Sunday, April 10th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  19 responses

Post Up: Final Countdown

Ty Lawson energizes the Nuggets; Spurs earn 61st win.

by Anton Kudriavtsev / @TheDiesel

Hawks 83, Wizards 115

At this point in the Hawks’ season, it looks like the playoffs will be more of a punishment than a reward. Atlanta lost their 4th game in a row as the Wizards were on the opposite end of a blowout for once, Andray Blatche leading the charge with 23 points. John Wall added 19 points and 7 assists for Washington, who sprinted to an early 16-6 lead and still managed to extend the lead despite playing two D-League immigrants. Al Horford had 21 points and 10 rebounds but the rest of the Hawks treated the game like addressing a speeding ticket – you show up, go through the motions, and don’t expect a happy ending.

Wolves 106, Nuggets 130

The injured Nuggets needed a pick-me-up as they’re likely heading towards a gruelling playoff series against the Thunder. Ty Lawson received the memo and delivered by pouring in a career-high 37 points against the Wolves. Lawson was his own cavalry, hitting his first 10 three-pointers (!!!) that turned a close game into a comfortable win for Denver. A 10-0 scoring binge saw Lawson hit another two three’s as the Nuggets went up by 30 points and never looked back in the 3rd quarter. Denver set a franchise record on their performance beyond the arc (19-of-38) while the Wolves were shell shocked, deciding to save the effort for next season (it carries over, right?).

Clippers 78, Rockets 99

The Rockets defeated the Clippers one night after being eliminated from playoff contention, led by Chase Budinger’s 16 points. Six Houston players scored in double figures as the team took control of the game in a key 22-9 run in the 2nd quarter that inched the game closer to “blowout” than “frantic finish” on the League Pass Alert scale. L.A. shot just 34% as Blake Griffin (13 points, 10 rebounds) struggled on offense, finishing 6-of-18 from the field while Eric Gordon led the Clippers with 19 points. No matter how good Patrick Patterson’s block looked against Griffin, it’s still a foul in slow-motion replay.

Cavs 101, Bucks 108

There’s a first time for everything. Drew Gooden put up his first triple-double with 15 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists as the Bucks beat the Cavs down the stretch. John Salmons added 32 points, holding off the Cavs who made a late run to trim the lead to 4 points before Salmons answered with a jumper off glass. Baron Davis scored 19 points and dished 6 assists for Cleveland, who were lethargic for the first two quarters and missed shots that would have made for a closer game, had the effort been consistent.

Jazz 102, Spurs 111

The Spurs won their 4th game in a row, with seven players in double figures as they beat the Jazz. Richard Jefferson scored 20 points and seven players contributed double-digit scoring nights as Gregg Popovich began to rest his stars for next week. Al Jefferson scored 23 points, and George Hill dunked on the Jazz, who have lost 10 of their last 11 games. The Spurs are one and a half games ahead of the Bulls for the best record in the league. Chris Quinn still as time to make some MVP noise!


“Check My $tats” of the night: Ty Lawson – 37 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal, 10-of-11 3PM-A.

Separated at Birth of the day: Mark Cuban and Emperor Commodus.

This is my last Post Up of the season, and I just wanted to thank SLAM for giving me this opportunity. All writers put in a tremendous amount of work to give the SLAM family the best content available, and I have enjoyed being part of the process.

Now who’s ready for the Playoffs?

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

    awful games last night. cmon with the playoffs

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Great job Anton! Congrats!
    Hell I’m ready for the playoffs! Lets go Cavali.. err Heat I mean.

  • mike

    Ty was on fire…love that nuggets team

  • Zabba

    Last one? Wth, what about the playoffs, who’s gonna cover that?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3S4dBk4E1g IAMORANGE4EVER

    Today in Miami, I got Rony Seikaly spinning and the Celtics winning.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    yeah who covers the playoffs?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Thanks a lot, Anton. You lived up to the opportunity.

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

    You know why Blake Griffin shot 6-18? CHUCK HAYES. Someone put this man on an All-NBA Defensive Team!!!

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

    To my knowledge, there’s no Post Up after the regular season. A variety of talented writers will have you covered with playoff game recaps.
    Thanks for the support everyone!

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Cosign Teddy, there are two people who really tend to give Dwight trouble: Perk and Chuck

  • http://slamonline.com/ Adam Figman

    This year will probably be a little different than last, so without giving away any details yet, just know that you guys will be very, very covered during the Playoffs. And props to Anton for doing a dope job all season. The weekend Post Up was a go-to spot for NBA laughs, every time, without fail. Great stuff.

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

    Nice job all year, Anton.
    @ Caboose: True that. Also, Yao Ming, when he actually plays. His height is just too much for Dwight’s hops to overcome. Beyond that I don’t think there are too many players who can give Dwight any trouble at all. Maybe Tim Duncan?

  • http://google J-Ro

    too little too late for John Salmons…..smh

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Great job all season long, Anton.

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

    Nicely done.
    If you want to give your own ‘recap’ of the game and share it in the comments for the playoffs I’ll happily read it.

    : )

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  • Zabba

    You’ve done a great job, Anton! I’ll be looking forward to the playoffs recap from you and all the other Slam dudes out there.

  • arthur

    Thanks Anton!


    May the force be with you Anton.