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Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 at 8:30 am  |  45 responses

Post Up: Dwyane Wade Heats Up

Plus, Chicago shows Michael Jordan love.

by Tzvi Twersky | @ttwersky

Before I delve into my version of The Post Up, I want to pay homage to Adam Figman. He’s done some great things in this space so far this season, and I look forward to seeing what he has in store for TPU after All-Star. Penning this Post Up, which entailed watching three games at once on my computer (check the above screen grab), gave me a new respect for how hard Adam’s nightly job is. Props on holding it down, kid.

To cleanse your palate after that sappy intro, here are links (what’s good, Lang!) to some of the more interesting things I read yesterday.

Carmelo Anthony’s January Diet: “From Jan. 9-30, Anthony followed what`s known as the “Daniel fast,” abstaining from all meats, fish, breads, sweets and soda. His diet was limited to protein shakes, raw juices, fruits and vegetables. He said he still abstains from soda and most meats.” (via Kelly Dwyer)

- The Spectrum’s now a step closer to death: “At midafternoon a drill mounted on a hydraulic arm delivered strategically placed love taps to one of the supports. It started slowly. A crack was followed by a puff of concrete dust. As if in slow motion, the pillar yielded. The roof groaned, crumpled leisurely, gathered momentum, then caved in suddenly unleasing a tsunami of grey powder that enveloped the structure in a cloud. Seconds later, the roof was on ground level. The Spectrum was one step closer to being erased from South Philadelphia.

- Coach D’Antoni drops by to observe his son’s high school practice: “For the coach of the Knicks, the clamor of a high school gymnasium was a welcome diversion from the daily chorus of inquiry that comes with the territory. Here, there were no demands to explain away on-court misfortune or need to deal with the Carmelo Anthony distraction. Here, the responsibility of prepping the team for the next day’s must-win game was somebody else’s responsibility.

- Kevin Garnett respects those who came before him: “‘I respect a lot of the OG’s just because [of what] they went through in order for us to be here today. Bill Russell is everything and I just want to say congratulations.’

OK, everyone probably just wants what they come to TPU for by now. So here’s what happened around the L last night.

Miami 110, Indiana 103

This game began with a bang and ended with one (a LeBron James self-oop off the backboard; sorry I couldn’t find a video). In between the two, Dwyane Wade managed to score 31 points in a topsy-turvy first half that saw the Heat take the first quarter, 41-19, and the Pacers take the second, 35-17. The second half played out more regularly, with the Pacers and Heat trading the lead numerous times. Ultimately, Wade (41 points), LeBron (27) and Chris Bosh (22) brought just enough game to hold off a struggling Darren Collison (1-11 shooting night) and his streaking Pacers. These two teams could easily end up meeting in the First Round of the Playoffs, so if this was a preview, we may be in for an exciting if not competitive series.

Chicago 106, Charlotte 94

If Coach Paul Silas is correct and Michael Jordan could still chip in 15 a night, the Bobcats sure could have used him in a uniform on the floor and not in a suit courtside in this one. Closer for most of the contest than the final tally indicates, the Bulls got the usual goodness from Derrick Rose (18 and 13 albeit with 6 turnovers) and Carlos Boozer (16 and 9), but they also saw Kyle Korver go for 15 on a perfect 5-5 shooting. On the other side, role player Gerald Henderson, he of a 6.7 ppg average, dropped in 22, but that wasn’t enough to overcome three starters scoring six points or less. Oh, and this may just be me, but the Bulls seem better equipped to throw a scare into Miami or Boston than Orlando does—at least as of today.

Oklahoma City 126, Sacramento 96

Both of these teams are brimming with talented young players. Only one of them, though, is making good use of that talent. A few days after playing a tight, bell ringing game in Sacramento, Oklahoma took it to the Kings from the opening tap, building up a 37-24 first quarter lead. From there, they didn’t relent, scoring and, seemingly, dunking at will. A few days after reportedly engaging in some good ol’ fashion swinging (of the fists variety, people), from his newly relegated positon on the bench DeMarcus Cousins deposited 21 and 13. His fightmate/teammate Donte Greene added 10 and 7 of his own. For the Thunder, eight players scored more than 9 points. Oh, did I mention Tyreke Evans didn’t play in this one due to an ailing foot? Yeah, things are bad in Sacto right now. Real bad.

Memphis 102, Philadelphia 91

When Tony Allen shoots the ball 13 times, you’re not supposed to win. That didn’t stop the Grizzlies from W’ing up on the Sixers in a game that marked OJ Mayo’s return to action. Of course the victory may have cost Memphis more than it was worth. On a hard drive to the basket, Rudy Gay was hacked across the arm by Evan Turner. Gay would stay in and take the two freebies—one-handed! He ultimately left the game with what’s being called a strained shoulder. Memphis, 31-26, are currently the owners of a four-game winning streak heading into the All-Star break. Down 27-10 early, Philly got as close as 77-75 in Gay’s absence, but never managed to take the lead. They have one more game, tomorrow night against Houston, before their break begins.

Phoenix 102 , Utah 101

If it was 2001—or even 2007—this game would’ve been a must-watch. The Jazz and the Suns. Steve Nash and Vince Carter. Hell, it probably would’ve been nationally televised. I guess times really have changed, though. I could barely get myself to sit through the first half. But I’m glad I did. On a night that saw VC and Deron Williams struggle, Channing Frye and Al Jefferson picked up their games, each eclipsing the 30-point mark. Even with Big Al’s fine effort, with only nine players dressed, the Jazz fought hard but were unable to earn Ty Corbin his first win as an NBA head coach. Nash pretty much put the Suns on his back, collecting 20 and 14, draining two clutch free throws in the last seconds to seal the deal.

Golden State 102,  New Orleans 89

Last night’s theme?  Building big leads and throwing them away. Miami did it; Memphis did it; and New Orleans did it. The only difference: the first two held on to win the game; NOLA managed to take a 15-point lead and turn it into a 13-point defeat. Another difference? The first two teams are headed in the right direction; the Hornets are teetering on the brink of playing themselves out of the Playoff picture. In case you couldn’t tell by now, New Orleans’ hot start to the season was a mirage. Without Chris Paul, this team would struggle against the Kansas Jayhawks. With him, they may squeak into the Playoffs, but won’t do a lick of damage there. Golden State, on the other hand, is now sniffing .500 (25-29) after a 9-18 start to the year. With one of the most exciting players in the League on their roster (Monta Ellis) and one of the best shooters (Stephen Curry)  and one of the best pay-versus-production free agent signees (Dorrell Wright), the Warriors are, if nothing else, always fun to watch. Last night served as a reminder of that.

OK.

Thanks for having me, TPU regulars. You could’ve been anywhere, and you’re here with me. I appreciate that.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Play of the year.

  • http://twitter.com/smileyoufckers Bryan

    Wade is a beast. That alley was sick. Lebron’s toss of the backboard to himself was nice too, would have been awesome if he finished it clean though.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Which play?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I was reading a Heat message board last night after the game and someone wrote that “Tyler Hansbrough looks like a butch lesbian”. I tend to agree with that statement.

  • http://twitter.com/smileyoufckers Bryan

    Phoenix should have traded for Vince Carter, not his shadow. He’s ghost right now. The training and medical staff pulls off miracles nightly out there, but I guess giving someone passion is too much even for them.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Nash got an assist for throwing to vince at the three point line and then watching vince dribble drive to the rim for a bucket. The NBA needs to clean up its stat keeping. Too many guards are getting assists for passes that should not qualify. It is not.just Nash it s everybody. Every.team wants.their star to get gaudy stats.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Co-sing Bryan, if Bron finished it clean it would’ve been so sick, it’s still good though.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    BTW, has anybody else noticed that LeBron doesn’t get as high up as usual or is it just me? Even if you look at that Pacers game when he had 41 and alot of dunks, it doesn’t look like he has as much lift on em as he had, say, last year. Maybe it’s the kneepads, or an minor injury, but it’s def. something.

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Watching that game, the aggression simmering between Miami and Indiana was obvious. Especially James vs. Granger, Hibbert versus anyone and in spurts George when matched up against Wade. Could be a very exciting playoff maychup if and when it happens.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I said it last week and I’ll say it again….this Pacer team deserves props…not the white boy team insults every moron that comes around here was saying at the beginning of the season. If they can get a good, veteran point guard, they’re deadly.

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Wade’s 20th point was ridiculousviciousnes. Baseline fadeaway from the left side over a lunging Paul George? So high, he tossed it at the ceiling…damn, the dude is exciting to watch when he’s in a zone.

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    Eboy: agreed, the new coach has them Pacers playing with fire in their belly. Bunch of feisty forwards on that team.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Roy Hibbert has a really good touch around the basket. I never thought that would be possible when he was playing at G-Town.

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    And the Indiana crowd is really, really loud. And involved, they even call out the winding down shotclock.
    Jaded Nba crowd, they are not.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Stepfan

    I agree that full court alley was the play of the year. Where was Mike Dunleavy in the second half. And Danny Granger did not show up last night. Vince Carter please RETIRE. YOUR DONE. Quick question who is the most underrated player in the league? It has to be Monta Ellis.

  • MUBWAR

    Allenp if he was in motion when he recieved it from the 3p line and then went str8 for a layup is still an assist.

  • Wayne85

    Granger played a part in them tying it up at one point tho…

  • T-Money

    Jahmai: You’re right – DWade pointed it out in a press conf. He keeps slightly twisting his ankle. Nothing to keep him out of the game but it shows when he jumps. / E: so not a big DC fan, uh?

  • T-Money

    I give it 10 more games before Paul George takes the starting 2-guard job. Mike Dunleavy is irrelevant to this team. If anything, they should start Danthay Jones for defensive purposes and then bring PG off the bench. MD can stay in street clothes.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Adam Figman

    Thanks for holding it down, Tzvi. Awesome stuff. Hell of a get with that screenshot.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    An assist is a pass that leads to a basket, traditionally its a pass that takes less then two dribbles to score, but the rule has evolved, to a pass that leads to a score without a change in direction from the receiving player. Or so it has been explained to me

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    @T-Money, oke, thanks man, ’cause I started thinking that maybe he peaked last year or something even though he is only 26, not every athlete peaks at the same age, but it’s an (minor) injury, so :P

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    ok today’s slam poll has what 2 of the top 5 man to man defenders in the league. that’s an issue, mainstream players garnishing undeserved attention. Tony Allen, Thabo, and Luc Richard are under appreciated.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Vince caught at a standstill, took one dribble, two steps, then hit a twisting lay up. I just can’t see that as an assist, for anybody. I liked the rule when the pass had to directly lead to the score, not just come before the score.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I hear you, I was just relaying what I heard via the Suns scores people about how they do assists, well it was relayed info

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    I didn’t watch a single NBA game last night, except the last two minutes of the Bulls/Bobcats game. Wow, that sucks.

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    We’re right before the All-Star break, and the Chicago Bulls are four victories away from tying their win total from last year.
    Tom Thibodeau for coach of the year.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    you know Greg Poppovich gettin COY, and the Bulls added what 6 new players? its not like Thibs has the same team as last year.

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    I won’t be mad if Pop gets the COY, at all.
    But Thibs has to at least be in the running.
    He’s a first-time coach.
    Only Rose, Deng, Gibson, Noah and Johnson returned from last year so he not only had to get everyone used to his system but he had to get everyone on the same page playing with one another.
    He had Boozer out for the first month. He’s had Noah out for like two months now.
    He’s got them to third place in the East when many people didn’t even think the Bulls would be the best team in their division.
    He’s got everyone buying into his system, the chemistry level for the Bulls is off the charts.
    He’s got them playing great team defense.
    And he’s got Rose playing at an MVP-caliber level.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    If buddy get’s the Pacers into the playoffs, homeboy needs an Honorable Mention for COY.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    He is doing his thing, I just don’t think using the improvement over last year proves anything, its a completely different team

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I’d argue that Sporon has the hardest job/most pressure in all of basketball right now and they only have 6 guys back from last season.

  • Michael

    lol@ Sporon.

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    Paul: 11-4-10 on 33% shooting with one turnover
    Rose: 18-3-13 on 35% shooting with six turnovers
    Will: 11-6-11 on 19% shooting with six turnovers
    Russ: 10-2-11 on 50% shooting with two turnovers
    Nash: 20-4-14 on 43% shooting with three turnovers
    Soooo….. Nash still best point in the league?

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    I wouldn’t want to be in Spo’s shoes (with the exception of all the money he makes).
    If the Heat lose, it’s “fire Spo!”
    If the Heat win, it’s cause they have 3 of the top players in the NBA.

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    How about this –
    Paul – 25 years old
    Rose – 22 Years old
    Williams – 26 years old
    Westbrook – 22 years old
    Nash – 37 years old
    The mere fact that Nash is still playing at such a high level is pretty damn impressive

  • http://www.slamonline.com Sergio

    I’m glad to see Jordan and Pippen together. That will surely help Pippen get back on his feet.

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    Enigmatic: I’m still amazed no one has picked up on the fact that Nash is putting up stats that no other point guard at 37 has EVER put up. Ever. In the history of the game.
    Of course, I am wildly biased.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    HGH is a helluva drug.

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    ^^^^
    Sigh…..

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I said the same rung for ray allen and paul pierce. Too many players are getting hooked up to the rejuvenation machine. Something ain’t right.

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    So was Kareem (40-years-old, 18.2, 7.5, 2.1 and 1.4), and Jordan (39/40-years-old, 20, 6.1, 3.8 and 1.5) juicing too? Was Havlicek a juicer trend setter for getting 16-4-4-1.1 at the age of 37?
    OR is it that players play fewer minutes and have fewer scoring responsibilities/slower pace of game, along with greater medical technology and the money poured into trainers MAY have something to do with it?
    Does Grant Hill pay OFF the drug testers, or does he juice up with something no one’s ever seen before?
    Look, everyone was juicing in baseball and guess what? EVERYONE WAS CAUGHT WITH THEIR PANTS DOWN! One or two players could be juicing, but as we saw in baseball, if it was a massive problem, we’d know about it. Mayo and Lewis got caught and were massively punished. Or is it about superstar treatment?

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    Also, why Paul Pierce? Dude is only 33 and is only putting up 18.6 and 5 a game, and gets hurt a lot…

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Not quite your opinion, AllenP. Noticed how the modern nba players aren’t afraid to try new methods/diets/gimmicks to prolong their career. Was in a gym two summers ago where Holger had Dirk doing all kinds of hijinks with a large rubber band and a freaking balance board for minutes on end.
    Players/trainers now use yoga, pilates and other seemingly “girly” training methods to gain flexibility and the days of bulking up so the muscles pop are near extint.
    Was shocked when i met Kobe in Asia, apart from the large shoulders, he’s very slim and trim.
    When i tore my achilles a year ago, my PT had me doing exercises i’d never heard of before, Kettle balls, rope climbs, weighted down leg pulls etc. Ish was so unusual for me (longtime lifter) that i was SORE for the first 6 or so sessions.
    Now, i swear by those exercises and am back to playing at a high level again at age 36.
    Don’t underestimate the effect of new training methods combined with disciplined diet.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    And DAMN if Scottie Pippen doesn’t look remarkably fit.
    Eff a Jordan comeback (notice the hamster cheeks, good living Mike), Scottie might be in a better position for a comeback.
    (and yes, i know he’s younger than GOAT…)

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