Sunday, November 14th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  34 responses

Post Up: Let There Be Will

Float like a butterfly, sting like a Hornet.

by Anton Kudriavtsev /@TheDiesel

Magic 91, Nets 90

You know why no one gives the Magic the respect that this team so desperately needs? Because they’re not true contenders and showed it on this night by escaping with a win over the Nets. Who escapes a win over the Nets?! Jameer Nelson sealed the win for the Magic with 4.1 seconds to go while Dwight Howard went for 16 points and 10 rebounds. Devin Harris rounded out with 26 points, 8 assists, and 6 rebounds but couldn’t hit some free throws that could have tied that game and his missed layup cost his team the game. Brook Lopez got the better of Howard with 23 points.

Jazz 96, Bobcats 95

Deron Williams

Deron Williams obviously didn’t get my Superstar Memo from yesterday because he decided to put away the Bobcats with his ice-cold game-winning floater with 0.8 seconds left. The Jazz played with Jerry Sloan’s blood pressure yet again as they mounted a 4th quarter rally led by Williams’ 17 points and 9 assists. The bright spot for the ‘Cats on this night as Nazr Mohammed had 22 points and 20 rebounds, apparently auditioning for Kevin Love’s upcoming rebounding camp.  Stephen Jackson added 24 points but his team couldn’t contain their 16 point halftime lead. In case you’re counting, that’s four straight road games, five in total for the Jazz which has to do wonders for their confidence as the team has been notoriously poor on the road the last couple of seasons. Do you think Millsap saw this coming when he drove Boozer to the airport?

Pacers 99, Cavs 85

The Cavs suffered back-to-back losses including 4 in a row at home as they fell to the Pacers. Danny Granger scored 34 points in the win against a short-handed Cleveland team, missing All-Star in a different life Mo Williams and Anderson Varejao. Antawn Jamison led the Cavs with 19 points and 9 boards and Ramon Sessions added 17. It would have been nice to see some plays run for JJ Hickson as he was beating anyone on his in the first half but guards dominated the remainder of the game. Also ironic that Ryan Hollins, who was a throw-in for the Sessions deal, is now more productive for the Cavs than Sessions is.

Raptors 100, Heat 109

“Man, you should have seen Chris Bosh tonight! He just took over the game against his former team!” This is what most Miami fans would like to be discussing but unfortunately were treated to a milkshake of 12 points and foul trouble. Wade led with 31 and LeBron, who was seen wheeling around an oxygen tank at halftime, managed to get his feeble strength together for 39 minutes of arthritic action. James finished with 23 points, 11 assists, and 3 excuses. The Raptors were hanging around most of the game, with Bargnani dropping 22 and DeRozan adding 21 points and 6 boards. The look on Bosh and Bargn’s face when they two were matched-up against each other was pure joy:

“Oh, Andrea. I have missed your soft tendencies so!”

“Shh, shhh. No words, Christopher – just emotions.”

Post-game, Bosh gave his vote of confidence towards his new team: “That’s one thing we could do, we could shoot the ball,” Bosh said, referring to the Raptors. “When I was in Toronto, we could shoot the ball. We had offense.” Keep it up, Bosh – you’re sure to have dozens of plays called for you soon.

Blazers 87, Hornets 107

Courtesy of Doc Funk Blog

Given yesterday’s news about Brandon Roy’s knee, the reality that the Blazers will continue to struggle health-wise in the future has set in. The Hornets used their improved defense to dominate the game, with David West and Marco Belinelli scoring 18 as Roy exited the game with 6:43 left in the third quarter and didn’t return. Portland made a run that trimmed the 17-point lead to 5 but New Orleans responded with a 16-5 run to finish the game. Nicolas Batum led the Blazers with 16 points and Chris Paul recorded 11 points and 13 assists. The Hornets are still the only undefeated team in the league. What are the odds of that?

Wizards 96, Bulls 103

Welcome to the NBA, rook. That was the message Derrick Rose had for John Wall as he outplayed his Wizards all night and led his Bulls to the win. Rose scored 15 of his 24 points in the second half and Joakim Noah had 21 points and 9 boards for the Bulls. John Wall injured his foot in the 3rd quarter and ended with 16 points and 6 assists, including this hammer. Gilbert Arenas stepped in and finished with a season-high 30 points, including seven 3-pointers. “I’m just trying to make people fear me on the court,” Rose said after the game. “Being aggressive. Keep on putting pressure on them.” Mission accomplished tonight.

Celtics 116, Grizzlies 110

Paul Piece and his Celtics were supposed to take care of business against the Grizzlies, but Memphis had other plans. The C’s had a 4-point lead in the 4th before Gay tied it up with a jumper with 7.3 seconds to play. Boston trailed 11 points before a late-rally and a clutch Ray Allen 3-pointer in overtime led to the win. Gay had 22 points and Zach Randolph finished with 21 points and 11 boards. The most surprising stat has to be Shaquita scoring 18 points after his usual “mailing it in until May” fitness routine. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the league will be an empty place without Shaq. Rondo had 11 points and 17 assists, continuing his assist assault, prompting some to question whether he can break Stockton’s 14.5 assist season record. Do you guys think he can do it?

Warriors 72, Bucks 79

David Lee missed his 2nd straight game with a lodged-elbow-in-Wilson’s-mouth injury, and his Warriors could not contain Salmons leading to a loss. Salmons scored a season-high 26 points, including a key bucket that caused his Bucks to walk away with the win. The Warriors, led by Ellis’ 24 points, made a final run coming within 3 points but Bogut blocked Radmanovic’s beard’s attempt. The Warriors trapped Jennings most of the night and he couldn’t re-create his 55 magic, ending with 19 points.

Sixers 93, Spurs 116

The Spurs cruised to their 6th straight win with a victory over the Sixers, using Tony “Haugh haugh hauuugh” Parker’s 24 points to surge ahead to a 39-28 first-quarter lead. Jrue Holiday had 16 for the Sixers but could not conjure Jazz-like tendencies to mount on a comeback. San Antonio shot better across the board and got help from outside the Big 3, with George Hill’s 16 off the bench and DeJuan Blair’s 13 points and 12 rebounds. This is already the biggest win streak for the Spurs including last season, leading to one conclusion: you still can’t quite count out the Spurs this season.


“Check My $tats” of the night: Deron Williams – 17 points, 9 assists, yet another game-winning bucket.

Honorable Mention: Nazr Mohammed – 22 points, 20 Kevin Loves, 4 blocks, 2 assists.

Separated at Birth of the day: Grant Hill and Shaun T.

I’m out like the Hornets losing.

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  • http://kb24.com Bigi

    Nice stuff Anton!

  • shu

    14.5 APG? That’s 1189 if he played the full season. There’s only been 9 seasons where any NBA player had over 1000. (Stockton with 7, Isiah and Kevin Porter???) I just noticed that he’s averaging over 40 minutes per game. If he keeps up those minutes then maybe he’ll break it but I don’t think Doc will want to burn him out. He’s prolly playing this hard trying to make the all star game, which is definately warrented with his play so far.

  • ripslam

    Posh Spice is a joke.

  • Michael

    HAHA at the stat of Lebron with 3 excuses hahahaha

  • JTaylor21

    What would you expect from a well-known lebron hater and a cryvaliers fan.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    The Magic look like a completely different team compared to the start of the season. Maybe it’s Dwight? He’s getting fewer touches and passing out of the post way more.

  • Hammer

    “The reality that the blazers will continue to struggle health-wise in the future has set in”. Aint that the truth. Its fixing 2 b a long,long,long season 4 my blazers. Not a good time 4 blazer fans everywhere. As I was watching this game yesterday,couldn’t help but think that if we had a full healthy roster,we r better than the hornets and the thunder as well. Dam injuries!

  • Hammer

    And the way rose abused the rook,was a thing of beauty. He had some nice finishes around the rim n that game. That’s what wall neede. 2 b knocked down a peg or 2. 2 b humbled. Rose wasn’t bout 2 b shown up by a rook

  • http://twitter.com/smileyoufckers Bryan

    Just have to mention that I hate Jtaylor21 in a way that shouldn’t be possible to hate someone you’ve never met. Complete idiot.

  • The Philosopher

    Shout out @Anton Kudriavtsev.
    You timely wit and sharp humor goes unmatched on these boards.
    And, your knowledge of the game is to be respected.

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

    @JTaylor: Kobe – great player? Or the greatest player?
    @Philosopher – Thanks man, right back at ya.

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

    @shu – Good point about the minutes, though if Ray Allen keeps swishing those 3′s Rondo might be good for 7 assists per game minimum.
    @Hammer – The worst part is that it’s totally fine to revert to the old “We should have drafted Durant!” talk now that Roy will be chronically hurt.

  • JTaylor21

    Anton, kobe’s the greatest….. not but he is a great, great, great player.

  • Hammer

    Agreed anton. I hate 2 admit it but I’ve been thinking that since oden got injured last season. I mean,I do hope tho that he proves me wrong and gives us a much needed boost,cuz @ this point,what other choice do us blazer fans have right? But…I don’t know

  • Jose

    Chris Bosh need’s to start getting more Kevin Loves like Nazr did last night

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon


  • Holiday

    Wow, how about them Jazz? These aren’t bottom feeders there beatin like this, some of the best the East has to offer! With how good they are usually at home we could see the first double digit winning streak of the season!!!

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    Blazers should sit Roy, Oden, Pryzbilla, EVERYONE WHO HAS ANY HELTH PROBLEM for the season, lose a lot, get a high draft pick and try and pick up A FRANSHISE POINT GUARD…despite the fact that I apriciate Dre Miller A LOT, hes been the best Blazer around, but not getting any younger.

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    the Jazz and Jerry Sloan deserve ALL MY RESPECT.

  • B-BallMaestro


    I don’t think Rondo is playing this hard to make the All Star team. He’s already made it. And he made it last year to.

    Doc is playing him 40 min a game, cause Nate Robinson is not a plausible substitute and Delonte West becomes eligible this Weds vs Washington.

    The only thing that would reduce his assist, is a significant reduction in playing time (which seems unlikely with West playing or not, cause so much of the Celtics offense is successfully run through Rondo) or if one of the Big 3 gets hurt and he’s required to score more, as he did last year when Garnett was hurt.

    It’ll be interesting to see what happens though. You never know, cause it’s Boston.

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

    @Lisbon – I’m not sure how Roy would feel sharing the backcourt with Durant, and both would want the ball in crunch time. That’s been my one excuse to justify drafting Greg Mummy all these years, just waiting for them to be healthy and now we can’t use that excuse anymore. I feel your pain.

  • Millz

    Deron William’s game winner was the most awesome crab dribble I have ever seen.

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    Anton, those are excuses for the mistake that was made on that draft, no one should give a fu(k how Roy feels, hes a top 3 SG but cant stay on the court, and he aint on KD´s class as a scorer obviously, not close..he´d be a fine number 2 option due to the fact theres no durability there.

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

    Kevin Love with 22 points and 17 boards… Mike Beasley with 25 points… Sebastian Telfair with 18 points and 8 assists… Who knew? Mike Beasley can actually play, and with Kevin Love shaping out to be the next Moses Malone with a 3 point shot–the T-Wolves have got themselves a great young duo for the future. And maybe Sebastian Telfair will finally tap into that potential he’s been encumbered with since high school; he’s been looking good out there in a few of their games–the quickness, the passing, it’s always been there… Who knew?

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

    But of course this all came in a loss to the Hawks. Baby steps.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    No homo, but damn I do (Kevin)Love the weekend Post Up.

  • Hammer

    Co-sign teddy. I alwyas like telfair. It sucked when he got traded away n my opinion. Still got his blazer red jersey. I rock it once n awhile. Hopefully “bassy” continues 2 perform well

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Haha the Bosh-Bargnani exchange was vintage Anton!

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Anton is doing his thing on TPU-Weekend edition. A very good decision by Ryne & Co.
    Deron Williams was amazing on that floater, got run off towards the left by “Crash”, then the between the leg crossover, dart to the right and MAKE that floater: ridiculous.
    But maybe they need to play better in the 1st half of games: jerry Sloan isn’t getting younger!

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    I don’t know what it was like in Stockton’s 14.5 assist season, but assists today, are given so generously. Doesn’t seem to matter what the guy you pass it to, does with the ball. If you passed it to him last, you’re getting an AST.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    And D Will is a boss like none other.

  • thekeymaster

    @tealish boss’ don’t get there hair cut at super cuts. lol dwill is more like the assistant to the regional manager. CP3 is the BOSS

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    You sayin’ CP3 has great hair?

  • edsel