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Saturday, December 18th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  36 responses

Post Up: Teflon Bron

Ain’t no love in the heart of New York City.

by Anton Kudriavstev/@TheDiesel

Before we get to the games, I’ve come up with a brilliant solution for the injury problems a lot of players have been having this season. Effective immediately, all players must spend their off-season training in Phoenix, including training camp with the Suns’ doctors and training staff. Each franchise makes a payment to the Suns and they distribute a percentage of the revenue to the owners around the league. Lockout solved.

Lakers 93, Sixers 81

Continuing on their winning ways, the Lakers kept themselves interested long enough to roll over the Sixers, led by Lamar Odom’s 28 points. L.A. trailed by four before going on a late 27-8 run while Matt Barnes had his best night as a Laker, with 15 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. For the Sixers, Spencer Hawes had 18 points and 13 rebounds on 8-of-12 shooting but his squad put up too many threes and couldn’t hit enough shots to stay in the game (what else is new?) Kobe sprained his right-hand pinky finger in the first quarter (how many healthy ones does he have left?) but team doctors were able to stitch a skin like-layer over the endoskeleton without anyone noticing. Are we sure Joe Smith isn’t a secret agent? Going from team to team gathering information before selling it to the Lakers is mighty suspicious, no? Except he’s been around so long his top secret is likely: “stepping back a few feet from the free throw line counts as three points now!”. Michael Vick attended the game and received more “MVP” chants than anyone on the court. It’s really strange seeing the Lakers in a 3 seed position, as they’re usually coasting with a Spurs-like record this time of year.

LeBron James

Heat 113, Knicks 91

Returning to Madison Square Garden to his theme song (boos), LeBron and the Heat locked in defensively late and tore apart the Knicks. James dropped his 30th career triple double with 32 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists as he started out distributing then turned to destruction mode. LeBron started bullying the Knicks early, making mid-range jumpers and toying with anyone New York threw to defend him. At one point he got so bored with killing the Knicks that he almost fell down, dribbled off-balance with one hand on the floor and shot a behind-the-back pass to Dampier for a dunk. While Amare was limited to 24 points on 11-of-28 shooting, Gallinari graduated from Paul Pierce’s school of snapping your head back to draw a foul on his way to 25 points (including 4-of-8 from distance). Raymond Felton also started out playing well, looking like an east side version of CP3 early, with coast-to-coast layups and crisp passes but didn’t shoot the ball well (and missed some bunnies), finishing with just 8 points and 10 assists. Bosh and Wade each put up 26 points, but we seriously need a Brangelina-like nickname for Wade and LeBron…the Flash King? This is when stats go too far: Jeff Van Gundy said that based on 3-point percentages he’d rather have Wade shoot than Arroyo. Agree to thoroughly disagree, JVG.

Cavs 99, Pacers 108

Those who accidentally clicked on this game on League Pass on their way to seeing the Knicks/Heat were treated to the Cavs’ 10th straight loss as they fell to the Pacers. Danny Granger shot his way to 30 points and grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds, breaking out of his recent shooting slump with a 12-of-22 night (including making 4 of 7 three’s). Mo Williams had 22 points and 11 assists for Cleveland in a chippy game that had 7 technical fouls (with Solomon Jones ejected for impersonating a serviceable power forward). Is Byron Scott close to being unemployed? I thought he was unfairly canned in New Orleans and this funk is definitely not his fault – the players are simply showing no passion or desire to execute his strategy. Plenty of room left on the Cavs bandwagon…anyone?

Bobcats 85, Hawks 90

Atlanta’s franchise financial albatross Joe Johnson returned and scored 16 points as the Hawks beat the Bobcats, sending the team right along their downward slope. With Atlanta holding a three-point lead with 24 seconds left, Al Horford (16 points, 9 rebounds) aimlessly yet effectively passed to Marvin Williams under the basket to solidify the win. Boris Diaw and D.J. Augustin both had 22 points for the ‘Cats, but the real story hangs over this team like a halo above Nash’s nice-guy persona.  Amid news that two of their players are on the trading block, Charlotte has placed the following ad in Craigslist: “For Sale: Jackson and Wallace. Between the two products, you get an All-Star with a decline in production and possibility of injury (guess which one is which!). Will accept trades or a backrub as payment.”

Clippers 109, Pistons 88

The Clippers finally reached win number six (and road win number one) with a victory over the Pistons. Unless you’re a die-hard Detroit fan, there is no way you rooted for the Pistons in this game. With horrible shots and lack of effort from their “stars” (Ben Gordon actually let a loose ball roll out of bounds without as much as bending down to retrieve it…c’mon son!), the Pistons eventually succumbed to Blake Griffin’s 24 points and 17 rebounds (with 8 boards, Blake practically had a double-double in the first quarter) and Ryan Gomes’ streaky shooting (18 points). The Clip Show led by five at halftime before outscoring the Pistons 29-16 in the third quarter to take an 80-62 lead into the fourth. Baron Davis was so careless with the ball and shot selection that Sterling decided to get with the times and heckle Davis on the road over Twitter and text messages.

Jazz 71, Hornets 100

A match-up of the league’s top two point guards turned out to be a wash as the Jazz shot terribly in a loss to the Hornets. Utah shot just 36% from the field, including missing half their free throws and going 3-of-19 from distance. Deron Williams had just 10 points and 5 assists versus Chris Paul’s 11 points and 10 assists, neither player shooting well but still managing to set up their teammates, with David West scoring 23 points and Marcus Thorton taking advantage of his increased playing time with 19 points off the bench. As much scoring highlights you can have with 11 points, one of which was Paul’s hesitation dribble and drive that left D-Will in the dust as he banked in a shot over the help defense. Trevor Ariza is one of the few players in the league capable of turning a fast-break lay-up into a missed three pointer somehow. Simply incredible. No one told him that his “me + more minutes = max player” equation is actually “role player + more shots = inefficiency-o-rama”.

Courtesy of Doc Funk Blog

Timberwolves 102, Blazers 107

With the Brandon Roy machine closed for maintenance until further notice, Portland ran its offense through LaMarcus Aldridge who had a big night to lead his Blazers to a win over the Wolves. Aldridge took over the scoring load, going 15-of-22 for 36 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, and blocking an impressive 6 shots. Wes Matthews (21 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists) proved to be more than a capable role player as he takes over shooting guard duties while the rest of the minutes were given to Rudy Fernandez who thought of Spain yet still dropped a career-high 26 points off the bench (don’t stop shooting, Rudy!). For the Wolves, it was again the dynamic duo of Beasley (33 points) and Love (19 points, 17 boards) leading the way for their squad. Without their usual closer, Matthews stepped up in the clutch and put the game away with a running floater with 27 seconds to go. A source close to Portland has cited that Roy demanded Blazers management to choose between him and Miller. While this may be hearsay, the fact is that Roy’s selfish ways are coming through loud and clear, despite being injured. What a difference a season makes.

Kings 87, Thunder 102

The Thunder made it five straight wins as they beat the Kings, led by Durant’s game-high 24 points. Sacramento wouldn’t go away late in the game until Oklahoma City put together a series of min-runs in the fourth quarter, with Green and Collison coming up with offensive rebounds to hold on to the win. DeMarcus Cousins had a bounce-back game with 19 points and 15 boards as Evans added 22 points and 6 assists for the NBA-worst Kings (5-19).

Grizzlies 87, Rockets 103

After losing Yao Ming for yet another season (and likely for good), the Rockets began on their official Yao-less season with a win over the Grizzlies. Kevin Martin scored a game-high 34 points to lead the Rockets as they sustained a late 14-2 Memphis run before putting the game away. For the Grizz, Rudy Gay and Sam Young scored 19 each but as a team were abused inside on the boards which explains why they haven’t won in Houston since 2006.  “We have to keep going,” Luis Scola said. “Yao is not here and some way we have got to move on. This is our job and we have to try to win games.” Good luck Houston, you will likely need it.

Suns 91, Mavericks 106

Canadian Ironman Steve Nash went down with a neck injury after hitting Tyson Chandler’s hip as the two were going for a loose ball. After this, all competition was out the window as Dallas kept on winning and grinning over the Suns. Dirk and Jason Terry led the Mavs with 18 each while everyone’s favourite Slovenian Goran Dragic filled in for Nash with his 14 points and 10 assists. Caron Butler (17 points) led a surge which saw Dallas extend its lead to 22 points by the early third quarter and the Suns couldn’t get closer than 12 and took the L.

Nets 92, Raptors 98

Toronto’s franchise marsh mellow Bargnani scored 32 points as he led his Raptors over the Nets. Linas Kleiza had 18 points and 12 boards as he and Bargnani hit key three-pointers with under five minutes to go to push their lead to eight and secure the win. Brook Lopez led New Jersey with 20 points and 7 rebounds in the one of many losses. Mr. Prokhorov, tear down these Nets! Warning: if you listen too much to Jack Armstrong,  you start to develop a faux Boston accent (though it is fun to say “Raptas”).

Overtime

“Check My $tats” of the night: LeBron James – 32 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists. The louder you boo, the stronger he becomes.

Separated at birth of the day: Corey Maggette and Xzibit.

Prior to last night’s game, the New York Post ran a “LeChicken” story and picture in the sports section. In case you were following the time-line, first it was yelling “overrated” on draft night, then practically rolling out the organge carpet during the 2009-2010 free agency extravagenza, and finally booing and yelling “overrated” once again last night. It’s the circle of life! First they hate me then they love me then they hate me again.

We’ve all seen basketball fights, but how about this high school kid attempting to body slam a ref?  And you thought Cousins had maturity issues.

If the rumored Arenas-to-Orlando trade happens, I suggest Magic players keep an eye on their shoes at all times.

I’m out like Detroit’s will to win.

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  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Be afraid. Be very afraid. That’s my mantra this season.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    LeBron looked terrified of New York last night.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Okay, I watched the Heat-Knicks game and the Heat are really really good. I take back everything I said about a Knicks-Heat playoff series :P But on to something else: Blakemotherf*ckinzilla, he had 7 dunks, and 6 of them were MONSTER jams, and he did a 360 lay-up, so sick! He got 17 rebounds too, to go with 24 points. This guy has to be an All-Star right? Dwight is considered an MVP candidate and Blake already has the same stats as him. I know the Clippers suck but still ASG is more about the individual than about the team right? Tonight :D rose vs Blake. Looking forward to it.

  • JTaylor21

    Did anyone notice that the knicks crowd were chanting scottie pippen when wade was at the line yesterday? First it was at bron in cleveland then at wade last night, what’s up with fans thinking that Pippen was the brian scalabrine of his day.

  • http://www.slamonline.com ShadiestBen

    D Will and CP3 wasn’t exactly ‘a wash’. CP3 had 11,10 and 7 on 5-11 finishing with a +18 in 31 minutes. Deron had 10,5 and 2 on 4-12 (0-5 from 3) finishing with a -21 in 32 minutes. So I think CP won that match up.
    Apart from that I enjoyed the weekend post up as usual.
    The Knicks looked like contenders for 24 minutes, the Heat have looked like contenders for about 11 games now (don’t know how many minutes that is) albeit against some inferior competition.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Scott is going nowhere. At the moment. But if we could land the next “chosen one” next draft + some good players and then he wasn’t able to get the Cavs to the playoffs the following season or two.. then he’s gone. My faith in him is still on a high, actually it’s not been tested yet since we have this kind of roster. TRADE JJ HICKSON.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Long live the king.

  • http://studmuff73.blog.com/ Zabba

    Scottie Pippen never had a Finals MVP.

  • http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/ Jukai

    A few things:
    -Did I only imagine Toronto playing New Jersey last night? I know I ordered three bottles of Sake, but like… I thought I saw it
    -Lebron gets stronger when you boo him. He feasts off it. Stop. F*cking. Doing. It.
    -I think the Heat are finally realizing, “wait. We’re all superstars. Let’s just score 84 points and give out teammates a few birdies, we’ll probably be okay!!”
    -James just jumped Grant Hill and is timed with John Havlicek on the all-time triple double list. Thirteen more and he’ll jump Fat Lever. Then it’s Bird, Chamberlain, Magic, Kidd, and Oscar Robertson. That’s good company.
    -God, does my team suck without Steve Nash
    -Chris Paul must have been reading this forum last night. Deron Williams who?
    -Speaking of reading the comments, Kobe had a downright ATROCIOUS game, only nine points. And yet, the game still was a blow-out. Can we admit Kobe has a pretty good team?
    -Speaking of teams, Cleveland is behind five teams to make the playoffs. So, can we admit that maybe Cleveland was a freaking god AWFUL team and its success solely was Lebron carrying it, or uh, were they still a great team? Did Big Z leaving really kill them?

  • eyal

    aaaaaand I’m back on the heat bandwagon. It’s a shame about beating the knicks though. Something about a gritty, dominating NY team makes me feel all warm and fuzzy and nostalgic. Great to see the excitement back in MSG, I hope it lasts for at least a couple of seasons…

  • http://www.slamonline.com ShadiestBen

    Chris Paul looked as explosive and quick as he has since returning from injury. That’s a good sign. He got by D Will whenever he wanted, and got up high to grab a few of his 7 rebounds.
    Cleveland also lost Shaq, Delonte West and the aforementioned Big Z from last years team.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I didn’t see him getting by Dwil at will. Seemed like the Hornets were killing on pick and roll, and West waas just murdering the Jazz inside.
    Paul out rebounded Deron, but he always does. Williams took one more shot than Paul, and made one less. And since his team was down almost the entire game, the plus minus is incredibly misleading.
    I watched the game in stretches and the Jazz as a whole lacked energy and focus, but Williams did fine against Paul.

  • http://www.slamonline.com ShadiestBen

    Did you watch the third quarter? CP started being aggressive and getting by him whenever he tried.
    CP3 is the guy orchestrating the P & R, so that probably has a reason to do with them killing the Jazz with it.
    CP3 is listed 3-4 inches smaller than D Will (depending where you check) so him ‘always out rebounding D Will’ shouldn’t be something that is just brushed off.
    You don’t think CP had anything to do with Utah being down the whole game?
    10 points and 5 assists is doing fine?

  • Hursty

    Houston was up 40-13 at one point, the game was never in doubt after the 1st quarter. Ps Lowry with 17 and 18!!

  • http://www.last.fm/user/MrSoloDolo919 Precyse

    Knicks back to earth after getting blow. Off their home court interesting to see how they respond over the next stretch of games…
    And Pierce gets his fouls by going to the rim. Not flopping like a daisy like Gasol or RMiller used to…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Imagine what the people might say if the Heat beat a playof…….oh wait…….

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Scottie Pippen has more rings(6) than the knicks organization(2).

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Heat get their chance at revenge against the Mavs in a couple of days. Phnx, shouldn’t be that hard and then LA. Can’t wait for it, potential finals preview. Mike Miller is coming back for the Heat, that’s awesome. Bynum back for LA. This is gonna be one hell of a matchup. I think the Heat will win, because Kobe gets a little too jacked up playing LeBron. MJ would always play better, but I’ve noticed that so far in the Kobe-Lebron matchup Kobe tends to shoot too much and not making enough. Hope he realizes this time that he needs to use Pau and Bynum more, don’t get me wrong though, because I think KB’s awesome.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Excuse me, I mean Scottie: 6, Knicks&Cavs: 2

  • S-Mills

    Did anyone watch the video of the kid attacking the ref? That’s some crazy stuff right there. Good bye basketball dreams.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    LONG… LIVE… THE KING.

  • http://www.slamonline.com ShadiestBen

    Allen
    In the 3rd CP was 4-4 from the field, getting by D Will numerous times
    Eboy
    Regardless of circumstance MIA have now beaten three teams that made the play-offs last season (Orlando, Utah, Atlanta). They have also beaten three other teams who should make the play-offs this year (NY, NO & IND). Its not like they have gone toe to toe with the elite often, but when they have they have lost (1-4 against ORL, BOS & DAL). Your teams season is inevitably going to be judged come play-off time, and you know that no one who is anti Heat (or anti Bron), are going to give those guys any credit until they beat an elite team in the play-offs.

  • kb24mj23

    I mean, what really went through that kid’s head? I’ve gotten in fights in pick up games with other players, and I’ve seen some of my more hot-headed teammates swing on opposing players in a real game, but how in the world could you ever be stupid enough to attack the REF?? Man. Crazy.

  • http://Www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I hope the United Center crowd doesn’t boo LeBron when the Heat drop by the Chi or he might drop 40 on our asses.
    I don’t think they should though. The difference between Bulls fans and Knicks/Cavs fans is that most of us wanted LeBron but few of us felt like we NEEDED LeBron the way they obviously did.
    Anyways, have the Heat played the Clips yet? I know it’ll be a one-sided thrashing when they do play, but I get the feeling it’ll be worth watching to see who dunks on the other’s team the most – Blake or LeBron.

  • http://Www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    What’s this video y’all talking about? Is it a high school kid?

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

    @Enigmatic – Yes, the link’s at the bottom of the post.

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

    Chris Paul didn’t “dominate” D-Will at all. He had more assists, but that was probably because the Jazz couldn’t hit sh!t for sh!t. Williams usually dominates their match-up. I’m still not saying who is better though, they’re both future HOFers.

  • http://Www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Oh ok, I peeped the video. Or about as much as I can on my iPhones crappy 3G. My first thought was why the hell did that ref just stand there and take it? My second thought was that ref was smart for doing that. He got slammed and all, but if it had been me I would’ve been arrested for hitting a minor. Meanwhile that kid is done. What an idiot. I’m so sick of kids acting like badasses. Most teens just need a good ass whooping. I know I needed one at that age! Man I’m starting to sound like an old grouch. Or Eboy. Just playing.

  • Noel

    @Jukai Lebron isn’t going to come close to Big O, Magic, or Kidd in trip dubs

  • Mvp23100

    The king doing work as usual why so few comments when MIA was losing this thing was flooded and Bosh is better than Amare officially MVP my ass

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Knicks lose to cleveland.

  • Mike from Spain

    The Knicks crowd chanted ‘Overrated’ when Bosh was at the FT line… LOL

    I am so happy that Rudy Fernández is finding his game again, he is driving to the basket much more, as he used to when he played in Spain. Go get ‘em Rudy!

  • OvaChicken

    THE TEFLON TRAIN IS COMMIN’ TO A TOWN NEAR YOU TO CURSE ALL YOU HATERS (CAVS , NY & Amare the Might Be who Never will be especially when Mello comes in ) whos next ?!! @NOEL : What, you got the delorian with the flux capacitor? he he Give Kobe a rest his other head is starting to hurt & his pinky of course.

  • OvaChicken

    LMAO at ALL THE SINGLE LADIES

  • http://www.slamonline.com Michael Whyte

    cosign the philospher. AGAIN

  • dsleepy

    LOL that picture killed me. kudos

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