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Sunday, November 21st, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  25 responses

Post Up: Rudy Gay, All Day

And Blake Griffin dunks on your soul.

by Anton Kudriavtsev/@TheDiesel

Magic 90, Pacers 86

The Magic grinded to a well-earned win over the Pacers after Jameer Nelson’s three-point play with 33 seconds to go. Dwight Howard tallied 25 points and grabbed 12 boards as he and his team hit key free throws down the stretch to put the game on ice. Roy Hibbert had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers but try stopping a 3-point chucking team if 19 of those attempts go in. Sometimes dialling it up from distance can hurt a team but on this night Orlando lived by the 3.

Suns 105, Bobcats 123

With Steve Nash sidelined, operation release the Dragic was in full display in PhoenixStephen Jackson lit it up with a triple double of 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists and tamed the Dragic (17 points, 10 assists) while his Bobcats shot 58% from the field. Alvin Gentry was blunt about his team post-game: “We didn’t guard anyone. We let a team that’s averaging 93 (points) put up 123, and they were nice about it, they should have gotten 140”. Larry Brown is now 13 games away from passing Don Nelson’s all-time win record.

Blake Griffin

Knicks 124, Clippers 115

Give Blake Griffin a good point guard…NOW! On a different night, we would all be politely applauding the Knicks with Amare’s 39 points and 11 rebounds but Griffin woke up, took a look that his chest still read “Clippers” and got really upset. I’m talking 44 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists upset. If you don’t watch these dunks (and if half of them don’t end up as Slamadamonths, justice is dead in this world), you shouldn’t be allowed to comment ever again. In fact, forget about the rest of this game. Sure, the Clippers have lost 9 in a row but sometimes life should be appreciated in short moments. Like these:

The Put-Back, The Definition of a Facial, The New Reignman

Griffin proceded to dunk on Freddy Krueger in his nightmares. Oh hi, John Wall. Thanks for coming out but I think we shoud see other rookies. Like Vince Carter in 2000, it’s over.

Mavericks 98, Hawks 93

One night after a heartbreaking home loss, the Mavs rebounded with a win over the Hawks. Dallas stepped up its game on the boards and overcame Dirk’s bad shooting night (8-of-22, 21 points) on their way to the win. For the Hawks, Al Horford selfishly grabbed 20 rebounds in addition to scoring 20 points and passing for 5 assists. Average Joe Johnson couldn’t get a quality look over Tyson Chandler’s D on a three-point attempt that would have tied the game. Atlanta settled for jumpers all night and didn’t have very good movement within their offensive sets. Games like these (and last night’s) don’t have me putting the Mavericks on the increasingly short “West teams to challenge the Lakers” list.

Thunder 82, Bucks 81

The Thunder keep racking up moral victories (and real ones) as they edged the Bucks with a one-point win. Still without their franchise noodle, it was James Harden’s turn to step up (23 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists) and hold down the OKC. The Bucks continued to shoot poorly and their offense now looks about as sharp as Dick Cheney on a hunting trip. Brandon Jennings tried to spark his team with 25 points but eventually fell to the free-throw battle, making it 3 straight losses. I have to say that Harden looks a lot more comfortable in a starter role as he’s not expected to be the automatic scoring punch which frees him up to make smarter passes, crash the boards, and play solid D. Definitively a good problem to have for Scott Brooks. Now that OKC are on national TV a lot more, they’re making the best of it with tough, well-balanced wins. You can bet the league won’t make the mistake of not giving KD and company the benefit of the doubt like against the Jazz last season (I still remember!).

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  • ShadiestBen

    You put Blake Griffin with Steve Nash and he would get Amare before surgery in the play-offs V the Spurs type numbers.

  • ShadiestBen

    Randolph had his way with Bosh in the 4th quarter, I know Jtaylor is going to be on here at some point talking about that. Also Beasley is going to light Durant up tomorrow night if he plays. No one in the L can score as effortlessly as Beas. He reminds me of a young T-Mac in the way he makes it look so easy.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    What a dunk fest by BOTH the Knicks and the Clippers last night, HOWEVER, only one team is WINNING and GRINNING, and that team is the Knicks baby!!! lol

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Those pesky Clippers fell to 1-13 last night, but boy that Blake Griffin sure can dunk!

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

    Shout out to blake and steve jackson, trip dub!! Anton, u dont say who wins la vs sa wcf. Im riddin with my spurs

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

    I like your comment about my Spurs Anton, even if it’s a bit too soon. We dont wanna go too high too fast.

  • JTaylor21

    ZBO abused Chris Posh Spice more than she abuses animal skin.

  • Jer Dawg

    Okay, NY gets the W and LA takes the L, but we hope you get nightmares from the Slam of the Month AND SLAM UP posters all in the same month from one of the future issues. SLAM, I know you guys are from NYC, but show LA Clippers some love! Griffin/Gordon is due for a cover shot, actually scratch that, we don’t need the jinx. hahaha

  • reflex

    Also, can we get a free Griffin going? He’s not even beasting, he took it to a whole new level. No coincidence that a lot of guys are having/have had career nights against the Knicks.

  • reflex

    *free Griffin campaign

  • Harrell

    Well, Rudy Gay looks like a sound investment

  • http://www.sweetnsalt.net LexaB

    Can anyone enlighten me about one thing ? When will Griffin’s rookie contract end ? I mean : does that year off because of injury count as one year on that contract ? Yeah, clearly, I want to see that dunkin’ beast in a real playoffs contender…

  • http://www.sweetnsalt.net LexaB

    And I wouldn’t count John Wall out of that ROY race yet. Yeah, BG is an absolute beast, a physical phenom who’s gonna earn his way in every reels for long years to come, but I think my man Wall’s potential can give us really special things this year…

  • http://www.sweetnsalt.net LexaB

    *every “highlight” reels

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

    @LexaB – Each rookie contract is for three years with a team option for a fourth. For a fourth season, the team must exercise the option by October 31st following the second season. To answer your question, Blake’s injured year still counts (as did Oden’s seasons) so he’d still need to pay at least another season worth of dues to the Clippers. However, the Clips will probably pick up the team option next season, which will keep him there for yet another year. Assuming that there is no lockout, Griffin is likely to see free agency in 2013. Depressing, I know. On the plus side, I believe Chris Paul is free that summer too so we can still dream.

  • JalepinoSausage

    We have officially started trade Blake Griffin for Chris Bosh campain !!! will Keep U Posted :-)

  • ai come back

    ^ love it haha

  • ai come back

    ^ love it haha

  • http://www.slamonline melvin ely

    @anton: I for one hope blake stays in LA and rejuvenates that franchise. With all the stupid @$$ luck they’ve been having since forever, karma’s due for a drive-by.

  • http://www.fromthebaseline.com/video-mixes/mixes/Knicks-vs-Clippers-11-20-20-Dunk-Fest/0/112/1 IAMORANGE4EVER

    The Clippers got their manhood taken (click my name to see Big C’s highlights) by Amar’e, Gallo, and Felt last night. Real talk! Gallo producing 31 points on only 11 shots was impressive indeed! Gee, I thought the Knicks didn’t have any assets? Ha ha ha – “winning and grinning!”

  • add

    all i have to say about blake is damn

  • Jose

    FREE GRIFFIN!!! and Eric Gordon while were at it.

  • Hammer

    Like I said from the season opener,just give him the ROY already. Es un animal! Una bestia! John wall who? I remember @ the beggining of the season that sum of the clips said that blake could b as good as the mailman. I laughed that 1 off I got 2 admit. But even tho blake will have 2 put up serious,serious #’s,accolades and achievements 2 b mentioned n the same breath as “The Mailman”,blake’s atleticism is superior by far 2 that of malone’s

  • Roshan

    where’s the review on the raptors/celtics? 102-101 raptors btw

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    NYTIMES: Knicks Look Past Dunk and Back on Telling Trip – “I’m going to say something plain and simple,” Ronny Turiaf said. “I will take getting dunked on for the rest of the year, every single game, if we get the win.” Ah yes, Ronny Turiaf = WINNING.

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