucks Ballin

Amar’e has no regard for Anthony Tolliver’s life.

by: Holly MacKenzie / @stackmack

I feel like I could just run this on loop and it would be enough for the Post Up today:

The Suns won that game, by the way. It was close, but Monta missed a three at the buzzer after Nash and Hill were both unable to close the game out. I was hoping for OT in this one, but Phoenix took it, 133-131. Anthony Tolliver had 25 points, 12 rebounds and five assists for the Warriors, but he was on the wrong end of that Amare dunk. I don’t even want to call it a dunk. It was just, yes. Wow. I love the announcers reaction. I love Amare’s reaction. Perhaps, most of all, I love the look on JRich’s face.

Richardson had 34 points in the game as Amare scored 37 and the Suns outrebounded Golden State 50-35. Seriously, just go watch the dunk again.

And back to out regularly scheduled Post Up. Bucks. The Bucks are balling and last night was no different as they battled the Atlanta Hawks and came out on top in a 98-95 victory on their home floor. Once again, the hero was John Salmons. Scoring 32 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter, it was Salmons who put the Bucks ahead with 21.8 seconds remaining, boosting their record to 15-2 since the trade deadline move that brought him to Milwaukee. As hot as Salmons was, it looked as though Joe Johnson might win it for the Hawks but he missed late and then a Jamal Crawford three at the buzzer fell short giving the Bucks the win. Salmons shot 13-19 from the floor while Carlos Delfino added 23 points, nine rebounds and five assists and Luke Ridnour added 18 off of the bench.

In New Orleans, Chris Paul returned and his team turned it on against the Mavs, using a 23-0 run –with Paul on the bench– to come back from a 16-point first quarter deficit to get the huge victory. Morris Peterson had a season-high 20 for New Orleans while rookie Marcus Thornton had 28 and David West scored 25 points to go with 10 assists, no typo. CP3 played 21 minutes and finished with 11 points, but his presence energized his team and propelled them to the win.

In Oklahoma City the Spurs escaped with a 99-96 win after Thabo Sefolosha’s 3-pointer rimmed in and out. That one hurt. I wanted the Thunder to get back on track after that awful loss to Indy on Sunday. George Hill led SA with 27 points while Manu added 21 and Tim Duncan scored 14 points to go with seven rebounds and five assists. Kevin Durant poured in 45 points for the Thunder in the loss on 15-24 shooting.

The Heat, Raptors and Bulls all won last night, so the playoff race in the eastern conference remains as blurry as ever.

The Celtics lost to the Jazz and Terrence Williams had nine points, eight rebounds and seven assists in a Nets loss against Miami before injuring his foot in the third quarter. Here’s hoping it’s nothing serious.

Before I go, I leave you with a glimpse of my LA experience:

Whether you love the Lakers or hate them, you can't deny this is pretty sweet.

Whether you love the Lakers or hate them, you can't deny this is pretty sweet.

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  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Morris Peterson scored 20 points??!? Ain’t he like, 45 years old? Whoa. Happy for him though.

  • http://Www.twitter.com Darksaber

    I might be a bit cranky because Dallas has managed to lose by a bunch to 2 teams they should be steamrolling (Hornets?? KNICKS????!!!) shortly after putting together a 13 game win streak, so please bear with me. That dunk by STAT is receiving all kinds of hyperbole on Twitter etc. My reaction when i saw it, nice but meh. TV commentator starts raving about it being the best he’s seen in 20 years… Whaaaa??? Was he eating shrimp in a luxury box all these years during games, it wasn’t even STAT’s most memorable jam: ask Olowakandi (if u can find him).

  • http://slamonline.com GotHandles?

    b jennings ROY

  • vtrobot

    @ dark: i was about to type the exact same thing. 20 years? it was a very strong dunk, but i don’t know if it was the best dunk of THIS year, let alone any other years. salmons is on fire. good for that dude. i do NOT want the C’s to face the bucks in the 1st round. i’d put these C’s as underdogs against CLE, ORL, and ATL, and i think i’d put them as underdogs against MIL, too. they lost a tough one last night, but at least they’re playing like a strong team again now. rondo is playing great. ray is hot. PP looks pretty good. perk is stepping it up. KG didn’t leave SLC on crutches this time. even nate is playing well (when he’s not throwing passes to people in the crowd).

  • http://www.slamonline.com Todd Spehr

    The guy who said “20 years” was former Bull Scott Williams, so take that for what it’s worth.

  • pizzabytheshred

    that dunk by stat was SICK..

  • Hangtime Hec

    -shrugs- I thought it was nice. But nothing to throw adjectives at. This year has been a great year for vicious dunks though.

  • The D Train

    Darksaber is spot-on. Vicious throw down by the big man, but Amare has one like that once a month, it seems. And the dunk on Olawakandi is his best ever in my opinion (and Steph’s, I’m quite sure). All the talk about his lack of defense and what-not at the trade deadline, but wouldn’t it be totally worth having that cat on your squadron just for the chance that you’ll probably see him defecate on someone’s head at least 3-4 times a year. I would LOVE to be in the arena when he does that kind of damage. Alas, the Blazers-Mavs game I’ll be attending on Thursday does not feature any candidates to do destroy another man like that, although I guess you can say that about 90% of the teams in the league.

  • The D Train

    apparently my synapses are not firing correctly this morning, although I must say I like the sound of “do destroy”

  • LA Huey

    Damn, I wish I had league pass so I can catch a Bucks game. They are going to cause headaches in the playoffs…Spurs needed that one. Their schedule aint getting any easier

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    It’s curious how much better John Salmons plays for the Bucks compared to the crap he was doing for the Bulls.
    Is it the system, is it the fact that Salmons doesn’t feel pressure about his contract anymore? I really don’t know. Maybe it’s the personnel difference, or a difference in role. I haven’t watched enough Bucks or Bulls games to really make a guess, but I’m wondering if anybody else had a thought on it.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Cory Brewer’s dunk over Derek Fisher is the dunk of the year. Or Derrick Rose on Dragic. Everything else is just conversation.

  • Hangtime Hec

    So Allen, you forgot about Wade castration of Varejo?

  • namik

    Nice dunk, but the stupid amount of hype its getting ruined it for me. I was expecting something insane. Amare has done this to a bunch of people, nice dunk, but that’s it. Brewer’s dunk last week was better than this.

  • namik

    And the best part of this dunk was some guy on the Warrior’s bench making the “whooooo!!” face right after the poster. That and Devean George smiling his face off on the Warrior’s bench.

  • http://www.teflinprague.com SAB

    “Whether you love the Lakers or hate them, you can’t deny this is pretty sweet.” – i can and i will. it pretty much makes me want to throw up.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I feel like the two dunks I named were better. Brewer’s dunk was ridiculous, seach the archives for it again. He vaulted over Fisher.
    And Rose really embarrased Dragic. Wade’s was nice, definitely top 5 for the year, but not better than those two, in my opinion.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Not as good as TMac over himself.

  • vtrobot

    cosign everyone re: brewer’s dunk. the fact that fish was the one getting defecated on made it that much better. i can’t remember one where the “receiver” was more humiliated than fish was. @ d train: those teams have some good athletes. you might see some damage. i recall tough juice throwing it down pretty hard a bunch of times against the C’s the past couple years.

  • http://dsfjklf.com Jukai

    I feel the Bucks are sort of how the Raptors SHOULD have been: a REAL euro team with finesse players with BALLS…. Jennings (he played in Italy!), Delfino, Ilyasova, Bogut (Australia is close enough), that’s how yer suppose to do it! Now through in hard competitors like Salmons, Stackhouse, Ridnour, Luc Mbah a Moute… you got a team!

  • matt

    cp3= overrated

  • doyouwantmore

    LOL “Let’s RUMBLE!”

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Damn, get injured and you’re “overrated”?
    Can’t fathom that.
    When healthy, dude was killing and was considered either the best or second best point guard in the league.
    I haven’t seen anything that makes that untrue.

  • Hersey

    What makes the dunk great is the context. It turned the game. Amare took over at that point. This is top 3 for me with Brewer on Fisher and Rose on Dragic. Haven’t been to Staples but I saw Suns at the Boston Garden this year and that was awesome. Even the trophys in San Antonio are impressive. Boston wins on atmosphere though.

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

    Wade for dunk of the year… EASY!!! Brewer comes in second.

  • http://dfjklf.com Jukai

    Jason Richardson: “I have won two NBA dunk contests and I have NEVER seen a dunk like Amare had on Toliver”
    Jared Dudley: “Yeah, I won two High School dunk contests and I agree!”

  • T-Money

    Can we stop pretending that Jennings is carrying the Bucks now? I’ve been paying attention to the Bucks lately and his impact on their record is marginal at best. They actually suck at offense and win games on the defensive end. Now who’s the worst defensive player in their rotation? Yep, you guessed right. He just happens to play for a team that’s decent. Reke is a flat out better player.

  • http://dfjklf.com Jukai

    T-Money: No one is saying he’s carrying the Bucks anymore, but to say his impact is ‘marginal at best’ is pure hyperbole. He leads his team in assists, steals, and three-point percentages, and he’s third on the team in scoring.
    He is the team’s third most important player. Yeah, his impact on the defensive end is marginal, but you STILL need to score to win basketball games. Period. Jennings is the guy who helps do that. He’s the second/third most important part of the Bucks’ squad.
    No, he ain’t ROY anymore, he’s not better than Evans but I still question if Curry is actually better… Curry is on a squad where he gets the green light to chuck everything and constantly control the ball and the team loses. If Jennings was in the same position to chuck/control and didn’t have to worry about the W, how would his stats look?

  • http://dfjklf.com Jukai

    But yeah, you are right in your assessment that Bogut is the heart and sole of the Bucks, Salmons is the closer, and there are plenty of others to help. It’s not Jennings’ team.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Something needs to be said on Jason Richardson’s play for the Suns. He’s one of the big reasons why they’re still in the playoff hunt.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    matt he just came back from injury. Overrated? Really?

  • T-Money

    Jukai, I’d argue that he’s not even that good at scoring. He’s quite decent (albeit streaky) with the long ball but he is a disaster from anywhere else. According to Hoopdata, he shoots 41% AT THE RIM. That’s disgustingly bad. The Bucks would be just as good right now with Ridnour stealing his minutes. Now, of course, he’s a supremely talented player and Ridnour is not better than him by any means. I’m not saying that. It’s just that his game is VERY inefficient right now. I like his passing skills, he’s a natural. / Meh, I don’t rate Curry that much either.

  • dez
  • Sparker

    no one was even talking about bogut before jennings, except as a footnote in the bust debate. it was jennings who turned them around and gave them hope

  • http://dsfjklf.com Jukai

    T-Money: Regardless if he’s not scoring well or not (which he isn’t), he’s still the third leading scorer on the team and they’re still winning. Ridnour and Jennings are both irreplaceable in the fact that they are streaky and have no problem being the clutch-time PG when the other one sits.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    @allenp, IMO John Salmons is a very dangerous player when he surrounded by shooters. But when you take those away he struggles. F.E. Ben Gordon leaving the bulls handicapped Salmons production, there is not enough room to operate.
    - And what Brandon Jennings is doing for Milwaukee is being way too overlooked. He outplayed Tyreke against the kings, and is smart enough to get his teammates the ball in spots where they are comfortable. (Milwaukee was picked by many to finish dead last in the east). And Luke Ridnour does not have the speed, or apply the pressure that jennings does, it would not be the same if he took over. Jennings leads the bucks in minutes too

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmmmzVwNxxM Warriors get jammed on

    That wasn’t even the Best dunk that STAT has had vs the Warriors. There are many to choose from but I gotta go with one on Foyle from a few years ago.