Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  55 responses

Post Up: All that Jazz

Utah holds off Miami, the Clippers fall in Phoenix, and the Mavs lose their fourth straight.

by Peter Walsh / @goinginsquad

Eleven games last night including a tremendous showdown in Utah between the Jazz and Heat…

Grizzlies 102, Raptors 99

In a back and forth game that came down to the wire, it was Rudy Gay’s 23 points and career-high tying 13 rebounds that put Memphis over the hump and helped them pull out a victory north of the border. After trailing by as many as nine in the first half, the Grizzlies battled back in the third quarter and took a 56-52 lead thanks to a quick 11-0 run to start the third. The Raptors opened up the fourth with an 11-2 run, putting them ahead by seven with a little under ten minutes left in the game. But, Memphis got a strong scoring surge thanks to a Mike Conley’s (21/5 assists) jumper, two free throws from OJ Mayo (16 off the bench) and a Rudy Gay three point-play that put the Griz ahead 95-93 with 3 minutes left. With 40 seconds remaining, Aaron Gray hit one of two from the stripe to put his team up one before Gay responded with a jumper that put the Grizzlies up one. With time running out, Linas Kleiza drew iron and OJ Mayo found a streaking Tony Allen (Gucci!) for a fast break layup. Jose Calderon got a great look from the top of the key that would have tied the game up but drew iron and the Grizzlies escaped with the dub.

Celtics 107, Nets 94

After beating the defending champs earlier this week, New Jersey completely unraveled and the Celtics won their third straight, beating up on the hapless Nets at the TD Garden. The C’s led by as many as 26 points and Boston ran away with this one thanks to The Truth’s 27 points and 8 assists and KG’s 20 points and 10 boards. Boston shot 52 percent from the field and had 35 assists on 45 field goals, including 13 from Rajon Rondo. The Celtics are now one game over .500 heading into their battle with the Knicks on Sunday afternoon. Brook Lopez had 28 points but only 3 boards.

Hawks 99, Bucks 94

The Hawks stormed back from a fifteen-point third quarter deficit thanks to Jannero Pargo’s 11-point fourth quarter and Vladamir Radmanovic’s go-ahead 3-pointer, and the Hawks were able to hold off the hard-luck Bucks in Atlanta. The Hawks’ bench scored 32 of the team’s 34 third-quarter points which was huge with Joe Johnson sidelined with knee troubles. ATL also won the battle in the paint, outrebounding Milwaukee 51-43 and outscoring them inside 46-32 thanks to Josh Smith’s 24-point, 19-rebound performance–think he’s still bitter over that All-Star snub? Brandon Jennings, who has been struggling something serious lately, had 34 points (5-8 from behind the arc) and 9 dimes and Drew Gooden had 26 and 10 boards but it wasn’t enough as Milwaukee let this one slip through their grips.

Bulls 112, Cavs 91

With Kyrie Irving on the bench due to an illness, the Cavs had no answer for Derrick Rose. The reigning-MVP exploded for 10 of his 19 points in the third quarter and helped Chicago build a 24-point lead to win their 12th game in 14 tries. Rose also had 9 assists to go along with his 19 points. Luol Deng led all scorers with 24 points and Carols Boozer grabbed 11 boards as the Bulls cruised to an easy victory on the road. In the two times theses teams have played each other this season, either Irving or Rose has been sidelined and fans are still waiting to see these two go at each other.

Sixers 105, Warriors 83

After skidding into the All-Star break and dropping a tough one to the Thunder earlier this week, the Sixers got a nice win at home against the Warriors on the 50th anniverasry of Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game. After being outrebounded 56-39 on Tuesday night by the Thunder, Philly reversed that trend by beating the Warriors on the glass 51-39 behind Elton Brand’s 14 boards. Philly was able to snap their four-game home losing streak behind Lou Williams’ 25 points on 9-15 shooting off the bench. Early in the fourth, Illadelph ripped off a 10-2 run to extend a 75-65 lead to a 85-67 lead to put the game out of reach for good. Andre Iguodala filled up the stat sheet once again with 12 points, 11 boards and 6 assists. Monta Ellis got off to a hot start, but the Sixers were able to put the clamps down and he finished with 20 while David Lee led the Warriors charge with 24 points and 15 boards.

Hornets 97, Mavs 92

With Dirk Nowitzki nursing an ailing back, the Mavs have now lost to both New Jersey and New Orleans this week and have gotten off to a slow start in the second half of the season. Chris Kaman had another nice outing with 20 points and 13 boards and looks like he could potentially be serious trade bait. Xavier Henry had the best game of his Hornets career with a career high 19 points on 8-12 shooting coming off the bench. The Mavericks got within one in the second quarter thanks to a 14-2 run, but the Hornets showed great grit and perseverance and never let up despite a close fourth quarter. Rodrigue Beaubois got the start over Vince Carter and responded with a 25-point, 4-steal performance. Despite missing Emeka Okafor, Carl Landry and Trevor Ariza due to injury, the Hornets still dominated the boards, outrebounding the Mavs 50-34, which proved to be the difference in the game. Dallas has now lost 4 straight and have to turn things around; losing back-to-back games against Jersey and ‘Nawlins is unacceptable for a team of their caliber.

Nuggets 117, Rockets 105

Kevin Martin dropped 35 points on 10-15 shooting, including six three-pointers, but only had three points in the fourth and the Rockets lost a rare home game to Denver last night. The Nuggets were able to hold off the Rockets thanks to a 33-17 advantage in second-chance points and 19 offensive rebounds that proved to be the difference in a highly competitive matchup. Denver, who is still missing key pieces due to injury, was led by Ty Lawson who had 22 points and a career-high 15 dimes and rookie Kenneth Faried who had 16 points and 11 boards (six offensive). Aaron Afflalo had a big second half, scoring 16 points on 7-10 shooting and grabbed 3 boards and dished out 2 assists. The Nugs are now 2-0 since the All-Star break and could continue to climb up the Western Conference standings once they are at full strength.

Spurs 102, Bobcats 72

Second-half of the season, same results for the Bobcats. Charlotte shot 37 percent from the field and only two players scored in double-digits as they got romped on the road. Tony Parker played less than 30 minutes and had 15 points on 7-11 shooting. Tim Duncan had 14, Richard Jefferson had 14, and Matt Bonner had 14 as the Spurs made light work of the Bobcats.

Jazz 99, Heat 98

The Heat stormed back from an 18-point deficit, LeBron James had 35 points, 10 boards and 6 dimes, Dwayne Wade had 31 points and 6 boards. Devin Harris hit a huge shot and free throw to stop Miami’s furious fourth quarter comeback triggered by James and win the game to snap Miami’s nine-game winning streak. But none of that matters. All people will be talking about for the next 24 hours is LeBron James deferring to a teammate on the last possession of the game. After Harris put the Jazz up one with 4 seconds remaining, LeBron caught the ball on the inbounds, drove to the left, and dished to a wide open Udonis Haslem who bricked a 15-foot jumper as the time ran out. Was it the right play? I’d say yes. Haslem was WIDE open and LeBron, no doubt, would have had to hit a contested shot. But, LeBron was on fire in the fourth and he needs to take that shot at the end of the game if he wants to be the leader of his team. Well, SportsCenter will be unwatchable this weekend; just let the man live.

Suns 81, Clippers 78

In an ugly game that saw both teams shoot under 40 percent, Grant Hill blocked a Chris Paul 3-point attempt late in the game, then hit a layup on the other end to seal the deal in Phoenix. Jared Dudley finished with 22 points, 7 boards and 4 boards, Martin Gortat finished with 18 points and 14 boards and Grant Hill chipped in with 14 points to lead the Suns. The Clippers finished with only 13 total assists and they never got clicking offensively. Blake Griffin finished with 17 points and 7 boards, Chris Paul had 16 and 5 assists, and Kenyon Martin had 14 and 8 off the bench. The Suns opened up an 11 point lead in the third quarter thanks to a Markief Morris 3-pointer with 10 seconds left in the quarter. But, the Clippers rallied back and tied the game at 70 with four minutes to play. The Suns then got a great block from Marcin Gortat and clutch free throws from Jared Dudley to take the lead and eventually put the game away for good.

Lakers 115, Kings 107

Kobe Bryant, mask and all, scored 38 points and the Lakers were able to hold off a pesky Sacramento team for a win at the Staples Center last night. Trailing 94-74 in the fourth, the Kings reeled off a 21-6 run, triggered by a few long-range Jimmer Fredette jumpers, to cut the L.A. lead to five. But, Kobe and Metta World Peace each hit big 3-pointers down the stretch to finally put the game out of reach. Andrew Bynum had 19 points and 15 boards and Pau Gaol chipped in with 15 and 7 and the Lakers shot 0ver 50 percent from the field to defeat the Kings. The Lakers host the Heat on Sunday in what promises to be a great game.

Stat Line of the Night: The Heat may have lost, but LeBron’s stat line was ridiculous: 35 points, 10 boards, 6 dimes.

Play of the Night: Devin Harris with the game winning shot, and free throw. That dude in the white button down on the Jazz bench was hype!

Dunks of the Night: LeBron down the lane.

James Johnson bangs on Rudy Gay.

Throwback Moment of the Night: Fascinating Wilt Chamberlain interview.

Tonight: 7 games on deck, including a Kyrie – John Wall showdown and a battle between two of the best young power forwards as Minnesota and Portland tip-off. Catch y’all tomorrow, peace!

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

    Are passing up game-winning shot chance just a part of Lebron’s basketball DNA now???

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


  • Justin G.

    When you look at it, it really was the right play but man…isn’t it funny though that Lebron gets crucified for not taking the shot but if it were Kobe he’d get crucified for taking it (had he missed) instead of passing to the wide open guy?

  • A.

    Let’s see how many people mention Wade’s 2 McGee-type fouls at the end of the game. Just like how no one mentions Wade’s fumble in the ASG. This will be fun! Don’t disappoint me people…

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    Devin harris back?

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    just kidding he had like 13 points on 3/9… also the media must be trying to slowly drive lebron insane. hope it doesn’t work.

  • Justin G.

    Why would anyone mention Wade’s fumble in the ASG? That was a physical mistake not a mental one. People do make mistakes you know, not even the best of professional athletes are immune to them.


    even as a huge lebron fan i don’t understand why he passed the ball. haslem took 3 shot prior to that 1. i understand it was an open shot for haslem but im still baffled about it the way lebron got us back in the game and then pass the final shot

  • Brahsef

    ^Because Haslem had a wide open 15 footer! Like serious make that shot dude. Thats your bread and butter shot. The allstar game = Lebron shoulda shot it. Lebron def did the right thing here in passing to a WIDE OPEN Haslem. He shouldn’t change his game because “sportsnation” is putting pressure on him to be like Kobe and Jordan

  • http://slamonline.com datkid


  • Top$helf

    He gon get killed by tha media either way if he passes he shoulda shot if he misses he ain’t clutch if he makes it it’s not the finals he just needs to play his game I’m just glad it’s the weekend so I ain’t gotta hear skip bayless and Bron’s new nickname should be The First 46 lol

  • http://www.borntocompete.com Money$hot

    Hasleem was open for a reason, why dont the heat just give the ball to Wade in game time situations!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Dagger

    Man, Lebron was clutch in the fourth. Clutch jumper after clutch jumper. I’ve attacked him as much as anyone for his deference at the end of games, but that was absolutely the right decision. Making the right basketball play at the end of games is a strength, not a weakness. Now as for Wade: he essentially cost his team the win, but who cares, right?

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    lol @DWade thinking he didn’t foul Harris..

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    And it was DWade that lost them the game, those 2 fouls and a missed ft at the end to probably seal the game.

  • Kadavour

    I see both arguments here: LeBron didn’t even look at the rim. the secondary defender wasn’t in position to defend a pull-up with a slight fade, 2 shots of which he hit from BEHIND 3 within the 5 prior possessions. Or you can say that Bron knew the defense would be locked on him so that attention freed up Haslem for a very make-able shot. Then you look at Wade missing free-throws down the stretch.

  • http://www.borntocompete.com Money$hot

    This is the thing about right basketball decisions, Utah would rather Udonis take that shot the Lebron shoot it,he playing right into defense hands

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Lebron’s DNA is making the right basketball play….He’s not a Kobe who will fight through a triple team to get his shot off….really if a lightweight double team (like last night) is creeping up he doesn’t want to let his shot go. He’s not a killer, and I don’t think a great player has to be…he simply wants to be responsible for making the right play. Something I’ve come to respect of him actually- unselfishness is really something ingrained in his basketball DNA…and this is since he was a kid too, I mean high school days. Here he simply made the right play and got Udonis his shot, U just came up short…it happens. The Jazz are a difficult team for me to figure out, something about that arena… just incredibly difficult to succeed in

  • http://www.borntocompete.com Money$hot

    I am a Lebron fan but there is a reason that Kobe is a five time champion, there is no reason for Lebron to taking contested shots all game when he has team mates open then in winning time as soon as a double team glares at him he passes the ball like a hot potato

  • broy

    Magic with the sky hook to defeat the celtics’s in the finals was a bad/tough shot. Jordan over ehlo was a bad/ contested shot and many others as well. At some point Bron will have to conquer that demon in the closing seconds. Whether it was the right play or not eventually he will have to seize the moment to get what he wants, which is multiple championships.

  • http://www.slamonline.com TADOne

    That Wilt interview was pretty great. Love the pants.

  • broy

    I find it amusing that people are trying to defend Lebron on his flaws, newsflash every ball player has them. This kid is the most complete basketball player in the world and his yearly earnings reflect that, so he will always rightfully be held to a higher standard.

  • 23

    or… everyone can just let the dude play the game and have fun! why does everything have to be about winning a championship? if thats the case, then why have an nba regular season if it means nothing? people are putting winning above, teamwork and talent these days. i mean of course winning is the goal, but its crazy how good lebron james is. it is baffling how good he is. but nobody is stopping with their criticism and “expert analysis”. lebron has a GREAT work ethic, nice guy, unselfish, he really focuses on helping out todays youth, he has never battled any legal troubles… yet people make him seem like a failure. lebron still has the youthful mentality to play the game while having fun. why is everyone trying to take that from him?!?? LET HIM PLAY AND ENJOY HIM WHILE YOU CAN!

  • broy

    Coach Thibs is quickly becoming the best coach in the game, 30-8 with all the injuries and all everyone talks about is Lin, the Heat and Thunder…..

  • broy

    Everything has to be about winning a chip because Lebron laid the gauntlet down when he proclaimed that they would win 3, not 4, not 5 etc..

  • Fat Lever

    Zack galinifakis plays for the jazz?

  • broy

    It’s funny how Cp3′s assist numbers have declined since leaving the new Orleans statistician behind, I’m just saying…….

  • feez_22

    1: Of course chris paul’s assist numbers went down. btw it has nothing to do with the new orleans statistician… its the fact that he is playing with new teammates and is still learning their spots on the court. 2: thibs is the best coach but the bulls have the 7th easiest strength of schedule. Thats why no one is talking about them. they aint beating anyone right now (except san antonio in the last dozen or so…)
    3.we shouldn’t dance around the topic. Lebron should have shot the ball. plain and simple. It would have shut up the haters and lebron knows this. thats why after the game lebron after the cameras left him was dejected, sad and basically knew the firestorm that was coming. he even went to twitter and said he let the team down again. As a star player that was ON FIRE in the 4th q (8-9, hit all his FTs i believe and that missed shot was a blocked shot that probably would have went in otherwise) you take the shot. no passing to haslem… haslem has had a subpar yr so far to begin with. Ya no one will remember that wade passed to haslem for a KEY JUMPER in 06 but thats the media world we live in now. no one remembers shyt. even if the crap happened in the same game. That brings me to my 4th topic…
    4. DWYANE WADE… lost this game. period. lebron didn’t do everything he could (he could have taken the last shot) but virtually did 95% of what he could to win the game. Dwyane wade was the guy that fouled devin harris twice on shot attempts (one 3pt shot attempt, went 2/3 from the line & one 2pt attempt, and one, 1/1 from the line). Dwyane wade was the guy that missed 1/2 FTA… all of this happened in the final 1:40 of the game. In a 4th quarter losing by 12, lebron not only had to carry the team but cover wade’s foolish mistakes. just foolish. wade accounted for -6 in the final 1:40 of the game. if lebron did what wade did tonight and wade did what lebron did tonight… lebron would be PUMMELED. evidence? look no further than the nba finals. thats all i have 2 say.

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    co-sign feez on the fact that if you reversed lebron and wade’s games last night, lebron would still be the one getting crucified.

  • http://nba.com/celtics lights out

    LeBron made a smart basketball play, but like Smitty said on NBA TV, one more dribble and he would’ve had a nice look at a pull up. and it’s not just the one play. if it was, that would be no big deal. but this is a pattern. it’s just frustrating to see such an unbelievably talented player lack aggression sometimes.

  • Heals

    The same heads insisting he should’ve taking that shot are the same guys with tunnel vision in pick-up ball. Smart play, good pass and solid teammate…

  • 23

    that nfamous imiami heat player intro from last year, where lebron predicted championships was MEANT SOLEY FOR THE FANS OF THE HEAT! it was not broadcasted live on national television, i dont see why that irked people so much. plenty of teams do it, maybe to a lesser extent. even college teams have midnight madness. alot of nba teams have those private events for their season ticket holders. but of course since it involved lebron james, it got into the hands of espn and they shoved it in everyones faces. lebron didnt predict anything to the public. it was just to pump up the fans of miami. he was having fun and lauging. it was supposed to be an event for miami fans, but of course the media twists it and exposes it to a national audience. btw, even the wizards had a midnight madness type event a couple years ago, but nahhh that doesnt matter because its TOTALLY DIFFERENT right????

  • Stepfan

    If Lebron passes that to bosh which the elbow jumper is also his sweet spot ,and not haslem, is it the same problem? Just curious.

  • broy

    That’s not the reason why the bulls are not a hot topic feez, the heat played the same way last year by feasting on bad teams and losing to good one’s but they were still the biggest story. The bulls suffer from having a quiet reluctant star and a bunch of low maintenance role players. It bores the hell out of the general public and media to write stories about the bulls. The knicks, have received more ink than the bulls and they’re barely over .500

  • broy

    @23 we all know Lebron is smart enough to know that ANYTHING he tweets or says will be seen worldwide so he can’t be that naive to not realize that statement would make everyone raise their eyebrows

  • jimmer

    @BROY good point about chris paul here; his assist numbers are down, and FEEZ you reckon it’s because ‘he has to learn his new team-mates spots’. What a very odd thing to say. Did jason kidds numbers drop when he went from dallas to phoenix and then to NJ? did Nash’s drop when he when from dallas to phoenix and got two high-flying alley-oopers @ pf and C to play with? Or is chris paul the new Penny Hardaway, with 21st century medicine to stagger the decline? And this Lebron stuff is ridiculous. If he doesn’t win the title this year, we’ll check back in, but I don’t think that’s going to be necessary.

  • Heals

    @broy, yup those Bulls are getting the Spurs treatment, but it’ all good. Funny you bring up CP3 assist #’s cause I remember listening to podcast just after he trade (TheBasketballJones or NBAToday) and they were discussing at length about the “home” cooking he would get. The NO scorers were a little notorious for giving the benefit of the doubt more than they should…

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Here we go again….the overused and overhyped macho crap of “if you want to be the man, you have to take every GW shot regardless of how many defenders are drapped on you and ignore wide open teammates”. It doesn’t matter if all 5 defender are guarding, while you’re falling out of bounds on one leg while a fan is tugging on your jersey from the sideline all while David Hasselhoff’s “hooked on a feeling” is blasting on the PA system.
    My IQ goes down 25% everytime I make the faithful decision to browse through sports sites after every Heat loss.

  • jimmer

    I would implore all of you to watch that Wilt Chamberlain tape. It really brings home what a disappointment of a man Shaquille O’neal is.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    why would nash’s #’s drop? he was playing in the SSOL offense… nobody’s #’s have EVER dropped there. Chris Paul’s assists will be right back where they were in NO soon enough.

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

    lol, Even if kyrie was playing the cavs still wouldn’t of had an answer for D.Rose, but Deng was the one who killed them. SMH @ lebron.

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    Stop givin this dude passes. Lebron is soft, point blank period. He did tha same sh*t @ tha all star game. Kobe is that dude

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

    There’s no problem not taking the game winning shot, but when you’re hot like he was in that game as well as the all-star game, you should take that shot. He hit crazy off-balance shots from three-point distance, why not take a little step back jumper from mid range?

  • jimmer

    @Datkid – And what about Jkidd? For a veteran top tier point guard like cp3 to see his assists drop when he is surrounded by more talent than at any point in his career is decidedly odd. Does one of the best point guards in the league really need 30+ games to ‘figure it out’? If you can see passes, you can see passes, that’s what makes true PG’s true PG’s. Either CP3′s stats were fiddled, or he’s sliding. It might even be both.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    The Clippers lack of defensive ability prevents them from playin an open court game. Paul is gettin the majority of his assists in the half court. The cause and effect can be summed up pretty easily with 3 letters. VDN

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

    Yeah Vinny Del Negro sucks pretty bad.

  • http://guyism.com/sports/michael-jordan-selling-chicago-area-home-for-29-million-dollars.html Caboose

    Some things to get straight:
    1. LeBron should have taken that step-back. This is an unfortunate pattern.
    2. Wade cost them the game way more than LeBron did. And freaking out when he HAMMERED Devin? Come on dude.
    3. Clippers aren’t getting past the second round as long as Vinny is on the bench.
    4. Pop is the best coach in the league. I would say by far, but Thibs is pretty good too. Adelman is third.
    5. Chris Paul came into the season -slightly- out of shape. He’s doing better now, but that explains his assist drop.
    6. Rose’s supporting cast is much better than we gave them credit for last season. Coach included.
    7. The Thunder’s offense really worries me only because their halfcourt sets look like 2008 Hawks.
    8. I’ll call it now: T’Wolves sneak into the playoffs.

  • robb

    Lebron had enough space to drive inside the 3 point line and shoot the ball. People saying it was the right play are crazy.

  • http://dsjfkl.com Jukai

    I know Adelman is loved, but I’m not a fan of Adelman’s three point guard rotation.

  • http://guyism.com/sports/michael-jordan-selling-chicago-area-home-for-29-million-dollars.html Caboose

    ^That would be my one complaint as well. Ridnour should really be coming off the bench and Barea’s play this year has not warranted the PT he’s been getting. I just think he’s really given Love and Rubio the best opportunity to play well. Cause Love reminds me a bit of Chris Webber (great passer, great rebounder, good midrange shooters, play well out of the high post) and we all know how well Adelman’s system worked for Sac.

  • AdamD

    Josh smith just ended Ibaka…

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    It takes 40 pt explosions by Dirk for the Mavs to beat average teams now: good lord they’ll be lucky to make the playoffs.
    Wipe those tears away, Mr. Kardashian. The depressed baller schtick is wearing thin and your employer needs you to step it up.


    Lamar Odom played well when he played tonight. The candy must have been tasty tonight. lol

  • Feez_22

    @broy … well of course the heat were the big story. the heat would have been the story regardless of the situation with what happened with the “decision” and stuff. I am just saying that the bulls would get more pub if they were killing top teams instead of the bottomfeeders they have been killing. they lost to the pacers, hawks, sixers and heat this yr in the east but are killin everyone else. & of course the knicks get more pub… linsanity is a story that hasn’t happened in a long time. It also probably has something to do with them only having 1 superstar. They are a steady team. Kind of like the pistons of the mid 2000s. they just go out and do work without controversy.

    @jimmer … maybe i should explain chris paul’s situation more in depth. watched the hornets a ton and chris paul’s major # of his assists came from the david west FT line extended jumper. Blake doesn’t have that. Chris had more chemistry built from his hornets even though they were less “talented”. chris was the #1 ballhandler on the hornets but for the majority of this season played with chauncey who took his % of carrying the ball down, therefore lessening the # of assists he can get. & last but most importantly… del neg couldn’t diagram a play if his life depended on it. If you talk about jason kidd… firstly he went from phx to nj then to dallas. When he went from phx to NJ im sure his asst #s went up from having an nba finals caliber team. when he went from NJ to dallas his assist numbers did go down… and please don’t even bother bringing up nash. Nash’s assist #s went up from dallas to phx simply bc phx and dantoni played at the highest pace in the nba most of the yrs. The clippers play a half court style which is odd… since their plays are flawed to begin with. the clippers seem built 2 run.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    They are built to run Feez. Freaking VDN is making the same stupid mistake as Spoelstra, only it’s even less understandable because he doesn’t he already saw how the movie ended for the Heat.
    If you have two of the best running bigs in the League, and a great point guard, you run. Period. You run and run some more.
    And you run pick and roll with your two best players.
    But, if Blake had a jumper, this wouldn’t even be a debate.