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Thursday, March 31st, 2011 at 8:41 am  |  174 responses

Post Up: Knicks Down Nets

While the Hawks earn a statement win.

Adam Figman | @afigman

New York 120, New Jersey 116

The Knicks still have a ways to go before anyone will be talking or even thinking about them contending through a Playoff series, but this second straight win definitely has them back on track, further removed from the big losing streak that’s now thoroughly removed from fans’ minds. Down 16 early on, the Knicks powered back then hung on during the stretch, earning the win over their cross-river rival Nets. Carmelo Anthony (39 points, 10 boards) was an animal, finishing time after time on the offensive end, while Chauncey Billups (33 points) and Amar’e Stoudemire (23 points) (and, um, nobody else) provided the majority of NYK’s offensive production. The sharpshooting Anthony Morrow led the Nets with 30.

Charlotte 98, Cleveland 97

After “Why Always?” Boris Diaw came up big for the ‘Cats in the fourth, the Cavs held possession of the ball and a chance to win with under 10 ticks remaining, but an Anthony Parker runner came up short and Cleveland fell. Charlotte has now won four straight and seems to be eying a spot in the postseason, though they’re still a full game back of the Pacers. Speaking of…

Indiana 111, Detroit 101

Every game counts from here out for Indiana, who defeated the Pistons easily behind Darren Collison’s game-high 20. The Pacers will host Milwaukee Friday, when two (should-be) Playoff-hungry squads will face off.

Atlanta 85, Orlando 82

In what was most likely a first-round preview, the Hawks showed they could potentially contend with their to-be postseason opponent, as they took down the Magic after Jameer Nelson missed a pair of game-tying opportunities late. The question now is: Could the Hawks push a series with Orlando to six or seven games? Could they win?

Miami 123, Washington 107

James, Wade and Bosh combined for 94, and the Heat rolled by the Wizards in DC. Despite the lack of help from his teammates, Jordan Crawford dropped a whopping 39, impressive given the occasionally-great Miami D. After an aggressive second quarter rebound, John Wall and Big Z through some elbows and fists at each other (true story, see video below), the result being the ejections of JW, Ilgauskas and Juwan Howard.

Philadelphia 108, Houston 97

Even if the Knicks do catch a pre-Playoff fire, the Sixers are doing everything in their power to lock up their sixth spot and keep the momentum they’ve built over a long and impressive season. They put a damper in Houston’s postseason chances last night too, defeating them at home and shooting 54.1 percent from the field as a team. Five Philly guys scored in double figures.

Milwaukee 104, Toronto 98

I didn’t realize today was officially The Eastern Playoff Race Becomes Interesting Day, but it is, so celebrate accordingly. Toiling three games out of contention, the Bucks still have might have a decent run left in ‘em, and they’ll attempt to build on this victory in Toronto and get moving. Two nights removed from a dreadful fourth quarter performance, Brandon Jennings bounced back with a game-high 25.

Chicago 108, Minnesota 91

Kevin Love is back on the floor, but it mattered not against the top-ranked Bulls, who knocked down the TWolves and sent them to their eighth straight loss. DRose went for 23 points and 10 dimes, while Carlos Boozer put up a solid 24-point, 14-rebound effort.

Memphis 110, Golden State 91

Though the East heated up, the West seems pretty set: The Grizzlies are in; everyone else is out. Memphis won easily last night, as nobody on the Warriors bested 16 points and they allowed the Grizz to shoot 56.5 percent (!) from the floor. Tony Allen led all scorers with 21, and Memphis secured a three-game lead on the Rockets and a five and a half game lead on the Suns.

New Orleans 95, Portland 91

Without David West to lean on, Carl Landry (21 points) and Willie Green (12 points) stepped up, providing the fuel for a fourth quarter outburst that helped the Bees scoot past the Blazers in the West. Both of these teams may be headed for a rough first round, but at the six spot, New Orleans would face Dallas, while the owner of seventh place gets to play the Lakers (or the Spurs, potentially). So yeah, the positioning advantage will help. LaMarcus Aldridge scored the game-high of 24.

Denver 104, Sacramento 90

One group that doesn’t seem to be willing to give up its spot is Denver, who has a two and a half game hold on the five spot that was boosted by this victory. The Kings were no match for the Nugs, who had six guys in double figures, led by Ty Lawson’s 20. Marcus Thornton dropped 27 for Sacto.

Oklahoma City 116, Phoenix 98

An easy win for the Thunder. They shot 53.8 percent from the field, led by James Harden and Kevin Durant, who scored 22 each. A strangely rejuvenated Vince Carter put in 28 for Phoenix.

Dallas 106, L.A. Clippers 100

Blake Griffin broke out for 25 and 17, but Dallas hung on for the win, the squad’s fifth straight. The Mavs won’t have to travel far to face the Lakers tonight, but they might have to focus a little harder, because that same output won’t do as well against Kobe and friends as it did the Clippers.

Last Call: The aforementioned Wall-Ilgauskas scuffle. This has to rank pretty high up there for most unlikely pair to be throwing down with each other.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Bet the Hawks wished they’d kept Jordan Crawford.

  • CRAMZY

    man, we need to get the free Javale movement started. I know slam gone post those blocks on Dwade and Bosh.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    LeBron scored 27 points on 53% shooting in February. This month: 28 on 58% shooting. Are you kidding me? Those numbers are insane.

  • jordan

    Z threw the first elbow, wall was standing up for himself

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    just wanted to point out that Amare only had 1 rebound….yes, 1 rebound you read that correctly. For all the criticism Bosh gets, I don’t think Amare gets enough sometimes, at least Bosh hits the boards occaisionally.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    No, the Hawks can’t beat the Magic in a series. Orlando was without JJ and Q for the game and Gil admitted that he’s scared to jump off his knee right now. If Dwight played the full game, Magic would have won. That said, if Dwight ever gets into any kind of foul trouble, Orlando will get bounced early.

  • RobbieJay

    big z’s hand is the size of walls head…jus sayin

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    Jahmai, Nic Fleming averages 55 on 70% shooting in the 2013-2014 season. That’s impressive.

  • MUBWAR

    Oh and Jahmai The King is shooting a career high 50% from the floor this entire year. Mostly jumpers. Beast

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    And Eboy, Jordan Crawford could always score and dunk on LeBron and have his tapes confiscated by Nike. But seriously, kid was a scorer in college, I guess the Hawks didn’t think they needed any more scorers?

  • MUBWAR

    Amar’e is effing up my fantasy team. What the helll is 1 board. and since Melo arrived the points are very low as well.

  • Adam

    Hawks are winning it all this year!!! No, not really, but i would love to see that first round series go the distance. Josh Smith played very well last night. When he hits his jumpshots he really is a tough guy to guard. Who knows what could happen in a series if JJ and Crawford played well at the same time.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Yeah, I know, so amazing, the efficiency from LeBron. I can only imagine what he’s going to do next year (if there’s basketball). Because if it wasn’t for the first month, when he was still trying to find his way with his new teammates, his FG% would have been even higher. With all the attention Dwade and even Bosh draw, LeBron could have one of the best shooting % seasons for a SF ever.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Smooth found his mojo. Melo is playing possessed. Amar’e is recharging for the real season while Melo and Smooth to do the heavy lifting. Come real season this Knickerbocker squad is gonna be dangerous.

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    @IamOrange4Ever: lets just wait a bit before we start making huge claims…. let give them time b4 we put all this pressure on them

  • bull22

    CHICAGO 54-20 and number 1 in conference.
    first place tastes like german chocolate cake… hahahaha

  • burnt_chicken

    It’s too bad they didn’t let Juwan knock some sense into McGee.

  • bull22

    and the poor knicks? in the NY SEWERS where they belong…… hahahahahahahahahahahahahhahaa

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    One elbow to the dome is forgivable, two throughout the entire game is a little odd, but two elbows straight to the face in less than 3 seconds. C’mon Big Z.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    JCrawford has been stepping his game up tremendously.. gotta love this kids game

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ everything

    tony allen’s between-the-legs was sick.
    i’m rooting for the spurs and the mavs for tonight’s game.
    lets go roddy.

  • Feez22

    Wade is also shooting around 49% this year I wouldn’t be surprised if he shot 58% in march either. Bosh… Poor bosh. Still baffles me how he can drop 20 pounds in the offseason because he felt the weight was getting him injured… If u can find another PF in the L that pump fakes in the paint more than bosh I’d like to know… Oh ya rose shot around 40% in march but w/e that doesn’t matter of course.

  • MUBWAR

    post up forget stat of the night King James with
    35 points 8r 8a and 5 steals. Only done a hand full of times the last 20 years

  • bull22

    check this lebron stats out also you LEBRON lovers.
    swepted in the finals 4-0
    blowing a 3-2 lead in a playoff series against
    the pistons.
    having a 66-16 team choke against the MAGIC.
    having a 61-21 team choke against the CELTICS.
    yeah he is SURE amazing, at LOSING….

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    meloman2.0: WINNERS embrace pressure.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Adam, no mention of Willie Greens vicious put back dunk?! Oh, and Chris Paul played a very good game, although he didn’t shoot well. 12 assists, 7 rebounds, 4 steals, only one turn over.
    In the interest of consistency, I did mention last week that CP had a bad game (in Utah), although he shot the ball well and had good numbers.
    Last night was just one of those games where the shooting numbers weren’t a good reflection of his play.

  • bull22

    to EVERYTHING, funny how quickly you look for support, and i will give you same answer as i did to nick the quack, i dont try to get into no ones conversations.. you can either like my comments or not, no difference.. i just stick to the facts and if no one is intelligent enough to answer, too bad for them.. haha sounds to me like you have a low self esteem to
    be reaching out to others to hold your hand and badmouth me. hahahahahahahahaha

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    I don’t see why Bron shooting 50% is outstanding. With his body, combined with his game, he should be a 50% FG shooter. He gets a lot of dunks and easy shots at the rim, which will help your %.
    Now, Steve Nash numbers, consistently being over 50%, are outstanding.

  • Bruno

    damn portland is now 7th so LA’s road now looks tougher

  • MUBWAR

    bull22 for a lbj hater you know so much. Stop the love/hate and get off the man’s joc

  • Nella

    @ AllBall – amen to that. Nash shooting 50% is crazy, with Bron it should be the minimum.

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

    Big guys, a lot of times, look at little guys as pests in the NBA.
    Wall has heart, though.

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

    Kobe has not ever shot 50%. For The King, it is twice and counting.

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    yes. but we’re not “winners” yet. They still need to gel. all this talk is putting un needed pressure

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Phil, what has this got to do with Kobe?
    Bron has never won a ring, for Kobe, it is 5 and counting.
    See how easy that is?

  • bull22

    mubwar, lebron use to be one of my favorite players until his ego got the best of him with his drama, yeah i know alot about him and other players, i love basketball. and make no mistake i dont like him anymore and because of all their trashtalking, of course i want to see HIM and the HEAT FAIL this year!

  • MUBWAR

    hey bull22 I understand some people actually care about what athletes do for a living but me I love the game and the game only. And since 2005 lbj has been king on the court. And now he actually has terrific mates in Flash and CB4. Haters can hate all they want but this experience is not gonna fail.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ everything

    im not bad mouthing you. i dont need to. youre doing fine all by yourself.

  • http://sfdjklf.com Jukai

    Big Z is a scary dude. For a while, it looked like he was going to push away four wizard members AND a ref.

  • bull22

    i will give credit to LEBRON one positive thing he has done this season, and thats get DERRICK ROSE his props, and that experience you are talking about, is not looking so good this year after parading a 70 win season in their first year together, but the playoffs are near so we shall see..

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I like this Wall kid. Tough and gritty. I dig.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Awwh sheet… Bull22 found the website again today :(

  • bull22

    okay little putts (everything) and yes iam fine… hahahaha i get amused by chumps that love to run their mouths…

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Big Z looks like he got bodies back home in Lithuania. That’s why almost none of the vets ever mess with him. Young boys don’t know any better.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Worst rebounder: Amare or Andrea?

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    1 rebound is atrocious, like his defense last night. Amare must be crazy if he thinks his performance is going to cut it in the playoffs. Giving up that amount of points to a non-playoff team worries me a bit. At least Melo actually tried to play d at the end of the game. He’s a decent defender when he puts in the effort. Still don’t know how this duo is going to work. The amount of shots Melo takes is eventually going to cause a rift. If we could involve a third or fourth team, get back a center, and trade him to the Nets it would be great…I guess I should just be glad the got the W tho.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Melo has improved is ball movement, which was an issue initially.
    Amare is basically pouting. He liked being the man, now he’s clearly not. And he’s not happy. And he has ALWAYS refused to do th little things when somebody else is being hailed as the man. It’s what happened with Nash, where Amare was catching all the flak, and Nash was getting all the praise.
    At least in New York, Melo will get most of the blame because of how the trade went down, and because of the success of Denver. But, if Amare continues to be putrid on defense and the glass, the fans will turn on him again. Dude can rebound and defend when he wants to, but he checks out of the game when he doesn’t have his offense going. It’s his biggest flaw.

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

    AllBall:
    You fell into the trap. I own you. lol

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Andrea is a far worse rebounder..like you said, Amare CAN rebound and defend, he just doesn’t. I’m not so sure Andrea is capable of doing either.

  • bull22

    GOT TO LOVE THOSE BULLS BABY! 1. 54-20…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Amare could be the best PF in the league if he just gave 100% all the time…he has the talent.

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    -_-

  • MUBWAR

    Andrea is worst 7f of all time when it comes to rebounding and defending. But Amar’e has nothing on his polish offensive game

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    @ Wayno and Allenp: Agreed. That’s why it’s frustrating to watch. Amare has the ability, it’s his effort that sucks.

  • ThaWindy

    I’m still wanting on LBJ and Wade to raise the level of play for their teammates. They score such a huge percentages of the Heat points that I don’t know how they plan to transfer that into good playoff basketball.

  • MUBWAR

    did Amar’e ever averaged double digits rebounding for a season? my guess is no so …

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    @AllBall, if you think 50% for a SF isn’t impressive I don’t know what it is. Besides, I was focusing on February (53%) and March (58%). He’s scoring 28 ppg this month on 58% shooting, that’s just bananas. And yes, Steve Nash’s shooting numbers have always been incredible.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Jahmai, 50% for a SF is great. Bron isn’t just any SF, so that point is irrelevant. I’m talking specifically about Bron, and for him, 50% should be the baseline.
    Phil, you reeled me in with the one! LOL, I should know better.

  • hoodsnake

    I’m gonna take a wild guess here and say bull22 is gonna say something about the Bulls that your grandmother knows. If he finds the site that is…

  • Pharoah

    The west playoffs are gonna be amazing to watch this year. Any team is capable of knocking out each other top to bottom.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    @AllBall, Bron is definitely not just any SF, but you have to agree with me that this month has been awfully impressive from him. In MJ’s best FG% season, he had 31.5 ppg on 54% shooting. So Bron’s 28 on 58% is phenomenal to me.

  • T-Money

    You know what, I’ll take a pass on today. Don’t feel like wasting time bringing any logic or facts to this discussion.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Sergio

    I became a Wall fan yesterday. Kid has heart!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Sergio

    Are the Spurs tanking the 1 seed because they don’t want to face the grizzlies in the 1st round?

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    @meloman2: Throw that Knicks 2010-11 regular season record out. Flush it. Like that regular season record is a true reflection of how good these Knicks are going to be in the real season. I see Melo calling games a must win, raising the pressure up for everybody not just himself. Simply put, Melo is HEARD, then he DELIVERS in both games with 39-10 to go along with suffocating defense at the other end of the court. Melo is a winner. Plain and simple, Melo embraces the pressure. Melo is clutch. Bottom line, whoever gets the Knicks in the first round, is starring at a first round exit. Not to sound arrogant, but BOOK IT!

  • Feez22

    50% from the field for a top scoring wingman hasn’t been the baseline since… Mike Jordan. Clearly i’m not going to compare lebron to mike so ya… i don’t think that should be the baseline for him when it hasn’t been the baseline for any star since mike. With that being said, lebron has taken more jumpers this year than any other and he is still shooting 50%. pretty impressive. btw comparing nash’s 50% to lebron’s 50% is apples and oranges. Yes nash shoots mainly jumpers and thats awesome. However he takes like 11-12 shots per game. lebron is around 17-19. shooting 50% as the 2nd leading scorer>shooting 50% taking 12 shots per game. thats just my opinion. The more you shoot, the less your percentage is most of the time. w/ lebron its the opposite. 28ppg on 58% shooting for march… thats insane but i have to criticise that a little wade and softie bosh have left lebron in single coverage most of the time which allows him to shoot 58% this month. Yet again another certain all star had prime snaq omeal and still shot sub 47%… so i guess the 58% for a month is legit. somewhat.

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    guys, today is a sad day. why? the MLB season has begun.
    thats right, the top ten on sportscenter will now be filled with “exciting” homeruns or a “spectacular” strikeout. and the occasional robbing of a homerun, which i guess is kinda cool.
    also, the 10 hour baseball game will interrupt your favorite TV programs like the Maury Povich show. don’t lie, you know you watch it.
    basketball brethren, let us enjoy the remainder of the NBA season, as we look forward to the excitement of the Playoffs.

    cuz baseball sucks.

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    and im awfully bored at work, i was hoping to read funny arguments

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ everything

    its just a bunch of injuries and possibly age that’s catching up late in a solid season for the Spurs. they’ll be fine in the playoffs. they did it a couple of times already.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    @ airs…the world series is kinda interesting to watch, but all the other 900,000 games they play are painfully boring…I don’t remember the last time I watched a baseball game from start to finish. And yes, haveing all the SC top tens be home runs and diving catches sucks big time.

  • Riggs

    BASEBALL’S BACK!

  • bull22

    wow, never ceases to amaze me how some of you take things way out of context by speed reading and skipping the details and missing the point… but one thing we can’t miss is the BULLS so far are still in first place! now that is all your sights! CHICAGO STYLE…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Sergio

    Baseball Sucks!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The Wizards have some nice talent.
    They need to trade Blatche and dump Flip, and they might be able to make some noise.

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    i’ll never understand how a sport where 75% of the game the players are STANDING STILL is entertaining. i believe its just an excuse to have a few beers with friends. but i don’t even like beer so there goes that.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    Separated at birth: Bull22 and Greek dude/Spanny. Book it!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I was talking with my boy out here about Washington’s future. I think if Washington doesn’t move Blatche he leaves on his own, gets paid (more then market value) by some desperate team that just lost its big man. His potential will earn him money, I doubt he ever gets it together and uses it. I can see him playin in Memphis or somewhere like that.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Other then that I like washington’s future, they have a nice 1 obviously, McGee should turn into a good center, not great but pretty good. Jordan Crawford is looking like a steal in that Hinrich trade, and Nick Young is 6th man of the future. Kid could average 22 off the bench if he ever gets consistent.

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    i have no idea who or what bull22 is talking about half the time

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    NBK
    They just paid Blatche a big deal. So they are going to have to trade him, he won’t walk.
    Nick Young and Crawford are going to be competing for minutes, right? I don’t know if Young accepts a role on the bench gracefully.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    my fault he signed an extension in early this season for 3 years huh? And I think Nick Young would accept that role if they were competitive, if not then they need to figure something out. Having John Wall and Jordan Crawford gives them the potential best defensive backcourt in the league, and they still need a 3. (they have nice draft picks as well)

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

    I’ve been clowning Flip Saunders for more than a year. lol

  • MUBWAR

    cosign air’s last comment. neither do I.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I see McGee as having all the physical tools, but lacking some of the mental ones. I don’t think he appreciates how difficult life is in the NBA because his size and talent shield him from some of the realities.
    Dude is an elite shot blocker, but a pretty bad overall defender. His offense is rudimentary, and his focus and professionalism are sad. But, he has a good heart, and seems to want to be better. He needs to go to Hakeem’s big man camp or something, and they need a real vet who can help hold him accountable.
    I think Blatche is a lost cause though. And I was surprised they dumped Al Thornton, who at least has one serious skill, which is scoring.
    They should try to package Blatche and Young for a decent big from somewhere.

  • bull22

    @ nick the quick, greek dude/spanny??? that someone in your family or something your 12 year old self watches on cartoon network, hahahahaha… man you are goofy with these stupid comments..

  • bull22

    Bulls dispatch lowly Timberwolves 108-91
    Rose and Boozer lead way to easy victory with double-doubles

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    actually the majority of us understood what Nick was talking about. And yes, you are in the same class as greek dude. not a good thing

  • Keith Bogans

    @bull22 unplug your computer.

  • MUBWAR

    kill yourself bull22. seriously just do it

  • bull22

    @nbk, not a good thing?? haha what iam i suppose to do cry. i tell you what little brother, if i need to make any punk comments to you or anyone else i would do so in person, but since that is not going to happen i will stick to basketball.
    you have to be pretty stupid thinking you are a man because you can say this online…

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Jahmai, no doubt, recently Brons shooting has been phenomenal.
    Feez, is Bron not that special of a talent? I have had discussions with knowledgeable people who really feel he is the best NBA athlete ever. I may have read it on here. T-Money, your logic/facts and opinion are always welcome, if it is this subject you were referring to.
    Kobe, in his athletic prime, and now, takes incredibly difficult shots, and often very bad shots. Because of this, he would never shoot over 50%.
    Allen, didn’t you mention that his shot selection is the only thing that makes it easy to place Kobe behind Jordan?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    “bull22 Posted: Mar.31 at 1:39 pm
    @ nick the quick, greek dude/spanny??? that someone in your family or something your 12 year old self watches on cartoon network, hahahahaha… man you are goofy with these stupid comments.” – looks to me like your the one sayin stuff online. I was just letting you know that your the one that looks stupid, making ignorant comments like its your day job. I don’t care about being a “man” online, or anything about your opinion. Your just annoying, end of story. And I won’t be responding to a thing you say until you figure out how to logically comment. The majority of the regulars here will likely start, or already are doing the same thing.

  • bull22

    there you go nbk, shut the heck up and move on with your life! i will tell you what i told another blogger, you can read or ignore my comments, either way it don’t matter.. you holding with others means nothing to me..
    look around stupid, you dont own this site…
    and if you have regular followers and this your little world, hey thats your thing, not mine,, cappish…

  • JTaylor21

    No, MJ’s strength, speed, athletic ability, passing skills, defensive versatility, finishing ability and stellar mid-range game are things that make it easy to place MJ way above Kobe.
    It’s a shame that the further away we get from a great’s career they easier it is for the media and fans to forget just how dominant and special that player was.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    lol anyway, (have ya’ll heard about how the refs were talking to the phoenix players last night?) my friend was about 6 or 7 rows up at the Suns game last night and he heard one of the refs tell Aaron Brooks he was “whining like a little b*tch” – so Brooks said “would you say that to me in the street?” and the ref kicked him out. Which coincides with what I read on truehoop this mornign that the refs were saying things most of those guys have never heard in their careers, Gortat almost commented on it but was stopped by Channing Frye, Xavien Dowdell said he has never experienced anything like that in his professional or amatuer career, totally bizarre.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    :( i want EBoy back. and i hate eboy. hell i’ll Jtaylor over this bull22 dude. anyway. Jason Terry vs Lamar Odom tonight. we;; as far as 6th men go. I hope Odom grabs that this year. He truly is the best back up in the league. Right? Anyone else in 6th man contention?

  • JTaylor21

    *the*

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Yay Jtaylor is back. wait what…

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    ALLBALL
    Yeah. If had better shot selection, it would be much harder to say, without a doubt, that Jordan is better than him.
    Mike still has an edge on defense and, possibly, with passing. But those edges pale in comparison to how much more efficient he was than Kobe. That’s the big chasm.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    That is weird NBK. I’m not surprised, but these Refs need to realize who and what they are. and the not to be instigators.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    well I hope stern doesn’t ignore this. I think its bs that he puts the opinion of his refs over the coaches and players. The power gets to their head and its a slipper slope from there. Look at the Joey Crawford v The Spurs situation. Stern doesn’t reprimand crawford for blatantly abusing his power, he just makes it so he doesn’t ref in san antonio as often.

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    F*ck a duck!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Tony Allen for first team all defense. Tony Allen, Dwight Howard, Andrew Bogut, Kevin Garnett, Grant Hill and Chris Paul have all been amazing defensively this year. But man Tony Allen is a monster

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    Yeah, and the United Center is HIS HOUSE!!

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    Not to start another Rose convo, but did anyone read Bill Lambier’s comments? Talk about a hater smh.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Tony Allen is the best on ball defender in the L. I have said as much in TPU after the Grizzlies beat OKC in OKC.
    Grant Hill is also phenomenal, but if they only choose two smalls I think CP will make it. He is not better the better defender (because Hill is so much more versatile), but he leads the L in steals and NOH are one of the best defensive teams in the L. Voters will buy into that.

  • j4zzm4n

    just after the nightmare of spanny the spamtard we get another idiot polluting the boards… hoping that lamar gets 6th man too dude is a beast , as much as i like kobe i will be disappointed if he gets put on first team all d this year , so many other players deserve it over him.

  • http://slamonline Brion

    Ya it kinda sucks, this Bulls22 guy is turning me into a Bulls hater. Dudes annoying.

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    Yeah, I read that crap, zoom.
    Wonder if he still feels that way after Rose dropped 23 points and 10 dimes on his squad in 30 minutes, sitting out the entire fourth quarter.
    That’s why I still can’t stand Laimbeer, Zeke OR Mahorn. It’s been 20 years and they’re still salty the Bulls gave them the bidness in that ECF.

  • tonyknorr

    @NBK yeah it was truly bizarre in Phoenix last night steve got fouled on a shot and the refs didn’t call it so Steve finally snapped cause of all that stuff you were talking about. He straight up said to the ref “F**k you B**ch!” and got T’d up. I hope the league looks into that crap.

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    I used to take pride in the fact none of the Bulls fans on here would blatanly be the “Bulls are the best! F*ck yo squad!” types.
    All good things…

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

    @ Allenp: Are you seriously comparing Amare and Andrea? Amare gets over 8 boards a game–that’s pretty decent. Andrea gets around 5… Andrea has only had 2 double-doubles this entire season as the starting center. And he’s taller.

  • bull22

    i predicted 55 wins for the bulls this year and they may reach that tonight! and maybe some of you who write here, may see your sucky teams improve tonight and show something for the future.. because the clock is winding down….

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

    You should compare Brook and Andrea.

  • tonyknorr

    @Allenp I live in canada and have NBA TV which is essentially the raptors network so I am forced to watch Andrea play all the time. I fully agree with the notion that Amare is a crap defender and rebounder; especially considering his actual abilities to do these things are fine, he just wont. However, he is not even close to being as hopeless as Andrea is on the defensive end. As someone who coaches high school ball it makes me sick to my stomach to know that italian kids overseas are going to look up to him and try play like him.

  • izzo

    There’s nothing that would help Javale McGee’s development more right now than to be punched to the floor by a seasoned vet.

  • blakos

    @Allenp, as a Wizard Fan I am optimistic. John Wall is the truth. Young and Crawford at the two and McGee at Centre. They have tanked this season so hopefully they can pick up someone like Derrick Williams in draft. Definitely agree with getting rid of Blatche, he can be a black hole on offence and him and Wall don’t gel. Trade Blatche for something maybe a vet.

  • blakos

    co-sign izzo

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    Did David Stern add an extra Bulls game to the schedule tonight?

  • tonyknorr

    @ Allenp Andrea is a far worse defender than Amare. I live in canada and therefore watch a lot of Raptors games, and trust me Andrea bargnani is the hands down worst seven foot rebounder europe has ever produced and that is saying something. Thank god for him that he can score otherwise he would be doing a great disservice to the young italian kids that look up to him. I just really hope for their sake they don’t try to emulate his defense.

  • blakos

    Damn this bull22 gut is painful. At least spanny occasionally made people laugh.

  • tonyknorr

    man why don’t my posts show up on here like 60 % of the time. SLAM fix this shit I’ve almost completely given up on commenting here a bunch of times cause of this issue. watch this will probably show up. In case it does Andrea’s defense makes me sick to my stomach it is so bad.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    bull22, nice of you to tell us about your prediction 75 games into the season.

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    Hope y’all allow me to vent for a hot sec before I bring it back to basketball…
    So we finally paid off our car two weeks ago…
    Then this morning on the way to work, slipped on some black ice and hit the median.
    Car won’t run.
    Gonna cost $4,000 to fix it.
    FML….
    Anyways, what the hell happened in Pheonix last night?
    Sounds crazy.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    damn bro that sucks. I’m happy I don’t ever have to worry about icy roads. The Phoenix stuff I am not even too sure about, the players seemed reluctant to say anything after the game last night. But if dowdell get’s ejected then something’s up that guy never says anything

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    It’s all good.
    This too shall pass.
    Anyways, I just read the ref said that “whiny b*tch” comment to Dowdell, not Brooks.
    So I wonder what Brooks said to the ref?
    They probably already had it out for him cause of the ball-throwing incident.

  • http://pickand.tumblr.com airs

    That sucks, matic. AND the mlb started. Hope your day turns around bro

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    And then you got Dominique who had to put hands on a former ref.
    It’s like refs gone wild up in here.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    idk like I said the quote about brooks came from one of my boys that was at the game. “purpleman” actually, if you watch suns games you see “mr.orng” and “purple man” especially if your watching the phoenix broadcast. the dude in purple is who was there and told me what he heard

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I saw Stevey with the “F*ck you B*tch.” I was a little surprised lol. He turned on the Nashty. You gotta get out of Eskimoville Enigmatic! Glad your alright man.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Haha, they always show Mr Orange. That guy follows them everywhere, even on the road.
    Enigmatic, I hope everything works out with the car. At least you got the Bulls playing great, and your boy Rose a shoo-in for MVP (if voters know what they are doing).

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    We probalby brought it on ourselves, man.
    We got out nice little tax refund cheddar.
    We paid off the car, had it all fixed up.
    And then one of us had to go and say, “now watch, now that we spent all our money on the car, we’re gonna get in an accident”
    Damn jinx!
    Yeah, airs! Damn MLB!
    What’s been cracking me up too is these commercials for the Masters.
    Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure golf ain’t easy, but they make it seem like winning the Masters is the pinnacle of athletic sports.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    just on the west coast but yeah. He brought my boy to every laker game last year in the playoffs. People were treating them like celebrities in LA lol taking pictures with them and stuff

  • http://slamonline.com The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    Big Z, John Wall, McGee!!! The 90s are back!!!
    Lol

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    LOL! Yeah, I seen him follow the Suns on that recent road trip they had, where they went to Nawlins, then played both LA teams. The players must acknowledge him right? He is behind there bench most nights.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Golf is the hardest sport to master on planet earth. But its not physically hard, only mentally. So winning the Masters is pretty huge, I personally love the way the PGA handles that tournament, all the fans are always respectful, you don’t get the drunken idiots yelling hooting and hollering at golfers, all the media asks appropriate golf oriented answers. At last years Masters any media member that asked Tiger about anything other then golf was either ignored or removed and banned from the event. Part of it is how they portray the tournament as the gala or grand ceremony of golf.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Ken Mauer looks like he thinks he’s really gangsta. Like he doesn’t realize that whistle is saving him.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    The suns as an organization have recently recognized how devoted he is. He has front row seats tomorrow night, just Mr. Orng – He did an interview with Steve Nash last week, they are actually marketing him as a kind of mascot. The players notice him, but I don’t think they talk to him that often, unless forced to by PR

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    Tough break with the car, Matic. Hope it all works out!
    We all love our teams/players and love to root against rival teams/players but at least most of the people here manage to do it intelligently and humorously even when they don’t agree and without becoming an obnoxious, pathetic, self-righteous and disparaging troll like Bull22.

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    I respect that, nbk. But I still find it incredibly boring.
    And I’m saying, John Wall shoulda uppercutted Big Z.
    The smart move would’ve been to just take the elbows and either get him back subtley (sp) or with your game.
    But if you’re gonna get suspended anyways, may as well make it worth it.
    And Juwan Howard is old enough to be Wall and McGee’s dad and he’s out here scapping with them. That’s gangsta.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Should have done an Andre Miller. That’s how you win that battle.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    That’s good that they recognise his dedication. It cannot be cheap travelling around the West coast like that. By acknowledge, I meant do they say “how you doing?” to him when they see him at games.
    Allen, did Andre Miller not lose out in reality, missing a couple of games and ending his streak?

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    Stomp him in the nuts!

  • bull22

    i really find it amusing how many of you actually believe in your ignorant comments, especially with players whose teams are not even sniffing playoffs… iam sure all you anti-bull fans are already lining up your excuses for why derrick rose should not be MVP. but the PLAYOFFS tell the truth… and as each one of your beloved TEAMS is shown the door,, iam sure many of you will claim to be BULLS fans by the time this playoffs is over.. hahahahahahahaha

  • http://pickand.tumblr.com airs

    Dude, you gotta go to a driving range. I can’t stand baseball, but i dunno what it is but golf is pretty awesome.

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    On behalf of all Bulls fans, I apologize for bull22.
    @ airs – nah. I’ll hit up a shooting range in a hot minute.
    A driving range?
    Nah.

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    It’s because you can always get better at Golf. You don’t ever really max out because there is always something to work on. Not many perfect rounds of golf.

  • bull22

    and on behalf of all making ignorant comments,
    i wish i could have been your school teacher
    so i could have taught you about having good manners and realistic expectations…..

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    I don’t consider golf a sport. It’s definitely a game that requires a great deal of skill, but to me it’s not a sport.

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    zoom, go walk and play 18 holes and tell me you aren’t sore in the morning.

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    I agree with zoom but didn’t wanna be the first to say it. lol

  • http://Slamonline.com Nbk

    I hope not allball he’s in the stand about 7-9 rows up most the time behind a basket, not really in communicAting territory plus

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    LOL @ Nicloas Flemming. I can definitely appreciate golf, but when I see that a guy like John Daly can actually be a “big name”, it only reinforces my feelings.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Don’t forget about the Walrus.
    Then again, John Kruk was an elite athlete for a while.
    As was Gilbert Brown.
    Oliver Miller is well known.
    So, being fat doesn’t mean you can’t be a big name to be honest.

  • JTaylor21

    I don’t know about you people but I love watching baseball, apart from b-ball it’s probably the thing I watch the most.
    I wish I knew more about baseball in HS and had a chance to play it because it has to be the least stressful sports out of all the major sports. They also get paid more money than any other sport.
    A guy like ARod gets paid 25 million just to stand in the infield, catch the occasional fly ball and get up to bat once every 30-40 mins each game.

  • http://klatschendom.wordpress.com/ speedy

    @bulls**t 22
    It’s not the bulls I hate its your ignorant , childish, onedimensional comments.
    Just go back this, the last two, or three post ups, read what you wrote and see how stupidity unfolds.

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    @ Allenp: You can be fat and be an elite athlete, but in golf it doesn’t matter one way or the other. Hand eye coordination trumps all, hence my problem with calling it a sport. @JTaylor: Yea, baseball money is crazy. With no salary cap there’s no limit on what a guy can make. Albert Pujols was actually demanding to make slightly more than A-Rod. If the Cards wanted to, there’s no rule stopping them from paying him that. They were smart enough to reject that type of extension.

  • http://slamonline.com The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    I don’t know much about Baseball – apart maybe that its pronounciation can be translated in french as “f*ck ball” (“baise”ball)…
    But Golf is pretty interesting, especially since thanksgiving 2009 (will Tiger ever win a Masters again?)
    What a suspense!

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    On to another, off-topic topic…
    Has anyone else noticed those XX Equis “Most Interesting Man in the World” commercials have the dude speaking in a much less thicker accent lately??
    I mean, I know the dude’s accent was fake all along, his name is Jonathan Goldsmith, after all.
    But it seems like his accent went from being some thick, quasi-spanish accent to sounding like an old white dude who smoked too many cigarettes in his days…

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    Yeah, I thought that was a reach too.
    Spurs/Celtics, who’s gonna win?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I hadn’t noticed. Can’t decide if this news is good or bad. The Latin Lothario stereotype is problematic but so is whitewashing a character.
    love this celtics/spurs game so.far.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Celtics still can’t rebound..tony parker is so beastly in the lane.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    So rondo can show his great defense at anytime.

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    Yeah, not sure if it’s good or bad either.
    Parker’s killin it.
    I’m gonna have to root for the Spurs on this one so the Bulls can have a little more breathing room with the 1 seed.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I am torn. The closer your Bulls get to clinching the top seed the more ridiculous certain folks get. But it will be ridiculous ithe Lakers get the one seed out west. It is the classic lose/lose.

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    There’s always a few in every group.
    I, for one, still believe we won’t win it all this year, but can challenge for the next few years with the right personnel moves.

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com airs

    okay, i’ll be the first irrational bulls fan to say it…well that is if you exclude bull22.
    i think the bulls have a great shot at the chip this year.
    and i personally am a fan of the ridiculousness,
    its what keeps this place interesting haha.
    also,golfisdopeyouguysshouldtryit,peace!

  • JTaylor21

    In terms of best midrange shooting bigs, KG rarely gets mentioned but he’s right up there.
    The best is probably Dirk followed by Amare, KG, and Bosh.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I think Bosh and Kg.have better jumpers than Amare. Don’t.forget about Kristic and Big Z.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Honestly I don’t.thin any team in the East outside ofMiami can beat the Lakers right now. And it would be crazy tough for miami. Boston is just too beat up and thin without Perkins. WTH was Ainge thinking? He gutted a contender.

  • JTaylor21

    Why teams insist on giving Rondo so much space on his jumpshot continues to baffle me.
    I know he’s not the greatest mid-range shooter but you still can’t allow him to just walk up and take what are basically FTs.
    Also is there a team out there that executes better than the celts?

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    Pau or Dirk?

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

    Al Horford is better than Bosh, KG and Amare at mid range shooting.

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

    I’d like to try golf some day–airs and Larry David being its biggest spokespeople, I think I’ll have to.

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