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Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  149 responses

Post Up: Five Straight

New York wins their fifth straight and Denver spoils Ben Gordon’s big night.

by Peter Walsh / @goinginsquad

Ten games for your enjoyment last night: some were great, some were duds. Catch up on all the action here…

Bulls 94, Raptors 82

It took a huge fourth quarter from John Lucas for the Bulls to pull out a victory over the Raptors north of the border. Lucas scored all 13 of his points in the final period of play as Chicago outscored Toronto 32-13 in the fourth en route to a double-digit win–their fourth in five games sans reigning MVP Derrick Rose. Lucas has now scored in double-digits in three of the past five games compared to just six times in the previous 44. Kyle Korver also had a big fourth, scoring all ten of his points late in the game, helping Chi-Town come back from a 12-point halftime deficit. Luol Deng had 17 points and 10 boards, C.J. Watson had 15 and Ronnie Brewer had 12 as Chicago has gotten contributions from every healthy player during Rose’s stint on the bench. Toronto was led by DeMar DeRozan’s game-high 23 points and 6 boards (0 assists) and James Johnson’s 16-point, 6-rebound effort.

Knicks 82, Sixers 79

If you were to tell me that the Knicks were going to score 82 points in a game and win a month ago, I would have never believed it. But that’s exactly what they did last night on the road against the Atlantic Division leading Philadelphia 76ers. The Knicks jumped out to an early lead, lost it, tightened up defensively, gained the lead back and eventually pulled out the win. New York held Philly to under 40 percent shooting from the field, outrebounded them 47-39 and outscored them 32-20 in the paint. STAT shot 8-14 from the firled and finished with 21 points and 9 boards–he looked like the Amare Stoudemire of yesteryear for the first time this season last night. Jeremy Lin scored 16 in the fourth to finish with 18 (on 4-17 shooting) and Melo finished with 10 as the Knicks now sit one game below .500. Philadelphia started the game 0-14 from the field and were playing catchup for most of the contest. Jrue Holiday had 16 while Jodie Meeks, Lou Will, and Andre Iguodala each had 13.

Magic 103, Suns 93

The Orlando Magic dominated from start to finish against the Suns after being held to an embarrassing 59 points against Chicago earlier this week. Dwight Howard had 28 points and 16 boards and shut out his former backup Marcin Gortat–Phoenix’s leading scorer and rebounder. Ryan Anderson had a game-high 29 points and helped Orlando jump out to a lead that was as big as 22 at one point. Gortat was manhandled by Howard and finished with 4 points and 9 boards, and the Suns, who have been hot as of late, stumbled on the road. Jared Dudley led the Suns with 17 while Steve Nash had an uncharacteristic 2 assists.

Wizards 108, Nets 89

Both Deron Williams and Avery Johnson were given two technical fouls and ejected from the game, so the outcome of this one was no surprise. After the two were tossed, the Wizards gained momentum and turned an eight-point lead into a 15-point lead and held the Nets at bay to get the win. Nene made his Wizards debut and played well, notching a double-double with 22 points and 10 boards. John Wall had 12 points and 8 assists and Jordan Crawford finished with a game-high 23. Despite his ejection, DWill still led the Nets in scoring with 17 points.

Hawks 103, Cavs 102 (OT)

Joe Johnson was ice-cold for most of the game; but he came through when his team needed him most. Johnson, who finished with 22 points, forced the overtime period with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer then scored seven points in the extra session–including the game winner–to help ATL escape with the victory. Josh Smith had another huge game for Atlanta, this time going for 32 points and 17 rebounds; dude has been on a tear since the All-Star break. Kyrie Irving damn near beat the Hawks by his lonesome with a 29-point, 9-rebound, 9-assist performance–he has been lighting up the Hawks this season. Antawn Jamison finished with 23 points and 12 boards, but the Cavs couldn’t overcome a 19-7 turnover deficit that ended up killing them in the end.

Warriors 101, Hornets 92

Klay Thompson scored a career-high 27 points and David Lee chipped in with a double-double of 25 and 11 as the Warriors got their first victory since trading Monta Ellis to the Bucks. Up just five with seven and a half minutes remaining and momentum swinging in New Orleans’ favor, Mark Jackson called a timeout and the Warriors responded with an 8-0 run to put the game out of reach for good. Brandon Rush hit four 3′s and chipped in with 16 off the bench. Jarrett Jack had a triple-double with 17 points, 11 assists and 10 boards and Xavier Henry and Chris Kaman each had 13; but it wasn’t enough even though the team shot just under 50 percent from the field for the game.

Thunder 114, Clippers 91

The Thunder used a 66-point first half to build a 16-point lead and were able to nullify an 11-0 Clippers run in the second half with a 12-2 fourth quarter run of their own. OKC used that run to pull out the win against an exhausted Clippers team who is in the midst of a brutal eight-game-in-eleven-days stretch. Kevin Durant led all scorers with 32 and Derek Fisher played nearly 20 minutes and finished with five points, one board, one assist, and one block in his Thunder debut. Russ Westbrook had 19 and Serge Ibaka finished with 15 as OKC dominated in the paint, outscoring LA 44-22 inside. Los Angeles was led by Randy Foye’s 23 and Chris Paul had 13 points and 10 assists, but shot just 3-12 from the field. As a team, Los Angeles shot a woeful 36 percent which allowed Oklahoma City to cruise to an easy victory at home.

Spurs 116, Timberwolves 100

The Spurs led by as many as 23 points, but they didn’t walk away unscathed. Tony Parker, who should be getting serious consideration for MVP, left the game with tightness in his left hamstring in the first quarter. There is no timetable for his return as of yet. Fortunately, long-time running mate Tim Duncan picked up the slack by scoring 21 points and grabbing 15 boards; Duncan has found the fountain of youth in recent games. Stephen Jackson and Gary Neal each had 16 off the pine and rookie Kawhi Leonard had 16 points and 9 boards in a team high 38 minutes. Kevin Love had a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds and J.J. Barea had 18 points and 11 dimes off the bench, but the T’Wolves got killed on the boards; they were outrebounded 56-41.

Nuggets 116, Pistons 115

Ben Gordon hit an incredible nine three-pointers and finished with 45 points and 8 assists, but he couldn’t do it himself as the Pistons lost a heartbreaker on the road to the Nuggets. JaVale McGee came up huge off the bench for Denver, scoring 15 points and grabbing 7 boards and finished with a tip-slam off of a missed Aaron Afflalo free throw to put Denver ahead for good. Afflalo finished with 23 and Ty Lawson had 25 points and 6 assists. Brandon Knight finished with 16 points and Greg Monroe had another double-double with 13 points and 10 boards.

Lakers 109, Mavs 93

The Lakers snapped Dallas’ four-game winning streak behind huge performances from Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. The Mamba finished with 30 points and Gasol had 27 and 9 boards–but the biggest contribution may have come from brand new Laker Ramon Sessions. Sessions scored 17 points and dropped 9 dimes and looked like the answer at point guard that the Lakers have so desperately been looking for. The Lakers used a 10-4 run early in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach and ended up making light work of their rivals. Starters Shawn Marion and Brendan Haywood each missed their third straight game, and Dirk Nowitzki did all he could with 26 points adn 10 boards but the Lakers were on FIRE, shooting just under 60 percent from the field for the game.

Stat Line of the Night: Ben Gordon with 45 points (9 threes!) and 8 assists.

Play of the Night: JaVale McGee with the tip-slam for the win.

Dunk of the Night: Jordan Crawford goes coast-to-coast for the banger.

Tonight: Abe is back to take you through six games. Peace!

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

    If Mike Brown is still thinking of starting Steve Blake, he’s officially retarded.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Then Ben Gordon line would have been alot nicer if Detroit had won…also, where has that Ben Gordon been the past couple of seasons?

  • Myung

    Good job, Peter… IMO, the Hawks should not have won that game last night. If you think about the 6 point lead the Cavs had with like 60 sec left in regulation, there’s no way on earth they should’ve blown that game to us. Mathematically speaking, we probably had a 8% chance or so to win at that particular juncture, but everything went our way at the end of regulation. I still don’t understand why, when you know a team NEEDS a 3 to force OT, coaches don’t foul the guy and put him on the line (so he gets a max of 2 points on the possession instead of 3). Byron let Joe shoot the 3, and Joe forced OT. But even in OT, we shouldn’t have won. The tip in by Gee that rimmed out at the end of OT; that’s a shot that goes in like 98% of the time, yet it didn’t drop. We absolutely got away with one last night. We stole a win. Which… makes up for all the 1 to 3 point losses we’ve had this season. If you look at our losses (the scores), it is pathetic just how many close games we’ve lost. Big ups to Joe for making every big shot he had to (end of regulation + OT). He will never justify that stupid backbreaking contract, but he earned some of that money last night, even if he was ice cold for much of the game. And FYI, as of this morning, the Hawks (as bad as they played in February), are one game ahead of Philly and a half game behind Indiana in the standings. I honestly thought we’d be fighting for an 8 seed by this point. BTW, I’m not saying something that you guys don’t know, but Kyrie Irving is the closest thing to Chris Paul I’ve seen in the past 6 NBA seasons. This time last year, people were killing the 2011 draft class and said that if Kyrie had come out in 2012, he might not even be a top 5 pick. I’m sorry, but he would be a top 3 pick in ANY draft. He is that good.

  • http://theillustrationboard.tumblr.com/ Stepfan

    CP3 please shoot the ball. I keep forgetting that Blake Griffin is essentially in his second year but this guy has a lot of work to do to improve on his game. You can’t just run over and try to over power people. You have to have some type of moves. People are now off the Clippers bandwagon and now back with the Lakers. Oh and finally a positive JaVale McGee highlight.

  • http://theillustrationboard.tumblr.com/ Stepfan

    Oh and good win for my Wizards. Nene plays well when motivated. Blatche you can stay home for the rest of the season for all I care.

  • Myung

    I still think Mike Woodson is a bad coach, but he’s certainly shutting critics like me up right now.

  • derby

    and i think Derek Fisher might sign with the Lakers today :P

  • http://Slamonline.com Kap

    If Sessions isn’t starting next game then Mike Brown should have his brain examined. Blake has been awful as the starting PG.

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

    Kyrie Irving > John Wall

  • http://www.slamonline.com KulchaKris

    @Stepfan- as a fellow Wizards fan, I second your Blatche comment. They need to amnesty him. Getting rid of McGee and Young was a long time coming. I would rather win or lose with the likes of Seraphin and Booker. At least they play hard.

  • http://caseyvaughn.com AlbertBarr

    The one positive of starting Blake is it will lull people in to a false sense of security. Then Sessions will come out and be hard to contain because you had already relaxed at point guard defense. If Blake starts hitting his shots he can start. Ramon definitely needs the majority of minutes though

  • Jono

    Jeremy Lin looks pretty legit

  • LA Huey

    Myung, you’ll stand corrected come playoff time. You’re a Hawks fan, right? Trust what you saw for all those years. The Knicks quit on D’Antoni and are now actually trying. Amazing what effort and talent can do in the regular season.

  • el_larsen

    heartbreaking loss for pistons basketball
    ben gordon was smoking hot ,and yes he did a silly foul but without him we woudn’t have erased a 25 first quarter deficit
    i agree wayno his pistons years have been disappointing,but strangely i think the guys should shot (jamal crawford style)than he did
    let’s see what he ll do next game
    we had a chance to win all games of this road trip,but reality is that we ended 1 and 4
    but we made a lot of rally after 1st quarter double digit deficit,and L franck is to praise for the fight mentality the teams has now
    next game home against .. the heat!hope rodney will be back

    all the mcgee haters:he made denver win this game ,strangely he ll fit there
    but nene had a great game too.both winners?

  • el_larsen

    clippers should fire del negro NOW!!

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

    @Albert Yeah I agree, it’d be nice if Steve Blake wasn’t timid, though.

  • el_larsen

    i meant shot MORE

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    Ben Gordon showing signs from the Bulls-Celtics wars a few years ago, good for him. I hope Tony Parker (silent MVP) gets healthy ASAP. Duncan showing some flashes of his old self, Manu starting to regain form, the addition of Sjackson, the timely/solid/steady contributions from Neal, Green, Leonard, Tiago and Blair. Somebody better be ready/prepared against the Spurs come play-off time.

  • Paul H

    “He isn’t comfortable with either the Lakers’ offensive or defensive schemes, however. “I’m definitely not up to speed yet,” Sessions said. “I’m not comfortable like I would like to be just because I don’t know exactly where everybody is supposed to be out on the floor. I’m starting to know more plays for myself as where I’m supposed to go. ” I think Sessions and Mike Brown believe he has to be eased In because he just doesn’t know the Lakers sets. As long as he Is finishing games, I really do not see a problem with this approach.

  • Paul H

    I mean he did play 30 mins anyway.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Maybe Tom Thibodeau’s system just makes it easy for the point guard to score…
    LOL.

  • LA Huey

    The D’Antoni of defense?

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

    john wall>> kyrie irving

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Will Work For Food Dude > Slick Ric

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    That was exactly how I think Kobe should play on a nightly basis. 10 of his 11 shots made were jumpers, which is fine by me, just as long as he isn’t shooting those contested 20 footers that stall the offense and take the defense out of position. Kobe was great last night. Ramon Sessions allows him to relax into his role a lot better when he’s on the court.

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

    How has Sessions not been a perennial starter yet in the NBA? I don’t get it–the guy is a baller.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Mo Williams, Luke Ridnour, Jonny Flynn (yeah, idk about that one either) Mo Williams (Ramon started 38 after he got traded to the Clippers), Kyrie Irving

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    @nbk…the guy had 24 assists in a game in his rookie year I believe. I think he never got the playing time because the person in front of him wasn’t necessarily better but had a bigger name where the GM job was on the line for drafting that person high or signing to a nice contract. It makes you wonder how many guys buried at the end of the bench can actually play but never get a chance to shine bc they didn’t have the big name coming out of school or spent several years overseas. That’s why the Spurs have been so successful bc they give those guys chances.

  • http://www.slamonline.com TADOne

    Ben Gordon almost made up in one night for that $55 mil that Detroit has been paying out to him! NOT….

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Well the only guy Ramon was probably better then but was on the bench behind was Johnny Flynn (and if Kurt Rambis tried to sit him, he would have been fired quicker then he already was). Luke Ridnour was a better player Sessions’ second year, Mo Williams was better his rookie year, and last year. Kyrie Irving is definitely a better player. So i don’t think that’s really the case, he’s just be unfortunate in that he’s always been on a team with an established starting PG

  • Myung

    Tim, last night was “Make big buckets for your team if you know you’re overpaid” night in the NBA. Joe Johnson and Ben Gordon were active participants.

  • http://www.slamonline.com TADOne

    Last night was quite a crazy game for my Pistons: down 22 at end of first quarter, BG hitting for 21 in the 2nd, Detroit shooting 80% on threes and Denver shooting close to 60%. But that foul by BG at the end was horrible. Then the big guys decided not to block out. Quite disappointing to go 1-4 on the road trip when they literally could have won every game. The young Pistons still don’t know how to close out games.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    There’s no way in hell KIrv is a better player at this very moment or at any moment of their career. Irving is a better scorer/shooter but Wall’s the superior passer, defender, rebounder, and finisher. JWall’s ceiling is the best PG in the L while Irv’s ceiling is Top-5 material.
    Also, be on the lookout for Tony Wroten Jr from Wash, dude is going to be filthy in the L.

  • Myung

    JTaylor, I think both of them have the ceiling of best PG in the L, but honestly, I think Irving has the higher ceiling (although I’m not sure if either of them will ever reach that perch, considering just how many terrific PG’s are the in the NBA right now). If I were an NBA GM, and you asked me to pick between the two of them, I’m picking Irving over Wall. I think Wall still has a lot of potential and once the Wiz purge themselves of Blatche (they’ve already gotten rid of Thornton, Young, and McGee), Wall will finally be free from the knuckleheded teammates factor… but I still think Irving will have the better career when all is said and done (just my opinion). Still too early to tell though. I’m definitely not saying which guy is better as of today (it’s pretty neck and neck), but I do think Irving’s GAME is very Chris Paul-like and that’s as high a compliment as you can give a young PG. Irving’s a stud, and the Cavs absolutely hit the jackpot twice in less than 10 years (Bron in 2003 and Irving in 2011).

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Did anybody notice Kevin Love getting burnt to a crisp by Tim Duncan last night? That guy is so terrible defensively, i don’t understand at all how people watch him and walk away saying he’s the best all around 4 in the league. (not trying to start anything, but man, he’s just really bad on that end)

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Honestly, I don’t think Kyrie is much like Paul except for in his quickness, which resembles a pre-knee injury Paul.
    He is more of a scorer than a passer, which is evident than the fact that he only has one double-double with points and assists this year.
    He reminds me much more of Tony Parker, once Parker got his jumper right. I would say Chauncey, but Chauncey always got to rim less than Kyrie gets there and was more of a bruiser. I’m trying to think of a modern player to compare him to, and I keep thinking of cats like Marbury, who were scorers first, although Marbury’s game was more above the rim than Irving’s.
    Wall is more of a passer than Irving, and more of an overall athletic marvel. But, his feel for the overall game is worse than Irving’s, and his scoring ability, at least from a shooting aspect, isn’t even in the same conversation.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Myung, Irv’s game is nothing like CP. I used to think along the same lines before I saw him play at Duke then now at the NBA level. Whereas CP’s a pass-first player that looks for his own shot as the last resort, Irv looks for his own shot first before anything else. He’s a scorer who just happens to be a good passer (along the lines of a DRose). If anything he’s more like Rod Strickland.
    I just feel like Wall’s ceiling is higher because of his insane athletic gifts and the fact that he’s been playing next to knuckleheads for his entire NBA career yet he still manages to put up excellent numbers (16/4/8 last year and 17/5/8/1.3/1 this season).

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

    my toilet >>> iamdumb4ever.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Am I the only one who see’s Kyrie as Rod Strickland with a jumper?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Oh wow good sh*t JTaylor. I agree lol

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    nbk, I did. Notice how a certain character isn’t leading the “Love is the best PF” parade after games like last night?

  • dazzy

    Overall, Wall>Irving.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Slick Ric the Doucher! :)

  • VanCityVibe

    And my Bulls stay number 1.

  • Myung

    Hmm. You guys might be right. Maybe it’s their physical appearance? The cool poise? Or their change of speed/deceptive quickness? I agree with you guys that CP is the more willing passer. Absolutely. But there’s something there that really reminds me of a rookie Chris Paul. But maybe the CP3 comparison is off. My fault, fellas.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    well yeah but I doubt he actually saw that. I mean there was a few plays last night where Duncan literally drove by Kevin Love from 18 feet away from the basket. He looked like a 7’0″ guard – I’m talking about Tim F’n Duncan driving by people from close to the perimeter! How can that be acceptable, at all?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Myung, Kyrie controls the tempo like Paul imo. I think that’s a little overlooked because he has a different focus, but he controls the offense much like Paul does, he just doesn’t make everyone else better like Paul. Well from what I’ve seen he doesn’t.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I thought of Rod Strickland too, but Rod couldn’t shoot, and he wasn’t a blazer as far as foot speed. (Just something else…).
    But they have a similar breakdown ability and the crazy layup skills. I think Parker is the best comparison.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    wait are you saying that Kyrie Irving is blazing fast? He’s a better athlete then I thought he was, but i don’t see him as very “fast” – actually I think Rod was a little quicker off the bounce.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Irving > Wall. Still don’t see what the Wall hype is about; Give any (every?) young athletic pg the keys to the Wizards offense and see if he doesn’t put up the same numbers with perhaps a better record. Not that the Cavs are doing stellar either, but this is Wall’s second year in… in my book you got one more year before your pretty much cemented for who your gonna be in the league. Had a great summer, saw nothing but beautiful ballislife highlight reels… No improvement. To me anyways.

  • Myung

    CP3 in the 4th quarter (way more willing to shoot than in the first 3 QTR’s) = Kyrie Irving. How about that? :) btw, I get what you’re saying about the athleticism (which is God given and can’t be taught or learned), but some of the best PG’s of my lifetime haven’t been physical specimens: Magic, Stockton, Mark Price, Mark Jackson, Chris Paul, Steve Nash, Isiah. Some were taller (Magic), craftier, or quicker (Zeke), but again, they weren’t physically blessed like Rose, Westbrook, or Wall. But that doesn’t mean Wall’s ceiling is higher strictly based on that. You have to take into account bball IQ, leadership, respect of teammates, and other skills (such as the ability to hit a J consistently). I don’t think DeAndre Jordan’s ceiling is higher than, say, Roy Hibbert’s, simply because he can jump out of the gym. I just feel like Kyrie Irving’s ceiling is just as high, if not higher, than Wall’s and that’s based (I admit) on a very small sample size of both players. BTW, I completely agree that Wall has been playing with knuckleheads with low bball IQ’s the past 1.5 years, but it’s not like Irving was given much of a supporting cast either. When Alonzo Gee and Omri Casspi and Anthony Parker and Boobie Gibson are your partners in crime, you’re not exactly playing with the 1996 Bulls out there. I think BOTH guys have done exceptionally well with some mediocre teammates. And while Washington might beat CLE in the knucklehead factor, Wall had the better set of teammates (speaking on talent alone). Remember this too: Wall was given free reign from day one and was basically given autonomy. Irving was coming off the bench early this year while he learned the ropes. I’m interested to see if Wall and Nene can develop some good chemistry. Lastly,I’ll put it one more way: if you believe Wall has the higher ceiling, who do you think has the lower floor? I’d say that’s Wall too, unless he develops a more consistent J.

  • http://www.slamonline.com TADOne

    Rod Strickland is a great comparison for Kyrie. And I agree that I haven’t seen much improvement out of Wall but Wall has some gifts that you just can’t teach. I think if you give Wall a stable roster and coach and he would flourish.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Well said Myung.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Wall has shown no improvement? WOW. Compared to last season he’s shooting better from the field (41% to 44%), getting to the FT line more and shooting better from there (76% to 79%), grabbing more rbs, dishing .4 less assists, blocking more shots and scoring more. I know it’s the in thing to bag on Wall for lack of improvement on his jumpshot but he’s improved in damn near every aspect of the game. The guy has been in the L 2 seasons and played with terrible/stupid teammates in every one of them yet he still going out there and improving every game.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    Anyone see Lamar Odom’s flop yesterday against the Lakers. Bynum, double-teamed, holding his left forearm up to keep LO away and LO falls like a pack of cards. The same kinda stuff Blake gets away with. If the significant amount of contact with Perk midair was not enough to keep you from “dunking” it on that play, then how do you fall over when little guards and small forwards bump into you. smh.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    My thing about Wall and Irving, I feel like Irving will get what he’s gonna get regardless of his teammates. But you put a solid supporting cast around John Wall and he would flourish. I mean, what happens when he plays in a situation where he doesn’t have to worry about the entire defense keying in on him? He’s putting up 17 and 8 on a team where he has been literally the only threat on the court for the whole season save the last 3 weeks (Nick Young turned into a monster like 2 weeks ago and had a huge stretch of scoring games – and now they have Nene). I think Wall has the higher ceiling because he has the ability to improve his teammates even if they should play in the D-League, and his freakish athleticism grants him the opportunity to be the best PG in the NBA. While I can’t see Kyrie Irving ever being hailed as the top PG.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Lakers took a note from the Mavs from last years playoffs series. They were sinking everything. Kobe played exactly how he always plays last night. The only difference is they didn’t need any late game heroics and him to try to finish out the game for them. And Sessions is starting to assert himself more. Which you could tell Kobe was completely fine with. He cleared outta his way for a pick and roll iso and this is only his 4th game. So Kobe respects his game allot already. That much is obvious. Kobe shot the same shots he shoots every night. That’s what I love about him. He doesn’t think about his last shot let alone his last game.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Kobe shot the same shots he always shoots? Minus three 3′s, and 5 total attempts. Sure

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Forgive me JTaylor, may be not a numbers thing for me; I just can’t see any other athletic pg not do the same given the situation and opportunity.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    that means you don’t watch Wizards games.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Perhaps nbk; but I watched the one last night against the Nets though; still don’t see it. I wish him the best though, I hope he becomes the dude you guy’s are talking about. And when he does, I’ll eat my words with fine diamond encrusted silverware… no problem.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I should know how he shoots and when he shoots more than you guys that just catch ESPN games. I watch them all. So I know. That was a vintage Kobe night. Those are the same dam shots he always shoots. He played 4 less mins than he normally does. They were up and dominating so there was no need for Kobe to try and force shots up because they were getting easy buckets. Maybe think that he thought he didn’t need to shoot as many threes since other people were knocking them down at twice the rate they normally do? Haha, some of you fellas crack me up with your irrational thoughts.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I also wanted to say that it’s a shame what the Knicks are doing.
    They played dead, Melo in particular, and then when the coach gets fired they decide to play ball for real? I don’t even like DAntoni, but man, this is a clear example of why the NBA is a players’ League in certain ways. I don’t know why he couldn’t motivate his team anymore, but clearly that was the main problem.
    I think it was Melo to be honest. Every thought Amare was done, nope he can still play. They thought Lin was done, nope he can play. But suddenly, the team is working hard and playing together? Weird man, really weird.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I mean if you watched last night then i guess because he didn’t score much. He still put up 12, 5, 8, 1, 1 and a whopping +26 so the Wizards were considerably better with him on the court then the -7 without him.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I understand what Spaceship is saying.
    In some ways, Wall has regressed. I’m seeing a tad more selfishness from him, and he still isn’t thinking through the game like he should be at this point.
    But, and this is a BIG BUT, this is only his second year, and he was hurt for huge chunks of his first year, didn’t have a training camp, had a crap coach and crazy teammates.
    His situation is so VASTLY different from Kyrie’s. Kyrie joined a team in freefall, but that had very solid role players and got a serious, tough minded coach with full organizational backing. That makes a huge difference, I think.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I thought NBK and JTaylor both had League Pass?

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Klay Thompson > Monta Ellis…
    -You heard it here.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Lakeshow, they play better as a whole team when he shoots less. Even if he played 4 more minutes he wouldn’t have got to 22 shot attempts the way he was playing. He picked his spots, he still shot long, one on one jumpers, but he wasn’t shooting contested 3′s. He wasn’t trying to score 40. He was shooting in tempo with the offense, he didn’t compromise the defense with his shots. Were they in the same general area as he normally shoots? sure, but they weren’t the same shots. He took out the really bad shots last night, maybe it was because the Lakers didn’t “need” him too, but he still didn’t do it. Nothing irrational about it.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I don’t have league pass, but I have a buddy who lets me use his broadband league pass when he is busy. I watch plenty Lakers games to know when Kobe makes better choices on the court.
    .
    According to Lakeshow Kobe never does anything wrong, so even when he does play better and makes better choices, it’s just “normal kobe, the difference is he didn’t have to play like an idiot at the end of the game because they were winning by double digits” which is false. They were winning by double digits because he let Ramon Sessions dictate much of the offense and it went through Pau Gasol as much as anyone else, exactly what their offense should do.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Ah, thank you Allen; that’s one of my major concerns for Wall… No one has told him (or he hasn’t figured out yet) that he’s capable of more than quantum leaping from baseline to baseline every quarter, every night. Almost every pg interview that I’ve ever read out of SLAM spoke about them being told that the first week in the league; slow the @#$% down. Granted, he did and does have all of those road blocks ahead of him… But he’s I still see him making Lin-like decisions out there whenever I watch him, which I admit is only when plays the Knicks or Nets.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I see your points. I’m glad you agree they are the same shots, but yes they were taking more within the flow of the game. The flow isn’t always like that though. That’s sometimes Kobe’s fault, sometimes someone elses or the coach. You saw how the Mavs played Bynum right? That happens to either Pau or Bynum every other night. A team sends a fast double team and Bynum is terrible at passing out of double teams. Kobe usually then takes it upon himself to get those shots that Bynum or Pau are having taken away from them. We all know Kobe can get off a shot better than anyone in the L. That’s usually what happens.
    -Now things are changing. Sessions is changing the team allot already. It’s for the better for sure also. Kobe has no problem settling into the role of 20 shot per game SG, instead of play maker, scorer, and distributer, just so long as others are taking good shots.
    -Kobe never does anything wrong.(had to fill my nbk, stan quota that he requires of me.)

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    What was Kobe thinking not letting Ramon Sessions run the offense this year?…..
    What an idiot that Kobe guy is…

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Nah…I skipped out on it this year. I wasn’t in the mood to shell out 150 when there are games on national TV damn near every night.
    SpaceshipJay, it goes beyond numbers for me with Wall. I actually think dude has improved (no matter how miniscule) his jumpshot compared to where it was last year. He still has a long ways to go in terms of being a respectable jumpshooter but I don’t it’s as big a hindrance to his game as everyone thinks. Many greats were average shooters at certain points in their career yet they found a way to dominate. The only thing that is holding him back is his teammates/organization. People don’t understand the kind of effect a dysfunctional organization has on a young player’s mind/game.

  • http://www.nesn.com/2012/02/kobe-bryant-says-hes-better-than-michael-jordan-second-to-wilt-chamberlain-as-best-nba-player-ever-v.html shutup

    THats the exact reason D’Antoni left he knew he lost the team and he was going to get what he needed out of them, in particular Melo, its only a matter of time before Woodson loses it too. I wish the Knicks nothing but success but Woodson is only a band aid on a flesh wound.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Lakeshow did you not read my first comment on this thread?
    .
    “nbk Posted: Mar.22 at 12:23 pm
    That was exactly how I think Kobe should play on a nightly basis. 10 of his 11 shots made were jumpers, which is fine by me, just as long as he isn’t shooting those contested 20 footers that stall the offense and take the defense out of position. Kobe was great last night. Ramon Sessions allows him to relax into his role a lot better when he’s on the court.”

  • Fat Lever

    Got-d@mn Sixers! That is all.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    No I didn’t. Reading the comments now. That doesn’t explain why you expected Kobe to not be doing what Mike Brown wanted him to and run the offense. Who’s better at running an offense, Fisher, or Bryant? Kinda tough, but i’m going to say Bryant at this point. Your acting like he should have been “allowing” the PG to run things this year. There was no PG this year till 4 games ago. You cannot expect the last couple of games that Kobe should have just put the ball in the new PG’s hands, that admits he is not ready to fully take over the offense, right? He is now starting to take over the PG spot, as he should, and Kobe will have ZERO problem with taking his foot off the peddle. Do you not know who the Lakers had in the back court till Sessions came to the team? They had by far the worse back court of any team in the L minus Kobe. He forced allot of shots. We just differ on our realization of whether or not he needed to take those shots or not.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    No i’m acting like Kobe should have taken his role as playmaker more as playmaker then guy who should shoot a bunch because that’s his nature. As I said what yesterday?? All he really needed to do was put his ego aside a little. Which he has never, ever, done. Now that they have Sessions he doesn’t really have to do that, simply because he won’t have the ball enough. Yay! better basketball for my eyes!

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Lake, no NBA player should be taking the amount of shots (23.7 per game) that Kobe has this season. That is an insane amount of shots for anyone let alone a guy that plays with the best frontcourt in basketball. He’s taken the most shots since 05-06 (when he played with the likes of smush parker and brian cook), so your telling me this current Laker squad is just as bad as that one?
    Now…if he was doing it at an efficent level, I wouldn’t have much to complain about but when he’s shooting the 3rd worst FG% his career while taking away quality looks from his 2 Bigs and laker/kobe fans see nothing wrong with it, that I have a big problem with.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    He’s shooting the worst field goal % of his adult life. He hasn’t shot this bad since he was 19 years old. I mean, being the team defacto playmaker and shooting more shots at a lower clip then ever SHOULD be pretty alarming. Unless you are wearing Kobe Goggles

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Yeah I agree with that.
    Something people don’t realize and they will give another player props for it(D-Rose), but chastise Kobe for the same, is that his shots that he puts up on the rim are rebounded by the best rebounding front line in the L. It’s normally on his running shots and lay up attempts over long range bombs, but those shots allow Bynum and Gasol to clean up the board and get an easy tip in slam or just rebound and have deep position. I’m not saying that it’s “good” play making, but if your getting players easy shots(even if it’s by missing shots) then that’s a positive thing. I know no one will agree, except maybe Chicago Bulls fans, but it’s the truth and whether you like that or not it’s not only a bad thing that Kobe shoots the ball allot.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Go beat your dog nbk.

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

    @lakeshow, where your argument is a little invalid is that Gasol & bynum can get their own shot without the help of kobe. now with the bulls, boozer can get his own shots sometimes, but we all know how inconsistent he can be and noah is not a scoring threat, so rose doing is actually giving those guys to get easy baskets sometimes.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Derrick Rose doesn’t shoot 24 shots a game. And a long 2 doesn’t really create offensive rebounds unless they are shot against a zone. Shots inside the key, or shots that are the result of a collapsed defense result in offensive rebounds. It’s why the Lakers are 16th in offensive rebounds, not in the top 5 like they should be.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I mean seriously Lakeshow, your argument would be valid if it were anywhere close to factual, but you’re just throwing out assumptions. The Lakers are better with Kobe playin the role of scorer not playmaker. Simple as that.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Has Rose ever attempted 20 shots a game during a season let alone the 23.7 Kobe has avg so far? That’s what I thought.

  • Heals

    Wall needs some old-man moves to compliment his great athleticism, whereas Kyrie excels at those little things which makes it easier for him to excel vs better athletes. This is where being injured may have helped him a lot. When you suffer a long injury you have to slow things down during rehab and practice before getting healthy again. Seems to me like Wall is stuck in 5th gear most of the time…

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Bulls improve to 11-4 without Rose. Wow

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Slic, No Bynum and Gasol can’t get there own shot. Not any time they want. Kobe can literally get a shot any time anywhere. Not a good one, but a shot. Gasol is one of the weakest post players in the game. He can dominate sometimes, but he is not like Kobe. Bynum is terrible when he gets double teamed. I said TERRIBLE. He is awful when doubled. It’s funny how you guys act like the L is made for post players. It’s not. This is a guards game.
    -Taylor, when will you get this through your brainless head….

  • Heals

    @Allenp 3:26…

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    KOBE SHOOTS TOO MUCH!
    No one on the planet besides Kobe disagrees with you. Do you wake up every morning and just tell yourself “Kobe shoots too much.” We get it. Yes he does. Agreed. You are correct sir. Yes. Right.

  • Heals

    2:36 my bad, good point…

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Lakeshow you are gettin defensive despite people complimenting Kobe on last night. I mean, seriously, you are way to sensitive to talk about Kobe rationally. You brought the conversation about Kobe shooting too much on yourself with your 2:25 comment. Nobody was talking about him shooting too much before that gem.

  • Heals

    Ditto Allenp @ 2:36…

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Lake, HA! Such a well thought out and provoking response.
    Bynum is probably the best in the L at getting great position down low and is damn near unstoppable when he gets the ball 5-8 foot from the basket and while you’re right about PGasol’s lack of lower body strength affects where he gets the ball, he’s still one of the most skilled post players in the game (probably the best) and is damn near automatic from 15-17 feet. So you’re telling me that Kobe taking contested 23 footers after contested 23 footers are a better option than Gasol/Bynum down low? Oh lawd…..kobe fans let their obession for the guy cloud whatever miniscule knowledge they have about how the game of basketball should be played.

  • http://www.slamonline.com TADOne

    I just want to know if NBK actually beats his dog?

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    I was wondering if it was just me that noticed that Kyrie likes to score more than he likes to pass. out of curiosity just how good does this trade make the lakers? are they better than the thunder now? better than the spurs? better than the grizzlies? where do ya’ll see them in the western conference overall?

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    I was wondering if it was just me that noticed that Kyrie likes to score more than he likes to pass. out of curiosity just how good does this trade make the lakers? are they better than the thunder now? better than the spurs? better than the grizzlies? where do ya’ll see them in the western conference overall?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    It’s hard to quantify how bad Saunders and Wittman were at handling that team. That’s all I can really say. They were like Westphal.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    nbk, yes, you have been reigning down the praise on Kobe lol.
    - I just can’t tell you how personal this stuff gets for me. I’m so serious right now, and my weekend is almost ruined over how badly…. hold on let me pull myself together. *Sniffle* *Sniffle*… Okay..I’ll be okay. Let me wipe this tear..
    - Okay i’m back. GTFO if you think I give half a flying flip what you think about my favorite team and player. Whats funny to me is that you hate Kobe’s style of play. You hate his shot selection. You hate his play making, you hate, hate, hate, but you “don’t hate him.” LMAO. At least Taylor is true to himself and honest. He just doesn’t like Bean. Doesn’t like the person, doesn’t like the player. I can respect that.
    -Taylor you have literally no idea how an NBA team works do you? You think that every big in the game should be taking 20 plus shots because they score at a high percentage. Your an absolute fool if you think that you can just dump the ball into the post on every single possession. You have no knowledge about NBA basketball what-so-ever.
    -Tad, absolutely he does. When hate fills your heart you don’t think. You just hate.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Lakeshow just because it doesn’t make sense to you that I can criticize a player that I like, but I can. It’s not a big deal at all. Why the f*ck would I name my dog after someone I don’t like anyway? Does that make any sense to you that I would willingly make it so I name somethin I love and call by name numerous times a day after someone I hate? Lol you are a trip man.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    I love how you just insulted my intelligence then turned around in the same sentence and compared Gasol and Bynum ( hands down the best frontline in basketball ) to “every big in the game” WOW.
    Also, I don’t hate Bean. I despise(at times) his approach to the game but hate? Nah. Like I said, I don’t even get mad anymore whenever a Kobe fan labels me a “hater” because that seems to be their only retort whenever someone criticizes Kobe’s decision making process.

  • heals

    Lakeshow must have given birth to Kobe’s kids, or swallowed them. I mean, who the hell feels the need to constantly defend a complete stranger?

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    If you liked beating him because he resembled someone you hate vehemently you would name him that.
    -Taylor, you were arguing Dwight should be getting another half dozen touches down low also. You would also probably say Marc Gasol should get allot more, and you would probably argue when Bogut is back and healthy that he should be getting the most FG attempts on the team. Right? Isn’t that your style of ball? We just like different styles of basketball. Both styles are good in their own rite, but I appreciate different basketball than you do.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Yeah Lakeshow, you have done that or something? Wtf who does that?

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    lake EVERY big man you just named is awesome at basketball, and is in fact probably(or arguably) the best player on their teams (except for bogut. and that’s bc he’s injured) doesn’t it make the most basketball sense that they should get the most touches?

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    JP with you nbk. You were trying to get under my skin by saying i’m getting emotional and all that garbage so I would do what annoys you. And you can deny it annoys you, but I know it does. If you don’t want me to say BS stuff like this than don’t bring garbage like emotions into a basketball debate. It has no merit. I wouldn’t come to a website daily if I felt like it was “too emotional” I’m like the Terminator. I’m emotionless.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I’m proud of how Timmy D played last night. Schooled Love. Champs always gotta show these new up and coming youngsters what’s up.

  • Heals

    @Datkid, at least I’m not the only one getting double posts. I dunno where this puts them. LAL can look like OKC’s equal 1 week and a 5th/6th seed the next. I think OKC is the best (not by large margin, but enough that it’s theirs to lose baring any other injuries). I’d love SAS if it weren’t for what Mem did to them last year, I’m gun shy, plus Manu needs to be healthy and STAY healthy. Dal and LAC have the potential to beat anybody, but are struggling to define key roles for their players. So OKC alone at top, but constantly checking the rearview mirror, LAL and SA as the next best, but only if they are able to dictate the game pace/style, Memphis is the wildcard, Dal (much better coach so they get the nod over LAC) and LAC have the star power but are lacking reliable depth, Den and Hou will be hell for anyone they play, but just not enough to get past a top seed…

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    No, that is not my style of ball. My style of ball is team basketball not a style where the best sets of bigs in the L are underutilized and a SG takes 24 shots a game.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    No, datkid. Not to me. If that’s how you think it should be played that’s fine. It’s definitely a way to play basketball, but I think you are better off taking easy shots on certain possessions because Bynum and Bogut and Marc Gasol all play barely over 30 mins per game on average. They can’t handle taking 18+ shots a game in that amount of time and still expend energy on the defensive side. There’s no way you can toss the ball on the post that many times in a game and not expect defenses to collapse and get it out of their hands. That’s every teams goal. Try and guard big guys one on one. When you can’t you double. Then it becomes a perimeter game.
    -Does no one want to go at me for saying Klay Thompson is better than Ellis? Common that’s quite the claim. I don’t think he is the better player right now, but he will have the better career. He is one of the best shooter in the L if no one noticed. He is a decent defender and has size to play the 2 guard or 3 spot. Washington college project making NBA noise.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    If you aren’t emotional, don’t react emotionally lol all I am doing by pointing out you are emotional is making an observation. I don’t need to get under your skin

  • Heals

    obviously not me @4:28, I’d never insinuate consuming another’s children, unless of course they gave me more strength or powers…

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    “Does no one want to go at me for saying Klay Thompson is better than Ellis? Common that’s quite the claim. I don’t think he is the better player right now, but he will have the better career.”
    .
    Why would we go at you about something you don’t even believe

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I think that at every level of basketball, your post player should touch the ball at least once during just about every halfcourt possession. They don’t have to shoot, but they should handle the ball in the post.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    That’s like me saying, “if your not a f*ggot, don’t act like a f*ggot.” I have no proof that you are acting in that way so I should really not call you that. That’s cute and all if you think i’m emotional, but i’m not, so calling me emotional is calling me a name. There by your name calling. Stop that.
    -Well I haven’t heard one person talk about this kid and he is a straight up baller. Everyone is crying about Monta being gone and not realizing they already have a better future at that position. Do you all agree that he is going to be better than Ellis in the long run or do you have no opinion? He is a better shooter already. He finishes well at the rim and defends better because of his size. He isn’t nearly as athletic, but I have always felt that bodes well as long as your skilled enough (which he is) so you don’t rely on that athleticism to take you to the top. He will be a top SG in a year or two.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I do have proof you react emotionally,
    .
    “nbk Posted: Mar.22 at 3:31 pm
    He’s shooting the worst field goal % of his adult life. He hasn’t shot this bad since he was 19 years old. I mean, being the team defacto playmaker and shooting more shots at a lower clip then ever SHOULD be pretty alarming. Unless you are wearing Kobe Goggles”
    .
    “LakeShow Posted: Mar.22 at 3:38 pm
    Go beat your dog nbk.”
    .
    That was easy.
    .
    I haven’t seen enough Klay Thompson to give my opinion on his whole career, but I have seen enough to say he fits better with what GS is trying to accomplish with the players they already have then Monta did.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    That’s me being emotional? lol… Yeah there was allot of emotion that went into that one. You are the worse debater ever.
    - You haven’t seen enough of allot of stuff to talk about it, but that has never stopped you before. I’m done btw. I know there’s not allot to chat basketball wise since the Lakers and Kobe did well so it’s understandable that name calling is the go to today, but I came here to chat about basketball and that’s not happening so later fellas. Maybe we can play a better game tomorrow.

  • bike

    In all honesty, Lakeshow you are pretty emotional. You take it as your personal duty to defend all things Kobe. It’s just strange. Yesterday you said you do it because you don’t likee people feeling ‘ganged up on’. Kobe neither reads nor cares about what we say on this site. You take your fandom too serious.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Yes that is you being emotional. You took offense to something in my comment (which wasn’t even to you) and retorted with what you considered to be a little jab or funny idk. Which was really just a fallacy that showed nothing but your emotional feelings towards my comment. There is really no other way to describe what you said or why you said it other then to say it was emotionally driven.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I’m only responding to basketball related talk. I’m not here for therapy you dorks.

  • Heals

    Keep fighting your fight LS, but Clay is not better than Monta, he can be, but isn’t right now…

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    lmao the first non-basketball, non slic rick v iamorange comment on this page is from Lakeshow.

  • bike

    Good win last night but LA won’t make it past the first round this year. I’m convinced their window is closed. Unless a miracle happens and Mike Brown a-lets Sessions run the point b-focuses the offense more on his bigs c-Kobe takes around 18 shots per, they aren’t going anywhere.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I like how the Celtics fan and the Lakers fan get along way better than the “fellow ‘Kobe fans’” lol.
    -Heals: Naw, I was being hyperbolic with that statement. Ellis is better today, but I think as early as next year Klay could(I think will) be the overall better player. He has impressed me allot. I like his game.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    You are wrong about the Lakers though Heals. I guarantee Western Finals and i’m convinced Finals. They have always had regular season sh*t go down. This is no where out of the norm for them. I think Brown likes having players take pressure off of him, so I think he’ll love Sessions running the point. He will start him next game i’m sure unless Brown just really likes Blake starting for some reason with Sessions still playing the majority of the mins and the crunch time mins.

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

    Lakeshow, they have a mismatch most times they get on the court due to their size and skill and they definitely can get their own shot on most nights.

  • Jerome

    If the Knicks make the playoffs … and that is a big IF … there will not be any below .500 teams besides them. Tough luck.

  • bike

    Waah waaah

  • http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lltzgnHi5F1qzib3wo1_400.jpg LakeShow

    Slic, naw, not as much as everyone is saying they can. Bynum can if he’s not doubled shoot up to 18 maybe 20 shots in a game. That never happens though. If teams are being dominated by him the double or triple every time. If he’s doubled/tripled. Your team is screwed. He will get a turn over every third time he gets doubled. It’s like clock work. On the other post with Pau. He takes way to many jumpers right now. Waaaay to many. He shoots 5+ jumpers a game. He also will get pushed off the block and be put into bad position with any player that puts their mind to it. You can’t just force the ball to the post every single possession. You just can’t. BUT, I’m all for them getting another 2 shots each a game and Kobe shooting 3-4 less. I want him right around 20, 21, 22 at the most shots a game. With Pau and Drew you have them right now only getting 13 shots each. They should be at 15 each. Everyone thinks they should be at 18 each and Kobe at 16 or some BS. That’s just ridiculous. So adjustments need to happen. They will.

  • http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lltzgnHi5F1qzib3wo1_400.jpg LakeShow

    “Your team is screwed” was referring to the Lakers being screwed.

  • Heals

    My bad I just repeated your point on Clay, to be clearer I think Clay will be more consistent night to night and also fill out the stat sheet a little more, but won’t be able to explode offensively like Monta…

  • Jerome

    One of the only teams that has an easier end-of-season schedule is the Bucks. Again tough luck. Honestly I would be a Knicks fan if Melo was out of the picture. His “unselfishness” oonly goes so far ask the Nuggets.

  • bike

    Slic Rick is right about Bynum, but he’s totally in love with iamorangeforever. Stop being obsessed with every comment he makes.

  • chips

    Melo has a ego, he’s not selfish. If he was selfish he would be complaining and pouting for averaging 13 shot attempts over the last 5, which they won. He knew D’Antoni didn’t want him and lobbied to trade him. And if we going on about what Melo said recently, go look at some of the sh*t Amar’e has said over the last few days. It’s not just Melo and it wasn’t just Melo that opened the door for D’Antoni to see his way out. And him saying he’s playing with more energy, is probably him saying he was out of shape and didn’t have his legs, idk and if I was a Knicks fan I wouldn’t care because they’re winning against quality opponents. Melo shouldn’t stop you from being a Knicks fan, you either are or your not. If he’s holding you back from being a fan, then don’t be a fan at all. On the real the media just have some peoples ears wide open, everything printed is fact. Linsanity is alive and well contrary to what MOST New York media thinks.

  • http://Slamonline.com Datkid

    Yeah heals The lakers have always been sort of on and off but I think that stops now. They didn’t look like an elite team for stretches bc of their holes(namely @ pg) but those holes have been securely plugged now. Can they beat OKC? I doubt it (bc of mike brown IMO) bt they can make it close. And they can take Dallas. Which is good bc I hate Dallas lol

  • http://Slamonline.com Datkid

    And lake I think your really underestimating bynum and gasol. Especially Bynum. Man’s been on a RAMPAGE lately

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Attention Lamar Odom:
    Take your soft, pathetic, pouting, ineffective (1 rebound and 3 fouls in 24 mins last night. REALLY?!) Shell of a basketball playing self off my fav team…..now.
    You are a disgrace to the term Pro Bball player.
    F***ing Kardashian lapdog.
    *rant over*:

  • Matt Park

    Lin had the best 3-17 game I have ever seen…lol
    It may be the fan in me, but he was simply not getting calls. Of course, the refs are probably willing to let some go considering it is PHI, one of the toughest defensive teams in the league.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Ok ok, let’s pull back a second guys. There’s good points here but we need to get things straight.

    -There’s not a single commenter here who is immune to emotion. LakeShow has Kobe, ORANGE has the Knicks, bull22 has the Bulls, JT has LeBron, nbk has other’s emotions, Allen has the race card, etc. ok? Everyone I mentioned knows their stuff, they just fight back too hard sometimes.

    -Kobe shoots too much. Bynum/Pau deserve more shots in the post. Kobe is still a top-3 offensive player. Let the offense run through the post out to Kobe.

    -Wall is higher risk/higher reward in terms of potential. Him and Kyrie are similar to Okafor/Dwight back in 04-06. Not a fitting analogy now, but at the time it’d make sense.

    -Play nice people.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Lol @ nbk has ‘other’s’ emotions.
    Typo or proof of his diabolical plan to ensnare us all via slamonline comments and the emotions that lie within?
    :)

  • Lydia

    @Caboose Aw you guys aren’t too bad. If you want to see some high emotions, check out some of the fan-girl sites for Jeremy Lin! I never thought I’d hear other girls talking about hustling, defense, court vision, intangibles, etc. What’s hilarious about all of that is you can just tell they’ve all been watching Mike Breen and Hubie Brown commentate!!!

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Haha I mean nbk’s emotions only flare when a different commenter does. Example: LakeShow gets emotional about Kobe, nbk loses his cool (just a little bit, still love you buddy).

  • http://www.nesn.com/2012/02/kobe-bryant-says-hes-better-than-michael-jordan-second-to-wilt-chamberlain-as-best-nba-player-ever-v.html shutup

    :)

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Lol

  • bike

    Race card? Shutup Caboose

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    There is no such thing as a race card. It is sad so many people don’t realize that at this point.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Y’all know what I mean, I didn’t mean to enflame, I apologize for that.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    lol

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