Sunday, February 13th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  23 responses

Post Up: Action Jackson

While the Spurs win, flawless victory.

by Anton Kudriavtsev /@TheDiesel

Knicks 105, Nets 95

Without Amar’e (bum toe), the Wilson Chandler and the Knicks stepped up with a win over the Nets. Chandler led New York in scoring with 21 points but on 21 attempts. I can’t help but think that the Melo trade rumours have affected his play, which is a shame since he’s the Knicks’ best all-around player. The rest of the roster contributed, with Toney Douglas dropping 19 off the bench and  Landry Fields (14 points) hit 3 big three-point shots in the 4th quarter. The Nets didn’t rotate to protect the 3-point shot which is like going hunting without bullets, and Brook Lopez regressed from his big game with 19 points and just 4 boards. Fields and the bench opened the 4th quarter with an 11-2 run which put the Knicks up 11, but New Jersey came back to within one point with 7 minutes to play. Three-pointers rained back and forth, before Fields nailed a triple that put NY up 4 with under 3 minutes to play. I can’t find a video, but after fields hit his last shot, his celebration warranted a re-wind. Fields now hits 64.5% of his three-pointers in the 4th quarter (20 of 31).

Bobcats 88, Hawks 86

The Bobcats saw their playoff hopes glimmer after Stephen Jackson delivered a game-winning jumper to beat the Hawks. Charlotte trailed by as many as 22 points in the game, but kept fighting and shooting through their woes into a close 4th quarter. The last 3 minutes of the game is must-watch League Pass TV/Broadband, as the teams went back and forth. Josh Smith (28 points) posterized Najera on the break and tied the game with a free throw with 3:00 to play. The Hawks went to iso-Joe Johnson but he missed a jumper with the game tied at 86. SJax (32 points) knew it was time, stepped up and drained a fade away jumper over a double-team to win it for the Bobcats. Feel-good stat of the night: Shaun Livingston scored a season-high 22 points. Always have to root for players coming back from serious injury.

Spurs 118, Wizards 94

The San Antonio Spurs were mad at their performance against the Sixers the previous night and took out their frustrations against the Wizards. To call this game a blowout would not do justice to the term, as Tony Parker (18 points, 8 assists) led the charge and had the Spurs executing with Robocop precision. To put it in perspective, the Spurs scored 71 points in a loss to the Sixers on Friday night and had 72 against the Wizards by halftime. San Antonio shot 58% from the field, including 13-of-25 from distance and led by as many as 41 points. By laws of mathematics, someone technically had to lead the Wizards in scoring, and that “honour” fell to Andray Blatche and Cartier Martin with 16 points. For those wondering, the Wizards are still winless on the road and take that record to Cleveland against a Cavs team that hasn’t won back-to-back games since the Simpsons were considered fresh.

Sixers 107, Wolves 87

The Sixers received contributions from everyone and their ball boy as they cruised over the Wolves. Thaddeus Young scored 18 points, but the Sixers played great unselfish basketball with 24 total assists led by Andre Iguodala’s 15 points and 7 assists. Kevin Love had 16 point and 13 rebounds but his team shot just 36% from the field. No ball movement, ample turnovers, and defence that made Sasha Vujacic look like Gary Payton became the downfall of the Wolves on this night.

Bulls 97, Hornets 88

The latest attempt to showcase a 1-on-1 point guard battle in a team game saw Derrick Rose lead his Bulls over Chris Paul’s Hornets. The game was predictable early with Rose going 2-of-7 and Paul 2-of-4 in a low-scoring affair. Rose ruled the transition game (though the Hornets tried to slow him down by clogging the lane), while Paul took defenders off the dribble in the half court. CP3 had a nice crossover and behind the back bounce pass, but finished just 3-of-10 in the game for a total of 15 points and 6 assists. Rose picked up his game in the 2nd half, finishing with 23 points and 6 assists including a perfect trip to the free throw line (8-of-8). While Rose has shot 53 times in the last two games, the Bulls don’t have a serviceable shooting guard to take some of those jumpers. Both teams shot about 40% through halftime when Marcus Thornton hit two straight triples to lead the Hornets with 24 points off the bench. While Chicago was down 12 in the 3rd, they out-scored the Hornets 25-14 in the 4th quarter, capped off by a soaring off-balance jumper along the baseline by Rose.

Mavs 106, Rockets 102

Is it 2001 because someone just hit me on my Peja. The ghost of Peja Stojakovic re-surfaced to go for 22 points as the Mavs beat the Rockets. For those keeping track, this is the first productive night for Peja since Gasol had short hair.  The Mavs shot 61% to lead by 13 at halftime as Dirk Nowitzki went 8-for-16 from the field for 22 points and 6 rebounds.  Kyle Lowrly led Houston with 26 points and 8 assists but the Rockets had the task of climbing out of a 23-point deficit and their comeback attempt came too late. Lowry cut the gap to 3 points with 2:18 to play but Dirk’s jumper and Kidd’s lay-up put the game away for good. Stojakovic also tied Dale Ellis in 4th place all-time in 3-pointers made. Post-game, Dirk walked by Peja being interviewed and weighed in: “There’s a Peja sighting, baby! There he is!” Dallas faithful have to be wondering if Peja can stay healthy and hit enough shots to push the Mavs closer to their goal.

Pacers 103, Bucks 97

Danny Granger scored 14 of his 30 points in the 4th quarter as his Pacers overtook the Bucks. Granger sank two 3-pointers that helped the Pacers put the game away on a 14-0 run with under 4 minutes to play (Milwaukee didn’t help the cause by missing 12 straight shots during the same time). The Bucks continued their season-long offensive woes, with Carlos Delfino picking up the slack by scoring 21 points off the bench. Either interim coach Frank Vogel (7-1 since taking over) is letting his team play to their strengths, or they’re simply playing weak opponents but the Pacers’ 4th quarter shut-out shows growth for young and promising team.

Thunder 99, Kings 97

Though the score indicates otherwise, the Thunder had control of the game from the 1st quarter as they led and won over the Kings to win their 4th in five games. Kevin Durant scored 10 of his team-high 35 points in the 4th quarter and Russell Westbrook added 22 points and 7 assists. Tyreke Evans had 30 points and 9 rebounds, but his 6 turnovers pointed to a problem for the Kings as they committed 18 turnovers in the game. KD stepped back and drilled a jumper that put his team up 6 with 47 seconds left but Tyreke had one last rally. After Evans converted a fast break layup and hit 2 free throws to cut the lead to 2 points, Durant missed both of his free throws which gave the Kings back with 5 seconds to go. Evans missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer as the Thunder came away with the victory. Check out Eric Maynor’s half-court shot to beat the 1st quarter buzzer.


“Check My $tats” of the night: Stephen Jackson – 32 points, 1 game-winner.

Separated at Birth of the day: Bill Russell and Morgan Freeman.

I’m out like Peja’s back.

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  • hoodsnake

    Which Gasol?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Derrick Rose now had 2 W’s against the ‘best’ 2 PG’s in the league and he has defintely been the reason for those 2 wins. He put up better stats than Dwill and CP3 in both those games and he his D has been very good against both, with cp3 going 3-10 and dwill going 5-12. Alot people say: ‘I want my PG to.. (do something Drose is not doing right in their eyes) well like I said before I want my PG to WIN, and that’s EXACTLY what Rose has been doing.

  • salt lake sean

    Cosign jahmai give rose some credit he takes on all comers and doesn’t back down from anyone. When he finally figures it all out I believe Rose will become the games top point guard because all the physical tools are there, its just the mental aspect that he needs to improve on which will come with time and experience

  • ab40

    so.. the simpsons were considered fresh last season?

  • JTaylor21

    Come on Jahmai, you’re better than that. Individual matchups doesn’t prove who’s the better player, this is not boxing. DWill and CP will always be better PGs than DRose until he cuts down on the chucking tendencies and becomes a better passeer.

  • salt lake sean

    Jtaylor21 is the thorn in rose’s side. So his team winning the game, his numbers are better in both games, and the fact that cp3 has never beaten a rose led team doesn’t prove he’s on their level? Do we now only use PER to determine who’s a better player rather than the eye test?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Jtaylor, One individual matchup means sh*t, you’re right about that, but they’re still matched up, it’s not like they’re playing different matchups, so it CAN tell you something about a player. Right now if you look at Bulls, and you’d have to pick one player to shoot, who do you want to shoot the rock, I know it’s Drose for me and alot of other people. Besides yesterday against CP he was 7-15 (15 shots is not that much) and alot of times they really need his offense, even Thibodeau will tell you that they need Rose to be aggresive, and you can’t deny one thing, and that’s that the Bulls are winning, which is damn impressive considering the injuries they have endured this whole season. But I have to admit my love for Drose does blind me at times :P

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    *different positions

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    It’s almost time for Heat-Celtics, can’t wait. I hope LeBron drops 60 points on ‘em.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Hey, y’all know I still believe Williams and Paul are better PGs right now, but Rose is not far behind. One game doesn’t mean much, but Rose did outpost both of them in consecutive Bulls victories on the road, and that has to count for something.
    Speaking of the road, every road team won last night. That’s crazy.
    Anyways, hey where’s AllBall? Your pillar of efficiency shot 3 for 10, AllBall.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    *outplay. Stupid iPhone. Oh, but it makes sure “iPhone” is spelled right…

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    I don’t want to get into this debate. Rose was almost 50% from the field, great. CP is almost 50% from the field over this whole season.
    Rose scored 8 more points, he took five more shots. He doubled CP in turn overs.
    All last night showed to me is that the Bulls have a much better TEAM than NOH. If i’m being impartial about this, the only match-up that is close to being even is the PG match-up.
    Brewer/Bogans/Korver>Thornton/Marco/Willie. Yeah, Thornton was great last night, he’ll be terrible for the next month now.
    Deng>Ariza. Offensively, its not even close. Ariza is the better defender, by a little bit.
    Boozer/Gibson>West/J Smith. Not close.
    Thomas/Asik>Gray/Andersen. This one is a huge mis match.
    Noah>Mek. Honestly, I love Mek, I personally would call this even. I know, they didn’t play yday, and I know, most would take Noah over him.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    The Bulls are going to be a problem in the post season. Brewer can guard, Deng can guard, Boozer isn’t great on D, but he is a certified beast, and will give Bosh the business over 7 games. Noah is a defensive anchor. Bogans is a good defender. Rose is a good defender when he is motivated. Kurt Thomas is a good defender. Asik is huge. All the Bulls are great rebounders. Taj Gibson is a great defender.
    Seems to be a theme here…………

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

    Who would you rather have: Joe Johnson or Stephen Jackson? I guess in other words, who is the better player?

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    AllBall, I’d take Willie Green over Keith Bogans any day. And Thornton was bananas last night.
    I agree the Bulls are gonna be a problem in the playoffs, but they’re still a good shooting guard away from really being title contenders.
    Word on the street is the Bulls had a good chance at trading for the Rockets’ Courtney Lee, but the Rockets wanted Omer Asik, and even though he’s technically the third string center when Noah’s healthy, the Bulls love his upside and so do I.
    I mean, he had 11 rebounds in 14 minutes last night.
    I think the Bulls will either try to trade their picks for a SG or wait to sign one in the offseason with their MLE.

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

    Shout out to Shaun Livingston.
    The greatest comeback in NBA History.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    I’d take Wille Green over Bogans too. Brewer is better than them both, though, and until Thornton can be consistent he is the best SG on either team.
    I like Asik. Well, no, I hate him, which means I think he is decent. He was all over the glass last night.

  • Keith Bogans

    Bogans over Green any day!

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

    Co-sign Keith Bogans.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    Stephen Jackson is more talented, but Joe plays smarter. In any case there is not a big enough difference between the two for Joe to be getting paid twice as much.

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

    I dont care what these other dudes talking bout D Rose is the best player playing point guard.

  • matt the jazz fan

    hit me on my Peja. i see what you’re doing there…

  • dsleepy

    that picture is hilarious