Sunday, December 5th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  36 responses

Post Up: Blue Streak

While every Rose has its horns.

by Anton Kudriavtsev/@TheDiesel

A revolver full of games brings forth streaking teams, falling dreams, and guards cutting through the seams.

Hawks 77, Heat 89

After last night’s snooze-fest, I mini-hyped this match-up but was treated to a complete team victory by the Heat over the Hawks on the third day of LeBronukkah. The Big 2.7 (Bosh moving on up!) looked as comfortable as can be this season, each picking their spots and doing so effectively. Bosh scored 27 points on 55% shooting and grabbed 10 boards in the process, Wade added 26 points and 10 rebounds, and James had 22 points and 7 rebounds. Overall, this is what Heat fans (they still exist, right?) have been hoping for – combining the strengths of two point seven superstars into one unstoppable force. Jumping out to an early lead as much as 17 until Atlanta went on an 8-2 run and kept hitting shots to make it a two point game heading into the fourth. The Big 2.7 combined for 75 of Miami’s 89 points, finishing the Hawks off with a follow dunk by LeBron and a jumper by Chalmers. The Heat have finally started to run more, with a showing of 23 fast-break points versus Atlanta’s 9, and winning the battle inside with a 12-points in the paint advantage. Al Horford led the Hawks with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Anyone else notice how LeBron’s hairline wants to hang out with Joel Anthony’s hairline more and more? In case you’re wondering, alluding to athletes usually doesn’t work in the real world, as evidenced by my beef with a barista over choosing a coffee (What should I do? Should I stop going for the whipped cream? It’s my whipped cream!).

Derrick Rose

Rockets 116, Bulls 119

Derrick Rose continued to put his team on his back, leading to an overtime win over the Rockets. Rose had 30 points, 11 assists, and 7 rebounds, including a clutch three-pointer to send it to OT and an additional five to seal the win in extra minutes for the Bulls. Poor shooters need to watch that shot – that’s called using your legs on your jumper, kids. Did you see that cross-over on Kyle Lowry? Shaking and baking like his name was Ricky Bobby, D-Rose drove it right past the D and finished with his left hand. Oh, and Scola held down Houston with 27 points and 9 rebounds but his squad couldn’t stop the running of the Bulls, especially in overtime. Carlos Boozer was also impressive in his third full game as a Bull, with 25 points and 9 rebounds. If Booz trims his eyebrows, does he lose 6 pounds immediately? Side note but why does Booz’s head always look like it’s been savagely scalped before every game? Speaking of which, Coach Thibbs – you’ve got to shave that thing, quit holding onto the past. Can someone please tell me why Eric Snow has a job in broadcasting, let alone tasked with assisting in highlights? He’s just as boring as his game was, and seems to choke on his words before splurging out the obvious. Bring back Gary Payton immediately, even if people can’t comprehend his street talk half the time, it’s music to everyone’s ears compared to Snow’s bratwurst-grinded-through-your-ears voice.

Cavs 95, Wolves 129

Coming off a tight game against the Heat (bare with me), the Cavs were re-energized as they entered a shoot-out with the Wolves. Except in this shootout the Wolves had the guns and made the Cavs look like broken Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots. Minnesota tore apart Cleveland like a pardoned turkey, Love leading the way with 28 points and 19 rebounds. The Wolves hit a franchise-record 18 three-pointers despite playing without Beasley. I refuse to mention any of Cleveland’s “highlights”, since when you lose by 36 without a team’s leading scorer you don’t get compliments. If Thursday night was the often-described “girlfriend coming to the wedding” scenario, last night was “new girlfriend physically abusing you to tears” scenario. If Beasley plays, over/under on a 50-point slaughter? I will say this – I don’t want to see any of you jumping back on the bandwagon when we get Harrison Barnes next year! I’ll be taking mental notes on everyone until the Cavs are competing for a ring. I might need a bigger mental hard drive.

Courtesy of Doc Funk Blog

Bobcats 91, Sixers 109

The mess that is the Sixers roster made a turn for the better as the beat the Bobcats. Jodie Meeks took advantage of starter minutes and poured in a career-high 26 points, including 6 three-pointers in the first quarter that eventually tied Allen Iverson’s arena record. Great for Meeks, not such a good look for a certain number two draft pick on the roster. Charlotte was led by Boris Diaw’s 19 points but the team refused to run back on defense through most of the night, despite Larry Brown’s urging pleas to stay off his lawn. Does anyone else find Kwame Brown’s jersey a mockery? He’s running around out there with “K.Brown” on his back – no, it’s not okay, Kwame! Pick up some Better Basketball DVD’s and do something.

Magic 85, Bucks 96

You know your nation’s hero is having a great game when you’re getting messages from Aussies when it’s their traditional drinking time (i.e. anytime). Andrew Bogut scored a season-high 31 points and grabbed 18 Kevin Love’s (from now on, anytime a player gets more than 15 rebounds, it’s a Kevin Love) as he surged his Bucks over a depleted Magic. Orlando were missing three players due to a stomach virus and were not-so-jokingly worried about suiting up 8 players for the game. Whatever happened to playing through intense sickness? I had a vision of JJ Redick dropping 40 as Vince Carter hugged him off the court, mainly in an attempt to absorb some of his powers. Carter led his team with 20 who were mainly able to keep themselves in the game due to the Bucks’ poor free-throw shooting. Brandon Jennings had his Aussie’s back with 27 points on 50% shooting. Shocking fact of the night: Chris Duhon – still on an NBA roster.

Mavs 105, Kings 103

The Mavs made it nine in a row with an escape from Alcatraz/Sacramento. Led by Dirk’s 25 and Terry’s 23 off the bench, Dallas outscored Sac-town 15-4 in the last 5:30 of the game. With Dallas applying airtight pressure, Nowitzki almost stole a pass on the finals Kings possession, while Terry finally stole the turnover and earned the win. Tyreke Evans had an impressive outing with 25 points and 8 assists as did potential cellmate DeMarcus Cousins (17 points, 11 rebounds). Sitting with a two game lead over the Lakers a quarter way through the season, can Dallas keep up their defensive efforts and offensive sharing to have home court over LA if they meet?


“Check My $tats” of the night: Derrick Rose – 30 points, 11 assists, 7 rebounds, 5 steals, 1 block. Game so nasty you need a safe word.

Derrick Rose Game-Tying Shot.

Iggy couldn’t hear Wallace‘s comments on the second floor of his rim-front property.

Separated at Birth of the day: Marco Belinelli and Rambo.

If you ask me, that whole Cavs/Heat game was overhyped, at least in terms of fan reaction. According to this report, Cleveland Police obviously had a clear handle on things. Mind if you if Mike Breen was calling the game he’d open verbal assault charges in court against all boo-ers in attendance. Can we please talking about it though? I’m totally over it.

I’m out like hope in Cleveland.

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  • KwamePooh

    but you do know that 129-95=34 not 36 dont make em worse than they are lol

  • http://Bulls.com C-Lo_The_Great

    Bulls and Roxkets was a fun game to watch. I almost had a heart attack when the Rockets looked like they were going to win. Strong game from all the Bulls players.

  • http://bugmarley.com LeoneL

    That opening line is awesome. Great work again Anton! Also, on the NBA vid of that Iggy dunk Crash, best comment went something like: There’s no foul there. He got all ball(s)!

  • mj23

    D-Rose!!! For all you haters….the hype is real!!! Lebron wishes he was playing with D-Rose instead of those scrubs Bosh & Dwade.

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    good job again Anton, that ThadYoung caption is a blast…Im out like hope in Portland

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    “Game so nasty, u need a safe word”
    THAT was fantastic.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Oh, and…..

  • http://bulls.com airs

    drose was willed that team to a win last night, you could tell he was frustrated after these past 2 games, ridiculous. and can he get a foul called for once? goodness.

  • Hammer

    Rose 4 MVP! Even stacey king aknowleged that. I’ve been sayin that 4 bout 2 weeks now. What rose does and means 4 the bulls is parallel 2 what paul or deron do 4 theirs,yet rose doesn’t get mentioned not even by “die-hard bulls fans” on this site that r from the chi. I consider myself a die hard bulls fan. I’ve stuck w/my bulls thru thick and thin since ’91 when I was 11. So let me b the 1st on that rose 4 mvp campaign. Go bulls!!

  • Hammer

    Off topic,but shout out 2 my ducks! We quackin and on r way 2 phoenix. Bout 2 bring a national championship 2 the gr8 state of oregon!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    @Hammer, your damn right Rose 4 MVP! He carries his team scoring wise and he was dishing like hell, it’s a shame he only has 11 assist because if the Bulls made some easy shots he would’ve had a 15 easily. He scored 30 and hit 4-6 3 pointers, including the buzzer beater to tie it, WITHOUT getting one measily free-throw. Unbelievable. Vote for Rose for the ASG! (Vote for Blake Griffin too)

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    @Hammer, weird… I just agreed with you and then you go and say something like that. Cam Newton will beat the Ducks, they can’t stop him. And yes, they can stop Lamichael James, the Tigers are very good against the run.

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

    Are the Ducks using the new basketball court (the one with the trees)? The artist drawing was gorgeous but once some pics came out when they were painting, it just looks like a big pile of mud on the floor.
    @KwamePooh – Haha shots fired! Math equations are the devil’s sentences.

  • Hammer

    @jahmai. Its crazy how many times rose goes n the paint,gets fouled yet the refs don’t call it. Yet scola barely gets touched and gets free throws. Its infuriating. But thanx 4 agreeing that rose should get mvp….Now. Bout the ducks. Auburn no doubt has a gr8 defense,but don’t know if they can stop the ducks. Ducks aint 1 dimensional. If we can’t run,then we’ll fly. Were just as good @ passing as r running. But I mos def can’t wait 4 jan 10. Its gonna b a hella of a game

  • Jumpmanjay23

    Agreed with the talks that D. Rose should be taken into consideration of MVP talks as of right now. Ya the no-calls on Rose was a bit crazy last night. Hell the officiating last night was off. BUT as a Bulls fan you had to be a bit disheartened that this team slacked and allowed a sub-par Houston team to come back. Only shows that the Bulls are still way behind Boston, Orlando, and even the Heat.

  • Jumpmanjay23

    Without Rose, I can’t imagine what the Bulls would look like.

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

    BRING BACK PAYTON!!! fan night with gp and cwebb was the best. Only one year……makes me a sad panda

  • Pharoah

    D-Rose keeps beastin on the league definately should be in the MVP conversation.

  • Hammer

    @anton. Yes the ducks r using it. And I’m not 2 thrilled @ all. It is hideous! A good example of when being unique fails

  • Hammer

    @jj23. Agreed. Bulls should have won that game handily w/out the dramatics. Was dissapointing. They had a lot of mental lapses. Like the foul that got noah fouled out was just a stupid foul by him. We can’t have performance like that,@ home,against mediocre teams if we wanna b taken serious….Booz tho lookin better and getting more comfortable,considering its just his 3rd game back

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    my man meeks is breakin out

  • tRay

    DRose is a monster though I doubt he’ll win MVP. I think you should so far but for some reason I think CP3 or Dirk will get it depending on how their teams fair. It’s not really fair but hey that’s the way it is.

  • Michael

    great stuff Anton

  • http://slamonline.com SpaceJam

    D Rose is a monster and deserves serious MVP consideration. He’s actually in the list every week on nba.com. If he wasn’t on the team my Bulls wouldn’t even crack 30 wins. The 3 ball is much improved strokin it compared to last year with a % in the mid 30′s. On a side note, Beasly is killin it too.

  • KwamePooh

    @ Anton sorry i had to correct you but im a cavaliers fan and if they not fighting for points at least i have to do it.
    nice piece though.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    MVP candidates: Rose, Howard, Pau, Paul, Williams, Westbrook. If anyone even breathes Kobe or LeBron, you’re insane.

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

    @KwamePooh – It’s all good, we Cavs fans have to stick together because there’s like 5 of us left. At least half the team won’t be on the roster next year where we can start the full rebuild.
    @Caboose – Agreed, the media are struggling to fit Durant into their MVP storyline this season.

  • http://www.slamonline melvin ely

    man those captions are hilarious! WHere do you get those pics? I need to burn me some office time!

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Yeah Anton, I’m not sure why Durant was propelled to the front of the MVP race and the #1 fantasy option given he gets almost no assists and is a sub-par defender.


    tru dat but I know why, Coz cats were sic of Bron taring it & prematurely want to make a hero out of the guy. Don’t Bron em now. take it easy. he only at level 2.

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

    @melvin ely – The captions are from the Doc Funk Blog, he gave me his blessings to use his pics and I give a shout-out on Twitter after every post. His stuff is hilarious, just Google the name and watch your free time dwindle away.
    @Caboose – Exactly, and I’m not hating on the guy. He has improved a bit in his weaknesses but I just think an MVP needs to be more of a complete player. If Mo Williams averaged 25 and 12 and make clutch plays to win games the last two seasons without the artist formerly known as Employee 23, the MVP wouldn’t have been so clear-cut. But since LeDecider basically did everything for the team, and out-played his MVP race rivals, he rightfully got the award.

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

    Good stuff, Anton! The “Separated at Birth of the Day”s are especially freakin hilarious.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    And that’s exactly why I love reading your stuff Anton, you know basketball.

  • Mike from Spain

    Hi Anton, I enjoy the post up columns, they are the main reason I come here to slamonline.com . The ‘separated at birth of the day’ bit was hilarious… have you done more of these?

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

    Thanks ‘boosie.
    @Mike from Spain – Click the Post Up banner on top to see previous posts.