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Saturday, January 8th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  39 responses

Post Up: Wild Wild Wes

While the Knicks score from 4-point range.

by Anton Kudriavtsev/@TheDiesel

Road trip! This weekend, man this is very tough, this weekend I’m gonna take my talents to Portland and see the Miami Heat on Sunday night. To add to Lang’s recent links, you might be obsessed with the NBA if you drive 12 hours to see a single game.

Spurs 90, Pacers 87

The Spurs being the best team in the world (at least by record), kept their place atop the standings with a win over the Pacers. Manu Ginobili scored 25 points and led his team back from a 15-point deficit to snap San Antonio’s two-game losing streak and restore Popovich’s blood pressure to normal levels. Tyler Hansbrough (!) led the Pacers with an impressive 23 points and 12 boards.

Wes Matthews

Blazers 108, Wolves 98

The Blazers got some momentum going into their much-hyped (mostly by myself) game against Miami with a win over the Wolves. Wes Matthews scored a career-high 36 points while LaMarcus Aldridge added 28 points and 10 rebounds. Kevin Love had 30 points and 19 rebounds (do his stat lines look impressing anymore?) but his team committed 19 turnovers leading to 25 points as the Wolves have now lost 4 of their previous 5 games. How does that Matthews signing look now? The initial $34 million deal was seen as over-paying for a spark off the bench behind Brandon Roy but now is looking more like a solid move (even in unfortunate circumstances).  Also, credit has to go to Aldridge for showing that Portland can run the offense through him without Roy which will now be an extended period of time. Lastly, outside the Rose Garden is a giant billboard with Roy, Aldridge, and Oden with the words “Rise With Us”. Any chance they can plaster Wes’ face over Roy’s and Camby‘s over Oden? Not sure if I’ve said this enough, but the Blazers play the Heat on Sunday night, and I’d like to think my presence will make a huge difference in the game.

Bulls 99, Sixers 105

With a loss to the Sixers, the Bulls have admitted the obvious: they miss Joakim Noah. Despite Derrick Rose scoring 27 points and dishing 9 assists and Boozer holding it down with 31 points and 12 rebounds, the Sixers got production from up and down Doug Collins’ dept chart as five players finished in double figures. I scored as much points as Chicago got from the center position (zero) which coincidentally ties my NBA career-high record. Jodie Meeks led Philly with 24 points while human double-figure scoring machine Lou Williams added 20 off the bench. The Sixers decided to try to win the game with a sizzling third quarter as Meeks and Holiday (19 points, 6 assists) shot 7 of 7 for 18 points in the quarter to turn a 4-point deficit into a 12-point lead. Chicago got within 5 in the 4th quarter but the Sixers held on and converted at the free-throw line for the win.

Nets 77, Wizards 97

Rashard Lewis is back, baby! And just 3 or 4 years overdue! Lewis led the Wizards with 16 points and 13 rebounds in a blowout over the Nets. Has ‘Shard grabbed 13 boards during his entire Orlando tenure? Washington got out to a fast start and never looked back, starting with a 21-3 run in the first quarter. The Nets shot so poorly (34%) that any comparable highlight is not worth mentioning, as they await the possible drive-by trade for Carmelo.

Raptors 102, Celtics 122

More blowouts with surprising stat lines as Boston cruised over the Raptors. In a twist of fate, Luke Harangody (yes, that Luke!) put up career-highs with 17 points and 11 rebounds to help Pierce (20 pts) and company reach 3,000 wins for the Celtics franchise overall. DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 20 points in a tough loss, as the team shot well from the floor (40 of 79 shots) and got production from a variety of international one-trick ponies known as the Raptors. The key was being outrebounded 31-44 and outscored in the paint by Boston.

Rockets 95, Magic 110

Another blowout?! Yes sir! Jason Richardson showed off his new “Don’t trade me, bro!” tattoo by leading the Magic with 18 points in a win over the Rockets. Orlando blew the game open in the 3rd quarter with a 19-5 run thanks to Richardson and Bass (18 pts) and overcame a 27-point night by Kevin Martin. With players starting to score up in the 40’s this season, who do you think will be the first to hit 50?

Jazz 99, Grizzlies 110

The Grizzlies made it three wins in a row with a victory over the Jazz, led by Rudy Gay’s 28 points. Surprisingly productive and always human random search target Zach Randolph added 26 points and 11 rebounds as Memphis extended their lead to as much as 14, forcing Utah into mistakes and turnovers and robbing them of any momentum late in the game. Deron Williams had 19 points and 6 assists but shot just 4 of 13 from the field. Utah being the comeback kings in the 4th quarter this season, shot themselves directly in the foot by committing 23 turnovers to lose their chance at a comeback. The Jazz haven’t lost two in a row since their 0-2 start to the season which can only mean one thing: Jerry Sloan is holding an early practice. By early, he means 4:14am at the latest.

Heat 101, Bucks 95

Among the blowouts tonight, the basketball gods delivered a close game in the form of an overtime victory by the Heat over the Bucks. Chris Bosh (16 points, 12 rebounds) decided it was his time to have the ball in crunch time as he made key plays down the stretch, scoring 10 of his 16 points in the final quarter as well as overtime. After looking like a rout early, Bought (12 points, 27 rebounds) and company led their team back in the game as living mini-me Earl Boykins hit a layup to send it to overtime. Chris Douglas-Roberts (30 points off the bench) had himself a CDR game which made you rewind your VCR as you stare out the car and the bar. LeBron Lennon finished with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and a clutch block as Miami never trailed in overtime, grinding out a playoff-type win. Bogut did get some revenge, though. The Heat travel to Portland to face me and my boo’s on Sunday night.

Knicks 121, Suns 96

Blowout numero 4 featured the Knicks hitting shots from Jersey in a rout over the Suns. New York hit 17 three-pointers (including scoring 38 points in the 3rd quarter alone) and Raymond Felton earned his first tripe-double with 23 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds. Amar’e finally felt wanted as he scored 23 against his former team while all Nash (14 points, 9 assists) could do was watch and hope that Stoudemire has a flashback and finishes a pick and roll dunk for old time’s sake. Another notable is the possibility of re-entering a cold war as Timofey Mozgov elbowed Robin Lopez with just over 3 minutes to play, screaming out obscenities which roughly translate to: “You better have a warm coat, because da cold war is coming…vodka tears”. If the Knicks can somehow manage to stay hot for a few games in a series, they might be a threat (assuming their opponent doesn’t play defense).

Cavs 98, Warriors 116

The Cavs dropped their 9th straight overall in a loss to the Warriors. Monta Ellis continued his All-Star campaign by putting up 32 points and 10 assists while David Lee contributed 22 points and 14 rebounds. Antawn Jamison slightly raised his trade value by scoring 21 points but the Cavs are suffering a lot more injuries to go with their insults. Leon Powe will be out at least 6 weeks after surgery on a torn meniscus in his right knee which brings Cleveland’s inactive players list to 5 players. Powe’s story is touching in every way and he’s a great person as well as player, best wishes to his recovery.

Courtesy of Doc Funk Blog

Hornets 91, Lakers 101

The Lakers are keeping pace in the west with a win over the Hornets. Kobe “all bone” Bryant had 25 points and moved into 9th place on the all-time scoring list while Pau Gasol added 21 points and 13 rebounds. David West led New Orleans with 23 points and 12 rebounds but the Hornets had trouble scoring in the paint against the twin towers while LA limited Chris Paul to just 12 points and 10 assists. Of course the big story here is DJ Mdenga finally getting his championship ring from the Lakers. What do Lakers fans think about Kobe’s knee? Can he play though it long enough to be effective in the playoffs? I mean we sittin’ here, I supposed to be a franchise Laker, and we talkin’ bout practice, man.

Overtime

“Check My $tats” of the night: Raymond Felton – 23 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds.

Separated at Birth of the day: Evan Turner and a Na’Vi.

Enjoy wild card weekend, everyone. I got the Saints, Jets, Ravens, and Packers winning this week.

Talk to you guys from Portland.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Bought? Bogut. Kobe ‘all bone’ Bryant, lmfao.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Thank god for the coaches vote, aka the high basketball IQ vote, because Raymond Felton is an All-Star! Great win last night! Go Knicks! POW!

  • http://sjfklfsl.com Jukai

    Wow, right after I proclaimed that maybe Chicago DOESN’T need Noah, they go out and lose to New Jersey and Phili. Thanks for making me look like an idiot guys.
    It’s a sad time to be a Suns’ fan. No effort, no energy, no scoring. Odd, ever-changing rotations and minutes are really messing with players heads, which is odd because last year Gentry was pretty much mister consistency when it came to lineups. I guess I should just accept it. Maybe we do need to trade Nash, but I have no idea what young talent we could get. Only contenders or fringe teams would want Nash, but I have no idea who we’d take. Sarver messed us up maybe for good this time. Le sigh.
    Least my boy Amare’s still balling. Every bucket was vindication.

  • http://sjfklfsl.com Jukai

    Anyone have any clue how the west is gonna shape up? We all know Spurs/Dallas/Lakers will maintain their spots… but honestly, that’s all I know right now. Utah, Denver, and New Orleans are all slipping and playing TERRIBLY right now. OKC is playing consistently inconsistent.
    And Portland/Memphis/Houston all are gathering quality wins and slowly making their way upwards.
    I mean, damn. Pretty crazy stuff.

  • MikeC.

    Utah will get their act together and hang around the 4 or 5 seed by the end of the season. They usually do. Sloan and Williams won’t let them keep slipping.

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

    @Jukai: This season feels like the year of injuries. Basically it’s the last team not in the hospital, depending on how the Spurs/Lakers/Mavs play down the stretch. Honestly I can’t tell who’d win in a series – an aging and defenseless Spurs with Duncan, not enough firepower Dallas or play like crap till we feel like it Lakers with a questionable snake monster. The (top-heavy) East is back!
    @Jahmai: That’s the Australian spelling…*shifty eyes*

  • http://twitter.com/smileyoufckers Bryan

    I think Nash should be moved for expirings and blow the whole thing up.

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

    Bryan @11:44 am.
    Useful…

  • http://www.twitter.com/AllBall247 AllBall247

    Rose had 27,9,4 on 8-21, 1-6 from 3. He finished -10. Jrue Holiday (who he was often matched with), finished with 19,6,4 on 8-14 for +14. Those are winning numbers.
    D Will played like a c**t last night. 5 TO’S to go with only 6 assists and poor shooting, finishing -11. The best PG in the L didn’t have a great night, with 12,10 on +3 in a L, but after watching all 3 games this morning he was the most impressive.

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

    Jason Richardson is Michael Finley Jr.

  • http://twitter.com/smileyoufckers Bryan

    Phil : Steve Nash to Atlanta for Jamal Crawford.

  • http://twitter.com/smileyoufckers Bryan

    Also something is wrong with Chris Paul. He needs to be taking more than six shots.

  • http://www.twitter.com/AllBall247 AllBall247

    Bryan – I agree, but his health is getting better. There were a few blow bys he had yesterday where he looked like CP3 from 2 years ago. There was nothing physically wrong with him yday, just for once some other guys had it going (Ariza,Bellinelli), and they were making jumpers, keeping it close until a late turnover on an outlet pass by Mek.

  • http://www.twitter.com/AllBall247 AllBall247

    Phil – Thats a decent comparison, although Fin was a much better in game dunker. J Rich is only ever dunking on the break, where as Fin used to go off of a hop step and ram it on people. Yeah I know J Rich is a dunk champ, but he never really translated that into game situations.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I told everyone up here right after Joakim Noah went down that it WAS a big deal, that they would lose to teams they shouldn’t lose to, and probably lose convincingly to the elite teams without him.
    Other Bulls fans on here like Bryan Crawford and Diesel were like “nah, we’ll be aight.”
    We’re not looking so aight right now, are we?
    Bosh won that game for the Heat last night. Guess we’ll have to start calling them “Two and three-quarters men”.
    And even though they lost, Earl Boykins did his thing. I still get a kick out of watching a dude my size hit runners over a 7’3″ cat.

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

    @AllBall: I like your style.

  • bashmo

    West: Spurs, Lakers, Mavs, Jazz, Thunder, Hornets, Nuggets, Blazers.

    Good games from last night…tonight, hopefully the bulls celtics game is good. Gonna check that out for sure.

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

    Bryan @12:28pm:
    Useful…

  • http://twitter.com/smileyoufckers Bryan

    Allball – Rich used to boom it on people every night until he channeled his inner Vince Carter. Check the tape.

  • http://www.twitter.com/AllBall247 AllBall247

    I’ll have to check that. I’ve only ever known him as a fast break dunker. I’ve actually heard something about the way he jumps prevents him from being a dunker in traffic, but cannot remember where I heard that.

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

    Come on, guys. They all went in on people.
    Richardson is a top 3-5 dunker of all time.

  • http://www.twitter.com/AllBall247 AllBall247

    Bryan/Phil – Just Youtubed it, watching ‘Jason Richardsons top 100′, shows that yes he used to bang it in or out of traffic. In recent years he is way more or a fast break dunker, evidenced by the amount of ‘Jason Richardson top 10 break away’ videos I seen.

  • Yann Blavec

    Rashard Lewis nba record for most rebounds are 19 @ Orlando 11/05/01. He was playing for the Sonics then.

  • tony knorr

    you know your obsessed when you are about to travel 8 hours from vancouver island canada to portland on roads you’ve never driven in a impending 20 cm snow storm just to see the knicks play the blazers. in the middle of the week.

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

    YO ANTON, YOU THINKING OF WHEN JUWAN BOOMED ON KAMAN?? WHY WOULD BOGUT GET REVENGE FOR THAT?? ALL WHITE ALL STAR CENTERS LOOK ALIKE??

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

    go ask the 06 mavs what filthy did to them in the playoffs

  • Blaspemy

    @ Phil. Weren’t you the one that said that Aldridge had franchise potential or something? Well in the past few games he has really been beasting. I don’t want to say that just because he strung a streak of plus 25 scoring and herald him as the second coming of Jesus. But he has put that team on his back with his play.

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

    Aldridge definitely has franchise potential, because he’s the reason they’re still the 8th seed and not bottoming out without Brandon Roy. Aldridge is one of the toughest covers in the league–he’s deceptively strong, quick, highly skilled in the post (with an automatic jump hook now), and has WET jumpshot. And his rebounding has been getting consistently better.

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

    Enigmatic – even though last nights game drove me crazy I still think we’ll be fine. We’re 7 and 4 without Noah. If we can finish somewhere around 20 and 10 without Noah I think that’s a successful run. We’re just playing with no energy right now. I don’t know why.

  • http://sjfklfsl.com Jukai

    Franchise potential is a strong word.
    Diesel: I said you’d lose five games you shouldn’t have without Noah when he first went down. That’s two.

  • http://ej! Max

    Mbenga a 2-time champ, hell yeah baby!

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

    Who else thinks it would have been wise for the Knicks to have kept Earl Barron instead of signing Mosgov… I don’t mind Timofey, but Earl was a proven scoring/rebounding threat, and a desperately needed presence in the middle. Not sure what the Knicks were thinking, letting him walk like that.

  • Groves

    Timofey Mozgov, as much as i like like the guy, has no right to proclaim anything clever, political or funny to robin Lopez until he can actually earn some decent minutes in a rotation that doesn’t have a good centre outside of Amar’e (A PF!).

  • Groves

    and @teddy the bear… i do, earl barron was solid.. if the knicks want him i think the suns just waived him the other day, so he might be a free agent by now

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

    @Blasphemy:
    I wholly appreciate the acknowledgment.

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    YOU ANTON HOPE YOUR PRESENCE BRINGS LUCK TO PORTLAND IN THAT MATCH UP!

  • http://slamonline.com Caboose

    Don’t look now, but the Magic have quietly gotten ridiculously hot…

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I said that was a good trade.

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

    Did Andrew Bogut really get 27 boards or is that a typo? Thats lovely. His arms dangle funny when he runs now since his bad injury… like little T-Rex/Mr Burns arms…

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