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Friday, January 13th, 2012 at 8:35 am  |  76 responses

Post Up: Dwight Night

Howard goes HAM, plus Irving and Nash face off and the Grizzlies blow out the Knicks.

by Abe Schwadron | @abe_squad

I had a whole introduction written out about how the NBA is a point guard-driven League (which I still believe, for the record). I even had a nice photo of Kyrie Irving picked out for the home page. And then Dwight Howard had to go and ruin it for me. I wanted to talk about how last night, we saw it all at the point guard spot—a matchup of the No. 1 pick vs. a two-time MVP, young guns in Milwaukee, Detroit, Atlanta and Memphis, and of course, the glaringly obvious lack of talent at the PG spot in New York. But Dwight, and the stubborn”genius” of Mark Jackson, had to go and create perhaps the wackiest basketball sideshows we’ll see all season. Let’s start with the more conventional games from last night…

Hawks 111, Bobcats 81

After getting the crushing news that Al Horford’s season may be in jeopardy earlier in the day, the Hawks put on an inspired performance, led by 30 points (without shooting a single three-ball) and 13 rebounds from Josh Smith, the big remaining front court piece for Atlanta. Thanks in part to Smith, the Hawks dominated on the boards, winning the rebounding battle 55 to 30 (including 20 offensive boards, whoa!) on the way to an easy win. A Gerald Henderson jumper brought the Bobcats within eight points in the third quarter, but Atlanta never let Charlotte get any closer than that, leading by as many as 30 at one point. Joe Johnson turned in 23 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds, and Jeff Teague had 16 to go with 7 assists and 6 boards for the Hawks, who improved to 8-4 and 4-1 at home. The Bobcats, meanwhile, dropped to 2-9, giving up 24 fast break points and making just 1 of 8 three-point attempts. Byron Mullens got his first career start for Charlotte, and made it count, scoring 21 points. Henderson was the only other Bobcat in double figures, with 16 points, while Kemba Walker shot just 2-for-9 with 6 points. And, from the breaking news department, we had a Jerry Stackhouse sighting! He scored 2 points on an open-court dunk, getting some burn in place of the injured Tracy McGrady.

Bucks 102, Pistons 93

Greg Monroe and Tayshaun Prince did all they could do get the Pistons their first road win of the season, but Milwaukee got 27 points from Brandon Jennings and 25 points from Stephen Jackson and outlasted Detroit for head coach Scott Skiles’ 400th career win. Monroe scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, and Prince (13 points) scored 5 straight points late in the fourth quarter to thin the Bucks’ lead to three, before Jennings scored six points in the final 1:08 to ice the game for Milwaukee. The Pistons only lead of the game came in the second quarter, when they made an 8-0 run to take a short-lived one-point lead. The Bucks led by as many as 18 in the game, and are now 4-0 at home, but winless on the road, leaving them at 4-6 with a tough upcoming schedule (at Dallas, at Philly, home to Denver in their next 3). They played without Luc Richard Mbah a Moute for a fifth straight game with knee issues, and Beno Udrih sat out, too, but rookie Jon Leuer got his first NBA start and finished with 15 points (7 in the first quarter), 6 boards and 5 dimes. Rodney Stuckey made his return to the Pistons lineup with 11 points in 20 minutes off the bench, backing up rookie Brandon Knight, who scored 20.

Grizzlies 94, Knicks 83

Could this game have gone worse for the Knicks? The final score does not reflect how brutal the beatdown was last night in Memphis, as Rudy Gay got his swerve on with 26 points and Marc Gasol dominated down low (10 points, 12 boards, even 5 assists), while New York was out of sync from the get-go. OJ Mayo had 18 off the bench for Memphis, and at one point was matched up with former teenage teammate Billy Walker, which was fun. “Fun” it was not for Knicks fans, though. Rookie fan favorite Iman Shumpert shot 5-for-20 (12 points) and turned the ball over 6 times in 29 minutes running point for the Knicks, who shot 37 percent from the field as a team and never led. And Amar’e Stoudemire battled foul trouble to a 1-for-7 shooting night, good for 6 points. To make matters worse—hard to do, I know—Carmelo Anthony injured his ankle early in the third quarter and did not return. He finished with a team-high 14 points (well, Walker had 14, too) and according to Frank Isola of the NY Daily News, “X-rays on Anthony’s ankle were negative and his status for Saturday’s game against Oklahoma City is uncertain.” At one point in the fourth quarter, with the game far out of reach, Mike D’Antoni put the following lineup on the floor: Jorts Harrelson, Walker, Toney Douglas, Steve Novak, Landry Fields. It’s at that point that I assumed he was playing a prank on us, so I switched over to Kourtney and Kim Take New York. Hump!!!

Cavaliers 101, Suns 90

Kyrie Irving vs. Steve Nash. Man, that was fun. And definitely the most underrated game of the night. Sure, neither of these teams will be a factor come late-season, but there’s nothing like a point guard battle between the 37-year-old class at the position and the 19-year-old next in line. The matchup lived up to the billing, too, as Irving scored 26 points (11-17 shooting) to lead all scorers, plus 6 assists, while Nash did more dishing—15 assists to go with 16 points. Kyrie set a new career-high in points despite having still played in less NBA games than college ones. He got help from the rest of the Cavs, who combined to hit 8 threes (Irving had 2) and shoot 53 percent from beyond the arc, while pulling down 15 offensive rebounds. For the Suns, Marcin Gortat notched another double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds) and Michael Redd made his return, finally, but Anderson Varejao had 17 rebounds and 8 points, and Kyrie made Cleveland’s offense tick, pushing the Cavs back to .500 at 5-5. You’ll get your next look at Irving under the bright lights of L.A. against the Lakers tonight.

Magic 117, Warriors 109

The NBA’s been saving the best for last, huh? Seems like every night now, the late-night NBA option is better even than HBO alternatives at that hour. Mark Jackson is really trying hard to get us to notice him as a coach, and he did so last night by committing, 100 percent all-in, to the “hack-a-Dwight” strategy. It worked so well, in fact, that Dwight Howard broke the nearly 50-year-old record held by Wilt Chamberlain for most free throw attempts in a game. Superman made 21 of 39 foul shots. 39 free throws. In one game, for one guy. Look at it this way: the Washington Wizards made 26 field goals on Wednesday against the Bulls. Dwight Howard made 21 free throws last night against the Warriors. So how did Dwight deal with the extra special attention? All he did was go off for 45 points and 23 rebounds, becoming the dominant force for Orlando that he soon will be for another team we’ve all been expecting to see. Sure, he missed 18 free chucks, but Dwight more than made up for it with his hustle and his constant demand for the ball, despite the hack jobs. (Although his bricks from the line won’t help improve Orlando’s League-worst FT percentage.) Bottom line is, the Magic took home the win, behind Dwight’s effort, 52 percent team shooting, and 20 points and 9 assists from Hedo Turkoglu. It was a great game throughout, despite the constant stoppages to watch Howard’s awful form, with the Warriors getting big-time buckets from Monta Ellis as usual—30 points, 11 assists—and David Lee—26 points, 12 boards. Klay Thompson came off the bench to give GSW a boost, with 4 three-pointers and 14 points in all, but Dwight’s trips to the charity stripe stole the show. The drama continues, as the Magic travel to New York for a Monday matinee against the Knicks.

Line of the Night: I initially had Greg Monroe penciled in here, with his career-high 32 points (12-16 FG) to go with 16 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, but his team lost, and then Dwight Howard happened. Now, I find it as tough as anyone to stomach the 19-of-36 free throw shooting, but the Magic won, and dude put up the most ridiculous line of the season to date, posting 45 points and 23 boards. Honorable mentions go to Josh Smith, Steve Nash, Rudy Gay, Joe Johnson, Monta Ellis and Kyrie Irving.

Moment of the Night: One of many.

Dunk of the Night: Rudy Gay slams thrice, courtesy of some lazy Knicks defense.

Weird Stat of the Night: The Bucks and Pistons combined to shoot a perfect 41-of-41 from the free throw line, only the second time that’s ever happened in the shot clock era.

Tonight: Wow, we’re already three weeks into the NBA season. Craziness. Thanks for rocking with me again the last five days, and be nice to Pete this weekend. He gets 11 games tonight to start things off, including Bulls-Celtics, Heat-Nuggets, Blazers-Spurs and the first of a potentially painful home-and-home for Philly and my Wizards. Peace!

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  • Justin G.

    Can we please eliminate New York from being a contender this year? They are just straight up terrible right now. They need a point guard somethin’ fierce. Nash just keeps piling up the assists on a mediocre team. Imagine if he had some decent talent around him? Hmmm…New York needs a point guard, Nash needs a better team…interesting. I’d rather see him go to contender for this year though. I don’t think Nash is enough for that team

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    IIIIItt’ss Dwiiight tiime.
    39 ft’s, I thought I was dreaming wwhen I woke up and saw that..
    What was Wilt’s record?

  • Duke Fan

    nice job with all the info abe

  • Fat Lever

    HAHAHAHAHA, yesterday Shump was seemingly the greatest Knick draft pick since Ewing. Today they might say he’s worse than Dijon Thompson. If the Knicks are relying on Shumpert to run the point for a majority or all of the season(remember Baron’s back isn’t guaranteed to work), get ready for a 6,7,8 seed. Also, I’ve realized Melo is the exact opposite type of offensive player that should be in D’Antoni’s system. He straight up stops all motion in D’Antoni’s offense. In the Sixer game telecast Malik Rose(our color commentary analyst) was actually happy when Melo got the ball for this exact reason(given we have Dre as a wing defender), and I’m starting to see his point.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    I couldn’t even watch the Knicks game it was so bad. In the pregame I agree with what Shaq said, and that is the Knicks just need timely stops at the defensive end to go along with consistent offense from Melo and Amar’e. As for that ringless round mound of rebound, who’s never won a thing in his life sans a gold medal on the dream team, he gets no respect from me. None. He should just stick to gambling and picking up prostitutes, something he’s good at. So sick of that clown. If I was a Knick I’d want to fight him and shove my fist down his throat after hearing him talk about our team like he does.

  • Fat Lever

    So IAMORANGE, do you feel similarly about that ringless Patrick Ewing?

  • Darren

    Ewing gave it his all to win a ring. Ask any former NBA player if Barkley did the same; I know what they’ll say.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    kyrie irving!
    yeah. for real man. I hope he gets more the respect he deserves this time. Rubio gets the spotlight way more, sure. But nah.. I’m just happy my boy proving doubters wrong. Again both kids are LEGIT. But right now I think in terms of their play, Kyrie and his lazy eyes is a little above Rubio and his hair.

  • Riggs

    so youre mad at chuck because he tells the truth?

  • http://sfjklf.com Jukai

    It is really painful to be a Suns fan right now…

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Ewing gave it all to win a ring? hmmm.. ok go along.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    Chuck hates on the Hawks too, but we are realistic enough to realize that he’s mostly right.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Cosign Fat Lever @ 9:32 and 9:36

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    @Fat Lever I have more respect for Kevin Johnson and Dan Majerle from those ringless Suns teams in the early 90′s than I do Charles Barkley. What really got me last night was Charles Barkley’s comment about certain Knicks players being who they are at this point in their careers and not being able to play defense. Saying the Knicks haven’t played anybody good, when we just got done beating a Sixers team that was blowing everyone out they played and had a +16 winning margin. Paul Pierce and Ray Allen weren’t viewed as good defenders, but when Kevin Garnett arrived the Celtics became known for being a good defensive team. Now I’m not saying Tyson Chanlder is KG, but he’s a solid defender who helped the Mavs shed their soft label in route to a championship, and Tyson is helping change the culture with the Knicks right now at the defensive end. Bottom line, Charles Barkley has an axe to grind with the Knicks. I can always spot someone who’s not being fair/objective, whether they’re talking about the Knicks or any other team. We should all just accept that Charles Barkley is who is at this point in his television NBA “analyst” career…can’t expect him to change and be objective now.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    @ Jukai – as a Pistons fan, I feel no sympathy for you…lol

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Despite the all-world talent of Melo on offense, he isn’t a fit on D’antoni’s system. Dude is f*ck*ng ball stopper.
    It’s good that the Knicks are back at the limelight. But they’re not in a contender spotlight. They lost in the free agency 3 times in almost 2 years!!
    1. They lost to DWill (that’s a surprise to anyone anyway).
    2. They lost because they rushed on getting Melo and gave up way too many. and..
    3. They overpaid Chandler.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Also, Greg freakin Monroe kids! 32 and 16 on 12-16 shooting…crazy. I love that guy more and more the more I watch him play. His old man game is boring but effective.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    @Riggs Those C’s with Pierce and Antoine “Employee #8″ Walker chucking 3′s sure were known for being “great defensive” teams. No way KG can change the culture in Boston. Danny Ainge gave up way to much to get Kevin Garnott, who had only been out of the first round but one time. lol

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Chandler isn’t changing the Knicks. He’s helping but he ain’t changing that culture. Also I think Doc Rivers has a lot to say in making the C’s a great defensive team. D’antoni? meh..

  • http://slamonline.com Jones

    Who is the “ringless round mound of rebound” he’s talking about?

  • T-Ray

    Charles may bash the Knicks but it isn’t far from the truth. Tyson may be an upgrade on defense but the whole team has to buy into a system and D’antoni doesn’t stress that aspect of the game. Oh and getting Mike Woodson was stupid to me. This isn’t football you don’t have an offensive and defensive coordinator.

  • T-Money

    i put the blame on melo and stat for shumpert’s terrible game – they have zero leadership. there’s no way, established superstars like them should allow a rook to go 3-15 in THE FIRST HALF. no one went up to shump and told him to stop jacking shots and run the freaking offense?! i’m not even going to mention pringles because well.. he’s pringles.

  • Fat Lever

    Let’s get one thing straight, Tyson isn’t KG. KG would not have allowed Gay to get that alley oop at the end of the first half like Tyson did by backing off of Conley and allowing him to throw that pass.

    And IAM, the truth of the matter is that the Sixers, MY Sixers, played their third game in three night and were tired. Know how I know? Because a staple of Doug’s offense this year is a lot of motion, to get guys open looks because we don’t have a superstar that will command a double and set the stage for swing passes to open men. In the Knicks game there was a lot of one on one from Jrue, ET, etc. To me, that’s a direct indication of a tired team. And the worst thing the Sixers could have done in that game is fall behind early and use their energy to climb back. Props to the Knicks for jumping on Philly early, that was THE main reason they won.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Monroe may get that allstar backup sport if he keeps this up.

  • AdamD

    If the hawks are going to remain competitive they are going to need to get more games like that from smith. He’s capable on doing well when he stays inside the arc, and it’s going to be important for him to provide some presence close to the basket. Happy with the win and performance. I really hope that they keep it up.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    The Knicks suck. Let’s be real about this. The only good win on their record comes from the game against Philadelphia, who just happened to be playing the Knicks on the third night of a back-to-back-to-back. They have a Rookie SG running PG in a system that needs a good PG making decisions. And not only that, they rely on 2 players that literally don’t play defense. And sadly enough, their team offense has been horrible. The worst a Mike D’Antoni coached team has ever been offensively, matter of fact. I personally hope they turn this around, it is not enjoyable to have one of the most talented teams in the league look like total garbage on a consistent basis.

  • T-Money

    btw, kenny smith had a really nice segment on inside the nba breaking down the shots taken by kobe and bron down the strech the other night. his main point was that they both failed to convert and took some questionable shots. the difference is kobe is going to take the same shots the next game, and the game after, and 10 games from now whereas lebron will be agressive one day and play facilitator the next. he then concluded by saying that if bron wants to develop a resume in the clutch he has to be willing to be a primary option and shoot the ball in the last 2 minutes regardless of circumstances and not care about what media will say. i thought that was the best analysis of bron’s play at the end of games. the main issue is not that he chokes all the time (he doesn’t – e.g. boston and chicago series), it’s that his approach is unpredictable and therefore unreliable. lebron then tweeted “i hear you jet”.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Did anyone catch the Suns game last night? Jukai? Was Nash on Irving the whole game?

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    T-money.
    I believe you’re right about Melo and Stat, but I think the Knicks aren’t concerned about how many attempts Shump missed. That’s the point of the offense. Get more shots (means more opportunities) to outscore the opponents. Its still on mr. pringles. I mean they don’t play D. So they ride the offense to win but it is flawed. It’s NOT running fluidly as what we’ve seen from phoenix and amare-only knicks. It’s on D’antoni to hold Melo and Stat to be accountable for stopping ball movement. It’s more on Melo.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    T-money.
    I believe you’re right about Melo and Stat, but I think the Knicks aren’t concerned about how many attempts Shump missed. That’s the point of the offense. Get more shots (means more opportunities) to outscore the opponents. Its still on mr. pringles. I mean they don’t play D. So they ride the offense to win but it is flawed. It’s NOT running fluidly as what we’ve seen from phoenix and amare-only knicks. It’s on D’antoni to hold Melo and Stat to be accountable for stopping ball movement. It’s more on Melo.

  • https://plus.google.com/photos/106403650426394352312/albums/posts davidR

    wayno, your pistons are so very lucky that the warriors decided to take udoh instead of monroe. i was there at the oracle on draft day. i was confident monroe would be a warrior. instead, udoh’s name gets announced, the stadium goes silent, then the pistons take monroe with the next pick.
    argggg

  • T-Ray

    Cosign T-Money about the Kenny segment on Inside the NBA. All the LeBron bashers/worshipers and Kobe slurpers/haters should have watched that.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Still wrapping my head around Howard missing 18 freethrows on the same night Bucks and Pistons made all 41.
    What a coincidence.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    I disagree with Shaq in his comments regarding Knicks defense.
    In order for the Knicks to get “timely stops” they need to play defense the WHOLE game. You don’t get timely stops with few attempts on D.

  • Dre

    Irving needs more minutes. Sessions and Gibson are playing about the same amount of time… they aren’t as productive. I know its a rough schedule and you need rest, but the Cavs aren’t playing for the playoffs. Krie got his 26 in only 27 min of action. Come on Byron! Give Cavs fans what the want. (hint: not daniel gibson and ramon sessions)

  • Dre

    *Kyrie sorry

  • T-Money

    everything shaq did was always “timely” or “strategic” because it would have been way too much effort to do it all the time. there is no valid explanation as to why shaq wasn’t getting 14-15 boards a game, he just didn’t feel like working that hard. i’m not surprised by that comment at all. / kyrie irving is MUCH quicker than i thought he was. man, that guy can turn on the jets in the halfcourt! his ceiling needs to be revised accordingly, he can be a superstar.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Did you watch the Cavs v Suns last night T?

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    T-money.
    I’m surprised at his quickness too. See what he did to Gortat? and a few nights ago with Al Jefferson? To add to that Irving is very deadly at the PnR.

  • T-Ray

    Irving has explosion and looks to have a great future ahead of him. I like his ability to change pace and the similiarities to CP3 aren’t looking THAT farfetched.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I watched a couple games earlier in the season and was really surprised by how athletic he was. I didn’t think he was that good of an athlete.

  • T-Money

    nbk: no, only the highlights. speed kills, always.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    word, I wanted to know if they tried to put Hill on him at all last night, or if they just left Nash & Price to guard him. I had a game at the same time so I didn’t get to watch any of it.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Before I fell asleep I noticed that Rudy Gay was giving Melo the business on straight isos.
    And Amare looks completely lost on offense. It’s shocking. And why isn’t he involved in more pick and rolls. He’s arguably the best pick and roll player in the NBA! Everytime I watch the Knicks Amare is spotting up somewhere. That is a horrible waste.
    If Shumpert had a real jumper, those shots he was jacking would have made sense. He doesn’t, so they didn’t.
    I like Marc Gasol’s game more every time I watch him play. But it’s a shame Mike Conley hasn’t developed a pull up jumper. If he had that, to go along with his quickness and court vision, he’d be really impressive.

  • robb

    The Knicks are the most overrated franchise in professional sports.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Who is going to run the pick and roll with Amar’e? lol, D’Antoni talked about Carmelo like he’s Larry Bird before the season started, but I haven’t actually seen any real substantial “playmaking” from him that would merit running their whole offense through him, whether it be pick and rolls or anything else that has him playing a PGesque role.. And Shumpert sure can’t run it consistently and effectively. I honestly, 100% don’t think D’Antoni knows any offensive system that works without a PG.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    That RGay highlight video is everything you need to know about Gay’s enormous potential and why Melo is such a terrible defender (no effort at all). I always thought that the day Gay puts it all together, he has a chance to be the 3rd best SF in the L but that day might never come.

  • MUBWAR

    sixers or knicks? who’s taking the atlantic division?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Depends on Baron Davis.

  • MUBWAR

    and don’t you need an adequate PG to run a pick n roll?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    @ DavidR – no doubt…I was so happy about that on draft night. Monroe has been the best center in that draft so far…Cousins will be better in the long run if he gets his head straight though.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Over the course of Kobe’s career, the Lakers regress more than any other team in the NBA in crunch time. In every other part of the game, over the course of Kobe Bryant’s career, the Lakers have been the best offensive team in the league. New fact I came across today on the NBA Today Podcast. Which is pretty telling about how little casual fans & apparently the general media knows about what they consistently say.

  • Fat Lever

    If Shumpert is running the point for the Knicks all season, then Philly is poised to take it. But with all these injuries happening because of the shortened training camp and condensed schedule, predictions this year especially, are pointless.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Some things:
    -Kudos to ORANGE for showing up today. That’s the right thing to do.
    -Shumpert…yikes. Someone needs to tell him just to stop shooting.
    -Kyrie is better than advertised. No doubt.
    -The Pistons have a future, believe it or not.
    -Mark Jackson is a big fan of the Hack-a-blank strategy. He did the same thing to DeAndre Jordan.
    -If Dwight ever actually worked on his free throws, he could have had 60 points last night.
    -Who’s gonna make the second round in the East?

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    nbk, I think Abott or Hollinger had it in that article about Kobe in crunchtime.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Oh it was Abbot, but he didn’t do the leg work.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    @Caboose – Monroe and Knight will be be a great combo in the future. Good pieces to build around.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    And Chris Paul has run the most efficient end of game offense since he entered the league. And last season the best team in the last 5 minutes was Dallas. By far. That probably should have been a pretty big hint at that championship they won.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    I haven’t been able to watch games this season. Sucks cuz there were many players I wanted to keep an eye on. Monroe being one of them, I thought he had crazy potential, looks true. Dwight is a fuccn monster and is being taken for granted.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    lmaooo everyone hates the knicks. but that’s cool. I may have to check out more kyrie irving games. also does anyone think dj agustine is kind of underrated to?

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    I bet Shaq and CWebb are feeling a little stupid right now for suggesting that Bynum is as good if not better than DHow. I guess 8 good gms beats out 5yrs of dominance.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    CWebb said Bynum was playing better then Howard RIGHT NOW. Not that he’s a better player. I didn’t however hear what Shaq said.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Is he really playing better? Howard is shooting better from the field, going to the FT line more, grabbing more rebounds, more steals, more blocks and scoring more points while taking less shots. If anything it speaks to the media’s tendency to be prisoners of the moment.

  • T-Ray

    Gotta take what Shaq says about Howard by a grain of salt due to his mysterious dislike for the guy. I know he has the same nickname but Shaq comes off as one of those old legends that do nothing but complain about the current stars.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Well when CWebb said that I think Bynum was averaging like 27 and 16. But after last night? Naw, Dwight still playing the best ball at the Center position.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    People sure have stopped constantly hating on dwights offense. It has varied, hooks, drop steps, etc. He is still not done developing, mind boggling. . Go to the spurs dwight, pop will make you better than you ever thought you would be.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    @Wayno, you guys are so lucky to have Greg Monroe!

  • tom

    the knicks – where isolation happens

  • http://slamonline house

    @datkid: I watched Dj Augustine against the Heat earlier in the season and he was beasting, was fun to watch.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    House… guy is putting up all star #’s and really competing on an awful bobcats team. btw nbk… how does howard feel about shaq? out of curiosity?

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    He ain’t gonna say nothin negative about him publicly. Supposedly though, he dislikes the Shaq comparison’s so much it’s part of why he wants to go to NJ. But I can’t tell you for sure

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

    @ wayno: First Dumars needs to stop extending guys like Rodney Stuckey and Tayshaun Prince, lol.

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

    I still can’t make my mind over, whether the Grizzlies are for real or not… that game against the Knicks tells me they could be, but then the NYK are this years Dr Jeckyl/Mr Hyde.

    Whats the go with the Phoenix Suns this season….??? I honestly think now that Grant Hill is healthy we are seeing just that – a healthy 39 year old playing with 20 somethings…. The Suns officially don’t have a superstar anymore…

    ATLANTA – Is it just me or does Josh Smith STILL have untapped potential?!?!? When he concentrates on the boards and doesn’t jack up shots he is very hard to find fault with.

    Anyone else impressed that LeBron and Dwade don’t even CARE for 3 pointers anymore? Mind you… that will come to get them in crunch time in the playoffs.

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

    @ Orange: Chandler was a waste of max-level money. He isn’t changing the culture of the Knicks at all… You’re comparing Tyson Chandler, a zero-time All-Star to Kevin Garnett, one of the greatest two-way players to ever play the game and a surefire Hall of Famer. A defensive-minded center is useless in D’Antoni’s system.
    Knicks were set to use that money on Chris Paul and got Tyson freaking Chandler… I like Tyson, but that’s some anti-climactic move-making right there. Knicks should have kept Billups.

  • Justin G.

    I don’t even think CWebb said Bynum was playing better right now. He said offensively Bynum’s a better player but probably not overall. I’d have to agree with that. Doesn’t Howard have 2 games in single digit scoring? That’s pretty unacceptable, foul trouble or not

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Webber had Barkley clarify that he said right now last night on inside

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