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Monday, December 6th, 2010 at 8:41 am  |  51 responses

Post Up: No Competition

The Spurs won’t be stopped.

by Adam Figman | @afigman

Boston 100, New Jersey 75

Only minutes before this one tipped off, Rajon Rondo told Coach Rivers he was a no-go, as his foot and hamstring injuries were acting up. Didn’t matter. Nate Robinson filled in well, dropping 21 (with 6 dimes and 6 boards), and the C’s shot 50.6 percent in the route. The Nets, on the contrary, shot just 37.5 percent, practically negating Devin Harris’s return to the lineup. Speaking of negation, KG (13 points, 14 rebounds) did just that to Mr. Bropez, who was held to 5 points and 6 boards. The win gave Boston a commanding 16-4 record, which is also good for the No. 1 spot in the East. New Jersey continues to slide, now losing four straight and sitting at the bottom of the Atlantic division.

New York 116, Toronto 99

The Knicks kept rolling on the road, winning their seventh straight away from MSG and their fourth straight overall. Amar’e Stoudemire ran the show, draining all types of mid-range jumpers and displaying some crazy dunking prowess as he cruised for 31 points and 16 rebounds. Wilson Chandler scored 21, while November’s Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month Landry Fields (who saw that coming?) went for 15 and 10. For the Raps, Amir Johnson scored 22 and snatched 16 boards, while Jerryd Bayless dropped 23. New York now stands at 12-9, and has a few more below-average opponents (Minnesota, Toronto again, Washington) sheduled before a rough, rough four weeks of games.

(Sidebar: After starting slow, the Knicks and the Heat have turned their seasons around after an easy stretch of scheduling. In both cases, it’ll be interesting to see if these runs maintain through tough opponents, or if they’re just situations in which good (in the Knicks’ case, pretty good; in Miami’s case, very good) teams are taking advantage of weak opposition. Seems like using a few “easy” games to gain a little chemistry and gather some positive momentum is all the rage.)

Detroit 102, Cleveland 92

Given the mess in Detroit, the guard/small forward that’s gonna step up on any given night is always a crapshoot. Last night it was Richard Hamilton, who scored 27 off 10-17 shooting from the field. Rodney Stuckey (24 points) and Tayshaun Prince (20 points) both chipped in, as the Pistons took care of their division, um, rival easily at home. It’s only gotten worse since the LeBron Show, as the Cavs have suffered unfortunate losses to both the Pistons and the TWolves the past three nights. That’s no fun. Cleveland will look to get back on track in Philly tomorrow night.

San Antonio 109, New Orleans 84

A couple of weeks into the season, the Hornets looked like the new it team (come on, you know what I mean) in the West, while the Spurs were quietly piling on wins. A month later, and New Orleans has now dropped six out of eight—and ain’t really lookin’ too hot. But San Antonio sits at 17-3, meaning they’re sitting atop the entire League.  Given the 27-point halftime difference, this one was over pretty quickly. It’s hard to blame Chris Paul, or anyone on the Hornets, for this loss, as the Spurs shot 58.6 percent and got solid performances from many of the key players—though the starters were able to hit the bench during the fourth quarter. The Bees should be in store for a nice bounce-back game Wednesday against Detroit.

Oklahoma City 114, Golden State 109

The Warriors’ two best got it done—Steph Curry put in an impressive  39 while Monta Ellis scored 29—but the rest of the roster didn’t follow suit, and the Thunder held off Golden State’s fourth-quarter comeback attempt to grab the victory. Dorell Wright shot 5-17, David Lee shot 4-12, and Reggie Williams shot 4-11, meaning the role player support would be a good place to start in figuring out what went wrong for GSW last night. Kevin Durant led Oklahoma City with 28, while Russell Westbrook shot 4-16 from the floor and needed 11 made free throws to reach 19 points. KD and Co. will be in the Chi tonight.

Denver 108, Memphis 107

Up 15 at half, the Nuggets couldn’t take a sigh of relief until the final buzzer, after the Grizz stormed back in the third and a Rudy Gay game-winning buzzer beater rimmed out. Nene led the Nugs with 27 and 11, and starting swingman Arron Afflalo scored 25. Carmelo Anthony (13 points, 4-20 from the field) had an off night, though Denver was able to hang on anyway—surprising given Memphis’ 52.3 percent shooting. The W was Coach Karl’s 999th, and he’ll go for 1K tomorrow night in Charlotte.

Phoenix 125, Washington 108

Think Steve Nash was trying to teach John Wall a thing or two about being an NBA point guard? Sure looked like it. Check Nash’s line: 20 points, 17 assists, 3 rebounds and 1 three-pointer, all on a perfect 8-8 from the field and 3-3 from the line. That’s efficiency, kids. JW was OK—12 points, 12 dimes—but the way Nash controlled both the game and the ball was damn near flawless. The Suns shot 58 percent, and got strong play out of Hakim Warrick (26 points) and Jason Richardson (21 points). They continue to sit on the inner-fringe of the Western Conference Playoff picture, currently at eighth with an 11-9 record.

Portland 100, L.A. Clippers 91

If you haven’t won in a while, playing at home against the Clippers—who haven’t won during a single road game this season—appears to be the best place to take care of that issue. Up 22 at half, LAC slowly climbed back into this battle (and a battle it was; numerous flagrant fouls were called and a few mini-scuffles broke out), but Portland held them off and got their first W in seven games. Wesley Matthews led the team with 26 points, while Marcus Camby and The Homie Nicolas Batum grabbed 19 and 14 boards, respectively. These two squads shot a combined 40.2 percent, so there’s that. I think it’s wrap-up time.

Performance of the Night: Steph Curry: 39 points, 6 assists, 4 threes, 2 steals, 1 rebound.
Moment of the Night: This was relatively meaningless, but I thought it was cool. Yeah, slow night. But you gotta love that Wall has the poise it takes to hit shots like this. Here’s to many more.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com ShadiestBen

    Amare is a franchise player! And Felton should be an all start if he keeps playing like this. As good as Blake is I can’t believe I called him better than Amare. He’s getting back to pre surgery form with a way better skill set.
    Nawlins look like a different team to the one stat started 11-1. They beat a lot of good teams (SA, DEN, MIA, DAL, POR) during that stretch. It seems like they miss Pejas ability to get points in bunches.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    I watched the OKC-GS game on league pass and it wasn’t close at all, the Thunder were in control the whole game and even though the warrios came within 3 the last minute or so, no one believed they would actually win. KD had a nice return, westbrook was incredibly unselfish and Ibaka is really coming along nice (18 pts, 8rebs, couple of blocks). Steph Curry was just on fire, his points made sure it wasn’t a blowout, but he’s so fun to watch when he’s hot like that, his shot is so pure. Beautiful. Looking forward to Bulls-OKC tonight, Rose will be looking for revenge for that 1st game of the season. It’s gonna be fun.

  • derby

    Amir Johnson had his best game of this season,and if you actually watched the game then you probably know why.Amare just can’t box out

  • http://www.slamonline.com ShadiestBen

    And Amir attacks the boards well, but STAT makes up for that on the other end.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Let’s be honest: Raymond Felton is playing the point at an All-Star level. Amar’e is playing like the MVP, and Landry Fields is flirting with ROY on a winning team. The hard work is clearly paying off for the Knicks. It’s a joy to watch the team chemistry improve with each passing game.

  • http://www.slamonline.com KulchaKris

    Given that neither the Lakers nor the Heat played last night, I predict a low turnout in the comments section today. EBoy, where you at?

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

    The SA-NOH game was brutal, we were up 84-47 at one point. And i’m anticipating a D-Rose/Westbrook debate tomorrow.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    @Orange, Landry Fields for ROY? Amare for MVP? Did Blake Griffin, John Wall, Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, and Dirk Nowitzki spontaneously combust?

  • Jono

    Was at the Nuggs game last night and they people who watched Melo on TV don’t realsie how much of a punk he is. He spent the whole good whining to the ref, to the coach and then sulking on the bench. The Nuggs have all the pieces to win a chip, yes that’s the NBA championship, as they’re 10 deep and have a great blend on veterans, athletic wings and dependable bigs. All Melo has to do is step up.

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    @Caboose: niiice one.

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Jono: oh Melo’s spoilt child act comes across very well on Tv. The backpedaler is a fantastic talent but he’s quite the headcase on the court.

  • JTaylor21

    The nuggets ain’t winning ish even with Melo playing lights out ball. If they couldn’t beat the lakers a couple the last time they met in the playoffs with Melo playing great what makes you think they could now with La having a better bench and the nuggs getting a little older especially billups and KMart is always hurt. The west is not as tough as people claim which is to explain why the lakers have come out of that powder puff conference the last 3 years without breaking a sweat.

  • http://www.slamonline.com ShadiestBen

    The West isn’t tough? 8 of the best 10 records in the L are coming from the West. Last year 8 West teams won 50, only 4 East teams did. Oh and the last two years the champs have come from the West.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Raymond Felton is averaging 18.1 PPG 4.0 RPG to go along with 8.3 dimes per game, which is currently 3rd best in the Eastern Conference, and more importantly Felton is on a (12-9) winning team. The same can’t be said for the rookie John Wall’s (6-13) Wizards. Right now, the two best point guards in the Eastern Conference are clearly Rondo and Felton. Felton is shooting (46.9%) a better percentage from the field than both Wall and Rose too. If Felton keeps playing the point like this (and I believe Felton will get better, he’s just getting warmed up with his teammates) he’s a lock to make the Eastern Conference All-Star team, because I know the coaches aren’t BLIND as the “fans” can be sometimes.

  • http://www.slamonline.com ShadiestBen

    The top 5 teams in the East (BOS, ORL, MIA, CHI, ATL) are a combined 51-54 against the West.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Oh, and let’s throw in the fact Felton is averaging (1.95) about 2 steals a game. Amongst guards in the Eastern Conference, only Wall and Rondo are averaging more steals per game. Chris Paul who? Deron Williams what? The Knicks got Fa Fa Felton! Just sayin’.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Oh yes, CLEARLY the two best point guards in the East are Rajon Rondo and…Raymond Felton! HA HA HA HA!!!

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

    That boy Curry is literally stuntin like his daddy. Sliding around the perimeter like butter on a frying pan, tell em why you score, son!

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    ^ Couldn’t even TYPE that with a straight face! Why is Derrick Rose even on the all-star ballot? Raymond Felton’s gonna be the East’s starting PG!

  • Sparker

    @orange. just funny, funny stuff. best since eboy in the bushes.

  • http://www.slamonline.com ShadiestBen

    Yea IAMORANGE took his Knicks love a bit too far there. BUT, behind those two Felton is the next best thing in the East right now. He should make the all star team at this rate, if the coaches choose 3 PG’S.

  • http://www.slamonline.com ShadiestBen

    Well 2 PG’S beside the starter (which will be Rose or Rondo).

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Bulls fans can at times be such a passionate (and even delusional) bunch who tend to overrate some of their favorite overpaid Bulls players despite what FACTS are telling them. Fans like that are great for the game. smhlol

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

    And the spurs keep rolling, over your favorite teams hopes and wishes……. Felton is playing great, amare too. …….. Amazing how amare is playing, wasnt he totally dependent on nash spoon feeding him? Thats what many said.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Some players tend to get the Fan/Stan vote for All-Star games, but do they really deserve it? Felton will likely get the COACHES vote this year, and you know the coaches know the game. Bookmark it.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    If Bulls fans are delusional, there’s no word in the dictionary for what the Knicks fans are in regards to their team. Hell yeah we’re a passionate bunch (as are Knicks fan, and USUALLY very knowledgeable, I’ll give them that) but please do enlighten me and share with me just what “FACTS” brought you to the conclusion that Raymond Felton is better than Derrick Rose? And I’m not even gonna touch on the “overpaid players” part. This coming from a Knicks fan, Really?

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

    Nobody said Felton > Rose, why are you so defensive? lol. Rose is obviously going to be an All-Star; Felton has a good shot at it too.
    BTW Amare is going Bernard King-mode right now.

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

    I was definitely wrong about the Felton signing. Though I would have liked for Douglas to start, clearly the Knicks mgm saw something in him I hadn’t. Good.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    @Teddy – check IAMORANGE4EVER’s 12:17 pm comment -”Right now, the two best point guards in the Eastern Conference are clearly Rondo and Felton.” I beg to differ.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    IAMORANGE said “Right now, the two best point guards in the Eastern Conference are clearly Rondo and Felton” so yeah, he kinda said felton > rose.

    which is ridiculous.

  • Shem

    Orange is plain stupid as well as a hypocrite. Im a raps fan by the way but he says bulls fans rave over their players and overrate that umm Landry Fields over Blake Griffin and John Wall.. Amar’e MIGHT get MVP consideration but the funniest is saying Raymond Felton is better then Derrick Rose like they aren’t even in the same class of players. Also, Darren Collison > Raymond Felton. Felton gets 10 more minutes a game and won’t average 18 and 8 all year.

  • Max

    Spurs… Parker > Felton

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

    Its kinda funny to watch fans of teams that just now have a glimmer of hope argue against each other.

  • Michael

    Felton is not better then Rose, not even close. Hes ballin right now but. And landry doesnt have a shot at ROY, come on now we all know its a two horse race, and one of them is already ahead by two or three lengths.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    ^ Better than watching that glimmer of hope get smaller and smaller as my team slowly descends towards geriatic status, Tarzan.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    Be careful about the Amar’e/Bernard King analogy. Although, I LOVE BKing, that has been the Carmelo comparison for years now…..

  • Kadavour

    Manu is the best player on the best team right now

  • Max

    Enigmatic… Go back to your cave, The Spurs will ride that slight piece of hope till it evaporates from underneath them, Tell then can’t we just enjoy the greatest that is San Antonio? 17-3, can’t argue with that.. All i have to say to the Knicks fans is, Larry Fields. I mean, come on, How lucky was that Sh!t?

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

    Oh I missed what Orange said. Anyways, Spurs ARE the best team in the NBA right now. The only reason the NBA.com polls show “Other” as garnering the most votes is because they didn’t include “Lakers” on the ballot.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Max – I actually like the Spurs. Well, I like Tim Duncan anyways. Always have. I wouldn’t mind if he won one more before he hangs it up. Alls I’m saying is the sand is quickly running out in the hourglass timer…

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Tarzan is right Snare sure is struggling to score without the best point guard since Magic feeding him the ball… Yeah right. It is funny all the Amare haters have nothing to say now. Dude still plays no d and barely rebounds but he never needed bash to dominate on offense.

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Snare? Bash?
    You’re on a touchscreen phone aren’t ya, Allenp?

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Orange, I’m not doubting that Felton is a good player (he is) but really? Ahead of Rose? Rose is averaging more points, more rebounds, the same amount of assists, the same amount of turnovers, same shooting percentage on a team with about the same record. So tell me, do you want the 26 ppg scorer or the 18 ppg scorer? That’s what I thought. And saying Landry Fields is ROY, just stop. Please. Stop.

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

    Enigmatic, its not a glimmer of hope if theres already 4 in the trophy case. I realize you could say the same about bulls, but were talking current era…… And theyre not descending, theyre playing faster than ever. The only one slowing is timmy, and really, he cant get any slower, so theyre ok. Future is bright in san an. Tony leads the way into the future……….. …… .And amare owes his player of the week to nash. And his 59% fg too.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Another double-double (18 pts 11 dimes) for Felton tonight at the Garden, as the Knicks improve to 13-9. I love facts.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    @Enigmatic: Was Rose shooting 3-13 just a fluke tonight?

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

    LOL @ Darksaber.
    Also, Amare’s rebounding isn’t that bad…

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

    But Landry Fields is really a phenomenal rebounder… For a freaking 2 guard. Wow.

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

    Okay, obviously Felton isn’t better than Derrick Rose. But the passing/playmaking is very close–and maybe he’s better in that regard. MAYBE. But I don’t necessarily think so. Felton is playing great ball though.
    Also, Bulls fans (Enigmatic) should be happy that Betrayal Skull Dude is back! 29 points and 12 boards. Chicago is looking good.

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

    Teddy, you should know that evil parrot face plays well against teams that dont have anyone to really guard him. I didnt see the game but was green on him alot? … Next game itll be 16 7. I havent seen the knicks play yet but landry sounds like a solid player

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Yeah, I was on a phone when i wrote that comment with all the typos.

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