Monday, April 30th, 2012 at 9:41 am  |  72 responses

Post Up: Clips Shock Grizz

Lob City mounts an epic comeback, plus Game 1 wins for the Spurs, Lakers and Hawks.

Spurs 106, Jazz 91

The Spurs were a team on a mission in Game 1 of their matchup with Utah in the Western Conference Playoffs. For the first time in four years, San Antonio won the first game of a first-round Playoff series.

The Big Three looked to continue their dominance near the end of the season and carry it over into the playoffs. The Spurs have won 11 straight games dating back to the regular season. San Antonio wanted the world to know that they haven’t entered this series in the same state of mind as last year’s Playoffs, getting shocked in the opening round by Memphis.

“I think everybody knows what happened last year,” Parker said. “Everybody’s motivated this year, but we don’t even talk about it.”

Tony Parker was great in the first game, putting together his best Playoff game since 2009. Parker scored 28 points on 10-19 shooting from the field. He was constantly on the attack, and it showed with his free throw attempts as he got to the line for 10 foul shots in all.

The Jazz, on the other hand, hung in the game for the first three quarters of action. Paul Milsap was solid—scoring 20 points and pulling down 9 rebounds in the contest. Despite shooting a solid field goal percentage in the game, the Jazz could not keep up with the barrage of threes from the NBA’s best three-point shooting team.

It will be interesting to see how the young team adjusts to defend the different options of the Spurs in the second game of the series on Wednesday. —Christian Mordi (@mordi_thecomeup)

Lakers 103, Nuggets 88

Andrew Bynum messed around for a triple-double and Kobe Bryant added 31 points to help lead the Lakers to an impressive 103-88 victory over the Nuggets in Game 1. Bynum looked like a 7-foot free safety in the paint, protecting the rim against Denver’s thirst for easy buckets, blocking 10 shots—to tie an NBA record and set a new one for the Lakers franchise—and altering many others, finishing with 10 points and 13 rebounds, a continuation of his domination against the Nuggets this season.

“His timing was impeccable tonight,” Bryant said of Bynum at the post-game presser. “He just really understood the rhythm of the offensive player, he wasn’t leaving his feet too early, just leaving at the exact moment to either change the shot or block it.”

LA jumped out early thanks to some cold shooting from Denver and spirited play from their bench, with nice showings from Jordan Hill and Steve Blake. Devin Ebanks filled in nicely for the suspended Metta World Peace, leading the Lakers in scoring for the first half with 12 points.

The Nuggets were 5-20 from the floor during the first quarter and didn’t get a very good game from leading scorer Ty Lawson, who turned the ball over on the very first play of the game and never found the proper touch, finishing with 7 points. ”Ty has had some great games for us, tonight was not one of them,” Karl said. “The Lakers had him as their No. 1 priority to take out in their pick and roll coverage. The way they covered the paint was impressive.”

Karl spent a little time during his presser to work the officials for game two, noting that Bynum was “zoned up good”, a nod to Karl’s belief that he played plenty of illegal defense during the game despite the Nuggets getting one such call. Danilo Gallinari led Denver with 19 points and Andre Miller added 12. All five Lakers starters scored in double figures—Ramon Sessions finished with 14 and Pau Gasol added 13. Game 2 is Tuesday night in LA. —Nima Zarrabi (@NZbeFree)

Hawks 83, Celtics 74

Game 1 started rather ominously for the home fans. The buzz around Philips Arena was almost nonexistent. There were no free t-shirts given away at the door. And the rally towels they did have were passed out by 6:30pm. Had you looked up to the 300 sections around 6:45, you would have noticed scores of empty seats.

Thankfully, by 7:15, those empties were filled. And maaan, did they get loud.

Early in the game, there was plenty for Hawks fans to cheer about. Jeff Teague looked relaxed behind the wheel. Kirk Hinrich was on point, knocking down a couple of treys in the first half. And Josh Smith was playing like he had made a bet with a teammate that he’d have a double-double by halftime. He won the bet. 15 and 11 at the break. Atlanta was coasting as a team too, 49-35.

But like you’d expect from the veteran Celtics, they had a few runs in them in the second half. Rajon Rondo (20 points, 11 assists for the night) wasn’t overwhelming on the offensive end, but he did keep things fairly respectable while Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett (they shot a combined 13-38) stunk it up. Somewhere around the 7-minute mark in the fourth though, KG decided to make a shot. And then another. And another. The Cs got it down to four. But unlike past Hawks squads, this one didn’t get shook at the sight of Boston inching back into the contest. They just kept playing their game, letting the Celts make the mistakes.

Or, more specifically, they let Rondo make the mistake. With 41 seconds left in a tight game, Boston’s Brandon Bass (8 and 5 for the game) and Atlanta’s Smith (22 and 18) scrambled for a loose ball. In the ruckus, official Marc Davis called a foul on Bass. Rondo, who had a decent look at the play, was none too pleased with the call and stepped to the ref. As he approached in a huff, Rondo bumped Davis. Can’t do that, young fella. Automatic ejection. Game over for the Celts.

At the postgame presser, coach Doc Rivers deemed “the bump” completely unintentional, and totally unworthy of a suspension. As for one writer’s inquisition about the incident, Rivers had some harsher thoughts…

Writer: I’m curious to get your take on Rondo arguing that call since it was kinda on the ground and he wasn’t involved in it.

Doc: Well, he’s in the game, isn’t he?

Writer: Right.

Doc: When you’re in a game…I didn’t know there was a rule that the guy only involved in the play is the only one that can argue the call.

Writer: Vehemently, that’s my point.

Doc: By the way, as a coach, I’m not in the play either. I argue calls vehemently. I don’t get the point there. They are all 10 competitors. If you’re standing right there, and you see what you see, you have a right to argue just as much as anybody else. I think it’s great. I think it’s getting the guy’s back on your team.

With or without Rajon “Run Up on a Ref” Rondo, Game 2 will go down on Tuesday in Atlanta. —DeMarco Williams (@demarcowill)

Clippers 99, Grizzlies 98

Wait. What the hell just happened?

Let’s say it as plainly as we can: In the greatest comeback in NBA Playoff history, the Los Angeles Clippers crawled back from a 24-point deficit with eight minutes left to beat the Memphis Grizzlies, 99-98.

That is, apparently, how you write what happened without getting melodramatic about it.

Let’s get melodramatic about it.

It’s the morning after and none of it seems real, still. If you’re a Clippers fan, this morning is like a walk of shame out of Mila Kunis’ house. If you’re a Grizzlies fan, this morning is like a walk of shame out of an actual beehive.

To say the Clippers weren’t in this game would be giving them compliment. The Clippers weren’t even playing the same sport for the first 40 minutes of this game.

It’s a weird, fuzzy memory, at this point, but the Grizzlies’ first half had us all convinced they were Finals-bound. No exaggeration. Mike Conley was running some sort of awesome Warriors-in-’07 tribute offense. Everybody got a free jumpshot. OJ Mayo was subletting property on the space he had to shoot 18-footers. Z-Bo was in perfect form. Marc Gasol was taking guys off the dribble from the three point line. Dante Cunningham Blake Griffin’d Blake Griffin.

It was like a “We’re finally clicking as a team!” montage in a kids sports movie. Everyone was comfortable, high-fiving, writing their game stories, changing it Mad Men to get an update on Fat Betty Draper.

Then there was a blur, a few quick buckets, an 11-0 run in three minutes, a couple of Reggie Evans rebounds, a Chris Paul bucket, a couple of Eric Bledsoe jumpers, then I think the lights went out or a man fell from the ceiling or something. Everything got real quiet, real fast. The 24-point lead was down to 12.

Lionel Hollins called timeout. But he apparently only called timeout to scare the living hell out of all of his players.

Just like he drew it up, Rudy Gay and Mike Conley dribbled around for a while before taking a couple of terrible shots. No one closed out on Nick Young on three consecutive possessions. He was wide open in the right corner behind the three-point line each time. He hit all of them.

The Grizzlies technically had a last shot to win it, but they really didn’t. That basket could have had an industrial strength Dyson in it and nothing was going inside of it. It sounded like a car accident out there.

Of course, this should change nothing about the Grizzlies’ chances. This Clippers team may be the best group of players in the history of any human sport when the game devolves into sheer madness and chaos, and that’s what that game turned into for eight whole minutes last night. You just have to prevent Chris Paul from being Caligula and everything will be fine.

But now that Chris Paul knows he can do this with these pieces, is there really any turning back?

This will be the party line in Memphis in the next few days: It’s happened before. It happened last year to Dallas, even, up 11 with 4:45 left against Portland in Game 4 of Round 1. That team lost that game and won the whole thing.

But that’s not 24 points in eight minutes. Twenty-four points in eight minutes is an asteroid hitting your living room.

Everything exploded. Everything’s changed. You can keep saying, “That could’ve been anybody’s house.” But it was your house. —Ben Collins

Dunk of the Night: Dante Cunningham puts his junk on Blake Griffin. Unfortunately it came in the L.

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

    Memphis lost there hustle and flow, Lob city b**ch, Lob Lob city b**ch

  • Heals

    ^^^I see M$ has been Jones’n. Well if my C’s can’t hit a 3 all series and PP34/KG are gonna miss routine shots there’s no need to keep playing. Do you Smoove, helluva career you’re churnin out now. No need to over think it Green Regime, Bass and Bradley were overwhelmed by the intensity so their drop-off was expected. This is on the old guys (who came out arrogant as ever). I had all these parallels set-up for how the Clips and C’s lost and their respective situations, but then 26-1 happened. So I guess, nevermind…

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    I wonder how badly nerves played a factor for the Clippers.
    Jordan, Griffin, Foye have never been to the playoffs, and Caron Butler was injured through Dallas’ run last year (and Washington never had any real pressure as ‘contenders’ in Gil/Caron/Jamison era). That’s 4 of your top 6 or 7 guys who’ve basically come into the game raw.
    Nick Young hadn’t been to the playoffs either.
    I’d love to watch the whole 4th quarter again. I remember Mo Williams making 3 consecutive turnovers to start the 4th, and then turning off until the last minute (just after Young made 3 consecutive 3′s).

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I can’t believe I turned this game off and went to sleep.
    Dammit. Dammit. Dammit.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Oh yeah

  • Heals

    That cornball reporter annoying Doc must’ve never played pick-up ball; let alone a game in the playoffs, between 2 teams playing aggressively, in the final minute, on a play involving a crucial call…

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

    Wow… I was ready to trash the clippers and say fire vinny. The latter may still be inevitable for serious title contention but impressive comeback win nonetheless.

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    somebody has to find footage of that 4th quarter, I still can’t believe it happened.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIjoUTDDnIY Datkid

    speaking of which… click on my name. It only shows the clippers shots but it’s better than nothing.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    CP3 called out Vinny D on the down-low/slyly in the post-game interview (or so I heard on twitter, I was in class watching on mute). Any truth to this?

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    Spurs won by 15 even when Manu struggled and scored only 7 pts. But hey some expert analyst said they will lose this series. Darn it. And I stopped watching the Clips/Grizz game in the middle of the 3rd because of the slaughter, and when I got in the office to see TPU and saw that they (Clips) won. Double darn it!!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    He said Vinny quit, and he had to beg to go back in.

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

    Highlights can’t do that Clippers/Grizzlies game justice. Sorry to all of you who turned the TV off ;) . That was AMAZINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG. AMAAAAAZING, once in a lifetime game. You missed it. You suck.

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

    lol just playing, it was epic though. Nick Young is a f*cking boss, the Clippers made a great trade getting him. Chris Paul is still the best at what he does. I think I’m on the Clippers bandwagon–I knew I was at the beginning of the year, but when they started not playing so well, I obviously jumped off. I’m back on, baby!

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

    lol just playing, it was epic though. Nick Young is a boss, the Clippers made a great trade. Chris Paul is still the best at what he does. I think I’m on the Clippers bandwagon–I knew I was at the beginning of the year, but when they started not playing so well, I obviously jumped off. I’m back on, baby!

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    That’s sad when your coach kind of quits on you. Anything can happen when you lock I’m defensively so why not put your best guys out there and go to work? That’s exactly what ended up happening once CP3 begged to go in and look what happened in the end.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    Teddy tapped his ankles after jumping off the wagon now he’s back on! Lol just kidding but am I the only one who thinks they should change up the line up of games? Saturday seemed like a star studded and exciting line up but yesterday was ehh except the Clipper/Grizz game.

  • eyal

    if you’re memphis, how do you recover from this? you’d have to fish your confidence out of the mariana trench to have the courage to show your face at the next home game, much less come ready to play. Also, Rondo’s bump was an accident.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    You can’t chest bump a guy by accident. Your natural inclination is to put a hand forward if you’re falling – that’s why people either break their clavicle, their scaphoid or their lunate bones.
    You legitimately cannot try and fall over without putting a hand to brace yourself. Try it. The exact same principles apply to being tripped/losing balance.
    It’s not even debatable that Rondo is missing G2.
    Thanks AllenP. Was it you I saw make that comment on twitter? Either way, appreciate the reply.

  • http://www.nbadraft.net showtime

    Yeah allen Swaggy p show up last night.. I wonder why that not in some scouting report. NiCK YOUNG is deadly from the side area game. They sould know that they need to run at him gim off the spots???

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I. Am. Still. So. Upset.
    I can’t believe i turned that game off within a minute of that run. I feel like I was punched in the nuts.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    That’s what happens when you give your lady the remote my g.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Lol, honestly the remote situation was a lot like that game, I had the remote all weekend, watched every single game. Then, the last 4 minutes, I gave it away. Call me the Grizzlies.

  • showmeyourwits

    I too turned it off in disgust, but luckily I dvr Inside the NBA so I caught the last 6 minutes. Victory aside, Vinny needs to reward the guys who locked in and played well going forward. It’s kind of a shame Bledsoe played better than Mo Williams, a player with some legitimate playoff experience.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    Lol nice analogy

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    I had a choice between 2k and watching the 2nd half of the Grizz/Clipps, I choose 2K. Bad decision.

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

    Marc Gasol…


  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Let’s see, JT, Allen, nbk, Fury, and I should hang our heads in shame for the rest of today.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    D-Rose! Noooooo!
    Shumpert! Noooo!
    Well that was an easy one for the Lakers.
    Bynum is a beast. Some one want to toss some props his way so I don’t have to keep being the flag bearer. Trippy Dub! Common now…
    Bout time Swaggy Young showed up for the Clips. Couldn’t have done it at a better time that’s for sure.

  • RKJ92

    I was so lucky to actually have caught even the final 4 minutes of the 4th quarter because when they went up by like 19 in the 2nd I was like F*** it!! so i played a game of 2K (Killed it haha) then when I turn it back to the game and they were only down 6@!!!? WTF and SERIOUSLY it was one hell of a ball game!! If the Grizz wanna take it to the clippers though they need to feed Gasol the ball more cuz he was wrecking the Clippers..

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I am not throwing props Bynum’s way. That’s exactly the kind of difference i thought he would make in this series. Just like I’m not going to throw any props Chris Paul’s way, or LeBron James’

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    I will. Bynum was a monster yesterday and I was surprised yesterday because he tends to pout and give less than enough effort when he doesn’t get the ball but he proved me wrong. The real question is whether he can sustain it because he’s more than capable of throwing a 10-6 stinker the next game. Consistency is the key for him.
    Lake, weren’t you the one that was gassing up Lawson a while back? What happened to your boy?

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Luckily for me, the Grizz meltdownwas running live in the conference room so when i heard a few guys (Memphis fans) groan loudly, i rushed in to witness the carnage.
    Impressive how the small-ball lineup Clips used clamped sown on D and limited 2nd chance points.
    Fantastic D by Evans who kept bumping and lunging until Z-Bo took offbalance, rushed shots.
    The closer the Clips got ,the tighter Grizzlies got out there, Speights missed easy putbacks or layups and Gasol fumbled the ball away which led to Griffin hitting his 2 FT’s!!!!! (How unusual was THAT?)
    Great quarter, and as KG once screamed, anything is possible.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    I was. also i missed the game so I have no idea… but he most likely won’t play like that again.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    Hella game by the Clips, if you missed it… you shouldn’t call yourself a basketball fan.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    ^ that’s bad logic Cantrell.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Still don’t get that setup for Gay’s final shot, clear out and let Rudy drive left à la KD then shoot over the taller and still athletic K-Mart? Heroball.
    Yeah Rudy had brought them within one after hitting a close jumper over CP, but hadn’t really shot all that well all game long.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Thanks Taylor.
    I was actually the one saying that Lawson has allot to work on to become elite. Kid was saying how he loves him. I like him. He is real good, but he is flawed.
    Who here is surprised Bynum beat Dwight and Ibaka to the double digit blocks in the playoffs. I know I am. Dude can do almost anything when he is right. Bynum took a step back defensively all year from the season before, but just at the right moment he put on.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Ben Collins comparing Clipp

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

    Anyone see Caron chewing on straws while his hand was being looked at? That dude is a boss. Hope he’s alright.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Ben Collins comparing Clippers fans feelings today to ‘a walk of shame out of Mila Kunis house’ was funny as hell.
    Nice one.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Teddy, Tuff always chewing on straws man. he has like a box of them for every game/day. lol

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Teddy: saw it, thought the straws had been banned by the L. That is one addiction he’s got.
    I was surprised at how cool he remained when noticing the injury. By comparison, Manu was grimacing in pain when he broke his in similar fashion. Guess Tuff Juice fits perfectly.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    I’ve said this before but I think Howard’s shotblocking abilities are a little overrated.
    Damn….Ric Bucher is a f*cking idiot. That clown just said that the celtics are better built to handle a rondo suspension than the bulls are without Rose in the lineup. Where do these morons get off calling themselves NBA “analysts”?

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    He earned that nick name that’s for sure. Dude is tuff.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Rich Bucher also says Russell Westbrook is a better basketball player than Kevin Durant, means more to the Thunder, AND has a higher ceiling. — He should go join Chris Sheridan in the “guys who work(ed) for ESPN that clearly specialize in bullsh*t.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Bucher is an idiot.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    Smh I don’t think Dwight has been really trying for a while now. he’s just decided that at the point he’s at now basically nobody can really stop him, and he’s been phoning it in ever since. Plus I don’t think he really wants to be with the magic. Once he leaves, and get’s under a coach that can really motivate him, I think we’ll see a HUGE spike in his #’s

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    datkid, what kind of “huge spike in numbers?” I would never expect more than 25-26 points, 15 rebounds, 3 blocks from him. That’s not to far off from where he’s at.

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

    I’m not sure whose dumber, Bucher, Bayless, or Abbot?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Bayless. Then Bucher. — I don’t think Abbot is dumb at all. Why you put him in there?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The funny thing is Roy Hibbert was one block shy of having just about the exact same stat line as Bynum. In case you were wondering. But they lost.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Hibbert had 8 points, 9 blocks and 13 rebounds. One bucket and one block from duplicating Bynum’s line.
    But everybody is praising Bynum and no one is talking about Hibbert. That’s funny to me for some reason.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    You’re right on that one but I think losing puts a damper on a great performance like that.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Hell yeah it does. Are K-Loves numbers impressive? Only if you don’t mind the W-L record. Hibbert is good, but he obviously didn’t make the impact that Bynum did. Bynum’s protection of the paint made it near impossible for Denver to get good shots up.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Actually, Hibbert was driving the Magic crazy if you watched the game. Now, he’s nowhere near as good offensively as Bynum, but defensively he was a terror.
    He wasn’t the problem. Their inability to get to their spots and hit shots was the problem, along with their defense of the pick and roll involving Jameer Nelson.
    And Lakeshow you were openly rooting for Kevin Love as the best power forward in the game, or at least top three despite his team’s record. What are you saying?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    He’s saying his arguments often contradict themselves. If you haven’t noticed, Bynum wears a Lakers jersey. If the Lakers lost, he’d be on the opposite end of this debate.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Granger was the reason why they lost that game not Hibbert. Hibbert did his job but he has to score more than 8pts vs a DHoward-less magic squad.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Also, actually achieving the triple double is the importance of the feat. As good as Hibbert played, he didn’t make history or even get a double double let alone a triple double.
    Something that is strange is that Bynum only got 7 shots in the game. He made 5 of them. He probably should have gotten the ball on the block allot more and scored allot more, but there’s a couple more games to get in the scoring. He should average 20-12-5blks this series all said and done.
    Pau Gasol got flirty also. Nice little 13-8-8 line. He just needs to up his shooting percentage. 42% won’t work for the big man. He must average over 50% in the playoffs for the Lakers to be successful.
    Uh, exactly what I have always said Allen. He is a top 3PF in the game. No matter what his teams record is.
    I’m not saying Hibbert was the reason why they lost, but I feel like he was less impactful than Bynum. Congrats to him. He played a nice game, but his team lost and Bynum showed his impact more so than he did.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    The Pacers lost because they couldn’t score.
    IF you didn’t notice, The Pacers shot 30%.
    The Nuggets shot 35.% v Orlando at 39.5% – Which means, the defense from both Indiana and LA was just fine, and dominant enough to win. The defensive impact between Bynum and Hibbert was just about even.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Yeah that’s probably about right. Bynum did a little more, but they had a similar impact. Bynum just did it in a easy win so it looks allot better. And he actually achieved a historical feat. So Bynum definitely deserves all the praise over Hibbert’s losing a$$.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    fair point lakeshow but when your one of last true center’s in the league and you have the quickness of a power forward… am I wrong in thinking that with a good PG and the right offensive system/coach you could get 30 and 16? he’s only getting 20 and 14 now.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Actually, IND shot 35% in part because their two best players went a combined 10-31 with 8 TOs. The difference between Bynum and Hibbert’s performance was that one guy had Kobe and the other had…….

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    danny granger

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I didn’t say Bynum didn’t deserve his praise.
    I just noted that despite their lines being so similar no one notices Hibbert.
    It’s funny because the lines are almost equally impressive. And you would think a kid getting nine blocks would still be a big deal.
    I’m not even advocating for more attention for Hibbert. He shot a horrible percentage and disappeared in the second half to a certain extent. Plus, most of his blocks came against Glen Davis who gets stuffed more than a training bra.
    Nah, I was just commenting on the randomness of life. Before his team choked away a win, Hibbert would have been a big story. They lost, so he’s not, and then a guy does something really similar to what he did and everyone is talking about him.
    It’s funny.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Got to put it out there that Hibbert is one of the worst pick and roll defenders in the league. He often basically sets another screen on Collison or who ever the guard may be.

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

    These playoffs are making me comment like a little kid. These are some exciting games.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Wow… LOL @ Allen… I actually liked that entire post. That doesn’t happen all that often.
    Hibbert really should be getting more coverage. I didn’t even realize he had 9 blocks when I was gloating about Bynum. It’s playoff time and it’s no holds barred fandom right now :)
    LOL at Teddy. I feel ya brotha. Lets hope NY makes things interesting tonight!

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Lakers, BOOK IT!!

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Datkid, I don’t see Dwight scoring 30 a night being an effective use for him. He appears to still be best scoring in game flow with pick and rolls instead of iso scoring. He isn’t going to get 30 without becoming quite the incredible iso player. The boards aren’t out of his reach, but I think he’s going to stick to 15 and under. It’s so hard to grab that many boards for so many reasons. You almost just have to be “the rebounding guy” to grab 15+. His blocks IMO should always be above 3. He is a very talented Shot blocker. Anything less than 3 is almost underachieving IMO.
    Guys, guys! Have you “BOOKED IT!!” yet?? Lakers! Book it! Book it! haha book it. book it.
    Shut up and go back to your hole Seed.

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

    @nbk I put Abbot in there because he called LeBron the next Michael Jordan.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Oh I never saw that.