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Sunday, December 12th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  22 responses

Post Up: Party like a Dirkstar

Featuring Kevin Martin and Jerryd Bayless.

by Anton Kudriavtsev /@TheDiesel

A Saturday night filled with streakers, oddities, and a very important message from your sponsors.

Grizzlies 84, Clippers 83

After losing to their better-looking LA team by a single point, more heartbreak was in store for the Clippers as Zach Randolph and the other Gasol led the way for the Grizzlies. Z-Bo had 18 points and 13 rebounds while T-Spain added 17. For the Clips, Eric Gordon scored 25 points as his partner in crime Blake Griffin backed him up with 19 points and 11 rebounds. The team as a whole did a decent job of holding Gay to just 12 points, but shot themselves in both feet with a season-high 27 turnovers. Baron Davis missed a potential game-winning jumper at the buzzer. I have to say that given Boom Dizzle’s awful play this season that he should not be featured on any ads. The Li-Ning spreads weren’t nearly as threatening with his face repping the brand.

Dirk Nowitzki

Jazz 97, Mavericks 103

A battle of wills resulted in the Mavs’ 12 straight victory with a win over the Jazz. Not wanting to hang onto their 25-point early lead, Dirk put the team on his back with his 31 points and 15 big rebounds. Jason Terry (14 points) also made key shots down the stretch while playing a two-man game with Nowitzki, their combined scoring accounting for the final 21 Dallas points. The Mavs put up some video game numbers, running out to a 29-4 lead while shooting 53% from distance (13 three’s) while the Jazz were within two points with  29 seconds to go before Dirk drew a double team and found his Jet in the corner for a dagger three-pointer. Utah relied heavily on Deron Williams for just about everything on this night, and D-Will responded with 34 points and 6 assists but couldn’t save his team with stops down the stretch. DeShawn Stevenson (yes, he still exists) added a season-high 17 for the Mavs as the team is now off to their best start since the 2002-2003 season and are really starting to get contributions from a variety of players. If they can keep this up and get some consistency from Caron Butler it will be interesting what kind of success the team will have come playoff time.

Pacers 83, Hawks 97

After a loss to the Spurs, the Hawks started off sluggish but eventually held off the Pacers, thanks to Josh Smith’s 21 points and 7 boards. J-Smoove shook off his early rust and made key plays down the stretch, including back-to-back three-point plays to extend the Hawks’ lead in the 4th quarter. Al Horford also played well, scoring 16 points in addition to grabbing 16 rebounds and dishing out 8 assists. The frontcourt was too much for Indiana to handle, especially on the defensive end. You know you’re in trouble when Mike Dunleavy (16 points) is your leading scorer.

Celtics 93, Bobcats 62

Even with a fourth reserve center starting in place of the injured O’Neals, the Celtics dismantled the Bobcats so bad that Jordan was seen warming up at halftime in a Charlotte jersey. Big Baby and Ray Allen led the C’s with 16 points each while the Bobcats tried to play with a collective hangover, shooting 34% overall, including 9% from three-point range and 57% from the free throw line. Basically, if Paul Pierce is successfully chasing you down for a block, you’re done. Boston has now won 10 in a row, without a fully healthy line-up.

Raptors 120, Pistons 116

It had to happen eventually, right? After getting a number of second chances (but not a whole lot of minutes), Jerryd Bayless showed his promise, matching his career-high 31 points as he lead his Raptors in their biggest comeback win in franchise history to beat the Pistons. Trailing by 25 points by the third quarter, the Raptors stormed back the only way they knew how – by conserving their defensive efforts and focusing on making shots. Bargnani (22 points) had some key three-pointers in the 4th quarter to help swing the momentum for Toronto. Though Bayless was balling, he was also consistently getting beat off the dribble by Rodney Stuckey, who added 23 points and had a career-high 12 assists. Ben Wallace (23 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals) had a Freaky Friday moment when he ran into Rip Hamilton’s body, temporarily giving him shooting powers as he hit a 3-point shot. I don’t know what’s more surprising, the fact that he hit the shot or that he’s hit four triples in his 15-year career prior to that one. Anyone see T-Mac’s put-back dunk? If you didn’t, it’s like Halley’s comet – the next time you’ll see it is in 75 years.

Wolves 82, Bulls 113

Derrick Rose and his Bulls made it 5 in a row with a win over the Timberwolves. Rose finished with 21 points and 7 assists including a career-high 5 three-point shots made. For the Wolves, Kevin Love continued his sensational play with 23 points and 15 rebounds. Love’s now averaging 15.7 rebounds a game (which, bears repeating, is crazy) so turn your SlamUps from SLAM 144 on the other side and pay respects to the man. The Bulls have a relatively easy schedule coming up and should take a comfortable lead in the central division.

Courtesy of Doc Funk Blog

Cavs 95, Rockets 110

The Cavs’ journey down the highway to hell brought them to the mercy of the Rockets, who invented new ways to defeat them. Kevin Martin dropped a cool 40 like a freshman trying to impress his peers, including 3-of-6 from distance and 13 of 14 made free throws. For the Cavs, Jamison “led” the team with 24 points. I use the term in quotes since the team has no real leadership. As of now, Byron Scott is tampering with line-ups to get some sort of consistency and effort. The benching of Cleveland’s only hope JJ Hickson has left him unhappy and the team’s future prospect Christian Eyenga is about as finished product as brake lines are on a Toyota. With payroll of $51.8 million, Cavs are looking to dumb Jamison’s albatross of a contract ($13.5 million this season) to dive into a full rebuild. Cleveland will see you in June, drooling at lottery prospects.

Heat 104, Kings 83

The Heat have now won eight games in a row, all in double digits including a coast over Sacramento. Dwyane Wade led his squad with 36 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists while LeBron paced himself to a 25 point, 10-rebound night. Opponents need to be careful as James did half a break-dance move after being knocked down, and we all know dancing strangely fuels his play. The Heat controlled the glass and the paint with Dampier making himself useful by altering shots, in one sequence blocking two and altering a third. Bosh rebounded well (17 rebounds to go along with his 14 points) but plays like the oldest 26 year-old player I’ve ever seen. The Kings played hard throughout the night, led by Omri Casspi’s 20 points, but were no match for the fast-breaking and shot-making Heat. Eric Reid was in full bias mode with one impressive compliment towards LeBron: “He now has 8 straight games with a 3!” Great Success! *Borat voice* At 80 years young, you’d think Kings assistant Pete Carril has enough seniority for a head coaching job, no?

Overtime

“Check My $tats” of the night: Dirk Nowitzki – 31 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block. Kevin Martin’s 40 was tempting, Bayless is a good story, and Wade did his thing but I had to give it to a true MVP candidate fighting back for a win.

Separated at birth of the day: Rip Hamilton and Jar Jar Binks.

This is non-sports related public service announcement to ensure the safety of the SLAM family. Sharks are coming to kill us all. I’ve been saying this for years – sharks are laying low and waiting for us to drop our guard before devouring us. Don’t buy into the Discovery Channel’s “they’re all endangered!” propaganda, the evidence is now too big to ignore. In a six-day period in the Red Sea, five attacks on people have occurred (compared to six attacks in a decade in Egypt). The scariest part? Authorities have determined that at least two of the five attacks were done by a single, serial-minded shark. We need to summon our Flipper dolphin army to combat this threat immediately. If you’re planning a vacation in the area, do not go in the water for he lurks.

I’m out like your swimming plans.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Play Hickson please. That’s the only way we could boost his stocks so we could get more once we trade him. And to my Cavs.. PLEASE don’t even think about getting Iggy. I don’t want to be mediocre for the next 4 years..

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Time for the Navy’s specialized “minesniffer” (yeah right, more like S.E.A.L.S with blowholes) Dolphins to be sent into the fray.
    Climate change is a biatch.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    I think Derek Fisher ripped out Eric Bledsoe’s heart with that buzzer beater. A guy who just last week was playing with swagger stumbled and bumbled allover the court against the Grizzlies. I actually started feeling sorry for the guy, he.was.terrible.
    And someone needs to teach Blake G. True post up technique. He is really terrible at sealing his man behind him, his skillset is very, very impressive but someone with such tree trunks for legs, he gets pushed out of position too easily in the post.

  • Hursty

    Martin had 22 – in the FIRST QUARTER.
    Caron Butler has actually been pretty consistent the last month or so for the Mavs, 14,4,4 or so, with tough D and an improved 3pt stroke.
    Someone needs to find footage of Rip Hamilton and his ‘clone’ at Auburn Hills. Billups thinks it’s pretty great.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Bron was actually behaving like a true villain at times last night, trying on that hat for size. At one point he heard some taunt, smiled and proceeded to put a x-over – to – spin dribble move on Greene that he finished with a tough layup. A thing of beauty that made one commentator gush, “that just makes you wanna spit. Greatness!”
    Bron kept the smile on as he skipped back on D too.

  • Hammer

    The heat still feastin on the weak. Yawn. Is it possible 2 have a fugazi 8 game winning streak when all ur beating r bottom feeders?

  • ripslam

    Cosign Hammer, once Miami starts beating some decent teams on a regular basis we can talk. They’ve been ripping through lottery teams and suddenly they’re “unstoppable”? Please.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    @ripslam, nobody thinks they’re unstoppable but they way they’ve been stomping over their opponents is pretty impressive and don’t forget about the W over Utah at the Energy Solutions Arena. I do agree with you that we need to see them play some more +.500 teams. What about the Bulls baby, cruising…Derrick Rose 5-6 from 3. He and Joakim Noah sat out much of the 2nd half because of the blowout ofcourse. Tonight: Melo @ Garden and Blake aka Superman III vs. Dwight aka Superman II. That game will go down as a dunk contest.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    So, 80% from the field on 8/10 shooting, and 83% from 3 on 5/6… is that “efficient” enough for all you Rose-bashers? Oh and Kevin Love is amazing. I don’t watch too many Wolves games so hadn’t really had a chance to watch dude play this year, but anyone who can outhustle Joakim Noah has my upmost respect. Are the Mavs and Celtics playing each other anytime soon? Cause that would be a really dope game with the way they’ve both been playing. The Clips are looking like they’re once again gonna have a high draft pick in June. Imagine Harrison Barnes, Kyrie Irving, or Terrance Jones playing with Blake Griffin, Eric Gordon, Willie Warren, Al Aminu, Eric Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan? That team would easily win it all. In the NCAA. And that’s exactly why they suck, they’re too young. All those guys would still be in college if kids actually stayed for four years. Four of them are rookies and are in the rotation. Matter of fact, the Clips should just hire a college coach cause any one of them would do a better job than VDN. Except Tim Floyd.

  • Pharoah

    BAYLESS IS THE TRUTH

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential Diesel

    enigmatic 42% for the year from 3. Can you imagine how his drives to the hoop will look now that they have to respect his outside shot? Or how open boozer will be now that Rose’s guy can’t sag off to help in the post? Its all coming together.

  • Michael

    @ Anton, Tmacs dunk was an alley oop, hes had a few nice dunks this season but i understand your point.

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

    I love when players add something to their game, Rose is definitely must-see TV this season. Very impressed with Shannon Brown’s three-point shot as well.
    Amar’e's “STAT” nickname now stands for “Stats There And There”. 8th straight game with at least 30 points, all in wins.
    @Enigmatic – The next Celts/Mavs game is on Feb.4th. Maybe Rondo makes the 3 this time?

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

    New rule if Anton writes the article he can’t comment? [/jokes] I love the game re-caps up in here and the toyota call was priceless.

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

    —where is the streakers part?—

  • T-Money

    Haters gonna hate. Who said Miami was unstoppable? They’re beating the teams that are on their schedule, and not like the Knicks either – games are over midway through the 3rd. I just wish Spo would go all-out Belichick style and play the starters all game.

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential Diesel

    I think I heard something like Amare is the only Knick ever to have 8 30 point plus games in a row. Is this true?

  • ripslam

    @Jahmai: “Unstoppable” was the exact headline on the NBA homepage, but they always worship LeBron like a deity there.

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

    @Diesel – true that.

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

    BEN WALLACE HAD 24 POINTS? IN 2010? I NEED TO FIND EVIDENCE……. Kevin martin looks healthy

  • http://www.twitter.com/chris_griff_3 Chris_Griff_3

    Miami’s been impressive lately. I’ve been skeptical, but they’re looking great of late. New York, as well. Looking forward to seeing how the Celtics and Heat do against NY this week.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Miami can only play the schedule.
    Just like the Knicks.
    Just like the Lakers early in the season.

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