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Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 9:09 am  |  249 responses

Post Up: Mr. Solo Dolo

Carmelo gets little assistance as the Celts go up 2-0.

Boston 96, New York 93

Rajon Rondo, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Garnett, Jared Jeffries. One of these names is not like the others. That reality became blatantly clear for the Knicks as Jefferies turned the ball over to Garnett with just seconds remaining to send the Knicks to a 96-93 loss to the Celtics. The other names lived up to their billing as Rondo (30 points, 7 assists and all-out mastery of transition game) and ‘Melo (42 points, 17 boards and countless jaw dropping shots down the stretch) battled throughout this one.

Jeffries—aka Fool’s Gold—had just come up big with a drive to put New York up one with 19 seconds left. The second time around, KG closed out hard on Jefferies and basically punked him into giving up the steal. KG’s big play came on the heels of his turnaround hook over that put Boston up for good.

As much as KG and Jefferies may have stolen the headlines, this was Carmelo Anthony’s game. Melo put New York on his back with the type of performance that DVRs are made for. Each drive and jumper further silenced those who thought that giving up Mozgov was too steep a price. Simply unstoppable, Melo stepped up for an injured Amar’e and practically willed the Knicks across the finish line. But in the end ,with that line approaching, Melo passed off the chance for the game-winner with the aforementioned feed to Jefferies. With Big Baby blitzing his way, the pass out of the double team was arguably the prudent choice. But given his white-hot performance, it is sure to leave Knicks fans thinking, What if? —Jonathan Evans (@jre18)

Orlando 88, Atlanta 82

It wasn’t the prettiest game, but the Magic evened up the series behind a solid defensive effort and another dominant performance from Dwight Howard. “We played extremely hard. Especially from the time we were down 10 in the first half, I just thought we played with unbelievable intensity…when you can shoot 34 percent in a playoff game and win it, I gotta be very, very proud of our guys and just hope that at some point some guys will start making some shots,” said Magic coach Stan Van Gundy in the postgame press conference.

One day after accepting his third straight Defensive Player of the Year award, Howard exploded for 33 points (9/12 FG, 15/19 FT) and 19 rebounds. “What Dwight did tonight was phenomenal. I didn’t give him much rest in the game,” said Van Gundy, referencing the 48 minutes Howard logged.

Howard’s first half production this series would stand as excellent complete games for the majority of the League. After setting a franchise record with 31 pts in the first half of Game 1, Howard tallied 24 pts and 11 rebounds in the opening two quarters of Game 2.

Al Horford played only two minutes in the first half after picking up two early fouls. Despite being outrebounded 32-15 and outscored 28-14 in the paint during the first two quarters, the Hawks kept it close and ended the half down 6. Down 11 to start the fourth, Atlanta closed the gap to four with 25 seconds to play before Orlando hit free throws to ice the game. Jamal Crawford scored a playoff career-high 25 points for a Hawks offense that settled for difficult shots most of the game.

Game 3 is Friday in Atlanta and Howard is lucky he has two days to rest. —Tracy Weissenberg

Dallas 101, Portland 89

The big news before Game 2 between No. 3 Dallas Mavericks and No. 6 Portland Trail Blazers was the fact that referee Danny Crawford would be officiating. Before the game, the Mavs had a 2-16 record in playoffs games called by Crawford, including 16 L’s in the last 17 contests. Naturally, with an outspoken owner like Mark Cuban, the media were all over that juicy little nugget like stink on a monkey. Cuban, for his part, didn’t bite and let the chips, and whistles, fall as they may.

Turns out, Crawford wasn’t a factor at all, and neither were the Blazers in the end, as Dallas took a 2-0 series lead over Portland with a 101-89 win on their home court.

Just like he did in Game 1, Jason Kidd caught fire from behind the arc, nailing three J’s from long range on the way to 18 points. Kidd’s scoring output is significant, considering his total points during the regular season vs. Portland was 20. In just the first two games of this series, he has 42 points total.

Dirk Nowitzki was his usual MVP-like self, putting on a show before his dad, Jorge, who was on hand to watch his son drop 33 points, including 14 in the final quarter, on 9-22 shooting from the field.

The big story, though, was Peja Stojakovic, who racked up 21 points off the pine on 5-10 shooting from three-point land and JJ Barea, who Mighty Mouse’d his way to six points, four assists and some key defensive possessions.

LaMarcus Aldridge led the way for the Blazers with 24 points and 10 boards, while Gerald Wallace added 18 points.  As the series goes back to Portland, Nate McMillan looks to right the ship and take advantage of the home crowd’s energy. Analysts gave the Blazers the edge before this series began, citing the Mavs’ penchant for only looking good on paper in the post-season, but if the first two games are any indication, Portland has its hands full if they want to make sure Dallas doesn’t finally leap off the “page.” —Maurice Bobb (@ReeseReport)

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Interesting that Melo’s lack of effort to try and foul Delonte West in the backcourt at the end of the game isn’t brought up in his “awesome” night recap. Celts in 5.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    I don’t care what happens in the Celtic series, but I was pulling for the Knicks last night. Melo was unreal for periods.
    Is Dwight Howard a top 3 player? I don’t see why he doesn’t finish the play-offs with ridiculous statistics. Stan is clearly going to ride him (pause), and they should be playing till at least the second round.
    I hope the Mavs beat Portland so Chris Paul can light up that pest J.J Barea in the next round.

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    Eboy you are a herb. Lay off. Melo played amazing… if Turiaf and Jeffries knew how to hold onto the ball, or if Anthony Carter could safely dribble the ball up the court then this series is tied

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    And Bill Walker is a headache…. I actually have no idea what goes on in that mans head. He’s Jr Smith minus the talent

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Throwing some thing a little controversial out there, is it THAT far-fetch to think that the Heat could go undefeated until the EC Finals?

  • The Angel of Stern

    The knicks loss was heartbreaking… How do you not realize with 4 seconds left to chase delonte down the court to foul? Melo just kinda slowly made his way down there. Did Mike not even mention it to his team? even if he didn’t carmelo should have had the common sense to do it anywa

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    What-up meloman. I was thinking of you (well your SlamOnline persona) last night watching the game.

  • el_larsen

    rondo wes huge!keep on attacking rajon
    great call by doc on the goahead basket:the truth?Ray?no we ll go to kg,as jeffries can’t guard him!
    but god it was hard,even if the knicks got only melo and bench players.
    surprised melo did’nt shoot the buzzerbeater and throw a wild pass to Jeffries!
    c’s will win 1 out of 2 in NY and it s over.then we ll need shaq to beat the heat

  • el_larsen

    cosign eboy!!
    no basketball IQ!!imean there was 5 sec left and melo did’nt even try to foul until 0.4ses!what was he thinking!

  • Reflex

    Eboy, you’re a straight up hater. That is all

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Sure meloman…..his stat line was empty with a loss. Sounds a lot like Bron and his results in the playoffs….but he found a way out of the first round when he got there. Making big shots is fantastic and we all recognize how well he did that….but he gave up at the end. He quit. I’m not making it up to start sh*t. Every article I’ve read this morning mentions his attitude after Jefferies lost the ball.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Whatever. Dude quit. Deal with it.

  • el_larsen

    sorry to start this again but dwight is the real mvp!without him his team would suck more than bulls without rose.and rose isn’t even the best pg thanks to cp3(and boozer,noah,better than landry okafor buy the way,and western conf harder than eastern)

  • The Angel of Stern

    man ive gotta defend eboy on this one… Melo played dope but he HAS to foul Delonte on that inbound pass.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    If Kobe did that or Bron, the internets would burn to the ground from their haters. I’m not a Melo hater….in fact, I love his game more than most players in the league….but you’ve got to be accountable and at this time, on this team, with their injury situation, Melo was the closest guy to West and barely stretched his legs to try and catch up to him. I know he wad five fouls and that if he fouled he wouldn’t even be IN the game to try and reclaim the lead, but you have to make that play IN THAT MOMENT. There was no time to waste. It is what it is.

  • el_larsen

    melo thought:”well i got 42 points,17 rebounds ,it was close.i ve done my job.why running after Dwest?”

  • J-MAC

    Should Amare manned up and played like he was getting paid the big bucks or am I wrong?

  • bull22

    melo “iam too tired to be chasing people down”.
    and brother thats why you are in LOSS column this morning and halfway to getting rest for the summer hahahahahha, knicks suck…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Zog

    the game doesn’t come down to 1 play. Melo did his job the team gotta help him out. Knicks limit there mistakes they easily win this game

  • el_larsen

    hey danny the gambler,still waiting for the jeff green effect!

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    @Eboy did bron play against the Celtics in the first round? thought so. And you don’t know the circumstances. What if dantoni told him not to foul, what if they wern’t supposed to switch on the screen. Dantoni didn’t chastize melo for it so clearly theres something we dont know

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    J-MAC, I thought that, but I read that he could not dress him self after the game with out assistance. I also read that he could not sit on the chair at the podium post game (although I have not watched the press conference).
    Melo has never been a big “effort guy”.
    el-larsen, I don’t know if he is the MVP, but I think he is a top 3 player. He is probably the play-off MVP, after two games lol. The Magic are currently shooting 24% from 3, compared to 36% on the year. If they split the difference, shooting around 30%, they are probably comfortably up 2-0 right now.

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    @AllBall thanks man, lol woulda been sweet if he could have pulled it out though

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    meloman has a point..melo was a competent role player away from winning that game. regardless let’s be realistic. the knicks aren’t winning shit this series.

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

    Happens everytime. Celtics down a basket. Time-out. Come out and score within 3-4 seconds on the most efficient plays. Knicks down a basket. A D’Antoni timeout. Come out and spend 10-12 seconds trying to get the ball to Melo and of course Doc will double team so more seconds wasted finding some other scrub who has no clue what to do in that situation and end up with horrible shot/turnover/block. And the announcers have the nerve to say that D’Antoni is one of the best play callers coming out of a time-out. If I was a librarian and you came to me with that statement, I’d say you’ll find that in the fiction section!

  • Mr. Short Rotation

    No one seems to be commenting how Amare was playing way too many minutes in the regular season and boom back spasms.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Dwight may even be top 2, above Kobe.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    i think melo might just be slow…or tired. he did do ALL that for them. where was the rest of his team? meloman does have a point though…man was one vaguely competent role player away from winning the game.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    What does that mean “Did Melo play against the Celtics in the first round?”. Most people in the sportwriting world and most fans thought the Knicks were a nightmare matchup for the Celtics. And by all accounts, they should be up 2-0 or at the least 1-1. So let’s not act like the Celts have beat them by 20 each game and the Knicks haven’t been competitive. He took a horrible shot at the end of Game 1 and made no effort at least to the “eye test” to not go full out to try and foul, regardless of what you think D’Antoni told him or what I think he should have done in that moment. Cats try to rewrite sh*t for their liking too often around here.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    1-Thanks to all the writers making this post-season version of TPU happen. I love it.
    2-@Mr. Short Rotation-great point!

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Umm, i might have missed something here but when did it become ok to pass the ball back into your own half while standing in the opposing half?
    Is this new?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I think they’ve been allowed to do that since last season, Dark. I’m not certain though.

  • J-MAC

    AllBall–Ok I really didnt know it was that serious. I guess when you arent the one with pain its easy to sit back and judge…but damn! E– I really dont think you can point the finger at Melo. I mean the guy did EVERYTHING he could to try and get the win. IMO the role players like Walker and Jared(even though he hit a big layup to take the lead) have to be accountable for their poor play down the stretch.

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    ahahaha wow, ok Eboy, i think these “sports writting people” whom u keep referring to are made up. Cuz from what I’ve heard, everyone else besides IAMORANGEFOREVER asumed that the Celtics would take it. Everyone thouht it would be a tough matchup for the C’s though, and it has been. But pretty much everyone still bet on the Celtics to win

  • riggs

    RONDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    and you’re hate for Melo is getting ridiculous… i mean, i know you don’t like the guy, why i dont know, but your letting your hate for him make you look like a bafoon.

  • J-MAC

    *cant point the finger

  • el_larsen

    melo was huge and kept the knicks in the game.
    but as he could have made them win(we know he could) ,it s not enough.that’s just my point of view.

  • JTaylor21

    For all the hype DHow’s getting for his well deserved offensive dominance in the series, what’s up with his defense?
    This is supposed to be the most dominant defensive player in the L and a 3-time DPOY winner. I’m betting that Deke, Hakeem, Zo, or DRob could muster up at least 2 to 3 blocks in a freaking playoff game. Also before anyone gives me the tiresome “the game is officiated differently” line, go check out the number of fouls a guy like Hakeem avg. in his career and you will see that the excuse of him being afraid of pick up fouls is bogus. The guy is a great player but he’s an highly overrated defensive player.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    This is kind of amazing. Lebron did the SAME FU*KING THINGS FOR THE CAVS FOR 7 seasons (and was crucified and laughed at for similar results)….yet Melo plays one fantastic playoff game for the Knicks and now he should be forgiven for not being able to finish one game and make a smart play in the second. Whatever. I already said I like the dude’s game a ton, meloman, but dude has to be accountable if he wants to be considered elite and not just a great scorer. He’s in the Mecca now, not in the mountains of Denver. All his failures are going to be magnified. And yes, his good moments are going to be oversung. That’s how sh*t goes. He wanted to be in NY? Well, he’s there and playing and has to deal with fallout. All of this talk wouldn’t even be happening if he made a smarter decision at the end of Game 1. That’s real

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Thanks for that, E.
    A ridiculous rule change btw. Team in posession has the whole halfcourt to evade tactical fouls. Wonder what the justification for this was?

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Jtaylor, I disagree. He alters everything at the hoop, and he is excellent at coming across to help and recovering to his man.
    Maybe he is not 3 DPOY awards in a row good, but in the media who else is going to get it? I think most of us know that when it comes to on the ball lock-down defence, Tony Allen is head and shoulders better than the rest. Inside, Chuck Hayes is a phenomenal on ball defender. Neither of them affect the other team as much as Dwight does, how ever.

  • bull22

    @zog unless you get the win, its all for naught.
    if i can recall there is no trophies for losers….. look at kg’s effort playing like a desperate wolf looking for his meal…

  • el_larsen

    cosign eboy on melo

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    @Eboy: i don’t think u needed to bring Lebron into this argument… there was really no need as it didn’t help prove your point. but i’ve noticed that you’re a very grumpy old guy, and you can’t go a day without bashing a player… sometimes its Kobe, sometimes its Rose, and today it’s Melo. Either you’re just mad at the world or this is your way of getting some kind of online popularity. Either way, i feel sorry for you

  • JTaylor21

    AllBall, we will disagree to agree. I’m not saying he’s a bad defender but the way the media and fans talk about his D, you would swear that dude was Hakeem good on defense. I’ve seen plenty Hakeem games and trust when I say that he’s 10X the defender Howard is. Hakeem didn’t just alter shoots at the rim like Howard does, he actually sent the back on the regular and picked pockets like a perimeter player. Howard may be the most athletic of all the bigs that won DPoy but he lacks the timing and anticipation does guys possessed.
    I would have given it to KG because DHow couldn’t have done what he did at the end of that Knicks game.

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Last night’s games really got me in a state of euphoria, my day was great after that.
    - Dwight using more than raw power to get buckets. Lefty hooks? Wow.
    - Paul Pierce was nearly in Melo’s shorts on most shots; didn’t matter.
    - The 4th qtr of NY-BOS was old school, scramble, hustleball. Bodies on the floor, in the crowd. Journeymen hanging tough with superstars. Fantastic.
    - Rondo posted Douglas up late, dropstep to spin = gorgeous effing move.
    - Peja
    - Ason Kidd (keep this up & the J gets added to your name!)
    - Peja
    Oh and of course, Mavs won.
    Good times, can we have more drama please, Nba?
    (and zero talking basketballs? Grazie)

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I remember when DWade called it quits earlier this year with a 8 point deficit and 3 mins almost remaining… He literally said “It’s over.”

    Melo honestly didn’t play that well. He forced the issue on every play. Shot when he should have drove and drove when he should have shot. Luckily for him he has Kobe like shot making ability so allot of them went in, but he didn’t play very well. He also is a TERRIBLE passer. Hopefully he plays better and actually plays in the system in NY so we can have a fun series.

  • JTaylor21

    *sent them back*

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Howard actually stole the ball twice yesterday lol, when defending the P/R. I am not saying he is a better defender than The Dream was, but in the L today he is probably the best over all defender. Imagine how imbalanced Orlando would be defensively without him cleaning up the mistakes.
    The contrast between officiating for the perimeter and post play is huge, although I know you were talking about the difference in officiating through the years. Jason (or Jarron) Collins is wrestling Dwight in the post, then Zaza comes in and does the same, then maybe Etan Thomas gets to come in and foul Dwight twice before he sits back down. If the guy is facing you on the perimeter, you literally cannot touch them.

  • fizzbucket

    P-Squared ices the game-winner at MSG on Friday to go up 3-0. Book it.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Haha, “ive noticed your a very grumpy old guy”. Classic. Although I am not endorsing that opinion.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    meloman, you don’t have a team, you’re a player groupie, so your opinion means little to me regardless. Signed, Grumpy Old Man.

  • el_larsen

    by the way where is J-rich?did he play ?

  • el_larsen

    LOL a “a player groupie”!!
    it ‘s getting fun right here

  • el_larsen

    yeah fizzbucket!i can see it coming

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Anyways, through two games played, I still say the Mavs look like the best team in the playoffs. You’re welcome, Dark.

  • Sparker

    eboy, don’t really like to disagree w you, but i didn’t see melo as “giving up” at the ned. looked more like a mental lapse. and dudes were all over kobe for giving up when he dropped out (vs.suns) for a whole game, or at least a half. i mean, melo was awesome last night: he played and acted like a general, a leader of men. he was just short some soldiers.

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    E: not even close. Relying on Diggler to bail the team out in the 4th combined with Kidd getting his inner Mark Price on won’t work against LA, OKC or Memphis. (Marion and Chandler are treading water right now)
    After just 1 game, i like what the Grizzlies showed in SA. Very balanced inside/outside team. Dangerous.

  • JTaylor21

    AllBall, stop it slime. The guy has taken 41 FTA in 2gms so far in the series, so stop acting like the Hawks are allowed to maul him without consequence. Like I said before, in Hakeem first 10 yrs, he avg. 4 fouls per game but still consistently put up 3 to 4 blocks a game while Howard could only muster up 2.4 this season.
    I would have given the DPoy to KG based on his superior all-around defensive skills.

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    @eboy… i actually do have a team, the Raptors… yaya laugh. Anyways i’ve come to the conclusion that the reason you hate Melo has to be personal. Did he have sex with your wife or something?

  • J-MAC

    Everybody was on the Portland bandwagon…Dirk seems to have shut all that down. Dallas has made a strong showing. Props to Dirk for putting in work on the TrailBlazers.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    For the third time, unless you only read French-Canadian, I’ve stated I love Melo’s game. Dude sucked in the last two games at the worst possible times. That’s truth. Keep adding things to your imaginary list of things I’ve said though.

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

    Shhhhh…..nobody talk about the Mavs. This is exactly what happened before they dropped four games to the ____ in the NBA ______s and lost out on their shot at the ________ O’______ trophy.

  • D12FSU

    Hey so magic won…. Dwight was a beast again, Jameer was the only other guy who could score again, but at least hedo and JRich had clutch baskets in the end. Also JJ had a great hustle play that probably saved our postseason.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    How was I acting like there are not consequences? I did say that Hakeem was a better defender, right? Don’t you see the difference between the way the game is officiated in the post compared to on the perimeter?

  • J-MAC

    Nic–I dont see the refs taking this one from them though

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Heat…..Finals…..Larry…..Brien…..Do I win?

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    he sucked how? because he passed out of a double team to a wide open man? i admit he didnt play well the first game, but game two he was amazing

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I don’t know if Melo quit, or if he had a massive brain fart (I’m leaning towards the later by how confused he looked) but either way, that was a HUGE mistake by him. Epic mistake after an epic performance. That jumper he hit off the spin and one bounce out out of the triple threat was one of the prettiest shots I’ve ever seen!
    But, I can’t like, I was super happy to see K.G. hit that clutch jump hook for the lead. Old school K.G. fans know why.

  • T-Money

    Melo made the correct play, Jeffries just
    Doc did in the last 2 minutes what I thought the Pacers should have done vs the Bulls. Send a HARD double team to the superstar and let the role players mess up lol. If Jeffries or Noah beat you off the dribble, you live with it.

  • Eddie

    How illuminaceous of the results… BARZAAAAR

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    *latter…
    That Dallas game was nice. I’m salty because I was arguing with this young cat at my church about Dallas and telling him how outside of Dirk the Mavs don’t have any consistent scorers and thus I don’t see them as a real threat to get to the Finals. Dude was like “What about Kidd?” and I was being dismissive. Now he looks like a genius, and I look like a fool. This shooting by Kidd and Peja, who had lost his jumper or something in NOLA, is crazy. It’s making the Mavs scary good.
    But, I am still impressed with Portland. They are outgunned, but they don’t quit. I love their fight. If Brandon Roy was giving them something, they could have won one of those games. And now I read that Roy is complaining about his minutes. Same old selfish player.

  • J-MAC

    Here we go^^^

  • JTaylor21

    AllBall, I still don’t get what any of that has to do with Howard’s defensive abilities. Care to explain?

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    JTaylor, why do you always hate on Dwight? Watch the games before you judge dude, the Hawks rarely get any decent looks inside because Dwight is right there. The reason he’s averaging so few blocks is because 1.Atlanta is a jump shooting team and 2. They are scared to drive in the paint. Tone down the hate dude and accept that Dwight could easily be a candidate for MIP given his offensive improvement.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Mars

    Melo called and said get off his nuts (playoffs choke my a$$). Now down 0-2. D12 and ATL is playing out exactly as expected. Best series in the first round as #3 & #6 seeds. Dallas and Portland is so blah blah. Dirk Diggler is so dirty. BRoy chill out.

  • T-Money

    Yeah, Melo didn’t quit. He kept looking at the bench so he was just confused. Which is actually way worse. How can you not be prepared to foul immediately down one with 4 seconds to go? Even if D-West makes both, 3-4 seconds is an eternity to dribble up court and fire a 3. And Mike D just sucks, he’s going to ride that SSOL bullsh– for the rest of his career. For all the talk about him being an offensive genius, he did nothing to make sure that Melo would catch the ball in motion and thus making it harder to double team.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    It has nothing to do with his defensive abilities, I had moved onto another tangent after you mentioned the difference in officiating.

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics lights out

    the Celtics had to grind that one out. really, they shouldn’t have won it, they played bad in a lot of ways, but whatever. melo was amazing though. jaw-dropping. but i also think he got lazy on that last play. he credited doc with drawing up a great play to get west free, but he gave a half-hearted effort to catch him at best. i do, however, think he made the right play by passing off the jeffries at the end. garnett was huge for the celtics down the stretch on both ends. i hope amar’e's ok. never want to see someone who’s had a great season get hurt when it matters most.

  • T-Money

    But seriously, the Celtics couldn’t shake off Melo and a bunch of guys, as Marv stated? If Shaq doesn’t come back, it’s looking good for Miami. NY got outrebounded by 20.. by the Knicks! That’s why I laught when people say that Miami has nothing inside to counter Boston. Counter who, exactly? JO? Krstic? Big Baby? Those are the guys playing the 5 for Boston right now.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    T-Money
    I thought the same thing. How does your best player not know the game situation and the correct play to make? I don’t fault him for passing to Jeffries, that was a good pass and JJ should have went up strong. But, for him not to know that they have to play their men close and foul is crazy. Maybe he forgot they could go into the backcourt? I don’t know, all I know is it looked bad.
    I like seeing these guards posting up in some of these series. Joe Johnson, Kidd, Miller, Wes Matthews (who had a really good game), Rondo, Billups. It’s great. I like when the Blazers post their guard or forward to force Chandler away from the basket or allow Aldridge a wide open jumper. They need to do that earlier.
    That’s one of the biggest things I’ve noticed during the playoffs. Every team struggles when they take too long to get into their sets because of how much better the overall defense is. That is an easy way to determine if an offensive possession is likely to be successful.
    Also, Delonte West is a ball stopper.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    T-Money
    I said the exact same thing to my boys last night. How the hell does Boston not dominate that Knicks team? That wasn’t like facing Cleveland with Bron because Melo pretty much just scorers. The fact that the game was that close without Billups or Amare is bad news for the Celtics. Then again, people said the same thing in 2008 when the Hawks and Cavs both took them to seven, and we know what happened that year.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    I don’t think any Eastern team can beat Miami 4/7.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    My thoughts on the playoffs thus far:
    -The Celtics are just not a threat. The lack of inside presence and rebounding (read: Perkins) have really hurt.
    -The Heat look to have an easy road ahead.
    -The Bulls have proved they can come through in close games, though in games that probably shouldn’t be close to begin with.
    -If their 3′s actually start falling, the Magic are dangerous.
    -The Spurs need Obi Wan Ginobili if they are going to do anything in the playoffs.
    -The Lakers look like they’re a mess of a team. Step it up Phil.
    -The Mavericks are for real. Enough said.
    -The Thunder may be media darlings and may get a lot of controversial calls, but they are very talented.

  • JTaylor21

    I’m sorry but 2.4bpg during the RS is average for a guy that everyone crowns the best defensive player and a guy that did something that Hakeem, Zo, Deke and DRob never accomplished; win 3 DPOY in a row. The man’s a good defender but he’s not that good.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Sorry, I think Orlando have the potential to beat Miami 4/7. Know one else.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Orlando would have to beat the Bulls for that to happen. I don’t think that’s happening…..if the Magic can get there.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I think the Bulls can beat Miami. I’m losing faith in Boston with their inability to control the glass. Maybe Shaq will be back next round or something.
    The Bulls kill on the glass, their best player cannot be handled by anybody on Miami’s team, and their defense is the best in the league. They can win any series if Derrick Rose gets hot and has just enough help.
    Plus, Miami has the most favorable matchup in the first round, so they are going to look like juggernauts right now. Let’s see what happens when they face some adversity and a serious team..

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Jt: The Hawks centers have scored 6 points on 1/6 shooting in 2 games thus far against Dwight. He’s not trying to get blocks because he knows blocks lead to potential fouls and he needs to stay on the court for pretty much the entire game. Overrated defender my butt.

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

    *cue bulls fan*
    miami is beatable, any team is. its wide open.
    but i take bulls over miami. in 6 (gasp)

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

    Happy for Rondo.
    His morale must have went up after he learned that Toney Douglas was going to be in front of him instead of Chauncey Billups.
    Teddy-the-Bear is prophetic concerning Toney Douglas.

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    One more thing; after seeing Hinrich drive, get blocked and then step on a photographer’s foot, when will the league move those fools back?
    1st Indy’s PG, now this (luckily no consequences for Kirk)?
    Those guys lug around superzoom lenses so they can sit right up to the baseline? Lame.

  • JTaylor21

    What hawks centers? Zaza and JCollins? Those clowns? Those bums would have a hard time scoring all alone in a gym by themselves.

  • Bruno

    co-sign darksaber

  • burnt_chicken

    Everyone is looking East, but how about those Mavs? Dirk is playing with a big chip on his shoulder, and they are dealing with an athletic squad in a fashion not so many thought possible. The Matrix sure needs a reboot though.

  • D12FSU

    I’m not being biased when I say this…But I honestly think the only team that can beat Miami in 7 is Orlando. In the east, Boston in too old/slow and Chicago is still young, and they can guard Rose with Wade or LeBron for most of the game. And in the West I dont really see a team with the combination of youth and skill that Miami has. So Orlando, having the advantage at PG with Nelson and Dwight (THE CLEAR CUT DPOY stop the b!thcing!) at center. Would be a great ECF…as long as the can beat Chicago…thats not a given.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Mars

    Dallas is playing like 2k Sports. It’s WIDE OPEN this year folks, W-I-D-E O-P-E-N. Sleep on Miami if you want.

  • D12FSU

    *Correction: OKC could match em potentially, but I dont think theyll win the West…not this year

  • T-Money

    Allen: I don’t know if Miami has the most favourable match up, they’re just killing their match up. I don’t think it would be close vs any of the bottom 4 teams. I really like Bosh and Bron at the 4-5 vs Chicago.

  • el_larsen

    with an healthy shaq(is it possible?)the celtics can beat the heat!i mean ,yes they re not playing well,but they still win,and they ll IMPROVE.
    they great start of the season was done with shaq,not with perk.but jeff green is lazy!they should have kept tony allen,or marquis daniels

  • JTaylor21

    It pains me to say this but DHow is the steve nash of the DPOY award. Both guys probably deserved the awards they have received but it’s mainly due to the media’s ever changing criteria and nothing do with their dominance. The same way SNash wasn’t 2-time MVP good, DHow isn’t 3-time DPOY good.

  • ripslam

    So everyone’s saying the Celts are over and done with because they can’t put away the Knicks despite going up 2-0. Yet Chicago is in the exact same situation and nobody says anything.

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

    Boozer kills bron at the 4 and Deng kills whoever you start at the 3 in that scenario. I know people like to clown on Boozer, but if you put a guy on him that’s the same hight/slightly smaller and 20 pounds lighter than him he’s going to eat him alive down low. Or at least get him in unessceary foul trouble.

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

    @ripslam – you must not have ready yesterday’s TPU

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Popcorn Muscles!!!!!!!!!

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Jt: Who should have won it then? Your argument doesnt mean sh*t if you can’t give somebody else who should have won (in the case of Nash, Kobe deserved it).

  • el_larsen

    blame the d_rose media campaign!
    dwight should have been mvp,but they give to rose ,so they thought
    “what can we give to dwight?
    -hey why not defensive player ?who cares about tony allen?
    -here we go”

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Popcorn Muscles better be careful….he might have to deal with Haslem and Anthony by the Conference Finals (if both teams can get there)so I wouldn’t be touting Bron too much at the 4 if that option is available, T-Money.

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

    @diesel, you my boy, but you’re eyes are fogged with that bullsfan haze, i mean it is 4/20.
    but if bosh is playing 4, or for some reason lebron is, boozer will get ate up man.
    he REFUSES to post up and it pisses me off. he’ll either face up and try to dive at the rim or face up and shoot a fadeaway j, its infuriating since he’s supposed to be our low post presence.

  • T-Money

    Unrelated but I was just on draftexpress and it’s hilarious that most players seem to list themselvers at an arbitraty height. Bosh measured at 6’11.5 at the draft and was listed at 6’10 for most his career but is now 6’11. Deng measured at 6’8 and is listed at 6’8. Wade is 6’5 and is listed at 6’4. Bosh really has no reason to b-tch about playing the center spot, he’s a 7-footer really.

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

    on another boozer related note, i went to the blackhawks game and coincidentally boozer was there too. may be the first time ive gone to the united center where his screams were actually unheard

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    LOL @ airs!

  • roc

    The playoffs are all about matchups, so dominating a team in the first round does not carry over into the next rounds. The looks that the heat have against the sixers will be limited against the celts, and rondo is starting to get his mojo back. Orlando will expend so much energy trying to beat the hawks I can’t envision them defeating the Bulls in the second round.

  • T-Money

    E: I’ve watched Bron defend Boozer. Boozer can’t outmuscle him in the post. First – LeBron is far from the 250 is listed at and he’s just as tall as Booz. I know that when Spo went to that lineup Booz was defending Mike Miller on the perimeter and it gave an advantage to Miami on the glass. Of course, if UD can go then the crunch line up would be Bibby-Wade-Bron-UD-Bosh.

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

    Come on now airs. I’m ready to make fun of booz with everyone else, but the dude can post people up. He got all of Indy’s big men in foul trouble in game 2 by posting up the entire 1st half. And that’s against a decent sized hansborough and a 7’2″ Hibert. The dude is maddening to watch with his shouting and horrible defense, but he can post up…espescially smaller dudes. And I welcome going up against a not 100% haslem, who’s barely played all year if that ends up happening.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    This is Carlos Boozer we’re talking about and not Karl Malone, right?

  • wtf

    Melo playd a hell of a game. nobdy can tell me hes not top 5. he said he could hardly make it to foul west. he played 24 STRAIGHT minutes, no real brakes, carrying the team by himself. with that line up? great performance. im not even surprised though because hes just that good.the knicks honestly shouldnt have even ben in the game. they showed a lot of heart last night. the series could easily be tied, just as easily as ny couldve been up 2-0. i hope it goes 7 games!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Why play Bosh at the Five?
    I understand that Anthony can be an offensive liability but he is bringing a real presence at the rim that neither Bosh nor Haslem can duplicate. You need that against Derrick Rose.
    And co-sign Diesel on Boozer. Boozer feasts on inferior bigs. Period.

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

    i don’t know man, we must be seeing something else on the court.
    what i see, for most of the season as well, is him posting up initially when calling for the ball, and then turning to face up and either going off the dribble or taking a shot. i hardly would call that posting up.
    granted, he did get indy in foul trouble and thats cool but if he’s not getting 20 points consistently, is a disappointment.

  • OvaChicken

    Boston are taking care of biz. Thats all thats happening. Haters —> first Onyx album ‘ B……..P ! ‘ :-)

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

    t-money – don’t tell me you’re one of the guys that thinks bron is 280+. I’ve stood next to the dude in real life at a downtown club. I’m 6’5″ 245 and I’m bigger than him. 6′ 7″ 245/250 is probably accurate for him.

  • JTaylor21

    KG is my choice for DPOY. Just look at how bad Bos defense was in the 09 ECF vs ORL without him and just how dominant they are with him in the lineup. He actually does more on the defensive end than DHow and for all the people that talk about DHow being the only great defensive player on the magic, it’s the same with KG in Bos. Ray and PP were never known as good defender until KG came around and it has been said many times on here that Rondo is overrated defensively. With KG in the lineup, he makes those guys look like all-world defenders but without him they are more like all-church league.

  • T-Money

    Allen: You may be right, Joel is playing well right now so why not leave him in but if you look at Miami’s splits, when they can get away with Bosh at the 5 (and they can vs Noa), that’s their most productive line up. And Bron on Booz is something that Spo went to this season and Booz couldn’t take advantage of that. I know it’s counterintuitve to some because Bron is a 3 but Booz flat out can’t outmuscle him because they’re exactly the same size. He tried and it failed. / roc: agree on your first point, strongly disagree on your second. the playoffs are indeed all about matchup but fatigue (in terms of series lengths) is overrated. boston went 7 in the first and second rounds when they won the ‘ship.

  • T-Money

    Diesel: Bron was officially weighed at 245 at the draft combine. That was 8 years ago. Just look at any picture from his rookie year compared to now. I’ve also stood next to Bron courtside at the ACC – I don’t know how much he weighs but he was waaayyy bigger than Reggie Evans.

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    The Knicks effort last night was fantastic. Yes Melo should’ve fouled West, but for me it was Jeffries screw up by not passing the ball that took away team confidence. I never defend Melo’s fat, poorly conditioned, selfish behind but I will in this case. Jeffries screw up took the wind out of his sails. I’m proud of the fact that they were able to compete despite Amare and Billups playing…and damn I wish we could give Bill Walker. Even if we don’t get anything back, I want him gone with D’Antoni this summer.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    It’s funny, I actually like Bill Walker.
    I like that he’s never intimidated and he always believes in his ability. And that when he drives baseline, he has bad intentions.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    the mavs are for real…but orlando or miami will probably stop the bulls in my opinion

  • roc

    @el larsen, the way the rest of his bulls teammates are playing and how rose is closing out games only strengthens his case for MVP. Dwight is doing what he is supposed to do based on the scheme the hawks are playing, which is defend Howard with single coverage and force Orlando shooters off the three point line. The pacers are switching their defense constantly against rose, trapping at halfcourt, packing the lane and he still has averages 37 points against them.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    I AM SO PROUD of the Knicks last night for how they stepped up with no Chauncey, and no Amar’e. Yes they lost the game, but they are not losers. The Knicks came together when they were faced with major adversity. As for Carmelo, SMH, he played an absolute beautiful game for the Knicks last night and showed me what a GREAT player he is. Bottom line, Carmelo Anthony is a WINNER! I can’t wait for game 3 at MSG. Go Knicks! BEAT THE CELTICS in the MECCA!

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

    ^someone tell this guy they lost last night.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Someone get airs a deep dish pizza and a Rose. lol

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    You gotta give the Celtics credit though…they’re showing why they are the defending Eastern Conference Champs. This is the series everyone is watching. It’s the best series in the first round. Hands down!

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    *shooting the ball

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    I agree with JTaylor about Howard being overrated defensively.
    Historically, anyways.
    I think he deserved DPOY simply because he offers the best case in terms of tangible defensive stats (I think Tony Allen is the DPOY IMO), but at the same time, dude’s defense is not that spectacular, it’s just that as we all know, the center position sucks nowadays.
    So if you get one who puts up some nice stats, he’s gonna look like a beast.
    But in the 90’s, no one would of even looked twice at Howard as an elite defender.
    In 1993 his 2.4 blocks per game would look absolutely pedestrian next to Hakeem’s 4.2, Shaq’s 3.5, Zo’s 3.5, Mutombo’s 3.5, and Robinson’s 3.0 per.

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    Also Boozer is a beast in the low post most of the time. But he does struggle against taller, longer, stronger guys.

  • JTaylor21

    Ahh, finally some sense in a world full of chaos.
    Bravo!!!!!

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

    i told you, thin crust!
    and man, maybe i just hate on boozer too much then.
    cuz i seriously don’t remember him actually backing down on someone more than he does face them up and shoot.

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics lights out

    i agree with everyone saying that the celtics should be dominating the knicks, but every game this year between these two has gone the same way, before and after the trade. celtics draw first blood, knicks rally back and take lead, celtics come up big in crunch time. the knicks give them problems in some ways–although last night was a particularly bad showing–just like the hawks did in past years. remember how the hawks pushed the celtics to 7 games in ’08, and everyone started saying that they wouldn’t have a chance against the better teams if they couldn’t man-handle the hawks? well, didn’t stop them from abusing the lakers in the finals.

  • roc

    I wouldn’t want lebron on Boozer because now you have lebron focusing defensively on just one player, which takes away from his strengths on that end. He likes to play passing lanes and having both wade and James on rose and Boozer makes them have to work too hard on both ends. Rose will have a much easier matchup guarding bibby or chalmers and Boozer will defend big z whom at this point of his career is a perimeter player. Noah prevents bosh from posting up repeatedly with his length and energy. The bulls pack the paint so wade and lebron will definitely be forced to shoot more perimeter shots. One thing the the bulls can’t do is turn the rock over against the heat because they’re deadly in transition. That would be a great series

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    airs, you never seen how Boozer does cats when he puts them in the “spin cycle”?
    Dude has tons of moves in the low post.
    If he were 2 or 3 inches taller, and his “popcorn muscles” became actual muscles, he’d be unf*ckwitable in the post.

  • T-Money

    rose and wade will be guarding each other at the end of games because bibby and korver can’t guard anyone but each other.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Unf*ckwitable is my new favorite word.

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

    yeah i seen that, and i seen him get called for travel a few times with that too haha.
    still though man, he’s GOT to be putting up 20 a night.
    i’ll observe next game though. but i swear i see him just dive to the rim way too often.

  • http://slamonlie.com nbk

    Lets make it clear that more shots were attempted around the basket, and the game was inside out, not outside in, in 1994. Or any year pre-Iverson. So Howards block numbers would almost surely be higher. He is a better athlete then any of those guys from the 90′s jumps higher, stronger, faster. Comparable to David Robinson with a higher vertical.

  • paul

    Cs hopes depend on Rondo.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Toney Douglas is the worst defender in the league…

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    Then I expect Howard to average at least 4 or 5 blocks per in a series against the Bulls cause there will be PLENTY of inside shots taken by the like of Rose, Boozer, Deng, Noah and others in that series.

  • Showtime

    @ enigmatic that may be trough that D12 DPOY cause of circumstance but it can be argue(& they have) about rose mvp this season

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    on the season he averages 3.33 BPG against Chicago in the regular season. Along with 2.6 Stls – And that was a game without Boozer, and a game without both Noah and Boozer. The only game where Boozer, Noah, Deng, and Rose all played Howard had 4 blocks.

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    I’m seeing 3.0 blocks per and 2.3 steals per against Chicago, but close enough.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I actually did the stats, 2 steals and 3 blocks in game 1. 4 steals and 3 blocks in game 2. 2 steals and 4 blocks in game 3.

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    nbk, I see 1 steal and 2 blocks for game 1.
    I’m getting my stats from Basketball-Reference, you?
    @Showtime – Best player on best team in regular season, which beat every team at least once, top 10 in points per and sssists per, one of only four players to ever get more than 2,000 points and 600 assists, team went 19-5 since January against playoff teams.
    Not sure what there is to argue about, unless you wanna start talking that Hollinger efficiency bullsh*t.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Matic, my fault I grabbed the steals and blocks from the Detroit game 1 game up. (but yeah, i use basketball-reference too.) my bad, still though, with all them healthy (mainly Boozer apparently) he had 4 blocks. Should be a great series if they can get passed atlanta, which is questionable.

  • bull22

    i guess iam not only bulls fans that thinks they can win it this year…. so one took it step further! http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/pippen-bulls-line-seventh-championship.html
    GO BULLS!! CHICAGO!

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Dirk will forever be underrated.

  • bull22

    @tealish, very great player who is committed to the dallas organization… when he finishes his career, his opinion will be respected like charles barkleys, maybe they will be on same show together.. but definitely best power forward in game right now..

  • Feez22

    Funny how carmelo got praised for a loss the other night. Lebron got hatred for being swept in the finals with a rookie daniel gibson as his TRUE second option. I seriously hate the mass media seriously… agenda pushers. Now people are so pleased that melo ALMOST did it on his own… like its never been done before. The media is smart for reeling in NY fans by doing this.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    And Melo played great all game, till the very end. Way to give up. What the hell was that.

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    Yeah, I think Orlando/Chicago would be a better series than Atlanta/Chicago.
    I just think Chicago matches up better with Atlanta. Even though ATL beat them once, Chicago has mostly had their way with them. It would be fun to see Hinrich D up Rose some more though. Still a big Hinrich fan. Always will be.
    Orlando, on the other hand, the past couple of seasons probably only the LeBron-led Cavs had given the Bulls more problems than the Magic. And while Chicago has shown no fear of them this year, that last game without Howard playing for them was too close for comfort.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I just like the idea of Rose and Howard meeting at the hoop, over and over and over again. Battle of MVP 1 v MVP 2. Also the Jameer Nelson v Derrick Rose battle is going to be one hell of an offensive affair if it happens (I hope atleast) – I don’t see atlanta winning more then a game or two against Chicago, and Carlos Boozer for the first time in his playoff career will be the difference.

  • Feez22

    @tealish it has been well documented that melo’s moping gets to him with the game being concerned. Look no further than his 1st round exit against utah last yr where he basically technical fouled his way out of the series. Of course the rest of his teammates followed his lead and started complaining as well. well, maybe i shouldn’t blame that on him. Carmelo has never been a true “leader” in the nba to begin with. Now knick fans will digress and disagree with me. I however have watched him since syracuse. Melo is a roamer/freestyler on OFFENSE and DEFENSE… i don’t know why people haven’t seen this yet. I think he is a fantastic rebounder though for his size though. His jumper is top knotch (esp mid range) and his clutch factor is the best in the NBA. However when you talk about intangibles im sorry but melo does NOT have them. If melo isn’t scoring he will dissapear out of games. Its that simple.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Enig 1:19 LMAO. LMFAO

  • Feez22

    Oh ya & skip bayless said carmelo’s performance last night was better than lebron’s game 5 in detroit… the media is just horrendous.

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    Either LakeShow really disagrees with me or he enjoys laughing his f*cking ass off.

  • bashmo

    Ha! And people thought the Blazers would upset the Mavs, get outta here wit that, Mavs in 5 son.

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    @ Feez22: Not all Knick fans were/are high on Melo like that. I’ve personally been on record on this site since before the trade, criticizing him as a capable but lazy guy due to his lack of conditioning and desire to play defense. I’ve also stated that he’s a clutch shooter, but pretty self-centered so I’m not sure where your generalized statements about Knicks fans being in love with come from. Last night he put up a great effort. Nothing wrong with giving credit where credit is due. He’s not the only player in the league whose body language coveys frustration. Kobe and Lebron are no different from Melo in that department.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Skip Bayless knows absolutely nothing about basketball. nothing

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Enig it’s 4/20. I’m LMFA off all the damn day long. But seriously Unf*ckwitable is the funniest sh*t ever.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Apparently Chad Ford and Bryan Crawford have been drinking from the same bowl of punch. He said if Indiana had a true go-to scorer they would be title contenders. LOL

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    If Indiana had a true go-to scorer, they’d be a legitimate threat in the East to win a series.

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    for those comparing Lebrons cavs team to the Knicks team of last night… just stop. The cavs team was cleverly built around Lebron and gave him solid rebounders, shot makers, and veterans. Bill Walker, Jared JEffries and Anthony Carter don’t fit that description AT ALL… on most teams they would be 3rd string, probably even innactive

  • JTaylor21

    AllBall, I just saw the same thing. I can’t believe that someone would argue that what Melo did in a first round game is more impressive than what Bron did in that ECF Gm5.
    Till this day, I haven’t seen anyone take over a game like he did on that night and I still remember watching that game in total shock.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Bayless also said Melo is a better player then LeBron like 3 weeks ago. – He is however a football guy, and he called Tim Tebow the next Brett Favre so maybe he just knows nothing period.

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    Y’all trippin. I been saying “unf*ckwitable” for years on here! LOL
    Anyways, even if I was a weed head I wouldn’t celebrate 4/20.
    Hitler’s birthday.
    Columbine shootings.
    Not a day of celebration.

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    Indiana better hold on to that Vogel dude though.
    Dude’s promising.

  • http://mheat BIG3KG

    heh great game by melo but he ballhoged as HELL!c mon 42pts and under 50% thats a ball hog!

  • tRay

    First off Melo was like Baby Jordan out there lol he made the right play to me Jeffries just got punked. KG came through on both ends of the floor. The Knicks have been playing pretty good defense as a whole except for Toney Douglas just letting Rondo have his way. D12 should at least get a mention for MVP because he has been tearing it up.

  • http://mheat BIG3KG

    what melo game beter then lebron game5in 2007 esf he is tripin?first they lost and lebron scored last 29 of 30!! pts so somebody kick his but(skips biased ass)

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    who else from the slamily is on twitter? I follow Slam, Lang, BC, Matic, Marcel, Osbourne, Bengston. who am i missing?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    me

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I got you two, I follow you my bad, E. I knew there was someone I didn’t list, you were like the second person I found on there.

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    Farmer Jones, White Hot Eboy, Adam Figman, DarkSaber, Anton, Aggrey Sam, there’s others I can’t think of right now.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Ima look on who you follow and find figman, darksaber, anton, and aggrey. thanks matic

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    yeahup potheads everywhere are celebrating Hitlers B-day and Columbine today …. …. …

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    can’t find Dark. Eboy you see that painting?

  • D12FSU

    Im glad other people saw that skip bayless thing today….What a @ss. He doesnt have any idea what hes talking about, not just with the Lebron game, but everything basketball. When Chris Broussard was yelling at him, you could sense that it wasnt just from the debate of the 2 games…it was years of frustration venting out at that prick. I dont even know how he has a job, he cant have good approval ratings, can he?

  • http://slamonline.com Eboy

    It’s so coooooold in the D! How da fck do we ‘posed to keep peace?! It’s all on a ninja’s miiiind. Murkin and doin time. It’s so coooold in the D!

  • Maurice Bobb

    @nbk Don’t forget me @ReeseReport

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I’m on it.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    yo nbk follow me man…

  • ripslam

    Sneakerwatch: Rondo was wearing white ZKVI’s again yesterday. SMH. Also, it seems Paul Pierce and Jeff Green have adopted his “bright-green-shoe-with-white-home-unis” look.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    what’s your @ man?

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

    Jeffries easily could have made the game-winning lay-up but instead decided to pass it off. That’s why he lost the ball.

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

    @ zoom: Melo is the reason the Knicks were even in the game last night. And he’s definitely not “poorly conditioned.”

  • http://slamonline.com Eboy

    T-baby’s new joint comes out soon. Wait for that to drop this june. After the Heat beat the Lakers in 7, I’m having a celebration/release party for it.

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    @Teddy-the-Bear: I agree that he carried them last night, but if he isn’t poorly conditioned then what exactly is the reason he chooses not to play defense most nights? It takes a lot of stamina and conditioning to play both ends. He’s a decent defender when he wants to be, so we all know he’s capable. If his conditioning isn’t the problem then he’s beyond lazy.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he should have fouled quicker that’s for sure. Looked pretty lazy, and dumb at the end of regulation last night. If that happened in even a high school game the coach would flip the f*ck out.

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    nbk, can’t remember Dark’s user name right now but I’ll let you know when I can use my cell phone.
    Twitter’s fun but on weekdays I can only get on it for like 4 hours in the evening, too busy any other time (unlike Slam, I can’t access Twitter @ work).
    Plus besides Slam, Eboy, you, and BC, only other people who follow me are them fake a** profiles. Ha.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Yeah only person following me for like the first 6 months I had twitter was my girlfriend lol – but I enjoy twitter now a lot more then I used to, quick easy form of communication. Also I get all my tweets straight to my phone as texts, so i see it all day.

  • http://slamonline.com AllDayEveryDay

    Is Kobe still realistically considered a top 2 players in the nba TODAY?

    More efficient, consistent, dominate for longer periods of a game on both sides of the ball players include Lebron/Wade/CP3/Dwight/Arguably DRose. I would put Kobe as #5 today, after those first 4 I mentioned. It seems as if just because how good he used to be, and his clutchness (which is overrated), and his stacked ass LA team winning chips, it has become taboo to not include Kobe as either the best or the 2nd best player. People might say, Lebron can’t post (which he can), Wade’s not durable (which is not that true), Dwight can’t make free throws (true), and point out all these flaws of other players to prove that Kobe is better because supposedly he is flawless. Ummmmmm, I find it hard to fathom a 15 year vet still makes the mental mistakes to take the most inefficient shots and not trust the most talented teammates in the NBA. That is what I consider a flaw.

    Kobe, used to be #1, not #5. FYI, I am NOT trying to start pointless arguments, I am just realizing after carefully watching the NBA this season, that the younger superstars in their primes do not get enough credit and Kobe’s status is similar to how Duncan got voted into the all-star game (by past recognition). Feel free to disagree

  • http://slamonline.com AllDayEveryDay

    noW #5*

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    Yeah, at first I thought it was lame, just a bunch of stans following their heroes.
    “@somedude- OMG! I love Wheaties too, LeBron!
    RT ‘@KingJames – had me some wheaties this morning’”
    But it really is a great way to find out the latest news.
    I have my favorite news outlets on there, my favorite sports writers, and things like that.
    I follow a few NBA players, mostly Bulls, and some DePaul basketball players, but most of their tweets are wack, I enjoy getting the news (and funny one-liners) from the other guys more.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Yeah atfirst it really was like @allibaba – is going to the grocery store. @allibaba has picked up 4 bananas and some chocolate pudding, now for a movie. – it was whack. people lightened up though, take it less serious, which IMO is how it should be.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I see everyone related to the Heat organization counts their eggs before they hatch…

  • JTaylor21

    Some moron on ESPN just said that Gilbert “wooden leg” arenas is going to play like Vinnie the microwave Johnson in the playoffs, word? We are going to compare a guy that struggled with his shot all season long and couldn’t jump over a yellow page to one of the greatest sixth men of all time and a player that could drop 30 on any given night.
    I’m officially convinced that no one on BSPN actually watches any of these games.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    That wasnt me….the whole release party thing.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    3 years ago i would have claimed ESPN to be the best. Now they are the TMZ of sports…

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    I kinda figured that when dude was promoting a song by some chick about how cold Detroit is, E.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    JTaylor
    I’m confused about why you continue to watch ESPN. I only watch the games, nothing else, at all.

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

    Poor me, my only source of NBA on TV is ESPN

  • JoeMaMa

    Unf*ckwitable was a termed coined about 15 years ago by a rapper named ‘Jamal’…guy was down with Keith Murray, Redman, etc. He even appeared on their Def Squad Album. Just saying…history lesson. Concerning Dwight, he’s tied with Rose as the most dominant player in the playoffs right now. Basically averaging 40/20 on 70% shooting. I don’t think Atlanta’s defensive scheme (playing him 1 on 1) should really negate what he’s doing – if you watch the games, you see him get played straight up, then when he makes a move, help comes. The guy’s in beast mode right now…can’t really be stopped. And concerning his defense, he gets the award for several reasons: he patrols the paint, gets blocks, steals, and tons of boards. He also has the reputation as the leader of the D, which, if the Magic actually had defensive players, would easily be #1 in the league. I agree that he’s no Hakeem, but that shouldn’t take away from his great defense. 3 times in a row isn’t some fluke or conspiracy: it’s game.

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

    [On the part of Carmelo Anthony as the game wound down in the final seconds]: I think it has less to do with ‘giving up’ and more to do with basketball IQ. The guy can score in bunches no doubt, but it’s knowing the little things about the inbounds plays, knowning exactly when an opposing teams coach should/will call timeouts…etc Thats what he needs to understand.

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    Ha, I jacked a term used by “Jamal”.
    I’ve just always said it…I thought everybody did?

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    It’s not that i had never heard it before it just was funny to hear it again. It had been long enough to be hilarious to me again lol.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Michael

    co sign eboy at 1.24pm. Unf*ckwitable is dope.

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    F*ck that Jamal cat, I’m trademarking it.
    Unf★ckwitable™
    Who wanna buy a t-shirt? lol

  • tRay

    I’ll take 10 lol

  • http://twitter.com/smileyoufckers Bryan

    I hated on twitter hardcore when it came out, but now I blow that sh*t up.

  • http://www.danchamb.com.br Lz – Cphfinest3

    I have Twitter

  • http://www.danchamb.com.br Lz – Cphfinest3

    Don’t use it too much though…

  • http://www.danchamb.com.br Lz – Cphfinest3

    Don’t post too much I mean, but it is great for gathering news for specific topics… Very good working tool…

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    I hate Twitter now…and forever!

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Hey! This place just turned into a Tweet-stalker forum.
    Nbk is stalking me, aaaah. (just kidding)
    Eboy, i followed you there when i started tweeting 2 years ago but u never wrote anything or replied so i stopped. U back on then?
    Nbk: i’m ‘matic’s latest follower (don’t really wanna reveal my handle here, otherwise i might get Eddie’s illuminati or nerve’s clinky ass following me for example)

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    eboy whats your twitter

  • http://slamonline.com Lz-Cphfinest3

    If you guys are on Twitter tonight, check out the Youtube link to T-Baby’s Cold in the D. True basketball fans will love it.

  • http://www.danchamb.com.br Lz – Cphfinest3

    @grumpyoldman is Eboy’s handle…

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    My twitter is @Unf★ckwitable™ for anyone who’s curious.
    No…it’s not. But it would be bada** if it was.
    Darksaber you woke me up at like 3 in the morning when you hit me up on there.
    Well, not you but my phone notifications.
    It’s all good though. That’s only an hour earlier than my kids wake me.

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    4am?!! ‘Matic just made me reconsider having kids (shh, don’t tell the missus).
    Sorry man, i still forget the huge time difference between Asia and the US at times.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    @whitehoteboy

  • http://www.slamonline.com unf*ckwitable

    new slam handle, i made it up myself.

  • http://www.slamonline.com unf*ckwitable

    stop moderating my ish.

  • JTaylor21

    The gameplan is simple for the lakers; the less Kobe shoots, the more LA wins. Now that’s easier said than done.

  • JTaylor21

    One the other hand; the more CP shoots, NO chance at pulling the upset increases.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Why Kobe think he can guard Paul? Come on son. Even as a deron fan watching chris paul is a treat. But bellinelli is shook and the hornets are just out gunned. But ain’t no fear in Paul.

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

    ^They had to take Fish off of him, huh?

  • http://www.slamonline.com unf*ckwitable

    CP is a motherf*cking monster.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Man just when I give paul props he stops shooting. Come on son. Carl Landry and them ain’t got.the skillset for this level of ball. You the man, channel your inner Iverson and.take.some shots.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Dwill and derrick rose would be shooting right now. Why does paul only want to shoot at the end of quarters? Is he saving energy for the fourth?

  • JTaylor21

    When will the Hornets learn that having anyone other than CP handling and taking the majority of shots is a recipe for disaster.

  • JTaylor21

    Who the hell does Landry think he is? Hakeem?
    Give the ball to paul and get the f*ck out of his way.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I don’t know what is going on. They running isos for landry like he a horse. That biy is mid level at best. If Gasol hadn’t forgotten his testicles at home this would be a blowout.

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

    Chris Paul HAS to shoot more for the Hornets to win. You cannot have Trevor Ariza be your leading scorer. Nobody on the Hornets, aside from Trevor and Chris, shot the ball well at all. Okafur did okay but got very few touches and is still timid about creating his own shot.
    BTW Carl Landry had a horrible game but you guys are underrating him. He’s their second-best scorer right now.

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

    The Hornets continue to play great defense on the Lakers but there isn’t enough offensive firepower–not unless Paul looks for his shot and the supposed “shooters” like Belinelli and Willie Green start knocking down shots. Ariza did a great job on Kobe, Gray/Landry/Okafur did a great job on Gasol, and the Hornets still lose. Too many turnovers and too many missed shots.

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

    Also, the third quarter was complete bullsh!t. The refs helped the Lakers back into this game and gave them the momentum they needed by calling a string of like 5 ticky-tack shooting fouls on the Hornets. Complete bullsh!t, although the officiating got slightly better in stretches in the fourth.

  • http://Slamonline.com Nbk

    Gotchu Dark and I feel you that’s why non of my stuff is linked – fbook – twitter yadayada Jarret Jak chewing out Landry tonight was The highlight of the night.

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

    What was he saying to Landry specifically?

  • http://Slamonline.com Nbk

    He was yellin at him abo running back on defense I believe. Didn’t matter he was pissed it was clear

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Yeah, he was telling he and Okafor to get back. They were jogging, and that’s why the Lakers got the foul call because Paul or Jack forced Artest to miss the initial layup, but no big was there to rebound.

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