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Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 at 8:45 am  |  89 responses

Post Up: Cole Blooded

An unlikely late hero in Miami, and the Lakers get win No. 1.

by Abe Schwadron | @abe_squad

Now that every team has played at least one game, we can officially call the NBA season “in full swing,” even if the standings, stats and lineups have yet to stabilize. Tuesday was a lighter schedule, with just five games going on, but it was the third night in a row for the Lakers, who came in at 0-2, and opening night for Atlanta and Utah—who both opened on the road.

Hawks 106, Nets 70

There’s the New Jersey we know. Over on TNT, Miami scored 69 points in the first half, while the Nets mustered just one point more for the entire game against the Hawks, shooting 31 percent from the field and 21 percent from three-point range. Luckily for residents of New Jersey, it’s the last home opener they’ll have to endure, with the team moving to Brooklyn for ’12-13. Deron Williams shot just 3-for-11 (10 points) and had 6 turnovers with only one assist. It’s hard to call anything a “bright spot” for the Nets in this game, outside of the sound of the final buzzer, but rookie Marshon Brooks did score 17 points off the bench to lead NJ. Sources tell me his nickname is “Young Mamba.” React accordingly.

And Atlanta, stop teasing us, honestly. Just stop it. Every regular season we go through this charade, this farce. Come post-season (if the Hawks are still playing), we’ll judge ATL. Until then, it’s hard to believe anything we see, since it’s a team that’s never amounted to much, despite the Johnson-Smith-Horford core and a revolving door of role players—not to mention, they lost their crunch time go-to guy in Jamal Crawford. For one night, though, we can give Atlanta some daps. No starter played more than 27 minutes, and six players scored in double figures, including a team-high 17 from Vladamir Radmanovic. Vlad Rad, baby! Marvin Williams had 14 points to go with 9 boards, the ghost of Tracy McGrady scored 12, and Jeff Teague did this in the win. Tonight, the Hawks host a Wizards team that lost to New Jersey on Monday. I’ll be watching, so that you don’t have to.

Heat 115, Celtics 107

World, meet Norris Cole. Cole, World. We’ll get to the Cleveland State rook in a moment. First, let’s begin with what was getting Shaquille O’Neal hot and bothered before this one: Udonis Haslem’s hair. With Rick Ross and DJ Khaled sitting courtside in Miami (so many questions there: How did they fit in one seat each? Does Erik Spoelstra know who Rick Ross is? Who was Khaled’s girl? Could either score on Eddy Curry?), the Heat put on a show in the first half. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade went all Dunkin’ Donuts on the C’s en route to a 69-54 halftime lead. It got so bad in fact, that Rajon Rondo did this. Last season, Boston gave up 60+ points in one half just four times—already this season, the Knicks and Heat have done it in consecutive games.

The Celtics got back into the game thanks to a second half that started with four (4!) consecutive Mario Chalmers turnovers in less than 1:30 game time. Doc Rivers went to a zone defense to disrupt Miami, and Ray Allen scored 28 points (6-8 3PTs), including a big trey to bring Boston within single digits with six minutes to play. Then, Norris Cole introduced himself to the Celtics, and NBA fans across all cable networks. He drew a controversial charge against Brandon Bass, then wetted three gigantic jumpers down the stretch to seal the W for Miami. Cole scored 14 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, and may have in one game sent Mario Chalmers back to the bench. I mean, dude got “MVP” chants at the foul line to end the game. James scored 26, Wade 24 and Chris Bosh 18 as the Heat gave us a taste of their new offense, which is basically Fast Break City. Good luck, opposing coaches.

Bucks 98, Timberwolves 95

Minnesota is fun. Unfortunately for Minnesota, fun does not mean winning. That’s 17 straight losses dating back to last season. Milwaukee rookie Jon Leuer, who played his college ball at Wisconsin, scored the last of his 14 bench points on a three-point play with just over a minute to play, and the Bucks held on for the win. They won despite a ridiculous 31-point, 20-point game from Kevin Love, who is playing great ball thus far for the Wolves. Love missed a three-ball at the horn that would have sent this thing into OT. Meanwhile, Derrick Williams made my ROY pick look bad for one night at least, finishing with 3 points and 5 rebounds in 19 minutes.

Brandon Jennings dropped 24 and 7 assists (one failed, but turned into 3 points and a tongue wag) to pace the Bucks, and Stephen Jackson managed to stay in the game long enough to jack up 20 shots, en route to 16 points. Andrew Bogut heaved 20 of his own, scoring 15 points to go with 9 boards. If Bogut is really healthy—which we may never know, for sure—and Jennings can keep up his scoring pace, the Bucks could sneak into the Playoffs in the East. That is, if Captain Jack can keep his act together, which is no small feat.

Rubio Watch: 6 points (2-3 FG), 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals

Trail Blazers 101, Kings 79

Gerald Wallace scored 25 points, LaMarcus Aldridge had 24, and each finished with 8 rebounds, leading the Blazers to their second win of the season. Portland can play defense—they held the Kings to 38 percent shooting and 3-16 from beyond the arc—and have that freaky Rip City home court advantage for opponents to contend with. Beware of the Blazers as a sleeper team out west. Five Kings players turned in double-digit nights, led by DeMarcus Cousins’ 16 points (and 11 boards). Tyreke Evans was not one of those five players. Evans had as many turnovers (5) as rebounds and assists combined, and shot 2-8 to finish with 4 points in 29 minutes. On a bad night for Reke, and with with Boogie beasting, it still seemed like Cousins didn’t get enough touches, didn’t it?

Lakers 96, Jazz 71

Settle down, Laker fans. L.A.’s first win was as much about Utah’s futility as anything. I know it’s one game, but holy crap the Jazz are terrible. Consider: In the team’s first season opener without Jerry Sloan roaming the sidelines since the late ’80s, not a single starter scored in double figures, Utah shot 32 percent (including 1-13 from three-point land, good for 8 percent!), and newcomer Josh Howard was the team’s second-leading scorer with 10 points. If not for Paul Millsap’s 18 and 8, the Jazz might not have made it to halftime.

As for the Lakers, seeing Utah on the schedule probably definitely came as a relief. Kobe went Mamba with 26 points, 8 boards and 5 dimes, plus one killer crossover against old friend Raja Bell. Pau Gasol added 22, and the artist formerly known as Ron Artest dropped 14 off the bench. Even Troy Murphy was productive, with 11 rebounds. The Lakers now get some much-needed rest…wait, no they don’t—L.A. hosts the Knicks on Thursday in primetime.

Line of the Night: Kevin Love’s 31 points (19-24 FTs), 20 rebounds, 2 assists in 40 minutes.

Moment of the Night: Metta, spreading World Peace.

Awkward TV of the Night: Kevin Harlan likes Batman. Maybe a little too much. For reference, here’s who he was talking about.

H/T: @jose3030 (& @Shoopmonster for the Penguin pic)

Tonight: 10 games on the sked, including Thunder @ Grizzlies at 8 (NBATV), Clippers @ Spurs at 8:30, and pair of late-night goodies with Sixers-Suns and Knicks-Warriors. And, of course, my Wiz in Atlanta.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com James R S

    lol that clip is hilarious.

  • Justin G.

    I guess someone has to step up for the Heat in the fourth

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    COLE TRAIN!!!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    And just to put the MVP chants into perspective: the Heat crowd does the same thing for Joel Anthony. So there’s that.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Norris Cole was great last night. The MVP chants for him at the end gave me a chuckle. Still, that game was close towards the end, and not a slaughter as so many Heat stans on SLAM were saying it would be. If not for some huge buckets by a rookie and a key C’s turnover at the end when it was a 3 point game, this would have been a monumental collapse by Miami…and against a Pierce-less Celtics team.

  • T-Money

    i am done with mario. i’ve always liked the confidence but this is too much for me to take right now. first, he bites on a pump fake and fouls rajon rondo (of all people) at the 3 point line with 1 second to go before the half. for heat fans, this is nothing new, he fouls a jump shooter every game. then, he starts the 2nd half with 4 consecutive turnovers!! how do you regularly overthrow james and wade on alley oops? how is that even possible? all you have to do is keep it in the vicinity of the back board.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    I tried to tell cats before and during the draft Norris Cole was nice. They were like “who? Where’d he play? What the hell is a Cleveland State?”
    Mario Chalmers, my East Anchorage homie, your job ain’t safe, fam.

  • T-Money

    IAMORANGE: well, if keyon dooling doesn’t go unconscious from 3, if mario doesn’t turn the ball over a million times, if haslem sticks his baseline jumper like he’s supposed too, if, if.. boston is a good, solid, veteran team – you’re not beating them by 20. miami made their run, and then boston made their run. what you hope for against a good team is to be up by more than one possession in the last 2 minutes – that’s it.

  • T-Money

    enig: spo won’t start cole until it’s painfully obvious to all. he’s just slow to react to stuff and wants to gather empirical evidence because he has no feel. it took him game 6 of the finals to realize that mike bibby wasn’t working out. how do you go from starting a guy for every game of the playoffs and giving him a dnp-cd in the most critical game of the season? that’s basically admitting that you effed up. i feel he got a pass for that.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    I agree T-Money, Boston is a great team. Beating them is not easy, even without Paul Pierce.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    T-Money – if he doesn’t start Cole soon he’ll at least play him more minutes than Chalmers. That was the case last night.

  • Heals

    Even if that window’s only cracked, they’re going to a hell somebody in the 2nd round (fingers crossed EC Finals). Bavetta’s gotta go yo (take Crawford with him). No 78 year old capable of running up-and-down court and then making accurate calls with the pro-game. Just bad calls both ways (I know the Cole charge was TBrothers call) killing the competitiveness as a fan. Bass where have you been the past 2 years (Doc is on point talking about how this bench and last years is like night ad day)? And lastly DW3 the new king of the “mean mug,” I mean damn anybody and everybody was gettin it form him. Good stuff all around though, the East is gonna be real entertaining this year…

  • MikeK13

    Paul Pierce is playing 2-0

  • http://www.gil1906.com Pve_2

    I haven’t had much appreciation for the Heat since the Big Three era, but Cole is looking solid. I thought his debut against Dallas was equally solid–he just didn’t get the opportunity to shoot as much.

  • http://sdfjklf.com Jukai

    I mean, even thinking about it logically, Norris Cole was a higher pick than Chalmers. They are only a year apart. It’s not even like Cole is the young upstart rookie looking better than the project who you are trying to get to come into his own. Norris Cole is SUPPOSED to be better than Chalmers.
    You can just tell by his demeanor. He’s not scared about his role, he is having fun out there. It’s nice.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Iman Shumpert is the Knicks answer to Norris Cole. Can’t wait till they get him back.

  • T-Money

    i love shumpert as a big 1, not so much as a 2 because he’s an inefficient scorer. love the defense.

  • http://bleacherreport.com/articles/845438-the-ultimate-goat-debate/page/13 nbk

    Shumpert is an inefficient basketball player. Always has been.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    His last season at Georgia Tech. he shot 40% from the field (5-14 a game)shot 27% from 3, & averaged 2.3 Turnovers for his 3.5 assists. He was prolly the best athlete in the draft, but he isn’t a PG, especially not at the NBA level. Not yet atleast.

  • lights out

    since efficiency has come up, i’d just like to point out that last night, Ray Allen had 28 points on 12 shots. that is all.

  • LA Huey

    I am so happy that Cole is looking like he’s worth the hype. He might be better coming off the bench and taking the bulk of the minutes at PG.

  • http://www.nba.com/analysis/rules_history.html Allenp

    Y’all do realize that the Celtics run coincided with them playing a form of defense they almost never play, and with Mario Chalmers having five or six consecutive brain farts, right?
    I mean, if not for Chalmers point shaving early in the second half, I don’t know if Boston keeps that game close.
    Then again, if not for all those Boston turnovers early, I don’t know if Miami blows them out.
    I do know that Keyon Dooling was a very good pickup for Boston because homie can shoot in real life just like he can shoot on 2K12.
    Miami still has some of the same issues it had last year, but I like Bosh’s committment to being more aggressive on the glass and on the block. I was really impressed with how often he caught the rock and made a hard move towards the rim. He wasn’t doing that last year.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    You mean the zone Allen? Cuz Miami looked lost against that thing. Apparently Doc Rivers paid attention to the finals.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    LOL! We can always depend on nbk for “objectivity” when talking about the Knicks. SMH

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Saying someone is inefficient, and then proving it, has nothing to do with objectivity.

  • T-Ray

    Ray Ray and Dooling were lights out from deep last night and of course LeBron didn’t want the shots when the game was getting close. Throw in Paul Pierce and we get an OT or the C’s win that game. Miami started turning the ball over late which led to the late run. All I’m saying is that yes Miami got the win BUT that collapse could have ended like Game 2 of the Finals so I’m not so quick to say they’re the clear cut favorites this year.

  • Jay

    Switching topics for a minute, I watched portions of the Nets first two games and it’s amazing how bad their roster is. No legitimate or even decent 2′s or 3′s to play along side D-Will. No way in hell he should resign with them, and really, who wants to play for Avery Johnson anyway?

  • 23

    Cole is doing exactly what the heat need. He is making easy open shots and attacking the rim to take pressure off the big 3. Here’s the thing, nba teams are now thinking.. “oh this guy cole can play, maybe we should put a little more focus on him. Oh wait but then we can’t stray away from the big 3. Just let cole go crazy then.” Well that’s my expert analysys. Espn worthy.

  • http://www.nba.com/analysis/rules_history.html Allenp

    Bron didn’t want the ball? How you figure that.
    They went to zone with the express purpose of denying him the rock in isolation situations, particularly on the block. The few times he got it with a clear path, he drove the lane, just like Wade.
    The zone was designed to either make Wade and Bron jump shooter on contested looks, or give role players open looks.
    Haslem missed like four wide open jumpers that he normally cans, Bosh couldn’t hit a jumper and for some reason Spo didn’t give James Jones much burn after he came out LIGHTS OUT.
    There was no sign of Bron shrinking, more of the Heat seeming befuddled by what they must realize will likely be the defense of choice of every good team they face the rest of the season. Very few teams are going to try to match up with them man-to-man at this new pace.
    Bron only took 13 shots and had 26 points. He made 9 shots. That’s crazy. Wade shot 8-15, again, crazy. Look at how many points they scored with their two best players taking fewer than 30 shots combined. That’s actually amazing when you really think about it.

  • http://www.nba.com/analysis/rules_history.html Allenp

    Jay
    I watched that game too, then I got depressed for Dwill and changed the channel. That is a bad roster man. Dwill was taking crazy shots at one point because he was the only real offensive option.

  • Kadavour

    Paul Pierce’s absence was the difference in that game. Rondo was Rondo, Ray was Ray, KG’s offensive decline was visible, but he still did his thing on defense. This was the second game Marquis Daniels looked like a professional D-Leaguer. It really pains me to watch this man play basketball.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Neither Dwyane nor LeBron has shot a 3. I think that is the most telling stat about how they are approaching these games.

  • eyal

    Every time I see Bosh drive hard towards the rim, I have 50/50 odds that the ball will be slapped silly out of his hands. It happens way too often. Also, Ray Allen. Does anyone know what he’s doing to look like that at 36? Whatever it is, I gotta try it.

  • T-Ray

    Allenp
    The reason I said he didn’t want the ball meaning he wasn’t really as aggressive. His shot attempts mainly came before the 4th quarter. Not saying that he choked like some might say. I forgot to add in my earlier comment that although he wasn’t shooting he fed the hot hand which was Cole. The C’s zone really was the difference maker I will agree with you there.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    I’ll say this, Shump has much more upside than Cole. Anyone who has watched the both of them, and is honest with themselves knows this. Shump is without a doubt the more athletic guard. Shump right now today is already a superior defender. Over time when Shump gets his shot selection settled, he should be a BEAST for the Knicks. Just for the fun of it…guess who Shump was compared to at nbadraft.net? None other than nbk’s MIP candidate Terrence Williams. As for Norris Cole, guess who they compared him to? The Knicks, Toney Douglas. At the end of the day, great game by Cole, but let’s not be PRISONERS OF THE MOMENT and make him out to be Mr. Big Shot just yet. LMAO!

  • http://www.nba.com/analysis/rules_history.html Allenp

    I don’t think he’s Mr. Big Shot. But dude clearly understands how to play basketball, which is something nobody is sure about with Chalmers.
    Cole still needs work on his jumper. He still makes rookie mistakes. But he makes point guard decisions. I didn’t see Shumpert play so I don’t know whether he does the same or not.
    But that’s what’s impressive about Cole to me. He makes point guard decisions and he’s not afraid to play. That’s all Miami really needs to allow Bron and Wade to do what they do best.

  • http://sdfjklf.com Jukai

    I don’t understand why people are saying Lebron didn’t want the ball. I get the “Norris Cole is the clutch guy” jokes, but Lebron had the ball in his hands and passed out to the open man every time… and the open man, Norris, hit them three times in a row. Is that bad?
    I do think Miami needs a few plays in the half-court set though. The whole football offense is great but when things slow down, it’s going to be harder to be effective.

  • http://www.nba.com/analysis/rules_history.html Allenp

    Also, everybody was riding Kevin Love’s jock, and his stat line was gaudy, but do y’all realize he shot 6/18 from the floor? That’s 33 percent from your power forward.
    Yeah, he got his point thanks to 24 free throws, but 33 percent from the floor? That’s bad man, really, really bad.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E84y-SrwUtA&feature=related IAMORANGE4EVER

    Not to digress, but do y’all remember how prisoner of the moment Heat fans rode Chalmers’ nuts as a rookie? I sure do. I can remember them having fun at the expense of Derrick Rose fans, and showing the highlights of him hitting that huge 3 point shot in Derrick’s face in the NCAA Championship game. Click my name for it in case y’all forgot about that big shot by Chalmers in the NCAA Championship game vs Memphis.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Shumpert does have more potential than Cole. As an overall basketball player, but more primarily as a shooting guard. Cole & Shumpert should, and would play different positions on any team with a balanced roster. And I think everyone should calm down about Cole, he is clearly a good player, and likely already better than Chalmers. But hold on a while, before we anoint him of anything. Brandon Jennings scored 55 in his 5th game, since then people act like he’s been a disappointment. Let’s just calm our expectations of Cole. Just like *a lot of people* need to do about Shumpert.

  • Addam

    Inside the NBA was better without Shaq. He talks too much, mumbles and tries to take over Barkley’s role as tough guy/smartass. He, also, isn’t funny at all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    @Jukai I think it’s because some people think it makes Lebron look tentative or soft (IDK why), or maybe they’re just hating on him

  • T-Money

    Allen: his tip-in attempts explain the 9 offensive rebounds and also the bad shooting percentage. he plays volley ball at the rim. basically, i’m not impressed by the rebounds nor alarmed by the shooting percentage. one thing is for sure though: kevin love will CUT YOU to get a board lol. he shoved rubio out of the way on at least two occasions to grab an uncontested board and immediately goes to the glass when someone drives instead of trying to make a play on the ball. i’d be curious to see him on a good team that would actually demand him to play sound defense.

  • http://www.nbadraft.net Showtime

    Cole World:but like nbk,stated it nothing to get ahead of your self with kind reminds me teague but shoot a lillte better with confidence concerning his shot. But to image MIA to be athletic every position but the five and every one can get their own shot is cray. But cole might be sleeper ROY with this weak class???

  • T-Money

    i think bron played well in the 4th and miami didn’t seem confused by the zone to me – they just had the wrong personnel on the floor. bron should have been the high post man with jj in the corner. UD kept getting open looks that he couldn’t convert, he had no business being on the floor. i hope spo will see that watching the tape. any zone busting line up for miami should feature battier or jj in the corner. / iamorange: nobody is saying cole is an all-star. just that he’s better than chalmers already and is the first legit pg in the big 3 era. that’s enough to get a fan base excited, no?

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Shumpert needs to .play the 2. He looks so awkward as a PG.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Cole reminds me of a scoring focused Rondo. Not nearly the defender. But offensively, if you took Rondo’s passing ability as a rook, and translated it into scoring, you’d get Norris Cole. I don’t however think he has Rondo’s crazy potential.

  • http://www.nba.com/analysis/rules_history.html Allenp

    Oh, and if Rondo had a jumper, dude would be fighting for the title of best point guard in the League. He is finishing at the rim, he’s living in the lane, if he could shoot, he’d be unstoppable.
    I can’t understand it.
    Cole reminds me of a young Derek Fisher. When Fisher used to get in the lane, and could stick the occasional open jumper. I remember him as a rookie making Nick Van Exel expendable because while he wasn’t a better individual player than Nick, he was better for that team.
    Also, why couldn’t Bass get time or buckets in Orlando? Clearly he can score, yet in Orlando he seemed lost and ineffective. Stan Van Gundy is doing something strange over there.

  • T-Money

    rio just makes too many wtf plays, what point guard routinely gets called for offensive fouls on the pass in fast break situations? i mean, that’s what bigs do when they try to lead the break – not someone that has played the 1 his whole life. i just think that the coaching staff has a shorter leash for him now because he’s been in the league for a minute, he’s not green anymore. i also wouldn’t be surprised if pat riley tries to package mike miller, joel anthony and rio chalmers into a big at the deadline.

  • T-Money

    allen: because svg is not willing to deviate from his system to fit the talent around him. his system needs a stretch 4 and that’s why he got ryan anderson, even though bass is a better player than anderson.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Allen, Bass didn’t provide enough space for Howard in Orlando and wasn’t really hitting mid-range jumpers like his reputation would imply he should have been. Last year in 26 minutes a game from 3-9 feet Bass shot 36%, from 10-15 feet he shot 44% and 15-19 feet he shot 47%. When your not hitting wide open jumpers at atleast a 50% clip, and aren’t really providing anything defensively then playing time is going to be hard to come by. Especially if you have a guy that shoots as well from 3 as you do from 2 backing you up.

  • T-Money

    nbk: 44 from 10-15 and 47 from 15-19 are excellent numbers.

  • http://www.nba.com/analysis/rules_history.html Allenp

    What I’m wondering is why wasn’t he hitting his shots? Clearly he can shoot. He could shoot before Orlando and he’s shooting after Orlando. What happened in Orlando? I think Van Gundy must get into player’s heads or something.
    I thought a perfect example of the problem with Chalmers was that botched alley he threw to Wade. First, everybody who knows basketball knew that a bounce pass early in the break was the correct basketball play in that position. As I watched the game I said “bounce pass” as soon as Wade cleared his man on the wing. Instead, Chalmer passes up that play, telegraphs the alley oop, then throws a horrible alley oop.
    WTH.
    And I agree with T-Money on the charges. He made a decent decision to drive the lane, but he should know how to stop on the dime and lay the ball off to a big man. Jermaine O’Neal stepped up for the charge WAY too early. It wasn’t even a bang-bang play.
    Mistakes will happen. But simple, obvious basketball plays should be the norm by now. I like Chalmers’ talent, but I think that boy is still getting high too much.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    No they aren’t. Not when your WIDE open. And your only job is to consistently hit mid-range jumpers. There is literally no point to a 45% mid-range jump shooter when you have a 40% 3pt shooter behind him. None. The 48% & 53% he shot for Dallas in 2008, those are good numbers. Those numbers got him the money he earns today. Ever since then he’s been a disappointment. And his 44% & 47% were his best shooting percentages since 08.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Bass never seemed to be in a rhythm when I watched him in Orlando. But who knows why it never jelled.

  • http://dfkl.com Jukai

    Chalmers’ problem is always getting too “high” on himself.

  • LA Huey

    Rio’s penchant for fouling jump shooters makes me startle my neighbors.

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

    The Utah Jazz have a lot of nice young blood, but they’re a complete mess in terms of positions. They’re about 3 power forwards too many, with no true center besides Enes Kanter, who incidentally comes off the bench for two power-forwards. Paul Millsap is being wasted on that team; the Bulls should trade Carlos Boozer back to the Jazz for him, LOL. He would kill in Chicago.

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

    Also, Kevin Love reminds me of Charles Barkley with that arm band. Similar body builds, too.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    A 30-20 game is always gloat worthy even if it comes on 33% shooting. I heard Shaq saying last night that he had “like 80″ 30-20 games. He has had 18. Barkley had 19. K-Love will finish his career with more than both those gentlemen. That’s a guarantee. And that’s gloat worthy.

  • AdamD

    I really enjoyed that Heat/Celtics game last night. Just in total awe of Ray Allen’s jumper. Fair play to Cole, hit his shots at the end. I don’t think you can move him into the starting lineup after one game, he was good last night, but anyone can get hot. Equally, as ropy as Chalmers was last night, it’s rare for any player to have such a disastrous series of possessions, he may be frustrating, but he does have experience, even if it doesn’t always show. It will be interesting to see how this battle for position develops over the season. Glad to see the hawks win, i’m going to wait a while before i even think about getting excited for them only to let me down again.

  • Gametimeweezy

    One thing Norris Cole has on Shumpert right now is in-game experience for a rookie with barely any training camp thats what he needs, and he’s making good of his opportunities. Shumpert needs to get back on the court.

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

    Co-sign Lakeshow. How many does Kevin Love have so far?

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

    Why is Eddy Curry not getting any burn in Miami? I want to see what he can do.

  • AdamD

    @Teddy – I think they said Love had 5 so far.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    7 or 8.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Nevermind 5. My bad.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    No way Love finishes with more than 20 30/20 gms in his career. Also, there’s nothing to gloat about when a big man shoots 33% from the field and his team loses the game.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    if we do manage to package something for a lengthy big man… a good running big guy who can block shots at the rim….. then our we’ll be unstoppable. Nene was a fool for not hopping his big brazilian @ss over here

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    phuck that. Nene got PAID.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Taylor i’ll bet you on that. You’ll still be around these parts in a decade right??

  • LA Huey

    Nene’s had too many health problems to blame him for taking the money.

  • http://dsjkflf.com Jukai

    Teddy: do you REALLY need to ask why Eddy Curry isn’t getting any PT? Do you really need that answered?

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    but nbk he might’ve gotten a ring tho?

  • LA Huey

    Yeah, Curry might be featured on the latter legs of a brutal stretch of games but this new Heat offense makes is even more unkind to him than just rejoining the NBA.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    To be honest, I’d rather have The 47 or so extra million dollars then the potential 4 rings. (I care more about my financial health – for my families future then my legacy). But that’s not too say the 20 million Nene could have made in Miami is not plenty of money for atleast the next generation in the least if you’re smart. I would just rather have that extra assurance then personal accomplishment.

  • T-Money

    and quite frankly, rings are overrated for non-superstars.. that’s not how they’re defined. who really cares about how many rings toni kukoc, steve kerr or even very good players like tony parker or odom have?

  • AdamD

    I’d say rings are important even for non-superstar players. Sure, they may care a bit more about financial security due to lack of money from things like sponsorship, but its silly to think that is a basketball players only motivation. Winning is important, it is still how they are defined, why do so many of the Non-superstar players go chasing the rings toward the end by joining big teams? Guys like Bruce Bowen and Robert Horry will go down in basketball history as great winners, they were never anything more than complementary players. Hope you understand what i mean by that.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Man, the bobcats are really fun to watch.

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

    @ Jukai: Umm… Yes.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    I hear you. both sides of the ring argument. but man… if only he had come over… smmfh

    also curry might die running this much. just saying.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Cole is good. Dude can ball. But if I’m Spo, I’m sticking with Chalmers to start. The bench needs firepower. Cole provides that. Norris might be a better player proven on what we’ll see in let’s say about 20+ games.. and if he’s really THAT good, he should act as sixth-man. He would give Miami’s bench continuity and balance in terms offensive attack and firepower which the Heat lacks last season.

  • http://www.t-mac.com/tmac/index unf*ckwitable

    So in a team with Lebron Wade and Bosh they needed a rookie to ice it? Good on the kid, if he can keep playing at a similar level all season then the heat are almost unbeatable.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Lakeshow, yep. I’ll probably be lamping in the hamptons.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    KYRIE!!! KYRIE!!! nice bounce back for Irving.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    and oh, Miami Nice..

  • http://knicks.com Gametimeweezy

    Miami is playing at another level/speed than every other team right now but like I always say, you don’t want to peak too early…

  • http://dsjkflf.com Jukai

    Teddy: I’ll answer.
    He’s Eddy f*cking Curry.

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

    Just to bring it back to the vids up top…. That was the SMARTEST play…this side of an “airball-tip-at-the-buzzer-against-the-Suns-in-the-playoffs” I’ve ever seen Ron Ar…World Peace make….! ^_^

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