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Sunday, January 9th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  31 responses

Post Up: 40 Bars

While Rose leaves Rondo on his rollerskates.

by Anton Kudriavtsev/@TheDiesel

Shout out from Portland! I spent my day like most sports fans would: stay in the hotel and watch wild card weekend. As we were driving through Seattle, I saw Quest’s open dome and wished I had enough time to get tickets to the game. No way the Seahawks would win, right? Don’t forget to check out plenty of hoops action from last night, and be sure to look for me in tonight’s Heat game (I’m the awesome one way up top in the Rose Garden).

Pacers 93, Hawks 108

The Hawks made it four in a row with a win over the Pacers, winning 8 of their last 10. Josh Smith led Atlanta with 27 points (including 14 fourth-quarter points), 10 rebounds and 6 assists. The Hawks moved the ball around the perimeter to get themselves easier shots, shooting 43% on the night including 50% from deep. Joe Johnson got back in the scoring groove of things with 24 points while Jamal Crawford scored 20 off the bench. Danny Granger led Indiana with 16. What do you guys think, will Granger get traded by Indiana?

Kevin Durant

Grizzlies 100, Thunder 109

Kevin Durant singlehandedly turned around Oklahoma City’s inconsistent ship with a game of 40 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists as he surged his Thunder over the Grizzlies. The Durantula scored 28 of his 40 points in the second half as his Robin Russell Westbrook added 22 points and 11 assists in the win. Z-Bo had 27 points and 16 rebounds for the Grizzlies but Memphis couldn’t get closer than two points (shooting 1-for-15 from deep didn’t help, either). Despite being outscored 60-38 in the paint, OKC hustled their way to out-rebounded Memphis as the Thunder grinded out the win with some key plays down the stretch including Durant’s floater and free throws.

Wizards 89, Bobcats 104

Such is the enigma (and frustration) of the Wizards: a solid win the previous night followed by a crushing loss to the Bobcats the following night. Gerald Henderson had a career night with 19 points and 9 rebounds as he spoiled John Wall’s homecoming. Wall didn’t shoot well and had 16 points and 11 assists but also committed 5 turnovers. In addition to D.J. Augustin’s 20 points and 9 assists, the Bobcats seem to be liberated to play in a more free system under Coach Silas. “We’re not robots, we’re just playing free right now.” Stephen Jackson said.

Bucks 115, Nets 92

Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 15 of his 24 points in the second half to lead his Bucks over the Nets. Kardashian boy-toy Kris Humphries had a productive night as he scored 22 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 24 minutes to lead New Jersey in both categories. With CDR’s recently discovered steady play and balanced production from at least three starters on a nightly basis, have the Bucks began to figure things out on offense? Oh, and Brandon Jennings hasn’t even played while Milwaukee starts to become competitive. Not sure if that’s a positive or negative for the team.

Sixers 109, Pistons 112

The Pistons used another overtime to clinch a victory over the Sixers thanks to streaky shooting and timely shots made late in the game. Tayshaun Prince led the Detroit with 23 points but it was his clone Austin Daye who made clutch shots down the stretch, with a game-tying 3-pointer in the corner with 3.5 seconds left. While Evan Turner had a productive night with 19 points, 5 boards, and 5 assists off he bench, Jrue Holiday has gotten swallowed up in the ocean of great point guards in the league. If you look beyond the stats (and if you don’t – 15 points, 12 assists in this game), he matches up well with most guards and is recently able to get the better of them. Throw in a jump shot and some more games under his belt and he’ll be set to crack elite company.

Celtics Bulls BasketballCeltics 79, Bulls 90

A match-up of the league two premier point guards saw the Bulls get some revenge against the short-handed Celtics. Derrick Rose was fearless as he drove to the basket past Rondo on his way to 36 points and 5 rebounds, out-playing Rondo’s 13 points and 8 assists. Chicago had Boston on their heels for most of the night as they scrambled for loose balls and initiated contact on the offensive end while Boston went away from their sets with a lot of one-on-one play which played into the hands of the Bulls. Rose began to settle his free-throw woes with a career-high 15-of-19 night at the stripe while Carlos Boozer proved to be trusty yet again with his 22 points and 10 rebounds. Paul Pierce had 21 for the Celtics who are now 5-2 without Garnett.

Magic 117, Mavericks 107

What do we do? “Shoot three’s!” When do we do it? “Always!” As usual, no one is noticing the Magic rising up among the east playoff ranks, as Orlando defeated the Mavericks, their 9th straight win. The Turkish Michael Jordan had 13 points and 17 assists while Dwight finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds. The Magic rebounded from a 16-point deficit as they outscored the Mavs 37-26 in the fourth quarter. DeShawn Stevenson scored a season-high 24 points but Dallas lacks the firepower without a certain German hitting off-balance jumpers. Leading by 3 with just under 10 minutes to play, the Magic went on a 26-3 run to finish the game.


Jazz 103, Rockets 99

The comeback kids were back in full effect as the Jazz rallied from a double-digit deficit to beat the Rockets. Paul Millsap went into beast mode in overtime, scoring 12 of his 27 points while Al Jefferson added 24 points and 13 rebounds. On the other side of the power forward coin, Luis Scola had 24 points and 10 rebounds but his Rockets couldn’t close the game and are now on a 5-game losing streak. It really is a joy watching Deron Williams play. Though he had an off shooting night (5-of-16 from the field), D-Will orchestrates Utah’s offense masterfully, dishing 15 assists as defenders still have to respect his ice cold shot, especially late in games. The go-to dribble drive to foul line jumper is like Pierce with better strength and speed. So with him as the steady hand along with Millsap and Jefferson contributing nightly, the Jazz don’t have to fear making the playoffs.

Overtime

“Check My $tats” of the night: Kevin Durant – 40 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block.

Separated at Birth of the day: Jordan Hill and Lloyd Banks.

I’m out like the Saints.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Derrick Rose absolutely abused Rondo, he drove by him so easily, it was just ridiculous. Some people may look at the box score and think: ’19 FT’s that’s too much’, but let me tell you something, he EARNED every FT. He got to the rim the whole game and he got Fouled. Every Bulls fan knows Drose doesn’t get to the line because he doesn’t get the calls from the refs, so I’m glad he finally got what he deserved. Rose needs to get that starting spot at PG at the All Star Game, so bulls fans: Vote!!!

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

    Hedo…17 assists. A. Where was THAT in PHX and 2. Was that a career high young Turkish MJ?

  • http://www.slamonline.com AllBall247

    Deron Williams had a TO, fouled Battier so he could tie the game, airballed a wide open FT line jumper, then passed to Millsap for an Off-balance shot that would of won the game. Then Millsap LITERALLY would not miss in OT, and its D Will that deserves the credit? All the time D Will was being a mug down the stretch, Matt Harping was still in his usual ‘Deron i’ll love you forever no matter what mode’.
    Also, your right Jahmai, D Rose deserved all those FT’s last night, he averages around 4FT a game last I checked, that number should be 6-7 I think, but it’s not like he’s the only guy in the L who thinks he should be at the line more. Maybe all those ‘D Rose doesn’t get calls’ comments will die down now.

  • http://slamonline.com nate

    Am I the only one who seen Derrick rose stat line of 19 free-throw attempts ? I just can believe it he’s finally getting the calls he deserve hope it doesnt change . P.s. Derrick Rose gave rondo the TREATMENT last night but yet rondo has more votes then him WOW nba fans claim they know basketball but clearly they don’t lol

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    @nate, couldn’t agree more. :P

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Derrick Rose is STILL not getting any ca…wait, what the f*ck? He was 15 of 19? Nevermind. LOL
    I’ll admit, after losing to the Nets and Sixers, I thought we were gonna get slaughtered by the Celts.
    How about Rose keeping Shaq and JO in foul trouble? They had to have Big Baby and Harangody out there moat of the time, which benefited the Bulls.
    Carlos Boozer absolutely embarrassed Glen Davis.
    I just wish Rose had more than, what, 2 assists? But long as we got the W.

  • http://www.slamonline.com AllBall247

    Yeah, the Celts missed KG last night. Started to see what Allenp said about the drop off from KG to Baby Davis.

  • paul

    No doubt, Rose outshone both Rondo and the entire Celtic team last night. Next time, things might be different…

  • slamfan4life

    Celtics shorthanded? Bulls have been shorthanded ALL YEAR; 1st with Booz and now with Noah

    But we STILL BEASTIN SONNN

    GO BULLS

  • http://www.slamonline.com AllDayEveryDay

    Anton, do you get paid to write this column? If so, can you at least be a little professional and freakin PROOFREAD/EDIT your stuff? Jeez it’s a half-a$$3d written 5 sentence recap of each game where you just mention mostly stats. I would like to read this without errors and grammar mistakes EVERY SINGLE TIME. Another thing, make up your own stuff, that Orlando line of “what do we do? shoot threes…” is not your material. Adam Figman (I think that’s your name) you constantly make mistakes on your post ups too.
    I’m not mad, just would like to see some people take some pride in their work and give it 100% if they’re getting paid to do it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com AllBall247

    Yeah, the Celts are shorthanded, I never mentioned the Bulls. Put a healthy Bulls team out against healthy Celtics in 7 and you will be lucky to get 2.
    AllDayEveryDay – Whilst I see what your sayin, I look forward to the Post-Up every day. Therefore I totally disagree, keep it up Anton. (And Adam during the week)

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I don’t think Anton and Adam get paid for this.
    And have you looked around the Internet lately?
    Even CNN.com and the like have spelling and grammar errors all the time.
    Anton and Adam are doing fine. And nothing’s original anymore.

  • kash

    Wait a minute, if Durant and Westbrook are Batman and Robin, does that make ZBo the Penguin?

  • Hammer

    GO DUCKS BABY!!

  • ClydeSays

    DRose just went off. Reminded me of the Del Negro approach. Gim him the ball, period. I’d like to see these teams match up with their full lineup

  • tRay

    No KG perhaps?

  • Ryan

    FAST DONT LIE!!

  • JTaylor21

    Isn’t that two and one assists the last two games from a PG? That’s what I was talking about when I said that Rondo’s the better PG while Rose’s the better player.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I get what you’re trying to say, JTaylor but the way you say it makes no sense since they’re both point guards.
    If you said Rondo’s the better playmaker but Rose is the overall better player that makes more sense.
    Rondo also has the advantage on rebounding and defense but I’d still take Rose over Rondo.

  • will

    Keith bogans and Kurt Thomas definitely don’t help your assist totals. Especially how they use booze primarily as a post up option instead of the pick and roll. These are the two top defensive teams so neither team had a high assist total, season low for Boston.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Rose lived in the lane. Are we not going to discuss that rondo fans?
    Boozer had happy pants when he saw davis instead of kg. Davis could not even slow Boozer.

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com just bcuz

    i swear ppl will never say it for whatever reason but rondo is a product of his team and system

  • Jagster

    Let’s Rose and the Bulls their credit. They played great defense, rebounded well and took the Celtics out of their stuff and took it to them!!

    Keep in mind Rondo had riddled the Bulls with 15+ assist games a piece, had timely scoring, kept Rose below his scoring average, made great defensive plays against him; while keeping Rose quiet in the 4th quarter in their first two games. So let’s not get carried away here. It’s on game! Good For Rose!

    Nonetheless. That’s not why the Celtics lost. The Celts lost, cause they shot 39%, got out rebounded by +20, had only 12 assist as a team, scored -80 pts and the Bulls played great defense. Not sure that’s going to happen again (like Rose taking 20 free throws in a game, and KG getting abused by Boozer like Baby).

    I’m not going to make excuses about the Celtics schedule or their pick and roll defense. Give the Bulls their win and we’ll see what happens if they play again? The Celtics had won the prior two and Rondo had gotten the best of Rose in those. Good for them last night!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Did rondo keep rose out of the lane or did kg keep him out the lane? People don’t understand what kg really does.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Don’t know how many times I gotta say this but here it goes again – Rajon Rondo cannot stop Derrick Rose. He’s never been able to.
    In the past, whenever Rose struggled against the Celtics, it was due to the presence of Perkins and Garnett. No KG and Perk, Rose goes off. Simple as that.

  • robb

    ^^^^^^Exactly

  • DR. NICK

    HIII EEVERY BODY!!!!!!

  • http://sjfklfsl.com Jukai

    just bcauz: No, it’s readily admitted, but it shouldn’t take away from the amazing job he does.

  • riggs

    yeah forget the fact that rondo isnt 100 percent and has come back from a bad injury. forget about that entirely.

  • slamfan4life

    Rondo<Rose

  • 31st hooper

    Yeah, No KG and the Bulls had no Noah. Big deal Rondo was hurt. Remember that 36pts Rose dropped on Rondo in the 1st game of the playoffs in 09….was he hurt then too?

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