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Thursday, March 17th, 2011 at 6:40 am  |  115 responses

Post Up: Thunder Knockout Heat

OKC takes down Miami; Celts get back on track.

by Adam Figman | @afigman

Denver 102, Atlanta 87

Another strong win for the Nugs. This makes them 9-2 since the Melo trade, which, given that they were losing the dude anyway, means it was officially a damn good trade for Denver. Nene dropped a game-high 20, while Zaza Pachulia led the Hawks with 19. Also: The Hawks’ ability to switch back and forth from really great to freakin’ terrible on a night-to-night basis is confusing as hell. They oughta let fans know which mode they’ll be in during pre-game warmups or something.

Detroit 107, Toronto 93

Someone must’ve told formerly (seemingly) disgruntled pals Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince to un-disgruntle, because they were pretty enthusiastic last night, combing for 46 points and leading the Pistons to a win over the lowly Raptors. Greg Monroe added 21 and 10, while Andrea Bargnani (20 points) and the Raps shot 50 percent from the field in the loss.

Boston 92, Indiana 80

Following a few rough losses, the Celts desperately needed a victory, and they picked one up at home against the cold-shooting Pacers. Jeff Green continues to acclimate to his new environment, as he put in 19 (13 in the second quarter), while Paul Pierce dropped the game high of 20. The top of the East is a Chicago-Boston tie once again.

Orlando 93, Milwaukee 89

Beyond Dwight Howard’s beastly 31 and 22 effort, the Magic did little right, but they pulled enough good fortune to grab the win in overtime (yeah, a 93-89 game that included an OT session) and earned Orlando an official spot in the Playoffs. Brandon Jennings scored 23 for Milwaukee, a team that’s simply not playing with the edge it needs to make a postseason push. Unfortunate. The Magic are back in Orlando tomorrow night to take on the Nuggets.

New Orleans 100, Phoenix 95

Steve Nash (8 points, 10 dimes) finally returned, but the Suns fell anyway, losing to a Hornets squad led by Chris Paul and his 26 points. It’ll be interesting to see if CP3 takes that shoot-first mentality into the Playoffs, and if he does, if they can avoid the first-round L they seem to be slowly heading towards. All-around good dude Jared Dudley led Phoenix with 25.

Oklahoma City 96, Miami 85

The Heat had the night’s (and maybe the year’s?) best highlight, but the Thunder got the W, holding Miami down late in the fourth with some solid defense. Kevin Durant scored 29, but keeping the Heat to 85 points off just 38.5 percent shooting was ultimately the X factor. (It turns out, no, you can’t use the term “X factor” without sounding insanely corny.) OKC’s new interior blend of strength (Kendrick Perkins) and length (Serge Ibaka) seems like it may evolve the team into a true contender, one that the Lakers will want no part of this May. And for Miami, well, now everybody knows how to beat them: Don’t let ‘em hit shots or get easy baskets, specifically late in the game. Easy enough?

Houston 94, Charlotte 78

The Rockets, now two and half games out of eighth out West, might have one last Playoff push left in them, and they’ll need to hurry up and make it if they want to challenge the Grizzlies’ spot. They breezed by the Bobcats, getting 21 from Kevin Martin and 19 from Chase Budinger. The W gives the Rockets two in a row, though tomorrow’s matchup with Boston might be a little more difficult.

Utah 119, Minnesota 104

CJ Miles went absolutely wild last night, dropping a 40 spot and leading the Jazz right through the TWolves at home. Al Jefferson also went for 26 and 11, as Utah shot 54.8 percent as a team during the victory. Kevin Love, perhaps gearing up for another monster double-double streak, scored 22 and grabbed 11.

Cleveland 97, Sacramento 93

Marcus Thornton’s scoring run continued, as he put in the game-high 23, but Sacto still fell to the Cavs in what was a battle between crews that’ll most likely be vying for that No. 1 lottery spot this June. So I guess this road W might do more harm than good, but some winning experience for some young guys never hurts much. Ramon Sessions dropped 20 for Cleveland.

Dallas 112, Golden State 106

The Warriors hopped out to a red-hot start, but the Mavs fought their way back down from 18, eventually jumping ahead and snatching the win in the fourth quarter. Dirk Nowitzki provided a 34 and 18 effort, while Rodrique Beaubois‘ importance continues to swell, as he scored 18 and provided vital energy. Dallas will host the Spurs tomorrow night in what should be a good one.

Philadelphia 104, L.A. Clippers 94

The Sixers keep showing and proving their worth as a Playoff-ready squad, this time taking down the Clips in L.A. and moving alongside the Knicks for the sixth spot in the East. Elton Brand went for 19 and 12 (plus 5 blocks), while Jrue Holiday led Philly with 20.

Last Call: Dwyane Wade does something terrible to Kendrick Perkins:

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  • http://www.nba.com Gman

    Lost.. but Nasty DuNK!! WADE

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Miami Heats homecourt should be renamed Doorknob Arena, because everyone gets a turn, well, except Kobe.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I’d be thrilled to no end if the Thunder and the Heat could be the Finals representatives…if only from a basketball standpoint and not a fans perspective.

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics lightsout

    damn, Kevin Durant is fun to watch. that was a hell of a dunk by Wade, too. too bad the other thing I’ll remember about this game is the way he decided to wine to the ref while his man hit a nail in the coffin three.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    I’d be thrilled to no end if the Heat and the Knicks play in the first round.

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics lightsout

    whine*

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    The Perkins-Ibaka frontcourt is a beautiful thing defensively…I think OKC Is really turning the corner as a legit contender. The photo for the Post Up on the main page is fantastic too…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Sidenote: Could we PLEASE get OKC some new uniforms? Those things make the Pistons old Teal uni’s look amazing.

  • kudos

    The heat still suck, and D-wade is seriously a lil’ punk. Who whines and punches the hoop when you didn’t get a foul call? The way him, lebron, and bosh rely on free throw shooting to win games is ridiculous, cuz if the refs called it straight, all three would foul out with their constant charging and crab dribbles. grow up!

  • mj23

    Eboy: Magic are only 3 1/2 games behind the Heat. They may lose the #3 seed in the East if they keep playing like this.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Royal

    When Kevin’s shot is falling not even Lebron James can guard him. That mans mid-range jumper is $$$

  • Riggs

    The picture on the front page is the best post up picture (relevant to the headline) that ive seen in awhile. Made me chuckle, great game though.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Watching KD shoot the ball is just amazing, those turnaround fall away jumpers are so sweet, a step back 3 over LeBron. I always thought KD struggled a little bit against LeBron, but not last night. You gotta love the defense the Thunder played last night, Ibaka may have 3 blocked shots on his name but he altered so many shots. The Thunder weren’t even playing that well offensively, impressive win. Dwade’s dunk was insane.

  • Riggs

    co-sign both of wayno’s comments, especially the thunders jersey. From the colorway to the actual logo, it wreaks of amateurism.

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

    Man, I haven’t seen anyone bust out the cabbage patch since the 90s. I guess nobody taught Wade how to dougie.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    mj23, If the Heat win 3 out of every 4 games until the end of the season….the Magic would have to win out to even have a chance to tie them. I see the Heat dropping 3…maybe 4 games, tops. I like the 3 spot for them. Matching the Knicks is a cakewalk. Playing either the Bulls or the Celts in the 2nd round is going to be tough, regardless, so it doesn’t matter if they get one in the second, and if they win that series, getting the other in the conference Finals would be just as tough, so there’s a lot of if’s to go around for all that to happen. I think they have a good chance to get the second spot though.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    @Eboy, wow you really think the Knicks are a cakewalk? Like I said before I think the Heat are better, but I’m laughing my ass off if Miami struggles against the Knicks in the 1st round, just because you’re so over confident in your team stomping all over the Knicks.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    How can a team with Melo and STAT be easy? Seriously, they’re not winning a chip this year but when they’re locked in they are going to be tough as hell.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Stepfan

    KD cooked Lebron James, but this game was different. Heat just couldn’t hit shots and OKC is finally playing playoff defense. Oh and Mike Bibby is done.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Stepfan

    76ers likely to get the sixth seed? Doug Collins Coach of the Year.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Jahmai…the Knicks don’t play defense. Well, let me rephrase that…they don’t play defense for more than a quarter or two a week. They’re going to get rocked by anyone of the top teams in the East, whichever they get. All those teams play D. That’s where they seperate themselves. No doubt the Knicks will score a lot of points and can sneak a game or two, but if you think they can upset the Bulls, Celts or Heat, you’re being stubborn for no reason. Perhaps next season they’ll be more complete and have a better grasp of playing both sides of the ball, but unless you’re unfamiliar with how Mike D’Antoni teams play, there should be expectations of greatness until they put some solid defenders on their roster.

  • Bruno

    Miami definitely doesnt want NY in the first round

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    To be honest, I think the Pacers are going to be a tougher out than the Knicks. That team plays hard and has an edge about them. They’re not as talented as the Knicks, but they have more fire. I’m not sold on the Sixers beating anyone in the first round more than one game….it’s going to be a good learning experience for them to get there, but I think they’ll go out quietly too.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    And if the Knicks keep f*cing around and dropping games, they’re going to draw Chicago or Boston, so what do you say then, oh loyal supporters of the Orange and Blue? They’re going to surprise them too and beat them?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Look like I said before, I don’t think the Knicks will beat the Bulls (my team), C’s or Heat but acting like they’re so easy is weird to me. I know about their issues regarding defense, they usually don’t do it, but come playoff time when everybody’s locked in, things change. Especially if the Knicks are matched up with the Heat, don;t you think they will be fired up? Melo getting a chance to show people how he stacks up against LeBron, who’s been the talk of the league for 8 years now (deserves all of it) but Melo wants to prove he’s up there. STAT was in the WCF last year with a team that doesn’t play D. Billups CAN be big. I just don’t think the Knicks are the easiest draw for Miami as far as the 1st round goes.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    If it takes Melo getting fired up to play Lebron in a series, they’re already beat. One on one matchups mean little to anyone trying to win a playoff series.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Are you kidding me? You don’t think either LeBron or Melo get fired up to play eachother? What about Olajuwon after Robinson just collected his MVP award? What about MJ and Drexler, Bird vs Magic, that doesn’t mean anything. It means a whole f*ckin lot especially in the playoffs. They’ll tell you it isn’t important but it is.

  • Bruno

    I am not saying NY is going to sweep Miami or win the series, hope so haha but if those two teams meet in the 1st round, it’s gonna be a long series and I think Miami doesnt want because the 2nd round looks even tougher

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    You’re talking about guys that met in THE FINALS! THE F*CKING NBA FINALS!!!!! Not some stray 1st round matchup. Come on! Anyways, let’s talk about the team that won last night, I think the Thunder are jelling at the right time and the only negative I see is that they lost Lil Nate and his contributions from the bench for playoff series. I think they are capable of beating anyone in the West. I didn’t think so a month ago, but after the trade and seeing Perk getting worked in with Ibaka, they are going to be rough as fu*ck.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    To correct myself, Hakeen and the Admiral met in a Western Confernce matchup but you get the idea.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    OMG are you kidding me, the PLayoffs are not serious or something to you? If you don’t get out of the 1st round, you GO HOME, DUH. PLayoffs, that’s where the intensity starts, if you really think Melo-Bron don’t care about matching up, maybe you’re the one who doesn’t know sh*t about basketball.

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

    The only issue I see with the Thunder is that none of their big men can consistently hit that 10-15 footer (collison can a little). So on drive and kicks to 4′s/5′s, they end up trying to drive and force the ball up instead of taking the easy jumper. Miami ended up blocking a lot of their shots because of this last night. Other than that I think once Perkins gets comfortable and the timing is down, they’re going to be a serious contender.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Did anyone else catch Wade saying to lebron with a little over 3 mins left in the game and only down by 10 “It doesn’t f****** matter. Its over.” Realllllly? Really???? wowwww no wonder dudes struggle to win the close ones…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Jahmai….I don’t think you have a good grasp of the written word. It’s om though. I’ll be sure to apologize to you directly when the Knicks sweep the Heat.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    A great season for the Knicks would be if they won a first round series. A great season for this years Heat is a deep playoff run. I think that’s the difference you’re missing and trying to make the Melo/Lebron matchup out to be something both guys will look back on as an incredible feat…..beating the other’s team in a first round series. Big f*cking deal. It would be a big deal if one of them beat the other in a Conference Finals series….that’s what I’m saying.

  • cramzy

    @lakeshow- yeah, i saw that too. I thought maybe he was talking about the call he didn’t get. But I was disappointed with Dwade for that little tantrum. One of the tough things about watching the Heat when they face adversity is the way they completely lose focus. Im screaming for dude to get back on d. The thunder we’re playing 5 on 3 on the play and that’s the one that did Miami in. I know everybody complains about calls but I swear Dwade and Lebron give up so many points staying back and talking to refs. And why does Chris Bosh run to the corner 3pt line on fast breaks? Somebody need to yell “PAINT” at him every time they go down the floor. He resorted to old habits last night.

  • T-Money

    Thunder looked good! KD usually struggles vs. Bron but he took him to the cleaners yesterday. Bron gave him too much room and let him get in his comfort zone. Miami trapped KD hard at the end of the 2nd quarter and it worked – his handle is still a bit shaky and he can’t split doubles yet. But they stopped it completely after that, maybe it takes too much out of guys to apply that kind of pressure all game?

  • T-Money

    Ibaka and Perk are no joke, Miami had issues converting inside. Scotty Brooks has to be careful with his 2nd unit though. They’re really slow. At one point he had Maynor, Harden, Cook, Collison and Nazr on the floor. OKC is going to be tough.

  • T-Money

    I wish D-Wade would NOT go all the way all the time. What happened to the little floaters from 5-6 ft? If he doesn’t get the calls, the shots are WILD. / Miami missed a bunch of open shots yesterday, it happens. Mike Miller had a couple of clean looks that would have changed the momentum, he’s starting to get on my nerves. If he’s not willing to shoot it everytime, there’s JJ and E. House on the bench DYING to let it fly. Miami doesn’t need his playmaking skills, they need his shooting!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    T-Money, Wade missed about 5 of those little floaters in the lane early….everything was short. He tried to force the action and got caught up in the Thunder’s length. The Thunder had a good defensive strategy throughout…and yes, when Miller is struggling, House or Jones needs to get minutes to see if either of them can heat up. I won’t say who to blame that on, though.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    And Durant to the list of players Bron can’t lock up.
    I was very impressed with how Durant handled his business, and I was unimpressed with LeBron overall effort. Hell the overall effort of the Heat.
    And why does Spoelstra hate Eric Dampier?

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Irrelevant but that’s an awesome cover picture for this Post up.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Mike Miller apparently cannot shoot anymore. This is troubling. He had like four wide open looks that he missed badly.
    Why does Spoelstra refused to put in guys when other guys are struggling? Why does he hate Dampier so much?
    Why doesn’t Wade shoot midrange jumpers anymore? What they hell happened to that part of his game?
    Why doesn’t Lebron shoot midrange jumpers off picks? Does he not realize that’s allowed?
    The Thunder still are a jump shooting team, but the way the get on the offensive glass is special. That were dominating Miami on the glass to the point of embarassment.
    But, if the Heat had played with consistent effort, the game would have been closer.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    And I screamed and pissed off my wife when Wade did that dunk. That’s why you watch the NBA.

  • T-Money

    Allen: how big is that list, lol? Yeah, LeBron didn’t play with a lot of energy yesterday and could have bodied him up a little more. But KD was hitting some tough looks too. LeBron’s defensive strategy is always the same: he’ll give you the contested jumper off the dribble but he won’t let you get to the rim or catch and shoot. And he won’t bail you out by fouling, he wants you to make shots. That’s why he never goes for pump fakes and doesn’t reach.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    “The Rulers Back”.
    Everyone wanted a shoot first CP. Who ever the Hornets play in round 1 might want to re-think that.

  • T-Money

    That’s the only thing that’s worrisome for OKC: they have to make A LOT of jumpers to win vs good teams. It’s mind boggling to me that Miller was shooting 48% with WASH last year and is down to 38 this year with the crazy open looks he’s getting.

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

    It’s got to be in his head. Miller is too good of a shooter to be shooting like that.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Riley needs to get an in-house shrink to deal with Mr. Taurasi’s shooting issues.

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

    Me and Eboy just agreed. Maybe now people will ask me for Lottery numbers!

  • T-Money

    And if you believe Ira Winderman, this has nothing to do with the hand. He puts up shots 3 hours before every game and it’s all net. It’s clearly mental. My guess: he has no idea how to get loose when playing limited minutes and taking a limited number of shots. In a way, JJ and E. House are mose used to that role: coming into the game cold and just gunning until their next shift. He was signed with the idea of playing him 30+ minutes next to Bron and Wade. It’s not happening and he’s having issues adjusting to 15 mins a game.

  • MUBWAR

    unimpressed with King James yesterday. He was too lazy on D, coming off screens to slowly and played with absolutely no effort.Wade and Bosh were nice. Didn’t Miller shoot 49% from deep last year. what’s up with him?

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

    It always funny how refs let Dwade get away with his tantrums on the court every single time, he drives and misses and thinks there was contact. And for the record, Kobe and some of the C’s get away with it too but none more than Dwade. If this was Dwight complaining about a missed call, berating the ref each time, he would have been tossed a long time ago.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    With Miller, I think it has been mental since his first game back.
    Allen, who is on this list? Durant has only had one real good game against Bron (last night). If his jumper isn’t falling, and he often goes stretches missing consecutive long jumpers, then he can’t do much against Bron.

  • http://slamonline.com SG

    Anyone think the crowd chanting MVP for Wade is getting to Bron? Its been going on for a few home games now. @Eboy…Is Wade viewed as the MVP and best player for Heat by the fans in Miami?

  • All Day

    ^ Nick Tha Quick, I’ve noticed a trend with the star players whining about calls. To be fair to Dwight, he gets fouled alot…but I do think he is the biggest cry baby when it comes to complaining about calls…maybe that’s something he learned from SVG.

  • All Day

    When a player thinks he’s been fouled, why does he raises both hands and looks around waiting to hear a whistle while the other players on the court continue to play?

  • Scott

    Why doesn’t LeBron shoot midrange jumpers off picks? Does he not realize that’s allowed? That made me laugh out loud. I was thinking the same thing last nite.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    T-Money
    The list is small.
    Right now it’s Melo and Durant.
    Honestly, LeBron needs to look at how Artest plays Durant. He bodies up, forces him to drive and finish and is constantly swiping at the ball to prevent him from getting a rhythm.
    As I was watching Bron I was thinking that since Bron doesn’t reach because he doesn’t want fouls he couldn’t agitate Durant, which let him get a rhythm. Plus, LeBron was just blase the entire game.
    But, it wasn’t just about the Heat. Perkins is a beast and he makes the game so much easier for Ibaka.

  • http://www.slamonline.com KulchaKris

    I normally attribute a certain level of hyperbole to EBoy’s comments. However, his rants about Spoelstra’s coaching ability are looking especially valid, with last night’s game being exhibit A. He seems to have a loose grasp on many aspects of coaching, including player rotation. At some point in the playoffs, this is going to cost Miami a game (or a series).

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    Wade just solidified back-to-back plays of the year. @AP did u catch Wade passing it out of the paint to Miller for a wide open brick, then they go to a TV time out & in slow motion Miller reaches out for dap and Wade has that “Yeah, whatever m0therf*cker” look all over his face.

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    & that iso, Dunrant on Lebron to end the half where he shoulder fakes LBJ right, and goes left and wets it from 25…filthy

  • http://www.slamonline.com KulchaKris

    My opinion of DWade as a player is slowly changing as well. I don’t know if he’s changed, or maybe I’m just paying more attention to him now. His “the world is a better place now” comment reeks of self-pity, and mental softness. His behavior on the court seems different as well. Defensive lapses, more complaining, etc. Pretty sad development for a guy who’s one of my top 5 favorite players.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Or maybe Spoelstra understands the concept of confidence from consistency. Its hard to be confident on the court, especially in the playoffs, if you have no idea when you’ll be on the court, about how long that might be, or if you’ll get taken out at any moment. I think Spo is not necessarily wrong for sticking with his rotation even if it seems to cost Miami a couple games. Miller is important for the playoffs, you don’t want him losing his head completely before they even start. – BUT i don’t understand the lack of Erick Dampier, he is the best option they got, there’s no reason he doesn’t play now, and he surely will play in the postseason.

  • http://www.slamonline.com KulchaKris

    @Nbk I would say that Miller has already lost his head, no? If he can’t gain his confidence now, it’s unlikely to happen during the playoff pressure cooker. As for Dampier, your guess is as good as mine there.

  • Showtime

    That dunk by wade officially gave me a man crush lol..it was insane but okc is for real if that front court cant continue to come together and old man harden continue to ball off the bench it gonna be problems in the west. But the team that wanted more won it simple. & newyork is not in the 6 spot come playoffs. Doug have the kids coming together @ the right time

  • paul

    The Trade turns the Celtics from probablies into maybes, and the Thunder from not likelies into possibly so’s.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    He’s shooting 38% from 3. You guys are overreacting getting upset about 38% that is still better then 80% of the NBA. smh, he just isn’t doing what he did last year when he had one of the best shooting seasons in NBA history. 38% is still top 50 in the league

  • T-Money

    SG: Bron’s been getting it too. You’re reaching, homie. :)

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Nah, the Thunder still can’t beat L.A. or Dallas in a series. Maybe they can beat the Spurs, and I know my thinkg that pisses Spurs fans off.
    They don’t get enough easy buckets to beat Dallas or L.A., and they won’t overwhelm those teams on the glass.
    However, they might be able to overwhelm the Spurs on the glass.
    Spoelstra doesn’t play Dampier in the second half. It’s like a rule or something.
    I didn’t see when Wade got pissed but I would have been pissed too. Dude had WIDE OPEN shots. Nobody was even close to him. And I like Chalmers on Westbrook defensively, but when Miller isn’t hitting shots they have to consider bringing Bibby out more to get somebody to space the floor.

  • T-Money

    nbk: top 50 in the league is garbage fo him, especially in these circumstances. Last year, Cleveland had Boobie at 48, Mo at 43 and Parker at 41. And none of these guys are better shooters than Mike Miller. Considering that all of his looks are wide open, 38 is nothing.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    I don’t know what it is about the Heat, I like LeBron, I think Wade is a great player but somehow when they play I just feel the need to root against them. I don’t know if it’s the media that got to me, or maybe it’s the idea of a superteam against a normal team and I just love to root for the underdog. Even when they Heat play the Celtics (a team I strongly dislike) I start rooting for the C’s to win. Weird.

  • http://slamonline.com SG

    I got Dallas losing in the first round of the playoffs. I don’t trust their team. Thunder are gonna give Spurs hell second round. I wouldn’t be suprised if Thunder made it to the Western Conference finals.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    T-Money – I’m not saying Miller is shooting well for himself, but to say he’s already “lost his head” even though he has been 100% healthy for 0 games this season is not right. Plus its never right to bench your 4th/5th best player just because he’s having a rough shooting stretch. Plus he’s only played 31 games this year, might as well give him atleast half a season with the heat before you dub him horrible or having lost his abilities

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    I have no idea how Wade doesn’t lead the league in techs the way he always yells at the refs like a pimp yells at his hos.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    @Enigmatic, lol.

  • http://www.slamonline.com KulchaKris

    @nbk, you’re right, lost his head is a bit of a stretch. I guess i’m just uncertain if he has enough time this season to regain his shooting touch, especially with the level of scrutiny that the Heat are under.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    @Enigmatic — so true. I was a fan in 2005, but the guy takes whining is a whole other level now. It’s disgusting to watch. All the stars do it, but he’s just too much. Every single play.
    He’s perfected it, though. Sometimes he’s already looking at the ref with that pained face of his for the foul call before he even lands on the ground.

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

    nbk, I don’t think anyone is questioning his ability or calling him horrible. The concern is he is not performing with open looks and can’t get rhythm within the game. Which, to be fair, is not completely his fault but he needs to adjust.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    T-Money at 10:49 hit the Miller situation on the head IMO. Didn’t see that comment, and don’t possess the journalistic abilities to portray my pov lol my fault.

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    Off topic, but I’ma be p*ssed if West Virginia beats Clemson.
    I had Clemson winning that one.
    I hate having to work during the NCAA Tournament.
    Oh, and shout out to Illinois High School hoops.
    Where the term “March Madness” originated!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I got Clemson winning too lol i’m stressin and sh*t for no reason

  • JTaylor21

    Yesterday was a bad game for Bron overall. He needs to be aggressive when on the floor with the second unit, that’s when he needs to go into scoring mode. Also he gave KD too much space which allowed him to get into a rhythm unlike the last time they played in OKC where he was all over him.
    Will all those people who were talking about CP3 never regain his best PG in the L form please 5-finger slap yourself. Dude has been balling out his mind since he came back from the concussion and he still isn’t 100% percent. Scary isn’t it.
    Also, why the hell does DHow only get 13 shots when he was abusing the Bogut-less bucks frontline? I really think that Ron Jermey has to go if he continues to allow those clowns to launch three after three from the perimeter instead of throwing it down lown on every possession.

  • Pharoah

    Any of the lower west seeds can upset the Spurs. I wouldn’t be surprised if Memphis does it in the first round. These Spurs are gonna disappoint a lot of people especially if Timmy keeps playing the way he does.

  • izzo

    Kenneth Faried is ridiculous.

  • http://Slamonline.com LakeShow

    “It doesn’t matter. Its over.” 3 mins left. 10 point game. I know you read it the first time i just wanted you to read it again fellas :)

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    At least Butler/ODU is close. Got the Monarchs winning that one.
    Norfolk and Hampton Roads, VA in the house!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    aahhh.. the beauty of brackets. Keeps people interested in teams and players they never even knew existed.

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    Actually, Jahmai, I was thisclose to enrolling at Old Dominion when I lived in Norfolk back in like ’06.
    But yeah, I hear ya.
    Like, where the hell is Morehead State?
    And can enrolling there guarantee you get more…you get the point. LOL

  • backboard

    look, like everyone else in here i dont know Wade personally, but his pr!ck-like behaviour is nothing new to me. I first saw it when he played in international competition (WC or Olympics, dunno). He was all cocky, talking mad ish to foreign player and stuff. He seems like that cat that will hang with you and be all cool, but as soon as his cooler friends come around he will turn on you. I mean, he wasnt acting like that before Lebron came to town. If you get what i am saying…

  • backboard

    post dissapeared. meh.

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    Damn you, Clemson.

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

    Mike Miller knows he can’t play with these dudes. He’s in awe just like his coach, and many other people.

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    Damn you, ODU.

  • JTaylor21

    Ha, enigmatic all ready losing his mind and it’s not even the second round yet.

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    If Morefellatio State beats Louisville I might break my computer at work…

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Terrence Hill!

  • JTaylor21

    Enigmatic, I take it that you’ve been fired already.

  • ClydeSays

    Nice C’s win over the Pacers. Their bench is coming together. Green/West/Arroyo/Baby have the potential to put up a ton of points…

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

    J, he can’t respond. His computer is broken.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    And I’ve lost 3 of 3, after ending up in the top 20% in the Nation for the last 2 straight years. This is not lookin good

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

    How many brackets do y’all make a year? and are they vastly different or do you just tweak a few first round games?

  • JTaylor21

    Ha good one.

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

    From a strictly strategic standpoint, does yelling at the ref work? Is he more likely to make a call or not? I know I see guys hang back to yell at refs , and while they are doing it their man breaks out for a corner three or to give the other team a man advantage on the break… So, do you get more foul shots if you make a habit of berating officials? Do you get to the line enough to justify giving up easy buckets on the other end? I can see where, If you never stick up for yourself, the refs might just let people beat up on you in the interest of “keeping the game flowing” (seems like some guys NEVER get calls)… But way too often the guy hanging back to complain gets BURNED on the other end… IMO, strategically speaking, get back on D and trust your coach to work the ref… Some of the most frequent complainers get a lot of free throws though, so I wonder is it a case of the squeaky wheel getting the grease?

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

    LeBron went from 10.2 fta per game last year to 8.4 this year… this could be explained from being less the focal point, but could part of it be because maybe the refs don’t like him as much, post-decision? Refs are people and as such are subject to elements of bias… As for my previous post, are they biased against complainers, or do they give them more calls so they don’t get yelled at on national television?

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

    somebody needs to come up with a free throws per complaint stat…

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    Nah, I went and took a break to get my WOO-SAA on.
    Got my ‘Pac on and smoked my Newport to the butt like it’s the last mother*cker left.
    Oh well, ruined brackets and office pools aside, it was a great win for MoreHaywoodjablome State.
    But now it looks like Princeton might upset Kentucky too.
    Damn.

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

    That Ivy League draw is never an easy game.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Damn, nbk, top 20%?
    Respect.

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

    OK, did some quick math…free throw attempts vs. field goal attempts
    LBJ last year- .5075 fta/fga
    LBJ this year .4492 fta/fga
    Looks like maybe he gets less calls post decision
    DWade last year .4649 fta/fga
    DWade this year .4643 fta/fga basically no diff
    And finally
    Derrick Rose
    last year .2443 fta/fga
    this year .3119 fta/fga so…
    Maybe DRose should complain more?

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

    Kobe
    last year .3442 fta/fga
    this year .3469 fta/fga
    both higher than DRose, even though Rose probably drives more and Kobe shoots more jumpers.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Enigmatic to be fair the week of the tournament I normally go through a “prepare like its finals at the end of the semester” studying process that lasts a good 8 or so hours over a 2 day stretch. A lot of my boys out here are into college more then the NBA so the tournament is kind of our outlet for “bragging rights”

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    I told you, nbk!
    Omer Asik is that dude!

  • http://Slamonline.com Nbk

    I had some cable company issues Matic I don’t got leaguepass or YES right now, watchin my bracket go up in flames lol – but I u saw what u were satin in that game against Miami I think it was about 3 weeks ago

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

    Wow, Asik with 11 and 16 in 24 minutes… Nice.

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