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Saturday, November 27th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  29 responses

Post Up: All Killer, No Filler

And Melo’s so cold he could skate through a heat wave.

by Anton Kudriavtsev/@TheDiesel

Recovering from your three-day turducken coma? Catch up on the action and get back to sleep.

Rockets 88, Bobcats 99

Houston, we continue to have problems. Despite a poor shooting night, Gerald Wallace (21 points, 14 rebounds) let his Bobcats over the downward-pointed Rockets. Chase Budinger (what?!) has 19 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists off the bench but himself and Kevin Martin were a combined 12 of 32 from the field and couldn’t push the team enough for the win. As Rick Adelman said that both Yao and Aaron Brooks are still weeks away from being healthy enough to play, and the current line-up can’t can consistent production, expect more of the same from Houston for weeks to come.

Cavs 100, Magic 111

Two nights after nailing the season’s 2nd game-winning shot for the Cavs (it’s okay, I’m sure not a lot of people saw it either), Mo Williams took his talents to Midwest Beach in Orlando, putting up 20 points and 8 assists in a loss to the Magic. The Dwight Howard/Anderson Varejao match-up was about as fair as…well, a Howard/Varejao match-up. Brandon Bass continues his efficiency off the bench with 10 points and 4 rebounds in just 13 minutes of play. Is it scary that JJ Redick looks better defensively than Half Man, Half Injured?

Raptors 101, Celtics 110

After bonding further by seeing various chick-flicks, Garnett and the Big Laundromat led the Celtics as they handed the Raptors one of their favourite collector’s items – another loss. KG finished with 26 points and 11 boards while Big Sheet added 16 and 9, while smelling deliciously fresh throughout. Rondo (4 points, 14 assists) returned to action and made his presence felt, knifing through the paint and setting up the Celtics for lay-ups galore. Jump shots are so over-rated. For the Raps, their supposed franchise-saver Bargnani got bullied out of the paint into a poor-shooting night and his point guard Calderon netted 12 points and 15 assists in a vain attempt at a win. You can’t win them all, guys. Or in your case, near half of them.

Bucks 89, Pistons 103

Can we get last year’s deer back? This one’s not scaring me. The Bucks continued their offensive woes in a loss to the false-firing Pistons. Brandon Jennings had 25 points and 6 assists and was the only Buck rallying his team late in the game, with a lay-up to cut it to single digits in the 3rd. However, Detroit out-scored the Bucks in three out of four quarters, led by Rodney Stuckey (18 points) and Rip Hamilton (15 pts). I just don’t get the starting line-up for the Bucks struggles to score. On paper, Bogut/Salmons/Jennings is good for at least 60 points a game, right? Add Ilyasova and walking and-1 Maggette off the bench and this team shouldn’t have the problems it’s having now.

Sixers 90, Heat 99

The Heat’s next challenge was about as difficult as the questions that Matt Lauer soft-balled to LeBron on his Person of the Year interview. Considering how the Heat have been playing, I’m sure they wouldn’t mind a few more games against the Sixers. Wade scored 23 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 8 assists to lead the Heat over Philly in a 4th quarter rally. Arroyo haters, stand up! Carlos scored a season-high 17 points for Miami, which bears repeating. Arroyo – 17 points. Iguodala scored 20 points and 9 rebounds for Philly, as his team was down just eight with 3:30 left when Dwyane converted a three-point play and a lay-up to push his squad to a win.

Thunder 110, Pacers 106

Westbrook

If there was any doubt to whom the Thunder are going to extend, it’s over now. On a night where the Thunder shot 20% from three, it was Russell Westbrook who made all key plays in an overtime win over the Pacers. Trailing by 14 at halftime, the Thunder stormed back thanks to Westbrook’s career-high 43 points. Durant was very clutch on this night (25 points), as his three-point play tied the game in regulation and running 5-footer gave the Thunder the lead in OT.  Darren Collison had an acrobatic no-look and-one that tightened the game in OT, but an extremely difficult off-balance Durant jumper later and the game was effectively over. Granger hit some Hail-Mary three’s to keep the game close, finishing with 30 points. The Thunder are now 6-0 when the final score is within 5 points or less. The Pacers’ color commentators were in full “I have nothing to say but I’ll say it anyway” form all game long. For example, to explain a certain foul: “Yeah that’s a foul. You can’t put two hands on the guy’s back; you can only put one and a forearm. I mean you can put two hands on anyone everywhere else.” Really, fellas? Are you sure you don’t have back-up jobs as TSA agents? Speaking of which, does James Harden’s beard warrant additional pat-downs? He could have about five Sim Cities living in there.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Great stuff again Anton.
    I’m wondering.. How do the NBA makes the season schedule? There’s been a lot of times this season that the Cavs next opponent is Miami’s previous match-up?
    Will OJ Mayo be The Jet 2.0?
    Although they came up short in this one, are the Bulls gonna duplicate Jazz’ as comeback kings..?

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    The Nuggets were without Smooth and K-Mart, so in my eyes that in effect cancels out the Bulls being without Rose and Boozer. Also, Melo was under the weather, but still managed to get his teammates involved (8 dimes), pull down 6 boards, and then hit a game winner. That sure doesn’t seem like a guy who isn’t giving 100% to his team – You may shove that where the sun don’t shine Kenny Smith! lol

  • ClydeSays

    C’s get back to beating teams they should. As for Reddick, I have to give the dude some credit. He can into the League with nothing more that a jumpshot and “I’m a starter” attitude. He moped on the bench for a couple of seasons, before he realized that wasn’t getting him any where. Then he remade his game to the point where he’s a decent all-around guard. That’s a leap a lot of hyped college scorers never make (Adam Morrison).

  • The Philosopher

    Eric Gordon has been running the point, here lately…
    (as I clear my throat while thinking about that Joe Dumars comparison)

  • Harrell

    Well, y’all should know this but Rudy Gay is in the top 10 players of the league (Not because I live in Memphis) If he picks up his defense then top 5.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    *ahem*, for fear of repeating myself:
    Dirk mothalurving Nowitzki!

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    And if Tyson Chandler keeps up this impressive increase in shooting percentages he’ll get justified MIP buzz.
    FT 81%
    FG 71%
    Those no’s are so much better than his career averages, simply stunning.And very effective on the boards too

  • Jose

    That Rise up vid is f’d up…it goes perfectly w/ the LBJ one….dang

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    @J – Maybe the Heat are the sharks while the Cavs are the fish that hitch a ride with them? In any case, that Mo Williams game-winner made this season brighter at least for a slight moment.

  • tRay

    Pretty pissed at the Lakers last night but hey at least I’m not one of these retard Laker/Kobe “fans” that think they are beyond losing a game. SMH at those dummies.

  • Jackie Moon

    @tRay stupidity is not the sole property of Laker/Kobe fans

  • Jackie Moon

    I’m here to take my medicine! D Will is a bad man … That Kobe guy isn’t half bad either.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    What a heartbreaker for my Bulls last night! Watson played the way I’ve been wanting him to play all year though. No excuses, we didn’t have Rose, they didn’t have Billups. But did Orange4ever really compare K-Mart to Boozer? And why the fluk was John Lucas even out there at the end of such a crucial game? All he had to do was hit one damn free throw! Also, after two games against the Bulls, both without Boozer and one without Rose, and taking an L in the first and squeaking out by one point in the second, Melo is full of sh*t if he still thinks the Knicks are his best option.

  • http://www.slamonline.com NickthaQuick

    @tRAY Disappointing loss for the Lakers but 13-3 isn’t all that bad. Sometimes the Killer B’s blow the game open – sometimes like last night on the road, they give up a 19pt lead and let the Jazz right back in the game. Still had many chances to close it at the end despite the many shot clock issues. One thing I am unclear about. When the opposing team shoots an airball as the shot clock expires and the ball goes off the defending team with no control of the ball, does the shot clock reset to 24, 14 or should it even reset at all? I thought the shot clock only resets if there is a change in possession, a foul, touches the rim, kick ball, technical foul but not when the defender knocks the ball out of bounds? Where’s Joey C when you need him?

  • JTaylor21

    The shot clock didn’t reset after AK47 or should I say Glock 19 threw up that airball, the clock stayed at 13, so don’t even try to use that as an excuse, laker flunkies. Also if people are going to bash bron for passing up a gamewinning shot, they also have to bash Kobe for passing to artest, but it’s highly unlikely. Melo is the BEST clutch player in the L hands down and it’s not even close while KD is proving me right for calling him overrated throughout the off-season because Westbrook has carried the team in every big and close game this season while KD has being getting his second bannana on. The bulls are going places this season and might even make it to the ECF.

  • T-Money

    Wow, Melo’s mind is already somewhere else. He hit that buzzer and didn’t even care about it. (keep it on the low, but melo is actually the best closer in the game)

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Good to see melo gettin some props hes earned. Now we can work on deron. He hit that huge 3 vs lakers late in the game. Paul, rondo, rose, etc couldnt hit that

  • Cool Dude

    In conjunction with that Mj Lbj rise video, if LBJ starred in space jam, he would leave to join the monsters half way through the movie.

  • The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    Waoh, just posted my comment on the Jazz-Lakers game in the wrong PU.
    Anyway, great win by the Jazz, Mamba is trully the Best since MJ (and I’m not even a fan) and Happy Thanxgivin’ 2 the Americans SlaMFAM (and every1 else who celebrates it).

  • The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    I L.O.V.E the MJ video, Anton u d man!

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Co-sign Darksaber on Dirk. Anyone calling him soft obviously doesn’t watch his games.
    LOL @ Cool Dude.
    @Fresh Prince – right back at ya.

  • Jackie Moon

    So the SuperFriends lose again. But they don’t have Haslem! They don’t have Miller! They need time to gel! Who the eff did Kobe have when he dropped 62 on the Mavs in three quarters? Exactly. Lebron and Wade are nowhere near Kobe.

  • JTaylor21

    ^So that’s what we are doing now, reliving the past? Idiot, while you’re at it, why not point out when he dropped 81 on the big-bad raptors, why not put out when he hit 12 threes against the sonics aka toughest defensive team since the bad-boys, or when he shot under 40% from the field versus the sorry-ass celtics, oh I forgot, laker flunkies have amnesia when it comes to kobe’s final struggles. Bunch of dead-brain clowns who slurp an overrated ball-hogger.

  • Jackie Moon

    Kobe is not perfect, he’s merely leagues ahead of LeBron and Wade.

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

    Kevin Love is the best player in the NBA.

  • Jackie Moon

    I second Teddy-the-Bear.

  • http://nicekicks.com Meloman2.0

    LOL @the Blake Griffe interview anton posted…
    And Melo had a stomach virus so thats why it seemed like he didnt care

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

    We’ve got an ABSOLUTE log jam for guards in the WEST for Allstar voting:
    * Kobe
    * D Will
    * CP3 (glad he’s back really…)
    * Russell Westbrook
    * Manu/Tony (it’s not an ‘odd year’ but they have finals aspirations?)
    * Nashty (I’m voting everyday…even though no one else may be

  • http://zoran_dakovic@hotmail.com RickyRude

    Will Miami’s struggles be a blessing in disguise for all other franchise players who thought about jumping ships? I sure hope so. I want Melo to get his ish together and reup with Denver. Maybe now that the rest of the league witness the struggles of one ‘super team’, they will come to conclusion it is not about having few dominant players on same team as it don’t always works out (Lakers in 05, Miami this year). I still feel teams are better off with one megastar player who is offensive minded and that has other players which compliment that guy (and can make shots) when he is struggling or relieving the pressure in cruitial situations. Put your name on that line, Melo!

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