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Friday, April 6th, 2012 at 8:30 am  |  63 responses

Post Up: Disappearing Act

Dwight Howard and Orlando lay an egg against the Knicks, plus Ws for the Bulls and Clips.

by Abe Schwadron | @abe_squad

Lets’ face it, I probably could have left this morning’s Post Up completely blank, save for the scores, and still would have gotten dozens of comments on the next chapter of “The Dwightmare” alone. But there were three other games last night, including my woeful Wiz, so before the Dwight discussion begins, let’s recap what went down.

Knicks 96, Magic 80

Orlando fan, I don’t envy your new life. Welcome to the new world order, starring Dwight Howard. After his now well-known pre-game shenanigans with head coach Stan Van Gundy, Dwight went out and put up zero points in the first half. He finished with 8 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks and 5 turnovers in 40 minutes of action. He only took 8 shots. Sure, Tyson Chandler bothered him all night while going for 12 and 12 of his own, but seriously, Superman—what was that? You know the Magic drama is reaching maximum levels when the always-dramatic Knicks come to town and are barely a blip on the radar screen. Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 19 points, while the Magic’s leading scorer on the night was Jason Richardson (16 points). The word “strange” doesn’t even begin to describe what’s going on in Orlando right now.

Pistons 99, Wizards 94

The words “Ben Wallace” and “clutch free throws” typically don’t end up in the same sentence. In fact, Ben Wallace’s name alone is barely relevant anymore, unless we’re talking about his impending retirement. Then again, when it comes to new ways for the Wizards to lose, why not add Big Ben to the mix! Wallace was inserted in the third quarter to provide a more physical paint presence—as John Wall repeatedly got to the rim to the tune of 28 points, 10 assists—and ended up playing the final 18 minutes, shooting 5-6 from the line in the fourth quarter. His free throw shooting defeated Washington’s “hack-a-Ben” strategy, and those 5 free tosses were his only points on the night—heck, he didn’t attempt a field goal. His Pistons teammates shot 53 percent en route to the win.

Bulls 93, Celtics 86

Down 49-38 at halftime, the Bulls used a 14-2 run in the third quarter (in which they outscored the Celtics 29-17) to pull ahead of Boston and hold on for win No. 43 on the year. Chicago snapped a mini 2-game losing streak, and is now 15-7 without Derrick Rose. The biggest boost for the Bulls last night came from noted Celtic-killer Luol Deng, who did most of his damage in the final period, finishing with 26 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists. Carlos Boozer had 12 points and 14 rebounds and Joakim Noah went for 17 and 9 to help Deng out. Boston, on the other hand, got 22 points from Paul Pierce and double-double for both Kevin Garnett (12 points, 14 rebounds) and Rajon Rondo (10 points, 12 assists). It was Rondo’s 15th consecutive game with at least 10 dimes. I’ll leave you with this nugget from Charles Barkley, who said post-game, “If you don’t like the Chicago Bulls you don’t like basketball—they are the toughest team in the NBA.”

Clippers 93, Kings 85

Blake Griffin set aside his highlight-reel dunks long enough to drain 3 big jumpers down the stretch against Sacramento, the last finding the bottom of the net with 2:18 remaining to give the Clippers a 3-point lead. LAC’s 7-0 run to end the game was enough to fend off the pesky Kings, who got 17 points from Isaiah Thomas and a 15×16 double-double out of Jason Thompson. DeMarcus Cousins felt the effects of foul trouble, managing to log only 18 minutes and score 8 points on 8 shots. Each team finished with 18 turnovers—Chris Paul had 5 for Lob Angeles, but also dished out 8 assists, had 5 steals and scored 13 points. Randy Foye led all scorers with 20 points.

Line of the Night: Wall was the high-point man with 28, but the most interesting “line” was clearly Howard’s.

Ouch of the Night: Referee Bill Kennedy gets caught in the wrong place at the wrong time and takes a shot from Landry Fields. Get well soon, Bill.

Moment of the Night: The TNT crew recaps the Dwight Howard-Stan Van Gundy situation and offers their own unique brand of analysis.

Tonight: Pete’s back to hold you down for the next two nights, starting with 11 games on Friday. I’ll be back on Monday morning to recap what should be a fun weekend. Be easy.

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  • ALD

    dwight is the new CEO

  • DwightFlight

    SVG & Dwight will be working for another organization next season… No doubt.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Dwight Howard (1-2) in 3 games against the Knicks D this season:
    Game 1 at Knicks: 8 PTS 10 REB 3 BLK 6 TO 6 PF in 38 MIN
    Game 2 at Knicks: 12 PTS 5 REB 0 BLK 6 TO 4 PF in 28 MIN
    Game 3 at Orlando: 8 PTS 8 REB 3 BLK 5 TO 5 PF in 40 MIN

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Thanks for Tyson Chandler Cubes!

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Luol Deng is that dude !!

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Can Rose can “fit in” with Deng when he comes back…lol

  • Justin G.

    This is why Dwight is nowhere near the MVP consideration. It isn’t just the drama surrounding him this year, it’s games like this. As the most talented center in the league by far this guy has no business putting up single digit numbers in points in any game, EVER! And it’s happened more than a few times this year too. He should be embarassed right now but he’s too busy having fun and laughing it up while his team loses

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

    Orlando is just terrible. Howard looks disinterested which is saying a lot for someone who claims that he wants to remain in Orlando.

  • Heals

    DH12 = sneakface…

  • Heals

    Looks like Bos back down to Earth as teams are starting to adjust to the “small ball” crew with more game tape to view. KG missing his J last couple nights was big. I mean after Chi let my C’s play around in the 2nd qtr it was over, nothing easy, everything contested. Thibbs yelling at ref#13 all night was hilarious…

  • Heals

    Lastly let’s have a moment of silence for the basketball RR killed on his last 3pt attempt…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Dwight is being a pouty baby…man up and play moron.

  • Ismael

    Andrew BYnum has been in BEAST MODE this year. Good thing for the lakers the trade for Howard didn’t happen

  • http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/shotchart?gameId=320404014 Allenp

    Come on people, be real. Y’all think that he’s just going to shake that off when it happened less than an hour before the game? Really people?
    Look, just because you get paid tons of money doesn’t mean you’re not human. Human beings are affected by things. Dwight was affected.
    Remember, most of y’all have jobs in America that people in other countries look at with the same awe as we look at what Dwight and other people are paid. All of us have days where we just don’t feel like performing or dealing with work for a variety of reasons. Last night was a crazy night, and I’m not absolving Howard of his blame for creating this situation, but he was allowed a bad game last night. Now, if he does that for the rest of the season, then have at him.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iF30WneDtQc Datkid

    yeah, but isn’t this technically all dwight’s fault?

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Allenp:It would’ve been different if he actually attempted to play hard and had a sh!t night. He wasn’t even trying to get post position last night. He gave up, plan and simple, and he’s not the first and won’t be the last player to do so.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Abe Schwadron

    My favorite Tweet from last night: “RT @MaZe1eR: If MJ’s coach threw him under the bus before a game, he would’ve dropped 60, and then fired the coach himself after the game.”

  • http://larrybrownsports.com/basketball/lebron-james-played-superb-defense-on-derrick-rose/70485 nbk

    ^ lmao

  • http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/shotchart?gameId=320404014 Allenp

    Brad Long
    I can’t condemn him for last night. I’ve condemned him for a lot, but not for last night. I can understand how that happens.
    DatKid
    It’s his fault, it’s Stan’s fault, it’s the organizations fault. They all share the blame for this debacle.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    This isn’t just a one game fiasco, Howard has numerous games like last night where he just looks out of it. Now if the media turns around and hands him another DPOY award, I’ll be dissappointed (actually I won’t because I know how stupid those clowns are) because he hasn’t played anything like the most dominant defensive force in the L.

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

    Word to JT Howard hasn’t put his stamp on the DPOY award to me. I think it’s a toss up between Gucci and Ibaka. I give the edge to Gucci cuz he puts dudes on master lock.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    I’ve posted this up here before, but it bears repeating.
    Dwight, why would you opt in for next year when you don’t want to be here? Loyalty? No, you’ve hurt our team more by staying with us, playing horrible and selfishly, ruining team chemistry, and depriving us of a player who actually wants to be here. So, I say this, unless Dwight actually signs an extension with the Magic and demonstrates simply ONE selfless and mature act of commitment, you can consider me no longer a fan of the star of my own team. Seeing Dwight tune out SVG tonight at the Knicks game just proves he simply lied to the media. All he cares about at this point in his career is, well I don’t even know what you’d call it. Selfish infamy? In short, I’ll be smiling the day he’s off my team.

  • shutup

    Just because others share the blame, doesn’t absolve him of anything. This is the bed he made. The reality is no one player is bigger than the game of basketball. Everyone will get what they deserve, the bridges you burn on the way up are the same one’s you cant cross on your way down. Have no clue why I’m speaking in cliches this morning. One for the road though, whats done in the dark will show in the light; and this season when the spotlight has been on him, Dwight’s ugly side has been on full display. They should nickname his @$$ Bizarro.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iF30WneDtQc Datkid

    lmaooo @ Abe… being MJ must be awesome.

  • http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/shotchart?gameId=320404014 Allenp

    Shutup
    Like I said, I don’t absolve him. I actually wrote that. I’ve long not been a fan of Dwight.
    I felt like he put on a false front about who he was as a man. And I felt like he lacked a backbone and mental toughness. He still improved as a basketball player and deserved credit for that, but as far as how he carried himself as a man there were always issues that were ignored.
    But, I also don’t like Stan Van Gundy just as much.

  • logues

    i agree with Brad Long. ya sure dwight is allowed a bad game every now and then… but when u don’t try its another story. ya, you should be working ur a$$ off in any game if ur getting paid millions. howard didnt, and theres no excuse.

  • logues

    random thought: everyones always debating who the best player in the league is.. well: who is the WORST player in the league? seriously. thats a much harder question to answer… i’d have to think about it for awhile

  • dma

    reports say dwight opted in for next year as a threat from management who would have shipped him to LA on trade dealine.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Logues: Active players? Hasheem Thabeet, Semih Erden, Luke Walton, Tony Battie, and Jon Brockman come to mind.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    LeBron is the DPOY and the MVP. But we all know he won’t recieve both. Just the MVP alone is more realistic.

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

    Jon Brockman is not bad and neither is Tony Battie. Also Hasheem Thabeet should be given a chance, imo. You can’t teach size.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Allen, come on now, you can’t possibly defending Howard’s performance last night. He wasn’t even trying and this isn’t the first time this has happened this season. There actually is a big difference with a superstar professional athelete not trying for a GAME than there is with an average joe doing the same. The effects are not felt the same way by other surrounding him vs. a regular dude. It’s not like he just slacked off at a practice or something…

  • logues

    Erden the guys from the c’s? i actually didnt think he was too bad

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    logues, no NBA player is “that bad.” Brian Cardinal is probably the worse. Every NBA player does something well.

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

    How could y’all be talking about the worst players in the league and not bring up the White Mamba??

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Haha it’s a difficult question. Lets just say Luke and be done with it.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I’m cool(wit)Luke. lol.
    White Mamba is offensive to be brought up in this debate. You better than that BP!

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

    Ehh, Luke actually has very good basketball IQ. But he’s less athletic than Larry Bird when the back problems began.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    White Mamba slander?
    BlackPhantom, how could you????

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

    Lol Lake you know Scalabrine is pretty bad.

  • http://t.qkme.me/3ok3ya.jpg Caboose

    Click my name. That’s why we do not speak of White Mamba here.

  • logues

    haha see its a hard question! and i dont think think scals is even a top 10 worse player.. seems like everytime he goes in he does something good.. or atleast everytime i watch him he does

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

    The MVP is relatively obvious right now, but the DPOY has not been, so you might as well give it to Lebron even though he’s a little overrated when it comes to on-ball defense but his help and position defense is great, along with his playing of the passing lanes. Ibaka is probably the closes because of his blocked shots but that’s all he does on the defensive end that can be considered great.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Caboose: Take a bow!

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

    LMAO @Caboose

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    logues: It’s hard not to play well when you have full fan support in every single stadium in the L. He goes in no matter where and the cheers reign down LOL!

  • logues

    Slick Ric: ibaka’s job is mainly to protect the basket, so james is obvioulsy gonna get more steals playing the passing lanes cuz ibaka is down low battling bigs.. but he should be avging more boards a game

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

    What is it about White Mamba that makes everybody like him? Even I do and I don’t even know why. Maybe because if you see him on the street the last thing you’d probably suspect him to be is a basketball player.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    LOL at Caboose. But seriously, Scalabrine can play.

  • logues

    BlackPhantom: Bingo… either that or he reminds everyone of michael rappaport

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Everything said here is correct. It’s even funnier because ‘gingers’ are in general made fun of more than other colored hair people, but this just adds to his lore. He is only 6’7 and kinda over weight.
    -He seems like the tall guy that works at the video rental store. The one that suggests that you watch this new Nick Cage movie. You say no, because Cage hasn’t made a good flick in years, to which he replies, that this is the one where he gets back to his solid roles and provides good acting, so you go for it and when you finish the movie completely disappointed and go back he says “really? I liked it.” Then proceeds to hand you another Nick Cage flick that doesn’t look any more promising and suggests this might be more of ‘your type of Nick Cage movie.’
    - True Story

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iF30WneDtQc Datkid

    lake you are a weirdo… but your also hilarious.

  • logues

    lol the “tall guy that works at the video rental store” is spot on.. serioulsly tho scals can shoot the ball! and he never makes any really dumb mistakes or anything. he’s actually a pretty efficient player

  • logues

    lol the “tall guy that works at the video rental store” is spot on.. serioulsly tho scals can shoot the ball! and he never makes any really dumb mistakes or anything. he’s actually a pretty efficient player

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Also a true story @datkid.

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

    Brian Cardinal looks like Rawls from The Wire. “These are for you, Lakeshow.”

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    The White mamba has to be the best bench warmer of all time.

  • LA Huey

    Scal is so likeable because he’s that guy that plays joins your pick-up games. He normal enough to where he doesn’t draw attention to himself in a non-atheletic setting but he stands out on the court because he doesn’t look like an athlete at all. He’s nice guy that doesn’t say much, not very skilled, and his success if a direct result of catching someone off-guard and/or luck.

  • shutup

    I’m curious which Nick Cage movie was it that was suggested to you? Cause he’s made a few stinkers lately, the one in Louisiana where he smokin cr@ck with xzibit was turible. Then there was the really crappy one where his wife gets r@ped because she was set up by the guy from Oz in the wheel chair. Or the one where he was that Flaming Biker, or the assasin in Thailand….wow has he made a good movie since The Rock? 8mm was a great movie, and I liked Snake Eyes. Oh, wait you must have watched Wicker Man….lmao

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

    “Adaptation” is Nicholas Cage’s best movie… Lord of War was good too. The guy can clearly act.
    So yeah, Lake watched Wicker Man.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Yeah I didn’t really care for Cage and Kidman in Trespass, but I did like Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans with Cage and my girl Eva Mendes.

  • Niels

    I´m just waiting for the next press conference where D12 and SVG start crackin up after revealing that the whole mess was done to help D12 win a mission impossible bet he took with Glen `Big Baby` Davis……. Being that D12 would have taken over his nickname ´Big Baby´ by the end of the season……. Glen Davis his mission impossible challenge was to dunk a basketball on a fastbreak. I guess they both won

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

    NOOO NOT THE BEES! NOT THE BEES! AAAWWWWHHW THEY’RE IN MY EYES! MY EYEYYYYESS!

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