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Friday, March 18th, 2011 at 7:50 am  |  68 responses

Post Up: Back on Track

Knicks get a much-needed win; Nets’ streak ends.

by Adam Figman | @afigman

New York 120, Memphis 99

Following a couple of rough losses and some slightly embarrassing admissions, the Knicks rebounded well last night, dominating the Grizzlies in MSG. Toney Douglas came off the bench and caught fire, draining 9 threes and putting in a game-high 29 points, while Carmelo Anthony added 28. Mike Conley led Memphis with 16.

Chicago 84, New Jersey 73

The Nets’ streak of success has finally come to a close, falling short of six wins after the Bulls—who now have an eight-game run of their own—closed them out in a tight-fought contest in Newark. Derrick Rose dropped 21, and Chicago held NJ to only 34.9 percent shooting from the field, which is way too low for any opponent hoping to defeat the (now) top-rated squad in the East. The Bulls are off to Indiana; the Nets are in Milwaukee tonight.

Portland 111, Cleveland 70

The Blazers shot a whopping 57.0 percent, while the Cavs countered that with a depressing 38.2 percent, and were naturally swept away without putting up much of a fight. Ramon Sessions led Cleveland with 14, and, yeah—that basically sums this one up. LaMarcus Aldridge dropped a game-high 20, and no Blazer played more than 30 minutes, because, well, that would’ve been just cruel.

Enjoy the weekend, kids. Anton’s got for the next two, and I’ll be back Monday to brag about my flawless bracket. Peace.

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  • RobbieJay

    this post up was so boringg

  • MUBWAR

    chicago is rollin now. I wonder if my Heat can catch up in time for the number 1 seed. If not, it’s the knicks in the 1st round and Boston in the second with Rose awaiting in the Finals.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    The Cavs scored 4 points in about the first 10 minutes. I’ll bet Duke or Ohio State could beat them right now.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Even when Rose has a bad shooting night (8-23), he is still spectacular. I can’t believe he ended with 2 assists! He created so many opportunities, he got everybody like 2/3 open shots. The crowd was oohing and aahing everytime Drose abused Dwill, which quite frankly happened alot. His D was great he even blocked Dwill twice. I love Asik, just grabbing boards and going up strong every time, he keeps on growing. Drose had one disgusting dunk, it felt like he was gonna take the rim off. 8 Wins in a row! Here come the Bulls!!!

  • derby

    of course the Bucks are playing in milwakee tonight

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Ofcourse we all know he meant to say the Nets, but the Bucks don’t have to be playing in Milwaukee. They go on the road too! :P

  • MUBWAR

    just saw that too derby…lool

  • http://www.slamonline.com Stepfan

    The Cavs are the next team to be added to the contracted list, and when Mike Conley leads your team in scoring you might as well put the W in the win column for the other team. Average night for Z-bo. They need to keep wining cause Al Jefferson and the Jazz are trying to get that 8th seed in the West. Rudy hurry up and come back. Oh and I still think the Sixers are going to get that 6th seed in the East.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    asik was killing it last night

  • http://www.specialolympics.org/ Felix

    Spurs vs. Mavs should be cool tonight…

  • http://Slamonline.com LakeShow

    DWade averages more rebounds than Dirk. Thats all i have to say

  • http://slamonline.com SG

    No college team can ever beat an NBA team no matter how bad the pro team is. Lets not get carried away.

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    Co-sign SG.
    Cavs may not be sh*t in the NBA, but most if not all of those dudes were either “the man” or one of the main guys in college.
    No way a college team would beat an NBA team.
    And I’m a little worried about tonight.
    Pacers are pretty gassed up from beating the Knicks twice.
    And Psycho-T!! It’s March! He’s looking to dunk on some Dukies! Watch out, Luol Deng!
    Though he might as easily dunk on Josh McRoberts or Dahntay Jones….

  • http://bulls.com airs

    dont worry, matic. asik’s gonna do shaq’s dunkman symbol all over the pacers

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    LOL, they need to post Asik’s dunk from last night, at least for the bench’s reaction.
    Carlos Boozer looked like he was gonna have a heart attack. Which woulda made him sit out EVEN MORE, damnit.

  • http://www.specialolympics.org/ Felix

    @Lakeshow, NOT saying either team will beat the Lakers, just saying that they go all out when they play each other… therefore Spurs vs. Mavs should be fun to watch

  • http://slamonline.com SG

    Lakers fans will be rooting for the spurs tonight.

  • tRay

    TPU is kinda quiet since the Heat and Lakers didn’t play and @Enigmatic Psycho T ain’t dunking on any Dukies cuz they’ll just bust his a$$ like Gerald Henderson did lol

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    I honestly expected Knicks fans to come out of whatever rock they’ve been hiding under while their team was catching L’s.
    Make it happen, Walsh!

  • http://Slamonline.com LakeShow

    I know you would never say such a silly thing Felix. lol jp. The mavs are deep as hell and the spurs are a Suns 2007 2.0. They dope!

  • http://www.specialolympics.org/ Felix

    Knicks fans are waiting for the basketball Puxatawney Phil to tell us whether we are going to lose embarrassingly or win by 30… Three more losses in a row, or maybe a badass statement win? It’s all the prozac D’Antoni has been handing out… Prescription drug abuse, make it happen Walsh!

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    Wonder how people’s brackets are doing.
    Mine’s shot to hell. But at least the school I picked to win it all straight dominated yesterday.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I’m struggling, all my final 4′s are alive, and 7 of my elite 8, but other then that I’m dead in the water.

  • http://www.specialolympics.org/ Felix

    Got the Spiders right… missed on St. John’s, Tennessee, Morehead State… anybody know where to find the link for the brackets Slam put up? tryin to remember my whole bracket just broke part of my already fractured brain…

  • JTaylor21

    Jahmai, slow down. Rose didn’t abuse anyone last night, I don’t know about you but going 8 for 23 and dishing out only 2 assists doesn’t equate into abusing your defender.
    I’ve been saying this and will continue to; Rose is a high volume, low efficiency player in the mode of a Starbury/AI. Bulls fans can get mad all the want but the proof is in the pudding. Dude’s shooting 43% from the field this season and is shooting 39% his last 10 gms.
    He is still a shoot-first PG that lacks elite court vision.

  • http://slamonline.com SG

    I don’t even know how Tenn made the tournament let alone got a #9 seed. They went 8-8 in SEC and got bailed out in several games by the refs (Vandy, Georgia). Their program is about to take a big hit with the loss of Pearl.

  • tRay

    i’m doing pretty damn good on my brackets only missed fired on 2. F*cking Morehead St.

  • http://www.specialolympics.org/ Felix

    Anybody else see the Oakland coach on the floor yellin at his guys in the first half? “I DON”T GIVE A F&**!” what would someone have to do to get a tech against Texas in Oklahoma? I’m thinking he could have walked across the court and jump kicked Tristan Thopmson in the groin and still just got a warning…

  • JTaylor21

    Don’t trip Felix, that’s how the NCAA gets down. They allow the coaches to get away with numerous infractions and pay them millions yet a player does something minor and he loses his eligibility.
    AP was right about the “modern day” slavery line except he was talking about the wrong sport.

  • block

    JTaylor21, Rose was getting trapped at halfcourt for all of the second half so getting dimes was out of the question. if the bulls had another ball handler it would be impossible to play him that way. This kid is on pace to become the youngest MVP in NBA history so lets not forget he’s gonna get better, meaning the game will slow down and he will become more efficient. Marbury lacks all the intangibles that makes Rose a great player so everybody please stop looking at only the stat comparisons and look at how an individual player makes a team better. Deron had 11 assists and still took the loss

  • http://www.specialolympics.org/ Felix

    IMO Derrick Rose should shoot more free throws. NOT a knock on his game, more a knock on officiating…

  • http://www.specialolympics.org/ Felix

    If he gets the MVP this year, I fully expect him to be at 8 – 10 free throw attempts next year(he’s at 6.3 fta per game this year)…

  • http://jojo.com Max

    Toney had been ballin

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    JTaylor – I agree with most of what you said, however I take it you didn’t watch the game last night.
    When you see the 2 assists it’s easy to say, “damn, dude doesn’t even look to pass”.
    But believe me, he was getting many of his guys open looks and they just weren’t hitting their shots.
    He knows that when he gets in the paint, he’s gonna have 2 or 3 defenders collapsing on him, and he does a wonderful job of dishing it out to open teammates.
    But Bogans wasn’t hitting shots, Deng wasn’t hitting the open looks he got. Even Asik missed some easy dunks and layups.
    He could’ve easily had 8 or 9 assists if guys had just hit their shots.
    He easily won the matchup against Deron yet again though. Williams shot 1/12 and had 4 turnovers to Rose’s 8/23 and 1 turnover.
    No matter how you slice it, shooting 33% in a game is better than shooting 8% (ugh).
    Williams did have 11 assists to Roses’ two but like I said, Rose can’t be blamed for that, he could’ve had 8 or 9 but dudes just weren’t hitting open looks.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Actually Rose was up until about 2 months ago, actively evading contact to try and finish lay-ups. The one thing I admire about Rose more then any player is that he listens to his criticisms and immediately begins improving on those aspects of his game. It was widely complained about that he didn’t get to the line enough to truly be considered an elite go-to guy early in the season, since then he has doubled his FTA Per Game. Last season it was criticisms about his shot, he started the first couple weeks of this season showing he not only improved his shot, he turned it into a weapon. And over the very recent last month or so Rose has grown exponentially as a defensive player, more along the lines of leading like LeBron did circa 2008, but that’s three massive weaknesses in Rose’s game, covered and improved a pawn in less then a year. Kobe, LeBron, even Michael never did that to my knowledge

  • http://www.specialolympics.org/ Felix

    @nbk If you can strategically choose whether or not people foul you? That’s badass… he would probably be sick at two hand touch football…I can get in the lane whenever I want (obviously only against pickup comp) but I’m not quick enough to do it w/out people hackin me… since there’s no free throws in pick up, it’s really just annoying, I end up campin at the three point line to avoid being aggravated… Get layups, In the NBA, w/out getting touched? That’s F’in quickness… fast don’t lie

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    ^ he ain’t lie

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Felix you watch games right? You realize not everytime a player gets touched its a foul? If not then you should really only complain about Dwight Howard. Refs don’t call fouls when you get a shot up clean while managing to avoid contact. If you have been watching Bulls games you would clearly be able to tell the difference between how Rose attacks the basket over the last couple months compared to November/December. Its plainly obvious, infact you can go to TrueHoop and read 3 or 4 articles on just the subject of Derrick Rose getting/or not getting to the Free Throw Line enough.

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

    JTaylor: I agree it’s a form of exploitation in a way, but “modern day slavery”? Wow… Let’s not get that hyperbolic, please.

  • JTaylor21

    Enigmatic, trust that I watch every bulls game. You wanna know why? because they are one of the teams I choose for my LP broadband, so I could watch them even when I’m not at home.
    I enjoy watch DRose play but that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have weakness and I won’t call him out on them. When someone is one of your favorite players, you can’t just choose to ignore the bad and only remember the good. Every player has a weakness even the great ones so you take the good with the bad.

  • http://www.specialolympics.org/ Felix

    Yeah, my mom has league pass… I know they don’t call the foul everytime… I was wondering the other day whether berating officials is actually good strategy… it seems to me that by default refs don’t call a foul… like they are trying to get through the game with a minimum number of fouls called… but If you make them look bad on TV (cough*DWADE*cough) it seems like they call it more… However, I also get mad that DWade doesnt always get back on D if he’s mad about a call, so mathematically, for a lark, I was tryin to see what is the optimal amount of ref bashing- enough ref bashing that you get the calls but not so much that they are looking you in the face and waiting to call the T (Like they did with Sheed, and maybe they do to Dwight Howard?)

  • http://www.specialolympics.org/ Felix

    or maybe fouls are like holding in the nfl, where you might be able to call one on every play if you look close enough?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    4:08 Felix, yes exactly.

  • http://www.specialolympics.org/ Felix

    DWade one of my favorite players, but it happens all the time where he hangs back to yell at a ref and his dude burns the team on the other end, so I was trying to balance extra free throws from “making your case” with buckets conceded from said activity… sort of a weird lurking statistic…

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Hey, I can be extremely critical of Rose at times.
    His FG % is too low, his turnovers too high at times, he still has his weaknesses.
    Alls I’m saying is, while he’s definitely had games where he should’ve looked to pass more, last night was not indicative of that in my opinion.
    And Asik is that dude! F Courtney Lee, nbk! LOL

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Felix the “making your case” thing can never be figured out, each ref is different. I’ve been playing league ball for 20 years and I can tell you each and every ref is different. Some don’t mind you explaining the problem or showing frustration with a call, some would rather be politely addressed in a dead ball situation. Some will give you more calls for simply respecting every call that is made. But I guarantee you the majority of players that lobby for calls don’t see any benefit from their griping.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I can’t criticize Rose about anything anymore. Dude is a beast, and while he still has room to improve, most critcism right now is about fine tuning, not wholesale improvements, in my opinion.
    And dude passes. I’ve watched him.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    And Kris Humphries is balling outta his mind.
    That Kardashian punany must be better than tiger blood.
    I’m happy for kid though. I had long declared him a bust.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    My question, is Lamar Odom the future baby-daddy of the monster from that pixar movie. Cuz Chloe looks like its momma

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Which one? Sully from Monsters Inc?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Shrek

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Shrek ain’t Pixar, homie. That’s Dreamworks.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Sorry, like I’ve told you before, I retain too much useless information. LOL

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    lmao my fault, oh well, I thought she was shrek at first, like “wait a second, Lamar Odom is not only gay, but he is into Ogres? Only in LA”….

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Kyrie Irving had 14 and 5 in his first game back.
    Not bad.
    He’s the first Duke player I can’t hate even if I tried since Jay Williams.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Grant Hill’s the only Blue Devil I’ve liked while they were in college. I would love to have Battier on my NBA team though, that guy is so underrated.

  • http://Slamonline.com LakeShow

    How is he underrated NBK? Doesn’t he do the things everyone knows he does.

  • JTaylor21

    When did I ever say that dude doesn’t pass? All I said was that he lacks elite court vision.
    Damn, people need to learn how to read nowadays.
    KIrving is a beast and for all those talking about there being no can’t miss prospect in this year draft, Irving would like a word with you.

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    I didn’t watch college ball back when Grant Hill was playing.
    Didn’t start until the year Michigan State won it all with Mateen Cleaves.
    But yeah, Battier was dope. When I think of “leader” at the college level, I think of Battier.
    Dude was always talking to his team, during games and in huddles.
    And his D was dope as hell, of course.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Define elite court vision.
    And, putting Derrick Rose in the same category as Iverson and Marbury really isn’t accurate.
    Not having elite court vision doesn’t equate to Iverson or Marbury. They are very different.
    Rose has a very different game from both of those players.

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    I’m not an expert obviously, but in my opinion, Irving’s ceiling won’t be as high as Wall’s, Rose’s, Paul’s, Williams’, etc.
    He’ll be a solid starting PG but won’t be a franchise player and will be a notch below the elite PG’s of the league.
    I still stand by my opinion that no one in this draft class will be a franchise player the likes of which we’ve seen in the last four drafts (Durant, Rose, Griffin, Wall).

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    It would totally ruin my bracket even more, but I hope Kansas goes down in the first round.
    Blame it on me being an Illinois and a Derrick Rose fan.
    And getting a kick out of watching them bow out early.
    Oooh, now that I think about it, it would be much sweeter if Illinois knocks them off personally in the second round.
    Of course, the Illini would have to advance for that to happen…

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    Bulls down by 17 to the Pacers as I type this.
    Told y’all I was worried about tonight.
    Hope the Bulls bounce back in the second half.

  • JTaylor21

    Okay, elite court vision means that a player has the ability to see where everyone is on the court and the ability to anticipate plays before they happen. Past greats like Magic, Bird, Stockton, Big O and Zeke had it. JKidd, CP3, DWill, SNash, Rondo and to a lesser extent Bron have it today. It’s not a knock against rose because only a select few posses elite court vision, so that’s why I compared him to Starbury and to a lesser extent AI, all are shoot-first guards that aren’t great passers.

  • http://www.specialolympics.org/ Felix

    Where is that philosopher dude? Shouts out to the Illini! wait, did I misquote the man?

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

    Iverson and Marbury both had great court vision.

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

    Rose is even more like Marbury now that he can shoot the 3 consistently.
    Rose is better off the dribble.

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

    Damn, I didn’t even see you, Felix. lol
    Shout out.

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