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Saturday, November 20th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  43 responses

Post Up: Derrick Does Dallas

While Timmy reaches Spurs history.

by Anton Kudriavtsev / @TheDiesel

Points dropped, records copped, this is why the game should never stop.

Thunder 89, Celtics 84

Without Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook switched his Robin mask for a Batman on his way to 31 points and 6 assists and leading his Thunder over the Celtics. Rondo had 14 points and 7 assists but lost the overall point guard battle as he couldn’t handle the athleticism of Westbrook. Both teams shot pretty poorly but the difference came from the Thunder’s hot 3-point shots (67%) and 84% at the charity stripe. A very impressive win for the rising and expectation-laden Zombie Sonics.

Bucks 79, Sixers 90

The Sixers snapped a 5-game losing streak with a win over the Bucks, led by Thaddeus Young’s 23 points. Corey Maggette led the Bucks with 20 points but the difference maker was the Philly bench, outs-scoring the Bucks 47-32. While Brandon Jennings had an off night (3-of-13 shooting), the Bucks took his leadership and finished with 34% from the field, not giving Milwaukee a chance at a win. I have to say that this inconsistent Bucks team is under-achieving. Bogut is healthy and human Michelin Man stand-in Maggette is getting buckets off the bench like Baron Davis in the offseason at the KFC. Wasn’t this supposed to be a dark horse contender in the east? Milwaukee, if you want us to fear the deer, you have to show us why. As for the Sixers, I think they’ll surprise some people this season. Not in a good way, but surprise them nonetheless.

Spurs 94, Jazz 82

Tim Duncan dunkin'

With a win over Utah, the San Antonio Spurs are on a 9-game winning streak. To put that into perspective, the last time that happened, they still had an asterisk next to their championship trophy. Tim Duncan passed David Robinson to become the Spurs’ all-time leading scorer with his 19 points and 14 rebounds and Tony Parker ran the team with 24 points and 7 assists. The Spurs manhandled the Jazz on the boards (46-31) and made all the key plays down the stretch to halt an always-present Utah comeback. Deron Williams finished with 23 points and 5 assists for the Jazz.
Gregg Popovich on Duncan: “Just go up and down the court and go home and get a sandwich. That’s what he does.” Timmy is one man who deserved that sandwich.

Rockets 96, Raptors 106

Give the ball to Bargnani and get out of the way. That strategy has historically failed but Andrea dropped 26 points and 6 boards on this night as his Raptors beat the Rockets. Good to see Kleiza’s NBA comeback in full effect, with 17 off the bench. Kevin Martin equalled his season-high with 31 points but his squad couldn’t close the game out. The Rockets were up by one early in the 4th as Martin started the comeback with a layup and some free throws but Bargnani protected the score like his mother’s pasta recipe, going in for a running jumper to push the lead further. If these Raps can establish a more consistent help-defense, they might be able to compete for the 8th seed come April.

Grizzlies 86, Wizards 89

With John Wall still sidelined, Gilbert Arenas (24 points) and Kirk Hinrich (22 points) held down the Wizards with a close win over the GrizzliesZachory Randolph notched his familiar 19 points and 12 rebounds in Memphis’ 5th straight loss. Trailing by 4 with 8 minutes to play, Arenas and Hinrich fist-bumped each other and went to work, scoring the following 12 points for the Wizz and playing off each other with easy looks. Andray Blatche (17 points, 9 boards) solidified the win with a 3-point play.

Bobcats 87, Heat 95

If the Heat play at home but no one shows up, does the game still exist? This philosophical thought lingered in my mind throughout the night Miami held off a resilient Bobcats squad. With D3 (Sorry Dwyane, but this nickname is not catching on. At all) batting the flu and no plans for a flu game, LeBron took an extra long nap to prepare for the gruelling 39 minutes of action, leading the Heat with 32 points, 5 assists, and 2 rebounds (like a Bosh!). This had all the makings of a blowout early but tightened up like Mark Cuban’s t-shirts as Stephen Jackson began to heat up, finishing with 30 points including a three to make it a two point game with just under 5 minutes left. LeTalents then hit a jumper then let his boy Chrissy Bosh “chill” at the free throw line to push the lead up to 5 with 1:07 left. Is it just me or does Boris Diaw’s lack of conditioning makes you believe you can play in the NBA? As much as it’s fun to point out Bosh’s short-comings, he had a season-high 14 boards to go with his 22 points against a resilient team. Coming into this game, Miami ranked last in the league in points in the paint per game (33.6) and percentage of points in the paint (32.2%) and made an effort to change that on this night, including 10 offensive rebounds.  It will be interesting to see how the Heat continue to evolve throughout the season in that department.

Lakers 112, Wolves 95

As I was amping myself up for the Michael Beasley vs. Ron Artest match-up (seriously), I quickly realized the battle was more like Beas against Artest’s reputation for a lock-down defender. I’m not hating on Artest, but his defense was suspiciously more impressive when coupled with Battier’s Jigsaw-like preparation for every game. Regardless, the Lakers ran through the Wolves thanks to Matt Barnes’ perfect shooting night (7-of-7, 24 points). Minny kept it relatively close early on thanks to some defensive work by Darko Milicic (23 points, 16 rebounds, 6 blocks) but couldn’t keep it up as LA’s HOV triangle wore them down with tremendous execution. Kobster ended with 23 points and 8 boards. Beezy finished with 25 points and 10 boards but his league-leading rebounding star Kevin Love only had 7 boards and went scoreless. At the end of the day, the Lakers aren’t looking at you bottom-feeders, they’re looking past you.

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

    DARKO!!!! DARKO!!! And for all the haters who say westbrook is only good cuz durant takes all the pressure off him, keep hatin!!. Spurs!

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

    Timmy is a legend. Spurs champs!! Darko gave pau the business, in a bad way, manna from heaven! For all the westbrook haters who say hes only good cuz durant gets all the attn, keep hatin dummies

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    did Darko really have 22, 16 and 6? Wow.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    POW! The Knicks have an excellent opportunity to finish their road trip 3-1, coming back to the Garden with a winning record (5-4) on the road. I LOVE seeing Felton play the point the way he’s been playing of late, penetrating the opposing team’s defense, and getting his teammates easier shots. Let me tell you another thing, Turiaf is so IMPORTANT to this team growing into a winner. Can’t wait for tonight’s game in La La Land. I’m looking forward to watching my Knickerbockers with their winning state of mind and newfound swagger continue to work hard and together for another W against those pesky Clippers tonight. lol

  • namik

    23 points on 27 shots?!? Cmon Kob, you’re better than that

  • The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    Great write-up Anton, great like a quintuple-double!

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    “Maggette is getting buckets off the bench like Baron Davis in the offseason at the KFC.”
    Nice.

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

    Bean with an exceptional 8-27. Where chucking happens.

  • The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    Thanx Anton, u just made my saturday, now I can go back 2 my GMAT Maths.
    Have a Nice week-end Ya’ll.

  • Hammer

    Man,gr8 stuff! “Frobe” and “Mr.Freeze”. Haha….And as I was watching my bulls beat the mavs I was wondering when was the last time that had happened. I didn’t realize that it was THAT long ago. Mavs were still playin @ the bradley center. CRAZY!…And I 2 couldn’t believe it when I saw Lloyd Daniels n the DL. Somebody sign him. He don’t belong there

  • Hammer

    Big ups 2 Taj “Mahal” Gibson by the way!

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Anton, funny as hell!! Anyways yes Antonio Daniels is in the D-league. Texas Legends if I’m not mistaken. Wow Minny.. Darko (!!) played great? Bassy is the starting point? Beasy making noise for the ASG? I’m slowly losing faith with Hickson. Right now I can say he’s gonna be very good, but all star caliber? Hmm.. I just wish he could turn it around again, and be the player we hope he could be consistently..

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Anton, I think the 3 point shot made by Andy was the one on LeBron’s birthday (vs Hawks) if I’m not mistaken.. Yeah good ol’ days.

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

    Thanks guys, but my perfectionist self thinks there’s still a small typing error somewhere. First person to find it gets a prize!*
    *No purchase necessary, add $896 for shipping and handling.
    @The Fresh Prince of Nsam – Hey if you have troubles with the test, talk to D-Rose’s people…
    @J – Yeah it was the birthday game. Can we not talk about it though? I might cry a little. JJ is doing pretty good on the boards and the jumpshot is looking better but he still makes pretty elementary mistakes most of the time (the curse of the stone hands). Doesn’t look completely confident with plays drawn up for him, either which makes him look very comfortable being a role player which is unfortunate.

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

    Dammit anton, I was gonna give prince of nsam the same advice.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    westbrook is turning some heads finally hope u haters realize how good dude really is

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    I think Hickson will never be more than a role player, a good one, but no more no less…Taj Gibson-” We gon bully thiz ni&&as Joakim!! ” Noah-” oh for sure ” REBOUND BATLLE Bulls 59 Mavs 36…

  • Anon E Mouse

    Ha ha. Man Timmy with the “Samich”… Pops got them quotables man..

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

    I think we need to start a rivalry between the Cavs and the Blazers, called the “Who Will Get Harrison Barnes Next Year?” rivalry.
    What’s up with Caron Butler? He’s not nearly as important to the Mavs as I thought he would be coming in. Maybe he needs to starting doing the Dew again.

  • JTaylor21

    Word up Cantrell, people are finally seeing that Westbrook is OKC’s most importanat player while KD is their best player, it’s the same dynamic with the Lakers; Gasol is LAL’s most importanat player while Kobe’s their best player. OKC and LAL can still win gms vs top comp without each team’s best players; it goes to show just how good RBrook and Gasol are. Also where are all the people claiming that the Heat are DWade’s team? Bron has shown so far this season that he’s the best player on that team and has carried them when wade has struggled. @BCrawford and Enigmatic, I can see why you guys are HUGE bulls fans because that team never gives up and they give a 110% effort out there, also DRose is now officially the 3RD best PG in the L.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Kobe Hating funny, lets compare Lebron, Dwade and Kevin Durant field goal percentage this year. HATERS!!!

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    JTaylor21
    Some of yall would find anything to try to kill Kobe, Gasol is not the most important player. You really don’t watch Laker games do you. I watch them all. Gasol is still soft as puddy and when he has a player that will guard him he is puddy. Darko killed him last night. People forget just years ago. The Lakers were killing with Bynum and LO playing, but Bynum got hurt then did trade for Gasol. If Gasol is so important, why did he disappear the first games of last years finals. Only playing well to me the last two games, when Perkins was out early that six game, then didn’t play the last game. As a Lakers fan, if Perkins play, Gasol numbers would suck. but you keep thinking Gasol is the most important player. Also watch more Laker games than the ones on ESPN and TNT. You would understand what you just stated is STUPID as HELL. BOOK IT!!

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

    Kobe’s just getting the bad shots out of his system so he can focus on the good ones later on in the season.

  • jahmai

    Westbrook was insane last night, who’d thought the Thunder would beat boston in boston without KD. Very impressive. My favorite player Drose wasn’t even having a great night last night (22pt,6ast) but they still got the job done, so I’m good.

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    @the Seed, you are the biggest kobe a$$ kisser Ive ever seen, its disgusting…youre man crush kobe ONLY HAS 2 FINALS MVPS CAUSE OF PAU!! DEAL WITH IT!!! Pau maybe soft, but hes indisputably LA most important player, oh he was dominated by Perk in the first games of the finals Seed?

    game 1 – 23/14/3/3 blks
    game 2 – 25/8/3/6 blks

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    youre a joke Seed

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Derrick is awesome. We should put him on a cover…

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

    some love for TP please, he just played Westbrook, Rose and Deron Williams this week, he outscored 2 of them and won the assit battle twice. Feel like he’s underated as hell.

  • BostonGent

    Celtics didn’t show up to play and Westbrook was just jacking up shots (he shot 9/21 to Rondo’s 7/10). Slam forgot to mention Westbrook’s 7 turnovers and various loose balls. As a matter of fact Rondo got hurt later in the game and Westbrook missed all his shots in the fourth quarter and the Celtics did everything wrong to throw away the game.

    Nonetheless Westbrook played well earlier and Rondo was passive (though he scored on a assortment of jumpers, Dunks and drives; he should of penetrated or shot more), till he decided to play Westbrook tougher on defense. But the whole Celtic team just sleep walked expecting the Thunder to just lay down and die, and they didn’t. It was so obvious.

  • BostonGent

    Celtics were just awful.

    They always play like this in these type scenarios. Westbrook played well in stretches. But he also shot 9/21, had 7 turn overs and missed all his shot’s in the 4th quarter. Rondo (who I thought played to passive, while his team mates were sleep walking) at least hit 7/10 shots on a assortment of dunks, jumpers and lay ups. So he should of just shot more and went after Westbrook, instead of trying to set up the offense up top, before he hot hurt in the 4th quarter.

    But the Celtics just weren’t interested through out and by the time they were, it was too late; though both side played awful at the end.

  • tony knorr

    one again seed you are making an ass out of yourself on here. please take your own advice and compare lebron, dwade, and durants field goal percentage you will notice that kobe is shooting worse than 2 out of those 3 players. and all 3 of those guys are dealing with drastically different situations than playing in the same familiar offence that they have played in their whole careers. In durants case he just had to get through a little summer fatigue in those first few rough games he had. seriously Seed stop giving the intelligent kobe slurpers a bad name.

  • http://Egotastic.com Michael

    I hate when the Lakers play bad teams. Kobe just runs around in circles and throws the ball at the rim every once in a while hoping it goes in. It’s awful towatch.

  • JTaylor21

    The seed, FYI I have League Pass, so I get to watch every one of your lover’s game and from what I’ve seen Gasol is the MOST important laker while Kobe’s the best player. Your love for another man is borderline clay aikenish and it blinds you from seeing the truth.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Actually JTaylor21, me and B Crawford are HUGE Bulls fans cause they’re our hometown team, and we’ll roll with them whether they’re the champs or barely winning 15 games. But it sure helps to have Derrick Rose and a team with a (usually) never say die attitude. I cannot WAIT to see what this team will be like with Boozer. Also, can we declare this the year of the point guard? Rose, Rondo, Westbrook, Paul, Wall. Williams and…James? (sorry LeBron). DAMN. They’re all on point!

  • Remo Williams

    HAHA @Anton… Love your thinking.

    side note:”Bargnani protected the score like his mother’s pasta recipe” If a European media outlet said the same thing about an African-American player but subbed pasta for fried chicke, would we still be chuckling?

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

    The Rockets desperately need Aaron Brooks back… They just can’t score the basketball aside from Kevin Martin and Luis Scola. They are literally running on a 2 man offense right now–not that the other Houston players can’t score (they can all play), it’s just that Aaron Brooks’ scoring and penetration creates a tonne of offense for the Rockets, both for himself and his teammates.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    For all of yall who think Pau is most important are DUMB, Yall can call me whatever. This TEAM lives and dies with KOBE. Pau is getting overrated now, since he plays for Lakers, he put up better numbers with Grizzles and no one thought he was best skilled big man. More limelight more props. . KOBE is the Lakers and without Kobe on this team they are out the playoffs period. People would load up on Pau and he would go back to soft mode. Why yall think Jackson trying to get him to step up so much this year, because he is tired of seeing him being pushed around. DARKO had fun on him. Thats it. BOOK IT!!

  • ShadiestBen

    LeBron will always shoot a higher percenatage than wade kobe and durant.
    If u got league pass it should be obvious kobe is the lakers most important player.
    Gasol wasnt considered a top five big man until he started playing with kobe.
    Westbrook is okcs best and most important player, at htis point durant is a volume shooter who excels at the free throw line.
    Beasley is gonna light him up monday night.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Anton: With the trend going on with the Cavs (winning 2 in a row then losing 2 in a row) and the inconsistency of Charlotte and Milwaukee etc.. I think they might UNFORTUNATELY make it to the playoffs which I’m hoping it wouldn’t happen.. I really wish Gilbert isn’t thingking of getting a ring before the king this year. I’d be happy to land 1 of the top 3 picks next year. I want to land Barnes too but if we can’t I want the team to take either Perry Jones or Brandon Knight..

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    I’m also happy to see Redz play.. And do interviews!!

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Another great offensive outburst by Nowitzki wasted. I’m getting tired of typing this every week…
    (Caron MUST be hurting, horrible season so far.)

  • Sarah

    cosign Anthony

  • Michael

    Loving your post up work anton, funny stuff

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