Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  28 responses

Post Up: Jazz Trump Thunder

In the game of the year(?).

by Holly MacKenzie / @stackmack

Happy Wednesday!

I am thankful for Kevin Durant, Jeff Green, Russell Westbrook, Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer. I needed something to make my night better and the Jazz/Thunder game did just that, until that blatant non-call on KD as he attempted a 3-pointer to win the game, but, we’ll focus on the good: Two teams battling it out, fighting for playoff positioning in a western conference where teams 2-5 are tied and the Thunder in the sixth spot are just 1.5 games back from the 2-5 pack. I hope you followed that, not sure how to better explain it.

Anyway, the teams had a lot on the line and they played like it. Leaving everything on the floor, I think this was my favorite NBA game this season, or at least, my second favorite, to the Melo/LeBron showdown. Or, the Miami/LA showdown in LA. Nah, I think this one took the cake. After SLAM fave Nick Collison hit the first 3-pointer of his NBA career at the end of the third quarter, the fourth was a back-and-forth, with the Jazz going ahead by 10, but Durant taking over, knocking down 3-pointer after 3-pointer and then Jeff Green nailing a huge three of his own to force overtime, it was without a doubt, the best quarter of bball I’ve seen in a long, long time.

In overtime, Deron Williams drilled a huge shot with 1.1 seconds remaining to give the Jazz a one-point lead and then the Thunder went to KD who was clearly fouled on his shoot attempt that fell way short and there was no call. He was furious, the announcers were irate and it just really kinda sucked. For a game that means so much with respect to the standings and that was fought so hard on both sides, it sucked for it to come down to a missed call. Regardless, it was awesome. And anyone watching saw why Kevin Durant is a stud. KD finished with seven 3-pointers and 45 points. Russell Westbrook had 29 points and nine assists. Green added 20. Deron Williams had a career-high 42 points to go with nine assists as Boozer put in 28 points and 15 rebounds.

It was a freaking awesome game and I wish it had been the NBATV fan night game. Feel sorry for any of you that missed it.

I also feel sorry for Toronto Raptors fans.

After going through one of the toughest home loses I can recall against the Warriors on Sunday, in the opening minutes of the Raptors game against Cleveland, Chris Bosh took an inadvertent elbow from Antawn Jamison and crumpled to the floor. As my phone started going crazy, blood started to flow and Chris made his way to the locker room where he would then be taken to the hospital for a CT scan.

Yes, in the middle of a playoff run, this would happen. Bosh has a maxilla and nasal fracture. He spent the night in Cleveland and we don’t know when/if he will play again. I’m sure he’s swollen and sore and would need a mask and to be medically cleared to even think about playing. With five games remaining –including tonight against the Celtics– I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t see Bosh again this season. Yes, I’m saying season and leaving it at that. I’m not ready to think beyond that right now.

It just sucks. He deserves to be out there in the playoff race with his team. Andrew Bogut does, too. Da’Sean Butler’s torn ACL felt like it was simultaneously shredding my heart, yeesh. No more, please. I said it over the weekend and now that the tourney –Congrats Duke!– is over, it stands true: The moment that will stick with me above all else from this tournament is Huggins on the court with Butler, treating his player like he was his son.

Speaking of Duke, I saw Seth’s brother on Sunday and, man, can he play. Steph Curry, Brandon Jennings, Tyreke Evans. Give me any of them on my team and I’m happy. Between KD and Deron, a healthy Chris Paul, Melo, Bron, Kobe, Dwyane and then these rookies, wow, the league is in great hands. Oh yes, Shaun Livingston tied a career-high with 21 points tonight, on 9-for-11 fgs to go with eight assists. That was lovely.

Even if I’m still pretty bummed about Bosh right now.

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  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    DWill’s a winner. All-NBA First Team this season.

  • therighttoremainsalient

    Playoff spots are coming at a serious premium this week?!

  • therighttoremainsalient

    I’d 2nd that choice of Ryne’s…. If I wasn’t a Nash fan. :) Lets go with 2nd team for DWill and call it even.

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

    It has always been cliche to say it, but ANYTHING can happen in the playoffs. Just get there, and take if from there. I think we’re gonna see some teams get through the first round that we never expected. Can’t wait. See ya in Miami, Chris.

  • http://myspace.com/riseagainst Bryan

    Well the Thunder were sorta robbed, but they shouldn’t have to rely on the refs at the end of a game. Still great game, Boozer is an as*hole though. Dunking and staring was fine the first time, but the second time when his teamate was down in his line of sight made him look like at d*ck.

  • http://missjia.com meloMan2.0

    Shaun Livingston!!! i hope he keeps this up

  • LA Huey

    Post-Up is back! Missed ya, stackmack…And its great to see Mr. Livingston balling. I hope karma’s on his side now.

  • Webstarr

    Damn that game was crazy last night. I don’t know if anyone saw it with the local announcers but when Williams hit that shot in OT, the play-by-play guy had an orgasm I’m quite sure.

  • Webstarr

    Also, props to Durant. As a Jazz fan, dude had me scared to death every shot he took. Even that turn around heave he took from 40 ft out at the end of regulation was a threat. Meanwhile, D Will is hard to the core.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    f&ck my life for missing that one. but kroger can’t pay for league pass so its whatever.

  • http://www.bluefont.com Hisham

    My league pass broadcast the game with Jazz anouncers. Needless to say, they weren’t irate at all

  • Webstarr

    also, Holly, do you really think it was such a blatant foul? I mean he hit his hand a little on the follow through but I always thought that was supposed to be a no call

  • http://www.bluefont.com Hisham

    @Webstarr: where’d you buy those homer glasses? cause i’d like to see what exactly it is that you saw…

  • Webstarr

    Ha man I’m just saying, if I was an OKC fan I might be singing a different tune but for a game like that to be decided by a weak foul on the follow through?

  • Atrain

    Congrats on the Bucks making the playoffs when no one expected them to do $%#^ this season

    Get better Bogues

  • Webstarr

    but either way, if there is a god, these two teams will meet in the first round

  • http://digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    @Webstarr: it was not a “weak” foul…he hacked a shooters forearm and greatly altered the shot in an illegal manner…this gives the defender an unfair advantage…the refs job is to prevent, overrule unfair advantages…it should have been, no question, a foul. Not even a debate.

  • http://Badnewzb8ller John cortez

    That no call on Durant was made possible by Kevin Garnett using his mind powers to mute those whistles. Ha

  • Webstarr


    Not on the forearm…definitely debateable

  • Rob

    That was a robbery. The ref clearly didn’t want to make the call. That game was a W for OKC. God I hate Utah.

  • Rob

    That was a robbery. The ref clearly didn’t want to make the call. That game was a W for OKC. God I hate Utah.

  • Rob

    Debatable???? you’re out of your mind

  • http://dsfjklf.com Jukai

    Great, hard fought game with an awful ending.
    Deron has officially taken ‘all-nba first team’ away from Nash.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Deron was already all-nba first team when Chris Paul went down. Nash hasn’t been better then Deron for at least two years.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Lol Jukai, Deron’s *now* overtaken Nash? I know you’re a Suns fan…but please..

  • matt

    payback from the Gods for the end of the dec 31 game (a phantom millsap loose-ball foul). these teams have played each other crazy-well this season and when they meet in the 2,7 matchup there will be fireworks.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/madlib Michael NZ

    Deron’s first team, no question. And Seth Curry is just gonna step right in and keep things rolling at Duke. Book it.

  • Teddy-the-Bear