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Monday, February 20th, 2012 at 8:35 am  |  81 responses

Post Up: Thunderstruck

An unbelievable 3-man performance for OKC, and 9 other games around the League.

by Abe Schwadron | @abe_squad

Fantastic finishes, historic performances, this is why we love the NBA—unless you’re a Bobcats fan. 10 games to get to, and it all starts in the Big Apple, with more Linning.

Knicks 104, Mavericks 97

Linsanity is here to stay. Jeremy Lin—who Jason Kidd compared to Steve Nash post-game—delivered 28 points, a career-high 14 assists (7 turnovers) and 5 steals as the Knicks carved up Dallas’ defense in the fourth quarter to improve to .500 at 16-16. The Mavericks six-game winning streak came to an end, as New York outscored Dallas 32-22 in the fourth quarter thanks to Lin’s late theatrics and an amazing shooting display from Steve Novak, who scored all 14 of his points (including 4 threes) in the final period. Tyson Chandler chipped in 14 points, 10 boards and 3 blocks and newcomer JR Smith celebrated his return to the NBA with 15 points (3 threes) in 30 minutes, and one curious haircut. Whatever coach Mike D’Antoni’s reasoning for playing JR so much despite not yet practicing with the team, his eccentricity only added to the Linsanity. The Knicks came back from a 12-point deficit and survived a 34-point outburst from Dirk Nowitzki.

Heat 90, Magic 78

Miami won its sixth straight game—all by double-digits—behind 27 points from Dwyane Wade and a classic 25/11/8 line from LeBron James. The Heat led by as many as 20, and shot 48 percent from the field en route to earning their league-best 25th win of the season. A heck of a way to celebrate Mike Miller’s 32nd birthday, huh! Oh, and President Clinton was in the house. Orlando, meanwhile, shot just 37 percent from the field, made only 13 of 25 free throw attempts and got sub-par production from key cogs. Hedo Turkoglu scored 1 point on 0-4 shooting, Ryan Anderson was 3-8 (9 points) and though Dwight Howard had 15 rebounds and 12 points, he was 2-10 from the free throw line and only took 10 shots in 37 minutes of action.

Cavaliers 93, Kings 92

Rookie sensation Kyrie Irving hit two free throws with 0.4 seconds left to beat the Kings, who have lost five straight games. The free throws came after Tyreke Evans inexplicably fouled Irving with less than 3 seconds left to play and Sacramento holding a 1-point lead. Kyrie scored 23 points, Antawn Jamison added 21 and the Cavaliers won despite giving up a 10-point fourth quarter lead. Evans compounded a rough night (5-17 shooting, 10 points) with the bad foul in crunch time, and it was rookie Isaiah Thomas who battled with Irving, not Evans—Thomas flirted with a triple-double, finishing with 23 points, 11 dimes and 8 rebounds. DeMarcus Cousins (19 points, 9 rebounds) gave SacTown the lead before Kyrie’s clutch foul shots dropped the Kings’ road record to 3-16 (10-21 overall). Cleveland is now 12-17 on the year and are in the midst of a 9-game homestand, longest in the team’s history.

Pistons 96, Celtics 81

Greg Monroe scored 17 points and had 10 rebounds, and the Pistons won despite shooting just 38 percent from the field as a team. Rodney Stuckey added 16 points (12 from the free throw line) despite shooting just 2-10 on field goals. Quietly, Detroit is red-hot, having won 7 of its last 9 games—oddly enough one of the Ls was to the Wizards. The Celtics were without Kevin Garnett, who missed the game citing personal reasons, and Boston turned the ball over 24 times, leading to 40 Pistons points. Paul Pierce led the team in scoring with 18 points, and Rajon Rondo had 10 assists, but only 5 points on 1-6 shooting. Since Boston is still without Brandon Bass, Chris Wilcox started in Garnett’s place, and he finished with 14 points and 6 boards. And perhaps the funniest nugget of any NBA game from last night was this, per the AP: “Rapper Flo Rida’s halftime show helped the Pistons sell out their first game since the home opener.”

Pacers 108, Bobcats 73

The Bobcats’ largest lead was 0. The Pacers’ largest lead was 44. Let’s move on.

Rockets 101, Jazz 85

Kyle Lowry continues to impress. He hit 7 of his 8 three-point attempts and scored a game-high 32 points, plus had 9 assists. Luis Scola chipped in 26 points and 9 rebounds, and the Rockets shot better than 51 percent as they improved to 18-14 on the year. Utah cut a double-digit lead to just two points in the fourth quarter, but Houston fought off a late run and handed the Jazz their sixth loss in their last eight games. Al Jefferson led Utah with yet another double-double, this time in the form of 23 points and 11 boards, and Paul Millsap had 22 points, but the Jazz shot sub-40 percent from the field, including 27 percent in the second half, when they scored only 8 points in the paint. The Rockets, meanwhile, were scorching hot in the second half, and rode a 16-4 run late in the fourth quarter to the win. Kevin Martin struggled again, with just 11 points on 4-9 shooting, but with Lowry scoring at will, Houston didn’t miss KMart’s production.

Timberwolves 92, Sixers 91

Kevin Love scored 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, including the game-winning free throws with a tenth of a second left on the clock, and added 15 rebounds to help the Timberwolves beat the Sixers in an upset. Ricky Rubio scored a career-high 22 points, plus 6 rebounds and 5 assists—including one special delivery to Nikola Pekovic. Philadelphia, now 20-12 on the year, is 0-5 in games decided by four points or less, this time despite holding Minnesota to 39 percent field goal shooting and getting 20 points from Jrue Holiday (2 in Rubio’s grill). Pekovic finished with 17 points and 9 rebounds, and anyone watching the game learned a little more about the big man’s favorite things. Love’s big fourth quarter came after he started the game 2-15 from the floor and hadn’t scored since the first quarter. Andre Iguodala was the man who committed the costly foul on Love in the final second of the game—he finished with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists.

Bucks 92, Nets 85

Forget Linsanity, it’s all about Ersanity now! On the night Brook Lopez made his 2011-12 debut, Ersan Ilyasova absolutely dominated the Nets’ forntcourt, crashing the boards like a maniac to the tune of 25 rebounds and 29 points—both career highs—and helping Milwaukee snap a four-game losing skid. The Bucks have now won 9 straight against New Jersey, the latest ruining Lopez’s return, in which he dropped 9 points on 2-for-7 shooting, and made just 5 of 11 free throws. Milwaukee went on a 15-4 run to open the second half, and while a 9-0 run from the Nets made it a five-point game with 1:07 left to play, Carlos Delfino hit a three with under a minute remaining and the Bucks salted away the game at the free throw line. Milwaukee is now 13-18 for the season, after holding the Nets to 34 percent shooting, including 22 percent from the 3-point line. Deron Williams scored 26 points for New Jersey, but MarShon Brooks had only 12 on 3-14 shooting.

Suns 102, Lakers 90

Jared Dudley scored a season-high 25 points, Marcin Gortat added 21 points and 15 boards, and Steve Nash dished out 14 dimes as the Suns blew the Lakers out, improving to 13-19. Los Angeles trailed by as many as 27 and never cut the lead into single digits in the fourth quarter, despite 32 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists from Kobe Bryant (he also had 10 turnovers). The Lakers got double-doubles from their two big men, as Pau Gasol had 17 and 12 and Andrew Bynum delivered 16 and 10, but L.A. turned the ball over 18 times and gave up a season-worst 63 points in the first half. Derek Fisher only took one shot in his eighteen minutes, and missed it, finishing with 0 points, 1 assists and 1 turnover. Of course, the big story of the game for the Lakers, now 18-13, was Kobe’s annoyance with the front office, and the rumors swirling about Gasol’s future in Laker Land.

Thunder 124, Nuggets 118 (OT)

If a player scores 50+ points in a game, or even 40, it’s probably the most important thing that happened that night. Same goes for a triple-double. Well, on this night, the Oklahoma City Thunder accomplished all three of those feats: Kevin Durant scored a career-high 51 points, Russell Westbrook scored 40 and Serge Ibaka notched a triple-double in points (15), rebounds (14) and blocked shots (11). It’s the first time in NBA history a trio has done those three things in one basketball game, together. The last time a duo scored 40+ in the same game was Mike and Scottie with the Bulls in 1996. (That Ibaka’s line will probably be overlooked due to KD’s big night is a shame, by the way. 3×2 with blocks!) Most importantly, of course, the Thunder won the game, snatching away victory from the Nuggets in overtime after Durant tied things up on a driving dunk with under 10 seconds left to play in regulation. Seven Denver players scored in double figures, led by 27 from Arron Afflalo and 21 points and 10 dimes from Andre Miller. The Nuggets scored an absurd 72 points in the paint, but gave up a 14-point lead and are now 17-15 on the year. OKC is 24-7, No. 1 in the West and is now a certified nightmare for teams on a nightly basis. Ready, set, discuss!

Line of the Night: On any other night, Ersan Ilyasova would have had this award on lock with his 29 points and 25 boards, but the Thunder stole the show. Take your pick from the OKC box score—Durant’s 51, Westbrook’s 40 or Ibaka’s 15/14/11-block triple-double.

Moment of the Night: KD sends it to OT with two of his 51 points.

Dunk of the Night: Plenty of candidates from last night, but these two stuck out for me. LBJ throws the ridiculous lob to DWade, and Russ weaves his way into the lane for the monster jam.

Tonight: Hopefully you have the day off to enjoy 11 NBA games, starting with Hawks-Bulls at 4 on ESPN. You can also catch a TNT doubleheader of Celtics-Mavs and Blazers-Lakers. Three other Western Conference matchups to keep an eye on include Grizz-Rockets, Spurs-Jazz and Nuggs-Wolves.

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  • Fat Lever

    For the record, that was no foul on Iguodala against Love. That was all ball. Coward refs make that call, legitimate ones don’t.

  • Middle Finga Marc

    Sixers got robbed…the more they show the highlight on NBA Gametime the more I’m pissed…and I ain’t no Sixers fan! #ThunderUp

  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    the Lakers are now 102-90? Since when, 2010?

  • Otis

    An Ibaka triple-double with points/rebounds/blocks has been on the cards for a while now. He’s turned into a hell of a nice player.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Just wow at the Thunder-Nuggets game..

  • Jer Dawg

    That Thunder game was stupefying. That box score is nuts with 3 guys doing what they do. As much as points as the team had I’m slightly surprised Westbrook didn’t get at least 10 dimes. I think he finished with 9.
    But that’s incredible. The power forward plays defense like that?!? Wow.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Is that J.R. Smith haircut the one Bishop (2Pac) had in the movie Juice?

  • http://www.racialicious.com/2012/02/15/memewatch-adventures-in-linsanity/#more-20490 Allenp

    The Thunder’s talent won that game. When it came down to it, their superstar level talent overwhelmed what Denver had on the floor.
    Because it wasn’t great coaching, and neither coach drew up good plays out of timeouts. It was actually shameful in that regard. Durant and Westbrook basically just went to their talent and got the win. I was impressed at their ability, but the coaching on both sides left a lot to be desired.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Wow at this pic from the Garden yesterday…lol http://lockerz.com/s/185454322

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    did someone forget to tell ilyasova he is not 90′s charles barkley?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I told him he was Charles Barkley, right when I signed him too my fantasy team the day of his first start.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    LMAO Orange!! hahahahahahahaha

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    good call nbk

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    @nbk, that made my jaw drop when I saw that. Only Lin NY. lol

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    yeah buddy, picked up Ilyasova & Got JR Smith this morning. Sh*t makes up for losing, Al Horford, Andrew Bogut, and Chauncey Billups. smh at this crazy ass season.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    yeah Orange I stole that from you and sent it too the world. Too bad there are no good Lin STD jokes….

  • http://www.racialicious.com/2012/02/15/memewatch-adventures-in-linsanity/#more-20490 Allenp

    I agree on that Love foul. That looked like a completely clean block.

  • http://www.racialicious.com/2012/02/15/memewatch-adventures-in-linsanity/#more-20490 Allenp

    I can’t believe that lady wrote that. Her daddy is shamed.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Look at Denver, turning into the team they should have been since Melo got traded. Average.

  • http://www.racialicious.com/2012/02/15/memewatch-adventures-in-linsanity/#more-20490 Allenp

    Well, they do have injuries. I think Gallo and Nene are out, so that isn’t completely fair.
    But, I’m not mad at their struggles at all.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I’m not upset about it. I just wanted to know when they’d come back to earth. They had no business being so dominant. But your right, they are without 2 of their top 3 players.

  • Myung

    Saddest Asian man in the world: Yi Jianlian. I hope he didn’t think all the Asian media members at MSG were there to see him yesterday. I forgot he was even in the League.

  • Myung

    I wish my boy all the best, but when the Knicks host the Hawks this week, I guess I’ll be the only Asian on the planet not rooting for the Knicks. That being said, talk about limiping into the All Star break. Terrible road trip, and we’ve still got Chicago and the Jeremy Lin show. The Hawks have been tough to watch lately. I can only hope we win one of the next two.

  • Myung

    I thought that line that JR drew in his hair yesterday was a subtle dig at LeBron’s true hairline…no?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    No. The weird marks in your fade are the new thing apparently. Has anyone seen juice’s hair?

  • Kadavour

    JR Smith is still a little boy.

  • http://www.dimemag.com showtime

    When was the last person to get a 3×2 with blocks?? the dream??? but those prediction of okc & heat in the finals are looking more and more everyday. Russ is top 10 bottom line.

  • http://www.racialicious.com/2012/02/15/memewatch-adventures-in-linsanity/#more-20490 Allenp

    Dwight Howard did it I believe

  • http://www.racialicious.com/2012/02/15/memewatch-adventures-in-linsanity/#more-20490 Allenp

    And Javale McGee has done it as well, although much more horribly.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Greg Oden to undergo 5th Knee Surgery. SMH

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85Bl3GRdULQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player 1982

    That Thunder game had me thinking of that Bulls-Pacers game back in the day where they both went off for 40+. Except I can’t remember a single highlight from that game and this one had about 20.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85Bl3GRdULQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player 1982

    Whoops, should’ve read the whole thing. NvM

  • http://nba.com/celtics lights out

    i started watching OKC-Denver last night, but Saturday night’s antics caught up to me, and I ended up falling asleep during halftime. son of a…

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    What the hell was Antoni thinking putting JR Smith on Dirk? That had to be one of the stupidest coaching moves I’ve seen in a long time.
    OKC talent alone might lead them to the Finals but lack of coaching stands in the way.
    The Bobcats should be contracted, the Celtics are done, the Pistons have some nice young talent and DHow is back to being overrated in my eyes.

  • Myung

    5 knee surgeries? my goodness. MJ is the GOAT… which is why “Sam Bowie over MJ” is such a famous event. But we might need to retire “Bowie over MJ” or “Olowokandi over (insert name here, such as Dirk, Vince, Antawn, Paul Pierce, etc)” or “Marvin over CP3″ or “Darko over (Melo/Bosh/Wade”) … and just give the all title for biggest draft gaffe to “Oden over Durant.” Oden seems like a really good kid, and he had a ton of potential but if he never plays another pro game, his entire career would have consisted of 82 pro games (equal to one full season). Contrary to popular belief, Sam Bowie actually had a half decent career (although it couldn’t hold a candle to the likes of MJ, Chuck, or Stockton), and even scrubs like Kwame, Kandi, and Darko played many seasons in the League and SOMEWHAT helped their teams out. Again, Oden was drafted in 2007 and has played in 82 games. Durant has played in 345 and counting. I feel so terrible for him, but “Oden over Durant” was such a big mistake by the Blazers.

  • Heals

    Lakers, Celts and Magic fans aside what a day of hoops from morning to night just action-packed…

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    It’s terrible no matter how you rank it. (Personally I think Darko was a bigger fail, because he’s a terrible player – picked infront of 3 GREAT players)

  • T-Money

    last night’s game explains why the criticism against westrbrook’s shot selection is unfair. okc NEEDS him to score to be succesful. outside of durant, westbrook and harden nobody can score on this team. btw, behind the mean mugging and all, kendrick perkins is getting exposed as a terrible basketball player. he played 20 minutes in a game that went to OT!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I exposed Kendrick Perkins last year before he got traded. He’s Eric Dampier, who just happened to play next to Kevin Garnett (and now Serge Ibaka) – Put him next to a non-elite defensive 4 and he’s garbage.

  • http://dsfklf.com Jukai

    Alright guys, when Carmelo comes back and the Knicks find out that he ruins the team chemistry and they start losing… here’s my trade:
    Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler for Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    That’s a pretty good trade for both sides but do the numbers match up?

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Dwight did it against the Thunder ironically, showtime.

  • http://dsfklf.com Jukai

    JTaylor: Has to be done after March 1st so I can’t pop it into the trade machine until then, but the contracts are less than two million off so it should work.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Jukai, no kidding, that was the trade I’ve been thinking of for a while. Sadly, I never posted it here, so you get credit for it, but yes, I think that’s gonna happen.

  • http://dsfklf.com Jukai

    Caboose: Well, hard to say “I think that is going to happen” because Melo may come back and even if the team does OKAY then he will stay. This is the “wow Melo and Lin really can’t co-exist, can we get a superstar who CAN coexist?” scenario.
    We can coshare the credit, though.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Melo had his best numbers with Allen Iverson. I think it’s safe to say he’ll be fine next to Lin. But will Lin be fine next to Melo? That is the question.

  • charliewinning

    FTR, I proposed that same trade on here weeks ago.

  • http://dsfklf.com Jukai

    NBK: Well, Melo actually had his best season then; his numbers before Iverson came were off the charts, and they dropped a bit when AI came to the team. Wasn’t he leading the league in scoring before his suspension?
    I just really like the trade. Dwight Howard takes over Chandler’s spot, bringing the same defense but more second chance buckets and far better cleaning up garbage buckets and superior post isolation skills (sadly…), Amare can go back to running the p&r and being relevant, and the Knicks can run out a lineup of Lin-Fields-Walker-Stat-Howard and continue to brush the dust off that trademark NY defense. Hedo can collect his check until NY buys his contract out to pay for JR and Fields’ contract extensions. with Baron taking Lin’s sitting minutes, JR/Iman/Novak trading minutes for scoring off the bench and Jeffries/Harrelson taking the minutes when Stat/Howard aren’t manning either the four or five… I actually like the team a lot better than if Melo was there.
    As for the Magic, it’s a no brainer on their part. They don’t lose that interior defense with Tyson manning the middle, but they have Melo working more on the low-post and spreading the floor with shooters (Nelson, the Richardsons, Reddick, Anderson, Davis), he will thrive just as much. Plus Nelson’ll still get his lob on with Tyson.
    And if Melo doesn’t like being in Orlando, he wants out… well… then the Magic are in the same position they were in before, except without that d-bag Hedo, and with a player who has four years on his contract instead of one. More time in the offseason to work out a trade while keeping Chandler around.
    It works out for both teams.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Maybe, but Melo’s best scoring, even per minute, happened with Iverson on his team. I don’t exactly remember his scoring average right before Iverson was traded to Denver in 06, but Melo still had his most productive & efficient season in 07-08, the year Iverson played 82 games in Denver.

  • http://dsfklf.com Jukai

    Ah, that’s the year you meant. Well, we’re see how it works out. That trade means jack if Melo plays well in his return.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    The Orlando & NY trade your talking about makes sense, but it won’t happen. Plus, Tyson Chandler’s contract is worse then Hedo’s. It makes little sense to make that switch unless you really think you can compete with a team built around Melo and Chandler. It doesn’t improve the team at all, actually probably makes them worse – Also, Tyson Chandler does nothing better then Dwight Howard except hedge the pick & roll idk what you are talking about “bringing the same defense but more second chance buckets and far better cleaning up garbage buckets and superior post isolation skills (sadly…)” that’s just false.

  • http://dsfklf.com Jukai

    Whoa, gotta disagree with you there. I think the Melo/Tyson trade would make Orlando way better.
    Dwight isn’t trying at all. Did you see him playing “oh f it” defense against the Heat? I think a duo of Melo/Chandler is better than a 100% Dwight, but we’re talking about a 60% Dwight at best. I really think this trade works magically for Orlando.
    I exaggerated on Tyson’s defense compared to Howard but Howard isn’t infinitely better. Where do you think, outside of rebounding which I kind of keep as its own stat, Howard obliterates Tyson defensively? Isolation wise? I think as help defenders, they are close.
    And Tyson’s contract isn’t anywhere near Hedo’s.
    Tyson: 11.5/3.8/4.6/0.8/0.2 on 41% shooting with good isolation and great help defense, brings energy every night
    Hedo: 11.8/9.7/1.0/0.9/1.4 on 70% shooting with sh*t everything defense, only spends energy counting his money
    Yeah, I’ll take the extra two million for a player who is superior, thanks.
    I know it wont happen, but I still think it’s a great trade for Orlando.

  • http://dsfklf.com Jukai

    Bah, I reversed Tyson and Hedo’s stats. Lemme try again.
    Tyson: 11.8/9.7/1.0/0.9/1.4 on 70% shooting with good isolation and great help defense, brings energy every night
    Hedo: 11.5/3.8/4.6/0.8/0.2 on 41% shooting with sh*t everything defense, only spends energy counting his money
    That makes more sense.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Considering Orlando is 20-12 (The Knicks 16-16 – 5 games below .500 with Melo), Dwight is averaging 20, 15, 2 – I’d say, wtf are you talking about? He played bad against Miami, but the game before that he had 26 & 20. Dude’s having his best statistical season from a production standpoint. (not efficiency wise though)

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Melo is the most overrated player in the league if you think he is anywhere near, like anywhere in the same stratosphere as a player, as Dwight Howard. Tyson is clearly better then Hedo. But Dwight is just as much better then Carmelo. Except he’s only 24, and his & Hedo’s contracts are shorter then Melo & Chandlers.

  • http://dsfklf.com Jukai

    Ahhhh, so that is where we differ. Our thoughts on Melo.
    I think Melo is a ridiculously good player, near the level of Howard, and I think he is exactly what Orlando needs. You don’t think so. I’m cool with that. I think Orlando would fit Melo nicely and Chandler would ensure that Orlando wouldn’t drop too far off defensively, but if you view Melo that low, you wouldn’t agree.
    I’m kinda tired, let’s save the Melo debate for laters.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    All good. I have a huge issue with one-way players like Melo. Later holmes.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    I’ve been saying since game 1 that Dwight isn’t trying. Yes, that trade would make the Magic better (trust me).

  • http://www.racialicious.com/2012/02/15/memewatch-adventures-in-linsanity/#more-20490 Allenp

    melo is nowhere near dwight’s level. dude has yet to play consistent defense.
    he’s only gotten out of the first round once.
    dwight had done a lot more with less

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Caboose, how do you know for sure? The Knicks have done better without Carmelo, in a pretty similar system to Orlando. How would they get better by taking away Dwight and Hedo (who is actually a big part of their system) & substituting a ball stopper in Melo, and an offensive dud in Chandler?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Plus Melo and Chandler would without a doubt, 100% impede any progress Orlando has made toward regaining cap flexibility.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Melo’s overratedness has nothing on Joe Johnson’s overratedness.

  • http://www.racialicious.com/2012/02/15/memewatch-adventures-in-linsanity/#more-20490 Allenp

    JOe Johnson is not overrated, he’s overpaid. Everybody knows what he is, Atlanta stupidly thought they had to overpay to keep him.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    He was overrated enough that Atl overpaid him. If ATL didn’t pay him, some other idiot GM would have (maybe not as much). Also, dude just made the all-star team over a more deserving teammate (JSmith).

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    There are enough people shouting “Joe Johnson is overrated” for him to no longer be overrated. Allenp is right — merely overpaid. Joe Johnson – a good, maybe very good, second banana.

  • http://dsfklf.com Jukai

    Well, I think it’s a bit unfair to call Melo one sided. He’s not exactly in a position he likes, that is, trying to play point forward in a motion offense system. Last year, with Billups taking care of that, he did 26-7-3, that ain’t bad.
    With Jameer taking care of the ball handling, Melo can probably go back to doing that in Orlando. He’s no defensive stalwart, but Dwight isn’t exactly Shaq when it comes to offense.
    I mean, it doesn’t really matter how much better Dwight is to Melo. Dwight Howard is gone. So it’s either Orlando sheds that 18 million from Howard and goes for someone else, or it takes my imaginary trade of Chandler and Melo. Hedo’s contract is three years, he ain’t leaving anytime soon.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Joe Johnson is not much worse than Melo. He’s a good defender. Plus he is more then a scorer on offense.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Carmelo has always been a one-way player. Always

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    A very good-great second banana is someone like PGasol. JJohnson is not PGasol.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    The Nets and Lakers both have better packages then NY can offer for a team that wants to rebuild and regain cap space.

  • T-Money

    Whoa Juks. Melo is nowhere close to Dwight. Like, not at all. He’s just a gunner that doesn’t make anyone better. Dwight creates open 3s for Orlando and is the only reason theyre a good defensive team.

  • http://dsfklf.com Jukai

    T-Money: Well he creates open threes but doesn’t always see them and pass for them… I dunno, you guys either don’t like Melo or really love Dwight. I remember people were going crazy for Melo over here when he was lighting up Boston in the post season.
    NBK: Give me yer trades, I’m interested.

  • http://www.dimemag.com showtime

    I remember when people were upset or arguing that KD shoudn’t be ahead of melo. Since they do the same. boy were they wrong huh…

  • http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=8yp4dsd nbk

    1) Add Lakers draft picks for what it’s worth
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    Click my name

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    The New Jersey trade can’t be shown till March 1. But Brook Lopez, Marshon Brooks, Kris Humphries, Anthony Morrow, Shawne Williams, Picks – for Dwight and Hedo.

  • http://dsfklf.com Jukai

    NBK: They work. I like my trade better because I think it makes Orlando better faster.. but if Orlando simply wants cap room and some role players, those trades are much, much better.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    DWill must have gotten tired of all the Lin talk because dude is giving him the business.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I believe I tweeted, Deron Williams may play LIKE he has something to prove tonight, about 10 minutes before tip.
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    Jukai that’s what I heard Orlando wants. Cap room, a “centerpiece” and picks

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    That’s the reason I said they can get better packages. Your definitely right that the NY scenario yields a better team immediately.

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

    I’m not so sure about Melo playing with Lin… Lin tends to defer to Melo, and while Melo is trying to move the ball, his game really depends on 1-on-1 scoring. Lin had a bad shooting night but still ended up with 21 points and 9 assists, on “only” 3 turnovers. Knicks can live with that. I just don’t know how both Melo and Amare will get their shots, though…

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Lin struggled his way (clearly, vastly outplayed by DWill, who’s ALL-NBA let’s not forget) to a 21-9-7-4 (3 TOs) line. That ain’t bad for being a bad night.

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