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Sunday, March 13th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  35 responses

Post Up: Battle: LA

Chris Paul has to send you a reminder, here it is.

by Anton Kudriavtsev /@TheDiesel

Grizzlies 85, Heat 118

Fresh from a confidence-instilling win against the Lakers, the Heat took the opportunity to play defense and blow out the Grizzlies in the process. Wade set the defensive tone early, with 4 blocks in the first quarter alone and also handled the scoring load with LeBron (28 and 27 points, respectively). O.J. Mayo led Memphis with 19 points off the bench but the Heat blew the game open in the 2nd quarter and coasted from that point, helped by the Bibster’s 5 made triples off the bench (18 points).

Kings 103, Hornets 115

The point guard king returns.  Chris Paul came back from a concussion and scored a season-high 33 points and dished 15 assists to go with 7 rebounds and 5 steals as his Hornets beat the Kings. The bees shot 52% in their highest-scoring game of the season, helped by David West’s 25 points. Paul made his impact felt early, with 6 quick points and 5 assists in the first quarter as he expertly set up his teammates and forced New Orleans into the penalty early. The Kings, led by Samuel Dalembert’s 16 points and 8 rebounds, kept the game competitive before missing 12 of their last 19 shots in the final period while Paul took over, scoring 13 in the same stretch.

Blazers 82, Hawks 91

Jeff Teague brought his defense as the Hawks lulled the Blazers into a bad shooting night and took advantage. In addition to his 5 steals, Teague poured in a career-high 24 points to help the Hawks stay in front of the Blazers. Considering Portland is 7-18 when LaMarcus Aldridge scores less than 20 points this season, his 22 point night was not enough to overcome the athletic Hawks. Leading by 7 in the 3rd quarter, the Hawks finished the game on a 44-19 scoring stretch and limited Portland to just 35% shooting on the night.

Clippers 122, Wizards 101

The Clippers were on the rare winning side of a blowout as they cruised past the Wizards. Blake Griffin scored his 26 points in the first half while John Wall finished with 25 points, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds. Wall pushed the tempo, showcasing his speed by beating the 1st quarter buzzer in 3 seconds from half court to lay it in but not all plays were highlights. Griffin blocked the franchise saviour so hard in the 2nd quarter that Wall was sent flying back to high school. Closing in within 3 points after halftime, Eric Bledsoe scored a career-high 23 points and helped the Clippers edge out the Wizards as he led the 29-8 late game run. Sign number 45 that the league is in trouble: Griffin posted up and drilled a fade away jumper like his Subway endorsement was riding on it. Whether he was planning to bank it is no matter, professor Griff is looking to take the NBA to school.

Jazz 100, Bulls 118

As the Utah Jazz become the requisite blowout team, the Bulls were next in line to take advantage. Luol Deng and Derrick Rose scored 26 points each as the Bulls won their 13th win in 15 games. Chicago jumped out to an early lead led by Rose’s 17 points and hit 18 three-pointers in the game to erase any chance of a Jazz comeback. Al Jefferson had 33 points and 18 rebounds for Utah.

Sixers 74, Bucks 102

A night after beating the top of the East, the Sixers fell apart against the Bucks. Despite being the worst-shooting and lowest-scoring team in the NBA, Milwaukee scored in triple digits for the first time since the “fear the deer” campaign was a public warning about deer crossings. Andrew Bogut scored 17 points while Lou Williams led Philadelphia with 16 off the bench. The Sixers went anaemic on the offensive end after the 1st quarter and couldn’t combat the Bucks’ sudden scoring will as they shot 53% on the night.

Spurs 115, Rockets 107

The Spurs keep winning close games, earning their 3rd straight win as they hold off the Rockets. Eight Spurs scored in double figures, led by Tony Parker (21 points, 6 assists) while Kevin Martin dropped 28 points for Houston. The Rockets stormed back after trailing by as many as 13 to pull within 5 points but the San Antonio always had answers down the stretch, with the bench contributing 42 points.

Lakers 96, Mavs 91

The Dallas Mavericks are a lot like Amar’e Stoudemire – they’re tall, talented, and always questioned how far they can go. In a game against the Lakers with playoff implications, the Mavs didn’t have enough plays down the stretch to combat L.A. Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion both scored 25 points but Dallas had trouble overcoming a Laker lead down the stretch. Kobe injured his ankle in the 3rd quarter but came back to finish with 16 points on 6-of-20 shooting. Bryant might not have been efficient, but he still managed to score 6 points and make a key assist in a 9-0 run that put L.A. ahead before halftime. Andrew Bynum had a strong game with 22 points and 15 rebounds while Ron Artest was in the right place at the right time, muscling in a lay-up that extended the Laker lead to six with less than 14 seconds to play. After Kobe hit a clutch jumper, a Jason Terry floater rimmed out and the Lakers are just a half game behind the Mavs in the race for the 2nd seed. Can the Mavs forget their recent playoff baggage and give the Lakers a series in the West?

Pistons 101, Nuggets 131

The newly formed Nuggets have 99 problems but scoring isn’t one. J.R. Smith dropped a season-high 31 points (9-of-15 from distance) in the 2nd half alone as Denver beat the Pistons. Chris Wilcox scored 21 points for the Pistons, who tied the game at 72 before succumbing to an incredible 21-2 run by the Nuggets and fell behind 19 points. When J.R. begins to get on a hot streak, it’s best to step aside and let him raise the opposing team.

Overtime

“Check My $tats” of the day: Chris Paul – 33 points, 15 assists, 7 rebounds, 5 steals.

Separated at Birth of the day: Steve Nash and Liam Gallagher.

I’m out like Wall’s layup swag.

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  • hoodsnake

    Love the JR Smith caption. And I think Stevie looks more like Noel. Hope the Sixers can bounce back from that loss on the road trip. They’ve been playing great

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Chris Paul’s stat’s in the 3 games since he took off all knee padding, 23/14/4/2.5 on 55% shooting.
    That includes a game where he got concussed in the 3rd and did not return.
    Whoever NO play in the 1st round better hope this is an anomaly. The only team that NO cannot match up with is LA.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    SMH, the Mavs just aren’t contenders in the Western Conference, period. Yes, the Mavs are an exciting regular season team, but when the real season start, they melt down becoming mentally weak and soft under duress, just like their owner. You just can’t measure heart in statistics…

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    JR Smith’s game is bi-polar. He’ll have amazing games, and then come out and look like a d-leaguer the next night.

  • JTaylor21

    The Best PG got it in last night.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Mags were down 2 with 20 seconds left. Not sure how that proves they aren’t a contender. Bynum had an incredible game and that covered for Kobe. That is all that happened.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Remember when the Grizzlies were the sexy team to make the playoffs? lol…The Knicks take swag away from teams, and send them on losing streaks. lol

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    @Allenp: the Mags? lmao

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Allen, I don’t think the Mav’s are real contenders. I think they were before Butler went down, but when your 6th man becomes your starter etc etc, it create’s a whole knock on effect.
    Did you see that article which showed that Ariza is one of the 6 worst shooter’s in the last 30 year’s? If his FT % becomes any worse, he will be one of the 2 worst shooter’s over the last 30. I’ll gladly take back that he is better than Deng, or a better fit than Deng. His slightly better defense does not make up for that kind of ineptitude.
    The Grizz are still likely to make the play-offs, and match up pretty good with San An.

  • http://nba.com jamal

    Luol Deng, yet again, playing out of his skin. Give him the credit he deserves people.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Watching CP last night got me thinking to Jay Z, The Ruler’s Back.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Yeah, Grizzlies are still that, they might just be missing their best player in Rudy Gay…

  • salt lake sean

    Stop it allball Cp3′s team is not relevant anymore. I’m just glad Paul is finally back to being aggressive offensively. Him and deron are finally playing great consistent ball this year but the season for both will soon come to a close

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Relevant in regard to what?
    The Hornet’s can absolutely beat any team in the West not named L.A. The reason they can’t beat L.A, they are not big enough. They are 0-3 against them this year, likely to finish 0-4. One game, CP had 21,15 on 70% shooting and they lost.
    Against the Mav’s they are 2-1 with one more game to play. They split the Series with San An, and lost the series 1-3 to OKC, two of those losses were by 5 point’s or less.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Comparing New Jersey to New Orleans is ridiculous.
    Deron has zero chance of playing in the play-off’s this year.
    Comparing there lack of aggressiveness is also ridiculous. Deron is shooting 15 shot’s a game this year, CP only 11. CP is coming off major surgery, Deron has a strained tendon in his wrist.
    Deron forced his way out of Utah with his comment’s on leaving next year, and the nail in the coffin was his refusal to run certain play’s in the Chicago game (Sloan’s last game).
    CP is focused on winning only. Deron is focused on the bright light’s.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    I love how the Bulls are responding to the added pressure from the outside. Drose 5 three’s in the 1st quarter and a super sick dunk in the 3rd.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I call BS on that. So we gonna ignore Paul’s antics prior to the season? Figures.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Allen, explain to me Paul’s antic’s. Did Paul ever actually say that he wanted to get moved? There were reports that he “demanding a trade”, yet one meeting with the new NO brass and he was set. When asked about where he is going to play he is not non-committal, as Deron was, and still is.
    Chris Paul often expresses his love for the city, and has said that he want’s to win in the NO.
    Did Deron ever say that?

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Deron forced himself out of Utah, we both know that. CP has had many chances to do that in the NO, and he hasn’t. All this may change, but as of right now, you can’t compare the two.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    No. Utah traded Deron because they weren’t sure they could sign him and figured theybwould be fine as a franchise even if they had to rebuild. They have that sort of support in salt lake..
    In comparison, the Hornets had to have our state’s governor beg fans to come out and support the hornets despite a ridiculous start to the season despite everyone expecting them to suffer. The Hornets can’t trade Paul and hope to survive so they had to let the rumors swirl and ride things out. That is the only difference between the two sitautions.
    Deron asked for help so has Paul. Deron has pouted so has Paul. Deron kept his options open so did Paul. Paul hasn’t clashed win a coach but every coach has catered to him something Sloan didnfor.no one.
    There is no real difference. Your opinion of Deron is based on reports from the same person who impuned Paul but you are choosing to ignore the info about Paul.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    No. Utah traded Deron because they weren’t sure they could sign him and figured theybwould be fine as a franchise even if they had to rebuild. They have that sort of support in salt lake..
    In comparison, the Hornets had to have our state’s governor beg fans to come out and support the hornets despite a ridiculous start to the season despite everyone expecting them to suffer. The Hornets can’t trade Paul and hope to survive so they had to let the rumors swirl and ride things out. That is the only difference between the two sitautions.
    Deron asked for help so has Paul. Deron has pouted so has Paul. Deron kept his options open so did Paul. Paul hasn’t clashed win a coach but every coach has catered to him something Sloan didnfor.no one.
    There is no real difference. Your opinion of Deron is based on reports from the same person who impuned Paul but you are choosing to ignore the info about Paul.
    Of and Deron is averaging 20 on 15 shots. Last time I checked that is the same thing Paul did when he averaged 20+ points.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    My comments won’t show up.
    Damnit.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    CP averaged 21 and 23 on 16 shot’s.
    Let’s stop this premise that you are in anyway neutral on this. You have said that you have disliked Paul since his rookie year when he came in and did well, and that you have been down with Deron since his Illinois day’s. You are as biased as I am, yet I am honest about it.
    There is a huge difference between the two, CP didn’t push out the longest running head coach in major U.S professional sport’s.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Also, i’m done debating CP/DW with you, as we go round in circles. Any comment’s you post in reply to this topic I am going to read, but not reply.

  • http://www.mmajunkie.com LeeVan

    The next “Separated at Birth of the day” should be JJ Barea and the yellow dude from “Sin City”.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Lol. There is a difference between having a bias and letting that bias cloud everything you do. A huge, massive difference. Besides we aren’t talkig about who is the bestnlaywr we are talking about your decision to compare Paul to Deron and pretend that Paul is a saint.
    Paul demanded better players that is how the ended up with the corpse of James Posey. The only real difference us that Utah could afford to let Deron walk and the Hornets can’t. They can’t rebuild and survive financially.
    And do you believe 21 on 16 shots is somehow vastly superior to 20 on 15? Lol

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

    I believe that the Lakers game was the turning point to the Heat’s season. It may come together now.
    I hope I’m right.

  • http://sfdjklf.com Jukai

    Allball: Everything Allen says is right. 100%. Time to take a step back and realize yer bias, bro.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Cosign Allen and Jukai.

  • http://slamonline.com kobehater

    cp3 is better than d will, but d wills size gives him an advantage

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    After watching that Mavs game, my dislike of Jason Terry has reached new heights. Here’s a game where Kobe is hurt and still shooting bricks, Pau and Bynum are doing there thing and Marion has possibly his best performance of the season, but Terry shrinks yet again under the spotlight. Just as in the las two postseasons. Very disappointing. The last 2 Mavs plays were on him. Messed up the screen with Dirk on the right wing, then bricked an easy layup up close. Terrible.
    Mavs could have pulled that one out if just one more player had stepped up (yes you, Ason) on offense.
    Dirk’s decision to pass on his last shot attempt was also cringe worthy. He’d just scored 6 in a row and on a possibly game tying drive, he overspins and tries dropping it off to Chandler?! Damn.
    Freaking yellow/purple gang.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Sometimes i can’t believe the amount NBA coaches earn for obvious displays of incompetence.
    Case in point, the Mavs crunchtime lineup was:
    Kidd, Terry, Marion, Nowitzki, Chandler.
    Lakers went with: Fish, Kobe’s, Artest and their twin towers.
    Against most teams, i’d say Dallas lineup has a very good chance of winning, especially when Marion and Dirk were shooting a combined 21-39 from the field. Too bad Terry (Playoff weak spot alert!) was shaking in his boots again.

    Now Coach Rick had two viable options on the bench to counter the Lakers size/brawn. Haywood (who in 14 mins had grabbed 8 rebounds compared to Tyson’s 6 for the game) and Mahinmi, who is not too bad in limited mins.

    How different the game may have looked if Mavs had used this lineup in crunchtime:
    Terry (still shot slightly better that Jason-overmatched-no shotmaking-Kidd), Marion, Dirk (wow, how novel, he can shoot over Artest and get him into foul trouble as well), Chandler (more mobile at the 4 and did a GREAT job on Pau defensively) and Haywood!
    Coach Carlisle’s inability or stubborness to adjust to and exploit other team’s lineup’s is gonna cost Dallas this postseason again.

  • T-Money

    It baffles me that Carlisle won’t go with Dirk at the 3 vs LA. Ron-Ron won’t hurt you with offense anyways!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    That’s what I said the other day! You force Artest to be a force and you negate Bynum’s advantage. Then you see if your superstar can out score their superstar. That seems like an obvious move for Dallas.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Rick C. and the 2 Jasons: Dallas Mavericks obstacles to advancing in tje Playoffs. Same ish as last season.

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