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Thursday, January 27th, 2011 at 8:40 am  |  55 responses

Post Up: Unstoppable

Kevin Durant drops 47; Spurs drop Jazz; Chuck Hayes drops knowledge.

by Adam Figman | @afigman

New Jersey 93, Memphis 88

The Nets won another super-close one last night, coming up big in the final quarter and rallying for a home win. Off-the-bench assassin Anthony Morrow led the team with 19, Brook Lopez put up a modest 17, and the Nets hit 9 threes to secure the victory, though a relatively poor offensive performance by the Grizz and a nothing-but-rim late game-tying attempt from OJ Mayo helped ‘em get it. The W makes two in a row, and four of five (!), for New Jerz.

Orlando 111, Indiana 96

The Magic’s goal is generally to clog the lane with Dwight Howard, diverting the opposition’s attention and allowing Orlando’s three-point shooters to get open on the outside, where they convert accordingly. Consider that goal very much accomplished yesterday, as the Magic shooters put in 16 bombs en route to an easy victory. Dwight (19 and 16) did his thing as well, while only Danny Granger (27 points) and Darren Collison (21) assisted much or at all for Indiana. The Pacers continue to free fall, having now dropped six straight.

Philadelphia 107, Toronto 94

As the Pacers drop from contention, the 76ers kept holdin’ on to their well-earned spot, handing the Raptors their ninth straight loss. Marreese Speights led Philly with 23 (17 in just the second quarter, during which the Sixers grabbed the lead), while DeMar DeRozan’s recent scoring tear continued, as he led the Raps with 29. Three straight successful contests for Philadelphia’s Finest.

Denver 109, Detroit 100

The Nuggets hadn’t won in Detroit in 14 games, though that little run is finito, after Chauncey Billups scored 26 and drilled some clutch threes, leading his current squad over his former one. Rodney Stuckey left the game late in the first quarter, and with Rip Hamilton out with flu-like symptoms (and upset-with-his-coach-like symptoms, too—a brutal combo), Stuckey wasn’t replaceable. The Nugs’ seemingly fun little road trip hits Cleveland tomorrow.

Milwaukee 98, Atlanta 90

Down 11 to start the fourth, the Bucks rallied back behind Earl Boykins (20 points, 11 in the final q) and Carlos Delfino (who scored all 15 of his points in the fourth), winning the last period 35-14 and securing a victory. Corey Maggette led the home team with 22, while Jamal Crawford put in 20 for the poor-shooting visitors. (As in: 41.8 percent from the floor, 73.9 percent from the stripe.) Despite the L, Atlanta has a strong five-game lead of the Knicks, comfortably seated at fifth in the East.

Oklahoma City 118, Minnesota 117

The only game last night that required overtime, and also the only game last night during which Kevin Durant amassed career highs in scoring (47 points!) and rebounds (18 rebounds!). Kevin Love (whose 31 points and 21 rebounds were somehow overshadowed by KD’s performance) had a solid chance to end this one in regulation, but his hook shot from about 10 feet out rimmed off, and extra time was needed. The red-hot Durant just kept sinking shots in OT, and after Corey Brewer missed a late free throw, the TWolves had a chance to win it with under seven seconds remianing but Luke Ridnour rushed, forced, and missed a three that sealed it up. The loss marks five straight for Minnesota.

Houston 96, L.A. Clippers 83

The one thing we didn’t get last night (how spoiled are we?) was a huge night from rookie sensation Blake Griffin. Chuck Hayes held him down well, allowing only 14 points and 11 rebounds—do we really live in a world where those stats, from a rookie, require an “only“?—and opening the door for the Rockets to snatch the victory. (Afterwards, Hayes said: “If I keep my body on him and go strength-for-strength, muscle-for-muscle, I have a chance.” Interesting. Something tells me that wouldn’t work for most, though.) A huge fourth quarter (26-10) made all the difference, and Kyle Lowry’s game-high 20 points (Randy Foye also scored 20, a season-high for him) led Houston. Get well soon, Eric Gordon—your lack of presence is felt, it seems.

Charlotte 114, Phoenix 107

Has a mid-season coaching change ever produced such a definitive turnaround? Probably, but whatever; this is pretty damn cool. The Bobcats rolled along last night, shooting 50.6 percent from the floor and taking down the Suns on the road. Stephen Jackson and Gerald Wallace combined or 55, while Steve Nash’s 27 points and 15 assists weren’t enough (Christ!) for the hosts.

San Antonio 112, Utah 105

Right when this game was heating up in Salt Lake City, Jimmer Fredette was lighting it up elsewhere in Utah, dominating to the tune of 43 points and leading BYU over SDSU. With the hoops world tuned in, watching in amazement, many missed the Spurs defeat the Jazz, in what wasn’t such a shabby competition itself. Deron Williams put his crew on his back, dropping 39 and distributing 9, but Utah couldn’t close, and the Spurs hung on for the win. The L gives the Jazz their sixth straight defeat, but they showed a hell of a lot of effort in this one, and even hard-nosed coach Jerry Sloan acknowledged that in his post-game interview. Manu Ginobili led San Antonio with 26 points in the win.

New Orleans 112, Golden State 103

Peep these numbers: All five starters scored in double figures; 62.2 percent (!) shooting from the field; and 18 points and 17 dimes from Chris Paul. (I’ll take Things That Happen Against Golden State’s D For 1,000, Alex!) It all blended together to form a victory for the Bees, who matched a franchise record with their 10th straight W. GSW put up a bit of a fight, too, as Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis and Dorell Wright combined for 71 points off 26-41 shooting, but it wasn’t enough against the L’s hottest group. New Orleans moved to 31-16, good for third in the competitive West.

Actual Stats: Kevin Durant: 47 points, 18 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks

Moment of the Night: The fiasco at the end of the Thunder-TWolves game seems pretty appropriate, though the Internet doesn’t seem to have blessed us with any footage of the chaos just yet. Will update when there is.

Anyone else unreasonably excited for Knicks-Heat tonight?

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  • JTaylor21

    Great game by KD, dude damn near put up 50/20. Now only if he can put up half that vs the lakers, OKC would have a better chance at beating them but I doubt it. Also that byu dude, Jiminy Cricket sucks. Don’t let the college stats fool ya, dude is going to be another adam morrison. I won’t even say JJ Reddick because dude has turned himself into a decent NBA player but I don’t see Cricket doing the same. A 6-2 PG who jacks up shots and can’t pass is not going to cut it in the L.

  • http://www.b-ballistics.com Darksaber

    Adam, you should copyright “nothing but rim”. That was funny. Between that gem, the Jeopardy line (Haaa!), the Rip Hamilton symptoms and your exasperation at Steve Nash’s. Fantasti statline not being enough for a Suns win, this was a very amusing TPU. Nicely done.
    (Wait, I think I just heard a swish. Must have been a Durantula)

  • MUBWAR

    Im so exited for Heat Knicks tonight cause i miss the first meeting when Lebron just went off…

  • MUBWAR

    blowout 2.0…let’s go heat

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Man, I wish I had DVR’d that OKC/Minny game.
    And cosign JTaylor21. I can see what all the fuss regarding Fredette is about. The kid can shoot the lights out. But he is a black hole on offense. Soon as he gets the ball, he ain’t passing it back.
    I can’t tell you how many times the kid was double-teamed, and he chose to jack up a shot or attempt to penetrate inside for a layup rather than dish to an open teammate.
    I watched the entire second half, and I saw just one play where dude made a good pass to a teammate.
    Three 40+ points in the last four games, so this is the norm for the kid. It might work at BYU, but you gotta wonder how NBA scouts feel about him.

  • JTaylor21

    Enigmatic, I feel you on the DVR tip but luckily I also have LP broadband, so that game is automatically saved in the archives and I can watch it whenever on my laptop. Not trying to gloat, okay yes I am.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    @Jtaylor, Jimmer Cricket, lmfao. He can end up being like adam morrison, but maybe he’s more like Steph Curry, he was lighting it up to in his college years. If he turns out to be more like him. he’ll be a pretty good NBA player. Durant is so smooth, ridiculous.

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

    Fig man, no love for manu? Better check again…… ….. And durant, wow

  • JTaylor21

    Jahmai, I don’t know about the SCurry comparison because if you remember Curry was a pretty good passer in college while jiminy cricket’s worse than a black hole. Also Curry was putting up great numbers in college but never the kind of numbers this dude is putting up. Whenever a college player is putting up these kind of numbers, it’s kind of fishy. Didn’t Morrison and Reddick put up similar numbers?

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

    Small correction: Manu lead the Spurs with 26, and made all the important plays at the end (as usual)

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

    Manu and TP scored 49 combined, Williams had 39 and combined with Raja Bell, still 39. (that was a cheap shot at Raja, i know)

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

    Manu and TP scored 49 combined. Williams had 39, and combined with Raja Bell, still 39 (that was a cheap shot at Raja, i know)

  • Jer-Dawg

    Slightly disappointed that Chuck Hayes stopped Blake yesterday. I hope next time Blake remembers that and goes and drops 30 and 15 and fouls Chuck Hayes out. He won’t forget.

  • ab40

    chuk hayes doesn’t jump for fakes and has a very low center of gravity annoys the living crap out of most bigs

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/2011 Diesel

    @jtaylor & Enigmatic – in defense of the jimmer, his teammates aren’t very good. So the team’s not winning if he’s not scoring. And in the first half last night, he was having a pretty balanced game. I know it looks like he’s chucking when he pulls up so far behind the 3 point line, but he hits that shot on a consistent basis. And he can handle the ball well. He splits double teams with ease. I could definitly see him playing like Steph Curry in the league.

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

    Jimmer Fredette is Gerry Mcnamara 2.0.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap
  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    He doesn’t have the court vision curry has. He isn’t as tall, and his release is slower. Oh and Curry played on a much much worse team in college. He’s a PG version of JJ Reddick – his confidence is what makes him so good, that green light that he has, not many guys in the college game get that

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

    Jimmer Fredette is Ernie DiGregorio Jr.

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/2011 Diesel

    nbk – curry is listed at 6-3 and fridette is 6-2. I don’t think that inch is making a huge difference. His release may not be as fast but his range is much much deeper. You have to gaurd this guy 5 feet behind the NBA 3 point line or he can hit that shot. Do you know what kind of spacing that would provide teams? And I don’t agree with the court vision. I think jimmer is just as good if not better at handling and distributing the ball. Let’s not forget that Curry came back for an extra year because his ball handling and distributing skills weren’t up to par.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Royal

    I remember when folks claimed Curry would be another JJ because they doubted his playmaking skills….let’s just wait until Jimmer gets in the L before we say he sucks

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    He came back to play PG because he had never done that. Jimmer if you have been watching BYU’s games is not much of a creator for others, he’s a flat out scorer. And those big sweeping crossovers are ok in college but I highly doubt since he doesn’t have any semblance of Allen Iverson like quickness that those will work in the NBA. And curry was pulling from very deep in college I don’t know if your remembering his game from college, plus he went to Davidson. I’m sorry but there is no way you can convince me he’s on curry’s level, he’s real good and maybe a better scorer but his overall game is not on that level

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    You think Deron had enough of the losing streak?! 39/9, on 24 shots, they still couldn’t pull out a win. Props to Deron for backing up all that unhappy talk with a big time game.
    Durant had a night himself! When I was watching him in 4th/OT, I was thinking that his skills (length, quick release, range), are a gift and a curse. He can get his J off whenever he wants, which is why he settles for jumpers so often. When he’s making it is there anything you can do?
    CP had a night himself. Playing a quicker pace for once, 18/17! That NOH/GSW game wasn’t even that close, NOH emptied the bench, GSW made a little run, cut it to 10, and Monty had to put the starters back in to finish it off. Monty will not be happy about that.

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/2011 Diesel

    I have been watching BYU’s games. A lot of them. That’s why I can honestly say that Jimmer is a better ball handler than Curry ever was in college. And his main tool is his scoring yes, but his passing ability is evident. He makes good passes when he needs to. And that “big sweeping crossover” has been fooling some pretty good defenders this year. Not that he’ll need it in the NBA if he’s coming off of screens. And Curry NEVER made shots from where this kid is hitting shots. Have you actually watched the games? When did you ever see Curry hit shots from a step inside of half court? Consistently.

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/2011 Diesel

    Curry never hit from these spots: http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=14116612

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    He is not a step inside halfcourt, I’ve watched a handful of his games from tip to buzzer. Your making him into pecos bill riding a tornado, pull up YouTube clips of curry

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/2011 Diesel

    My comment’s being moderated, but there’s a bunch of Fridette shots on there. the UNLV one from the V is just a bit closer than a step inside of half court. last night alone he took about 7 shots that were at least 5 feet behind the line. I’m not embellishing anything. its all there to see for yourself

  • tRay

    Jimmer is good but I just don’t see him making any noise in the L. I mean yeah he resembles Curry a bit but he doesn’t really pass as much and pretty selfish jacking up 35 foot jumpers.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    5 feet back is 2 feet behind NBA, curry put those up regularly, and spent entire games being double teamed, one game everywhere on the court.

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/2011 Diesel

    5 feet back just last night! 8 feet back on a regular basis. The kid can shoot.

  • riggs

    how about yall wait til he gets into the league, because steph curry was jj reddick according to some people on here before he came into the league.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Never said he couldn’t but Curry had a very similar college career same kind of hoopla around curry. I wasn’t one of those calling him JJ Reddick, the difference is clear to me

  • http://dfjsklfl.com Jukai

    Rose, Blake, Westbrook, these guys are all great, real talented kids… but I don’t think any of them will ever attain the level Durant will obtain. Blake, maybe, but Durant just wowed me yesterday. Dude is not afraid to put the team on his back, not afraid to do the dirty work, not afraid to take the last shot. His passing still really needs work, but I’m happy with the way his defense is progressing. He really won me over last game.
    Kevin Love really wowed me as well. I made a post a while ago, wondering if Kevin Love is for real or just a product of a system who really has no one else. Well, I can say, dude is for real. He’s got a legit arsensal of moves, he’s much more athletic and mobile than people realized, and if his defense improves, he really could become a real star in this league. I mean, even that last shot he missed, the play was interrupted and they rushed the shot into Love, he was double teammed, and put up a hook farther than any player in the league would take and almost got it in. Really, such a great game.
    Also, I’m finally beginning to come to accept the fact that the Phoenix trade didn’t work… and it might be time to make a few trades and rebuild… Nash had 24-15 and we still lost, miserably. Just very upsetting.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Derrick Rose won’t attain the level Durant attained? Rose is an MVP candidate and is also “not afraid to put the team on his back, not afraid to do the dirty work, not afraid to take the last shot”. Please explain.
    Also, I’ve only ever seen Fredette yesterday. But what I saw was a classic ballhog. Didn’t wanna share the ball at all. However, I looked up his stats and dude is averaging 4.2 assists a game so maybe I’m wrong.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    He passes when it’s an obvious pass, or when he can’t get his shot. Normally he tries to get the ball right back or runs immediately to screens. He’s always looking to score – I don’t blame him

  • the nerve

    man i’ll bodyslam those nickas on they own bentley. f*k rose. fuk griff. nah they the truth. all them

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    The nerve may actually be a pro wrestler. I like that.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    U know who else calls it the clink btw? Michael “prison mike” Scott, from the office

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I’d like to think that the nerve began the trend and others are just biting off him.

  • Max

    Gary Neal

  • T-Money

    I totally misjudged Steph Curry as a pro because I thought he would be an undersized 2. He looked bad running the point in his senior year but it turned out that was because he had nobody to pass to. Whether Jimmer can play the point or not (and I mean actually run a team and not guard point guards and let the wing be the playmaker à la Steve Kerr, Eddie House or Boobie Gibson) could be the difference between being 10-year starter in the league or being MVP of the Turkish league.

  • http://hoopedia.nba.com/index.php?title=Russell_vs._Wilt nbk

    Steph Curry averaged more assists, even with that Davidson group around him then Jimmer does at BYU, and Jimmer has 2 pretty good players next to him.

  • http://hoopedia.nba.com/index.php?title=Russell_vs._Wilt nbk

    Jimmer Fredette 2010-11 (27PPG, 4Ast, 3Reb, 1Stl) — Eddie House 1999-00 (23PPG, 3.5Ast, 5Reb, 2Stl) House shot 1 more shot per game, I think that is the best comparison possible for Fredette. His best NBA season 9.8PPG, 1.8Ast, 1Reb. Should be something like that

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/2011 Diesel

    My last comment on Jimmer then I’ll drop it, but San Diego state is one of the longest and most athletic teams in the country and they had a hard time gaurding him. They had to rotate players all game because they were getting tired from going all out on the defensive end (I’m sure the altitude had something to do with getting tired too). I honestly think best case scenario he could be a Ben Gordon in the NBA: a liability defensively, but a good offensive player.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I like the Eddie House/Fredette comparison.

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

    CHUCK HAYES SHOULD BE ALL-NBA DEFENSE!

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

    Hayes’ defense is ridiculously good and he’s 6’6… By far the strongest 6’6 player in the NBA. The two players he has trouble guarding are LaMarcus Aldridge and Dwight Howard. Everyone else he does a phenomenal job guarding.

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

    Funny riggs should mention JJ Redick, who is actually a pretty good player himself. Most people here thought Redick couldn’t crack a 12-man roster…

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

    When Aminu bounced the ball off the floor and it went it, did they count it? Or was it just a shooting foul? ANYONE?!

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

    Funny how there were great games and performances last night, but since there was no bulls, this is only the 50th comment all day. People really do love blabing about the same shtt all day everyday. Look, enigmatic is about to jump into his computer and choke jukai just cuz he said rose wont be on durants level. Jukai is right. Let me ask this: is this the best season rose will ever have? Is he going to shoot more next season?

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Rose is just getting started, Tarzan. He may never be the best player in the NBA, probalby won’t, but he’s gonna improve every year. This isn’t some peak year for him.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    How about the All-Star starters? Those East starters are gonna fun as hell to watch on the court together.
    Rose, Wade, James, Stoudemire, Howard. DAYUM!

  • http://twitter.com/smileyoufckers Bryan

    Jimmer will be at least as good as Reddick I think. Kevin Durant is a monster, in case you guys forgot.

  • Diesel

    Yeah no comments because the bulls didn’t play yet two bulls fans are like half the comments.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    nbk and Teddy are Bulls fans?

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