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Thursday, April 14th, 2011 at 9:08 am  |  49 responses

Post Up: Last Call…

The sad end of basketball in Sacramento; the happy future of The Post Up.

by Adam Figman | @afigman

As you might have noticed, some SLAM writers have been passing around the Post Up duties Snoop Dogg-to-Wiz Khalifa style these past couple of weeks. I’ve had some other responsibilities on the site, and a few guys awesomely stepped up and provided some assistance, meaning I could stay up until 4 a.m. working on other things aside from watching basketball and immediately writing about what I observed. (Though I did that a few times, anyway. Couldn’t resist.) But when I looked at the schedule and saw 15 games(!) lined up for the final night of the season, I knew I had to hold this one down on my own. It’d be cruel to even politely ask anyone to put together 15 recaps, which was fine, because it’d give me one last chance to hang out with you guys and spew some random Playoff predictions. With teams fighting for position, the contests would be heated, the readers would be enthralled in the results, I’d have some fun writing it, and all of us would enter the postseason on a nice (basketball) high. Word to both Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa.

And then, things got all screwed up. Most of the Playoff seedings were settled by Tuesday night or beforehand, meaning the postseason contenders would spend Wednesday night boringly resting their players, while the non-postseason contenders would be giving their less talented bench guys some time on the court, because, well, why wouldn’t they? Suddenly writing about 15 games seemed slightly less appealing, even entirely unnecessary.

So here’s the deal. For those of you who are interested in learning about what went down last night, the links to every recap are below. Beneath those are a couple lines that sum up the few games that maintained a little relevance, during which some of the postseason seedings were finalized. And beneath that are all of the now-set-in-stone Playoff matchups, which I hope will lead to some good discussion regarding what you guys and gals expect in the coming weeks.

Two more things.

One: Over the past week or so, a few of you have noted that SLAM doesn’t traditionally run The Post Up through the Playoffs. (It has been done before, but not consistently over the years, probably for a variety of legitimate reasons.) Generally the site has allowed the conversation to continue alongside the usual postseason coverage—Game Notes, liveblogs, etc.—but without a central location for readers to talk about everything. And, we realized, that’s kinda fucked up! So, inspired in many ways by this comment (whatup, Nicolas Fleming!), that’s gonna change. Beginning on Sunday, TPU will be running every morning that follows a day/night of games. The individual recaps within each post will be penned by folks from around the country, all of whom live relatively close to one of the two teams involved in the series he or she is writing about, meaning they’ll be attending some games and will be plenty familiar with the ins and outs of what they’re viewing. Naturally we’ll have to modify some things as teams get eliminated, but the point is, this blog, and, of equal importance, its comment section, aren’t going anywhere. Pretty cool, right?

Two: On a quick personal note, this is my last Post Up, possibly ever, and I just wanted to thank all of you for the support over the course of the season. Given all the instability that surrounds us every day, it’s pretty incredible that we have a place—this blog’s comment section, that is— where some entertaining hoops banter is an absolute guarantee. So thanks to all of you who came back day after day, and thanks to those of you who popped in every once in a while, too. Also, thanks to everyone who helped out these past few weeks—Cris, Eldon, Sam—and props go out to Anton, who held down this space hilariously every weekend. And lastly, a huge thanks to Ben and Ryne, who took a chance on a hungry kid willing to do whatever needed to be done to earn some experience stitching together words about his favorite sport. It was fun. Tiring, but a lot of fun. I’ll always appreciate the opportunity.

Wait, one more thing: Playoffs!!

Utah 107, Denver 103

Boston 112, New York 102

Chicago 97, New Jersey 92

Detroit 104, Philadelphia 100

Miami 97, Toronto 79

Cleveland 100, Washington 93

Orlando 92, Indiana 74

Milwaukee 110, Oklahoma City 106

Dallas 121, New Orleans 89

Charlotte 96, Atlanta 85

Houston 121, Minnesota 102

Golden State 110, Portland 86

L.A. Clippers 110, Memphis 103

Phoenix 106, San Antonio 103

L.A. Lakers 116, Sacramento 108

The Grizzlies seemed to be delivering a little less than a full effort, allowing themselves to lose and fall to the eighth seed, which means they’ll face the Spurs in round one. Not only is San Antonio an easier opponent than LA, but Spurs guard Manu Ginobili took a nasty spill, and though we’ll have more info later today or tomorrow, it looks like he might miss some time. Can’t be good. The Lakers—who forced OT in front of what might be the last raucous Sacramento crowd ever and then attempted to crush the onlooking Kings fans’ hearts by dominating the extra time—will now face the seventh-seeded Hornets, who lost in Dallas. The Mavs and Blazers are all set to go head-to-head as the three v. six. And a shoutout to all the Sacto fans who showed a hell of a display of emotion last night. Losing your favorite team, the team you grew up rooting for every night, to another city? I can’t even imagine.

Your first-round matchups:

East:
1. Bulls vs. 8. Pacers
2. Heat vs. 7. Sixers 
3. Celtics vs. 6. Knicks
4. Magic vs. 5. Hawks

West:
1. Spurs vs. 8. Grizzlies
2. Lakers vs. 7. Hornets
3. Mavs vs. 6. Trail Blazers
4. Thunder vs. 5. Nuggets

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  • vtrobot

    Thanks so much to you, Adam. Really wanted LA to get challenged more in the first round, by Portland. Glad that I got to experience Arco a couple times during that fun ’99-’00 season. Great b-ball atmosphere. Playoffs in two more days. Yeeeeuh! Peace everyone.

  • http://www.slamonline.com AllBall

    Thanks Adam, it has been a fun year in TPU. Glad that it will be continuing through out. While I refuse to say the Hornets have been tanking it, they certainly did last night, and Marcus Thornton almost saved them from a 1st round match-up with L.A. I have been thinking (and truely believing) that CP has been saving him self for the play-offs all year, due to the amount of comments I have read from him regarding longevity. I hope he proves me right.

  • http://www.anaheimroyalty.com Anaheim Royals

    can’t wait for Playoffs to start!

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Bloody Lakers.
    Get NO to trample in the 1st rd instead of the Scary-Blazers.
    Man, i hope the injury to Beaubois forces Carlisle to solidify his rotations, cause he’s horrible against top coaches.
    Lemme help u Carrey-clone, your starters should be:
    Kidd, Brewer, Stojakovic, Dirkmeister and Chandler. Marion should get the majority of mins at the 3, and interchange Barea & Terry in the backcourt plus a nice helping of Haywood and (when needed) Mahinmi and you can give most teams in the west fits.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Props to everyone who contributed to Post-Up this season.

  • http://www.twitter.com/nflem41 Nicolas Fleming

    Hey, I’m almost famous.

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

    you hit the big time, Fleming!
    and big big BIG ups to my bulls, clinched homecourt throughout the postseason. nobody expected that huh? i like how they’re number 1 overall, and still the underdog to even get to the finals. here’s to a season full of proving doubters wrong continues thru june.
    good luck in future endeavors adam!

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

    here’s to hoping*

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    I’ve read the box scores every day for 14 years. Graduating from newspaper to internet. This was my first year reading Post Up and I have loved every day of it. Thanks Adam! Also thanks everyone who commented. I didn’t often have anything to say but just reading the comments is great.

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    I feel for the Kings fans. I’m born and raised in Vancouver, B.C., so the Sonics were the team that got me into ball. I used to listed to all the games through static on the radio. Then we got the Griz and, though the Sonics were still my team, I could go to many more games. Now I’ve lost both. I cry and drink alot.

  • Bruno

    if Philly’d won last night they’d be the 6th seed?? I really wanted NY-Miami hahaha at leat LA’s not gonna have that much trouble hopefully

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    Eddie House is warmed up and ready.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Stepfan

    I expect the Memphis Grizzlies to win in 7.

  • http://www.double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    The arena formerly known as Arco? KLOSED.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Adam, excellent work with The Post Up… Here come the Playoffs!

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    Great work Adam.

  • Daniel Aus

    Marcus Thornton 21st century mitch richmond?

  • R3tRO

    Honestly, this is how ifeel . Franchises are built off either Ceters or PointGuards . The 1 and the 5 spot . Which is exactly the positions Miami is lackin in, simple . Unless we can bring in a legit Point or Center well never have that oh-so-important ball distribution or defense for the other teams 1 (In a league where the ball is dominated at the 1 & 2)[Not hatin' on my dawg Bibby at all] and that low post presense well need in the playoffs to grind out those long games w/ easy points in the paint. Something that Bosh & Erick ‘Damp behind the ears’ will never get us.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Grizzlies with the upset. For real.
    New Orleans should have tanked a little earlier. Lol.

  • http://slamonline.com walt williams

    So many emotions right now..anger, betrayal and helplessness being the three most prevalent.

    Screw the people at the top in the City of Sacramento who for years have been suffering from small-minded Sacramentitis and have apparently infected Kevin Johnson with the disease.

    Screw KJ too for going to the NBA and making a case for Sacramento as a place for a future franchise instead of asking for help to keep the Kings here now. KJ: when the NBA leaves, they aren’t coming back. Why would they?

    Screw the salary-cutting, frosted-tip having, affliction shirt wearing, Kettle one and tonic drinking, douche bag owners who wouldn’t budge on things like parking and concessions when a reasonable plan for an arena was rolled out for them.

    This is the end. It’s been a lot of fun, even through the losing seasons. I have games recorded on VHS from as early as ’92 that I will be watching today on my day off if I can find a VCR.

    It will be a miracle if I don’t use my new Smith and Wesson M&P15 assault rifle on all those that have ripped my team right out from under me.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    How did they determine the 7th and 8th seed? Didn’t they tie?

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    I meant in the West.. And I guess while I’m at it, Lakers and Dallas? they also got same reocrd…

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    @Wayno: I feel ya. I was at the Arena formerly known as Arco last for the game and it was tough. Sitting there in a packed arena battling the Lakers I realized that through all the bullshit, all the losing and winning, all the heartbreak and euphoria that this will be the last game ever played by the Sacramento Kings. I am heartbroken. Ask Ryan Anderson if he would be the player he is today without an NBA team having part of his upbringing living just outside of Sacramento. Ask Matt Barnes. I am an NBA fan because of the Kings and although I love the game too much to walk away from it, there will be something missing. That something is having a team to call your own. Sure, I can jump on any bandwagon now and no one will think less of me I am sure. But that isn’t how it was supposed to be. After nearly making it to the finals in what surely would have been a Sacramento title I wanted to be there when we made it back. I wanted to see Sacramento explode and go crazy with the Joy of finally winning it all. I wanted to see Chris Webber congratulating guys on a job well done with Jerry and Grant callin it play by play. That is no longer a possibility. And as a Northern California resident there is no worse destination for our team then Anaheim. So-Cal is who we love to hate and root against. BUT it has been a hell of a ride. And I was grateful to be there to see the last moments. Waiting until over an hour after the game to leave, chanting, mourning, wondering, wishing…RIP Sacramento Kings. LONG LIVE SACRAMENTO BASKETBALL!

  • SpursFan

    Spurs got this.

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    I wrote a longer post but screwed up my email so I dont think it will post. RIP sacramento kings. LONG LIVE SACRAMENTO BASKETBALL!

  • http://slamonline.com/ Adam Figman

    Thanks for all of the kind words. Also: I have all of the favorites in the first round, except Portland. Blazers over Mavs in seven. Bet.

  • http://www.twitter.com/nflem41 Nicolas Fleming

    :-( I don’t want the Mavs to lose in the first round again.

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    oh and @ Anaheim Royals: F@ck off! YOu tacky a$$hole.

  • Riggs

    there should be a playoff prediction contest on here, winner gets a shirt and sneakers.

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

    ^hell yes. we should fill out brackets.

  • Scott

    Porland with the upset. Sorry Dallas fans.

  • Scott

    I meant Portland by mad.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Here’s the issue with Portland against Dallas that nobody is talking about, Jason Kidd is not at a disadvantage at all in this series. Dirk is the issue obviously because of LA and Crash. But if Portland can’t do what they want to do on their end (andre miller drive and kick, or LA in the post) then they will have equal amounts of trouble. I got Dallas in 6 or 7.

  • tonyknorr

    @Dirty Frank- word up homie Im from vancouver island. And if I could afford it I too would probably cry and drink a lot. I would probably be wearing my mike bibby grizzlies jersey while I did.

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

    Bon vent Adam and good luck.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Memphis clearly tanked in order to avoid LA and I think OKC did too.

  • Scott

    Kidd has looked pretty bad since about the middle of February. Personally I don’t think Miller will have much trouble getting into the paint aganst Kidd. Plus, who is going to get points for Dallas o a consistent basis other then Dirk and Terry?

  • Scott

    Oklahoma just beat the Lakers. Didn’t look like they were tanking to me.

  • SpursFan

    Thanks Adam for giving me my dose of NBA every morning. Don’t get to happy though, my school locked both ESPN, and NBA so the only logical choice was this site. Another thing that’s pretty cool about your post up is how you get Hubie Brown, Doug Collins, Reggie Miller, and Marv Albert to all comment on your work… oh wait. But besides that, thank you for making my first hour not so boring.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    @Scott…They could of won last nite. I think the tank job was obvious. I just think they wanted to avoid LA until the Conference finals.

  • Scott

    Kap, Oklahoma was locked into the fourth seed win or lose last nite.

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

    *Magic Johnson voice*
    The Post Up is baaaaaaaaaaack!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Andre Miller is slow, he gets to the lane by being shifty and smart. Guess what Jason Kidd is? Smarter. And an all-world defender against players of similar speed. IMO Jason Kidd is literally the worst matchup in the league for Andre Miller outside of Tony Allen/Thabo/GHill – And if your griping about secondary scorers why don’t you look at Portland. Whose gonna score after Lamarcus Aldridge on a consistent basis? Wesley Matthews? Brandon Roy? Gerald Wallace? Dallas has defensive wings, and shooters. Plus Dirk, I can’t see why Portland is a more popular choice, unless you absolutely have to pick an upset.

  • http://http//portlandfan1203.blogspot.com Karley

    Thanks for your post-up articles. Its been a pleasure really.. Lets go Blazers…
    Hornets Beat LA!!!! Great article

  • http://http//portlandfan1203.blogspot.com Karley

    @Dark Saber… haha funny think is Blazers wouldnt be trampled by the Lakers.. Heres a little fun fact for you Lakers are 4 and 20 in the rose garden.. Lakers 3 peat is a bust..
    Peace Gents….

  • http://slamonline.com tina

    With the way the Lakers are playing of late, any team that made the playoffs should feel like they have a chance.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    SLAM, YOU GOT SOME ‘SPLAININ TO DO!
    tell me why, when i got home and saw that the new issue came in DWYANE WADE and LEBRON JAMES were on the cover??
    i mean, i let it slide that one time when i won that caption contest and y’all said i was from “englewood, Colorado”. fine, thats fine. even thouh i don’t think it exists
    BUT C’MON MAN!#! i thought midwest was gettin Drose?
    this. is unforgivable.
    well not really, but cmon.

  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    @NBK: I seem to remember Andre Miller hanging 52 on Kidd last year. Not sure how that is one of his worst matchups

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

    I have no idea how the Knicks could have let a quality player like Brewer go for nothing. It’s bad enough they gave up on Anthony Randolph (who is actually pretty damn good); they ended up getting rid of Brewer, who, incidentally, the Mavs also h@te.

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