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Friday, March 9th, 2012 at 9:03 am  |  71 responses

Post Up: Superman Lives

The Magic bounce back to beat the Bulls and Nash’s Suns beats Dirk’s Mavs out West.

by Abe Schwadron | @abe_squad

So if one game the Bobcats beat the Magic, and the next game the Magic beat the Bulls, then the Bobcats are the best team in the Eastern Conference, right? Marinate on that while we get the facts from yesterday’s light night.

Magic 99, Bulls 94

Last time out, Orlando lost to the Bobcats. Last night, they made up for the momentary embarrassment by beating the Bulls, behind a monster game from Dwight Howard—who racked up 29 points, 18 rebounds and 3 blocks—and a clutch 3-pointer from Ryan Anderson with just over a minute to play that broke a 91-91 tie. The Magic snapped Chicago’s 8-game winning streak, and the last time Chicago lost a game with Derrick Rose in the lineup was February 1. Rose finished with 17 points and 9 dimes but shot just 6-22 from the field. The Bulls twice rallied from double-digit deficits in this game, and even took a 2-point lead with 2:56 remaining on a Carlos Boozer (26 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals) jumpshot off a DRose feed. But Orlando (26-15) fired back with an 8-1 run and closed out Chicago, dropping the Bulls to 33-9.

Suns 96, Mavericks 94

Dallas held a double-digit lead late in the second half, but Phoenix used a 20-4 run sparked by 12 of Jared Dudley’s team-high 18 points to regain the lead, eventually holding one final furious comeback try from Dirk Nowitzki and company to take home the win. The Suns took an 8-point lead on a Grant Hill jumper with 3 minutes to play, but Hill missed a pair of free throws with under 20 seconds left and PHX only up 2, leading to a pair of chances for the Mavs to tie things up—luckily for Hill, Roddy Beaubois missed a driving layup, then a wide open look from the top of the key, and that wrapped things up. Steve Nash dished out 11 assists to go with 11 points and Marcin Gortat did his double-double thing with 16 points and 12 boards. Nowitzki and Carter led the Mavs with 18 apiece in the loss. The Mavs are now 23-18 and No. 6 in the West.

Line of the Night: Superman’s 29 and 18, plus 3 blocks.

Moment of the Night: A Dwight Howard interview without a hint of a smile? You know it was a big W.

Dunk of the Night: Yes, Shannon Brown is still alive and well.

Tonight: I’m out for the weekend, which starts tonight with 10 games, the best of which is Clippers-Spurs. Others to keep an eye on include Wolves-Lakers, Jazz-Sixers, Blazers-Celtics and Nets-Bobcats (kidding). Have a good weekend, everyone.

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  • T-Money

    i think we can all stop feeding the narrative that dwight howard has no post game (and that it somehow makes bynum a viable candidate for best 5 in the L). that’s just not true anymore, he was giving shimmies and up and unders to jo noah all night. what i found fascinating is that, when attacking on the block, he prefers facing up to backing people down – and it actually makes sense. as big and strong as he is, he has a bigger advantage in quickness than in strength against 5s. unfortunately, he will never have the touch of a shaq o’neal, a lot of his attemps are really hard off the glass.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    Yea T-Money he prefers the face up then attacks which makes since considering his quickness. The Bulls made a nice comeback but went cold in the last 3 minutes of the game and Rose missed a free throw that would have pulled them within 2 I believe and you could see the frustration on his face. I wonder how long it will take ESPN to say that he’s not a “clutch” free throw shooter.

  • T-Money

    i’m so fed up with the clutch and closer talk. what if you just miss? rose shoots 82 from the line not 98! sports talkshows and “analysts” are really starting to ruin the game for me. i can’t remember the last time i’ve watched a game with sound on because i just know they’re going to keep feeding us the same tired story lines.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Lol. I too use mute more and more, particularly if Mike Breen or Reggie Miller are calling the game. But I enjoy Hubie. Hubie is the man.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    Yea Hubie is the best probably because he actually provides insight instead of random rants like JVG or b*tching about stars not being in the all star game like Reggie Miller.

  • T-Money

    what’s up with reggie’s fascination with the dunk contest? it’s so weird coming from a guy that would always lay it in on the break even when he could have gone for the uncontested dunk.

  • AD

    yea i like how dwight was serious…. Plus his post game may not be like a Tim Duncan but it has definetly improved.The magic just like to shoot contested threes. (jvg is cool because he’s a realist, Hubie is wise so you gotta respect that but reggie miller can get annoying… I know JVG misses Mark Jackson lol

    And dnt be surprised if DWILL goes for 81 tonight!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    JVG is all right. He just goes off track a little, and he and his brother just seem like generally cranky people.
    Reggie used to dunk every once in a while with the two hand finish, but I think he just talks about the dunk contest because he thinks that’s a “controversial” issue, and he believes it’s his job to talk about them.
    I am sad that a player who seemed to be fairly bright rarely provides any insight into the little details of the game. That’s what I dislike about most color analysts. It’s always general stupid stuff.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    His fascination is beyond me. I guess JVG is cool it’s just that sometimes his rants carry over too long to where they miss a pretty nice stretch. Anything is better than the Laker and Chicago broadcast. I’m from LA and they are terrible and Stacy King is a jerk off at times.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    It says a LOT about someone who pushes mute on their set because they don’t like what an announcer is saying. rofl

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    ^ R E A L I T Y

  • LA Huey

    I can see why folks don’t like JVG but I find him entertaining. I wish Coach Hubie could do every game though. And I call him “Coach” because I’ve actually gained and applied some basketball knowledge listening to the man.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    JVG is a mixed bag to me… annoying sometimes but entertaining more often than not. Reggie miller is alright to me. I don’t have a HUGE problem with him, although I can see how people would.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    You think it says a lot about someone that they push mute?
    You are strange. If the announcers are not bringing anything useful to my watching of the game, why not watch the game without them. It’s the exact same game.
    Don’t people watch games in sports bars all the time without being able to hear the announcers?
    lol

  • LA Huey

    I actually mute it when Reggie’s on. He doesn’t provide any valuable insight and he just does an awful job of calling the game.

  • T-Money

    iamorange – please go on. what does it say about me that i’d rather listen to good music and watch the game on mute than hearing reggie stumble on every other word and spew generalities.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    Playing Kendrick Lamar and watching a good game is pure heaven just saying.

  • T-Money

    t-ray – currensy puts me in a good, chill mood to catch a game. you don’t want something that’s too hype and i like the jazzy beats.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    Never really got into curren$y like that I may have to just a bunch of mixtapes and take a listen. Something about songs like Cartoon and Cereal, Poe Man’s Dreams and ADHD that just put you in the mood to relax.

  • ripslam

    Really wanted the Bulls to pull that one out. Also, Reggie Miller is the most annoying commentator ever. He says the most obvious things, and gets way too worked up about insignificant stuff.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    I understand if you got kids, and the game is on a little late so you may press mute, or turn it down real low. However, if you are just by your lonesome in your living room or mancave, and you have to press mute to watch a game just because you don’t like what the announcers are saying, then I’m sorry, that makes you look mentally weak. Allenp probably still puts his fingers in his ears and yells I can’t hear you. ROFL

  • LA Huey

    Playing ODB’s greatest hits and watching a good game is pure heaven just saying.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    “I can’t recall his name, wasn’t he that kid that nearly lost half his brain over two grams of cocaine, getting his d)ick sucked by Crackhead Corraine. A damn shame, dude was lame, what was his name? Darkskinned Jermaine, see what I’m saying.”

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Orange
    I’m quite ok with you considering me mentally weak.
    I would be more disturbed if the opposite were true.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Please, just go eat some hay, make things out of clay, or lay by the bay? What’d ya say?

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Allenp, you are ok man. You’re just a little soft in more ways than one. ;)

  • T-Money

    iamorange – what part of muting the game to blast music don’t you understand? talking about kids and noise level, wtf?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    “I’m Big dangerous you just a little vicious, as I leave my competition respirator style, climb the later to success escalator style…”

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    ladder

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    Im on the side that likes JVG. I find him quite entertaining. Reggie miller is annoying and so are most of the guys that call the games for each individual team (esp. lakers, bulls, celtics, utah).

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    T-Money I wasn’t talking to you. If you like to listen to music while a game is on, instead of the announcers, then fine. You are unique. Embrace it. lol

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    “Rolling in a golden Tacoma the sh*t stolen if that b*tch tell on me I’m a do a f*ckin drive by in her colon” sorry had to rep OFWGKTA those are my dudes.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Thanks for the “ladder” correction, Allenpp. :)

  • http://slamonline house

    Pretty obvious Bulls had no answer for Dwight last night, no matter who they threw at him he still scored, outrebounded etc etc. Second unit and Boozer kept Bulls in the game but those 3′s by JRich in the 3rd, (or 4th?) killed us, very clutch. Mind you, if Korver hadn’t of missed all those 3′s, (most of em wide open) it woulda been game.

    Yeah and I am pretty sure Boozer couldn’t defend a bowl of milk from a kitten…

  • http://caseyvaughn.com AlbertBarr

    I definitely mute sometimes and listen to music rather than the announcers. It makes my wife happy. And I hate Reggie…he ruins good moments with his trying to hard.

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

    Speaking of announcers, Magic is the king of saying really simple things and making it seem like he said something so ground-breaking and complicated. I have seen him talk at a work seminar and I was disappointed. A simple action that would take 5 seconds to describe, Magic turns into 2 minutes of hot air. Hubie gives it to you straight.

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

    Another thing I have noted, in the past couple weeks, in many of the games I have watched there seems to be a different leading 3 point field goal % leader in the game. One time, it was Brandon Rush, then watching the Heat/Lakers, it was Mike Miller, then last night it was Kyle Korver. I’m too lazy to check the stats but I find it odd that it changes each time I see the game. Calling b.s.

  • 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

    I like the insight Van Gundy hits on, especially about flopping, other announcers are take-it or leave it except for Clyde Frazier, hearing him call a game, makes me wanna hang him in a burlap sack and hit it with a mop till it stops moving. So watching the last couple Orlando games (and this is the second time in as many games that I watched) Dwights post game does look improved, that being said his point production isnt really up for his career avg’s so even though it looks a lil better; (i guess more of a philosophical question here) is it really an improvement? What is with him in the 4th quarter? his production 1-on-1 in the fourth has been atrocious the last two games i watched (Thunder,Bulls) after killing it earlier in the game. and its not like he isnt getting touches in the fourth, he just cant seem to make a shot, unless its lobbed to him or someone creates for him.

  • 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

    Oh and tom tolbert was my second least fave announcer of all time

  • http://slamonline house

    Fratello is decent also imo

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Kyle Korver is the streakiest “good” shooter I’ve ever seen. He misses so many decent looks, and it’s happened in Philly, in Utah and now for Chicago. Like last year against the Heat, he actually was getting some decent looks, but he wasn’t canning them like he should have been in my opinion.

  • T-Money

    i’ve also noticed that thibs is phasing asik out. he had booz playing the 4 next to to taj at one point, until orlando started throwing it to dwight. i just do not understand why every single orlando possession doesn’t start with dwight on the block.

  • LA Huey

    Tom Tolbert? That takes me back. Hope they bust out “Roundball Rock” for those London games.

  • MookieBlaylock

    the JVG Mark Jackson dynamic was gold, man. I was actually sad when Mark got the coaching job haha. MOMMA THERE GOES THAT MAN!

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

    Give props to Howard but the bulls played turrible defense that game, Thibs will make the bulls player regret playing that weak defense.

  • 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

    Kyle Korver looks like a were-rat or carrot top, did he have something done to his face?

  • MookieBlaylock

    Doug collins was really good too. Chuck Swirsky is the best to ever do it. Raps fans know

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

    I gotta agree with you AllenP, he goes through these terrible streaks of shooting so much that when he begins knocking them down, it almost seems insignificant. If you didn’t look at his shooting percentage from three, you wouldn’t know he was shooting it at a good rate. On another note, when are these damn trades gonna start to kick off.

  • http://slamonline house

    @shutup: I think its called a goatee

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    Slic I think there will be a significant trade by Tuesday.

  • http://dsjfkl.com Jukai

    I might be the only guy in the world who HATES Hubie. Over-complicates simple plays to make himself sound smarter, rarely admits he makes a mistake on a replay when he’s going on a long rant, and thinks every coach is a damn genius. Yeah, Mike Brown just ran an isolation play and cleared out everyone to the sides of the court. What a monster playmaker.

  • 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

    Not talking about facial hair, I don think he even has a goatee, maybe its the orange tan that looks so unnatural, but side by side pics of when he was in utah he just looks different and a lot more creepy. and a side by side pic of him and carrot top is super creepy.

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

    @ Jukai Hubie makes a lot of mistakes now that I think about it. Like you said, he over-praises coaches, especially when they play soundbites from the huddle. I like SVG and Mike Breen because SVG calls him out on all his cliched stuff and undying support of the refs. The Heat/Lakers game last Sunday, Troy Murphy gets in the game to match Miami which had gone small, playing Bron at the 4. Mike Breen says that Murphy was inserted for his “quickness”. SVG goes, there’s no way Troy Murphy is in the game for his quickness. He would be the slowest person on this table!

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    He over-praises coaches because he used to be a coach himself. People in similar professions tend to gas up others in the same line of work, I don’t see anything wrong with that. His insight on the game outweighs everything else.
    Oh…I’m a big CWebb fan.

  • bull22

    observations from a very winnable game…
    deng- his wrist flaring up sounds like bad news.
    korver- he says shooters shoot, but he should EVER shoot 6 three
    point attempts in a quarter like he is ray allen and make the extra pass
    especially when you are winning 91-89 with a chance at a 4 point lead.
    rose- you know howard is going to come at you and end of the game and patience and the extra pass is needed for better look at basket.
    boozer-needs to continue to play like he played last night and get open looks and easy baskets with his aggression.
    hamilton- please get you behind on the floor and stay there because rose needs the help.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Co-Signature on JT.

  • http://dsjfkl.com Jukai

    JTaylor: Hubie’s insight is overrated.
    But I also absolutely love Webber as a commentator.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Webber always sounds like he’s rushing when he’s speaking.
    Hubie tells me stuff I otherwise wouldn’t know. I also like the color announcer for Golden State.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    I like CWebb too was just telling my dad about it last night. He does at times see to be rushing himself but that will go away he hasn’t really had the experience. Oh and that Inside the NBA with Shap and 3D was horrible.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    Hard to find a good color analyst. The worst are Reggie Miller, Stacey King, Matt Harpring, Michael Smith, and Tommy Heinson.
    Some good ones are Hubie, Webber, Steve Kerr, Mike Fratello, and JVG is tolerable now but I couldn’t stand him and Mark Jackson together. Too many playful shots back and forth at each other, it was like Bill Walton and Steve “Snapper” Jones all over again.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    Also, starting a few seasons ago, I really started enjoying listening to play by play guy Ralph Lawler call games. He just has a great sense of humor about everything.
    You know how you’ll be on Twitter during a game and people are on there cracking jokes about the game?
    Lawler will be doing that while calling the game. Lol
    Only drawback is you have to take Michael Smith’s whininess and homerism.
    Also, yes I’m a Bulls fan but the Stacey King and Neil Funk team is pretty bad.
    No chemistry and King can be annoying. SUPER annoying if you’re not a Bulls fan.
    I don’t get why they don’t have Chuck Swirsky doing tv instead of radio.
    Anyways, surprised my comments are showing up so hi to everyone. Hope all are well.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    Too bad Jim Ross is retired instead of doing wrestling he could do Laker games lol his signature MY GAWD!

  • http://www.thatblogcray.com Anton

    T-Ray, that’s a straight blast from the past hahaha. “Good gawd almighty!”

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Y’all need to really go re-read that KG interview that just went up.
    That joint is awesome.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    And I really dislike the color guy in Denver. He is Tommy Heishon West.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    “Kobe with another 3! Business is about to pick up! It’s a slobberknocker! The Cerebral Rabid Black Mamba!!” – Jim Ross

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    Lol “Damn that Jeanie Buss damn her what a jesabelle!” “Bynum is beating up the competition like a government mule!”

  • LA Huey

    I feel for Bulls fans that don’t like Stacey King. They’re just too good and fun not to watch but you gotta deal with Stacey King.

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

    I don’t mind the home Laker announcers(too lazy too look up names.) They regularly point out stuff that Kobe gets away with (travels, reaching fouls, offensive fouls etc and they don’t have an inflated opinion of the team’s performance. Once they were talking about OG Kevin Willis who has really short arms for a 7 footer. Talking about how he had to get some help reaching for his wallet in his back pocket because his arms couldn’t reach that far down. Now, the Clippers guys are something else.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Your right Nick. They are honestly some of the least “homer” announcers in the L. They call Kobe, Pau, and Bynum out all the time. They give other teams props and seem to enjoy watching NBA Basketball just as much as Laker basketball. I feel like people who rag on them are either Laker haters or they just don’t understand a teams color commentators job. He is suppose to be talking to the home town fans not other teams fans. Hubie is the man. Twice as old as every other commentator, but better than all of them IMO. I know he has his flaws, but he seems to be professional to go along with knowledgeable.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    i’m all for Coach Hubie. a year or so ago, he was on the Follower’s NBA podcast, and he dropped mad knowledge for 20 minutes straight. he talked about how Lew Alcindor and Big O were great professionals during his early coaching years with the Bucks, about how the bench production was affected when a starter is out with injury, and a lot of other inside stuff. it was hands down the MOST educational lesson regarding to basketball that I’ve encountered, and I’ve followed NBA for 18 years. i really wish i still have that podcast somewhere.

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