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Monday, February 7th, 2011 at 8:50 am  |  89 responses

Post Up: The Green Hornet

Rondo and the C’s roll; Knicks win at home.

by Adam Figman | @afigman

Peace, pigskin. It’s officially all-eyes-on-hoops season. Let’s get it.

New York 117, Philadelphia 103

I was in the building yesterday at MSG for this one, and though the score stayed tight up until the last few minutes, the Knicks looked like they had solid control throughout. Pretty much everything was going right for ‘em—the ball was moving, the shots were falling (59.7 percent from the field!?), Amar’e Stoudemire (41 points) was doing his thing, and so on. It’d be easy to say that this contest was a hugely important one, especially given the opponent, a division rival, but home-and-homes are generally split between teams of equal or similar talent. So the bigger story would’ve been if the Knicks continued to struggle and dropped this one, but, without that being the case, I guess we should bottle the hate and move along. More exciting news: On Wednesday, the Knicks host the Clippers for the first time since Blake Griffin did a terrible, terrible thing to Timofey Mozgov’s ego. After yesterday’s tilt, when a reporter asked Moz what he knows about Griffin, the Russian center simply said: “Too much.” We’ll see if Timofey learns anything new about the high-flying rookie in a few days.

Indiana 105, New Jersey 86

Even worse news for the Sixers than that loss to the Knicks should be this game. Sure, the outcome won’t help Philly, with Indiana on their tail and Charlotte not far behind, but it’s the bigger picture—the fact that the Pacers are red hot and are showing few signs of slowing down—that should scare the 76ers. This win brings Indy to 4-0 under new coach Frank Vogel, as six Pacers scored in double figures and they cruised over the Nets. That’s pretty much all you need to know. Oh, wait. Right. This happened:

(H/T: @outsidenthenba)

Miami 97, L.A. Clippers 79

Bring a West Coast team to the East, where the time difference tends to mess with the players’ sleep routines and such, then ask them to play a game at noon EST—or 9 a.m. PST—and yeah, they’re gonna be a little off. And so it was, as the Heat rolled over the Clippers. LeBron James did very little, scoring only 12, but it was Dwyane Wade who stepped up and made it happen, putting in 28 and leading the Heat during the fourth. Blake Griffin went for 21 and 16, but neither he nor his squad shot well, and the Clips fell in not-so-dramatic fashion. Their road trip continues tomorrow in Orlando, where they play the Magic before heading north to NYC.

Boston 91, Orlando 80

The Magic aren’t in “trouble” in any sense—they’re still a top contender in the Eastern Conference. But, if their goal is to knock off the Heat/Celts and get to the Finals, well, they’ve got a little ways to go, because they just ain’t there yet. The C’s took down the Magic yesterday, holding every non-Dwight Howard Orlando player to 12 points or less and holding the team as a whole to just 80. Rajon Rondo went on a rare scoring tear, dropping 26, while Kendrick Perkins didn’t score at all but snatched 13 rebounds. Also, Marquis Daniels banged his head on the floor and went down real, real hard in the second quarter,needing to be removed by a stretcher. Word is at best he’ll probably miss a couple of months, but given a scare like that, to hear that he’ll be OK sooner or later is good to hear.

Actual Stats: Amar’e Stoudemire: 41 points, 7 boards, 4 dimes, 4 blocks, 1 steal

Last Call: Oh hey, Blake. I didn’t see you over there.

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  • JTaylor21

    Am I the only one that notices that this season DWade has feasted on bad teams and struggled against great teams? I mean twice now vs the celts dude has stunk up the joint but against the clips and cavs of the world, he has a field day. We’ll see what he does against the celtics on sunday though.

  • hillbilly

    “Marquis Daniels banged his head on the floor and went down real, real hard”. Wrong and wrong.
    He injured his neck on an attempted drive to the basket against Gilbert Arenas, reulting in a bruised spinal cord. Get well soon, MD.

  • hillbilly

    that shoulda been, “RESULTING in a bruised spinal cord”…(sorry, the caffeine hasn’t kicked in, yet)

  • riggs

    Another win for the C’s after that blunder of a game against the mavs that they shouldve won. I hope rondo drives to the rim against the heat as well and i like him taking his jumpshots and gaining confidence in it, dude took a 3 and made it which is a good sign. The clips really need EG back or they need to make a trade for RIP.

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    That was nice of big Z and Lebron to clear the lane for Blake.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Eddie House is going to be huge for the Heat in the playoffs. That’s the one prediction I’m making right now. Watching Blake live, dude is pretty limited with the right defense employed. If he can’t get an open look for a dunk, he seems to try and double pump whenever he gets to the rim (with a penchant for trying to double pump for a reverse layup finish)and get’s stuck a lot. I wasn’t impressed with his breakaway windmill either. I have a feeling the dunk contest is going to be a big letdown.

  • Sparker

    interesting you say that about blake, eboy. early in the season, i saw him live vs. golden state, and i saw pretty much what you saw: with or without a double team, too often the ball died with him in the post. mind you, shortly after, he went on to become the most exciting finisher since vince… so i kind of shut the hell up. it will be interesting to see what he can add to his game in the years ahead, because there are still plenty of things he can’t do yet

  • http://www.slamonline.com KulchaKris

    Co-sign EBoy. Blake is certainly exciting, but his game still needs a lot of work. Hopefully, his offseason(s) will be filled with hard work on improving his offensive (and defensive) skills.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    All this stuff he can’t do, yet he’s still having a magnigicent rookie season. He will be phenomenal in a few years.
    Jtaylor, Wade had a pretty good game against OKC, but he has been a no show against Boston. Bron was a no show against the Mavs though, if you remember.
    Jukai, when you read this, check yesterdays post up, I replied to your comment earlier.

  • MUBWAR

    That was some great D by Bosh last night. He kept the rookie in check. Only problem is blake plays 46 min outta a possible 48, si he feasted on the bench

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Look, the dude’s a specimen and a monster. HOWEVA….if the last monsterous specimen that came into the league can’t get sh*t talked to this day STILL, then the kid can get a little criticism too. I’d also like to see him develop a better jumper and a back to the basket game. It seemed like everytime he caught the ball in the post, he dribbled back a step or two to face up and then try and drive for a dunk or layup. If he can get a consistent back to the basket game, he’ll take a big step.

  • JoeMaMa

    Dwight Howard gets no love from the refs. Added to the fact that the NBA is a corporate league, and you get weak techs and fouls. Dwight gets mugged by Perkins, tosses a light elbow after, and gets a tech. Then a delay of game for passing the ref the ball. Any real baller knows that while the NBA has the best ballers, the best KIND of ball is now college. More passionate fans, better rivalries, less whining, travels/etc. are called…just more enjoyable.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    *CAN get sh*t talked

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    E, Bron’s game was not picked apart as a Rook. From what I can remember, he was universally loved.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    You’re not remembering good enough. To the casual fan, Blake is universally loved too.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Is Blake better now than Bron was his rookie year? Ignoring that Bron was 2 years younger the first time he played in the regular season.

  • samo

    I don’t like vagina

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Hi guys what’s up, back in Toronto visiting parents for Chinese New Year. Blake is very good but I feel he’s pretty predictable when he shoots that mid range jumper of his. You can pretty much see it in his eyes when he’s not in attack the basket mode, which means a few dribbles and then that fadeaway bank shot pull up of his. It goes in enough, sure, but he only has that shot because defenders are so wary of his drive. It’s predictable though, and often enough results in a contested shot.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    I mean, Blake’s first option which is his inside game is very solid and will only get more polished. When he’s on the break it’s scary, too. But if you take those two away, with footspeed and a stifling front court, then he becomes predictable. And the Clippers’ record may be pretty decent but they are a high school coach’s nightmare right now with the amount of turnovers and horrible passes, a ton of bad passes which are saved from being turnovers thanks to Blake and Jordan being crazy athletic.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Also, Bron got quite a bit of criticism as a rook. Of note is the Charlie Rosen ESPN article that if I remember right was pretty damning of Lebron’s shooting, among other things.

  • http://www.slamonline.com KulchaKris

    I have to agree with E, Blake is seldom (if ever) criticised for his shortcomings. ESPN is one of the main drivers of what casual fans think of a player, and all that network “highlights” is Blake’s dunks and alley oops.

  • http://www.slamonline.com KulchaKris

    E, you’re not mentioning the obvious reason why Blake’s rookie campaign is being evaluated differently than LeBron’s; race…..

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Race? I know the kid’s mixed, but isn’t he half white/half Haitian? Or did I hear that wrong? Haitian is not African American (as most think) so they’re discriminating against a Caribbean white guy?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Bron got flak because he was the most hyped rookie EVER. People will start picking blake apart now that he is an all-star. Of course blake is raw but look at his motor. His motor plus talent is what makes him scary. I have never seen a star talent with that sort of motor.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    See we can say Blake has great motor skills? I’d make a smiley face…but you know….

  • http://www.slamonline.com KulchaKris

    E, my race comment was a joke. The real reason, I believe, is hype. LeBron has been hyped as “the next great thing” since high school. as we all know, that level of hype leads to people dissecting you in every way possible. Blake is just now receiving that kind of media attention. It will take time, but the negatively tinged scrutiny will come.

  • http://www.slamonline.com KulchaKris

    Or, basically what AllenP said.

  • http://twitter.com/smileyoufckers Bryan

    The only person who bashed Lebron was Charley Rosen and that dude is crazy. Hell I didn’t even start bashing him until like 2 years ago. Rosen is a joke in sportswriting. He says sensationalist stuff to get page hits. Him and Whitlock belong in the same breath.

  • Bruno

    so you are saying Lebron was criticised in his rookie season???

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Yes, he was…..maybe not by ESPN….but he definitely took criticism.

  • http://twitter.com/smileyoufckers Bryan

    To be fair in 2003 there weren’t as many blogs, no twitter, no facebook etc. If people were talking sh*t it was harder to find. Rosen had a platform and I think ESPN let him go soon after the Lebron stuff. It was probably going on, but now every assh*le with a laptop thinks they can write about sports, and the best way to get noticed is to say outlandish garbage and hope it spreads. The sports writing world is a joke right now.

  • T-Money

    Blake obviously still has many holes in his game. The jumper is broke (and he likes it a bit too much at this stage of his career), the defense is non existent and the post moves lack creativity. All flaws that are usually present in rookies and can be easily fixed by year 3. However, he has super rebounding IQ, can already find his shooters off the double team, is comfortable starting the break off a rebound, has mastered the back board and is not catastrophic from the line. He’s also posting up 23-13 in his rookie year.

  • T-Money

    E: Why does Mario Chalmers foul people for no reason? It’s insane. He just pushes people in the back when the ball has already left their hands. Or he’ll take a swipe at a guy already in a shooting motion. It’s like he has voices in his heads telling him to foul even though he doesn’t want to.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    T, ‘Cause he’s a fuc*ing dipsh*t. Can’t think of any other way to put it. He’s a backup’s backup. Why he starts, someone needs ask Mr. Spoelstra?

  • T-Money

    Also, people are forgetting that Chris Bosh is actually pretty good at basketball. The combination of hype for Blake Griffin and blatant disrespect for CB seem to make people think that it should have been a lopsided match up. It’s not. CB has made the last six ASGs, yanno.

  • Riggs

    “and he likes it a bit too much at this stage of his career” his rookie stage? because thats the best part of his career that i would want him to be trying out his jumpshot…

  • T-Money

    riggs: i don’t want him settling for too many j’s while he still can get to the rim at will. he has the talent to have a karl malone-type career. there will be ample time to toss up those 20-footers in his 30s.

  • http://www.slamonline.com AllDayEveryDay

    Adam Figman and his usual blunders on the Post-Up.. Marquis Daniels banged his head on the floor real hard?? Nice try… ANYWAYS
    EVERYONE, who has the most ATHLETIC team in the league?
    Wizards?
    Clippers?
    Hawks?
    Heat?
    Thunder?
    Nuggets?

  • chazz michael michaels

    YOU ARE ALL GAY!!!lol

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Exactly T-Money. I hate when cats develop the T-Mac and Vince Carter sickness. Or, for big men, the Josh Smith disease.
    Since everybody tells these players that their jumpers are weaknesses, they work on them in the gym, and then are determined to show the world they can shoot during the games. And it makes them less effective.
    Unless you are a ridiculous shooter, the jumper should almost always be the second option. When you have the athletic ability of Blake Juggernaut, you should take advantage until the wheels fall off.
    I didn’t watch any ball on Sunday, but I’m still tripping on how impressive it was to watch Kobe work in person. On tv you really don’t appreciate how quickly he recognizes mismatches, and how fast he figures out how he wants to attack them. What I don’t understand is why so many of the Lakers guards struggle to get the ball into the post to Bynum. I know dude gets pissed banging all the damn time and having people look him off like he’s Aaron Gray.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Blake’s also having a ridiculous year as of yet. He’s the first rookie all-star since Duncan (which also means Bron, Wade, Kobe, Melo, etc. were NOT all-stars their rookie year). Of course, this leaves him more vulnerable to scrutiny, but he isn’t ALL dunks (while his post moves/jumpshot is limiting on the offense), most people forget that he’s also averaging 3.6 assists per game. That’s pretty d@mn high for a 6-10 rookie forward.

  • MUBWAR

    Blake has a chance to be the next Shaq minus the blocks plus a better J and he is not mediocre from the stripe. Is it me or is this a golden time for the NBA. West got the reigning 2 time champs, the 4 time champs Spurs, surging OKC and the up and coming Blakers, i mean Clippers. Not enough words to describe what’s going on in the East. Good times indeed

  • paul

    When Rondo is aggressive, the Cs are hard to impossible to beat.

  • T-Money

    “Blake has a chance to be the next Shaq minus the blocks plus a better J and he is not mediocre from the stripe.” So not Shaq at all, then? LOL. / Allen: I feel that diversity is overrated among basketball analysts. We always praise the guys with the more extensive offensive repertoire when it’s really production that counts. I’ll take a guy who can get 25 one way over a guy that’ll get you 20 with a hodge-podge of moves.

  • T-Money

    paul: you just wait, he won’t be agressive in the last rounds of the playoffs because he’s scared sh-tless of going to the line in crunch time. that’s what happened last year vs LA.

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    Yeah, Blake is not the next Shaq. their games are nothing alike.
    Wow. A Moose sighting. We get a lot more of those in Alaska than we do on Slam Online these days.
    Also, Moose, Yao was an all-star his rookie year. He started the game too.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    T-Money
    Nah, I’m impressed with skillset. Kobe’s only weakness, besides Father Time, is his mindset. Other than that, dude has no flaws in his game. I understand that LeBron gets his numbers and wins, but I’m still impressed that you can be that complete at something. That is so unusual in any field, that it is deserving of respect and appreciation.

  • T-Money

    allen: this ain’t even a kobe/lebron thing. you can be impressed with an arsenal, i mean that’s just you being entertained by beautiful basketball. i’m cool with that, i’m a fan – i like seeing guys pull up tricks too. BUT that doesn’t necessarily affect production. kobe is a killer because he gets it done ALL THE TIME regardless of the defense thrown at him, not because he can do it in multiple ways. from a production standpoint, i don’t care if he gets his 50 with turn around j’s only.

  • T-Money

    that’s why i feel guys like mal crawford are way overrated. he’s a tweener shooting 41% for his career – not explosive or accurate enough to be a go-to scorer at the 2 and he doesn’t have the vision to be a full time 1. but he’s got an incredible bag of tricks and maybe the tightest handle for a non-pg in the entire league. his game is easy on the eyes and he tends to be overrated because of that.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Mal doesn’t go to the rim. And he struggles to finish in traffic.
    That’s why his percentages are so low. I would bet that if you check out his short chart, the vast majority of his shots are jumpers from 18 feet and out.
    I don’t appreciate flash over substance, but I do appreciate players who have a cerebral game, and a lot of different options when it comes to scoring. (I also prefer point guards who are aggressive scorers to point guards who pass all the damn time.)
    I’m more impressed with Hakeem on offense than Shaq, even though Shaq was just as effective, if not moreso. I appreciate Duncan more than Malone partially because Duncan was so impressive on the block.
    It’s just a personal preference. I don’t like tricks, but I do like versatility.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Cosign Allenp.
    @T-Money — part of the reason why Kobe “gets it done ALL THE TIME regardless of the defense thrown at home”, is because of his extensive repitoire.
    Production is production, I hear you. That’s regular season stuff; Production rightfully gets you the regular season MVP. The admiration of a virtually complete basketball player comes with the fact that no matter what happens, whatever defense is employed, when your playoff lives are on the line, the guy has no flaw — he will kill you one way or another. That’s not only beautiful to watch, but also what I want in my trenches come playoff time.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    at him*

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Tealish
    Can’t forget to add “if Kobe feels like it.”
    That’s the one thing you have to add when discussing him “if he feels like it.”

  • http://twitter.com/smileyoufckers Bryan

    The thing about having a skillset like Kobe’s is that you basically can’t stop him from scoring at all. Guys who put up the same numbers but with a more limited skillset you can game plan against. You take away one thing from Kobe and he has 10 other things he can do to you. Some guys if you take away their strong stuff, get flustered.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Bryan
    Well, I think that given where he is in his career, you know it’s harder for him to beat a smart, quick defender off the bounce, and finish over bigs in the lane. So, you would hope to turn him into a long jump shooter.
    But there are a problems with that plan. One, Kobe still ain’t slow, and he still knows how to get to the line. So, there aren’t that many defenders who can stay in front of him even at this stage in his career. Two, most of the cats who can keep him in front, can’t bang with him on the block, and he puts people on the block with the quickness.
    Three, and this is the most important one, when Kobe decides to avoid forcing shots, he is an excellent passer off the bounce and has been for years. Several times against the Hornets he would get in the lane, and instead of trying to shoot, he would lay it off to Gasol or Bynum for easy dunks.
    So, as a team your options for defending him or limited because you need great team or individual defense, plus you need Kobe to refuse to play intelligently because he’s frustrated with his teammates or trying to prove a point. That’s the only way to stop dude right now.

  • T-Money

    bryan, allen: i agree with versatility being an asset to get it done all the time, i’m not saying cats shouldn’t be well rounded. but it’s not absolutely necessary to be versatile, sometimes it’s even a bad idea to go away from doing what you do best until it is empirically proven that your go-to move is guardable. shaq got it done all the time with a hook shot off his left shoulder and a power dribble off his right shoulder. everybody knew what was coming but ain’t a damn thing you could do about it. that’s really my only point, let’s wait until defenses figure out how to stop blake from dunking all over their faces before asking him to expand his arsenal. he’s at 23 ppg with 50+ fg in his first year!

  • T-Money

    allen: i agree that kobe’s demise is somewhat exaggerated. he can still give the business to the vast majority of 2-guards. but he can’t go through great individual (i.e. wade in the xmas game) or team defense (boston, all the time) like he used to. however, you can always bait kobe into a bad shooting night because he’s just wired that way. he can play facilitator for a quarter or a half but his make up won’t let him do it for a whole game (unless he’s trying to prove a point). he is who he is. it’ll be interesting to see how his career evolves when he won’t be the number 1 option since it doesn’t look like he’s retiring anytime soon.

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

    @Enigmatic – pretty sure Yao will be voted an All-Star even after he retires.

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    I wouldn’t doubt it. They’ll probably have a massive write-in campaign for him, Anton.

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

    No mention of LeBron during flagrant-2 official review: “I got a Super Bowl party to go to man, c’mon.” Committed to the game…unless there’s a party to go to.

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    Wow. I just read about that, Anton.
    What a douche. Love the player. Hate the man.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    The best way to stop Kobe is to bully Gasol. Get Pau playing soft and scared. He’ll lose Kobe’s trust mid-game, and Mamba will stop playing smart and start forcing.

  • T-Money

    Are you guys kidding me? You have no idea what the context was or if he was smiling when he said that or if the ref took the comment in stride. I bet that type of stuff is said every game. Players joke with refs all the time and among each others all the time, perhaps he just wanted to point out to the refs that they had been debating for a while. This is such a non-issue and questioning Bron (OR ANY OTHER PLAYER) commitment to the game based off that is so stupid. Almost insane.

  • T-Money

    I mean, let’s judge how players are committed to the game by their production, effort, and desire to get better. And if you don’t think Bron is committed to the game based on that, then that’s an opinion that can be debated. GTFOH with the jokey-jokey remarks to officials or the late night partying.

  • http://twitter.com/smileyoufckers Bryan

    Desire to get better.. like his post game? Just saying.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    @Enigmatic: I stand corrected. Although, Anton does have the right idea there, Yao averaged 13.5 and 8.2 that year. Ehhhh. Blake’s the first non-fan-voted (aka educated) pick for all-stars in the rookie season since Duncan, eh?
    And yeah, I haven’t been on here that much. I’m planning on getting back a bit. Been busy with school and all of that, I’m returning now, we’ll see how I do. Nice to be missed(?) though, thanks for the tip.

  • JTaylor21

    Give it up Money, you will never persuade people who are pre-programmed to hate. I was waiting for someone to pick up on that non-story and run with it. I would have said that same ish if my team was up 15 vs the clips and the refs were wasting everyone’s time when they could have just called a simple pushing foul and got it over with.

  • JTaylor21

    People that talk about Bron having no post game probably haven’t seen Mia play this year instead they rely on SC to get their “knowledge”. Seeing is believing.

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    1. I’ve said this before and I guess I’ll reiterate: Blake is a lot more experienced than most of the superstar rookies in the past. Lebron’s first year in the NBA was technically his freshmen year of college, Rose and Durant’s were their sophomore year of college…. this should be Blake Griffin’s SENIOR year of college. He had two years of college to polish his game and an entire year off to practice with his team, study the NBA game, prepare and build up strength before ever taking the court. So, of course Griffin’s gonna be better than a lot of other past superstar rookies.
    2. I like Chalmers starting the game, cause I like House off the bench. Chalmers is a defense-only guy, and with Big Z in the game for extra offense, they don’t need Chalmers. They need House with “I’m so ungodly awful” Anthony.
    3. My father said this to me two days ago when I said I was angry that the Lakers were trying to turn Kobe into more of a point, “if Kobe had the sight and ability to pass all the time, he’d be Jordan.” That statement’s pretty close to the truth.
    4. Lebron’s post game is sort of cheap, but it’s getting effective. Instead of keeping his back turned to the basket, he’ll back down a defender, sometimes do a few fakes, and either shoot a turnaround or pivot to FACE THE BASKET…. then he’ll drop it in. He still can’t score without directly facing the basket, but hey, he’s scoring while posting!!!!
    5. Yao Ming is turning into Ralph Sampson v2. If he already isn’t.
    6. Last point: I was writing about Griffin’s lack of polished offense around two months into the season. Griffin has such great bball IQ and is so smart with his shots, it was hard to notice in the beginning of the year. Now with Gordon out, Griffin is trying to force the issue and go outside his game a bit and it’s far more obvious. I don’t care though: props for Griffin trying to carry his team and doing things he’s not necessarily comfortable with to get the Ws. There are several point guards I adore in this league who I wish would do the same.

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

    An All-Star is an All-Star, Moose. Other players have made the All-Star team with not-so-great stats, either. Duncan made the team THIS YEAR with 13 and 9. You can’t just discredit Yao’s first All-Star appearance because you want to hype Blake Griffin up even more. An All-Star is an All-Star.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Bron’s post game is rudimentary at best. It’s improved, but it’s still rudimentary.
    But, I would have told the refs I was ready to catch my Super Bowl party too. Come on son, let’s be real. Dude was at work and he was ready to go home. That’s real life.

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    Oh, one more thing: why did they take Marquis Daniels to New England Baptist? I’m mystified. Mass General is about five minutes away from TD Banknorth, and it’s one of the greatest hospitals in the US. Out of all the amazing hospitals in Boston, they took him to like, the one that is furthest away? This is the Celtics, call his doctor over to Mass General for f’s sakes.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Sam Smith says Gilbert Arenas got served for child support payments during the game against the Celtics. That’s cold blooded. Then again, Sam Smith wrote and openly speculated without any actual facts.

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

    “Excuse me while I kiss the sky.”

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    @Teddy-the-Bear: Fan-voted All Stars aren’t quite the same. You can say that Yao’s selection this year wasn’t justified, right?? He played in three games or something like that. The coaches voted Duncan this year, but that’s because he’s leading the team with the best record in the NBA. I’m allowed to say that Yao’s rookie campaign wasn’t all-star worthy because the fans voted him in, and Yao gets China’s support 100%, that’s why he was voted this year. Yao’s an automatic in. I don’t pretend to know more than the coaches, but I don’t think that fan voting ends up horribly wrong sometimes.

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    Moose: While I get your point, it’s reallllly hard to justify Duncan getting in the all-star team this year.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    True, but still, Duncan is still the leader on the best team (well, the team with the best record) in the NBA. It’s probably his last go-round for the all-stars and the coaches want to give him his due. I’m with you though.

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    Moose: Well I hope the all-star game “honors” him then, the same way it did with Dr. J and Magic and MJ. Actually, that’s the only way I’d be okay with Duncan’s inclusion.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Well, maybe Coach Pop will give him extra time, being the coach for the West. Or none at all, knowing Popovich.

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    Well, who starts at center? Gasol, Duncan or Love?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    I want Love, but it’ll be Gasol or Duncan. Probably Gasol. Love deserves it.

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    I actually forgot about the West’s small forward lineup… against Howard, it’s gotta be Gasol and Duncan!

  • T-Money

    re: bron’s post game. it’s rudimentary by design. the miami staff basically told him to go through guys down low and stop with the pretty fakes. there was an article in one of the miami papers on this. they want him to go slow on the block and just overpower tiny small forwards. bron is basically posting like a mini shaq right now, it’s been pretty effective. bryan, i don’t know if you’re watching a lot of miami games this year but he’s spending a lot of time on the block. again, it’s not really pretty but it’s effective. actually the numbers show that bron was leading the nba in points per post possession last year and i’m sure he’s up there this year too.

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    T-Money: Uhmm…. Sir, I have watched 95% of the Heat’s games this year. He only posts ups about three to five times a game, only on mismatches, and generally winds up facing up for the shot. Three to five times a game could be considered a “lot of time” considering he has to spend time with Wade/Bosh but I’m just clarifying, the way I sorta read yer post, it made it seem like he was doing half of his work down there.
    Scoring points in the post is not the same as “working in the post” which generally means posting up with your back behind the basket. Scoring points in the post can come from rebound-put backs, facing up after receiving the ball, off stopped drives (I don’t think all drives, correct?). He has only been EFFECTIVELY posting up the last five to ten games or so.

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    You know, the referees might as well throw the game to the Warriors, this is ridiculous. Did they not want a blowout or something?

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    F*ck what David Stern and the coaches think, LaMarcus Aldridge is an all-star.
    That motherf*cker beat my Bulls damn near by himself.
    As pissed as I am right now, I gotta give it up to him.
    Rose still had the best dunk of the game though.

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    Well, the Suns are fighting against the refs and Gentry’s awful, confusing rotations. Gosh. I’m turning the game off.

  • T-Money

    jukai: wayyy more than 3-5 times. you’re forgetting the high post and the pinch post. i don’t care how you actually go about scoring in the post, again it’s a matter of production. rebounds dont count tho. stopped drives, face ups from up close and backing ppl down counts.

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    T-Money: I mean, when I think post, I think Lebron putting his back to the basket and going to work. If you’re talking about Lebron catching the ball and facing up in the paint, well, we’re talking about two different things.

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