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Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 at 8:30 am  |  81 responses

Post Up: Gimme That

Luke and Monta’s heroics, plus wins for the Lakers, Thunder, Bulls and Knicks.

by Eldon Khorshidi | @eldonadam

Waddup, SLAM fam? Our man Abe had some business to handle last night and unfortunately isn’t with us this morning, but I’ll try to fill the void as best as I can. Thirteen solid games, with some buzzer-beaters, blowouts and everything in between. So let’s get right to it…

Raptors 103, Pistons 93

Led by Jose Calderon’s 15 dimes and DeMar DeRozan’s 23 points—his fifth 20-point outing in the last seven games—Toronto snapped its four-game losing streak and left Detroit salty heading into the All-Star break. Aaron Gray chipped in with season highs in points and rebounds (12 and 12), Leandro Barbosa dropped a casual 17 and James Johnson contributed 15 for the Raps, who won’t play their next home game until March 2nd. Greg Monroe abused, going for  30 points and 14 rebounds, but that type of effort wasn’t exerted by Detroit’s other “playmakers”, most notably Rodney Stuckey, who came in averaging 23.5 over his last five games yet dropped a goose egg in this one. Monroe had 30 and 14, while Detroit’s four other starters combined for only 42 points and 14 rebounds. No bueno.

Also, free agent Wilson Chandler, who recently returned home from his duties in China and was mile high two days ago, was in Toronto with his agent Wednesday, meeting with Raptors management. Could be something brewing there…

Kings 115, Wizards 107

The Wizards (4-13 at home) scored 68 points in the first half only to get beat 55-39 in the final two quarters to fall to the Kings, who are now a stunning 4-17 on the road. Sacramento snapped its six-game losing skid, but did so in rather unorthodox fashion. Tyreke Evans poured in 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists, and DeMarcus Cousins had a solid 16 points and 16 boards, but neither played in the 4th quarter. Instead, Isaiah Thomas (18 points, 16 in the second half) and Marcus Thornton (18 of 22 in second half) took over. Sacramento led 104-103 with 3:44 to play, when Thomas scored the next basket to ignite a game-ending  11-4 run as the Kings notched their highest point total of the season. Crazy how Thomas—who was this year’s Mr. Irrelevant—has scored 78 points since taking the starting point guard spot four games ago, tying Otis Birdsong (1977) for the most points scored by a Kings rookie in his first four starts. John Wall was in freak mode (21 points, 11 assists, 9 rebounds and 3 steals) and Jordan Crawford scored a smooth 32, but it was to no avail. Wizards coach Randy Wittman was irate after the game, saying his team played with “style over substance” (like, here) and that his guards need to “introduce themselves to some of the bigs that they never throw the ball to.” Ouch. The Wizards end the first half of the season with a four-game losing streak, and hold the League’s second worst record.

Pacers 102, Bobcats 88

“Our team has no ceiling, I’ve said that from day one. I know we can play with the best in the League.”

Aight, Frank Vogel. I see you.

This doesn’t mean much, er, anything, but the Pacers (21-12) notched their fourth consecutive win with an easy dispatching of the Bobcats. Still, Indiana continues to beat the teams its supposed to, and there’s certainly value in that. The Pacers defeated the Bobcats for the ninth straight time, including the second time this week.

It wasn’t quite like Sunday, when Indiana jumped out to a 21-2 lead and won 108-73(!), but the Pacers led by as much as 21 in this one. Tyler Hansbrough came off the bench to score a season-high 22 points and 9 rebounds, Danny Granger scored 12, and Darren Collison and Paul George contributed 10 each. The Bobcats have now lost 18 of their last 19 games(!), and are chillin in the NBA’s basement at 4-21. One silver lining for Charlotte: Rookie Bismack Biyombo came through with 9 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks in 33 minutes.

Hornets 89, Cavaliers 84

Chris Kaman scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and rookie Gustavo Ayon hauled in a career-high 19 boards as NOLA finally got a win in its third game of a back-to-back-to-back. Marco Belinelli added 19 points and Jarrett Jack chipped in 16 off the bench, as the Hornets never trailed in this one. On the other side, after beating Sacramento and Detroit earlier this week, the Cavs missed a chance to win three straight games for the first time this season. Kyrie Irving was held to a career low 6 points, as the Cavaliers’ starting backcourt of Irving and Boobie (Booby?) Gibson combined to go 3-for-22 from the floor, including 1-for-11 on 3-pointers. Irving missed 11 of his first 12 shots, and finished 2-13. Tough night for the rook, to say the least. The game was within reach late in the 4th quarter, when the Hornets were up 76-74 with 2:08 remaining, but a Kaman dunk and Belinelli 3-pointer put NOLA ahead 81-74 with just over 60 seconds left, and that was all she wrote. Antawn Jamison led the Cavaliers with 22 points and 12 rebounds.

Thunder 119, Celtics 104

The Celtics lost their 5th straight in a game that was never really that close. Russell Westbrook scored 31 points and Kevin Durant added 28 to propel OKC to its 11th straight home victory. The Thunder missed nine of their first 10 shots and fell behind 15-5, but soon after went on a 30-3 run to create some serious breathing room. Boston, who was sans Rajon Rondo (serving second game of his two-game suspension, but traveled with the team and was treated to a birthday party at former teammate Kendrick Perkins’ house on Tuesday night), trailed by as much as 27 in the third quarter, but Kevin Garnett (23 points and 13 rebounds) and Paul Pierce (23 points) helped Boston cut the deficit in half with a 16-4 run to finish the third. Boston got within six in the final period, but the Thunder got it back together to finish it out, and they now stand with Miami atop the NBA standings at 26-7. All five Celtics starters scored in double figures, but their shorthanded bench (no Chris Wilcox, Jermaine O’Neal and Brandon Bass) contributed an abysmal 9 points.

A few other things: Rondo was selected to replace Joe Johnson (tendinitis in his left knee) on the Eastern Conference All-Star team, which marks his third overall (and third consecutive) All-Star appearance. Durant will replace Johnson in the 3-point shooting contest, competing for the first time. And Durant’s teammate, Kendrick Perkins, was hit with his 11th technical of the season, which means he’s two away from a one-game suspension.

Magic 108, Nets 91

Dwight Howard scored 20 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lead Orlando, who’s now won 8 of 11. The Magic jumped to an early 34-17 lead and never looked back, shooting 62.5% in the first quarter and hitting four of their 14 3-pointers in the opening frame. And by the end of the first, Nets fans threw in the towel and began planning ahead, as they brought out the “We Want Dwight!” chants.

“I may not re-sign because of that,” Deron Williams jokingly said. Williams saw his streak of consecutive 25-point games end at six, but still contributed 23 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds to lead New Jersey, which heads to the All-Star break losing 8 of 11. Glen Davis, who made his first six shots, finished with 16 points for Orlando, and MarShon Brooks had a career-high 24 for the Nets, but the focus in the building was 150% on Dwight and his potential landing in New Brooklyn. Prepping for their special guest, the Nets proudly put posters of their new arena in the hall leading to the Magic locker room, and fans rained down an excess of chants, er, pleas, and also sported tons of placards in an effort to recruit Superman. Did it work? Only time will tell…

Knicks 99, Hawks 82

On the one-year anniversary of New York’s acquisition of Carmelo Anthony, it was a good day to be a Knick fan and a not-so-good day to be a Hawks fan. With a primetime matchup with Miami looming, the Knicks did not overlook Atlanta. After trailing 16-14 in the first quarter, New York finished the period on a 16-0 run to take a 30-16 lead. They then outscored the Hawks 30-19 in the second to go up 60-35 at halftime, and they never looked back. Jeremy Lin scored 19 points and dished 9 assists, and Melo contributed 15 points in his second game back from injury. Steve Novak hit five 3′s, Landry Fields added 16, JR Smith finished with 12 and Baron Davis distributed 6 assists in 14 minutes to help the Knicks get their 9th win in 11 games. Jeff Teague scored a relatively meaningless 18 points for the Hawks, who’ve lost three straight and five of six.

Bulls 110, Bucks 91

Chicago got its 7th straight W vs. Milwaukee in a game that was one-sided throughout, with the Bulls shooting 54% and out-rebounding the Bucks 49-29. The Bulls were led by Joakim Noah, who impressed with a triple-double (13 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists), the first Bulls center to accomplish such a feat since Artis Gilmore in 1977. Carlos Boozer scored 20 points, DRose and Luol Deng dropped 16 each, and Ronnie Brewer scored 15 as all five Chicago starters scored in double figures. Brandon Jennings led the Bucks with 20 points, while the team was without Andrew Bogut, Stephen Jackson, Tobias Harris and Drew Gooden because of injuries.

Rockets 93, 76ers 87

After spraining his right ankle early in the first quarter, Kyle Lowry returned to lead the Rockets to a gritty win, as the lead changed between the two teams five times in the final five minutes. Down 84-83 with under two minutes remaining, Lowry—who finished with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists—drove the ball into Nikola Vucevic for an And-1. After a Lou Williams turnover on the subsequent possession, Lowry went back to work, converting on another And-1, this time on Thaddeus Young, to put Houston up 89-84 and seal the win. Luis Scola chipped in 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Kevin Martin scored 16 points, 14 of which came in the final stanza, to help hand Philly its 5th straight L. The rookie Vucevic came off the bench to score a career high 18 points and Young added 15, but Philly was held without a 3-pointer for the first time all season, which didn’t help their cause. The Rockets have now won 24 consecutive games when holding their opponent to less than 90 points.

Timberwolves 100, Jazz 98

Luuuuuuuuke!!!

Alright, fine. Luke Ridnour isn’t the most exciting player in the L, but credit is given where credit is due. The TWolves overcame a 16-point 4th quarter deficit to beat the Jazz at the buzzer and enter the All-Star break at .500 (17-17) for the first time since 2005. Here’s how it happened.

With 9:36 left in the game, Minnesota trailed by 16. But JJ Barea—who finished with a season-high 22 points—went 3-for-3 from downtown in the 4th quarter to ignite a 30-13 run over the final eight minutes. After the Wolves gained the lead on two Derrick Williams free throws, Al Jefferson, smothered by Kevin Love, sank a jumper right in Love’s grill with seven seconds left. After a timeout, Ridnour took a pass from Barea, drove left, sliced into into the lane and threw up a high-arching runner… POOF.

Game. Over.

Ridnour finished with 17 points and Nikola Pekovic added 15 points and 12 rebounds. For the Jazz, Paul Millsap scored 25 points and Josh Howard added a season-high 19 points.

Warriors 106, Suns 104

Monta Ellis came through in the clutch, hitting a 20-foot fadeaway jumper with 1 second remaining to lift Golden State over Phoenix. Channing Frye’s rebuttal at the buzzer was off, and just like that the Warriors left the desert with a W. Ellis had a game-high 26 points, while Dorell Wright added 20 for Golden State. Stephen Curry exited the game with a strained tendon in his right foot, but returned to the bench. Frye led Phoenix with 22 points, and Marcin Gorat contributed with 21 in a losing effort.

Lakers 96, Mavericks 91

With all the fuss surrounding the Lakers lack of a point guard, veteran Derek Fisher sealed the win in a game that featured 11 ties and eight lead changes. With Kobe Bryant struggling (15 points on 4-15 shooting, 7 turnovers), Fisher stepped up big time. He sank a 3-pointer and short jumper on back to back possessions, capping a 9-0 run that gave the Lakers the lead for good at 89-82 with 3:43 remaining. Pau Gasol scored 24 points and Andrew Bynum added 19 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Lakers. For the Mavs, Dirk Nowitzki had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Vince Carter poured in 20 points, 18 of which came in the first half. The Mavericks are done until after the All-Star break, while Kobe and Co. travel to OKC to take on the Thunder later tonight.

Clippers 103, Nuggets 95

The Nuggets led 54-52 at the half, but Denver failed to make a field goal over the final 7:27 and ended up with a fat L. Chris Paul scored a season-high 36 points and dished 9 assists, and Blake Griffin added 27 points and 12 rebounds to help the Clips snap a two-game skid and improve to 20-11, which is the franchise’s best start since 1974-75. Arron Afflalo scored 20 points for the Nugs and rookie Jordan Hamilton had a career-high 18, but it wasn’t enough as the Nugs lost their fifth straight road game.

Line of the Night: Chris Paul’s 36 points, 9 assists and 2 steals.

Dunk of the Night:

Moments of the Night:

Tonight: Four (pretty amazing) games to lead us into All-Star weekend. TNT’s got us with Knicks-Heat at 7 followed by Lakers-Thunder at 9:30. We’ve also got Magic-Hawks at 7:30 and Spurs-Nuggets at 9. Enjoy, everybody. Peace!

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  • http://sajkfldl.com Jukai

    I’m just gonna stop watching the Suns this season, ugh.

  • Myung

    Ratings for the ny-mia game are going to be sky high… Dwight
    ‘s final game as a magic player will be in his home town tonight… The hawks have been embarrassing the past two weeks. Hard to even watch them.

  • bull22

    if the knicks can win against miami or even just keep it close, then they can
    start saying they are somewhat contenders.

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    thing is… they won’t though. Miami is going to FEAST on them.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Abe Schwadron

    Thanks Eldon, great job! Also I have no idea how the Wizards lost that game. I check the halftime score, assume we’re good to go, get home and WHAT Isaiah Thomas destroyed Wall in the fourth? Oof………

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Blake Griffin is frightening.

  • Myung

    If the knicks stay healthy, they are contenders, no matter what happens tonight. They basically added a starting pg and a starting quality sg in the past two weeks at no cost. Already had arguably the Best starting front court in the nba. Fields, Douglas, baron, walker, jeffries… Pretty scary team. I just wonder if d’antoni can get this clearly talented team to fit into his offensive scheme. If not, they’re a clear notch below chi and mia. If the team clicks, they are a legit contender.

  • Peter Walsh

    You killed it Eldon!

  • http://caseyvaughn.com AlbertBarr

    @Myung: I agree about Dwight…the only reason he hasn’t yet been traded is the All-star game being in Orlando. I am not sure I really believe the Knicks are contenders. Amare needs to play much much better for that to be a possibility. If he can’t get his scoring back to where it was then he needs to consider learning to rebound. But I do have to say they are a much upgraded team suddenly since they are at full health. With Lin balling from the 1 you have to respect that Baron is coming off the bench to rest him. The point guard situation went from non-existent to above average. ISAIAH THOMAS!!!!!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    so nobody else sees lin’s effective slowly starting to decrease? Because I do. ESPECIALLY against miami and chicago. ESPECIALLY in the playoffs.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    The Knicks are not contenders.

  • eyal

    Ask me 2 weeks ago if I cared about a regular season game between NY and Miami…

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Lin has put up good stats his entire run. He can struggle with efficiency, but he still gets assists, rebounds and steals. All signs point to him being very effective as long as he continues his relationship with Mike D’Antoni.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Monta Ellis was definately snubbed for the All-Star game.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Alright, my brethren. It is finally time for Philo to sum it up about Jeremy Linsanity;
    If a scout walks into a G.M.’s office lamenting about picking up a guy from an Ivy League school who is 6’3″, he may get laughed out of the office. He may get laughed out of a career.
    What I’m saying is, it goes against the common grain to do that. Do we really think the entire NBA did not think that this kid was worth picking up? Maybe they did. There is that chance. But, The League is pretty good at finding talent.
    Anyway, all that being said, at this point, it is undeniable that Lin can play. On any team in The League.
    He may not be a starter on every team, but he can clearly play. D’Antoni was desperate enough to throw him out there.
    Also, he is not a point guard, in my opinion. He is a two who plays the one.
    At this juncture, he can play for any coach in The League.

  • http://www.dimemag.com Showtime

    What has not been said about MOnta!!! Totally got robbed for allstar as usual. Contenders NY lol..not yet Heat will win the game of night is lakes vs OkC thou..

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Isaiah Thomas is balLIN’ right now :)

  • RunNGun

    Good wins for the Wolves and Warriors. Monta Ellis… perennial all star snub…

  • Paul H

    Josh Smith. So the man who Is the biggest allstar snub this year (or of all time the way some people are reacting), goes for 13 and 7 (on 5-13 shooting) and his team has now lost 8 of their last 11 games. How Is this possibly a major snub?

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    How much Knicks win by tonight? I’m leaning towards 9.

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    orange is hilarious^^

  • http://www.slamonline.com TADOne

    I actually think the Heat/Knick will be a close contest tonight. Not because of Lin, but because of the confidence NY is playing with right now. I think if Melo can get off for 30 within the flow of the offense the Knicks can win. However, I see LeBron having a big game and the Heat pulling away late. Final 103-92

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    no matter who wins tonight, it’s not going to change anything.

  • http://www.slamonline.com TADOne

    Probably right NBK. I think only injuries will affect Heat and Bulls meeting in the ECF. But at least it is a relevant game tonight.

  • LA Huey

    Nah, Philo. Lin is a PG. He runs the offense and gets EVERYBODY touches. I think we give D’Antoni’s system too much credit for players’ production. The Diaw is the only guy I can think of that ONLY had success with 7SOL. Nash, Amare, Marion, Joe Johnson, James Jones, Q-Rich, all have proven their ability to ball prior or post 7SOL. If you can ball, D’Antoni’s can make you look better. But if you’re a scrub, he can only give you minutes.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Good point TAD… definitely better then watching Lakers v Mavericks again.

  • logues

    is wilson chandler worth picking up in fantasy if he signs in denver? what bout toronto? my worst player right now is marshon brooks so thats who i’d be dropping him for

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Melo is one of two players in the League that gives LeBron fits. Durant is the other cat.
    If things hold to form, Melo has a monster game, Amare is engaged and the Knicks give Miami all they can handle. I still think the Heat win though because without Shumpert they have no one who can even slow Wade down. Sorry Landry.

  • LA Huey

    If the Heat win, nothing changes. If the Knicks win, they have added confidence that they belong in the East’s top 4.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    LA Huey
    Only idiots say that SSOL can make people without talent and basketball IQ good.
    But, conversely, only fools pretend that it doesn’t amplify existing talent in an artificial way.
    And Diaw can hoop when interested. He’s just rarely interested. Remember, he got those numbers for the Suns in a CONTRACT YEAR. That has been acting like steroids for players’ games way before D’Antoni hit the league.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    @LA Huey:
    Maybe you’re right…

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    NY can’t win tonight if Amare struggles like he usually does vs MIA’s frontline.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    ESPN to dump Heat Index in favor of the Knicks Lindex?! Man, if that were to happen, Bosh would be moaning, “I guess we’re not that popular anymore.” LOL!

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Monta Ellis is grossly underrated.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Chris Paul is quietly regaining his title as best point guard in the world.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    ^Agree. Agree with Anton, too.

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

    NY loses tonight for 2 reasons:
    1. Melo is going to get sucked into a showdown with Lebron and his ball hogging will stop all forms of offensive flow and cohesion.
    2. Knicks have turnover problems. And when you turn it over on Miami, they run the floor and score on you better than anyone in the league. I’m projecting a blowout win for Miami.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Are we sure AllBall and Philo? D-Will has been straight beating lately… I’m undecided still in the PG debate. IMO the top 3 PG (you know who they are) are interchangeable depending upon the team needs.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    beasting*

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

    Heat will beat the Knicks tonight i think. Also caught the OKC v Celts last night, Westbrook while a sick player would probably jack more shots then Kobe if he wasnt playing with KD.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Williams has been great lately, but even with his good stretch shooting the ball he is at 41% for the season. I think he is going to get lost in that debate for this season because of how bad his team is, next year is going to be huge for him, where ever he is playing.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Knicks Defense > Heat Defense…but yeah, let’s talk about the Heat’s defense. *rolls eyes*

  • robb

    Fisher always makes those important shots, his problem is the first 3 quarters

  • LA Huey

    @Allenp, I’ll preface my statement that I’ve only seen the Lakers and Mavs games, so that’s my sample size of Lin. But his biggest strength is playing through the Pick and Roll. That play isn’t a D’Antoni staple. There are plenty of teams that run that. If you can run a P&R, you can be very effective in this league. Lin’s PPG and APG might drop down a bit after you adjust for pace but I don’t think he needs D’Antoni to stay close to the level he is right now.

  • Heals

    ^^^As good as Lin may run P&R, the Nets proved he can be just as, if not more so exploited on D by running P&R at him…

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Did Orange just say the Knicks defense is better than the Heat’s defense?
    Really Orange? Really?
    Wow, that’s so crazy.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Fair AllBall.

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    Orange’s nonsense aside, anton what happened to that docfunk tumblr? I was really enjoying it lol. And I see your point LA huey

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

    monta money! TADOW!

  • dazzy

    Bulls fans focus more on the Knicks than they do on their own team.

  • LA Huey

    Orange is almost as intentionally funny as docfunk is. And I had no idea Anton was the man behind the funk.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Speaking of NONSENSE, Heat ranked #14 D gives up 94.58 ppg, while the Knicks D is #12 and only giving up 93.82 ppg. In the last 10 games alone the Knicks are ranked #4 defensively at 90.40 ppg…Heat #6 at 91.70 ppg. And speaking of turnovers…I believe the Knicks are getting 17.5 of those per game, which by the way, leads the league. Shhhh, keep it on the down low. Haters don’t want to hear it. Knicks will certainly get out in transition tonight.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Two words Orange.
    Point Differential.
    The Heat score almost ten more points per game than they give up. Which makes sense because they play at one of the highest paces in the League.
    So, for them to play at that high of a pace, and still hold teams to only 1 more point than the Knicks, means something.
    I assumed that would be obvious. But, go ahead and go to NBA.com and check out the Knicks defensive rank versus the Heat’s defensive rank.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Chicago and Miami are by far the best defensive teams in the League. They play on an entirely different level from every other team. It’s backed up by the stats and by watching them play.

  • LA Huey

    You’ll also want to take into consideration the Heat have won many last 10 games by the end of the 3rd qtr. So that slight difference in opponent’s PPG is not something worth citing. Unless you think that Norris Cole, Dexter Pittman, and James Jones are really concerned about locking down guys in the last 6 minutes of a game that was decided 6 minutes ago. But I know the light from your savior Lin is so bright it could make it hard to see reality.

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

    Co-sign LA Huey.

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

    7SOL does not make the player. It might amplify stats, but only GOOD point guards can run it successfully.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    AllenP…10 wins in our last 12 games before the All-Star break. That’s right, I’m calling for a Knicks win tonight. That’s a +8 win DIFF. ;)

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

    @dazzy – who are you talking about? Me? I’m the only Bulls fan (that I know of) on this thread that made a comment on the Knicks. It wasn’t hateful. It wasn’t over the top. It was me providing two reasons why I think the Heat will win. If the Bulls were playing tonight I’d make a prediction on their game, but they’re not…so I didn’t.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    That’s fine Orange.
    I thought we were talking about who was the better defensive team though.
    And if we’re talking about records, Miami has won 17 of the past 20 and most of those wins have been by double digits.
    I don’t know who will win tonight, but I do know which team is the better defensive team.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    @datkid – He’s still going strong with that blog, Google it for deets.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Teddy
    So, Chris Duhon has made the leap to good?

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    he hasn’t posted since like february 3rd.

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    or rather the dock funk guy hasn’t…. wait that’s you anton? also cosign LA huey…..I can’t believe anyone would think a D’antoni coached team would be better than the heat at defense LMFAO

  • LA Huey

    @datkid, I thought you were implying that he does that when you said “anton what happened to that docfunk tumblr?”

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    AllenP, the Knicks are a better defensive team. You can’t deny it.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    See what I mean about absurd proclamations?

    .
    .
    Carry on

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Nope, not me.
    #GermanSurgery should totally be a thing.

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

    @ Allenp: When were the Knicks “successful” under Duhon?

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Docfunk always has phases were he just….stops…. with the caption thing. Guess life gets hectic or he gets distracted.
    Did it with the blog, now with the tumblr.
    No biggie.

  • http://www.slamonline.com TADOne

    Since when has Dantoni team been good at defense? The Heat are very good defensively, as in top 5 in the league. Allen points out all the facts about the Heat playing at a much higher pace than NY. I’m not even sure why this is a debate?

  • Ismael

    Ellis SHOULD have been an All Star. D-will’s nets have an even worse record than the warriors and they put him as an all star.

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

    Ouch… The only Knicks who had a good game tonight were JR Smith and Steve Novak. The Heat really did a number on Jeremy. He’ll be okay though. And what is with Stoudemire only taking 7 shots?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Um, okay Orange.

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

    @ Allen: Thoughts on Lin after this game? I think he’ll be fine after this… His first “playoff”-type game. He was REALLY passive though… Most of his shots were not on the attack, but more like reluctant/lazy tosses at the hoop.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    knicks winning by 9? knicks defense > heat’s defense?
    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha…

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    You should follow me on Twitter Teddy. @AjpDos. But I still have faith in the kid. He looked likeDurant Bosh in big games last year. He wasn’t ready for the intensity. He was doing stuff he never owe then he got timid.

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

    Thanks but I don’t have a Twitter account. I’ll keep an eye out for your tweets, though. I might get one eventually but I already spend way too much time on Facebook. lol. And I agree.

  • Justin G.

    I sometimes wonder if Orange just laughs to himself while he’s typing the outlandish things he does, knowing what he’s saying is such pure BS but also knowing the reactions it’s going to get from the rest of the regulars on here. NOBODY in their right mind would ever say the Knicks defense is better than the Heat’s. D’Antoni wouldn’t say it, Spike Lee wouldn’t say it, and none of the Knicks players would say it

  • A.

    J. Lin: “I don’t remember another game where it was hard just to take dribbles. They did a great job of making me uncomfortable.”

  • str8 from samoa

    people need to wake up and realize the name: MONTA ELLIS.

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