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Saturday, November 6th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  61 responses

Post Up: Miami Iced

And Rondo asks Rose how his pass taste.

Hawks 113, Wolves 103

Don’t look now but the Hawks are the only unbeaten team in the East. Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 22 points off the bench while Beasley and Love both netted 18 for the Wolves. With 24 fast-break points the Hawks ran early an often, with Josh Smith (20 points, 8 boards, 6 assists, 5 blocks) running the floor and cramming the rock like a freshman for a final. J-Smoove is pretty much the only player that has the potential to win Defensive Player of the Year, assuming Dwight goes on a 6-month vacation.

Heat 93, Hornets 96

Chris Paul is the best point guard in the NBA? Déjà vu anyone? The undefeated (!) Hornets edged the Heat as Paul put up 13 points, 19 assists, and 5 steals. Every time I watch him play, I can’t help but think that others try to be point guards, Chris was born to be one. Splitting the defense with his sweet handle and hesitation dribble, finding Okafor(26 points, 13 boards) for alley-oops, this man epitomizes what it means to make your teammates better. Miami’s Big 3 of James, Wade, and Ilgauskas combined for 78 of the team’s 93 points. The refs tried to make it interesting with an offensive foul called on Paul, eventually giving the Heat their first lead of the game. Ariza and Bosh (seriously, dude – 1 rebound? One?!) traded some 3’s before the Hornets walked away with a win after an Eddie House miss. With Wade at the top of the key in crunchtime and LeBron apparently unable to move on 3-point corner island, which one is Batman and which one is Robin? Wade finished with 28 points and 10 rebounds while LeBron flirted with, but ultimately decided against a triple double (20 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds). Since it’s now flu season, anyone else having trouble finding cough syrup in the supermarket isles? Wait, Wayne’s out? Never mind.

Grizzlies 118, Suns 123

Mike Conley. But seriously, the Grizzlies suffered a tough double overtime loss to the Suns despite finding enough basketballs for Rudy Gay(26 pts), Marc Gasol(26pts), and OJ Mayo(23 pts) to score above 20 points. Jason Richardson had himself a monster game with 38 points, 8 boards, and 3 assists and led his Suns to the win despite turning the ball over more than a temp agency (hitting 14 three-pointers really helps).  With the Grizzlies up 99-97, Gay channelled his inner Nick Anderson, giving Richardson the chance for a buzzer-beating tip-in to send it to extra minutes. The under-sized Suns out-rebounded the Grizzlies 55-48, despite Gasol going 12 of 13 shots (Lopez and Frye only had 1 point through 55 minutes).

Clippers 104, Nuggets 111

In case you haven’t figured out the theme for Blake Griffin this season, it’s put up impressive numbers, get more dunks than a donut shop, and ultimately, lose. Blake had 26 points and 10 rebounds while rookie and human mahogany statue Eric Bledsoe had a break-out game with 12 points, 13 assists, and 2 steals. The Clippers couldn’t stop Melo going 14 of 20 from the field, with 30 points and key plays down the stretch. Al Harrington scored 9 of his 18 points in the 4th quarter to secure the lead for the Nuggets.

Jazz 78, Warriors 85

The new-look Warriors beat the “meh”- look Jazz, led by Monta Ellis (23 points, 7 steals) and Stephen Curry (20 points, 6 assists). Despite shooting 14% from deep, the Warriors out-rebounded and out-scored the Jazz in the paint 46-32, helped by retired Bond villain Andris Biedrins (20 boards). Deron Williams (23 points, 6 assists) couldn’t help his new All-Star in training as Jefferson went 6 of 14 from the field, finishing with 16 points and 15 rebounds. The Warriors took advantage of Utah’s 21 turnovers, scoring 27 points and limiting the Jazz to 39% shooting in an impressive team-defense outing. With the game tied at 72, Curry took over with a butter soft jumper, a steal followed by a three-point play to wrap up the win for the 4-1 Warriors.

Raptors 103, Lakers 108

Now I’m not saying the Lakers play down to their opponents (and get away with it), but I heard Pau Gasol rapping “This Raps game, this Raps game/I ain’t sellin my soul for this Raps game/I ain’t shavin my beard for this Raps game/ Man, I’m tellin you, no it ain’t happening” through his pre-game pump-up tracks. The game was fairly close throughout as the Raptors sprinkled in a little 2-3 zone like Bargnani’s pasta recipe. Unlike his pasta, the results didn’t yield satisfaction for the T-Dot. Barbosa sliced and diced through the lane en route to a 17 point night but his efforts might have resulted in a win if the Raptors could play some resemblance of defense. Pretty sure a little girl walked around Toronto’s frontcourt and got an easy lay-up on her way to the popcorn vendor. Pau Gasol led the Lakers with 30 points, Kobe added to his Jordan infatuation by scoring exactly 23 points, and Steve Blake added 14 off the bench.

Overtime

“Check My $tats” of the night: Jason Richardson – 38 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, one clutch baller. J Rich or die trying.

The only good thing that came from this KG/Villanueva mini-beef is a hilarious Twitter trend (#KGtrashtalk). If you’re in the mood to laugh, check it out.

Separated at birth of the day: Udonis Haslem and Randy Moss.

Not sure if you heard this story, but a LeBron fan in Cleveland who was escorted by police out of a game when he wore a Heat jersey has been offered an all-expense paid trip to see the Heat play live in Miami. And then…not. You stay classy, Miami.

As the Onion Sports Network reports, “the Blazers are headed in right direction after making a number of off-season pickups to help Greg Oden, including 10,000 yards of gauze, a defibrillator, and a kidney dialysis machine.”

I don’t know about you guys, but I never get tired of good LeBron-inspired videos.

I’m out like Miami’s marketing department.

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  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    The human mahogany statue in the NBA is KG, like Chappelle said: blahhkness!

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    J-Rich or die trying: classic stuff. T.P.U is turning into a must-read on Slamonline.

  • Airswade

    Is it me or does K.G. seem to get more immature the older he gets? Such a dick….never used to be….

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

    Dwight’s offense is looking really good! I gotta say, watching the Raptors and Lakers game last night. Derozan was playing really well, Kobe, Fish, Lamar, and barnes couldn’t really guard him, and he was finishing over Pau every time he drove. But he must have missed 7 open shots. One air ball, one of the top of the backboard, it was pretty ugly.

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

    Bosh and Andrea Bargnani look to be the worst rebounders in the NBA this year. It’s disgusting. I thought Bosh would be leading in rebounds this year. I was completely wrong!

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Leandro came back into the game late in the 2nd half, the result? Turnover, forced jumper (brick), bad pass to AJ, forced jumper (same result), 2 attempted 3′s (same result), then one sweet drive and pass to AJ for a great dunk. Yeah, between those posessions and Andrea bricking 2 or 3 jumpers, the Raptors lost all the momentum they had in the 3rd quarter/early 4th.
    They rebounded so well, but offensive execution is lacking.

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

    Kobe had a beautiful steal last night. Hopefully everyone got to see it in the highlights. Good write up Anton!

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Mambiatch (sue me) had one badass rejection on Kleiza with a few secs to play. After watching Linas destroy european defenders while with Olympiakos last season (i kid u not, he was like LBJ with a nicer stroke in Greece and the Euroleague) that block probably was jarring!

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

    lol alright I am out, but that video of Bron is hilarious!

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Don’t look now, but Dwight has really become a beast on the offensive end. He’s not afraid to use spin moves and he will comfortably take a 15 foot face-up shot. If he keeps taking steps like this, Orlando could be very dangerous (assuming his team can keep up with him).

  • ab40

    with the charlotte detroit game you had indiana in your recap? come on now at least write out their teams right. And Jameer Nelson from this day forward will be known as: “The Coon”. btw the twitter feed sucks and the song is ok.

  • Hammer

    Can’t wait 4 booz 2 start playin. THAT’S when we will know if my bulls r legit. We almost beat the c’s w/them having 7 guys n double figs AND rose struggling. If this were last yrs team,it wouldve been a blowout from start 2 finish. “Watch out now” like the beatnuts 4 noah. Another dub-dub. Wish he wouldve slowed it down tho and set up a possible game tying 3 stead of trying 2 take it coast 2 coast. Nonetheless a gr8 game. Can’t wait 4 these 2 teams 2 face each other this season. Its gonna b fun 2 watch

  • http://slamonline.com MVPballer

    Man, the Heat are fu*king up.

  • http://slam Lonballer

    KG5 is a living legend! Lay off him! I’m tweeting from London and we have mad love for KG.
    He’s old school and plays with heart which most of these youngs kids (Charlie V, Noah) and you
    Airswade can take a leaf from. London ballers in the house.

  • Airswade

    @Lonballer. I’m from London too. Doesn’t change the fact the K.G has been acting like a dick for the past few years.

  • Airswade

    @ Lonballer. I’m from London too, doesn’t change the fact that K.G. has been acting like a dick for the past few years. Guy can ball, don’t get me wrong, but he’s becoming more of an asshole as time goes on. By the way I’ve been watching the NBA since 88, so don’t talk to me about old school. I also played professional ball for 2 years for the London Towers back in the day, so I don’t need to take any leaves from anybody. Word.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    off subject, but Slam ish #143 is pretty good so far, I like the “History of violence” piece, but according to that Kobe has only been involved in 2 altercations (Childs, R.Miller) But I clearly remember opening night (2003-ish) Kings VS Lakers, when Doug Christie punched him in the face.. Also missing, Melo’s “hit & run” on Mardy Collins..

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

    @MVP, Pat Riley will take over in t-minus 2 more losses.

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    Damn those canadians, always with the unkempt hair and growing adamantium claws and whatnot

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Also, you got Portland 8th in the west?? Nah, I expect them to be around 4th-6th.. (The west isnt as tough as it has been in previous years.) And Philly making the playoffs???

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

    Good to see that you’re safe, James.

  • http://juanm.garcia@comcast.net Flashback

    Miami is still going to win 60 to 65 games I believe. The problem will arrise when, in the playoffs, teams focus on taking away their strengths (dribble penetration and 3 point shooting). This team lacks a go to scorer in the box that keeps defenses honest on their great 3 point shooters. This team , athough it has a greater supporting cast, greatly resembles the Cavaliers teams of 2008 – 2010. A team with great defense will expose them in the playoffs. I look for the Heat to be a true contender once they re-evaluate there flaws this coming summer and bring in, not allstar, some low post threats.

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

    @Anton, leave Monday morning. So I am trying to get my posts in now lol.

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

    @Anton, I know you have hated me before, and vice versa lol. But if you want to can hit me up on facebook!

  • http://Slamonline.com Kap

    To those who said the Cavs have no talent and would be the worst team were very wrong. That team has alot of good players on it.

  • CoolBreeze

    @Hammer

    Good points. But keep in mind the Celtics were with out Shaq, Delonte and will have Perkins in February themselves.

    Rondo also had sore feet (was not scheduled to play), and every time he left the game, the Bulls made a run and the Celtics offense fell apart.

    That won’t always be the case.

    The Bulls could of/should of been blown out. So please keep that all in perspective.

  • Jdote

    Rose or Rondo?? I can never call it

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

    Haha didn’t know that, well at least you’re safe at home? Maybe you can whip out an iPhone in the field and check the SLAM wire. I don’t have facebook but you gotta get with the times, all the kids nowadays are on Twitter.
    @BossTerry – Yeah I had Portland at 5, but that’s being optimistic. I don’t think Houston will make it and the Hornets and Suns will sneak in at 7 and 8. And of course there’s no way the Sixers are making the playoffs, I say the Knicks and Bucks(health permitting), with the Cavs going for that #8 spot in April.

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

    At home yes, lol … and I have no cell phone. They do however have internet over there. Twitter… nope, I am good. Maybe one day I will get a cell phone.

  • Blackphantom

    lol, “Dammit Brandon, a swagger-double is not a real thing”

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

    So the Hornets basically showed a pretty good blueprint on how to beat the Heat: be physical with Bosh, limit transition points, and get into the paint with dribble penetration. I’d still give LeBron and Wade touches in 4th quarter plays to keep teams guessing, doesn’t Spo have family he wants to be spending more time with?

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    good sh1t Anton, and Portland finishing 5th is optimistic?! are you fu(kin with me? HOME COURT IS REALISTIC, THEY HAD IT 2 YEARS AGO. with relative health is absolutly doable.

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    and Bosh is soft, DOMINATED BY OKAFOR…Joel Antony IS SH1TY

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

    You know it, the west should give up right now. Sean Marks = championship ring for the Blazers!

  • Jackie Moon

    I guess the Heat is Eddie House’s team.

  • http://sjfdklf.com Jukai

    A bunch of notes about the Heat:
    -Cut Arroyo. You have two of the best ball handlers in the L, so why the hell is Arroyo dribbling away seven seconds of the shot clock?
    -On the same point, the ball should be in either Wade or Lebron’s hands as much as possible. When it’s not, it should be in Bosh’s hands. None of the three has impressed me with their off-ball skills, so it’s time to use whats best. You have Chalmers and House who do not need the ball: ENOUGH WITH ARROYO
    -Big Z is so much god damn better than Joel Anthony. What in the world are the Heat doing playing that guy so much?
    -Bosh needs to get more in the paint. Taser him whenever he goes too far out.
    -LeTurnover needs to work on his full-court passing.
    -Spo is as good as gone if this keeps up.

  • http://www.slamonline.com NickthaQuick

    @ Boss Terry That was actually between Rick Fox and Doug Christie (don’t remember who punched who) then it spilled out into the tunnells between Shaq and Floppy Divac. Kobe wasn’t actually involved in that melee…and while we’re off topic has anyone read that book by Bethlehem Shoals on the Guide to the NBA. Trying to decide if its worth reading.

  • rob

    @jdote : rose or rondo? neither. cp3!!!!!!!!

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

    Juk’s I agree with everything. Joel Anthony is who I was complaining about since the first game, he is terrible. WHy is Bron not playing point? Hello Pat Riley.

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

    Felton is nice, but I repeat: Toney Douglas should START.

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

    Anton, the Raptors DID play good defense last night. They couldn’t stop Gasol because Bargnani is a horrible interior defender, but the 2-3 zone was working. The Raptors could have won that game if the tides turned for them–it was a good one.

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

    Who the hell wears a Miami Heat jersey to a Cleveland Indians baseball game?

  • T-Money

    1- Spo ain’t going nowhere. You guys are out of your minds. The only way this happens is if they’re playing .500 ball by Christmas. 2- I’m with you on Arroyo. He has to go. Can’t wait for Mike Miller to get back. Only shooters should be allowed to play with Wade and James. (house, jones, miller). 3- Hear, hear on Z. The rotation should be Bosh for 36 mins, Haslem for 28, Z for 22 and Anthony for 10! I understand they have to play him because they made a 5-year investment but 10 mins is more than enough.

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

    Actually, Felton is playing pretty well right now–maybe a backcourt of Felton/Douglas? I have no clue why Landry Fields starts ahead of Wilson Chandler.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    @ Nickthaquick- You are right, I just remember someone I hated got hit.. nice catch..

  • T-Money

    Also, even when they’ll play like crap, all Heat losses will be of the last minute variety. Their margin for errors is huge. That’s a good thing.

  • http://sjfdklf.com Jukai

    T-Money: You’re probably right about Spo. But I mean… Riley is honestly the best person in the world to coach this Heat team. It’s a real pity.
    I also can’t wait for Miller to be back. I mean, if we had a Wade-Miller-Jones-James-Bosh lineup during that OKC game, I think that’s a surefire game-winning lineup

  • The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    “Miami Big 3 of James, Wade and Ilgauskas”. Keep doing your thing Adam, tu assures!

  • CoolBreeze

    @Jukai.

    Very good Notes My Brotha!

  • JTaylor21

    I used to defend CB1 in the off-season but no more. How the hell can a 6-10 long and athletic player grab 1 freaking rebound two games in a row? Damn, I used to get on LA and Amare for their sorry a** rebounding numbers but Bosh has hit a new low for rebounding futility. Wasn’t he the one that said that he was going to focus on rebounding and defense? Dude might cost this team a shot at winning a chip this year if he doesn’t get his mind right because Wade/Bron will get theirs vs the celts/lakers but if Bosh plays like his been playing so far they might not beat those teams. Also Carlos Arroyo has the be the most useless player in the entire L; dude can’t make an open J to save his life, gets eaten alive by each and every PG and can’t create plays for others. What the hell does Spo see in dude? A team like this doesn’t need a PG, just let Wade and Bron handle the ballhandling duties from now on.

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

    LET ME REMIND YOU: I predicted Bosh’s numbers to drop to around 15 and 7.

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

    ALSO: SHout out to ANTON K. His POST UPS are amusing, tight and memorable.

  • http://twitter.com/smileyoufckers Bryan

    Felton, Gallo, Amare , Wilson and Douglas would require two balls. The Knicks rotation is just fine. Douglas and Chandler kill opposing second units. Fields is a long and gritty and fits in nicely with that starting unit.

  • Motown1

    terrible notes.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    On another random note, I fail to see why Chris Duhon is considered an NBA player let alone a basketball player. C’mon Stan! Play JWill, not this bum!

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

    WHAT THE F*CK IS ISHMAEL SMITH DOING?!?!?!?!?!?!

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

    The Rockets could have won all 5 games they have lost so far. Nice try fellas, but please just win one!

  • Jose

    Arroyo’s like a famous rapper now, ya’ll aint heard his single w/ Yomo? lol.thats why they still have him….

  • Hammer

    Who’s yomo?

  • Hammer

    Is it short 4 “yo momma”?

  • OLIVER

    Fresh prince of Nsam….you are cameroonian right ..i live in yaounde too…i didnt know that there is a slam fan back there ..thumbs up….miami wins next year not this one…

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