Thursday, April 8th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  34 responses

The Post Up: Congrats, Nellie

His rookie is ridiculously good.

by Holly MacKenzie / @stackmack

And the hits keep coming.

After losing Chris Bosh last night, the Raptors learned they’d be without him for the rest of the regular season as he underwent successful surgery for a nasal fracture. In the first quarter, Hedo Turkoglu collided with Tony Allen and went to the hospital for a CT scan on what the team is calling a nasal contusion. Turk had been starting because Antoine Wright had re-aggravated his ankle in Cleveland. Jarrett Jack was hobbling around out there in the fourth because he, too, rolled and ankle. And then there was Amir Johnson. Having Big Baby roll into your knee isn’t a recipe for feeling fine, but that’s exactly what happened to Johnson.

I thought bad things were supposed to come in threes. There have been more than three around here and yeeesh, timing couldn’t be any worse. Anyway, onto the game. The Raptors hung with the C’s in the first half, but once the second half hit, Rajon Rondo turned things up a notch and the Celtics looked vet savvy, rather than old. Michael Finley was awesome, dropping in 11 points in the fourth on a perfect 4-4 from the floor. He drilled three 3-pointers, the final a dagger that closed the door on the Raptors.

Rondo’s so good, you watch him and comment a few times to yourself on how quick he is, but then you see the boxscore and realize he had 21 points and he scored them on 8-of-11 field goals. He also added seven dimes and five boards as the Celtics shot 56 percent from the floor in the win. In an 11-point loss, the Raptors attempted just three second half free throws while the Celtics went to the line 18 times. There’s a Kevin Garnett/Michael Jordan joke waiting to be made, but I’ll leave it since I’ve OD’d on them in the past week.

Raptors/Bulls are still battling it out for the final playoff spot in the East. They’ll face each other Sunday night at the ACC.

In the West, Steph Curry went off against the TWolves and helped his coach clinch the most wins by an NBA coach. Curry had 27 points, eight rebounds, 14 assists and seven steals. I don’t care your opponent, that’s a line, isn’t it? A 116-107 victory in Minnesota with his wife and some friends and family watching, congratulations to Don Nelson. I haven’t always agreed with his methods –and madness– but he has stood the test of time and it’s pretty cool to see him get the record. Also kinda cool that he does it in a year where they’ve had so many injuries and D-League guys brought up. It’s a milestone they had to come together to fight for. It was awesome to see the highlights of Nellie getting sprayed with sprite and water and whatever else the guys found in the locker room.

P.S. Anthony Tolliver had 34 points in the game for the Warriors. Love seeing these D-League guys get their shot, make the most of it and earn themselves some dollars while living their dream.

What’s badass? Dwyane Wade knocking down some free throws and then stopping by the Sixers bench to fix Eddie Jordan’s tie with 48 seconds remaining as the Heat got the 99-95 victory over Philadelphia. Rough ending for the Sixers as Sam Dalembert’s first slam was waved off because Jrue Holiday was called for a foul and then on the next Philly possession, Sam D. was called for offensive interference. Suddenly, the Heat have won nine straight and are battling with Milwaukee for the fifth and sixth spots.

Speaking of playoff spots, you check the western conference race today? Six through eight are tied, while two through four are also tied with Utah standing along at five just one-half game back from two, three and four. Whew, that make any sense to you? I’m losing my mind with “magic numbers” and “if they win this or lose that” scenarios. For someone that ditched calculus many moons ago to follow my writing love, never thought I’d be dealing with so many numbers and stats.

That Carmelo Anthony collapsing on the court deal was just plain scary. With the way guys have been going down, thank goodness he was okay and just shaken up after his head appeared to make contact with Kevin Durant’s torso. When he immediately went down and was lying on the court, it looked as though he was passed out. I still don’t get why the officials allowed play to continue as Melo remained down, totally down, and out of it. That’s a dangerous situation waiting to happen. I know guys often have to commit a foul when someone gets injured and I’ve always hated that, but when you’ve got a guy down and it becomes a hazard for everyone on the court trying to play around him, just blow the whistle. I wonder if they’d allow the play to continue if it were LeBron or Kobe lying on the court like that? Also, wonder why JR didn’t just call a timeout, but you know, I kinda answered my own question there.

Did you all see Marcus Thornton’s slam over Gerald Wallace last night? That’s a poster. Maybe a Slamadamonth? It was pretty great.

Now, could we please make it through this week without any other weird NBA things happening. Awful injuries, surgery, an emergency landing for the Heat’s plane, Melo collapsing. Yes, I’d like the remainder of the week to have more action like the Utah/OKC game. Minus the officials screwing up in crunch time, of course.

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  • Ken

    So is Reke still guaranteed ROY? I think Curry has really made an argument in the second half of the year.

  • http://dsfjklf.com Jukai

    Congratulations, you fat, drunken overrated, smug, bloated hack of a man. Keep ALMOST succeeding for a ridiculous sum of time and people will look back at you and think you’re actually a good coach. F that.

  • http://dsfjklf.com Jukai

    Also, gotta give a shout-out to my boy Goran Dragic… this dude’s legit, and that fact itself is unbelievable. Nash was having a fantastic game (18 points and 12 assists in three quarters) and Gentry had the balls to sit him in the fourth with the Suns only have a five point lead… Dragic absolutely wrecked Parker, who in fairness JUST came back from his broken hand, but hey, give the dude credit, he’s only 20-years-old!
    Dude’s also got some hops. I can’t think of a white guy in the NBA who can jump like him at his size. Anyone come up with anything?

  • http://www.bluefont.com Hisham

    bob sura. oh wait..

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I like Jukai’s passion for the Suns. It’s kind of like my passion for the Heat…..with the same result staring both teams in the face…..a first round exit, regardless of their late season surges.

  • LA Huey

    @Jukai, would almost co-sign that Nelson ish but it was a bit over the top…btw, I had no Dragic is only 20? Thanks for the fun fact. =)

  • LA Huey

    *had no idea
    Anyways, it must suck to be a Raps fan right now with all those preseason expectations ruined by Turk’s indifference, Triano’s lack of discipline, and the recent injury bug. Will Colangelo’s job dependent on whether Bosh returns to the Raps?

  • Saami

    Just love your stuff Holly, if you ever want someone to write the post up over the weekend then give me a call!

  • Atrain

    Im gonna throw back a beer in Nellie’s honor

  • http://myspace.com/heislegend Bryan

    Dragic is almost 24. The suns are red hot right now. If Nash is rested and Amare continues being as aggresive as he has been they have a shot of advancing.

  • vtrobot

    i agree with nellie’s method of punting the ball into the stands when he’s pissed. that’s one of the best moves i’ve ever seen on a court. @ jukes: don’t give nellie a hard time for his bloatedness. he can’t help it. dude was even bloated during his playing days. the west is as tight as i can ever remember it being at this time of the year. it’s somewhat pointless to even start playing out the matchup scenarios because teams can go from 2nd to 7th in one day. craziness. love it.

  • http://nba.com Reflex

    Thornton on Wallace = filthy. Left him eating hardwood

  • http://nba.com Reflex

    Thornton on Wallace = filthy. Left him eating hardwood

  • http://nba.com Reflex

    Wade over Varejao>>>Thornton on Wallace>>>>>every other dunk year

  • Jay

    it sucks he hasn’t won a championship

  • WolfNast

    Durant had a couple Slamadamonth candidates last night.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Chase Budinger has some hops. Also has a p0rn name.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Despite Hops and P0rn name Chase Budinger was posterized to the fullest last night, by some back-up PG named Ronnie Price. Not as nasty as the one on Wallace but darn close imo.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    Kevin Love back in the starting lineup last night. 17 & 18. I know the game didn’t matter and his team is garbage, but: 17 & 18.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    *I should have written ‘given a facial’ instead of posterized. Would have gone better with Chase’s name.

  • http://dsfjklf.com Jukai

    Eboy: the Heat and Suns are BOTH going to surprise people come the playoffs. That doesn’t mean they’re going to win. They most certainly wont. But, you know, there’s some sort of surprise coming… whatever it is…

  • http://dsfjklf.com Jukai

    Yeah Chase has hops, but he’s also like, 3-4 inches taller. Wasn’t Chase suppose to have a 40 inch vert? I haven’t seem him do anything that makes me believe that.
    And damn, Goran is 23. I thought he was 19 last year. How did he age 4 years already?

  • http://www.motherjones.com AndTheJellosJigglin

    Every single post from Holly should be entitled whining about the Raptors. I wonder if she figured out that neither Spurs, Thunder, nor Blazers will miss the playoffs. I also wonder if she knows that play WOULD HAVE CONTINUED if Kobe or Lebron were laying on the ground. If the refs stopped play every time someone was laying on the ground, the players could simply do it in order to get a breather. What does this Holly person contribute to this site??

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Did you miss that putback Budinger caught up over the square with two hands? That showed hops right there.
    Dragic might have hops, but I hope he learned that he’s not on the same level as DRose.
    ‘Cause that was the dunk of the year in my opinion.

  • http://nba.com Reflex

    AllenP, Wade on Varejao is the dunk of the year imo.

  • http://dsfjklf.com Jukai

    Allenp: Yep, I did. No idea what yer talking about.

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

    Brewer on Fisher and Wade on Varejao tied for first place. Turkeyglue was a nasal contusion waiting to happen – with or without a collision.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    None of those dunks won a game. Josh Smith at the buzzer >>>> all of that ish.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Chase Buddinger has insane hops. Also, I know he’s a lot taller but David Lee is an obvious candidate for most athletic white player in the NBA. He was ripping sh!t up in the High School All-American dunk contest against Flight White.

  • Logues

    @Ryan: love doesnt even play 30 min a night. just imagine if the twolves’ coaches had brains and played him 35+ mins a night, he would prolly be leading the leauge in rebounding

  • http://dsfjklf.com Jukai

    Teddy: Yep, Lee has mad hops. Amudson does too; matter of factly, it’s the ONLY thing dude can do.
    But I was talking dudes who are Goran’s size… he REALLY takes off… even if he can’t jump higher than Derrick Rose

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Ah, k lol I get your point. Goran does have mad hops, especially when you look at Luke Ridnour and Steve Nash…

  • The Philosopher

    He can’t get up like he used to, but Jason “white Chocolate” Williams used to get up a little bit.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Phoenix can win a 1st round series….As long as their role players shoot over 40% from deep, and play starter type defense. The only team I (as a suns fan) is petrified of is Utah. – Check the Matchups with Dallas & OKC