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Sunday, March 27th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  72 responses

Post Up: Reasonable Drought

Knicks plummet while the Rose parade runs through the Bucks.

by Anton Kudriavtsev /@TheDiesel

Nets 87, Hawks 98

The Hawks clinched a playoff berth as Al Horford put in 23 points and 12 rebounds, holding off the Nets. Anthony Morrow scored 25 points but the Nets made some critical turnovers among their late run and couldn’t get over the Atlanta-induced lead. New Jersey shaved their 30-point deficit to 10 before Horford scored 6 straight points to pull away.

Bulls 95, Bucks 87

The loudest sections of the Bradley Center were Bulls fans that had a lot to cheer about as Chicago beat the Bucks. John Salmons scored 25 points for Milwaukee but shot 0 for 5 in the final period as the Bucks stumbled to correct their offense down the stretch. It also didn’t help that Derrick Rose went Super Saiyan when it mattered most, carrying Chicago on a 12-0 run while scoring 30 points and dishing a career-high 17 assists. After hitting two free throws, Rose whipped a pass to Noah’s hair bun and hit three straight shots in the final 2 minutes. The charge-avoiding lay-up? Check. The 8-foot runner in the lane? Check. For his final act, Rose rook Jennings into the hot tub time machine back to 1996, pivoting at the free throw line before fading away and swishing the jumper amid rabid “MVP” chants. The Bulls have won four straight games, 12 of their last 13 overall.

Knicks 106, Bobcats 114

The Knicks’ playoff airplane lost its second engine as the team continues to fall, losing its 6th straight game, this time to the Bobcats. Carmelo Anthony scored 36 points to carry New York from their 20-point deficit but ironically didn’t get help as Amar’e (14 points, 4-of-13 FG) struggled and the rest of the team lacked answers down the stretch. Eight Charlotte players scored in double figures led by Boris Diaw (20 points), as the team shot 47% from the field and held the rebounding advantage to hold New York scoreless in the last minute and a half to play. Do the Knicks have a cliché “defense wins championships” sign in their locker room with the “defense” part scratched out? Coach D’Antoni said he was worried about the offense lacking “pizazz” in a pregame quote, but fans know that the defensive end of the floor is what the coach should be worrying about.

Pacers 88, Pistons 100

Rip Hamilton enjoyed his escape from Kuester’s doghouse while scoring 23 points as his Pistons topped the Pacers. Brandon Rush led Indiana with 19 off the bench but the game turned when Detroit sprinted on a 21-3 third quarter run to take an 18-point lead. The Pacers eventually worked the lead down to 4 points but Hamilton’s lay-up and assist to Rodney Stuckey cut their hopes short. Indiana is still 1 game ahead of Charlotte for the last playoff spot in the East.

Mavericks 94, Jazz 77

Jason Terry finished a closely-contested game against the Jazz with 5 of his 22 points coming in the 4th quarter while the Mavs went on a 13-0 run to win their 3rd straight. Al Jefferson scored 21 points as the Jazz held a 2-point lead with 6:21 left before Dallas came up with key defensive plays, including a steal by Marion which led to a three-point play for Chandler on the other end. Why does anyone care stat of the night: Dirk Nowitizki’s consecutive free throw mark is at 72.

Raptors 90, Clippers 94

With most fans drooling with anticipation for the defensively deficient match-up of Jose Calderon and Mo Williams, Blake Griffin stole the show with 22 points and 16 rebounds as his Clippers beat the Raptors. Ed Davis led Toronto with 21 points and 11 rebounds while the announcers marvelled at his back-to-back double-double feat. Kevin Love frowns on your accomplishment, rookie. After a quiet first half, Griffin started to get involved in the offense with follow-up slams and a Duncan-esque bank shot while Eric Gordon (17 points) came up huge down the stretch with a key steal and a three pointer to extend the L.A. lead to 4 points. Sign that you should let it go # 25: Mo Williams is still wearing LeBron’s signature playoff shoes from last season. Mo – he’s just not that into you.

Overtime

“Check My $tats” of the night: Derrick Rose – 30 points, 17 assists, 3 rebounds.

Separated at Birth of the day: Mario Chalmers and Nick Cannon.

John Brockman shows off his trick shot arsenal while coining his own catchphrase.

Alonzo Mourning: still a nice guy.

I’m out like Bucks fans in the Bradley Center.

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  • sounddust

    GOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!1

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    The Knicks lost the game, but their coming together. I like the adjustment of using Fields as the 6th man. I see winning and grinning on the horizon. Go Knicks!

  • ThaWindy

    I thnk the knicks are losing games so they can have either a Knicks vs Celtics or Knicks vs Bulls/Miami to get that first round money. Cuz they know they might not get out the first round. Wouldnt want to waste it playing the Hawks or Philly.

  • salt lake sean

    The knicks lost because they suck right now, no hidden strategy behind that. Rose is the truth man, great competitor and leader, just carried the bulls to the win in the final stretch, that’s what MVP’s do, play their best when their best is needed. O can’t hate on a kid that works that hard

  • MUBWAR

    Mo is such a loser. U lost bron cause u decided to take a nap in the playoff. Make sure the same doesn’t happen when u ride Blake’s back to the playoff. Knicks don’t have a clue of what the word Defense stands for. And Rose just keeps slashing any chance the King will get a three peat (MVP that is)

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

    Derrick Rose is THE best point guard in world this season. Period. I’ve been wanting to acknowledge this fact for a while, now. He is the MVP of the League. A top 5 player in the League. A Hall of Fame caliber point guard. Barring injury. In my humble opinion.
    And, where’s Kap? That’s one of my guys. Where’s my guy Tarzan Cooper? Where’s the classy BostonBaller? Michael Scorn.
    Here I go babbling again. My bad.

  • MUBWAR

    Philosopher, let’s just wait till he wins a playoff series before all the hall of fame caliber PG stuff. Don’t get me wrong I’ve converted to ROSalism this but I wouldn’t go that far.

  • JTaylor21

    Philo, best PG in the world? Slow your roll, patna. There’s still that CP guy out there and DWill when healthy is still better.
    Rose will just have to settle for 3rd best for now. He’s the MVP though, so I’ll give me that!

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

    This season, he’s the best in the planet’s entirety.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    its great to be a bulls fan. especially when you can sit back and laugh at the haters who doubted them earlier this season and are praising drose now.

  • http://bassbesteck.blogspot.com bassbesteck

    I’m with phio. This season: Rose > CP/Deron

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    @jtaylor, are you serious? Have you watched the Dwill-Rose matchup games this season (2), Rose absolutely dominates Dwill. DRose is the best PG in the league. Nobody is more feared at the PG spot than Rose. If I had to win a game to save my life and I could choose between playing Paul or Rose, I wouldn’t even think about it, match me up with Paul.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Yesterday Drose said after dropping 30 and 17 (unbelievable): ‘I haven’t done sh*t yet.’ That’s his mindset, he feels the need to prove he can play some ball. I’m going to laugh my ass off when Drose is killing everybody’s favorite playoff team.

  • http://nba-point-forward.si.com/ datkid

    cp and d.will are now healthy…so it’s them again. chill philo and I was a huge rose fan. It seems like the bulls can go far in the playoffs…but i’m still not quite sure. personally. but that’s me.

  • JTaylor21

    Dominate?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Yes and by dominate, I mean that. Dwill has had his worst games of the season against Drose and Rose has been abusing him, he got two W’s against him and he blew by him every time he wanted, he’s too fast and athletic for Dwill. I don’t even know if you watched the games or if you just checked the boxscores.

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

    It’s undeniable, my brethren. The kid is just on another level that the rest of The League’s point guards have not attained this season. I’ve been on his bandwagon ever since he suggested that he could win the MVP. You just don’t say those type of things regularly. He’s backed it up. He has carried that Bulls team on his back like no other player this year has carried their teams.
    That team is not a great team on paper. The Celtics, the Heat and the Lakers are all great teams on paper. Derrick Rose, and only Derrick Rose makes that team appear at least, to be great.
    One would figure that he may have run out of gas by this point in the season, being that he played in the summer. But it seems like he’s getting even stronger as the season progresses. I’m not calling him the g.o.a.t., or anything, but again, this season Rose is the alpha – omega of point guards. He has had the eye of the tiger all year. And he’s not even done improving, in my opinion. Special, special player, that kid Rose.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    @The Philosopher, I couldn’t agree more with you.
    Derrick Rose is the best PG in the world.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    How about a different brand of hyperbole for once in the TPU comments?
    I’ll start; Blake had a missed dunk last night that might have been the best missed jam everrrr. Had me speaking in tongues, that ish.

  • Mr. Robinson

    Cosign The Philosopher. Dude Rose in a league of his own this year man. shaking and baking cats all over the place. Banner year for him.

  • the nerve

    man i’ll knock out drose n philo at the same damn time

  • ThaWindy

    This is what happens when you come into the league with no high school hype(LBJ living up to it), no true high expectations, the shaddow of Jordan hanging above you every night!. NO one really believes that you can be anything but just be a playoff team. JUST 3yrs later(Not 5,6 or 7) people can’t believe your that GREAT!!! that FAST…If Derrick was 6’7…he would be compared to Jordan, Kobe and Lebron.. but he’s not..he gets CP3 and DWill…So I’ll do like Rose and let my game do the talking..SOUTHSIDE STANDUP(why do people always say that)DROSE YOUNGEST MVP IN NBA HISTORY!!YOUGEST FINALS MVP!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Philo is completely right on this one

  • ThaWindy

    my last comment was addressed to MYSELF!!

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

    The regulars up here know that I’m a little off my rocker, anyway.
    But ThaWindy sounds extremely peculiar. I’ll leave it as that. He sounds like someone.

  • JTaylor21

    So now the Bulls are not a great team?
    Their PPG differential, PPG allowed, stellar home record, rebounding stats and superior bench beg to differ. Also the best defensive/new coach in the L would like a word with you.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I’ve been a fan of Rose since he was a junior in high school.
    I remember watching Rose abuse Brandon Jennings on tv when it was Simeon vs.Oak Hill, not Chicago vs. Milwaukee.
    I’ve watched almost every game Rose has played in since his year at Memphis.
    But I never, ever thought he’d be this good, this fast.
    I thought Beasley, Love and Mayo from his high school class would all be better pros than him.
    Like he’s done to many others, he’s proven me wrong.
    And he’s still only 22 years old. Damn.

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

    JTaylor21:
    Well, they have not won the Championship yet. In my opinion, if a team does not win the Championship, then they are not a great team.
    Tom Thibedeau in my opinion, is the Coach of the Year up to this juncture. We know things can change in the blink of an eye. But up to this point…

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Gotta agree with Philo. The reason I can see somebody picking Paul over Rose would be for defense. As great as Rose is, he is just above average playing D. Don’t get me wrong, the kid tries, but he’s not on the Paul/Rondo level. And anybody who says DWill is better this year, just stop. Seriously. For MVP its Rose, then wayyyyyy down below is Dwight, then wayyyy below that is Bron.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I agree with JTaylor, Rose gets the team MVP performances and the ability to beat any team on any night, but we wouldn’t be talking about Rose for MVP without his outstanding coach and his teammates.
    And Rose himself has said the same thing many times this season.
    I can’t tell you how many times the Bulls have fallen behind early, and Watson, Brewer, Gibson and Asik have come in and righted the ship.
    The Bulls are able to still play great without Boozer and and Noah because Gibson would be a starter on many teams, and Thomas is one of the smartest bets in the game.
    Part of the reason (besides both working their a**es of in the offseason) why Both Rose and Deng have looked outstanding this year is because of finally have a coach who knows what the hell he’s doing.
    Thibs has been phenomenal.
    Deng has been the glue guy all year.
    All these cats have been instrumental to the team’s success.
    Even White Mamba is one of the league’s great locker room guys.
    The Bulls don’t look great on paper, true.
    But I think they’re great cause of equal parts great coaching, great supporting cast and having the MVP.

  • ThaWindy

    Look at the draft history from 2000 until 2009 and tell me OTHER THAN LBJ..who would you pick….CP3???Wade????…DWill???…DHoward???MBeasley??OJMayo???Melo???..WHO?

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

    look ppl need to stop with the cp/dwill thing. thats over.im sorry live in the present. like most chicago fans ive watched drose since high school. But when i knew he had a chance to be great was in college. ncaa tourney memphis vs texas in the elite 8. i said to myself wow he is better than both dwill and cp were in college and he is only a freshmen!! thats when i realized damn this dude seems to learn things fast. so am i suprised..to be totally honest..NO

  • ThaWindy

    @Eingmatic
    I feel you…Got that Oak Hill vs Simeon on tape. Its hard to see this dude TAKE OVER games and people not give him his credit.

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

    And, he’s the lone all star on his team.

  • ThaWindy

    @Philo
    Who do I sound like?

  • http://bulls.com airs

    yo matic, have you ever been to a blackhawks game? well this question goes to any bulls fan actually. i just went to my first one on saturday and i gotta say, blackhawks fans put bulls fans to SHAME. i swear it was a sea of red and white everywhere, they even cheered throughout the ENTIRE national anthem. it was bonkers.

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

    Wassup Matic, I have a feeling the Bulls may be The CAvs 2.0 (beasting in the reg. season but out in the 2nd round of the playoffs).
    What is ur opinion (as a Bulls fan) on that?

  • ThaWindy

    @Caboose..
    how is CP3 and DWill D vs Rose? Rose just mind f*** DWill when they play. Heard the kid say he would have played better against Rose when he was in Utah but his wrist was hurting(read it on hoopshype.com when Sloan left)…

  • Keith Bogans

    don’t hate… appreciate!

  • onefishtwofishredfishbluefish

    @ Philosopher: BBR aka Roderick Bryant of BAW. What’s up my man? Long time no speak. How’s everything?

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    @airs – Naw, not a hockey fan, but I wouldn’t doubt it.
    Bulls fans have a rep for being extremely loyal, we’d sell out UC even in the “HorriBulls” days, but they’re FAR from being the loudest fans.
    It bothers me, but despite being the most succesful, the Bulls will never be accepted by Chicagoans as THE sports team of Chicago.
    @ Fresh Prince- I still think they’re an upgrade at shooting guard away from being able to win a title, but this Bulls squad has a lot more talent than those Cavs teams.
    Rose > Williams
    Bogans = Parker
    Deng Jamison
    Noah > Varejao
    Bulls bench >>>>> Cavs bench

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    WTF?
    It should say
    Rose > Williams
    Bogans = Parker
    Deng Jamison
    Noah > Varejao
    Bulls Bench >>> Cavs Bench

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Damnit!
    I give up.
    Basically, only LeBron was the better player at his position.

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

    Thanx 4 the feed-back Matic, what’s hot in Alaska?

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Not a damn thing.
    Missing Chicago right about now.
    Would love to hit up some playoff games next month.
    airs – hit up Portillos for me homie, I miss that joint!

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    The Windy, I’m saying Rose is better than those guys. Cool your jets. Rose’s offensive dominance places him above CP3 and DWill. I’m saying the only argument somebody could make for Paul would be defense. And it’s a weak argument at that.

  • onefishtwofishredfishbluefish

    ^^^and efficiency that Rose isn’t close to.

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    @ThaWindy:
    If I tell you who I think you may be in real life, then it may even convince me myself that I’m more off the rocker than I originally realized. Eff it. You sound like Derrick Rose, himself to me.
    @onefishtwofishredfishbluefish:
    Are you my guy, Tarzan Cooper, the g.o.a.t.?

  • ThaWindy

    I know. I guess i shld have said tell those people that.. but i understood you..

  • ThaWindy

    my last comment was @caboose…

  • onefishtwofishredfishbluefish

    @ Philosopher: Nah, my man. But I am an old friend. If your e-mail is still the same, I’m gonna hit you up (the yahoo account). BTW, I know you’re a Gators fan; sorry they got knocked out the tourney.

  • ThaWindy

    @Philo:
    Yeah its me..DRose..LOL…Not only are you off your rocker but you fell down the basement stairs!LOL! Rose went from having no true exceptation, to me saying he will be the Youngest Finals MVP. So I feel you. Thats not me, because you know anything can happen. That why we say “this season” or “to this point” he’s this he’s that. Just in case he doesnt live up. But I think its safe to drop that “.
    Who in the world would take anybody but LBJ and MAYBE, MAYBE Wade over Rose if they had the pick?

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    @onefishtwofishredfishbluefish:
    My email is Philosopher.view@gmail.com.
    My original e-mail, I still use up here for general conversational purposes.

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    @thaWindy:
    Understood, my brother.
    As far as who would be taken between Rose and Wade, that is a tough one. I, right now, would take Rose because of his youth. Both are great players, but Rose has had the greater impact on the entire League this year.

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    @onefish:…
    I’ve responded to you, but the comment is awaiting moderation. If it doesn’t come up, I’ll posat it again.

  • http://bedotwater.bandcamp.com BE.water

    D-Rose is extra nice… No Hate, But am i the only one who notices he’s a pretty sloppy ball handler? His quickness makes up for it, and he has this recklessness that makes him tough to play, but his game is Paul Pierce style. Ugly. But he gets it done.

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

    C’mon guys don’t bring the Cavs into this.
    For those interested, here are Rose’s full highlights from last night: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOiy6uA9xNY
    Fadeaway J at 9:00, Boozer screaming like a lunatic at 5:13.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Alright, it’s cool windy. But yeah, once Rose steps up his D, I see the Bulls getting multiple championships. Yes, multiple. Even with the Superfriends in South Beach.

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com airs

    dawwwwwg, portillos is where its at! i don’t know if you ever heard of this puerto rican place called Borinquen, but whenever it is you come back you def gotta hit that place up. and im not a hockey fan either, but after that game i was. even the fans were awesome to each otehr man, like a real community. like 300 level bulls fans but everywhere.

  • dyNOmite

    DRose is hands down MVP, but let’s not over exaggerate here. Lebron is still the best player and I’d take CP3 over Rose, especially when he’s 100% healthy. Scorers aren’t rare in the league, and his defense and PER are waaay better than Rose.

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

    EVERY TIME WADE OR LEBRON GET TOUCHED OR STRIPPED (ALL BALL), THEY GO TO THE LINE. F*CKING BULLSH!T. F*CKING REFS SUCK B@LLS AT CALLING A FAIR GAME.

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

    Whoever thinks the refs are unbiased, you’re only kidding yourself.

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

    Doesn’t Keith Bogans look like Zab Judah?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Dwill is.criminally underrated these days.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Cp3 is overrated defensively. him and westbrook and Rondo. yall on here acting like these dudes shut guys down, they just play the passing lanes well and they pretty nice on ball but all this he way better defensively BS, please.

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

    D-Rose is capable of taking over a game and being a dominating scorer in a way CP3 and D-Will are not. CP3 and D-Will are capable of running an offense and creating easy scoring opportunities for their teammates in a way D-Rose is not (yet). It depends on which part of the point guard position you consider more important. I think it would be fair to say D-Rose is a better PLAYER while CP3 and Deron are better POINT GUARDS.

  • JTaylor21

    Teddy, check the FTA for both teams and lay off the caps lock, it’s not good for your health.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    @Anton- The Bulls guys called the game so much better.
    “Windy City Assassin!!”

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    DRose > Jose Calderon.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Or as John ‘The Brockness Monster’ Brockman would say…..
    ____
    ‘Thats how it’s done’.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Mars

    SORRY LA, BOSTON, MIAMI, SAN ANTONIO, DALLAS, ORLANDO. Thunder vs Bulls in the ships…make it happen basketball gods.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Apparently everybody forgot when Dwill was dropping 30 and 12 regularly early this season.
    Short minded fools, thoughts is Napolean…

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