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Sunday, November 7th, 2010 at 10:00 am  |  26 responses

Post Up: D-Willmatic

While the Spurs outlast the Rockets.

by Anton Kudriavtsev /@TheDiesel

Stuck in your preferred place of worship with nothing but a smartphone and a wish to be elsewhere? Read up on last night’s games and be well on your way to salvation.

Magic 91, Bobcats 88

Dwight Howard (22 points, 8 boards) and the Magic held on to their lead despite a late rally by the Bobcats. Part-time bodybuilder and under-achiever Rashard Lewis scored 22 points and Orlando acted like he used his length to save various distraught cats in trees.  Stan Van Gundy: “”Rashard hit big shots for us tonight. It was nice to see him get out there and have a break out night for us. That’s what we needed tonight.” Yes, when you pay a man $118M, that’s the kind of thing that’s expected every night. Gerald Wallace is solidifying his All-Star status every game, with 25 points and 14 boards in this game to lead his team. Nonetheless, a 1-5 start is disappointing to a Playoff team and here’s hoping the ‘Cats turn it around in time for May. Stephen Jackson’s lay-up made it a one-point game but Charlotte missed a pair of threes for the knockout punch. Jason Williams contributed while shooting 50 percent from distance (1-of-2, but still…). Is it me or did Vince Carter have the weirdest looking injury in sports? That almost looked self-inflicted, VC.

Cavs 107, Wizards 102

Fuelled by a hot-shooting Mo Williams (28 points), the Cavs won back-to-back road games as they beat the Wizards. Mo scored 10 of his 28 in the last 4 minutes of the game and Daniel Gibson (19 points) wrapped up the win with a clutch 3 pointer. Now that he has more playing time, Gibs is out to show the world that he isn’t afraid to take clutch shots. Al Thorton had 23 points for the Wizards and John Wall struggled once again, finishing with 13 points, 10 assists, but also 6 turnovers. It was a close game down the stretch, a Kirk Hinrich 3-pointer gave the Wizards a 2-point lead before succumbing to a 10-0 run by the Cavs. Gilbert Arenas overcame his real and imaginary injuries to score 13 off the bench. If you want to point fingers, I’d say Flip taking out Thorton for Arenas was a mistake considering Al had some serious momentum in the game. The highlight of the night was definitely Wall sprinting down the court for a dunk, all in 2.1 seconds before the halftime buzzer. Antawn Jamison missed his third straight game with a sore knee, and unfortunately could not get either team to trade him during the course of the game.  Note to David Stern: if the playoffs started today, the Cavs would play the Heat in the first round. Make it happen.

Nets 89, Heat 101

The much-anticipated Nets/Heat re-match had so much hype going into this game that the American Airlines Arena was nearly filled up to ¼ capacity. The Heataliers tried to make fans forget about their loss to the Hornets last night by providing highlight play after highlight play in an easy win over the Nets. Wade led his team in scoring again with 29 points and 10 boards, while LeBron (23 points, 9 assists) scored 14 of his 23 in the 3rd quarter. Terrance Williams decided to send LeBron’s talents to South Beach with a hard flagrant foul that sent James in the photographers and stands. Post-game, LeBron’s swag levels were checked to be above-average, as usual: “It didn’t send much of a message,” James said, “because we went on an 8-0 run after that.” Got to love Big Z being the first player to run over to LeBron, always has his back. Anthony Morrow led the Nets with 25 points but a victory is hard to come by when the Heat are locked in defensively and have a chip on their shoulder. Slightly relevant stat of the night: last night was Jerry Stackhouse’s 900th game. I present to you the coveted Tony Hawk award – congrats Stack!

Hornets 87, Bucks 81

Chris Paul is the best…okay, I’ll drop it. A night after running circles around the Heat, CP3/MVP led his Hornets with a franchise-best 6-0 start after a well-earned win over the Bucks. David West took his talents to 17 feet and shot 83%(10-of-12) en route to 25 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists.  Andrew Bogut had 19 points and 14 boards but the Bucks couldn’t get anything going, shooting 38% on the night. You know you’re in for a long night when Drew Gooden has a better shooting percentage than your shooting guard.

ginobli1 Rockets 121, Spurs 124

The winless Rockets are now off to the worst franchise start(0-5) since 1999 after a tough overtime loss to the Spurs. In fact, I think even some Nets are laughing at their fortunes. Tony Parker took down his “For Sale” sign in front of his house just in time as he had 21 points and 14 assists, with 7 of those points in overtime. Aaron Brooks did not play the 2nd half after landing on Ginobili’s floppy foot and the Rockets could not recuperate. Manu led the Spurs with 28 points while Duncan was pre-programmed for 19 points and 11 rebounds. The Rockets had a few chances to win in regulation but Courtney Lee missed a pair of free throws and Ishmael Smith missed a runner with 2.8 seconds left. Ginobili had such a smooth step-back jumper to send it to overtime that I “ooh”-ed the entire commercial break. This is a tough situation in Houston, on one hand you’d like to keep Yao as healthy as possible over the course of the season. On the other, your team can’t find ways to win games without running the offense through him so far. Let’s hope the Rockets figure it out soon because they’re much, much better than this.

Nuggets 103, Mavericks 92

Despite being short-handed and having a Kate Moss-thin frontcourt, the Nuggets were able to get the win with Melo scoring 27 points. Denver shot 62% (13-of-21) from 3, out-duelling the Mavs’ shooters (4-of-15) as Dallas had 21 turnovers to seal their fate. The Dirkster was shut out of the 4th quarter as he turned it over 5 times, finishing with 23 halftime points. Jason Terry had 26 points for the Mavs but Denver’s bench stepped up, out-scoring Dallas 40-19 in the win.

Clippers 107, Jazz 109

Sigh. Don’t give up hope yet, Clippers. Soon enough Baron Davis will be traded and Bledsoe/Griffin will become the best 1-2 punch in the league. Leading early, the Clippers blew a 16-point halftime lead and took the Jazz to double overtime before having their hopes crushed yet again. Deron Williams had a season-sigh 30 points to go with 8 boards and 7 assists while Millsap and Jefferson had strong games with 25 points, 13 rebounds and 18 points and 10 boards, respectively. Rasul Butler tied the game at 107 with a three before Williams went coast-to-coast for the game-winning lay-up. Eric Gordon led the Clips with 27 points and Blake Griffin added 16 points and 17 rebounds. If he’s not in the dunk contest this year, heads will roll. Well, mostly eyes will roll considering how lame it was last year.

Raptors 84, Blazers 97

Seriously, basketball gods? Is it just me or is it too early for the Blazers to be short-handed? After several reports saying that Marcus Camby would not play due to migraines, I was ready to e-mail out an open casting call to anyone above 6’8” to play C for Portland. Marcus ended up playing as the Blazers comfortably beat the Raptors, led by Roy’s 26 points. Toronto were visibly tired from playing the Lakers last night, as evident by their 1-for-17 shooting from distance. Jarrett Jack has 16 for the Raps but the team looked about as active as Hedo Turkoglu after a late-night pizza binge. Batum is coming into his own as an elite defender and offensive player, with 20 points and 50% shooting and LaMarcus Aldridge is showing more consistency with 22 and 10, and showed off his left-handed jump hook which he worked all summer on. Marcus Camby on his migraines: “I just tried to get a lot of rest. Be in a dark room with an ice pack on my head. I didn’t want to leave LA on the court by himself tonight, so I gave the team what I had.” Pure class.

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Grizzlies 100, Kings 91

The Grizzlies used their length to force twenty turnovers on their way to a win over the Kings. Sacramento could not stop Rudy Gay (32 points, 9 boards) and their zone defense actually helped Memphis’ solid shooting and penetration. Tyreke Evans had 30 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists but his backcourt mate couldn’t offer enough firepower to keep the Grizz honest on close-outs. DeMarcus Cousins came off the bench for the first time and was ineffective as a reserve, finishing the night with 4 points, 3 rebounds, 4 turnovers and 5 fouls. I know it will be the steepest of hills to climb, but coming into this game, Mike Conley is the only other player besides Chris Paul to average at least 15 points, 8 assists, and 5 rebounds. He finished the night with 14 points, 5 assists, and 3 boards. Oh, who am I kidding? We talkin ’bout Mike Conley, man!

Overtime

“Check My $tats” of the night: Deron Williams – 30 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, 1 game-winning lay-up.
Runner-up: Tyreke Evans – 30 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals.

Separated at birth of the day: George Karl and Rush Limbaugh.

By the way, if you’re ever wondering why Gregg Popovich has Manu Ginobili in the game during crunch time – wonder no more. Because he’s Manu Ginobili.

So does Amar’e deny stashing the Asbestos? Or was he holding it for someone else? By the way, does anyone know what will happen to the Magic/Knicks game that was cancelled this week? If I were the Commissioner, I’d put up 3 minutes on the game clock, give the Magic a 25-point lead and see what happens from there. That sounds realistic enough anyway.

Staged or not, this might be the greatest fan celebration of all time.  Couldn’t help but think this was our very own Moose at the game.

Oh and one more thing – James the Balla is leaving Monday morning for his tour of duty. I’m not sure if he’ll have time to step by The Post Up tomorrow, but just in case I wish for your safe and swift return. Also, I heard if you wear a Gilbert Arenas jersey over the body armour you become invincible. Don’t take my word for it though, maybe you should Google it before you go.

I’m out like the Rockets’ playoff odds.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    So if the Cavs play .500 ball all season and make the playoffs. What will ya’ll say about Bron having no one?

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    And now I just noticed I am in the Post Up… and Anton wrote it. Thanks for the love.

    I will be on tomorrow for a couple of hours in the a.m. while double checking my gear.

    p.s. Dwight is beastin’ on O!

  • http://ohlaglambam.blogspot.com Zabba

    If the Cavs go for .500 and make it to the playoffs then…how does my comic sans taste, Lebron?

  • http://bugmarley.com LeoneL

    Anton! Though your name sounds like a kid, you’re a god among mortals. Props to SLAM for bringing you on board. Wish you would use that Captain Kirk pic everytime Kirk makes an appearance in the Post Up. Also, are the links to the player’s page automatically added? Because that Dirkster link is kinda funny. And be safe James! And oh, how do you add a line break to a comment?

  • Noel

    Lol @ Ginobli’s floppy foot

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Nice write-up and great job on the Karl-Limbaugh comparison. I think this is a pretty good look-a-like too
    Steve Blake
    http://www.candistar.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/steve-blake.jpg

    Ryan Key, lead singer of Yellowcard
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/35/Ryan_Key_of_Yellowcard.jpg

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    How much you want to bet that James paints “Mamba” on his rifle like Kobe in the COD video?

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    I don’t know Leonel … been wondering for years. I still don’t understand how SLAM hasn’t fixed it’s comment section problem. When you send as another persons name, or you send a comment and it doesn’t know for roughly 10 minutes lol.
    @Eboy … The Canadian military is a lot different from the states. We aren’t allowed to run around with the straps to our helmets undone and write on our rifles lol, we get charged for that sh1t! But on my helmet I may write “Eboy’s best friend”!

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

    @LeoneL: Thanks for the love. No, I have to insert all links manually so it does take legit effort haha.
    @Caboose: Steve Blake looks like a very early version of Gollum, before the ring took him over. /nerd
    Lakers/Blazers should be a good one tonight.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I’d love it!!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    lol @ Eboy … I will see what I can do.

    I am hoping to take a few pictures over there and get you guys a few letters that I will send to Lang. See what will happen. And brag about my Lakers winning 76 games this year. : )

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    another good one Anton, Marcus Camby really is da man! D12 is VERY improved on offense, im impressed..hope Blazers give LA a fight today cause we need the depth of Pryzbilla, Oden and Fernandez to beat them! that plus 2nd night of back-to-back

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    will not be easy, but hopefully our bench can give us anything, cause vs the Raps it was bad

  • http://www.slamonline.com JWoll324

    big time good luck to james the balla… thoughts r with ya!

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    Wow, Anton, overhyping Eric Bledsoe like nobody´s business, kid looks great but TODAY that team´s best player is Eric Gordon, in a couple years is griffin so the dynamic duo doesnt include bledsoe and is not close to being the best in the L

  • http://fdsjklf.com Jukai

    Glad you kept the letter idea, James. Good luck out there, buddy.

  • JTaylor21

    James, the cavs are NOT making the playoffs, so kill that noise. Also am I the only one that notices that the clips are a much better team without BDiddy out there stinking up the joint? They should just keep him on the bench until they can trade his sorry a**. The hornets are going to surprise a lot of people this year and might be the Lakers toughest challenge out west, OKC Who? and CP is the BEST PG in the league without a shred of doubt.

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

    So five games into the season, which all went down to the wire and which the Rockets could have potentially won–results in missed playoffs?

  • Hammer

    As usual,16 pts/17 boards 4 the ROY. Yep. Its a lock

  • JTaylor21

    The Jazz are NOT who we thought they were. There’s no way in hell that this jazz team is challenging let alone beating the lakers in the playoffs. Unless fanseko can morph into mark eaton overnight, a lineup of 6-10 Al and 6-9 Milsap will have a hard-time dealing with LA’s length. @Teddy, the Rockets problem is that they aren’t playing any defense whatsoever, unlike past rocket teams who tried to stop teams from scoring first, this rocket team basically looks to outscore teams. Maybe it’s the addition of KMartin’s non-defensive a** that’s the cause. Who or what do you think is to blame for their defensive lapses?

  • http://slamonline.com YKnot

    Good recap. Separated at birth Brian Scalabrine and Scott Skiles! We’ll be praying for you James the Balla.

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

    GINOBIIIILLIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

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

    @JTAYLOR – I bet the Rockets wish they hard Landry still. THAT guy got down and worked.

  • http://moko.cc/gdpkq KQ

    Hey keep the captions on the photos coming. They are really funny! Good stuff

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The Baron David trade needs to happen NOW dammit. NOW. I demand it as a basketball fan.

  • http://www.bunzl.com.au OZ Baller

    Who will want Bdiddy anyway… ??

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