Saturday, November 13th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  28 responses

Post Up: Let’s Play a Love Game

And Russell Westbrook cannot be stopped.

by Anton Kudriavtsev /@TheDiesel

On paper, the match-ups look about as exciting as Iverson practicing in Turkey. Look closer and you’ll see a lot of amazing in a lot of places.

Jazz 90, Hawks 86

Adding on to his outstanding week, Deron Williams dropped 24 points and 10 assists as he led his Jazz over the Hawks. The Jazz outscored the Hawks 27-10 in the 4th quarter while the Hawks gave this one away at the line, going 11-of-21, including 0-of-4 from Horford in 4th. Josh Smith had 20 points, 13 boards, and 5 assists but Paul Millsap’s corner jumper with 1:20 to play completed yet another Jazz comeback story, the 4th consecutive comeback from double digits.

D-Will, what are you doing?! First you have a game-winning layup, then beat the Heat and Magic on a back-to-back, now you’re killing Hawks like it’s hunting season? You’re in clear violation of the 2003 version of the Superstar Handbook. Section 23 clearly states that one must “take off at least 2 games a week in the regular season or can bank up to 3 games to be used during the March-April coast months.” If you keep playing this hard, the Superstar’s Association will have no choice but to ban you from the monthly cocktails at Melo’s place. Note to Melo with regards to next month’s party: the invitation lists a New York address, what’s with that?

Blazers 108, Thunder 110

Whenever the Thunder and Blazers meet up, there’s sure to be an explosive yet close game and this one did not disappoint. The Blazers ended the 3rd quarter with a 7-0 run and took that momentum into the 4th, starting off with a Fernandez 3-pointer, a drawn charge, then Roy drawing a foul within minutes. The Thunder responded with a few jumpers before Miller came into the game and started to dictate the Blazers’ offense. Nothing gets more old school than ‘Dre pump faking, shooting, and then tipping in his own miss. Jeff Van Gundy: “I’m gonna lose my mind if I see another player go for Andre Miller’s pump fake. Are they not watching?!”

Russell Westbrook

But then Westbrook does what he usually does late in games: take over. Slicing through the zone defense and drawing fouls before handing it off to Durant for back-to-back-to-back buckets as the Thunder took a 105-100 lead with 1:42 to go. This game seemed eerily similar to the last meeting where the Blazers lost the game in crunch time, being on the receiving end of a 21-7 run. A frantic ending included Rudy missing a wide-open three-pointer that would have tied the game. Think the Frail Blazers aren’t cursed? Elliot Williams had surgery on his right knee…only to be announced that he would need another surgery on his left knee 6 weeks later. The good news is that Joe Przybilla is set to return on Tuesday. Westbrook finished with 36 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists while his Batman dropped 34. Roy led the Blazers with 24. Mark Jackson’s insight into Westbrook: “He’s one of those guys…you have to guard.” How, Mark? Just tell us how?!

Rockets 102, Pacers 99

Brad Miller’s game-high 23 points and 8 boards secured the win as the Rockets edged the Pacers. Basically, if Granger doesn’t shoot well, the Pacers don’t win. Danny shot 7-of-18 while James Posey had 19 points (5-of-8 from three) off the bench. Luis Scola held down Houston’s always-vacant frontcourt with 16 points and 9 boards. Genius idea: while Yao’s out for a week with a foot injury, LeBorn should demand Riley to trade Arroyo for the right to use Adelman’s 24-minute plan.

Bobcats 93, Wizards 85

The Bobcats continued to claw their way to .500 using Gerald Wallace’s 25 points and 14 boards over the Wizards. Despite turning the ball over more times (24) than a Megadeth touring line-up, ‘Cats severely out-rebounded the Wiz (48 to 30) and earned their W with a 10-0 run in the 4th quarter. John Wall had 13 points and 11 assists but couldn’t find his shot while Andray Blatche added 22 points and 9 boards. The rest of the team played like Gilbert Arenas did something nasty in their shoes. Slightly relevant stat of the night: Wall joined Oscar Robertson as the only players with at least 7 assists in each of their first 6 career games.

Knicks 103, Wolves 112

As I was surfing through the games last night, I was impressed by Kevin Love’s 16 points and 19 boards…and it was only the 3rd quarter. Love recorded the first 30-30 game since Moses Malone in 1982, finishing with 31 points and 31 rebounds in a win for this Wolves. To put that further in perspective, the Grizzlies have two centers with fewer rebounds than Love had on this night while CBS Sports took the liberty of reminding everyone who hasn’t had 31 boards all season. In 10 and a half minutes of action, the Knicks blew a 21-point lead and couldn’t recover while Beasley was beasting himself, shooting 55% en route to a 35 point night. Lost Jonas brother Danilo Gallinari led the Knicks with 25. So ladies, if you’re suffering through a break-up and need K-Love’s comfort, wait in line. There are likely 30 people ahead of you.

Raptors 110, Magic 106

Don’t look now but the Raptors are actually an entertaining team. Particularly DeMar DeRozan, who is continuing it put it all together and become of the rising young stars in the league. DeRozan played great defense, covering the floor quickly and closing out shooters as if the Second Amendment was about to be repealed. Double D (that’s his official nickname form here on out) scored 13 in the 4th quarter, finishing with 26 points and 7 boards.

Courtesy of Doc Funk Blog

Jameer Nelson had 23 points and 8 assists for the Magic and Pietrus ties it up with a clutch three pointer with 28.8 seconds to go. Sonny Weems came right back with a three of his own after Jarrett Jack did his best LeIso impersonation and a solid high-screen from Bargs. Jose Calderon stole the next inbounds pass, got fouled, and sealed the game for the Raps. Interestingly for the Magic, Stan Van Gundy found the courage to break free of his standard substitutions and have Bass in for Lewis for the majority of the fourth. Why? Probably that he needed a defensive presence and rebounder in addition to the ability to make shots. You know, what a power forward should be. The Magic have lost 2 in a row and sit behind Boston in the East.

Sixers 90, Mavericks 99

Besides Deshawn Stevenson starting which warranted more than a few double-takes, the intrigue ended there as the Mavs handled their business with a win over the Sixers. Thaddeus Young had 17 off the bench but his team wasn’t able to stop Dallas’ balanced attack, with 4 starters in double figures and JJ Barea had a season-high 19 points off the bench. Jason Kidd passes his way to over 11,000 assists, second all-time behind some Stockton guy.

Kings 89, Suns 103

Despite looking the best he has looked on the court in a week, DeMarcus Cousins (9 points, 7 boards) and Tyreke Evans (18 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists) were not able to stop the Suns’ run-and-shoot-whenever-you-feel-like offense as the Kings suffered their 4th straight loss . Nashty led the madness with 28 points, 14 assists, and 7 rebounds (sorry Bosh) and Hakim Warrick added 18 off the bench. It was a special day for Nash in more than one way as his wife gave birth to his first son earlier in the day. Congrats, Nash! A play date has been scheduled with Amar’e, who will roll off the screen and dunk the diaper into the dispenser.

Pistons 113, Clippers 107

The Clippers and Pistons needed some extra time to settle their battle, with Detroit escaping with the win. Twitter bully Villanueva carried his team with 30 points off the bench while Eric Gordon scored 28 for the Clips. The Pistons had a 9-0 run in overtime to earn their first road win of the season. Blake Griffin had a monster game with 18 points and 18 rebounds, but it did not impress Kevin Love in the slightest.


“Check My $tats” of the night: Kevin Love – 31 points, 31 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block.

Honorable mention: Russell Westbrook – 36 points, 7 assists, 7 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks.

R.O.Y. Watch: Blake Griffin – 18 points, 18 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steal.

Miami Heat

The fallout from the Heat game continues to rain down like Ray Allen’s threes. Due to the American Airlines Arena being about as full as a Cavs playoff game in 2002, the Heat organization is now telling its fans how to be fans. Wait, really?! Really. On the Heat’s website, the team released a statement telling fans how to “Fan Up”. Apparently having two of the greatest players in the game is not enough to convince fans to show up. As usual, NBA fans are relentless against the Heat but the truth is the truth.

In other news, The John Wall dance is quickly catching on, with the Cowboys and soccer player Omar Gonzalez getting into the action.

Separated at birth of the day: Marquis Daniels and Lil Wayne.

Sign of the globalized world we live in:  There’s a 14-year old 7 footer in India being dubbed the next Yao Ming. Great, now our coveted new generation of frail centers are being outsourced to India. Also, not so sure “ready to follow in Yao’s footsteps” is a good headline to give this kid some love.

The Raptors face the Heat tonight while the Hornets try to remain the only undefeated team in the league as they take on the Blazers.

I’m out like Arenas’ pranks.

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  • namik

    Kevin Love..I didnt know you had it like that!! Great work again Anton!!

  • LeBron de Con

    No pics of KLove? Insanity prevails!

  • LeBron de Con

    First 30-30 since Moses Malone in 1982. This entire article should be about Kevin Love.

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

    Where’s Ryan Jones hiding?

  • http://bugmarley.com LeoneL

    Love rebounded more than the whole Wizards team. I’m now officially building a shrine to Mr. Love, Glass Cleaner.

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    fu(k you if you gonna start copy the a$$hole from basketbawfull Anton, with the tired frailblazers joke. you guys are not very creative, going around and using other bloogers sh1t who was funny at first but the hundredth time is just not.

  • james

    just wanted to say thats an awful nickname you came up wit for derozan. i think De-bo would be a better nickname

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    The indian kid, Satnam, he was at Baskwtball w/o. Borders this Summer in S’pore. I helped out and watched him scrimmage, practice etc. Huuuuuge feet, so big in fact, his shoes resembled ski boots. Also rain with a gait reminiscent of that other giant Muresan (not quick) and he got injured fairly often in camp.
    What i did see was a kid who loved to play and listened to Horford, Gibson, Mcadoo etc. during the drills. But he’s not an Nba prospect, he didn’t even make the all-camp squads that scrimmaged for the inofficial camp ‘chip.

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    There was another 7 footer there though, very polished for his age, lithe and great hops, kinda had a similar build as Yi Jianlian, from PRC (i think), that kid has skills.

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

    @TrailBlazing – appreciate the passion but don’t know what you’re referring to, first time I ever called them the Frail Blazers because…you know, they kind of are.
    @james – let’s settle on De-Rex.
    @Darks – thanks for the backgrounder, maybe he can find a Big Z-type role in the league, assuming the conditioning is there. And I’m not talking about early in his career running the fast-break Z, I’m talking current 7’3″ jump shooting Z.

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    my point was you took that from other blogger, thus exposing you as a non creative writer. do what you want with it.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    @Trail–lol, calm down. The Blazers ARE frail. How’s Greg Oden doing? Deal with it.
    And nice video on LeBron’s postgames, but I’m not surprised. 48min against the Wolves sure feels like more fun than 44min against the Celtics!

  • http://sdjfklf.com Jukai

    The cryblazers. Man up, buddy.

  • http://facebook.com/jray2009 Jray

    No, fan up.

  • Gachan

    Wow, calling Anton out for not being creative, LMAO he is one of the funniest, most creative writers on the site.

  • Hammer

    Thunder is healthy. Blazers r not. That’s the diff between the 2. 1nce we get joel back,I would luv 2 c westbrook try and go down the lane. C what happens 2 his *ss. Joel aint just gonna stand there like bosh. We just gotta get healthy,but we just can’t. Its frusturating

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Durant is shooting like 39%, Too bad Westbrook is the real key to the Thunder winning games nightly and Westbrook doesn’t get enough credit for his work. BOOK IT!!

  • webstarr

    thought i might miss holly but anton is handling business. memo to d will is spot on haha

  • TyMo

    Stop calling Wall’s stupid little arm twist a “dance.” It’s not a dance. It’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen.

  • http://blogs.thescore.com/tbj/author/hollymackenzie/ Ghost

    Anyone else hearing the news about Brandon Roy and his knees? It really is a shame.

  • ripslam

    What the hell is going on with Beasley’s hair? Oh my gawwwwwwd.

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    fu(k you too Jukai, youre team hasnt had a injury in half a century…go fu(k yourself, excuse me if I realized today Blazers cant contend with this core because of health, it was a eye opener, frustrating day…Anton knows I like what he does, but beating on a guy who os down isnt funny.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Chris Duhon does not deserve to be on an NBA roster. I swear every time he steps on the court, the other team’s point guard goes off, the whole Orlando defense sucks, and the pick-and-roll offense fails. Free JWill.

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

    ^Exactly, plus he’s getting $15 million over 4 years. I think all GM’s need to pass that “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” show before making any deals.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Anton, I respect Otis Smith though, he’s pulled off some nice deals. However, the Magic will be in some serious trouble in a few years given the paralyzing contracts of Rashard, Gortat, Redick, and Duhon. If Orlando can find anything in return for Lewis (like Kenyon Martin even), they should pull the trigger because he still has what, 3 years and $60 million left on that deal?

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    By the way, who’s worrying about the Heat? Even before tonight’s impressive win over the Raptors of Toronto, Miami at 5-4 was still ranked #1 on ESPN’s Power Rankings done by the one and only John Hollinger!
    There’s a formula and everything. Ish has got to be legit.

  • ab40

    please orlando trade for gilbert. I bet you’re kicking yourself now not trading for cp3 when you had the chance

  • http://google c_cantrell

    love is the best rebounder in the league hands down.. hell of a game from him.. hell of a game from my man westbrook too he is steppin up big for okc this year.. go thunder!