Monday, December 26th, 2011 at 8:45 am  |  65 responses

Post Up: Let’s Ball

The MVP beats the Lakers and Miami starts hot.

by Abe Schwadron | Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images

Wow. How’s that for an opening act?

Knicks 106, Celtics 104

The Knicks are back! For one day, at least. New York mounted a 17-point first-half lead, then let the Paul Pierce-less C’s come all the way back to take control thanks to a 35-17 third quarter. Luckily for Spike Lee (and courtside buddy Chris Rock) and the MSG faithful, Carmelo Anthony went HAM in the fourth quarter and finished off Boston by sinking a pair of free throws with 16 seconds left. And while Melo led all scorers with 37 points—including 17 in the fourth—it was Rajon Rondo who for most of the game was the best player on the court, helping the Celtics to 51 percent field goal shooting as a team. Rondo attacked the rim, handed out some ridiculous passes, and finished with 31 points, just a point shy of his career-high. Plus, he joined some elite company: Larry Bird is the only other Celtic to post a 30+ point, 10+ assists, 5+ steal game…ever. The rest of his line included 13 dimes, 5 steals and 5 rebounds in 41 minutes.

We’ve got to be careful not to overreact to one game, but the Celtics’ pickup of Brandon Bass (20/11 off the bench) looks like a great find. That said, beyond Bass, Boston’s lack of depth is clearly going to be their biggest issue this season, and if Pierce or any other key piece misses significant time, they’ll be in trouble. Then again, if Rondo plays like that every night, he’d be a lock for NBA MVP. Tough pace to keep up.

Knicks-wise, there were as many negatives as positives, but the W is a welcome holiday gift. Melo was vintage Melo, especially in crunch time. Oddly enough, Tyson Chandler had more blocks (6) than rebounds (3) and played more minutes (37) than any other Knick. Rookie G Iman Shumpert was aggressive, attacking from his first touch. In 22 minutes, he had 11 points (granted, 3-13 shooting), 4 boards and an assist. Unfortunately, New York will be without his services for up to a month after he sprained his MCL on an awkward play under the basket. I think Mike D’Antoni just scheduled an extra round of back rubs for B. Diddy and Bibby.

Last thing from BOS-NYK: that Kevin Garnett, he’s a nice guy, huh! Missing a potential game-tying shot, then choking out Bill Walker, a nice way to end a Christmas Day game. Although, “what was KG thinking” is probably third on my list of burning questions from that sequence. More pressing wonders are “Why is Bill Walker on the court?” and “What in the world is going on with Bill Walker’s hair?”

Heat 105, Mavericks 94

Notice served. Miami ain’t playing around. Maybe it was the extra motivation of watching the Mavs raise the ’11 Championship banner in the pre-game. Maybe it was an extended summer’s worth of Finals regret. Whatever the reason, from the go, the Heat ran past the Mavs, opening up a 32-17 lead by the end of the first quarter. The final score doesn’t appropriately capture the way the Heat dominated. At one point in the second half, Miami led by 35 points. It’s then that Lamar Odom decided he’d prefer to sit this one out—he was ejected for arguing a charge call, ending his day with just four points, four rebounds, four fouls, a steal and a pair of turnovers in 13 minutes. Perhaps he had to prep for a hot date with Khloe?

Jason Terry had 23, and Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 despite sitting out the entire fourth quarter, while new addition Vince Carter contributed only five points in 21 minutes. Of Miami’s new faces, Norris Cole (7 points) may have done the most to earn himself more PT going forward. He played as many minutes as starting PG Mario Chalmers, and while he didn’t pick up a single assist, he initiated the offense and allowed Wade and James to get a breather off the ball. Shane Battier logged just four mintues with his nagging sore quad giving him some trouble, and the game well out of reach for Dallas.

Want to see something that explains the Miami Heat? Behold, the “Big 3″:

LeBron James: 37 points (11-19 FG, 15-19 FT), 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks in 36 minutes
Dwyane Wade: 26 points (11-21 FG, 4-6 FT), 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal, 1 block in 35 minutes
Chris Bosh: 4 points (2-9 FG), 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block in 24 minutes

“One of these things is not like the others…” No Heat player scored in double figures save for Wade and James. No matter. ‘Twas a Merry Christmas for Miami.

Bulls 88, Lakers 87

OKAY THEN. The Bulls and Lakers refused to be overshadowed, putting on a show befitting of the Los Angeles spotlight, complete with a Hollywood ending. Too bad the script was written for the road team. Things started shaky for Chicago, as MVP Derrick Rose went scoreless in the first quarter and didn’t pick up his first bucket of the night until an elbow jumper over Steve Blake found the bottom of the net at 6:58 in the 2nd. Oh, and Carlos Boozer inexplicably had his shot blocked by Derek Fisher early on. But by halftime, the Bulls had opened up a seven-point lead.

Kobe Bryant steered the Lake Show back into the lead in the second half, battling his wrist injury to 28 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (8 turnovers), including one ridiculous, vintage Black Mamba move down the stretch. The Lakers, though, missed Andrew Bynum’s beef up front, and got double-digit scoring performances only from KB, Pau Gasol (14) and Steve Blake (12), of all people, and blew an eleven-point lead (82-71) with 3:45 remaining, thanks to two missed free throws each from bigs Gasol and Josh McRoberts. Then, Christmas Day’s most ridiculous end-game sequence.

With 20 seconds and change to play and L.A. up one, the Bulls trapped Bryant at halfcourt, and Luol Deng picked off an errant pass. He then appeared to travel—no call—got the ball to Rose, and the rest is history. He dropped in a beautiful one-handed floater over Gasol after blowing past Derek Fisher on the perimeter (why is Fisher guarding Rose then, or ever?), and the Bulls stuffed Kobe’s buzzer-beating attempt at an answer on the other end, wrapping up a one-point victory for Chicago. Rose led the Bulls with 22, Deng had 21 (9 in the 4th quarter) and Boozer chipped in 15.

The question for the Lakers will remain how Mike Brown chooses shape the team’s rotation going forward. Matt Barnes and Jason Kapono got DNPs, while Troy Murphy and Devin Ebanks played 20+ minutes, and McBob grabbed 8 rebounds as a starter. But Chicago’s second unit dominated the Lakers’ bench. And all starters not name Bryant or Gasol. And Derek Fisher is a turnstile on D. And I’m done.

Thunder 97, Magic 89

Meet the Oklahoma City Thunder, your Western Conference favorites. OKC got 30 points, 6 assists and 5 boards from Kevin Durant—who also found time during the game to give his mother a kiss—plus 19 off the bench from James Harden, en route to a win over Orlando that was never as close as the final score suggests. With 8 minutes left, the Thunder held a 22-point advantage before Orlando made a late, meaningless surge. Oklahoma City has size, youth, depth, chemistry, and can defend to go along with a two-time defending scoring champ. On a day where sloppy play was dismissed as residual effects of the lockout, the Thunder looked, for the most part, crisp and ready.

Ryan Anderson led the Magic in scoring with 25 points. Dwight Howard scored 11 (alright, he also had 15 boards, and Kendrick Perkins always plays him tough, but still). In related news, Orlando lost, in what I’m pretty sure was the “nap time” game of the day for most of us. The Dwight saga has begun. Wake me when it’s over.

I got nothing left on this game, except this.

Clippers 105, Warriors 86

Lob City, like Rome, wasn’t built in a day. But the Clippers played the Grinch against Golden State, are 1-0, and own the best record in Los Angeles, thanks to DRose’s efforts earlier in the day. Stephen Curry gutted it out for the Warriors on a bum ankle, but shot just 2-of-12 from the field (0-4 from 3-point range) for 4 points in 33 minutes. Monta Ellis was back in awesome-to-watch form in the first half despite grieving the loss of his grandmother on Christmas morning, but finished with just 15 points, as Golden State shot just 39 percent from the field as a team. In spite of his seeming inability to make a coherent, effective pass of any kind, David Lee led GSW with 21 points in the L.

As for the Clips, it wasn’t exactly the Blake Show, though Griffin put on a late push to lead the team with 22 points. Whereas most thought we’d see an endless loop of Chris Paul-to-Blake Griffin pick-and-rolls, for most of the second quarter it was Chauncey Billups, not CP3, handling the rock, running the show and, ahem, jacking up shots. Billups started the game shooting 2-of-9. Somehow, it’s Vinny’s fault. The only thing more annoying than watching Mr. Big Shot launch ill-advised first-half shots was the Justin Bieber/Drummer Boy Christmas song that ESPN insisted on playing during literally every timeout and commercial break.

L.A. turned it on in the second half, thanks in part to a bit of luck and the Warriors’ tough shooting night. With his team on the cusp of being blown out, Golden State head man Mark Jackson (who by the way, used to work at ESPN, apparently!) went to the old “Hack-A-DeAndre Jordan” strategy. With more than three minutes left in the third quarter, Golden State’s scrubs took turns bear-hugging DeAndre and his sub-50 percent free throw percentage. The results on the scoreboard were negligible, though Jordan did airball a free throw, and finished with an extremely odd statline: 25 minutes, 6 points, 1-2 FGs, 4-12 FTs, 5 rebounds, 8 blocks, 2 turnovers.

Chris Paul did Chris Paul things in the fourth quarter to put this one away for the Clippers, part of his 20-point, 9-assist night. Chauncey, to his credit, finished with 20 points, 5 boards and 4 assists, and LAC got nice contributions from Mo Williams and Brian Cook off the bench (8 points apiece). But the win wasn’t sexy by any means. The Lob City crew heads to San Antonio on Wednesday for a big test.

Line of the Night: LeBron’s 37/10/6/2/2. Expect him to appear in this space again. A lot.

Moment of the Night: Bulls play D, then hand it to the MVP. Goodnight, L.A.

Bad Santa of the Night: Drunk in Dallas.

(H/T: @jose3030)

Tonight: 12 games on the docket, with special attention to Grizz-Spurs, the new-look Hornets and of course my Wizards, who host DWill and the Nets. If Monday is half as good as Sunday, we’re in for a treat.

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    FIRST THINGS FIRST. . . It was a GREAT KNICKSMAS FOR ME! Secondly, I just laugh at these words, “the Paul Pierce-less C’s.” So much hate! Let’s be honest, most of the time you hear/read about the Celtics sweeping the Knicks last season in the first round, but you don’t hear about the Knicks missing Stoudemire and Billups in for all a but a blip of that series. Can’t have objectivity like that when talkin’ bout my Knicks. No sir! BOTTOM LINE: The Knicks aren’t a complete team just yet either, yet they still found a way to GRIND out a W with the help from the best player on the court that day, Carmelo Anthony. Heck I’d say Carmelo was the best player on Christmas day to kick start the 2011-12 season. It wasn’t like he was getting points front running in garbage time…He’s scored 17 of his 37 points in a pressure packed 4th quarter to lead his B-Diddyless (lol) team to a W. Melo didn’t disappear under pressure like some “superstars” do. As for the Celtics, Brandon Bass (who I was very impressed with) more than makes up for the loss of Big Baby, and he wouldn’t have gotten all those shots had Pierce played, nor would Rondo have jacked up that many shots with Pierce waiting on the elbow for his shot. With that said, the Celtics will be a very very good team again this season. Last but not least, congrats to Rigo’s Bulls beating the Bynumless Lakers who seem to really miss Lamar Odom. :)


    *but you don’t hear about the Knicks missing Stoudemire and Billups for all a but a blip of that series


    I hate to go here, because it’s not fair to Mike Brown, but if Phil Jackson were still the Lakers coach, do you think the game ends like that? Maybe, but I don’t think so. I surmise Phil tells Kobe in the huddle, “let them foul you, go to the line and make it a three point game, then let’s wins this game after Rose bricks a three.” LOL!

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Orange writes a damn essay after one game, just imagine how long his BS is after 50gms. Lawd, help us all.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Kobe did the same ish with PJax at the helm.

  • DeeDre

    For all you Celtic haters, Rondo silenced all his doubters/haters yesterday saying he couldn’t score. 331 points and 13 assists basically carrying Boston on his back the entire game. Kid looked great. And for those who say Rondo is only good because he has 3 all stars on his team? Answer me this, when was the last time Brandon Bass had 20 points? Rondo absolutely fed the guy. Chris who? The Celtics are gonna be a good team this year again and they just proved it yesterday. And so are the Knicks. I loved basketball yesterday and I’m glad to comment on my first Post Up. Lol

  • DeeDre

    31 points, sorry


    JTaylor21, Merry Christmas man, even though that was yesterday it still feels like Christmas. As for your Heat, they looked really good. I was shocked they torched the Mavs like that. I ask myself, are the Heat really that much better, or are the Mavs just that much softer without Tyson Chandler? Hmmmm, maybe it’s a little bit of both. We shall see!

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Merry Christmas slamily. Oh, welcome back.

    Miami Heat!
    Man they’re lookin good. Cole is impressing me. I like the kid’s attitude. Bron has a loong way to go with that post game. And I’ve seen it before. Anyways great game to start the season.

  • http://applebeesrecipes.us Nikki

    That game winning shot by Rose reminds me of gmae winning shots by Jordan.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Also I like that mid-post face up jump shot LeBron did on Marion. He should do that more often. That’s great start towards a variety of more polished moves there. I think the mid-post is where he could fully be comfortable with his style of play. He have enough space to attack the rim still. That’s a good range for his j’s too.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Orange is gonna get really annoying really quick. We get it dude, the Knicks won. And yes, the Celtics didn’t have their best scorer. Regardless, great opening day, even if Dwight Howard looks like he’s not even trying anymore.

  • http://kb24.com Bigi

    Welcome Back THE POSTUP! Bynum was missed BIG by the Lakers, they’ll be fine after he comes back. I was expecting the Bulls to win it big, because of Kob’s wrist (8 turnovers!) and Bynum’s absence but they didn’t.

  • Mike From Spain

    If you ask me, I don’t think the Lakers looked that bad, considering Fisher was guarding Rose

  • Bruno

    I don’t think Boston is gonna win when rondo scores 31 points

  • DeeDre

    @ Bruno I don’t disagree with your point, I’m just saying .Rondo CAN score when he’s needed too. He is going to have to score more than usual though for this year to take pressure off the aging Big 3. And in all fairness they didn’t lose because he scored 31. They lost because of a complete 4th quarter collapse

  • Bruno

    agree with your point DeeDre … and like Mike from Spain I also thought LA was gonna lose bad with the Bulls but hope they still get better and get Gilbert cause apart from Kobe there’s no other player that can get his own shot there

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    When I saw Post-Up on the main page there was a big smile on my face. So cool the NBA is back. Oh yeah, Drose and the Bulls made my day.

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    Anybody read lips? I want to know what Baron was saying to KG.

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    Where are the box scores?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Rondo looked like our whole team last night.

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

    This loss actually makes me feel better about the Lakers this season. I really didn’t think we wee to be playing that type of basketball yesterday(’til the final minute)

  • http://www.slamonline.com AllBall

    Rondo was great, Carmelo was even better. I hope he puts it all together for a whole season on both ends. The Clippers were sloppy until CP decided to assert himself. Mo Williams looks like he could adapt to his role really well, Chauncey looks like he is going to shoot them out of some games this year. VDN barely ran a Blake/Paul screen roll until the fourth. I hope that changes when they play good teams.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Merry Xmas to y’all.
    Someone should have told the Mavs the ceremony was over and that the jumpball wasn’t a ceremonial one. Damn. No matter, the League is back, all is well.
    Time to get back to kicks gazing (Jermaine is back in the Hyperballer? Hmm) and gear scrutinizing. Seems a lot of guards and SF’s are sporting the 3/4 compression tights with sown in kneepads look now.
    Warm welcome to Abe here on TPU as well, and that’s the last time i’m calling him that since his surname nearly translates to SQUADRON in german.
    So SQUADRON LEADER, here’s to you guiding us through the 66-in-124 season.
    PS: luv Brandon Bass’s game, seems to have lost some fat too. Gonna be a huge asset for the C’s.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    @dirtyfrank: would be curious to know as well. Seems KG took it to heart.

  • charliewinning

    My Knicks need a lot of work, but good W. Pierce didn’t play last night but neither did Amare in the playoffs, so I don’t wanna hear any excuses. KG is the most obnoxious, fake tough guy in the league. I wish Walker would’ve just punched him in the mouth. No arguing w/ that idiot.

  • Wray

    The Rose shot and subsequent play where Deng stuffed Kobe had me going nuts. I don’t think I’ve yelled that loud in joy since the last Bulls championship. Great game.

  • Struck

    Christmas was fun. Can we just fastforward to the playoffs now?

  • http://www.nbadraft.net showtime

    WERE BACk…. well my prediction held up except for the clippers game( and that was pre cp3) so all in all I did good.

  • don the GSW fan

    too bad my warriors lost. was hoping they would score more, get well curry.. (NOW!!!!)


    i wasn’t expecting Rondo to start the season with 31p 13a 5r 5s damnnnn. Lebron was cooking last night and there was nothing anyone wearing a macs jersey could about it. Kobe is back to his old tricks

  • T-Money

    Chauncey Billups is boing to lose games for LAC. Blake Griffin is essentially the third option on this team in crunch time and thats unacceptable.

  • fruizm

    Does anybody know what shoes was Westbrook wearing?….I NEED those!!!

  • Allenp

    I hate the way Orlando plays.
    Blake has no post game and very little defense.
    Boston is OLD. Good but OLD.
    Knicks are all right.
    Thunder are the same.
    Lakers play very good defense considering their personnel. And they took a 62far win team to the final seconds despite missing a key starter and all the off season turmoil. They are fine.
    Bulls still need another creator. Too much pressure on Rose.
    Miami killed it but Bosh played like he was lost. And the Mavs run wasn’t a fluke.
    Clips look like the Heat last year.
    Monta is underrated.

  • T-Ray

    WE’RE BACK! Hope y’all had a great Xmas. First off Rondo is that dude lol Brandon Bass showed me that trade was DEF a good one. I love Amare taking threes also! As for the Heat they look pretty darn hungry but lets not read to far into it. The Lakers looked pretty darn good to me as well. Minus Kobe’s 8 turnovers we when the ball game. Love Rose’s efficiency last night. Dwight looked really disinterested last night(Laker bound?) but OKC played pretty well. Clippers played sloppy but they’ll work it out. All in all great night for bball!

  • T-Ray

    OH btw anyone saying KG is a fake tough guy give it a f*cking rest. We all know he doesn’t really want to fight people he does it to get into players’ heads. Ala Reggie, MJ, Maxwell, etc. So let it go. If no one in the NBA is gonna kick his a$$ neither am I or you so chill.

  • charliewinning

    KG is a fake tough guy.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    Was hoping my issues with my comments not showing up would be resolved by the time the post up was back but still having them.
    Anyways, those were some fun games but it was day one so let’s see what happens from now on.
    Abe, good job so far man.

  • T-Ray

    Lol i saw what you did there

  • charliewinning

    LOL I couldn’t resist.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    T-Ray – he tried to choke Walker AFTER the game to get into his head?
    Nah, if anything, he let Walker get into HIS head and he snapped.
    Thats some weak minded ish right there.
    Also sucks about Shumpert. He was the only Knick I gave a damn about. Hope he gets well soon.

  • T-Money

    Allen- I wouldnt overstate the Mavs run in the 4th, good teams dont get beat by 30. The game was never ever in danger. I am not sure the Knicks are fine, I need tosee more than that. Melo is always a monster in the 4th but they still dont defend. And the bench is kimda garbage.

  • T-Ray

    Its all good bro
    and Enig I agree that whole ordeal was def not what I was talking about. I was more so talking about him talking the whole game. Also good point on Shumpert dude was mad aggressive attacking the basket they said he has a knee sprain should be back within 2-4 weeks.

  • eyal

    @allenp – Agree the mavs comeback wasn’t a fluke. MIA gets in this mode where they feel they can ‘reward’ themselves for having a good run by taking dumb shots and slacking on D.

    I honestly thought the mavs were going to come back to single digits. Wasn’t calling it over until about 2:00 left.

    After watching the game yesterday, also agree with Shaq. Big 3 in Miami are Wade, James and Haslem.

  • T-Money

    eyal: hit me up when haslem can give you 30-10 in the ecf.


    @eyal: LMAO if Shaq really said that. I missed that ish.

  • http://sdfjklf.com Jukai

    David Lee kinda outplayed Blake Griffin. I wasn’t expecting that. Forget who said it, but they are right to say The Clippers look like the Heat of last year… I was expecting great team play, but they all played better on isolation (especially Paul). Having Vinny as the head couch obviously wont help them there. Isn’t it weird how Van Gundy seems to absolutely love all these bad coaches? Brown, Del Negro… wtf…?
    Dwight Howard looked like his mind was elsewhere once the game pulled away from them. OKC looks good. There was something boring about that game… I think it’s Orlando. I don’t think they are going to finish with homecourt this season, that’s for sure.
    As Allen said, the Lakers lost to one point by the team with the best record last year all while missing their starting center and trying to balance a totally new bench. They are fine. Glad to see Bean is still Bean: hog the ball at the end, make a bad play to toss the ball away and blame the team. Yep.
    The Heat probably have solved their point guard problem. Damn, Norris. No assists don’t tell the story, he can PASS. He throws post passes perfectly, kicks it around, gets it up fast… he’s really good. He just wont rack up the assists since the two best finishers in Miami are also two guys who will always find better options on the break. Oh, and Dallas looked sloppy. I don’t think they’ll look like that come season end.
    Melo is boss.
    That is all.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Is iamorange4ever really this ecstatic after beating a celtic team that look liked worn out rusty metal with the exception of rondo who almost beat your best-front court in the league with-out their best scorer paul pierce, with kg look as old as Moses with-out parting the lane on many possessions.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flScKm-sSYo IAMORANGE4EVER

    Slick Ric the drooler. lol

  • eyal

    @T-money: Agree, but they don’t need a big third scoring option. for $100mil you could get 2 lockdown low post defenders who get 10 rpg each and get their points from tip ins and iso feeds. 33 and 23 didn’t need a low post scoring threat, I think the same applies to 3 and 6. They would be better off with a player with the mindset of Rodman or H.Grant. Not hating CB by the way, I just think he would be better off as a second option to a big star. Imagine if he had gone to Chi instead of Boozer!

  • Allenp

    I thought I was the only one who was crazy impressed with Cole. Smart passing , confident shooting and an understanding of tempo and situation.
    James Jones was loving his open shots in the sped up offense. That is right up his alley. If the Heat keep playing fast they are so dangerous. But as soon as the pace dropped the flow stagnated in my opinion.
    Orlando needs a good point guard. Nelson makes me so angry.
    Vince Carter is done. Completely. Haywood is not even a poor man’s Chandler. But the Mavs are still dangerous. Odom and Delonte were good pick ups.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    @iamorange4ever, lol, You have the audacity to call me a drooler, when you on here going crazy over one damn win,please.

  • charliewinning

    If it’s not acceptable to use Amare being out as an excuse for last spring, then PP being out last night shouldn’t even be mentioned. There’s only one irrational Knick fan on this site so it’s safe to say ya’ll love to hate the Knicks. Can’t wait for the season to play out.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    I wonder why Dallas didn’t push hard on Dalembert. They can offer him a one year deal and still be a player on 2012 free agency. He ain’t Chandler but way more better than Haywood.

    I agree with Norris Cole ain’t getting that many assists.. But he CAN ball. But he should remain on the bench for continuous firepower.

    There should be some serious off-ball movement from Lebron and DWade for the team to fully maximize their running game.


    @Slick Ric you need to chill, cause you’re obviously upset.


    I’m watching the Nuggets and Mavericks game right now, and I think it’s safe to say, their’s something wrong in Dallas: Nuggets 95 Mavericks 64 and with about 2 minutes left in the 3rd. That takes away a some of the luster from the Heat’s Christmas Day win in Big D.


    *there’s (my phone’s predictive text sucks on slam) By the way Nuggets still spanking the Mavs by 30 points. Wow!

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    The only thing that has surprised me so far is Norris Cole. He is basically exactly what Miami advertised. And seems like he will compete with Chalmers. No team should be judged yet though imo.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Yesterday was awesome, obviously, but tonight feels even more real. Fresh games all over the dial. Welcome to the Post Up for real, Abe! I’m certainly glad to have you here and I hope you enjoy the ride…

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

    Norris Cole is NBA-ready. He looks like the real deal, and just what Miami needs.
    And I’m really starting to like the Bulls. For some reason, every away team at STaples Center looks really good to me regardless of who they are. But I’m liking what I see from Derrick Rose–no ill-advised shots, is wet behind the arc, and plays completely under control, getting his teammates involved. He’s playing like a true point guard.

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

    Can the Raptors PLEASE trade Andrea Bargnani and start Ed Davis? F*ck!


    “is wet behind the arc” lol, not tonight, Teddy, not tonight. I watched the Dubs/Bulls game, and I was rooting for Rose to shoot from behind the arc because his bricks were keeping the Warriors ahead. The last thing I wanted was Deng shooting. In fact Deng kept the Bulls from getting blown out, as well as some late 3′s by CJ and Korver. As for their big acquisition, RIP, he was a ghost in the 2nd half. Let’s be REAL the Bulls overachieved last season. They’re going to come back down to earth this season, just like a burned out Sloan coached Utah Jazz team would. On a side note: Mark Jackson got the Dubs defense feeding their transition game…and get well soon Stephen Curry. Hate to see him roll his ankle again. Stephen is a true Warrior.

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

    Of course I say that before seeing his 1-for-8 from 3…

  • LA Huey

    So glad to hear the feedback about Norris Cole appears less like hype.

  • Connor

    Fast becoming my fave article (and only after 2) Also, kudos to replying to my tweet haha (follw me @The_Conz). Big game tonight with my Heat versus the Celtics. Looking forward to that Post Up. Keep up the good work