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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.

Mavs 103, Spurs 94

I was fully prepared to run a “We’re going streaking!” headline, along with some questionable Spurs images. The dream was not to be, as the Mavs broke San Antonio’s 12-game winning streak, thanks to Dirk Nowitzki’s 26 points as well as Tyson Chandler’s 19 points (13 of 16 FT) and 8 rebounds. Manu Ginobili had 31 points but Dallas poured on 32 4th quarter points, capped by a 14-2 run that put the game to bed. It seems that every member of Team USA’s “B-Team” is playing exceptionally well across the board which is great to see. In fact, Jason Terry was very impressed by Chandler’s free throw shooting, saying “We know who’s shooting our technical free throws from now on!” as he headed off to the tunnel. The Mavs take on the Heat tonight.

Bulls 97, Nuggets 98

Without Derrick Rose, the Bulls had a long night ahead of them as they took on the Nuggets.  Without their best player, C.J. Watson broke out with 33 points and kept his team in it the entire game. After a few rumors of blowouts with double digit leads, the Bulls clawed their way back with 6:05 to go on a Korver three-pointer. The Nuggets answered with an array of layups before Watson scored 6 straight points to turn it to a 97-94 game. Some Melo free throws later, the lead was cut to one. Anthony had a poor shooting night, going 7-of-18 with 22 points. Fast-forwarding the part where a new Bulls guard missed both free throws, Melo missed a shot in traffic as it rolled off the Bulls. He had one more chance. With 4 seconds to play, Melo gets the inbound pass, a short dribble and a long jumper to sink the Bulls, exorcising his demons of three weeks ago where he missed an eerily similar shot against the Mavs. Melo post-game: “I’m happy we got a second shot at it. After George called a timeout, I came to the huddle and I told everybody, regardless of the play, I’m popping out and getting it. If we lose the game, it’s on me. If we win the game, it’s on me. I accept that.” The thing about a close game is that you forget contracts, playoff seedings, or even talent levels. You just want to make the shot. More than a scorer, this was the 14th career game-winner for Carmelo.

Clippers 108, Suns 116

The Suns avoided another collapse, almost blowing a 25 point lead to beat the Clippers. Jason Richardson led Phoenix with 29 points and Hakim “Amare Jr.” Warrick added a season-high 25 points. While Eric Gordon did his damage with 32 points and sliced the deficit to just four in the 3rd quarter but was blazed out by the Suns’ 23-10 run. Blakezilla finished with 20 points and 14 boards. Idea for a Suns amp-up huddle: “Phoenix! We shall shoot so many three pointers that they will block out the sun!”

Lakers 96, Jazz 102

Courtesy of Doc Funk Blog

In a night where close games and clutch jumpers became a prevalent theme, this game began to mould itself in that direction. After being down 19, the Jazz started on a familiar trek up Comeback Mountain, fuelled by Deron Williams’ 29 points and ice cold shots over the Lakers. Words of advice for defenders: if D-Will is dribbling between his legs from the three-point line in a close game, he’s probably going to shoot it! And make it. With a back and fourth tug of war, the Kloser came back in the game and scored 14 straight points for the Lakers, including three 3-pointers and a fade away, putting the Lakers up 96-91 with 2:12 left. However, the Lakers got very lazy with their defense and began to lean on crutch Kobe, succumbing to a double team and committing a turnover that led to a Utah lay-up to push the Jazz back in the game. A Williams three pointer and three throws later, the Jazz had it. Al Jefferson held his own against Gasol, with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Jefferson’s post-game comments are those of a man who has just begun to taste the sweet drink of victory: “We went against all odds. It was just amazing, man. I’m overwhelmed. I’ve never experienced something like this before and to be a part of it meant a lot to me.” Phil Jackson also apologized for his comments about Stan Van Gundy and the Miami situation, adding a barely audible “Kiss my rings” under his breath. The Situation could not be reached for comment.

Warriors 111, Grizzlies 116

Meet Andris Biedrins, offensive threat. Such was the main story from the Golden State side of things, with Biedrins leading the squad with 28 points and 21 rebounds in a loss to the Grizzlies. The last time Biedrins led the Warriors in scoring was when we were all contemplating on seriously voting for John Kerry for president. OJ Mayo came off the bench for Memphis for the third straight time to score 23 points, adding to Rudy Gay’s 25. Stephen Curry (26 points) hit a pair of three throws to make it a one point game but lost the free throw contest with Gay and Mayo in the end. You have to believe that if David Lee was playing, the Warriors would be able to pull out of a win of this one. Along those lines, can we get an official investigation of what exactly is in Wilson Chandler’s mouth? With so much toxicity in there, we might be able to spot the long-lost WMD’s.

Hornets 97, Blazers 78

The Hornets took care of bees-ness (pun sponsored by your local honey makers) as they routed their way over the Blazers. Life without Peja means picking it up on the defensive end (and less Icy Hot back patches after games), and New Orleans did just that as they held the Blazers to under 40% shooting. Chris Paul had 16 points and 13 assists, with Willie Green backing him off the bench with 19. For Portland, Brandon Roy led with 27 points.

Overtime

“Check My $tats” of the night: Russell Westbrook – 43 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals, 1 block.

Blake Griffin in his funniest interview yet.

Jordan tells LeBron to rise up in his new fan-made trailer.

Lastly, USC’s Damon Moore has the greatest tattoo I have ever seen.

I’m out like streaking Spurs.

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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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