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Monday, May 2nd, 2011 at 8:46 am  |  139 responses

Post Up: Start the Show

Heat jump out to 1-0 lead vs. Boston; Grizzlies roll over Thunder.

Memphis 114, Oklahoma City 101

Memphis thoroughly deserved this win, clearly riding the wave that was their first round demolition of San Antonio from just two days earlier. The Grizz amped a 4-point first quarter lead up to 16 in nine second quarter minutes behind Zach Randolph and four reserves, and were essentially never threatened thereafter.

Randolph is fast becoming the defining player of this meteoric Memphis rise, and he was simply unguardable against a usually-formidable Thunder frontline. His 34 points on 22 shots, impeccable touch at the line and 10 boards set the tone not only for the opener, but perhaps the series. His presence allowed Marc Gasol ample room to operate, and he responded with 20 and 13 on 9-11 shooting. He simply had his way for a Grizzlies team that was, frankly, more desperate. Mike Conley had 38 turnover-less minutes, Memphis had five players in double-figures, and they scored 114 points against a defense that had held the League’s highest scoring squad (Denver) below its average in all five contests.

Kevin Durant led OKC with 33 and 11 boards, while Russell Westbrook delivered the classic Westbrook mixed bag: 29 points, 8 boards and 6 assists, but with 7 turnovers (equaling Memphis’ entire total) and 14 missed shots. He and Durant were ravenous offensively, getting to the line and showing typical aggression, but they had little help. The Thunder’s bench was minus 11, and for the first time in the Playoffs OKC was out-rebounded.

For Game 2, Oklahoma City will need to match the desperation of a Memphis team who genuinely considers this upset talk to be utter nonsense. —Todd Spehr

Miami 99, Boston 90

The first punch of this series went to Miami—both literally and figuratively. There was no bigger force behind the blow than Dwyane Wade whose 38 point effort led Miami to a 99-90 game 1 victory. Wade quickly erased concerns over his troubles against the C’s with a blistering 23-point first half effort on 9-of-11 shooting. Wade did his damage on tough drives, jumpers and one lowered shoulder into the chest of Paul Pierce.

The blow to Pierce highlighted the bad blood that’s certain to boil over again between these teams. For Pierce, the whistle was his second tech within a minute of play. Both of which resulted in Boston paying the price for reacting to overly aggressive and instigating play by Miami.

While the Pierce incidents made for intriguing theatre, it wasn’t a deciding factor in the outcome. Miami simply outplayed Boston on both sides of the ball. They were the aggressor and had Boston playing on their heels most of the game. The Heat defense was superb and kept Boston from getting into any sort of rhythm in the halfcourt.  Rondo, the engine for Boston, had an uneventful game notching 8 points, 7 assists and 5 turnovers. Ray Allen’s 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting made it interesting but as the only cog in their Fantastic Four that was clicking, it wasn’t enough to get Boston over the hump.

On the other end Wade had plenty of help as Bron Bron went for 22 points, 6 boards, 5 dimes, 2 steals and 2 blocks. James Jones came up huge for Miami with 25 points on 5-7 from beyond the arc.

All in all, Miami quickly and aggressively put an end to any momentum Boston had coming into their series. Only time will tell if Boston can return the favor. With no love lost between these two, this one’s quickly shaping up to be quite the slugfest. —Jonathan Evans (@jre18)

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  • rikson

    Great game by the heat! 4-2 MIA…

  • Riggs

    if james jones didnt shoot lights out, game over for the heat. Boston in 6.

  • Ronan

    A game 7 between these teams will be an absolute delight!

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics Byebye

    So what Riggs is saying then is if west didn’t score 10 and green didn’t score about 10 and James jones didn’t score 25 the heat still win by 4

  • Riggs

    Also nice home cooking by the refs.

  • Brothaman

    Riggs that was funny. What you basically said was “If a great shooter didn’t hit his WIDE OPEN shots, game over for the heat” Well, “if Ray Allen dind’t shoot lights out, C’s get blown out.” I’m not a fan of either team, but it’s always funny seeing the losing team’s fans try to rationalize a loss.”Moral victories are for minor league coaches”

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    The stupidity of the common basketball fan continues to astound me. A great day for Miami basketball fans, the United States and the free world. I couldn’t ask for more.

  • Riggs

    @byebye: when was the last time james jones scored 25 points and broke a record for most 3′s in a quarter? dumbass.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    If I use stupid fan mentality: If Chris Bosh hit his scoring average, the Heat would have won by 20. See what I did there?

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

    the celtics were rusty as hell in the first half, doing things they just don’t do–ball watching (which led to those James Jones threes), unforced TOs like dribbling the ball of our feet, and bad shots. they played well in the second half (i think they outscored the heat by six) but a few stupid technicals killed their shot at a comeback. wade going for 38 isn’t anything to worry about first because it’s wade and he’s just going to do that sometimes, and second because he was guarded well and a lot of those points came off jumpers. the refs screwed the c’s pretty good, too. both fouls that preceeded pierce’s technicals were flagrants, and pierce should not have been ejected. plus, rondo’s third foul in the first half was a joke. james jones simply fell over him and went down hard, so the refs probably felt like they needed to call something. JO’s flagrant was b.s. too. the celtics got some favorable calls against the knicks, so it’s tough to complain about reffing, but the missed calls in this game all had huge consequences for the c’s, and they always came in the middle of a run. oh well. on to the next one. the celtics will be ready to split the first two in MIA and steal home court.

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

    the celtics were rusty as hell in the first half, doing things they just don’t do–ball watching (which led to those James Jones threes), unforced TOs like dribbling the ball of our feet, and bad shots. they played well in the second half (i think they outscored the heat by six) but a few stupid technicals killed their shot at a comeback. wade going for 38 isn’t anything to worry about first because it’s wade and he’s just going to do that sometimes, and second because he was guarded well and a lot of those points came off jumpers. the refs screwed the c’s pretty good, too. both fouls that preceeded pierce’s technicals were flagrants, and pierce should not have been ejected. plus, rondo’s third foul in the first half was a joke. james jones simply fell over him and went down hard, so the refs probably felt like they needed to call something. JO’s flagrant was b.s. too. the celtics got some favorable calls against the knicks, so it’s tough to complain about reffing, but the missed calls in this game all had huge consequences for the c’s, and they always came in the middle of a run. oh well. on to the next one. the celtics will be ready to split the first two in MIA and steal home court.

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

    sorry for the double post. and sorry, riggs, i want to take youre side there, but i can’t. james jones hitting those threes was not a fluke. he was a shooter who was guarded very poorly. if the celtics keep guarding him poorly, it will continue to happen, though probably not at this level.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    That flagrant against O’Neal was a turning point, and the no-flagrant against Jones was the final nail in the coffin. Those two plays completely defined the momentum of the game. Such terrible officiating, rewarding a flop and allowing a guy to clobber Pierce, oh, and then ejecting him for getting annoyed when Wade barrelled into him.

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

    your*

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Yesterday was the first time Lebron didn’t throw chalk in the air in his pre-game ritual. Take that for what you will.

  • Brothaman

    The ejection was big, but not as big as people make it out to be. We have no idea what Pierce said to get thrown out. If it was something like, “I’m gonna f*cking kill you next time you shoulder me like that” or ” I’m gonna f*ck your mom the same way D. West did to your boy” then he deserved that second tech

  • JoeMaMa

    A big opening statement by the Grizzlies, and a solid win by the Heat. I have to comment, though, on Pierce’s 2 techs. The first one should retroactively be a flagrant on James Jones, as he didn’t play the ball. That’s not a big deal, but his reaction to Pierce getting in his face was so weak…just pathetic. James Jones, play with your balls next time. This is the NBA, not La Liga. Also, Pierce shouldn’t have gotten a 2nd tech. Yeah, he jawed with DWade, but these are the playoffs. You don’t throw out a star player over a relatively minor dispute in the 4th quarter. I don’t think that Pierce saves the day if he stays in the game, but unless it’s really bad, you can’t handicap a team in the playoffs, especially in a series we all know will be testy, intense, epic, and to the death. Sigh. The NBA really has gone corporate. I wish I’d be talking about Wade’s amazing game, the Grizzlies’ solid team play, or even Jones’ shooting….

  • izzo

    God bless Chris Douglas Roberts.

  • Angel of Stern

    Co-sign everyone that jumped all over riggs before I got the chance to. Also, both of these results just delighted me to the fullest so if the lakers go down tonight ill be beamin.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    ^ first time since he started that in the ’06 playoffs Eboy.
    -The team who’s the best bully wins this series. Long live the king! Miami all the way.

  • kudos

    Everybody on the celtics sucked yesterday, and if anyone expects Jones to hit 25 tomoro there homers.

  • http://twitter.com/smileyoufckers Bryan

    If Dwyane Wade doesn’t score 13 points above his average the Heat lose! Oh wait he’s a professional basketball player who gets paid to play like that? My bad, I thought he got lucky.

  • Mvp23100

    The momentum was shifting but when pierce left they were down what 12 this is playoffs win or nothing no excuses of course something has to take the focus off Miami executing on both sides And it’s about time Wade showed up against the Celts right on time

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Dwyane Wade averaged 33 a game against the Celts in last years playoffs. Just saying.

  • RobbieJay

    grizz and heat win, and osama’s dead? best. day. ever.

  • http://twitter.com/smileyoufckers Bryan

    Yes Eboy, but IF he doesn’t! Series over.

  • JoeMaMa

    @Eboy: Wade just….killed it. If he shoots like that for the series, it could be Heat in 5. I wouldn’t count on James Jones doing that again, though. Still, he stepped up and did the Kerr-Paxson thing, which all ring-bound teams need. A great start for the Heat.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    If the Heat win it will be because of Wade, I hate that people don’t recognize him as better than Lebron, even if he isn’t as versatile or more of a stat-sheet stuffer.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    James Jones won’t hit AS MANY threes in a game….but he will get those looks and he will knock down some. They also have Miller, Bibby and House who can all see wide open space at that three, it’s just a matter of them hitting shots. I said last week if the Celts won game 1, they’d win the series. They didn’t. I also said if it split the first two games, it goes 7. I ALSO said if the Heat take Games 1 and 2, it will end in 6….maybe 5 if Wade continues to play at yesterdays level and let’s be honest, Lebron is the the best road player on the Heat’s squad and by scoring numbers in the league. He will pay his best ball in Boston, I’m convinced of that. He really hasn’t had huge games at home in Miami. Wade has. That’s his house, he’s used to showing out there.

  • Mvp23100

    Omphalos I f*ck with Wade heavy he’s a killer but it seems cats like you have this oppinion when it’s convenient Brons been more consistent all year either way I’m not complaining as long as they get that W

  • HeavenCent

    EBoy, I love how naive you are. They won 1 game and suddenly it’s done in 6 or 5? We’ll talk again after the C’s bust the Heat on Tuesday. Till then, enjoy.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    To be fair, I’ve had this opinion all along, I said from the start that Wade was the better player. Lebron may have been consistent with his numbers, but every player on Miami has had off days while they adjust. It took Wade this long to say “It’s my team, I’m winning this for us”. He was too nice because Lebron was seen as better, but he’s a leader, and will be the decisive factor in any Heat championship.

    Just as an aside, Bosh has really struggled to make an impact, it’s easy to forget he’s even playing sometimes.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Naive? Or confident that an old team who lost their teeth and are relying on a 350 lb 39 year old to somehow change their fortunes are are crying that a team got “too physical” with them is suddenly not playing a team that doesn’t play defense and rolled over a pulseless 1st round opponent? Yeah, it will be over in 5 or six if they win tomorrow. The Heat have the two best players in the series. That’s good enough for me. Oh yeah….it’s not November anymore either.

  • J-MAC

    Grizz are for real. I like the way they are getting it done in the paint. Can we talk about how ZBO is playing the best ball in the playoffs? The guy is a monster that OKC has no answer for. Perk is supposed to be that guy to lock down the paint but he aint. I just dont see a jump shooting team like OKC being able to win anything until they can get a guy who can score in the paint. Grizz are a great story.

  • Mvp23100

    Garnett has been a problem for bosh all year but I really think how well Bosh plays dictates how far the Heat are going we know what the other 2 are gonna do

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Does ANYONE want to face the Grizz right now?

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics Byebye

    Jones didn’t break any playoff records you are the dumbass Riggs thank you

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics Byebye

    Did anyone think when ray Allen in the finals last year make 8 threes in gm two to not make a shot the rest of the series
    Oh by the way if wade is a better player than bron why didn’t the heat get out the first round since 06

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

    Very, very important to draw first blood.

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

    this may come as a shock, but im rooting for the heat to win. if bosh can give them even just decent numbers, it’s all heat.

  • http://slamonline.com everything

    the last game the heat played against boston in the regular season is a huge indication of where miami wants to go against the c’s. if you watch that game again (which at that time was a battle for 2nd seed and HCA) and then watch this game 1 in the playoffs, you’ll see that it would take a monumental effort on boston’s part to win the series. on the other hand, if miami stays focused on defense, contest every shot, dodge screens and chase ray allen around, then whatever happened last season wont happen again.

  • DNz15′s

    Grizzlies played great yesterday. Hopefully Randolph and Gasol can keep it up.
    And wait till shaq comes back.. C’s in 7

  • JTaylor21

    I love how everyone is using the absence of PP as a reason why the celts lost when in reality they were down 13-14 with him in the game and his team cut the lead down to 8 as soon as he left the game. Also Bron was checking him, so it’s not like he would have went off anyways.
    This series is not over and I wouldn’t be surprised if BOS steals GM2. MIA has to realize that the next game is more important than the first one.

  • T-Money

    Few things about the game:
    - When Rondo stinks, Boston stinks.
    - CB didn’t score but rebounded well and didn’t get punked. That’s very important for Miami and for his own psyche.
    - Spo elected to keep a point guard on the floor at all times and prevented Wade and James from having to initiate the offense.
    - Boston plays very small. Miami can get away with Bron, Bosh and Anthony playing the bulk of the power minutes.
    - Ray Allen is shooting 65% from deep in the postseason. Not sure what to make of that information.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Yes, this is a predictable comment section.
    So, instead of joining the obvious arguments, I would like to note that Russell Westbrook has clearly crossed over to the Dark Side and is now a Sith Lord.
    That is all.

  • T-Money

    What’s mindblowing about the Grizzle is that they don’t look like they’re overachieving. GState was playing over its head vs Dallas and you had the feeling that they were galvanized by the hype and the crowd. Memphis is stomping on people’s neck with a methodical, calculated approach. Doesn’t feel like upsets at all.

  • arthur

    Co-sign izzo, it would be great to read a Dave Zirin piece about CDR’s comments, and the issue, in the context of sports, in general.

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

    marc > pau.
    hows THAT for predictable, allenp?!
    …okay fine.
    i agree with the sith lord comment though, maybe ppl can actually see the now distinct line between him and drose.

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

    I really have no opinion on this series. I don’t like either team so whoever advances, good for them. Just wanted to post and say James Jones trying to flop on the “face rub” from Pierce was pretty weak.

  • eyal

    agree with Allen. The Grizzles won the game more than OKC ‘lost’ it. but any chance the Thunder had was hindered by Russ going into Alpha mode and ignoring his very capable teammates (harden, KD and Ibaka)

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    My 2nd favorite viewing subplot in the Memphis takedown was Russell’s temper tantrums (or does he have tourettes and it hasn’t been disclosed?).
    Every foul call against him or with him in the vicinity of the play was accompanied by arm waves ,air punches and general sh*t facedness. It actually became comical late in the game.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Most amusing was the height difference between TA and the guy he was chasing around: KD. Looked like a Cheetah chasing a Giraffe around the plains.
    And Rony actually defended the young guy WELL.
    Great to see Allen having his springs back. Very exciting defender.

  • http://www.nba.com Gman

    @byebye thats weak. Did you see the Heat teams since 06? not to mention there was a whole season of injury for Wade. There second best player was who? J.O or Beasley on given nights.

  • T-Money

    E: noticed how ira started his mailbag with a question bashing bron and rio? the questions he picks are far more telling than his nondescript answers.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    He’s a Finals MVP already, hard to use playoff performance as a knock against him. Lebron’s Cavs teams weren’t as bad as Wade’s Heat teams in recent years. When he went down with injury in 07-08 they did just as bad as the Cavaliers have done this season without Lebron.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    your right slam, I didn’t want my comments to show up today.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I posted that out of frustration a half hour ago.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    nbk is being blackballed by SlamOnline.
    Great game in the second half, should be a great series. It wasn’t one of those games where Wade or Jones were doing things they are not capable of doing. If you give Dwyane easy-ish jumpers and drives he will torch you. You LET James Jones shoot 3′s and he will make a high %.
    Miami were the better team last night.
    Pierce should not have got ejected, although I don’t think they were winning that game with or with out him.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Told you, T-Money. Vendetta’s are a bit*h.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Thoughts:
    - Wade played well; LeBron played the deferring role well.
    - Terrible ejection on Pierce. Just terrible.
    - ZBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    one last time, the Thunder are never going to win if Westbrook leads the teams in shots, and has more turnovers then assists. — and the Boston v Miami series is gonna suck if Rondo doesn’t win his matchup wth Bibby/Chalmers very handily. Paul Pierce is going to have a horrible offensive series, KG can’t offensively dominate a series anymore, and Ray Allen isn’t a consecutive possession type of scorer.

  • T-Money

    james harden needs to be JET for OKC. he disappears far too often.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Its a lot quieter than I thought it would be today.

  • Thawindy

    Talk about everything coming together at the right time. 1-10 Grizz look so strong. Cant wait to see the adjustments for game 2.

  • JTaylor21

    Slam sucks!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    James Jones flop was so ghey.

  • JTaylor21

    Okay, that was a test run. Why isn’t my long, thought out comments showing up?

  • T-Money

    throwing it out there: what’s the difference between what zaza did to j-rich and what pp did to james jones? on that precedent, he could have been ejected right there too.

  • T-Money

    allball: heat won.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Taylor I had a long comment i submitted like 5 times, it told me I was duplicating my comments but I was giving like 10 minutes inbetween posts, none of them showed up. — I switched to my computer at work and everything’s back to normal except TPU is like a ghost town.

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

    @t-money: looked like zaza forcefully head-butted j-rich. pierce just got in jones’s face, and jones flopped, making it look like a head-butt at first.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I can only assume that every guy in the league that flops is ghey, eh Allball? There’s a lot of good ballplayers that incorporate that in their game…..and there’s a little something called “gamesmenship” that comes into play here. *continuing away from my Allball question* The Heat have been dealing with hostility since JULY. From the media, opposing fans and more importantly, opposing teams. This little fracas bullsh*t isn’t going to bother them and no hostile crowd is going to fu*k with them either. They’ve dealt with it 44 times this season. No other team in the league dealt with aggression towards them. You’re barking up the wrong tree if you think some angry fans are going to make a difference to how they play when they get to Boston.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Bibby played great defense on Rondo early, I just think that should be mentioned.
    And, did anybody else think it looked like an open field tackle when Rondo hit LeBron early on that breakaway dunk, only Bron carried him like Marshawn Lynch did to Saints defenders last year.
    Ray Allen is cooking, Wade still loses him too much.
    Bosh is going to struggle, unless that jumper starts dropping quickly. He can’t outquick KG at all. However, he will eat up all the other bigs on Boston.
    Jeff Green for Kendrick Perkins was a horrible trade. I think this is perfectly clear now. I don’t care who wins the series, what Boston lost by dumping Perkins for Green is amazing.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Rondo didn’t even make a play on the ball, to be honest. He wrapped LeBron up a good four feet from the basket in a bear hug. Of course, since Bron is huge, it didn’t really phase him, but I thought it was interesting how that was basically a non-issue with the refs.
    I didn’t think Pierce deserved to get tossed, but that head butt was stupid. That is what put him at the mercy of the refs if they gave him another tech. Now, you could argue that he got fouled hard, but the Celtics were fouling the Heat hard as well. You can’t go crazy over every hard foul.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Does that mean that Jones flop was not ghey? Or is that why TPU is quiet? I’ll agree with you on the latter.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    That Rondo play and the Jermaine O’neal foul are why I don’t understand any of what Paul Pierce did, or Doc Rivers said yesterday, the Celtics were clearly trying to be the bully. — And I agree that Wade loses Allen too much, but its not gonna change the series, just maybe a game or two. Also, I didn’t think so at first and don’t fully by into it, but i’m starting to see why so many people absolutely opposed that Perkins for Green trade.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Eboy, Jones flop was ghey because the way that game was going I expected him to come back with a hit of his own, or take the hit. Instead he hit the floor like a soccer player.

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

    i wonder, say the Heat win the title this year.
    do you guys think that will be redemption enough to kind of put out the flames the media caused because of how much adversity they’ve had to go through this year? cuz to be honest, im over all that concert/Decision BS.
    or do you think it’ll just pile on to the hate.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Wade lost Allen too much, but he was the best player on the floor last night. Bosh was AWOL, and Bron was below average (by his standards).

  • JTaylor21

    Word to AllenP. I never understood what Ainge saw in Green to trade the L’s top defender for him. He’s not big enough or a good rebounder to be a 4 nor does he have the handles, shot or quickness to be a good 3. He’s basically one of those tweeners who got drafted way too high because of so-called potential that isn’t really there.
    Bos is going to regret this decision down the road if they aren’t already regretting it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    When did Jones go down on the “headbutt”? He just stood there after his fanciful head snap back. You guys love to make sh*t up.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Eboy, I am talking about the Jermaine O’neal hit. Where did we get mixed up?

  • T-Money

    lights out: neither head shots hurt the opponent. nahmean? / lebron eyes lit up everytime jeff green goes on him. he doesn’t even try to fake him out, he just first steps him or shoots in his face. / imagine if bron had been tossed and then brushed off media availability? lol

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Eboy
    I was confused too, because I didn’t remember dude falling on the play I saw.
    Green can play the three. He can be a good three actually, possibly a fringe all-star. But, he can’t play the four. He doesn’t have the right mindset.
    Boston used to have the best defensive big tandem in the league. Each of their bigs could help and recover, defend the rim and play solid on ball post defense. Now, they are hoping the two O’Neals can do that, and depending on KG for too much. It is sad in a way.
    But, to change the subject, would you rather have Gasol/Bynum or Gasol/Randolph?
    That’s actually a legit question right now, which means Chris Wallace can basically tell the entire sporting world to lick his balls. Slowly. Lol

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I’m sorry but the Celtics have Glenn Davis. If anyone is flopping in this series its him, there is what 2 guys in the league that can knock him down, but he leads the league in charges….. If i was James Jones I would have started brawling with Paul Pierce to get him suspended for the series. but who cares, he won the confrontation and the game, while doing a reggie miller impression.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    the Jermaine O’neal hit, you wouldn’t have gotten knocked over by that? was he supposed to see it coming?

  • feez22

    ZBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    I don’t even think James “flopped” on the “headbutt”. He just let Pierce face brush his face away, the smart play in my opinion. No need to get into it with him there. Like I said, James actual flop (when O’neal hit him) was ghey. Very ghey. The Pierce incident I have no problem with.

  • http://www.pablasso.com pablasso

    E got mixed up between wade and brons boxers… He can’t help it Allball.. Happens when your up a teams a$$ so hard

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Yeah, the reason why Jermaine got a tech there was because it seemed like Boston was trying to punk James Jones because he was hitting shots. Yeah, Jones flopped, but that’s not unusual for a shooter moving through the paint who gets hit. Manu, Ray and and the rest do the same thing.
    But, it felt like, at least to me, that Boston hit Jones to rattle him. It wasn’t a hard elbow, but it was an elbow.
    I think Boston just seemed a little surprised at the intensity. I don’t expect that problem next game, although if Rondo plays poorly they will still struggle.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    LOL. “Fanciful head snap back”.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Gasol and Randolph are playing better than ANYONE’s frontcourt. They’re not going to be afraid of a potential matchup with Bynum and Pau….but they still have a lot of work to do to get there and the Lakers are going to have to work hard to get past the Mavs. But that matchup would be crazy if it happened.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I feel like the conference finals is taking place in both conferences, this round.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Never, EVER thought I’d say this, but Randolph is playing better than any other PF in the playoffs.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    LOL, I just found the James Jones play on LP again. He saw it coming, he could have braced him self and took the hit, like Pierce did when Wade tried to run through him. Jermaine did not not connect fully, Jones could have stayed up no doubt.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Allen, just read your comment. Yes, I think they were trying to rattle him. In that game, the way it was going, I am surprised Jones did not try to take the hit.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Gamesmenship, people, gamesmenship. Derick Fisher has been doing this for a decade and he has HOW MANY rings? Manu Ginobli? If James Jones is contributing by osmosis, I’ll fu*king take it how it comes.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    nbk, with the Grizz and Thunder right?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    haha sure Grizz and Thunder. — but no not really. LA v Dal and Bos V Mia, the rest is tv ratings and obligations IMO. Although Chicago and OKC have a legitimate shot, I just wouldn’t put money on them.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    I’m backing the Grizzlies. They have multiple wing players who can guard, and all the size needed.

  • JTaylor21

    I’ll take it a step further and say that ZBO has been the best player in the entire playoffs.
    Even though LA has a favorable matchup with DAL, either OKC or MEM will present major problems for them. OKC has the size and athleticism in the frontcourt to give Bynum/Gasol fits, the perimeter defender to slow down KB, a fast and a athletic PG that will destroy whoever the lakers trot out there. MEM has the frontcourt scoring in ZBo/Gasol, multiple all-nba defenders to throw at KB and a fast PG to boot.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Z-Bo has been the best player in the play-offs. What a weekend he had.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    ok sooner or later Zach Randolph is going to have to guard someone, and when/if that comes things are gonna really change for Memphis. Then again, I doubt they get past OKC, I can’t see them allowing that to happen again. The turnovers especially — and Kendrick Perkins (if he’s all everyone is trying to chalk him up to be) and Serge Ibaka shouldn’t loose the rebounding battle especially giving up those OReb by very much if at all.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Perkins was never a beast rebounder. He was a great on ball defender.
    The problem is, he might be a little slow for ZBo, and Ibaka is WAY too light in the butt to guard Gasol. Did you see how Gasol manhandled Duncan? He would destroy Ibaka on the offensive glass.
    And Zbo doesn’t do defense. lol.
    But, they might if they get past the Thunder, they might be able to hide him on Bynum and make the Gasol brothers do their thing. And Gasol can’t guard Zbo either.

  • JTaylor21

    NBK, you do know that Baka/Perks have never been great rebounders and ZBO consistently puts up 10+rbs each year. Hell, MGasol is a better rebounder than both cats. There’s a reason why MEM was near the top of league when it comes to points in the paint and off. rebounds.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Guys stop hating on Z-Bo. Gasol is not guarding Zach any better than Zach is guarding Pau. I seen all I needed to see of that p*ussy (Pau Gasol) in the NO series.
    I am backing Zach, blindly and with bias, until the Grizz lose.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Zach Randolph is 6’9, you want him on 7’2″ Andrew Bynum? I don’t think so. — And Pau is way to quick for Marc and probably knows every little thing about him, Pau is basically a genius (seriously). That’s assuming LA gets past Dallas who they don’t matchup particularly well against – either way if Memphis gets passed OKC Zbo has to play defense in round 2, be it against Dirk or Pau. And that SHOULD be the end of the line for the Grizzlies, if it isn’t then i have a lot of “i was wrong, you were rights” to dole out.

  • T-Money

    caveat on the z-bo love (and he’s my playoffs mvp too): he has not guarded anybody yet. splitter, bonner, dyess, ibaka, collison… that will change if memphis goes deeper and he has to check guys like pau, lamar, dirk and even kg, bosh, booz. z-bo still can’t defend.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Look Memphis had 17 offensive rebounds. -. PER Game Rebound numbers mean just about nothing, as defensive rebounds are just a product of doing your job. Giving up offensive rebounds means your not playing good defense, especially if your a big man.. I a have to consistently read from most of you guys that Kendrick Perkins is the premiere post defender in the league, and if that’s true then there should be no way he and ibaka get murdered on the offensive glass, especially for a series.

  • bashmo

    Marc Gasol is a beast. Pau is soft, he needs to look at what his brother is doing. He doesnt even have sets ran for him and he’s putting up incredible stats while playing great defense. Thats a testament to how great he is. And Zach Randolph is a monster. No lying, I am being 100% honest to God, I had the Grizzlies beating the Spurs in 6, believe it or not..and I have the Grizzlies beating the Thunder in 6. This is the scariest 8th seed in recent memory.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    I like Perk as a 1 v 1 defender. Not much else. I also don’t like his ego, in relation to his talent level.
    And I had Grizz in 5 before last nights game.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Perk have never been one to go get the ball. But, he’s a decent rebounder, not great. Garnett did most of the heavy lifting on the glass for the Celtics.
    But Perkins is a great help defender and on ball defender. Good strength, good positioning and good effort. He lacks certain physical gifts, but he’s still very good.
    Gasol is huge though. That’s why they had IBaka on Zach after a while because he can’t handle Gasol’s girth. Ibaka played good defense actually, from what I saw. But Zach is a crafty dude. That is his main advantage. He has the shots that Jamison used to have at UNC. All those weird flips. And even though he doesn’t jump high, he gets off the ground fast on his second jump, and he works incredibly well to seal his man on offense. Watch how he gets position and uses hi butt to wall his man off.
    Anyway, the Thunder can still win if Westbrook stops chucking. Durant is that good, and Westbrook can cause Conley to have problems if he stops chucking and concentrates on picking his spots.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Garnett only out-rebounded Perkins per minute 1 time in the 3 years they played together. — And there is no excuse for giving up offensive rebounds, I don’t care how poor of a “rebounder” you are, its an defensive rebound, your on one side of the hoop, your other big is on the other. There should be nobody inbetween either bigs and the basket, at any time, unless your fronting the post, which OKC isn’t doing. — minus offensive rebounds, turnovers, and russell westbrook jumpers (which will all be taken care of in OKC’s wins) OKC is a better team, this series is going 7 and its going to come down to one of those things IMO.

  • JTaylor21

    AllenP, do you really believe that Green can become a fringe all-star at the 3 spot? I mean what has he shown for you to think that’s possible? He lacks the handle, the consistent outside shot and the quickness to become a decent 3 let alone one of the top 3s in the L. His IQ is also lower than a conversation between Soulja Boy and Gucci mane.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    He’s quicker than you realize, he can post smaller threes, and his handle is ok for a three.
    You don’t have to handle like LeBron to play the three.
    I think Green, if he works on his jumper a little more, and gets 35 minutes a game at his natural position, has the skills to be a fringe all star. Dude is just lacking confidence right now.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    i should say behind the closest defenders and the basket. i realize there are times when the bigs come out, and defenses rotate, the point is, its the defenses job to grab the rebound, your job isn’t finished until you have possession of the ball. I actually have never had a coach who didn’t blame offensive rebounds on poor defense, and from personal experience offensive rebounds are a product of poor defense the vast majority of the time.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Who I imagine are Jtaylors favourite rappers.

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

    Looks like the NBA will stop at nothing to ensure a Lakers vs. Heat match-up in the Finals. Hmm…

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

    The flagrant on Jermaine O’Neal was an absolute joke… It was nothing but a regular foul and some good acting on the part of James Jones. Jermaine didn’t even lower his shoulder or anything.

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

    Also, how do the refs expect Pierce to react when Wade lowers his shoulder into his chest? WTF is that?

  • tRay

    Yeah if I was Pierce I would have set tripped on his punk a$$ too lol Inglewood!!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Teddy, you’re better than conspiracy theories.

  • J-MAC

    Gotta agree with JTaylor…Greens game is suspect. He isnt agressive and I cant think of one thing he does consistant. Maybe his lack of playing time gets in the way but I just dont see it. I havent watched a lot of the Grizz but Conley is a good pg…I dint know he was that efficient. Maybe he does deserve that contract many of you said he didnt.

  • flipnoyce

    I aint gonna lie. Miami played some good ball and Boston did the exact opposite. They played very poorly in the first half and catch up in the second half. Rondo didn’t do jack like he’s waiting for something. What I’m not a fan of is that one ref who got Pierce ejected!(it doesn’t matter who said what to who) I want him to officiate game 3 in Beantown and see what happens. It doesn’t matter to me if Boston is going to lose but let it be a fair ones. 7 minutes is alot of time!!! James Jones just kept hitting some big shot for Miami and thats probably why C’s were trying to shake him up. Boston will be ready for game 2.

  • JTaylor21

    AllBall, Dylan, Dylan, Dylan, Dylan and Dylan.
    Nah, probably TI, Fab, Jeezy and Turk.

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics Byebye

    I’d take beasley over mo Williams as my second best player anyday
    People forget chalmers was second in the league in steals his first year

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    i actually felt green played fairly decently in that game…hopefully pp mentors him well. also a heat vs lakers final is what i’ve been praying for this entire year..so i HOPE it happens lol

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    yeah byebye…what happened with chalmers? he’s not as athletic as he once was.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    also all you guys talking about james jones not being able to do that again are missing the point…he doesn’t need to, the heat dont have a lineup without at least 2 shooters on the floor. jones might falter, but eddie house,miller,bibby etc wont. even bosh is a pretty good shooter. these guys are gonna get open looks and keep boston’s defense honest. boston is really only golden if all these guys go cold..and that’s unlikely.

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

    @ Allen: Lol, was only joking but the calls last night were pretty terrible.

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

    one thing I gotta point out about Rondo’s play yesterday. he finished with 8 points, 7 boards, and 7 assists. not a great stat line, but you have to realize that he hardly played in the first half, and i know for a fact that all of those assists came in the second half. my point is that foul trouble kept him from having as big an impact as he could’ve, not the heat’s defense. when he played, he played well, and he’ll be ready for game 2.

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

    Imagine if Iverson was still in Memphis…

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    They would suck. Lol. And that is my dawg.

  • J..

    Good Job Heat! Celtics fans i’m actually kinda disappointed because you guys seem like your turning into Laker fans which make all kinds of excuses.

  • O

    I hate the Heat and I can’t stand the C’s, but I’ve been looking forward to this match up for a while (I knew the Knicks wouldn’t get to the 2nd round), but let’s keep it 1000, the refs gift wrapped this win for the Heat. Plain and simple. They called some BULLS*T fouls on the C’s. Which is why Rondo sat out most of the first half and they had to play without Bloody Pimp Pierce the last few minutes. I think it’s pretty safe to say that Miami should be ready to celebrate the Heat for the rest of the season as they will be heading to the NBA Finals to take on the Lakers thanks to League Preference…

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

    Dirky Dirk! The clutchest player in the league?!

  • Ronald

    Hmm, James Jones flopped on JO. But didn’t PP flop on the “supposedly” flagrant on JJ? Wasn’t he doing the pump-shot, jump into the player move that is obviously a flop? Smart move by JJ to deny PP from getting a decent attempt at an and-1.

  • Mike From Spain

    thoughts on the first few 2nd round games: I did not expect the Heat to win with relative ease, it must have been a great game to watch with all that intensity going on. Marc Gasol + ZBo >>>> Ibaka and Perkins , at least on the offensive end. To counter that, KD and Westbrook have a terrible lot of jump shots to make. The Lakers lost that game due to poor execution down the stretch more than anything… Gasol had a ghastly end of the game. I liked that the Bulls went down, but I am not sure if the Hawks can keep it up, they had to shoot very hot and to have a game with no calls for D Rose to win by not that much.

  • http://theresastatforthat.blogspot.com Deron

    I could picture the Grizz handling the THunder and giving the Lakers of Mavs all they handle. I think the league is in one of those shifts it goes through every ten years or so when the young guys are taking over the league from the old vets.

    http://theresastatforthat.blogspot.com/2011/03/blog-post_15.html

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