Monday, November 1st, 2010 at 8:45 am  |  25 responses

Post Up: Lakers Cruise

And NBA players do up Halloween.

by Adam Figman | @afigman

Happy (belated) Halloween! Not everyone got to go trick-or-treating on October 31, you know. Some people had basketball games to play.

Miami 101, New Jersey 78

And the Heat keep getting better. Don’t think anybody really thought the Nets would keep this one close (except Franklyn?), and they didn’t do too much to prove the haters wrong. The Three combined for 55 of the team’s 101, led by a 20-7-7 performance from LeBron and a 17-6-7 one from DWade. (Sidebar: No more over-complicated nicknames that aren’t catching on, anyway. Around here, LBJ/DWade/Bosh are officially “The Three.”) When Miami shoots better than 50 percent (36-67 yesterday), they’re damn near unbeatable. For New Jersey, Brook Lopez dropped in 20 points, while rookie Derrick Favors went for 13 and 13. Take that “Draft bust” talk elsewhere, peeps.

Dallas 99, L.A. Clippers 83

Keeping up with the no-close-games-allowed trend, the Mavs went into the Staples Center and had their way. Jason Kidd’s strong season continued with an almost-triple double (13-9-7), and five other Dallas players scored in double figures. For LACBlake Griffin (16 and 9) and Chris Kaman (13 and 13) were solid, but the backcourt will need to be a lot better if the Clips are to have any chance at a playoff run. Eric Gordon’s been impressive, so we won’t hold one off night against him, but has anybody seen Baron Davis? These dudes need a veteran leader, and the team’s point guard is (well, should be) the perfect place to find such a presence.

Utah 120, Oklahoma City 99

Can’t say I saw this one coming. After two rough games, the Jazz went into Oklahoma City and just got it done, jumping ahead by 16 in the second quarter and holding the lead after halftime. Despite a set of NBA TV commentators who were rooting for the Thunder like proud parents at a JV game, Utah played with a confidence and chemistry that they’ll need to maintain and build upon moving forward. Deron Williams led the show with 16 points and 15 dimes, while Paul Millsap (30 points, 16 boards) and Al Jefferson (23 and 10) were straight up beastly down low. OKC will win a hell of a lot of games this season, but if they can’t deal with teams that dominate the paint (Lakers, Jazz, Spurs, Nuggets, etc.), they won’t last long in postseason action. Kevin Durant (28 points) was great, but the help didn’t show up yesterday.

L.A. Lakers 107, Golden State 83

With Steph Curry resting his recently re-injured ankle, the Lakers started things off with a huge first quarter and saw no reason to look back. Pau Gasol led the squad with 26 and 12, while the rest of L.A.’s starters were able to play under 30 minutes amidst the blowout. Monta Ellis scored 20 for the Warriors, and, sadly, David Lee didn’t score a single point in his 19 minutes on the floor. Also, props to Jeremy Lin, who got his first bucket to go along with 4 steals during clean-up time. The Lake Show is now 3-0 with Memphis on deck for Tuesday night.

Honest question: How much did Roger Goodell throw David Stern to make sure the NBA took zero spotlight off the National Football League on this Sunday afternoon/night? Damn, can a League Pass subscriber get a close game? Some competition? A buzzer beater? Well, at least this was cool.

Performance of the Night: Paul Millsap: 30 points (12-19 from field), 16 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal
Moment of the Night: In case you didn’t notice, Twitter blew up last night with incredible pictures of NBAers rocking their Halloween costumes. The Celtics were hilariousMo Evans said, “Fuck your couch!” and Zaza Pachulia pulled off Charlie Chaplin flawlessly. But, best of all, Shaq posted this video of him as, well, you gotta watch it. Shaqeeta FTW.

Hopefully the NBA reclaims the throne with some down-to-the-wire contests these next few days, because I don’t think I can handle any more snoozefests. See y’all tomorrow.

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  • http://www.twitter.com/notebooknick NotebookNick

    KD wasn’t great. He forced turnovers early, took bad shots, and wasn’t himself. Jeff Green was worse on defense, watching Millsap light him up while waving a hand in his general direction.

  • max

    those commentators seriously p!ssed me off. Even if OKC would have been behind by 50, they still would have said “OMG, LOOK AT THE WAY DURANT WALKS UP AND DOWN THE COURT, WHERE AMAZING HAPPENS”.

  • Ken

    That Laker game was so boring…but I agree that it was nice to see Jeremy Lin get some burn, and play well (despite all the fouls).

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

    lol @ Rondo as Tiger.

    Go Lakers.

    Good to see Utah finally win, and beat OKC : D!!

  • JTaylor21

    KD Mr. Overrated is showing his true form this season already. Dude still hasn’t improved as a passer, jacks up too many shots, is still average as a defender, and comes up Gary Coleman in the clutch. Where are all the morons that swore he was better than Bron at????????

  • T-Money

    Rondo killed it. / Seriously, one of the best things about League Pass is catching local commentary. “Dunk it, KD! Dunk it!” hahhaa.

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

    JTaylor, what has Lebron showed? That he can average 8.5 to’s per game … it’s early in the season. Lebron hasn’t got in form, nor has KD, or Wade, or Kobe … Sooo … shut the fu<k you fu<king loser. God you’re annoying.
    KD – 29/6/2/1 4.3 TO’s while getting 12 ft’s a game … it’s pretty good.
    Bron – 20/5/6/.8 6.3 TO’s 8 FT’s per game … are you saying Lebron isn’t as good because he started out the season having good assist numbers, but even better TO numbers?

  • ShadiestBen

    LeBron has been turning ball over more than usual because he’s getting used to playing with the new guys. Don’t no what KD’s shooting percentage has been but from watching the first three games it seems it should be pretty low. Kobe’s been playing well, but Chris Paul has been outperforming all 3 so far (dont care about the stats). Also Jtaylor so far Carmelo has been proving that he is better than KD. Once again dont care about the stats, you can just tell from watching the games.

  • IHaveADream

    Carmelo, regardless of what he says, is just auditioning for the Nets or Knicks. He doesn’t care about being with the Nuggets, if he did, he would have signed that contract extension. No one is in top form. The season just began. Can’t make any judgments at all right now.

  • ShadiestBen

    He’s playing like he cares, he knows this is likely his last season as a Nugget, and your right although its only three games in the efforts been there from him and the rest of that team.

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

    Yeah, lol, stats don’t matter until Lebron has good stats and than they REALLY matter! GTFOH

  • ShadiestBen

    lol, no stats really don’t matter in regard to Chris Paul being the biggest difference maker so far this season. Its obvious to anyone watching their first three games. I would take Kobe over LeBron 7 days of the week buddy, just because I agreed with Jtaylor about Carmelo doesn’t mean I love LeBron too.

  • Byebye

    How does the great thunder team lose at home with the easiest beginning schedule in the league Lose to the jazz kd got worked by ak with his weak ass trade Jeff green to a better team so he can move to small foward

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    I hope Odom gets some Allstar consideration this year and LA decides to bring Bynum off the bench when he returns.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Shaq, that was just…. *state of shock*

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

    Shaqeeta wins for best costume, hands down, man down.

  • MattM

    For some reason there were random games blacked out on my League Pass last night that weren’t on TV in my area (Eastern Canada).

  • The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    Waoh Shaq! Funniest NBA player ever!!!

  • max

    @MattM random games or just the miami game?

  • http://slamonline.com/ Adam Figman

    @MattM The Thunder game might’ve been blacked out on League Pass because they black out the games that are on NBA TV sometimes, which that one was, if I remember correctly.

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

    Yeah I think Raptors TV changed to NBA TV Canada, which you have to pay extra for.

  • tRay

    Laker game as boring as ever they have the easiest schedule I’ve ever seen smh I’m a fan no doubt but really c’mon man

  • jer

    lol MattM thats cos your from canada

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

    Shaq was hilarious.
    The Celtics win Halloween for sure. Hawks come in 2nd.

  • Byebye

    Lakers every year play a thousand home games to start season heat hv only played one home game why