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Thursday, March 8th, 2012 at 8:35 am  |  110 responses

Post Up: Winning Time

Game-winners for Chicago, New Jersey, Cleveland and Sacramento on a wild night.

by Abe Schwadron | @abe_squad

Good morning, world! I warned you this morning’s Post Up would be condensed, so here goes. For once As usual, I’m leaning on you, the readers, to drive the conversation on last night’s action. Man, I sure picked a heck of a night to go off the grid, huh? I thought the game I was covering would surely be the best ending of the evening. And then I caught up on the action around the League. Holy buzzer-beaters, Batman! Without further interruption, let’s get to today’s modified TPU, a bare bones edition (keeping this on a need-to-know basis, boys and girls) from a night that gave us plenty to chew on. Luckily for me, a handful of games require only a few seconds of game-ending video.

Raptors 116, Rockets 98

In short: Toronto shot an insane 59 percent on field goals and set a season-high for points scored, behind 23 points from DeMar Derozan. Jose Calderon added 17 points and 12 assists, as the Raps won despite sending Houston to the free throw line 44 times—the Rockets made 13 more free throws than Toronto attempted on the night.

Best line: Calderon. But special shouts out to the trio of DNPs for Houston: Jonny Flynn, Chase Budinger and Hasheem Thabeet. Keep working, guys, maybe one day!

Sixers 103, Celtics 71

In short: Boston shot 35 percent from the field as a team, including going 0 for 8 from downtown, and the Sixers asserted their Atlantic Division authority. Paul Pierce led the Cs with 16 points, but only 3 players in green scored 10 points or more. Philly outran the Celtics (26-10 fast break points) and led the entire way in this one, by as many as 37 at one point.

Best line: Career-high 26 points for Evan Turner, who added 9 rebounds for good measure.

Wizards 106, Lakers 101

In short: OH YES. Despite a boatload of front-running Lakers fans, the Wizards came all the way back from down 21 points in the third quarter. And considering that John Wall had just 4 points on 1-8 shooting, it’s safe to say Kobe Bryant (30 points) and the Lake Show got beat by a bunch of guys he’s never heard of. Kobe was 1-10 in the fourth quarter, while the likes of Trevor Booker, Kevin Seraphin (career-high 14 points), Roger Mason (14) and Nick Young (19 off the pine) led DC to the win. And consider this: The Lakers have dropped consecutive games to Detroit and Washington. Meanwhile, the Wizards have 9 wins. Two of those are against the Lakers and Thunder.

Best line: Trevor Booker has got to be among the most underrated guys in the L. Cook Book led the Wizards comeback and finished with 18 points and 17 rebounds in 38 minutes.

Jazz 99, Bobcats 93

In short: One night after handling Dwight Howard, the Bobcats had a whole lot of trouble with Al Jefferson and friends. The Jazz outscored Charlotte 54-36 in the paint and outrebounded the ‘Cats, 43-34 to get back to .500 at 19-19. Corey Maggette scored 25 points and Kemba Walker had 19 in the loss.

Best line: Al Jefferson put up 31 points, 9 rebounds, 5 dimes. Is Big Al figuring it out, finally?

Heat 89, Hawks 86

In short: This game was tied at 77 with 4 minutes left, and Jannero Pargo cut a Miami four-point lead in half with 30 seconds left, but a Dwyane Wade-to-Udonis Haslem alley-oop with 12 ticks to play gave the Heat a 3-point advantage, and Pargo’s buzzer-beating trey was off the mark.

Best line: It’s either LeBron’s 31 points and 11 boards, or DWade’s 18-9-6.

Nets 101, Clippers 100

In short: A guy I know wrote a nice recap of this one for NBA.com, but here’s what you need to know: Deron Williams passed out of a double-team on New Jersey’s final possession and Jordan Farmar drilled the game-winner with under a second left (see below) after the Nets blew an 18-point lead. Also, props to Kris Humphries for manning up against Blake Griffin.

Best line: Even on a night when Griffin didn’t look all that great (besides physically—dude is borderline breathtaking in person), he still muscled his way to 28 points and 17 rebounds.

Bulls 106, Bucks 104

In short: The MVP, doing MVP things.

Best line: Derrick Rose’s 30 points, 11 dimes, 8 rebounds, and the game-winner you see below. Have mercy, Derrick.

Thunder 115, Suns 104

In short: Just peep the stat lines: James Harden had a career-high 30 points, Russell Westbrook had 31 and 10 assists, Kevin Durant had 30, and Serge Ibaka put up 18 points and 20 rebounds, plus 3 blocked shots.

Best line: Oklahoma City only had one player score off the bench. That’s okay when your one guy is James Harden, who was 8-12 from the field, and for what it’s worth, finished with a +27 plus/minus.

Timberwolves 106, Trail Blazers 94

In short: Minny’s won 5 straight games at home and 8 of 11 games overall, sliding them into the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference, last night picking up the W despite 22 points from LaMarcus Aldridge and a near-3×2 from Gerald Wallace (13-9-9).

Best line: Kevin Love dropped a 29-16-3 line. He’s so good, someone ought to put him on the cover of a magazine…

Spurs 118, Knicks 105

In short: New York has lost three straight and 6 of 9 since Carmelo Anthony joined the Linsanity. Melo had 27 points, Amar’e had 18 and 11 boards, and Jeremy Lin scored 20 points, had 4 assists and only 1 turnover, but the Spurs had 7 players in double figures and led by as many as 24. Tyson Chandler didn’t play (hamstring) and Landry Fields was replaced in the starting lineup by Iman Shumpert, but this one was all San Antonio.

Best line: Tony Parker led the Spurs with 32 points and 6 assists.

Cavaliers 100, Nuggets 99

In short: Your ROY favorite Kyrie Irving (18 points, 8 dimes, 5 rebounds) went the length of the court for a layup with 4 seconds left on the clock to down the Nuggets, as you’ll see below. Which shouldn’t be all that surprising, since Danilo Gallinari and Denver made odd choices on defense all night.

Best line: Antawn Jamison had 33 points and 9 rebounds.

Kings 99, Hornets 98

In short: Is there a more perfect example of a play that sums up the Hornets’ season than the game-losing botch job you see below? All New Orleans had to do was inbound the basketball. And they couldn’t. Isaiah Thomas stole the ball and hit John Salmons for the game-winning bucket.

Best line: Marcus Thornton scored 25, but Chris Kaman flirted with a triple-double, finishing with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists.

Grizzlies 110, Warriors 92

In short: Memphis jumped out to a 21-4 lead, then let the Warriors back in the game before building another 20+ point lead late in the game. The Grizzlies racked up a ridiculous 32 fast break points, to just 6 for Golden State.

Best line: Rudy Gay went for 26 points, 12 boards and 5 assists for the Grizz, who shot 53 percent from the field as a team.

Dunk of the Night: Blake goes baseline.

Tonight: Pretty simple—Magic at Bulls at 8, Mavericks at Suns at 10:30, both on TNT.

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  • jake

    The formula the Thunder is using right now will not work in the playoffs when the game slows down and the defense tightens, terrible halfcourt execution. Note to the NBA, never defend D-Rose with a another point guard, only big shooting guards and small forwards will do because this kid is a beast
    …..

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    I don’t know which moment was better finally seeing John Carter on the big screen where this great hero deserves to be or watching D-Rose hit a buzzer beating game winning shot right in Jennings face.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Great night in the L! I was at Nets-Clips too and was thoroughly entertained, but the NBA was just getting started. Given all you had going on, Abe, this was a very solid Post Up!

  • Mike From Spain

    I saw Kevin Seraphin in the Eurobasket group phase game and also final against Spain (he played with France) and thought he was a beast. He did great against Gasol bros. and Ibaka, scored something insane like 9 of 10 in two matches. I wonder why does he not get more burn in Whashington.

  • Myung

    Congrats, Abe, on your squad beating the Lakers. What a big win for the Wiz. What an epic choke job by the Lakers. Any time the Lakers lose, it’s a good day. I guess the Wizards were inspired by the Bobcats the night before… no way the Cavs or especially the Kings should’ve won their games last night… that’s two inbounds game winning steals that an Isiah/Isaiah Thomas has been involved in (this time, the Thomas in question made the steal instead of throwing the bad pass to Larry Bird)… how on earth the Hawks (with NO Horford, Joe Johnson, Willie Green, and T-Mac) were up by 10 late AT Miami after playing IN Indiana the night before against a fully healthy Heat team is beyond me. While it was a tough loss, I was pretty thrilled with how well they played last night. I really thought we were going to get killed….OKC is the scariest team in the West, hands down, when everything’s clicking. Wow. Those boys are putting up video game numbers.

  • http://www.blogspot.com LLC#12

    Does anyone know the last time 3 team-mates had 30 point games? Looks pretty rare to me!

  • Heals

    Damn 32pts do you Philly, although if Bos didn’t play OT vs Hou they probably only lose by 15 or so (sarcasm). I dunno something abut 51-25 that’s more “dominating” than winning by 32, the whole double-upped thing…

  • AD

    evean turner should use this as motivation and move into their goto man.. i thinks its about that time

  • aussieheatfan

    @llc#12 i know for a fact lebron,wade and bosh did it last year vs rockets but idk if anyone did it after that. iknow they did that cause they became the first 3 teammates in regulation to each put up at least 30 pts and 10 rebs

  • T-Money

    lol lebron can’t win. wade passed THREE times in the final minutes and deron made essentially the same play he made in the utah game (passed out early from the double team for an open look). are those bad, scared plays if the open shots are missed? of course not.

    on the other hand, rose hit a very difficult step back fade away jumper with a hand in his face. can rose hit that shot at a respectable rate? would that be considered a good shot at any other point of the game? would it be a good idea from him to dance like that in front of iggy, paul george or lebron in the playoffs witht the game on the line? i’d say no to all three. but that’s what he’s “supposed” to do.

  • Heals

    For the best pg debate record DWill guarded CP3, Foye guarded DWill…

  • jr724

    Imagine it was the Heat that blew a 20-point lead and, LeBron went 1-10 from the field in the 4th quarter…haha

  • MeloMan15

    DWILL

  • http://slamonline.com J

    Kyrie Irving does it… again. 4th game winner of the season! (boston, dallas, sacto and denver). This kid has the clutch genes written all over his game. What’s not to like on this young man? What might not be noticed on this game against Denver is the good defense he put on the last play against Lawson. Jamison is bringing circa ’05 lately. What a nice way to pile up his trade value. Alonzo Gee is a keeper. He could be a great role player in a couple of years.

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    ..again Tony Parker for MVP, I’m serious. Turner should start starting for the Sixers. And why did nobody guarded Farmar?? Great night for basketball indeed!

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

    Great games of NBA basketball BUT a greater win for my Wizards last night. I wish we played this hard every night. John Wall is my man but during the off season he has to work on a JUMPSHOT. I hope Andray Blatche took notes from Trevor Boooker last night. If you play hard and play to your potenial (Minnesota Timberwolves Kevin Garnett) maybe you won’t get booed out of the Verizon Center.

  • Heals

    TParker just another impressive performance and Spurs W, NYK look like they struggling coming together right now as opposed to just being bad, almost too much depth, while LAC look like they struggling to find the right “core” 9 guys and when to play em’, too many games they’re falling way behind and just coming up short/too tired to cap off the comebacks…

  • Myung

    jr724, had the Heat lost to the Hawks in Miami last night, it wouldn’t have been much different from the Lakers losing to the Wiz. The Wizards were playing at home and have pretty much their whole squad now (since Blatche is back). The Hawks are playing without their All Star shooting guard (Joe), their back up 2 guard (Willie Green), rested their back up back up (T-Mac) last night, and have been without their other All Star (Al Horford) for months. In addition, the Heat got to rest most of their starters the night before in a blow out win, while the Hawks played their starters all the way to the buzzer in a very tight win and then had to fly from Indiana to Miami. Yes, the Lakers blowing a huge lead was a big choke, but Miami was down by 10 late in the 3rd quarter to basically our 2nd unit. I’d argue that the Wizards are currently trotting out more talent than the Hawks did last night. Our 2 guards last night were Kirk Hinrich (a PG) and Jerry Stackhouse (who is like 85 years old or something). Besides Jeff Teague and Josh Smith, there’s not much else going on for the Hawks, yet somewhow, they were thisclose to pulling out the upset last night. Coach Drew is doing some great coaching these past few weeks, and the guys are playing hard every night, no matter the competition.

  • Heals

    You could make alotta $$$ betting on Mia or OKC when they get down by 10+ through 2 or 3 quarters. There’s never a doubt in my mind when either one gets behind that they’ll not only comeback, but probably win too. For both squads once the momentum builds it’s almost impossible to slow down…

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

    Once/If the New Orleans Hornets buyout Chris Kamen where do you think he goes? Back to Lob City or OKC cause both squads could use a low post presence. Oh btw like Bynum said last year in the playoffs,”We got trust issues.” 9-31 FGA-M = #Kobebjacking

  • http://slamonline.com J

    Nice win by the Wiz. Do they Wiz still want Javale? If they let them walk I’ll be very happy to welcome him in a Cavs uniform for a reasonable price. Byron Scott can set his mind straight. But I believe Washington will give him all the chance in the world unless they draft Anthony Davis.
    .
    And what the hell is Atlanta thinking when that alley oop to Haslem happen?
    .

  • T-Money

    i’m starting to like david thorpe more and more. he keeps saying that effort is a skill in itself. i was watching trevor booker and seraphin yesterday and it just hit me. these guys go HARD all the time on every play, every sequence, every rotation. that’s something blatche and mcgee simply can’t do.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Deron or Derrick
    Who made the right play?

  • http://slamonline.com/ Abe Schwadron

    I’d prefer to see Booker play every single one of Blatche’s minutes, and for that matter Vesely and Seraphin too (although Seraphin’s been given a million chances already) instead of McGee. And give Rashard’s to Singleton. It’s one thing to be bad, it’s another to give no effort, not care, not play defense. It’s no surprise that even casual Wizards fans can tell the difference. And for as much as I rag on Randy Wittman, gotta give the dude credit for sticking by his word to not play dudes who won’t put out that effort (even if he won’t be around next season).

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    And George Karl’s team lost a game by allowing the point guard to drive the length of the floor in four seconds and shoot a layup.
    At what point do we connect the dots people. First it was Melo and Iverson that prevented the team from playing defense. Then just Melo.
    Whose fault is it now?

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    I am no prisoner of the moment, but the Spurs look like they’re back as contenders and Tony Parker deserves serious MVP consideration. “Knowledgeable basketball minds” know Tony is playing like MVP for the San Antonio Spurs this season. Kawhi Leonard continues to impress me. As for my Knicks, this season certainly has had it’s peaks and valleys. Winning more consistently will come with more repetition together for this collection of Knicks. A good sign for the Knicks is Melo and JR seem to be warming up. I expect a Knicks W in Milwaukee tomorrow night! The big payback is coming.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    Deron. D.rose’s only looks cool bc it went in.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    McGee doesn’t play hard anymore? I thought he played hard but often stupid when I watched. But I haven’t watched in a while.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    @Allenp how about that defense by the “athletic” Nene Hilario on the layup by Kyrie Irving?

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    also until chris paul significantly unhobbles himself, I’m going with D.will as the best pg in the L. He’s scoring and passing more efficiently than everyone else.

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    co-sign T-money 100%.. Dwill and Wade both passed in clutch time and will get praised for it just because their teammates made the shot which is stupid because that shouldn’t even be part of the conversation. On Sunday, Jon Barry was critisizing lebron for not taking the shot and then proceeded to say that 25-30 percent was good at the end of games. Stupid because haslem is going to make that shot more than 25-30 percent of the time (just like he made it last night).

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

    Are you guys really trying to compare Wade passing to Haslem for a dunk vs Lebron passing to Haslem for an 18 footer?

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

    And Deron and D Rose both made the right play. Deron passed to a good shooter because he had a double team IN FRONT of him. DRose didn;t pass because he ha da smaller, weaker defender on him. Why does it have to be either or?

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    If the Nets find out they’re not getting Dwight Howard, and then decide to trade Deron Williams. Do they accept Amar’e Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin for Deron and Shawne Williams? Just curious. I bet the Knicks would have to think that over, after all, Lin brings a lot of revenue/ratings to the Knicks franchise. I don’t always make trade proposals, but when I do, I propose trading for Deron Williams. No way the Russian passes up getting the ticket selling machine Jeremy Lin.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Game 5 against washington. The baseline drive.
    Game 5 against Detroit 2007 ECF
    Following year against Boston.
    Buzzer beater against Golden State 08-09 season.
    Game 2 against Orlando 09 ECF.
    Against Boston and Chicago last year.
    .
    Tell me if that’s not clutch, or if he made the right or wrong play.
    Some people seriously hate Lebron.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    @ Diesel though I personally prefer Lebron taking the shot, that 18 foot jumper for Haslem is money. money.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Orange
    You are the only person in the entire world who thinks Demarcus Cousins is more athletic than Nene, and you couldn’t even express why you believed that in sensible terms.
    Please refrain from trying to engage me with idiocy. I’m cool.

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    @Diesel, I don’t think anyone is comparing the dunk to the shot in utah, but if you watched the game, in the final minute, he passed to haslem for a shot in the exact same spot as the utah shot (which he hit this time). He also passed to chris bosh for a fairly contested baseline shot and bosh drilled that. Those were the situations I was comparing.

  • ThaWindy

    They both made the right play.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Diesel
    Good point. Rose wasn’t truly doubled. It would be easier to compare to the LeBron situation if the Bucks defender had rushed him.
    But, then again, Deron wasn’t truly doubled either. Paul was zoning him up, not actually doubling him, so he could have forced the issue and tried to make the play himself instead of giving the ball up so early.
    Watch the replay again. Paul played a very similar defense to what the Bucks showed Rose, except Paul shaded towards Deron more.
    So both players had the appearance of threat of a double team, but not an actual hard double. One passed, and one shot. It seems like the end result determines whether the play was smart or not.

  • BuzzerBeater

    Grizzlies quietly winning 9 of last 10 and taking third place in the West. Would be interesting to see when Zbo’s back, any predictions?

  • T-Money

    megatron made my point but yeah, it’s not the alley oop but the two passes before that. one thing wade has got over james that could justify putting the ball in his hands on end of games half court situation is that he is much more nimble and creative off the bounce. (i don’t care for intangibles like ice in veins or fire in eyes) wade was blocked by hinrich and then retreated, spun, crossed him over, attacked again and delivered a creative oop to UD. i don’t think lebron can do that, there’s a greater chance he would have had to eat his dribble and force a bad shot or a bad pass. on the other hand, as antonio davis said on nba tv, if he were the coach he would have just attacked whoever kirk was guarding. that has some merit too.

  • T-Money

    on rose’s game winner. if i’m wilwaukee, that’s the exact shot i want him to take to win the game. every time.

  • T-Money

    i’m telling you, with zach randolph coming back, memphis could mess around and make the nba finals. they’re not scared of okc one bit. tony allen can defend kd very well and that’s just a beast frontline.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    T Money
    My homie says the same thing about LeBron, and Wade’s ability to score in isolation in the closing moments is why he not only thinks Wade should be the designated closer, but he also believes Wade is a better player.
    Not the clutch thing, but that LeBron’s offensive skillset is not refined enough to allow him to just break down defenders and get a quality shot every time.
    I agree with him and you. But, I also think some of it is nerves too. Now it could be nerves because of a personal issue, or it could be nerves because he is worried about what might go wrong. Kind of like Dirk used to be worried before he developed a shot that nobody can defend.

  • MeloMan15

    The difference in derons case versus Lebrons case is that Deron was not scorching hot, he had a decent 21 points… Lebron has on FIRE before he passed it. He was hiting 3pointers off one foot. When you’re that hot, u dont pass it unless there is a swarm around you

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

    @llc, Dale eliis, Xavier mcdaniel, and tom cha,bers in 88′ for the supersonics. Thats what nba tv said, I could of sworn The heat did this last year though. anyway this is the second feat that has been really impressive by the thunder, the first was the 50,40, 3×2 they had earlier. Rose is starting to heat up, watch out league.

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

    @BuzzerBeater I think it’s going to take some time for Z-bo to get back to last year playoff form but if they peak like they did last year they will be dangerous. Memphis “Big Three” Rudy Gay, Z-bo, Gasol (who is quietly the best player on the team) you cant go wrong with that.

  • http://dimemag.com Royal

    I went to sleep with L.A up by 20, woke up and they lost to the Wizards SMH. I really don’t even get mad at Kobe’s jacking anymore, that’s just the kind of player he is, he has shown no evidence of changing that. As a Laker/Kobe supporter you just have to deal with that…

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

    Some sh*t got broken last night after the Laker game. Vintage Kobe jacking I mean 9-31 for 30 points?! I can’t defend this guy anymore he shoots too damn much. The Rose shot was a difficult one but it went in so it was nice. The play before where he drove to the lane and got “fouled” on that floater was complete bullsh*t but he sold it pretty well.

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

    Diesel ftw, they trying to make a point but to no avail.

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

    @tmoney, that’s the same shot you want every player to take but some have the innate ability to make you look foolish from time to time. Nobody’s gonna make that shot every time or even most times.

  • LA Huey

    If Haslem and Bosh miss their open shots off Wade passes, is Wade solely to blame or is it a team loss? Anyways, the moves Wade pulls off in traffic have such a high degree of difficulty. Wade, Rose, and Manu are my favorite guys in this league when it comes to finishing in traffic from top of the key all the way to the rim.

  • Heals

    The LBJ shoulda shot v UT crowd see UD’s shot with 1;08 left on a wild DW3 pass…

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

    I find it funny that when discussing LeBron and Kobe during crunch time it’s like night and day. LeBron is willing to make the extra pass and Kobe at times takes questionable off balance jumpers. One gets publicly bashed the other only gets criticized by knowledgeable fans. Me being a Laker/Kobe supporter I still can’t condone Kobe’s selfish nature.

  • CorySP8

    D. Will should have taken that shot!!! Make or miss, that is your team and you have to accept the fact that the team wins or loses based or your shot going in. If you want to be an elite pg in the league, step up and “take the f****** shot”. Jordan took ALL of the game winning shots to win his titles and so did Kobe. DWill you’re the best on that team so you take the shot! J/K

  • http://dimemag.com Royal

    I really wish someone either on the Lakers coaching staff or on the team (Bynum, Pau) had the balls to challenge Kobe and criticize his shot selection…. Kobe needs to be held accountable for all the selfish ish he is doing right now.

  • LA Huey

    CorySP8 please see John Paxson (1993 NBA Finals) and Steve Kerr (1997 NBA Finals)

  • CorySP8

    @T-Ray… Thats his “Killer Instinct” and his “Fire”, you can look in his eyes and see that he still hates Shaq, Horry, and Fisher for all of their game winners.

  • http://www.blogspot.com LLC#12

    Thanks aussieheatfan and slick ric! He was a great player, but to me Chambers will always be remembered for 2 things, his wack hair, and that dunk where he just killed Mark Jackson..@Royal, couldn’t agree more, I can’t stand watching him shoot the lakers out of some games..

  • CorySP8

    LA Huey i know, J/K=Just Kidding

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Kyrie is clutch

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

    Cosign Royal
    The only person who has ever had the balls to do so was PJ and he’s gone so we get this Kobe.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Here’s what I saw in the Lakers vs Wizards battle. First half of the game. Great. Both squads playing defense and both knocking down shots. Kobe was an absolute defensive force in the first half especially. Steals right and left and weak side help and even blocking and altering shots. Bynum is dominating offensively. Pau on the other hand is being man handled by some cats I never have seen play. Seraphim or something like that. He ended up getting his, but he did not dominate in any fashion. Bynum couldn’t keep up with McGee a few times down the floor which resulted in easy dunks by Extendo Arms™. Second half comes around. The Lakers don’t play hard or smart and lose their lead. 4th Quarter starts. Kobe Jack Mode™ … The End…

  • Heals

    Mamba 17 for his last 57…

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Man, I have Serge Ibaka and Trevor Booker on my fantasy team. They killed the boards last night!

  • Kadavour

    Deron made CP3 look like a little kid every time CP3 tried to tried to guard him. Kobe Chuck Mode is disgusting to watch. Why does Josh Smith still think talent when it comes to scoring the basketball?

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    @Royal. I think they already did that earlier in the season. Cept his response was, “If the CP3 trade went through, I’d be taking even more shots.” LOL

  • Kadavour

    the key difference in Williams passing the ball down the stretch and Bron is that DWill wasn’t riding a hot shooting streak. After he bullied CP3 in the 3rd Quarter, he was seeing consistent double teams (damn near a Box-and-1) and a determined effort by the Clips to force the ball out of his hands. Morrow was missing his catch and shoot opportunities, so then Avery inserted Farmar. If DWill was as hot as he was in the 3rd quarter, i have no doubt that he would have shot it, he’s not heat-check shy. He was distributing the ball in the 4th.

  • jake

    I don’t even bother to rank Rose, Cp3 and Deron anymore, its just great to watch the three best lead guards putting in work on a nightly basis. They all have different approaches to the game but they all put you in the best position to win games which is the point guard’s main responsibility…..

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Rose made the correct play because MIL allowed him the luxury to go one-on-one and DWill made the correct play because CP and Del Negro foolishly decided to employ a soft double leaving a very good 3pt shooter wide-open.

  • Kadavour

    good analysis JT21

  • LA Huey

    It’s so interesting how Deron treats CP3 like a 2nd tier guard so often when they go head to head.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    That 15 pound size adavantage is a motherf*cker. When players are equally skilled in every aspect of the game, strength and size becomes a huge tipping point. There’s a reason why older brothers are 1,500,342-92,000 in head to head matchups with younger brothers. Yes….I actually researched that.

  • http://www.slamonline.com TADOne

    I will still take Paul over Deron 8 days a week.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Lol JT

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    LA Huey yeah I think it’s just bc d.will can do almost everything paul can, while being bigger and just as strong, and ALMOST as quick. There’s almost no way for paul to defend that honestly. and monta’s finishes in traffic are also breathtaking.

  • CorySP8

    LOLOLOL at JTaylor21

  • T-Money

    it’s fairly common for teams to defend dwill with 2-guards. it’s been going on since the illinois days, really. i don’t think it’s a knock on paul that vdn matched him up with farmar while having foye, the bigger of the two, guard deron. the head to head match up doesn’t really do it for me, what i hold against paul is being cleary out of shape!

  • http://slamonline Brion

    Regarding the whole Bron passing issue….if your teaching a kid the right way to play team ball, its obvious that you should pass to the open guy (unless its Joel Anthony)rather than jacking it up. Its still a team sport even though NBA ball is Iso’s. I guess its an obvious statement im making but Bron still gets clowned for it.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    MEM (with a healthy ZBo) is the only team I can see beating OKC out west. They are probably the most complete team out west in terms of playing inside-out and remember they took OKC to 7gms last season without RGay. I’m hopping both teams meet in the ECF because that would be an epic matchup.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    *WCF*

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    true^^ tho if the clips get a decent 2 guard I think they give okc problems as well. people always say cp is chubby, but he looks the same size he always was to me… I thought that was muscle honestly, and just assumed he was less fast and less explosive bc of the knee.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    He’s been the same size since he came back from knee surgery.

  • 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

    They always say the inbounder is the most dangerous person on a last second play, that defensive rotation was horrible at the end of the game, if they were gonna double, someone should have stepped up, mo williams and kenyon martin screwed the pooch last night, and both shots were the right play at the end of the game. If the Spurs win the West Tony Parker should win MVP, I dont care what Lebrons numbers are; he has two other all-stars, and a serious case could be made that Bosh is more valuable to the Heat then Lebron is…,well maybe not but the Heat would still be in contention for the East title with just Wade and Bosh imo

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Jordan played next to the second best swingman of his generation for a huge chunk of his career, and he still won MVP. And they had Horace Grant and Dennis Rodman as third wheels at different times.
    It should be LeBron’s MVP to lose. Somebody has to snatch it from him. Parker isn’t even putting up the best numbers at his position this year, and his shooting percentage is quite low, for him.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    yeah, I mean chris paul, a stocky guy right allen?

  • T-Money

    for the athlete that he is, his fitness is embarassing right now. chubby, no muscle definition, doesn’t explode to the rim at all. he’s still insanely gifted but he is not operating at maximum efficiency. i saw a picture of him shirtless before the season and he just looked like a regular 9-5 guy.

  • Kadavour

    @datkid: why are you asking Allen. just look at CP3, he’s fat. Powell’s a smart guy, but please don’t slurp him in public.

  • 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

    @allen I agree its Lebrons to lose, Im not concerned with Tony Parker not being a top the pg list, but his impact on the Spurs winning can’t be quantified. Just going on gut feeling if you remove Lebron/Durant?Tony Parker respectively, I feel San Antonio has the biggest drop off. Wade and Bosh can step up, not really replace him but they would still be successful to a degree, I could see them in the eastern conference finals, and OKC w/o Durant takes a little bigger of a hit, but Westbrook and Harden could divide KD’s shots and increase their output, but if you take Tony Parker off the Spurs as well as they are coached they go from second in the west to a bubble team. It’s a 3 horse race and TP is definitely in the rear, but the Heat have stumbled a bit recently its not unimaginable that if the Spurs secure the west and have a better overall record than the Heat that TP could win it, those are two really big IF’s though.

  • 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

    LMAO at kadavour. cold blooded, many thunk it you posted it kudos to you.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    lmao FOH kadvour… also a shutup cosign is never a good thing. ever.

  • 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

    A little salty brah? truth hurts.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    nah I was “salty” when i said I’d f*ck your wife and that you have a homosexual attraction/obsession to certain people on here. at this point you and kadavour’s opinion doesn’t really mean anything, so I’m good. thanks for asking though boss.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Allenp, you are clueless as to what constitutes athletic.

  • http://dsjfkl.com Jukai

    Orange, please don’t start this up. You have an utter embarrassing opinion of what athletic actually means.

  • LA Huey

    Can’t believe I forgot about Monta in traffic. I loved using him in 2K10 against cats that were just casual NBA fans. They swore I was exploiting a glitch.

  • 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

    haha, you wanna start that up again, I dont care if everyone on here disagrees with my opinion on everything at least my opinion is my own, unlike your lil pedophile @$$, why else would a grown a$$ man have a label as DATKID? like in DATKID you molested, or DATKID juice drippin from yo chin, or DATKID thats always suckin up to people on slam, or DATKID that said a shutup cosign is never a good thing but cosigned shutup multiple times in the past ie. lebron passing in the allstar game and the long @$$ convo on the veterans protesting for tix. Maybe better yet DATKID that just got roasted right now. Now read my name and just DO IT. lmao at DATKID that shoulda been aborted

  • http://dsjfkl.com Jukai

    ^^^^
    Trying way too hard

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering…….. Remember these wise words spoken by a 2 and a half foot tall green swamp dweller from a planet called Dagobah. Wise man he was.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    LMAO shutup.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Jukai, I know what athletic is, and I am athletic. Your boy doesn’t like my opinion that Cousins is more athletic than Nene. We disagree. It’s cool. Move along. lol

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    jukai said it for me. for the record though I was just saying that that’s when I was ACTUALLY mad. no need to get your panties in a bunch, I actually wasn’t trying to rile you up there lol

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    He wasn’t a little dude last year in New Orleans. I don’t if it is a shape thing or that is his playing weight. He has been heavier since he had the knee surgery.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    It is not an opinion. It is a delusion that you justified by discussing everything but athleticism.
    No one has to agree with me. I have disagreed vehemently with most cats who comment here regularly. But I respect opinions that are based on logic and facts. Yours is not.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Orange, I’ll grant you that Cousins is more athletic than he looks (or what his height/weight say) but I wouldn’t consider him “athletic” by NBA standards. And Chris Paul came into the season REALLY out of shape. He’s been working to get back but he’s still a far cry from his shoulda-been-MVP year.

  • Mike From Spain

    CP3 looks chubby. He still has that change of direction, and his BBIQ, but not as explosive. He’s still quick though. Plain to see.

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

    Being athletic is about more than just jumping out of the gym. Foot speed, coordination, etc. all play a part in athleticism. So someone like Tim Duncan might not be “athletic” in a Shawn Kemp sense, but the guy is clearly a superior athlete because of how he’s able to control his body. That’s a natural gift.
    Cousins is a mobile 6’10 center which is rare… Well, for the center position. It’s not rare for 6’10 guys to be mobile anymore. Everyone is going stretch these days.

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

    (not superior athlete to Shawn Kemp… just in general)

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Allenp, get off your high horse, and shut up. (lol) Remember Allenpp, you replied to me and said Cousins wasn’t more athletic than Nene. I never asked to “debate” you about this silly topic. You disagreed with me (not a shocker) and then became bitter like most people who are wrong do. Again, I stand by the my opinion that Cousins is bigger, stronger (sans definition) and quicker than Nene Hilarious. The end of the day, Cousins is only 21 years old (that’s 8 years younger than Nene) and he’s only going to get stronger. Bottom line, the 21 year old Cousin’s is averaging 11.4 rebounds to Nene’s 7.5 this season. That’s basically 4 more rebounds per game, and he’s only 21. And Nene won’t get bigger because his right knee can’t handle the extra weight.

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