Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 at 9:40 am  |  25 responses

Post Up: Bulls Take Down Nugs

And Zach Randolph does work.

by Adam Figman | @afigman

A Monday night six pack. I feel like I’m 19 all over again. Let’s get right to it.

Orlando 93, Atlanta 89

With around 35 ticks to go and a 10 second difference between the shot clock and the game clock, Orlando had the ball amd the Hawks D’d up, trying to hold their own and hoping for the chance to tie or win the contest in the final 10 seconds. They had no such luck. Vince Carter barreled down the lane, drew a foul moving towards the basket, and floated a lay-up off the backboard that fell in and all but crushed ATL’s chance at a W. He missed the free throw, but the four-point deficit was too much to overcome in the final minute. This was a pretty sloppy game, and the Magic were able to take the victory despite shooting 43 percent from the field and 18 percent (!) from deep. Dwight Howard beasted for 27 points and 11 boards, while Joe Johnson led the Hawks with 23, including a turn-around three-pointer that kept his team close in the final minute.

San Antonio 95, Charlotte 91

The Spurs shot 42.4 percent from the field, and while the Cats kept things close, they didn’t shoot any better, going for 39.8 percent as a team. Hm, how do I put this? Well, like this: the basketball gods know how youse kids like ‘em, and they cooked ‘em up extra sloppy for ya last night. Manu Ginobili was anything but, though, and he finished with 28 points and 5 rebounds. Tyrus Thomas led Charlotte with 16, and someone’s gonna need to step up if these guys are gonna have a shot at post-season play—they currently sit at 1-6 in the back of the Southeast division.

Golden State 109, Toronto 102

Stephen Curry (34 points) and Monta Ellis (28 points) had their way with Toronto’s backcourt, and were able to do as they pleased en route to a Golden State victory. With a few minutes to go, Monta went down both hard and awkwardly in what looked to be a disturbing and potentially very serious injury. As I’m writing this there’s no word on just how serious, but hopefully he can get back on the court sooner than later. The Warriors are now a very solid 5-2 and visit the Knicks on Wednesday.

Memphis 109, Phoenix 99

It’ll be interesting to see if the Grizz can do things like this consistently, but regardless, this we know for sure: with that much talent on one roster, they’ll be able to sneak up on great teams here and there. Last night the Suns were the victims, as Memphis held on behind Zach Randolph’s—wait for it—23 points and 20 rebounds. Steve Nash did some damage with 16 points and 11 dimes, but Phoenix couldn’t keep up with their opposition last night. Both of these teams are now right around .500, and, yeah, I don’t know. Juries still out on both of them. Let’s revisit these two in a few weeks.

Two great ones to cap off this Monday sixer. That cool? OK, go.

Chicago 94, Denver 92

A couple of will-be-Playoff squads faced off in Chicago, and the home team pulled this one out behind a monster night from Joakim Noah (13 points, 19 boards, 4 blocks). Carmelo Anthony (32 points, 8 boards) did all he could, but it wasn’t enough. The Bulls had all these semi-interesting stats, too: all five starters finished in double figures; Taj Gibson recorded 5 blocks; the team only hit 64.5 percent (20-31) of its free throws; and only hit five threes—and still defeated a damn good Nuggets opponent.

Dallas 89, Boston 87

With under 10 seconds to go, Rajon Rondo found himself wide open from behind the three-point line, and, hesitantly—too hesitantly—launched up a shot that hit nothing but rim. Kevin Garnett ended up with another look from the corner, but the attempt was very, very contested, and the C’s fell. Dirk Nowitzki (25 points) put the Mavs on his back in the final minutes, draining a go-ahead J with 17 seconds left on the clock. One of the questions of the summer was who’d be the team that’d step up and claim second in the competitive west behind L.A., and Dallas is certainly an early favorite to grab that spot.

Performance of the Night: Zach Randolph: 23 points, 20 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists.
Moment of the Night:
I’m giving this to Rondo’s missed go-ahead three. It would’ve been a hell of a “respect my skillset” moment had it gone in, and the fact that he couldn’t drain a wide-open (as in, really, really, really open) jumper during a crucial moment in the game just wasn’t a good look. I’m still hoping Rajon can improve in that department, since it’s about all that’s keeping him behind CP3 in this “best point guard” convo that keeps popping up around this Internet thing nowadays.

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  • Ken

    Yeah, I think everybody in Boston cringed when Rondo shot that 3.

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    all the more reason Melo needs a new team… first of all, he was on fire to end the 3rd… and then he sat out for more than half of the forth, watching the nuggets give up their 17 pt lead…

  • http://blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/ Anthony

    the Boston/Dallas game was funny, i hate those 2 teams but at the end i was happy Dallas won.
    And Dwight is in beast mode right now and he’s making sense offensively, that’s new.

  • slamfan4life

    Bulls beastin’ can’t wait to see what Boozer will do

  • T-Money

    Dirk owned KG in the last 2 minutes, he was giving him the business from all over the floor. Just saying. / Rajon: where’s the pride, man? Kidd was basically running away from him, begging him to take a wide open game-winning jumper. And then with 2 seconds left and the game on the line, he was INBOUNDING.

  • JTaylor21

    ^Word up, Dirk has OWNED many of the so-called great PFs of this era ahem gasol and people still dare to call him soft and unclutch WHAAAAAAT? Give more dirk over any PF out there at this moment.

  • http://blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/ Anthony

    Noah could finish 2nd or 3rd in the DPOY race.

  • http://slamonline.com rudy

    Noah is freaking hulked out now. He’s going to need it this year.

  • T-Money

    And he’s not going hard to the hole anymore because he doesn’t want to get fouled. 2 ft attemptes a game, 53%. 53! Sorry, I just can’t respect that from a point guard.

  • jahmai

    Rajon Rondo’s form actually looked good when he shot that 3 and I thought it was gonna go in, but it was just a little left and maybe a little too strong.

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    Rondo needs to improve that J, and Dallas lookin like nº2 in da West Adam? roster wise I might agree but losing at home to Memphis sans ZackRandolph and Denver WITHOUT BIGS doesnt scream powerhouse to me, and Butler playing like sh1t


    @meloman2.0: Agreed! And Carmelo Anthony has never played with a All-Star big man a la prime Shaq, Pau Gasol or Amar’e Stoudemire. That’s no knock on Kenyon Martin, who I have a lot of respect for as an enforcer and quarterback of a defense, but let’s be real he’s not a dominant offensive frontcourt player defenses need to respect. Kobe tried playing without a great big man, and he couldn’t even get past the first round – Winning a scoring title, yeah, playoff success, no. Just sayin’!

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/ Diesel

    Noah has had a double double in each of the Bulls first 6 games. I’m still not liking Thib’s substitutions…he has too many bench players on the floor at t he same time in critical moments. I’m sick of the Bulls always having to come from behind because of this. Rose did what great players do and that’s find a way to contribute even though he had an off night.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    ^cosign @diesel

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    If Dirk was better on defense…
    Anyway, Dallas caught Boston on the second night of a back to back and O’Neal went out in the first half. I think that skews things. But, I do agree that Rondo’s free throws are ridiculous.
    And that Denver/Chicago game was really sloppy down the stretch on both ends.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    I’m starting to see alot of Dirk in Andrea Barganini. He broke David Lee’s ankles with a crossover last nite. That’s ridiculous for a guy 7 feet tall.

  • T-Money

    Kap: I seriously didn’t know that Lee could get his ankles broken – which required him to actually try to move his feet. Usually he just sits there and let guys blow by.

  • max

    dwight might’ve even made that rondo 3 . really liking chandler and if only butler could step it up…

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

    Billy Madison reference FTW.

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    KG was rushing and missing too many easy shots. I’ll still take Pau over Dirk because Pau is a defensive presence.

  • The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    Go Joqkim t 1 vrai Bao.

  • Jeff H

    Noah is such a beast. End of story. The guys is a monster on the boards.

  • http://www.bunzl.com.au OZ Baller

    I hate KG

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

    ZACH RANDOLPH!!! will be an all star again. 20 10 in his sleep, im so happy hes finally getting the respect hes deserved for a while. ….. Hmm, vince carter hits a very clutch shot, wheres all the vince haters???? Dwights offense is incredible, wheres the dwight haters?? Theyre gonna need to name the mvp after dwight, its his for the next 6 years…… … … …GINOOBIILLIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!!!

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

    Millsap with the best performance out of any player this season!