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Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 at 8:35 am  |  87 responses

Post Up: Beasts of the East

Miami, Chicago, Orlando win big and the Jazz continue to make noise.

by Abe Schwadron | @abe_squad

Miami without DWade, Chicago without DRose, Orlando without a shred of public confidence—they all won last night, asserting the Eastern Conference’s authority (don’t worry, Philly, love you too). Then again, the Jazz made their pitch for being one of the League’s best loud and clear in the lone late-night game. Who’s best, East or West, will once again be a theme this season. Let the debate begin.

Warriors 105, Cavaliers 95

David Lee scored 13 of his season-high 29 points in the fourth quarter, and Nate Robinson had 17 points and 10 assists in a familiar sixth man role en route to a Warriors win that spoiled Cavs owner Dan Gilbert’s 50th birthday. Kyrie Irving continued his stellar play early on for Cleveland, finishing with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (6 turnovers) and Anderson Varejao had 13 rebounds and 10 points, but the Cavs turned it over 23 times and scored just 16 points in the fourth quarter. The Warriors won despite getting only 10 points from Monta Ellis (23 PPG this year), who survived a late-game elbow to the face from Varejao—his nose bled all over the place but early indications say he’ll be okay, no broken nose.

Magic 96, Bobcats 89

Orlando took home a fifth straight win (10-3 overall) behind 25 points and 17 boards from Dwight Howard, who also had 4 assists and 4 blocks. Gerald Henderson scored 22 points for the Bobcats and had Charlotte within two down the stretch, before a Ryan Anderson triple (13 points, 4-13 shooting) put the Magic up 86-81 with just over 90 seconds to play. Jameer Nelson scored 8 points (including 6-6 free throws) in the final minute, part of his 17-point performance for the game. Charlotte held a 3-point lead as the teams headed to the half, but Howard was just too much to handle. For what it’s worth, the ‘Cats got solid contributions from Kemba Walker (in the starting lineup) with 15 points and Bismack Biyombo, who shot 5-for-5 with 11 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.

Heat 120 Spurs 98

A tale of two halves would be putting it lightly. The Spurs were on fire to start the game, leading 52-35 with 3 minutes to go in the second quarter and taking a 63-49 lead into halftime after a Danny Green halfcourt buzzer-beater. Then, the third quarter happened. And damn, did it happen. Miami outscored the Spurs 39-12 in the third—LeBron James shot 7-9 in the quarter, while San Antonio shot just 4-of-19 as a team. If you blinked, you would have missed the Heat taking the lead and completely taking over the game. LeBron finished with 33 points, 10 assists and 5 rebounds, while Chris Bosh had 30, 8 boards and 5 dimes (plus 4 steals) and Mike Miller returned from the dead to shoot a perfect 6-6 from three-point range (18 points). Miami shot 58 percent from the field in all, including 16-of-26 from deep—all without Dwyane Wade in uniform. The Heat even added injury to insult late, courtesy of one of the hardest picks ever. Not surprisingly, Coach Pop was not too pleased with his team’s second-half performance: “They out physicalled us and beat our ass. We should be embarrassed by playing that soft. Any questions?”

Bulls 118, Suns 97

Without Derrick Rose in the lineup, Chicago continued to roll last night, this time riding a season-high 31 points from Carlos Boozer, who dropped 26 of those 31 in the first half. CJ Watson added 23 points and Joakim Noah had 13 points and 12 rebounds, as the Bulls shot better than 53 percent and had 10 players play at least 13 minutes. By halftime, the Suns trailed by 20, and despite the dependable work of Steve Nash (25 points, 9 assists) and Marcin Gortat (14 points, 15 rebounds), never got back in the game. The Bulls are 6-0 at home, but the most incredible stat from this game is that Phoenix’s 97 points last night was the first time this year an opponent came to Chicago and scored more than 74. Defense (without DRose) wins championships?

Rockets 97, Pistons 80

How in the world did the Pistons win 3 games already this season? Usually, even in a loss, we can look to Greg Monroe for some redeeming statistics, but last night Monroe put up just 4 points on 2-of-9 shooting—though he did have 11 boards and 6 assists. We forgive you for one night, Greg. Tayshaun Prince scored 20 and Ben Gordon had 18, but the Rockets led by 8 after the first quarter, and by as many as 18 at one point on the way to improving to 7-7 on the season. Houston used a balanced scoring attack (6 players in double figures) to beat Detroit. Samuel Dalembert had 14 points and 12 boards, Luis Scola had 14, Kyle Lowry posted a 13/5/5 line and the Rockets grabbed 17 offensive rebounds. One of those O-boards was a monster follow slam from Chandler Parsons, who is starting to rack up quite the highlight reel of dunks in his rookie season.

Nuggets 105, Bucks 95

Corey Brewer played a season-high 34 minutes, shot 8-of-14 from the floor and scored a team-high 22 points off the bench in the Nuggets 9th win. Denver took a commanding lead before Brandon Jennings turned things up in the fourth quarter—he scored 12 of his 30 points in the fourth, but it wasn’t enough to lead the Bucks back from down 21. In typical Denver fashion, the Nuggs handed out 27 assists and had six players score in double figures, including Al Harrington, who scored 16 points (4-6 threes) in a reserve role. Milwaukee got next to nothing from Stephen Jackson and Andrew Bogut, who scored just two points apiece. Captain Jack shot 0-6 in 17 minutes, while Bogut battled foul trouble, and shot 1-5 in only 19 minutes. Rookie Tobias Harris scored 14 points in the loss.

Jazz 108, Clippers 79

If you had a basketball fan with no prior knowledge of the NBA watch this game, then asked them which team was nicknamed “Lob City,” they’d answer the Jazz, 100 percent of the time. Sure, the Clips were without Chris Paul, but CP3 or not, Utah proved again why playing in Salt Swat Lake City is so tough, and the Jazz are beginning to rattle off some seriously convincing victories. They’re currently in 2nd place in the Western Conference and have won 8 of their last 9 games, after holding L.A. to sub-37 percent shooting and Blake Griffin to just 10 points and 1 highlight. Paul Millsap scored 20, CJ Miles had a season-high 19 points, and by the second half, LAC gave up, relegating Griffin and the gang to the bench as Utah morphed into its own version of Lob City. High-flyer Jeremy Evans was catching alley-oops left and right, even from benchwarmers like Jamaal Tinsley (!) and the Jazz cruised to the double-digit win. Caron Butler (14) and recent D-League call-up Courtney Fortson (13) led the Clippers in scoring, and one YouTuber provided a nice, albeit biased summary of the game, with the apt tagline “Flop City.” The Clippers will have to turn things around quickly, as they get the Mavs at home tonight.

Line of the Night: Tough call last night, with lots of mighty-but-not-mind-blowing performances, including Carlos Boozer, Steve Nash, Brandon Jennings, David Lee, Dwight Howard and Chris Bosh. But I’ll be predictable and pick LBJ’s 33-10-5 in 35 minutes.

Moment of the Night: Chris Bosh with the nasty move, right smack dab in the middle of Miami’s big run.

Dunk of the Night: Jeremy Evans hammers home one of about a million Jazz dunks last night.

Funny of the Night: Big Baby gets buckets, hits the deck, gets revived by Dwight.

Tonight: ESPN has a double-header featuring Portland-Atlanta and Mavs-Clippers, but there are 11 games in all on the schedule. Be sure to keep an eye on two big inter-conference games, as the Sixers host the Nuggets and the Spurs travel to Orlando to face the Magic. Personally, I’ll be ducking for cover as Kevin Durant and the rolling Thunder invade D.C. to lay the beatdown on the Wizards, but since that one ought to be over by mid-first quarter, I’ll have plenty of time to watch your favorite team, too.

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  • Justin G.

    Free Steve Nash! Also, flip the scores for the Clippers and Jazz

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Yeah, Steve Nash needs to get out of Phoenix..

  • http://www.slamonline.com Dagger

    As a Toronto fan, I understand why people hate Chris Bosh. But I’ll never understand why some people consider him a bad player. Yeah, he’s a finesse big man. But as an all around package of scoring and defending, how many bigs are better than him? And for that matter, how many bigs would have fit in with two star wing players and still average around 20 ppg, while never complaining about their touches?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Being a Detroit fan hurts right now…

  • http://slamonline.com Sergio

    change the score for the clippers vs. jazz

  • Brahsef

    ^I cant even watch em anymore man. Everyone besides Greg Monroe I just despise on the team

  • http://slamonline.com/ Abe Schwadron

    Apparently even my sub-conscious was surprised the Jazz won. Thanks for the catch, guys.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    steve nash shouldn’t have signed that massive extension if he wanted to play somewhere else.

  • DeeDre

    The Celtics will rise again. The Celtics will rise again. The Celtics will rise again. The Celtics will rise again.

    Ok, now that i got that out of my system. I’m impressed with the Wadeless Heat. I won’t go as far to say that they’re better without one of the best all around players in the game, but they’ve definitely hit their stride at the right time.

  • ThaWindy

    which win was more impressive?
    The Heat 40 point swing or the Bulls win without their offensive Rose?

  • bull22

    both boozer and noah are showing improvements over last year and this needs to continue to get ready for playoffs. glad to see tibbs learning not to play rose too hard in preparations for the playoffs.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    The fans want Steve Nash to get traded more then he wants too. Or admits too. As far as he tells anybody he doesn’t care about chasing a ring, he enjoys playing in Phoenix. And Lon Babby basically said, “there is no benefit to us trading steve and becoming less watchable and competitive” in other words, Robert Sarver is not willing to give up the only player on the roster that brings in revenue.

  • DeeDre

    True @ nbk. There is no point in trading Steve Nash from a management standpoint. He’s the perfect player in their eyes: humble and watchable. Closed mouths don’t get fed in this league

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

    Chandler Parsons = steal of the draft.

  • http://fklfs.com Jukai

    nbk: Well, read between the lines on what Nash is saying. He says he doesn’t want to demand a trade. Not that he doesn’t want to be traded. He pretty much said when you demand a trade, you don’t get to pick where you go— you go where the team wants you to go. And while you do it, it adds unnecessary stress to an already stressful situation.
    So obviously he wants to be traded. But he went for the money, and that’s that.
    However, I can see Steve Nash being traded at the deadline. Sarver loves milking his cash cow but he’ll only be able to milk him for another two months… it may be to his benefit to trade him and get any type of talent he can.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    he really might be Teddy. I don’t want to get too overly excited about him though, Jonas Jerebko had a similar start to his NBA career and he hasn’t really takin any steps forward.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    If he doesn’t get traded, does he sign in New York for the minimum?
    Would that be “teaming up” and met with scorn? Or does he get a pass?
    Personally, I think he should do it just so I could see how bad those Knicks teams would be on defense.

  • http://fklfs.com Jukai

    Other observations…
    -I seriously can’t even complete a Phoenix Suns game anymore. I can’t. It’s too painful.
    -So, remember when everyone was happy that Lebron James stopped taking threes and was taking it to the post? Well… I’m now kinda shaky on which James I like better.
    -I may have to send a fruit basket with an apology letter to Mike Miller. Damn.
    -Miami still desperately desperately needs a big man. Depending on Eddy Curry is just dreadful.
    -I’m really confused with Utah… I still don’t think they’re for real. They don’t look real. Damn.
    -The Clippers have really upset me. They look like the Heat of last year. Just iso’ing until someone chucks up a shot. Not a good look.

  • http://fklfs.com Jukai

    Allenp: Doubtful, like Barkley and Payton and Malone, people will give Nash a pass because he’s old. I mean, really really old.

  • DeeDre

    @ AllenP i doubt the Knicks sign him. Steve Nash is an aged point guard who could give you a couple more good seasons but i think the Knicks want something a little more long term. If the Clippers had a worse start, i could see Chris going there but idk. Nash’s championship window has closed. He knows it, everyone else knows it

  • DeeDre

    Wow Slam really doesn’t like me. I had a really good comment and i dont see it lol

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    In his last interview you’re right, he didn’t specifically say he doesn’t want to get traded. A month earlier he said he would love to retire in Phoenix. He also said “my heart has always been here. I always wanted to stick it out and always wanted to be [here] whether we end up in the conference finals or we end up not making the playoffs. I guess I always felt like apart of this team and apart of the fabric and never really wanted to jump ship.”

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    If the Knicks have the opportunity to sign steve nash they will take it without hesitating. If Mike D’Antoni is still the coach at that point, they will try and pursue him with love letters.

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

    I don’t know why, but I really want Chandler Parsons to turn into Cherokee Parks.

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

    Nash is 37 years old and on the decline. He’s also not in the top 20 when it comes to player rankings. Lebron and Wade are both in their primes and are both ranked top 5 at worst. Those are two very different situations IMO. Nash has also respectfully shut up and played the past few years while the team around him has obviously sucked. If it were a new generation player he would have already announced to the media which teams would be his preferred trade destination.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    cosign dagger… and who could you guys see getting traded for steve nash?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    The Suns want draft picks. They also want Iman Shumpert. (i’m just the messenger)

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Actually, Nash has made comments about needing a talent upgrade. Multiple comments. People just agreed with him, so it wasn’t a big deal.
    Wade and LeBron asked for more talent. They let it be known that when they became free agents they would be willing to sign anywhere. That’s all they did.
    I can see being somewhat upset at Melo, Dwight and CP3 because all of them wanted trades, and wanted to be traded to certain teams. That is cheeky.
    But Bron gets the most hate and he played out his contract and then signed with a new team in a televised special. Nothing unfair or cruel about that.
    Nash chose going for the money twice in his career. The first time when he left Dallas, a perennial playoff team with two high level stars to get more money in Phoenix, and again when he signed a $60 million extension to stay in Phoenix and drastically reduce their cap space.
    But everybody acts like that’s no big deal. Yet when KG had a massive deal, people were saying the reason the team didn’t have talent was because he made too much money. That’s funny.

  • T-Money

    - i don’t know what would the ideal situation for nash. he looks old this year… i don’t know what miami has that phx would want. it’s really new york or bust.
    - mike freaking miller. the 3s were obvious but the rebounds (!) and the ball movement were much needed too. he just has to bulk up a little bit, he’s too frail.
    - i’m just glad that spo is playing his best guys this year. there’s no need to play to play anthony more than 15-20 minutes just because he is the only center in the rotation. i think we will see a lot of lineups without a true point or center for miami. riley is really intrigued by a wade-miller-battier-bron-bosh line up.
    - jukai: agreed, i still can’t take utah seriously.

  • RobbieJay

    the first half of miamis offense looked like cavs basketball, the second half was damn near perfect. welcome back mike miller. & t-money new york sounds reasonable for nash, but idk i just wish god would somehow put him on a championship contender. dude has BEEN past due for a ring.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Jameer Nelson, Glen Davis, and a first round pick for Nash?
    Marcus Thornton and John Salmons for Nash and Gortat?
    Jose Calderon and Ed Davis for Nash and Robin Lopez?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Phoenix would need (close to a) a lottery pick or an all-star. no way they accept anything like that for Nash.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Not too mention they don’t want to lose any of their cap space they have created for this summer. Which is more then any other team.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    ^Good points. Trade scenarios are always just fun to imagine though.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I’m with you, I’ve been thinking about Nash ones for a while.

  • Holiday

    Don’t know why nobody wants to give Utah there credit, I mean if not for some questionable calls at the end of regulation, and in OT they could be on a 9 game winning streak. And they have always been great at home, they have plenty of talent….

  • http://fklfs.com Jukai

    Allenp: I really don’t get your complaint. Nash is nothing like Wade and Lebron.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Well last night was basically a trap game for the Clippers. They have played a lot of games against very tough competition lately. The Utah victory last night was about as significant as the Knicks victory of the 76ers last week.

  • http://fklfs.com Jukai

    Bottom line: the teams who could USE Nash (Lakers, Heat, Mavericks, Hawks) have literally nothing to trade for him. The teams that have the trading pieces don’t want a 38-year-old point guard who couldn’t play defense when he wasn’t the fourth oldest player in the league.
    The only teams… and I really mean it, the only teams who MAY get into this are the teams that are doing REALLY good right now, but don’t have any “superstars” to put them over. Those teams are Utah, Philadelphia, and Denver. If these teams continue to do good at the deadline… I can see them shedding their unused talent and draft picks for Nash. The good thing about Utah and Denver is, they can pretty much give up whoever they want straight-up because of their trade exceptions.
    Phili is a little tricky, but Lou Williams/Jrue Holiday is a bit redundant, might want to get a veteran point guard who can show the youngins the rope, right?
    So Lou Williams, Noiconi, and two draft picks for Nash? Possibly?
    Outside of those three, I can’t think of any slim possibility.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    There is just no chance on earth of Philadelphia adding Steve Nash. They are a defensive team, with arguably, the best on-ball defender of any PG in the league and he’s 22, to say they are not going to give his minutes to a guy like Nash under any circumstance is probably an understatement.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Same applies to Ty Lawson in Denver.

  • http://fklfs.com Jukai

    NBK: I mostly agree with you on Phili. I still say Nash can get the Billups treatment and play some shooting guard and extra point minutes, but he would be an odd fit.
    Not so much Denver. Lawson is playing great but I don’t think he’s the future…. if Denver is thinking about a push, I can see Lawson being added in with a draft pick or two.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    lol you may not think that, but Denver does (and so does a majority of the league, Lawson right now has more trade value than Steve Nash, plain and simple). And Nash playing SG, in Phili, so we are totally disregarding the whole defensive focus (they are the BEST defensive team in the NBA)? Where is Iguodala and Turner going anyway? Come on Jukai, no chance either of those things are even considered.

  • LA Huey

    Bosh going coast to coast was nice. It looks like he’s trying to channel some Lamar Odom but I hope he keeps that in check. Heat can’t afford turnovers from their bigs handling the ball like its a pick-up game.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    There is no way Nash could play Shooting guard on any other team, he would get destroyed by all other SG’s who have a greater height advantage alone.
    A possible trade maybe-
    Russell Westbrook for Steve Nash and Hakim Warrick
    (it’s unlikely I know)

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Nash is worth these types of players, unproven all-star talents (James Harden types), up-and-coming rookies and 1st round picks (Iman Shumpert + any 1st round pick), lottery picks & past their prime position players (say, Utah’s 1st & Devin Harris). Other then that I can’t really think of any types of trade scenarios that would be enough or not too much for Nash.

  • T-Money

    gp23: he’s been encouraged by spo to lead the break and shoot 3s when trailing. jury is still out on that. cwebb had an interesting take though: it’s time to appreciate bosh for what he is. he’s not a bruiser and he won’t dominate inside but he is the best midrange shooter on the team. let him take his jumpers and pump fake his way to the hole, that’s his game. lebron, wade and hopefully eddy curry will have to do the low post thing.

  • T-Money

    when you think about it, the only two guys that would get low post touches on the 90s bulls were mj and pip.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    I also have to agree with CWebb when he said that Bosh needs to be a bigger part of MIA’s offense. It would behoove MIA if Bron became the primary ball-handler, Wade plays off the ball/posts up a little more and Bosh got the ball more in the post/mid-range area. All this “taking turns” between Wade and Bron leads to stagnation on the offense end because when one has the ball the other tends to stand around (especially Bron).
    The Bulls and MJ began racking up rings when MJ decided to become more of an off-ball/post-up player and relinquished the ball-handling/playmaking duties to Pip.

  • Holiday

    Redundant? How so, everybody is basically saying the Utah win was a fluke or a set loss for LA?! Plus Tinsley and Harris are Vets, not mention Watson who I feel so far fits that system best.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Or when Phil talked Jordan into playing within the triangle. either way though.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    That too but we ain’t seeing none of that from Spo.

  • Holiday

    And BTW saying James Harden is unproven even at all star level imo playing off the bench, with a trigger happy PG, and in the shadow of one of the leagues best I think he’s done pretty well! Just my opinion though.

  • Matt Park

    Bosh has a great low post game. What are you guys talking about? He’s also a great slasher and spot-up mid-range jump shooter. He defends well because he’s mobile, has a good basketball IQ, and still has that pterodactyl wingspan. He uses the pump fake well to get guys off balance, which may sound really overused but it is really true for Bosh. The only things that I don’t like about Bosh’s game is that he’s trying to shoot more three’s this season and he still floats out to the perimeter too much even though he can definitely cut to the hole and slam it home.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Spoelstra inexplicably wants Bosh shooting more three’s and floating out too the perimeter.

  • T-Money

    matt: bosh doesn’t have a great low post game. he’s comfortable attackin off one dribble from the midpost and shooting 15-20 footers.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    James Harden has no proven he can be an all-star caliber player yet. So he is unproven. The circumstances of it are pretty irrelevant, if a guy hasn’t proven himself, he hasn’t proven himself. Simple as that.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Bosh should try to take at least 15 shots a game. But I’m more concerned that he seems to have forgotten his pledge to always get ten rebounds every game. Early in the season he was aggressive on the boards but now that’s disappeared.

  • Holiday

    What shows you proven it, making the all star game? Cause Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge, Monta Ellis, and Andrew Bogut might disagree just to name a few!

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Has James Harden ever had a season like them? The answer to your question is obvious.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    ^Kevin Love has already made one all star game

  • Holiday

    Yeah but only as an injury replacement. And NBK Harden gets high praise from every NBA analyst I’ve heard, given his situation I feel he’s proven a lot. And to trade him for a 37 year old Nash like you suggested earlier would be an epic fail, rather he ever becomes an all star or not!

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Did I say Oklahoma Coty should trade Harden for Nash? What are you goin On about? I was giving an example of the type of player that PHOENIX would DEMAND for Nash. There is no reason to waste any brain power over analyzing that.

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com yada

    ima keep saying this, when healthy at full strenth the bulls are the best team from top to bottom

  • Holiday

    No see I’m simply arguing the Value you put on Harden in that comment, I feel he could start and shine on most teams in the NBA. That’s all.

  • blakos

    Wayno, try being a wizards fan…..

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    But he hasn’t proven it.

  • T-Money

    yada: why?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Here is a question
    Which guard in the west will make the all-star team after Kobe and Chris Paul?

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Allen: Ellis or Lowry (or Rubio!!!)

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Westbrook, Lowry, Ellis, and Lawson as of right now.

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

    Westbrook and Ellis. Next question.

  • T-Money

    i’d say russ westbrook and steve nash. not sure nash deserves it this year but coaches will give him the nod. and i mean, he’s still getting 14 and 10 and shooting 53 from the field and 40 from 3-ball!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Lowry is going to get a nod from the coaches. He is the best PG in the west right now.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    How bout out East after Rose/Wade, who are the guards?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Iguodala, Rondo, Joe Johnson.

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

    Lowry should be seriously considered imo.

  • blakos

    C0-sign Holiday in terms of trade value. Harden has more trade value at the mo than Nash. Ty lawson also has more trade value.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Abe Schwadron

    @ blakos – my man! “Big” wiz game tonight…

  • blakos

    @Abe, I am all about tank, trade and fire.

    Tank the season for a high draft pick (Barnes, Drummond or Davis).
    Trade Blatche,
    Fire Flip and Hire Jerry Sloan.

    But ye OKC vs the Wiz a good watch

  • http://fklfs.com Jukai

    Regardless of how good Lowry is playin, I’d be shocked if he was a pick. Westbrook and Ellis both deserve to get in before him, and Parker and Nash will get in for old times sake before him.

  • Allenp

    Do you think the coaches would pick Rubio over Westbrook? I would like to see that happen just to watch Westbrook try to kill him for the rest of their careers.

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

    At this point in the season why does Westbrook deserve to get in before Lowry?
    Westbrook: 19.4 ppg, 5.4 apg, 5.0 rpg
    Lowry: 17.3 ppg, 8.7 apg, 6.6 rpg
    I’d take Lowry. And even if he weren’t one of my favorite players in the league, I’d still take Lowry based on what he’s accomplished so far. If we’re talking about who’s the better player, that’s a different story. But right now Lowry is outperforming Russ.

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

    Also, Ellis is nice (as usual) but his shooting percentage is abysmal. 39% shooting for 22 ppg is not a good look, plus Lowry beats him in assists and rebounds. Not to mention Ellis’ and Westbrook’s terrible assist-to-turnover ratios.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Ellis doesn’t deserve anything with the way he’s been playing this season. There’s nothing impressive about shooting 39% from the field, nothing.

  • http://fklfs.com Jukai

    Allenp: Doubtful, I mean, Rubio is nice and all, but he’s really not on par with Westbrook yet and I don’t think even his hype can bump him yet.
    Lowry is playing nice but I just really don’t see him getting in, guys. He’s doing everything under the radar.
    That awful, awful Nash, just dropping 26-5-11 for the W, what a scrub, who would take him?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Well he was playing the Knicks.
    And who called him awful. You’re a sensitive lad.

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