Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 at 8:50 am  |  40 responses

Post Up: Orlando Blooms

Magic step up against Knicks; Lakers best TWolves.

by Adam Figman | @afigman

Orlando 116, New York 110

There were two factors at play here: One, the Knicks shot 37.2 percent from the field, while the Magic shot 52.2 percent. That’s a big difference, big enough to attribute a loss or win to. Two: Jameer Nelson going absolutely wild in the second half, scoring 23 of his 26 in the final two quarters and hitting a number of big buckets down the stretch. Combine Nelson’s play with Dwight Howard’s (30 points, 16 boards) control of the paint, and you’re probably not going to lose that contest. Amar’e Stoudemire and Chauncey Billups both put in 30 for the Knicks, who will return home to face the Hornets tonight.

Indiana 109, Golden State 100

The Pacers are gonna need to step up and pull some wins if they want to grab the eight spot in the East, meaning they can’t squander good opportunities to get said Ws. Last night they didn’t, hanging on to defeat Golden State behind a strong effort from Danny Granger (27 points). Six Pacers scored in double figures, though defeating an opponent while shooting 3-16 from three is pretty tough, so kudos to Indiana. The sharp-shooting Reggie Williams led all Warriors with 25.

Memphis 109, San Antonio 93

Sans Tony Parker, the Spurs had no fire, and the Grizzlies came out hot and ran all over ‘em. No Spurs starter played more than 28 minutes, and Gary Neal led all of his teammates with 14. But, come on, haven’t these vets earned some time off? This feels like the perfect time for the Spurs to regroup, get some rest, and focus up for the Playoff push. Zach Randolph and Darrell Arthur each scored 21 for the Grizz.

Milwaukee 92, Detroit 90

Hey look, it’s Rip Hamilton! Seemingly out of the doghouse, Rip emerged to score 10 points in 27 minutes, though the Pistons fell late to the Bucks after some clutch Brandon Jennings (21 points) freebies clinched it. Rodney Stuckey dropped a game-high 25.

Dallas 101, Philadelphia 93

The Mavs won their seventh straight, receiving 30 points from Jason Terry and a triple-double from Jason Kidd (13-10-13) along the way. Unfortunately, Tyson Chandler went down in the second quarter with a sprained right ankle, so that’ll need to be taken care of (read: not, um, sprained) if the Mavs are going to take on the likes of the Thunder and the Lakers. Terry was dominant, hitting jumpers from all over the court and finishing a fast break late in the fourth quarter that closed off the Sixers. The L was Philly’s first in five contests.

Toronto 96, New Orleans 90

For the second straight game, Chris Paul struggled, scoring just 7 points off 3-10 shooting from the field. And the Raps took full advantage, defeating the Bees behind Jose Calderon (22 points) and DeMar DeRozan (17). It’s almost strange, seeing things click for the Raptors and wondering if they can (and one day will) be much better. Who knows? But they did look it last night, shooting 49.4 percent from the floor and 93.3 percent from the line in the victory.

L.A. Lakers 90, Minnesota 79

If the Lakers can’t, I’m pretty sure nobody is holding back Kevin Love (13 points, 11 boards) from getting a double-double each and every game. Holding Love’s squad back from winning is slightly easier, as the Lake Show did last night. Kobe Bryant led L.A. with 24, while Pau Gasol went for 12 points and 17 boards. The Lake Show has now defeated Minny 14 straight times, and no, I don’t have a punchline for that—I just feel kind of bad. Let’s move along.

Houston 103, Portland 87

The Rockets pulled back to .500, winning their fifth straight over the new-look (well, with Gerald Wallace) Blazers. Kyle Lowry and Luis Scola both played about 40 minutes, scoring 21, while Kevin Martin put in 20. Could the Rockets have something going here? Definitely looks like it, as they’re now a reasonably three games out of Playoff contention.

Last Call: Dwight Howard doesn’t often get dunked on, and Shawne Williams doesn’t often dunk on people. So, hey!

(H/T: @Jose3030)

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  • Riggs

    knicks actually shouldve won, but thanks to the refs took them out of their game and didnt call fouls against dwight howard, which lead to jameer nelson getting hot. The knicks shot poorly percentage wise but thats because they were at the stripe most of the time.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Maybe the Knicks were just hyped to play a great game against the Heat and shot their load. Riggs is incorrect. Both teams were given the benefit of sh*t referring (Chauncey Billups getting 20 free throws…GTFOH)….since the trade they given up the same huge amount of points per game that they did before the trade except in the near perfect game they played against the Heat. Perhaps the parade route up and down 5th Avenue should be put on hold for a bit?


    Jose Calderon shut down CP3 last night. This are almost embarrassing 22-7-16 for Jose and 7-4-5 for Chris. Nothing can be said to hide that. CP3 wants outta NO.

  • http://www.dynastybasketball.net/ Tony

    What didn’t my comment post?

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    I watched that game from start to finish and Eboy is right, bad refereeing all around. They were inconsistent with their calls and whistled for ticky tack more often than hard fouls. There was a reason there were a ridiculous amount of technicals. That said, Jameer didn’t take over because of the officiating; Chauncey was way too slow fighting over screens. I dont know what you’re talking about Riggs.

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

    Knicks took 86 shots, made 37% and Amare grabbed TWO-TWO!-rebounds. That is all.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Stepfan

    That was a weird game last night. Both teams made runs, then both teams couldnt hit a shot. Then all those fouls. The game started at 7:10 pm est and ended at like after 11. Melo just cloudnt get out of the gates last night. He got to learn how to move without the ball. Tony Douglaus has got to give you more off the bench and run that second unit if those Knicks fans want to upset a team in the first round of the playoffs. Did Chris Paul quit on his teammates in Nola?

  • D12FSU

    @riggs There were 97 combined FTs, 50 were orlandos so you cant say the refs were calling fouls primarily for one team..but if you want to talk about the refs taking you out of a game, the refs literally took hedo out of the game while he was on the bench…

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Check his STAT’s!

  • D12FSU

    oh, and tony douglas may be the best on ball defensive PG in the league

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Jameer took over. looked like he did back at St. Joes, just couldn’t miss and Chauncey couldn’t stay in front of him. @D12FSU I’m clueless as to why Tony wasn’t given that matchup for more of the night. That cost them the game

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    EBoy is so annoying, one loss to a contender and he starts going in… when the heat first formed they started 9-8 if i do recall, and that was with training camp. the Knicks are obviosly gunna need time to gel.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Yea… I was at the Raps game. CP3 doesn’t seem to play well against the Raps in general. I don’t want to say it’s because of Calderon but…Jose DID have the better game.


    It looks like CP3 lost it. I know he doesn’t play well against the raps but when Calderon gets a near triple double on you, u ain’t playing D.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    CP3 has been on the slide for a while now. Strangely, this came after he took off the big bulky knee brace that was supposed to be giving him so much trouble.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Yeah, Meloman, just like the Knicks got one quality win and everyone of their closeted fans came out of mothballs to talk about how they were the new favorites in the East….including you. GTFOH with your bullsh*t.


    knicks? new favorite in the East? where is all this bull coming from?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Go re-read the comments from the Post Up on Monday, Mubwar.

  • Scott

    Can somebody please explain to me how Gail Goodrich did’nt make Slam’s top 500? Goodrich should be in the top 100.


    the Knicks fan base got really high with that win over the Heat. New fav in the East…looool. The knicks have 2 Me First player with no D and very good and under rated point guard. They are still a first round team just like before the trade.

  • Bruno

    if one man’s opinion is now called knicks fan base you are right … from the east now I like the knicks but that doesnt mean I think they are the favorites

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    I love the off-ball movement by Melo, something LeBron and Wade can learn from, seriously, this guy is constantly cutting or finding space, He had great position on the floor alot of times, he just needs to get the ball quicker, that’ll get em some easy baskets. They obviously need time to get it together but Amare really needs to do something about his rebounding because Fields is killing him on the boards and he’s a guard!

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/2011 Diesel

    AllBall – What’s your take on CP lately? Is this an injury or is he getting frustrated with the team?

  • http://www.walshsportsblog.com Darren

    Seems to me it’s the general media hyping the knicks, the actual fans are much more realistic about the team’s place. It’s a shame that ppl can’t tell the difference between these sources. It’s fairly obvious that they’re a likely 5th seed or possibly a 4th.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    They are the 6 seed, no chance they catch Atlanta

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    It’s not just the general media, Darren.
    IAMORANGE4EVER has basically crowned them champs for the next decade already.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    New Orleans has only won 3 games in the past month? That can’t be good

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com just bcuz

    yo ima say something it seems no one else WANTS to say. Is caremlo anthony above criticism? we always hear about players that shoot alot to score alot but hell, look what he’s done since he has been in NY. I mean is billups the throw in of the trade or is melo?? he looks sluggish overweight and gets tired quick. Yet he gets no criticism on any front. He played good defense on lebron for a half true indeed. But if lebron played the well melo has been playing hell would come from all 4 corners. Everyone says its tough playing in NY because you get scrutinized but ppl give him a pass when billups and amare are going hard

  • http://www.slamonline.com KulchaKris

    @Just, you know certain people are not criticised as heavily as “others”, because they are viewed as being more likable. ‘Melo falls into the likable category, so his flaws as a player are often overlooked. This idea that he’s one of the 5 best players in the league (according to Michael Wilbon) is ridiculous…

  • http://Slamonline.com LakeShow

    Don’t get all butt hurt Eboy, people just say garbage like that to piss u off like acting like losing to the Cavs has any real downside.

    everyone else.
    CP has lost a step for sure this season but he is still top 3 with D-will and Rose.


    Even if CP3 wants outta Louisiana, then where? New York and the Lakers can’t afford him. Maybe Arenas and Nelson for CP3 and Jarrett Jack. He is not going to Brooklyn. I’ll personally will like to see him in a hawk uniform.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    AllenP is onto something there. I like taking note of the players different injury aids, padding etc. Chris Paul ditched the bulky brace with a joint and now seems to be wearing a similar one that Kobe is sporting. His reduced effectiveness might be a case of him needing to trust his unassisted knee more.
    Most of the ballers here know that any change in how you perceive your legs abilities translates to performance.
    Not a fan but I hope he’s okay.

  • allenp

    To be clear, I am not taking a shot at Paul just noting that something has been off for a while. Don’t know ihe is tired or hurting but he and by default his team are off. No way jose calderon foes that to the real CP3

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

    Melo took way too many shots and almost threw the ball away twice at the end of the game. He’s a great player but they definitely should have gone to Amare with the game winding down.

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

    Dwight = MVP?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    If Orlando finished with a better record then Chicago then I’d say so. Basically whichever team finishes with a better record should have the MVP, Orlando/Chicago, Dwight/Rose

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    Scott: You’re right. Holy christ. That’s a massive, massive, MASSIVE issue on SLAM’s fault. I’m not even joking, dude is the reason Wilt and West have an ring.

  • JTaylor21

    When “Never Nervous” Pervis Ellison makes it into the Top-500 above a guy like Gail Goodrich, we have a big problem. Come on Slam, y’all slacking big time.

  • Scott

    Jukai, It has to me an editing mistake cause I think you would agree with me that Goodrich is top 100 easy.

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    eboy are u retarded… im MELOman, meaning wherever melo is, i am. and why wouldn’t we celebrate the win, it was a great comeback win against a championship contender. but u can check the comments cuz im pretty sure i didnt say Knicks r the new favorites at all. that still belongs to the celtics