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Post Up: All You Need is Love

Parker pour la victorie!

by Anton Kudriavtsev/@TheDiesel

What do Tony Parker, Kevin Love, and Nick Young have in common? Besides being the most awkward poker team ever, all were like Latrell Sprewell’s bills – out of control.

Heat 95, Wizards 94

The Wizards pulled defeat from the jaws of victory in a heartbreaking loss to the Heat. Washington led for most of the game, with Nick Young filling it up (30 points) before his team decided to show their losing mentality and choke away the game. JaVale McGee had another ugly free-throw line dunk attempt, with a similar result as the last one. Miami was down four points with 17 seconds to play and won the game at the free throw line, as Bosh made two of three FT’s after fouled on a 3-point attempt and James Jones stole the inbounds pass to make two freebies of his own. With 7.9 seconds to play, Wade drove down the lane and game the Heat their only lead in the 4th quarter, a no-call on a Hinrich drive later and the Heat won their 12th straight win. After triple-doubling at Madison Square Garden, LeBron went for 32 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists while Bosh and Wade had 20 apiece. No word on exactly how many ribs Bosh broke after hugged by LeBron post-game. Not to worry, Wizards – Rashard Lewis is on his way to bring some much-needed defense!

Tony Parker

Grizzlies 106, Spurs 112

The Spurs made it eight wins in a row as they beat the Grizzlies in overtime. With yet another close game coming down to the wire, Tony Parker got his inner clutch Argentinean guard on with 37 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter and overtime and a jumper that pushed the Spurs lead to six, getting his team the win. Zach Randolph had 24 points and 21 rebounds but his team couldn’t execute offensively down the stretch without their leading scorer Rudy Gay who was suspended by the pause police. Coach Hollins’ delightfully honest assessment: “The guy’s running down the court 900 miles an hour and spinning and all that stuff. What am I supposed to tell them? Stop him from spinning?” Anyone see the sole of Matt Bonner’s shoe disconnect itself? Not a good look for New Balance.

Knicks 102, Cavs 109

After two tough losses to the Celtics and Heat, they Knicks couldn’t contemplate their toughest opponent of the week – the Cleveland Cavaliers. Mo Williams literally played like it was his birthday, scoring 23 (with 14 assists) for the Cavs including a game-tying bucket to send it to overtime and snap a 10-game losing streak. Amare had 23 points but missed a fadeaway 12-footer that could have won it in OT. Each time the Knicks get a solid lead they cave in defensively and don’t win games once the offense begins to waver. They really could have used a small forward whose name rhymes with “yellow”, especially in crunch time in this game.

Clippers 100, Bulls 99

There is no way average NBA fans would tune into this game last season, but this season the must-see TV rookie is Blake Griffin who took his Clippers to a two game winning streak (we major!) in a win over the Bulls. Griffin muscled his way to 29 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 assists and without Joakim Noah’s hair, the Bulls had no one to defend him as his team was constantly in the bonus. Not that the Clips are big fans of taking advantage of a winning strategy. After a couple of Griffin dunks and an Eric Gordon 3-pointer, L.A. watched its seven-point lead dwindle and constantly missed open shots and free throws along the way. Baron Davis’ “FML” moment of the night: with plenty of time on the shot clock, Davis aimlessly takes a fadeaway shot that flies over the backboard. Griffin saves it, only to watch Boom Sizzle jack up an air-ball from distance. Deep breaths, Clipper fans. Derrick Rose mounted the comeback and cut up the lane with 34 points, 8 assists, and 6 rebounds, including driving to the lane as time expired and being fouled in the process (props to the refs for calling it). Making the first free throw to get his team within one with 0.8 remaining, Rose came up short on the second and had to watch the Clippers celebrate like they’ve won a playoff series.

Jazz 95, Bucks 86

After stinking up the joint in the Big Easy, the Jazz got back on the winning side of things as they beat the Bucks. Deron Williams led his team with 22 points and 11 assists in yet another comeback win, overcoming a double-digit deficit. D-Will got the best of the Bucks on the floor, with 15 of his points coming in the second half, but also won the mental battle. Brandon Jennings’ swagger took a hit after D-Will got a technical on the bench, asking Brandon if he was a rookie. “I asked him if he was a rookie. I thought he was. He took that personally, what can you do?” Williams said. Jennings plans to rebound from the personal attack by continuing to not convert easy lay-ups. Andrew Bogut led his Bucks with 19 points and 9 boards but Milwaukee couldn’t sustain the lead as they got out-rebounded and out-executed by the Jazz machine. Jerry Sloan was so happy that his teams showed toughness and rallied for a win that he pushed their morning practice all the way back to 6:45am.

Wolves 113, Nuggets 115

Talk about a wasted effort. Kevin Love put the Wolves on his back on his way to a career night only to fall to the Nuggets. Ty Lawson had a good game, scoring 23 and dishing 9 on 50% shooting but it was Melo who came up with a clutch block to deliver the win for Denver. Love poured in the jumpers and put-backs with 43 points (including a perfect 5-of-5 from distance) and didn’t forget to clean up after himself as he pulled down 17 rebounds in the process. Kevin grabbed an offensive rebound, went up to lay it in but Melo (24 points) blocked it and J.R. Smith proceeded to roll the dice and hit a transition three that made it a 115-106 game with 1:12 left. The Wolves continued to rally, Martell Webster’s long jumper pulling them within two with 27 seconds to play but turned it over after a Melo miss and sealed their own fate, the 11th consecutive road loss. Dear Nuggets: you’re not going anywhere after he-who-shall-not-be-named-until-traded leaves, you couldn’t have given this one up to a young team who actually cares about wins?

Courtesy of Doc Funk Blog

Sixers 97, Magic 89

After the two trades to shake-up their roster, the Magic dressed just eight players and lost to the Sixers despite Howard’s 26 points and 20 rebounds. With a close game at halftime, Philly pulled away in the third, led by Lou Williams’ 24 points. Orlando have now lost five of their last six games while the Sixers are 7-3 after a rough start. Stan Van Gundy didn’t appreciate the excuses: “That’s five straight games where we’ve done nothing to defend in the second half. So whatever the excuses are. I’m running out of them. I don’t believe in any of them. Go out and guard somebody.” As luck may have it, Arenas and Richardson are on the way to lock down the defensive end!

Warriors 95, Blazers 96

The Blazers apparently play better when their backs are against the wall, holding off the Warriors in a close win. LaMarcus Aldridge followed his career night with a 17-point and 12-rebound night while Monta Ellis led the Warriors with 26 points. Portland led as many as 15 in the second half but the Warriors came back within two late in the game. Ellis made a pair of free throws to get his team within a point but missed his final shot which would have won the game. Golden State have now lost 13 of their last 15 games.

Overtime

“Check My $tats” of the night: Kevin Love – 43 points, 17 rebounds, 3 assists.

Separated at birth of the day: Mo Williams and John Legend.

I’m out like Rose’s free throw.

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  • fourthree

    Love for KLove. Insane numbers. Clips with back to back wins..say whaaaat?! Blake be beastin for sure. And Boom Dizzle..SMH..

  • JTaylor21

    Looks like DRose’s MVP status took a hit last night, come on son if you want to be the MVP you gots to make that free throw (Westbrook would have made it). Anyways great game by Rose and BGriff, by the way even if Noah was there, Griff still would have dominated. Dude is too good for the clippers. Just imagine how good he will be when he fully understand what he’s supposed to be doing out there, dude will be the best PF in about 2 yrs.

  • http://www.diimemag.com Royal

    Man, LeBron and D-Wade let an average player like Nick Young light them up for 30 ,they are overrated defenders right JTaylor?

  • namik

    Elbowing Capt. Kirk’s arm on the last second shot sure was a clutch defensive play by LeBron.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    That’s kinda hilarious about Brandon Jennings. I normally don’t like Williams, but its about time someone took Jennings down a peg. Clippers playing Minny in a couple of days, should be fun to watch.

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    well, they won the game. Get over it.

  • http://www.diimemag.com Royal

    Well, when the Lakers won the game he said Kobe was an overrated defender and used Nick Young dropping 30 as an example……

  • JTaylor21

    I see that laker/kobe fans still hold grudges and will do anything to defend their man’s honor. Wade was the one that was guarding Young the majority of the game and bron was the one that shut him down in the fourth; holding him to 3 points. So yes both wade and kobe are overrated defenders to a certain extent.

  • http://www.diimemag.com Royal

    Really I could care less about what you think about anyone’s defense…It was just a dumb example to use a person who is a scorer like Nick Young going off for 30 as an example, especially when the 30 came in a losing effort….

  • http://www.slamonline.com ShadiestBen

    Nice Post Up as usual. WIZ-MIA was a thriller. I wondered what D Will said to Jennings, surely worst things have been said that didn’t result in T’s?
    Nick Young has the potential to be a good starting 2, he could get that chance after the trade.

  • Yann Blavec

    pour la victoire, pas la victorie.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Drose’s MVP campaing took a hit? He had 17 points in the 4th against in Houston in a comeback win in Houston, a 3-pointer to send the Houston game in Chicago in OT. The game winning bucket against the Cavs. 2 Clutch shots against LA in the final 2 minutes. The only reason the Bulls were in this one, was because Drose was making shot after shot in the 2nd half. He missed a ft that would send the game into OT, it happens to the best. Give em a break, seriously.

  • JTaylor21

    Sure, scoring 30 on two players that are supposedly all-nba defenders is a dumb example. I guess anyone can drop thirty on the regular like it’s nothing huh!

  • http://www.slamonline.com ShadiestBen

    Jahmai
    We expect our MVP/All NBA players to make shots like that in the clutch. I don’t think his MVP case took a hit, but I do think Rose should be held accountable however well he had played throughout the game.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    All the arguments on Slam about top PG’s, Rosedamvp (yeah right) vs Westbrook, the neverending CP3 is better than Deron debate, mais hier soir, Tony Toni Toné a jouer comme un vrai MVP.
    Translation: don’t sleep on Tony Parker

  • http://www.slamonline.com ShadiestBen

    Jtaylor
    That doesn’t really make sense. On one hand you said ‘How are you going the let Nick freaking Young score 30 on you?’, then today you say ‘I guess anyone can drop thirty on the regular like its nothing’, you were being sarcastic, so are you now saying that Nick Young is a good scorer? (Personally I think he is and always has been a good scorer).

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    @shadiestBen, ofcourse he can be held accountable and I’m sure no one feels worse about that missed ft than Rose himself does.

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

    co-sign Dark, seems like nobody noticed that when TP met Deron Williams and Westbrook earlier this season he outplayed them, and was equal with Rose & Paul. When he’s in turbo mode, he’s a top 5 PG.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    I think the Heat are starting to become LeBron’s team. The focus is always on him, every time the heat play. He’s the best player on that team (I think Dwyane’s great, don’t get me wrong) the 2-time mvp and when he goes they go. I know Dwyane was there first and he won a championship, but doesn’t it look like LeBron’s team?

  • JTaylor21

    Shadiestben, I understand where you’re coming from and I know that Young is a good scorer (high-volume shooter at that) but he shouldn’t be dropping 30 pts on two guys that are praised and lauded by the media and fans alike for their defense. There is no hating on either player, I just call em how I see it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com ShadiestBen

    In 3 games against Chris Paul this season TP has averaged 12.5 PPG, 6.6 APG, 4.3 RPG, 1.3 SPG, on 49 % shooting in 28 minutes a game. CP has averaged 18.6 PPG, 6.6 APG, 6 RPG, 1.6 SPG on 46% shooting (5 of 8 from 3) in 32 minutes a game. Looking at those stats I would say CP has slightly outplayed Parker this year.

  • http://www.slamonline.com ShadiestBen

    He is a good scorer (and true, he is a high volume guy) but given the minutes he could probably get 30 on any elite defender in the L, maybe 1 out of 4 games a season. I’m not saying whether or not these two are good defenders (although Kobe’s first team all defense selections have a lot to do with how he disrupts the other teams game plan by playing D off the ball, and D Wade is a very good on ball defender when not gambling for steals and actually playing hard on defense). You are right, in that as those two are perceived to be good to great defenders you would think that role players would not be getting thirty on them, but Nick Young’s role is to get points in bunches.

  • http://Www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Rose is still having an MVP-type year. One missed free throw or one lost game won’t change that.
    I TOLD everyone on here we wouldn’t “be aight” without Noah. Our defense looked subpar, and it better not stay that way throughout his absence.
    I really wanted them to blow out the Clips, now VDN is 1-0 against us.
    And the worst part about it; I had to watch the Clipper’s telecast of it! Ralph Lawler’s aight, but Michael Smith or whatever was horrible.
    They obviously don’t do their research. Dude was surprised as hell that Rose was making 3′s. They kept saying Noah injured his thumb on Wednesday, when he’d been playing injured for weeks already. When Asik came in (who they kept calling “Assick” when it’s pronounced “Asheek”) Smith called him just another tall European stiff, and one quarter later he was raving about Asik’s skills. He kept mixing up Deng and Brewer. Say what you will about our Stacey King, but at least he knows about other players besides the ones on his team.

  • Yann Blavec

    DARKSABER On ne dit pas Tony a jouer comme un vrai MVP, on dit tony a joué comme un vrai MVP/

  • http://www.slamonline.com ShadiestBen

    Your right, Rose is still having an MVP year. However you know how quickly reputations can be made, he doesn’t want to come up short like that in the clutch too many more times this year.
    LOL, some of the broadcasters don’t have up to date knowledge of other teams. It’s understandable considering the amount of time they spend around ‘their’ team, and that their broadcasts are primarily for the local region.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Thanks for the correction Yann, don’t use my french as much nowadays.

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

    rose has a history of being unclutch at the ft line at the end of games.

  • vtrobot

    loved hearing ‘bron talk about how they willed that win last night. really? you willed those players to miss all of those free throws? that’s wasn’t a gritty win. your sh*tty opponent fell apart.

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

    ^ Hey now, a win is a win.

  • T-Money

    As Lebatard said: “Knick knick. Who’s there? Frauds.” / Seriously, we have to put a stop to this STAT for MVP campaign. When Varejao kills you at the end of the game… I’ve never seen Amar’e show and recover on a pick yet.

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    lol, Enigmatic crying bout 2 of the most UNhomers and unbiased announcers in the L, after the knicks, the MOST BARABLE ones…when his team has a top 3 DOUCHEBAG ANNOUNCER TEAM, “Rose, too big, too strong, too good”..missed frebbie! ouch!..hahahhahhahah

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I think williams said that to the ref not jennings.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Nick Young is a better version of JR Smith. He can get 30 on anybody inks jumper is falling and all he worries about is scoring.

  • http://sjkdflsf.com Jukai

    The referees just hate the Suns. They really do.

  • http://sjkdflsf.com Jukai

    The continuation rules NEED TO BE CLEARED UP!!!! If a player goes to foul, the person can’t just go into a shooting motion, he has to be in the act of shooting when he is FOULED to be able to shoot. They ruled it in the way I believe, which is fine, but there seems to be some massive confusion on this rule. It needs to be fixed.

  • http://sjkdflsf.com Jukai

    Wow. Now the post-game commentators are talking about how lucky the Suns got by total bullsh*t things, like that BS non-called continuation then they said Nash lost a ball on a CLEAR hack. It just sucks being a Suns fan sometimes. When we do win, there’s always an excuse.

  • http://Www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Keep ya head up, Jukai! Fans of every team have their time in the sun ( no pun intended). Hell, even Clips fans get to watch Blake beastin nightly.

  • http://Www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Oh and Trailmix and Litpon Teabagger – what the hell is “barable” and “frebbie”?!!

  • http://sjkdflsf.com Jukai

    Enigmatic: As a Mets fan and a Suns fan, I’m just so god damn used to disappointment. If it wasn’t for the Giants, I’d be a lifeless husk of a human being.
    It’s really upsetting with the Suns. There is no other team in the HISTORY OF SPORTS that were robbed more than the Phoenix Suns were robbed in 2007. That was a championship year that was robbed and forever tarnished Nash’s legacy, and may very well tarnish Amare’s legacy. Now I have to hear “The Knicks can’t win, look at the Suns!”
    I love hearing that BS. The league did its absolute best to erase the disgrace that was the 2007 San Antonio v Phoenix series. Horrendous.

  • http://Www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Oh I don’t know, I know a lot of Bulls fan who think no one was ever robbed worse than we were after that sh*tty Hue Hollins call against the Knicks back in the day. It’s all relative. I feel what you’re trying to say though.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Lol, Jukai will never get over 2007 and has ventured into the realm of upper-level, Tommy Heinsohn homerism.
    It was unfortunate, but no, they weren’t robbed. And they weren’t winning jack anyways…let’s not pretend otherwise…

  • TR

    Can there be any doubt that JaVale McGee is the dumbest dude in the L? Jesus, what a moron….I’d LITERALLY (and I mean this in the most literal of literal senses)explode if I was his coach.

  • http://dsajfklf.com Jukai

    Enigmatic: Yes, that’s true, that phantom call was atrocious, but I and everyone in the world will readily admit that. You have guys like Tealish saying the Suns weren’t robbed… despite the fact that we had a ref WORKING FOR THE MOB MAKING SURE THE SPURS WON BY 7 IN GAME 3 and an ATROCIOUS CALL WHICH ROBBED US OF OUR BEST PLAYER even though RONDO DID THE SAME THING THE NEXT YEAR AND WAS NOT SUSPENDED AT ALL!
    That’s what gets me. If everyone just said “yeah, Suns were screwed, what can ya do” I’d accept it. But people like, deny it happened. I mean, a referee was literally fixing the game. He worked his best to fix game 3. And people say, “the Suns weren’t robbed?”
    What?
    Really?
    You’re right though, Bulls deserved to get to the Finals that year. But like, at least Hue Hollins wasn’t working for the mob with David Stern knowing full well but playing him anyway (or, well, maybe he was, but you get what I’m saying)

  • http://studmuff73.blog.com/ Zabba

    Rejuvenating Carter’s career in Phoenix is called taking him behind the barn? My ass it is. Did you just see Grant Hill last night? 30 points, 11 rebounds? If you told me 5 years ago how Hill’s career would turn out in the next few years I woulda taken you behind the barn with my own shotgun.

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

    Wait, D-Will called one of the refs rookies? ROFL!

  • rikson

    The last layup from Rose was an offensive foul! He used his arm to push of griffin… Im getting sick of this L and their “superstar”-calls!

  • rikson

    For the record: I dont count the deciding drive by Rose a “layup”!

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  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    The fix wasn’t for the Spurs to win. It was to prolong the series. The series was prolonged. One team won, the other didn’t. I’m sure this is not the only series-prolonging fix in NBA history.
    Also, you seem to think without Donaghy, the championship is squarely yours. I don’t buy that. But I guess I can see why a fan of the team might think so.
    So sure, PHX didn’t get a fair shake, but few teams do for whatever reason — be it a fix, or just sheer incompetence. Mavs lament Wade’s parade to the FT line, for example and that was throughout the entire series, mind you. Sh*t happens.

  • Irfan

    It’s written “pour la victoire” not “pour la [victorie]“. If you can’t speak any langauage but English stick to it or try to copy/paste your online dictionary properly.

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