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Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 at 8:30 am  |  77 responses

Post Up: Melo Beats Boston

Carmelo’s triple-double tops Pierce’s 43 points, plus the Spurs pound the Lakers at Staples.

by Abe Schwadron | @abe_squad

The Yankees and Red Sox will have to wait. New York and Boston have a basketball rivalry to deal with first.

Pacers 102, Sixers 97

Lou Williams had a look at a game-tying 3-pointer with just under 20 seconds remaining, but his jumper drew front iron and the Sixers continued their slow decline, closing out their 2011-12 home schedule with an L. In the words of the immortal Rasheed Wallace, “both teams played hard,” but Indiana in particular continued its torrid play of late, winning its fifth game in a row and 10th in the last 11—this time behind a game-high 24 points from Danny Granger (6 threes) and Roy Hibbert’s 15×13 double-double. Andre Iguodala led five Sixers in double figures with 23 points (on 13 shots), 7 rebounds and 6 assists, but even with a last-minute push Philly lost its 3rd in a row and 7th in the last 9 games—the Sixers are just 1.5 games up on Milwaukee for the 8-seed in the East.

Pistons 116, Cavaliers 77

It sounds like Kyrie Irving could play Wednesday after sitting out since April 3 with a shoulder injury—and lord knows the Cavs miss him. Last night, Detroit laid the second-worst beatdown of this NBA season, shooting 60 percent from the field and leading 100-50 after three quarters. A 23-point halftime lead ballooned when the Pistons scored the first 16 points of the third quarter, and from there the rout was on. Rookie point guard Brandon Knight finished with 28 points and 7 assists and Greg Monroe filled the box score with 12 points, 13 boards, 4 steals, 3 assists and 2 blocks—to name just 2 of the 12 Pistons players that scored in the game. Cleveland’s atrocious night was thanks in large part to an 0-10 shooting night out of Antawn Jamison (3 points), the team’s leading scorer sans Kyrie.

Knicks 118, Celtics 110

Where to begin with this one—Carmelo’s triple-double? Paul Pierce’s 43 points? New York raining three-pointers? Steve friggin’ Novak? Under the bright lights of MSG, the Celtics and Knicks put on a show, though it wasn’t always close. ‘Melo messed around and put up 35 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, carving up the Cs left and right. He and the Knicks scored a ridiculous 72 points in the first half behind 14 long balls, and finished one trey short of a franchise record, with 19 three-pointers on the night. None were bigger than the pair that Novak (25 points, 8 threes) drilled in crunch time of the fourth to keep New York out in front. JR Smith had 25 off the bench, too, while Tyson Chandler added 20 and the Knicks improved to 14-5 under Mike Woodson. Boston fell out of a 3-way tie for fourth-place in the East and squandered a chance at clinching the Atlantic division. It’d be hard to pin this one on Pierce, though, whose 43 points came on 11-19 field goal shooting and 17-18 at the charity stripe. Kevin Garnett scored 20 and Rajon Rondo had 13 dimes to go with 13 points, but the Knicks were straight-up unconscious from 3-point land.

Grizzlies 91, Timberwolves 84

Tied at 82 as late as 2:40 to play in the fourth quarter, the Grizzlies finished the game on a 9-2 run to take home the victory and close to within 2 games of the Clippers for the No. 4 seed in the West. Rudy Gay scored 7 of those final 9 points, part of his 28-point, 9-rebound effort, while Mike Conley and Zach Randolph each chipped in 16 for Memphis. As for the Timberwolves, this marked their 11th straight loss—and 27th straight defeat in the month of April, dating back to last season. With Kevin Love still on the mend, JJ Barea has picked up his play—he scored a season-high 28 points, plus had 8 assists and 5 rebounds for Minny—but even with his energy flowing, the Wolves only managed to score 28 points the entire second half.

Spurs 112, Lakers 91

Often times, NBA games are decided by a single quarter. This would be one of those times, as the Spurs dominated the second quarter, shooting 71 percent, scoring 20 points in the paint and 36 overall (to just 19 for the Lakers). San Antonio used an 18-0 run midway through the second quarter to take a 63-47 lead into halftime. The Spurs continued to roll after the half, riding a 29-point (14-20 shooting), 13-assist effort from Tony Parker and another vintage Tim Duncan game. TD finished with 19 points and 8 rebounds, and even got up once to dunk on McBob’s face (see below). Hopefully, we’ve all stopped sleeping on the Spurs, who are now a half-game up on Oklahoma City for the No. 1 seed in the West, and whose 20-6 record since the All-Star break is the best in the NBA. The Lakers, meanwhile, were led by Andrew Bynum’s 21 and 7, but had a 4-game winning streak snapped and now sit just a half-game up on the Clippers for the 3-seed.

Line of the Night: With a nod to Paul Pierce’s 43, it wouldn’t be right to award the LON to anyone but ‘Melo, whose 35-12-10 triple-double was his first since 2007.

Moment of the Night: Melo’s 3×2 highlights, featuring Novak and the rest of the Knicks.

Dunk of the Night: Who cares if it didn’t count? Paul George is still out there proving that he got robbed in the Dunk Contest this year. And Tim Duncan turns back the clock on Josh McRoberts. Move aside, young fella!

Tonight: A crazy 14-game schedule on tap for Wednesday, during most of which I’ll be in Jersey for Nets-Knicks. Apologies in advance for a light Post Up tomorrow—you all will have to be my eyes out there, so you can fill me in on anything major that goes down while I’m at The Rock.

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  • vtrobot

    Wow. C’s/Knicks games have been great again for awhile now. These two teams always go at each other hard and they’re pretty evenly matched these days. Novak, unconscious. Melo, huge. Truth. Rondo keeping the streak going.

  • bigdoggchad

    Melo is at his best when playing bully ball down low. I just hope he doesn’t wear himself down before playoffs. He is playing so hard with a passion both ends of the floor, and playing a lot of minutes.

  • MikeC.

    @bigdogg – Melo has plenty of energy in reserve since he just showed up for the season 3 weeks ago.

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

    melo really thinks he’s lebron smh…. he gotta stay at the 4 spot

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Surround Melo with shooters, and great things happen. Knicks’ now 14-5 with Woodson, and still yet to lose consecutive games. I tip my hat to Woodson, because he’s really getting the most out of Melo and the team on a whole. And as for Melo, I’m very proud of him not just for how he’s playing, but for how he’s conducting himself with his teammates and the media of late. AS a Knicks fan, it’s been a rough ride this season, but like I said, it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. As for Pierce, he was the Truth last night. And I’m definitely impressed with Avery Bradley’s defense and shooting.

  • MUBWAR

    Mike Woodson was never the problem in Atlanta. he was just surrounded by puss1es except Smith. Melo Chandler and Amar’e will change his playoff luck in the near future, NOT THIS YEAR THOUGH

  • Heals

    Slick headline (Jell-O Beats). Awesome shooting those Knickerbockers last night and definitely saw the C’s look like a team playing it’s 4th game in 5 nights (make that 5 in 6 tonight vs Orl). Loved Stiemsma jawing with Melo after stopping JR on the run out. That Rajon fall coulda been much worse, makes me nervous watching guys take spills like that this close to the playoffs. Don’t tell me that RayRay’ ankles are NOW going to be an issue (they were originally the big concern at the time of the trade). The Pacific division will be very interesting if Kob sits out a couple more and the Clips don’t drop one to a bottom feeder. 6-9/10 in the West may be a real entertaining tune-up to the playoffs. Hate to be snobby but it’s going to be tough to watch games other than those with some stakes on em’, especially now that most lottery teams are sitting their best players…

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    So everybody has to be shooting for that sixth spot even more now that Dwight is probably going to be out for the playoffs, right? That’s almost a guaranteed ticket to the second round.

  • Otis

    That Knicks/Celts game was outrageously good fun to watch. It’ll certainly be interesting to see what the Knicks do when Stoudemire returns — they’re a different team with Melo at the 4, just like they were a different team last year with Stoudemire at the 5. Too many pegs, not enough holes.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    And isn’t it funny that a version of small ball, which D’Antoni actually specializes in, is what has sparked the Knicks resurgence.
    Moving Melo to the four brought back the Melo from the Olympics. Combine that with him actually trying his hardest and voila, you have team success.
    The question will be how he transitions back to the small forward once Amare returns.

  • clydesays

    The C’s/Knicks game was nuts. Watch the highlights, bc I don’t think you’ll EVER see 70% from 3 from the Knicks bench again (unless they just take 3 and make 2)…

  • dsleepy

    use melo at the 4, chandler at the 5. stat is 6th man 4/5 off the bench.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    If you think Amare is handling being benched well this year and moving forward, you really don’t know Amare.
    Not to say he’s a team cancer, but he came to New York to be the man, not a bench player.

  • MUBWAR

    Amar’e off the bench. some people smoking early in the day. Mr 100$ m man coming off the bench with the likes of Novak and Jeffries

  • http://www.slamonline.com TADOne

    Woodson has already said Amare will not be coming off the bench when he returns.

  • http://www.slamonline.com TADOne

    I’m not even sure who Cleveland’s backup PG is but Brandon Knight was abusing him last night.

  • http://espn.go.com/nba/ Paul H

    I agree that there Is not a chance In hell of Amare coming of the bench, but I’m inclined to agree with Tim Legler and say It would be better If he did. I think I’ve seen maybe one or two impressive games from him all season.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Amare has changed a lot as a person (and player). He is completely team first this year, D’antoni gave him a glowing review when he ‘resigned’, and so has everyone else I have heard speak about him since he arrived in NY.
    Tony Parker was on some Chris Paul in the play-offs kind of level last night, absolutely torching the Lakers. I have him 2nd team All NBA at seasons end. The Lakers are no better equipped to win in the play-offs this year than they were last year. Guards like Parker/Westbrook/Paul are going to slice them up, Bynum is not as polished as some people believe, and Kobe does not make a huge difference to the Lakers win-loss as years past.

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

    Wake andbake Mubwar lol

  • http://www.nbadraft.net Showtime

    I came to a few conclusion when lookin @ the rest of the nba schedule. 1rst of all the clippers have a cupcake schedule for the reamaining games after denver tonight. So with Kobe out the Pacific Division is their to grab, which would make the lake vs memphis which is gonna be a tough out. 2nd… Philly is tanking for that 8 spot. They match up way better with the bulls then the Heat. Philly are the heat but not so much star power hence the beating everytime they play. 3rd The Heat & Knicks will be very entertaining but the heat will get it done in 5.

  • http://www.nyill.wordpress.com O

    Amare SHOULD come off the bench at least till he gets his legs under him again and shakes off the rust, but I doubt that happens… Woodson = best coach the Knicks have had since JVG…

  • MUBWAR

    i would love that too t-ray, only problem is i’m stuck till 430.

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

    I feel you my g.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Amar’e won’t be coming off the bench, whether he should or not. And I think it’s hilarious that Mike Woodson is going to get all of the credit for the Knicks “resurgence” or whatever you want to call it. The difference between now and before is that Melo is playing hard. And nobody seems unhappy. I mean Woodson does deserve credit, but he’s not doing anything special, the team is just playing harder then it was under D’Antoni.
    .
    Oh and I didn’t give Tyson Chandler enough credit as a defensive player at the beginning of the year, I said Dwight is the only player in the league that makes a whole defense formidable, but i think i was wrong, Tyson Chandler does that or close to that for new york. Not that they are going to get past the second round or anything, but still.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Me and my buddy flip on the Knicks game yesterday. Novak gets tossed into the game. We both give a couple one liners. “Oooooh it’s over for the Celts!” Some chuckles… several seconds pass… We both look at each other and both say, “but seriously, dude can shoot lights out.” Then he does his thing. It was pretty funny. The Knicks have like 8 players that if they are playing at the top of their game are some of the best at what they do. That’s an interesting team if they put it together.
    Pop told his team something that completely helped them keep the big fellas off the glass. They both had 7 boards. Bynum needs to work the offensive boards better. It’s not like he gets back in any sort of a quick fashion on D. Might as well crash the offensive boards. Matt Barnes continues to give them great bench help. Ramon Sessions and Steve Blake shouldn’t be getting 25 mins a piece. Roman needs 35+ mins a game.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Steve Novak is the best pure shooter in the NBA.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Lake, 8 players? Care to name those 8 because I don’t see it. I see maybe 5 (Melo, Amare, TC, Shrump, Novocaine)

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

    Gotta throw Jr in there JT

  • http://sfjklf.com Jukai

    NBK: You did super ridicule me when I said Tyson provide a poor man’s version of what Howard brings. He really changes the chemistry of the team defensively. He isn’t Howard, but he’s a great defender in his own way. He doesn’t effect the other team as much— people are downright SCARED to drive on Howard— but I think he effects HIS team more, because he’s always switching no matter who and he hedges great, runs through picks, he brings energy to the defense and his team knows he’ll pick up any man and still be back to defend the rim… it just seems to give the knicks more confidence.
    Howard should still probably get DPOY though.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Melo
    Amare
    TC
    Shump
    JR Smith
    Novak
    Baron Davis
    Bill Walker
    LOL. I’m a big Bill Walker fan if you can’t tell.
    Agree nbk. Kinda. Do you mean best man at exclusively shooting 3′s? Cause I still put Allen over Novak when it comes to shooting.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Abe Schwadron

    Long as it looks like everyone is here — just a heads up again that I’ll be MIA for most of tonight’s action, so you guys split up the League Pass duties, ok? Ha! Apologies in advance, see y’all in the morning.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I don’t remember ridiculing you Jukai, but I believe you, and I was totally wrong. Dude’s affect is a lot more profound than I thought it was. I’ve been thinking this for a few weeks. I thnk Tyson, Howard and LeBron are all right there for DPOY, I wouldn’t really argue with any of them winning it for various reasons.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Ray Ray is still the best shooter in basketball.
    DHow doesn’t deserve another DPoy this season. It should go to either TC, Noah, Iggy, LeBron, JSmoove or KG.
    Lake, you lost me as soon as I saw Baro………..

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I mean Steve Novak is the best shooter in the world if he has his feet set and can shoot a balanced shot. The best shooter all around on earth (imo) is Steve Nash. Ray Allen can’t really hit the shots Nash hits with the consistency he hits them. As great as Ray is.

  • http://sfjklf.com Jukai

    I think Howard wins it because his stats are the most tangible (14.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 2.1 blocks) while Tyson’s are much lower (10 rebounds, 1 steal, 1.5 blocks). I think Tyson brings more energy defensively because he will always switch and take any man, it gives the Knicks more confidence to guard their man up and not worry about losing them on hard picks, and it makes the team overall better defensively… but that’s really hard to measure.
    Maybe Tyson’ll win it just because they’re tired of giving it to Dwight.
    Lebron might win it but I doubt it. He needs another year or two for the voters to forget the decision, which was apparently the worst damn thing in the world to some media.

  • http://www.nbadraft.net Showtime

    IF d12 doesnt get Dpoy, the only other options should be Ibaka or Lebron… Everyone ele hasn’t shown efford all year long thats including Tyson, Noah or even iggy

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I have no complaints with putting Steve Nash over Ray as a overall shooter. But as a pure shooter, Ray Allen takes the cake. Novak has always been this guy is the funny part. He just never gets burn because he is useless at everything else.
    Taylor, all i’m saying is Baron is one of the best passers in the game. Also one of the best tempo keeping PG’s. He is a shell today, but even shells show hints of their former selves sometimes. Bill Walker is a poor mans JR Smith essentially. He’s hot garbage, but hot none the less. Dude goes lights out on a given night. My point? I don’t have one. Just saying the Knick’s are deadly for a reason. They can strike hard and fast when all their dudes are clicking on the court.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I honestly wouldn’t even be able to vote. What Tyson has done for New York is not measurable individually, that team is legitimate defensively, at least until Amar’e comes back, then it’s another (?) that will likely push the team back a few steps. Same thing will happen when Lin comes back and cuts into Iman or JR’s minutes (both are decent defenders, well Iman is actually very good).
    .
    LeBron is doing things defensively I haven’t seen a player do since that #33 guy in Chicago. Which is equally hard to measure what he provides.
    .
    Dwight is the only one who you can look at and see has a direct affect on his teams defense, both in the box score, and when looking at where they rank, and how “good” (bad i should say) his supporting cast is defensively….

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    My thing about Ray Allen is, he’s way more streaky then people act like. He’s not really a pure shooter as much as he is a scorer who doesn’t have the physical abilities he used to. That’s how I see him. There are pure shooters (Novak, Nash, James Jones, etc.) and then there are scorers who can really shoot, (Ray Allen, JR Smith, Jason Terry)

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    I’m not so sure about putting Ray Ray in the same class as JR Smith and JTerry (even though I think JT’s a better shooter than JR). Ray is the last guy in the NBA I want to see get the slightest hint of daylight if I were an NBA coach. I think you have to factor in everything (consistency, shooting off the dribble, contested shots, tough shots and clutch shots) when grading shooters and no one has hit more tough, contested, clutch shots than Ray Ray.

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

    Ray Ray’s fading out of bounds three is money!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I still think Allen is a top 5 shooter in the league. I just don’t think that’s his natural skill. You know what I mean? To be as good of a shooter as Ray Allen is he has to be in rhythm, I don’t think he could just step on the court and be the best shooter around, his ability to shoot is basically him harnessing all of his scoring ability into one activity. A guy like Novak, he could walk onto the court without warming up and shoot 40% from 3, that’s just what he does, he’s a pure shooter. Even Ray Allen would tell you, he’s a great shooter because of the work he puts in, not because he’s just a natural. idk if this is making sense? it does to me but lol but that doesn’t mean it’s translating into text. Where’s Allen to simplify this for me?

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    It does.
    I guess it’s just personal preference. Like I’ve had to choose one guy to make a game winning shot during GM7 of the Finals, I would take Ray Ray without hesitation.

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

    Clear to say Ray is the best pure shooter in the clutch?

  • http://Slamonline.com Datkid

    Nash is the best pure shooter to me…easily. Followed by Allen then nowitzki. Steph curry is sprinting to nash’s level tho.

  • DruNyce

    Melo is elevating his game to a new level. Displaying arguably the best all-around game of his career lately. Keep it up dude. Props to Mike Woodson. The Haters are on suicide watch.

  • DruNyce

    Tyson helped NY go from 21 to 5 in defensive efficiency. DPOY.. enough said.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I would probably take Ray Allen at the end of a game if I needed a 3 as well. Just because he can elevate over guys from any range and get a shot off. Not because I think he’d be more likely to make a good look than say Nash would..

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Naw, I feel ya. It’s weird debating shooters because there is so many different types. Novak has been slept on in his career I feel though. He could always do this. It seems he should always get 10 mins of burn to see if he is going to shoot you into a game or not.
    Ray Allen still has one of the purest shots in basketball. Yes he needs rhythm and yes he is a great all around scorer, but don’t let that take away from his natural ability to just flat out shoot the ball. He does use his legs more than Novak, JJ, Matt Bonner, Kyle Korver. Shooters like they, that just spot up and barely jump, but he is still pure and natural. I would want Ray Allen taking a last minute 3 over anyone else just as Taylor said. I know that is more than “pure shooting”, but honestly nbk, who do you take, when both men walk in the gym. Novak, and Ray Allen. They both are going to shoot 50 3′s. Who do you think makes the most?

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Nash for me. Can hit any shot. Love what he is doing this season too really rooting for the Suns to make the play-offs.

  • http://sfjklf.com Jukai

    Lebron is definitely as great as an isolation defender as Pippen is, but I don’t think he’s as good off the ball as Pippen. Pip would pick players off from behind them, from infront of them, in the passing lane, and I think he blocked more shots than Lebron did too. Was a bit better at double teaming and switching (my one complaint on Lebron is when he closes out on a cutter, he doesn’t close out his man on the three as well as he should, I think he’s constantly worried about drawing a foul).
    A bunch of Lebron’s steals come from Lebron snatching them when someone else swats the ball away, because Lebron is so fast and explosive that he can get to those balls first. It’s valuable and helps his team, but he’s not exactly known as a pick pocket.
    That being said, he’s hands down the best wing defender in the game, and maybe the most versatile one-on-one defender right now. I think Artest was better in his prime, Battier MAYBE, I think he’s better than Bowen… I already know the answer I’m gonna get, but is Lebron a better isolation defender than Kobe was at Kobe’s prime.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Novak. No question about it.
    .
    You don’t give Ray Allen this,
    - “Ray’s pre-game shooting routine for the day consisted of making five shots from five spots (corner, wing, center, other wing, other corner) from five different distances (close, two steps back, mid-range, college 3-point line, and pro 3-point line), with five free throws in between each set.”
    .
    Then I don’t think he has a shot against Novak. Novak can probably wake up in the morning and make over 50% of his 3′s in an empty gym without stretching. That’s the type of shooter he is, and that’s how little effort goes into his release. Ray jumps on every shot, he has a rhythm he relies on. As I said before, imo.

  • http://sfjklf.com Jukai

    AllBall:
    Phoenix has OKC, The Clippers, Utah, Denver, and San Antonio.
    Houston has Miami… but then has the flailing Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans and Golden State TWICE.
    I actually HATE Nash for what he’s doing, giving me hope. It’s just cruel.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Yes Jukai, Bron is. Because of his size speed and strength all being greater than Kobe’s. Kobe was just as good at the art of defense, but was never able to physically dominate the opposing offensive player due to his lack of size and strength compared to Bron.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Jukai, I don’t think LeBron is Pippen’s equal at all, he just has a similar role to what Pippen was doing in Chicago (pre-Rodman).
    .
    Kobe was a great isolation defender for stretches. Never for full games though, it just wasn’t his game in the NBA. So i’d say LeBron is better in isolation. Especially if you factor in versatility defensively, even in isolation.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Fair enough on Novak vs Ray Ray. I honestly don’t know who would make the most shots in the given, wake up and shoot category, but I still would put my money on Allen. I love Novak’s shooting ability though. It’s uncanny how natural he is at shooting.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Yeah, Pip was a demonic team/help defender. I have yet to see anyone erase as many team mistakes as Pip did for the Bulls. Anyone who hasn’t seen that “Scottie Pippen: Ultimate Defender” on youtube, do yourself a favor and check that sh*t out. One of the best videos ever.
    You do have to take into consideration the hand-checking rule that prevents LeBron from mauling opponents out there. Just imagine if a 255 pound LeBron was able to hand-check, push and arm-bar opponents all over the court.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Jukai I didn’t even check the schedule. Phoenix are going to have to do something incredible because Houston is guaranteed at least two wins against the tanking Warriors, and another against the terrible (but at leat their still competing) Hornets. If Phoenix can some how win the next two at home against OKC and LAC I think they will make it, honestly.

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Carmelo is such a cancer. Oh, are we not doing that anymore?

  • Heals

    All the people picking Nash aren’t bringing how little he actually shoots now. This year he’s had several games where he looks to shoot as much as Rondo does. When Novak starts cashing go ahead 3′s in playoff games with the whole D keyed on him then we’ll talk. Plus Novak loses points in my book for that dumba$$ belt routine…

  • tonyknorr

    @ Jukai. Yes he is based off of his lateral quickness and physical strength. The guy is so much larger and stronger than bean ever was that there is really no comparing the two as isolation defenders even in Kobe’s prime. Kobe was a good defender in his prime but he was never good enough to shut down positions 1-5 no matter how good the player is the way that Bron has been doing this year.

  • tonyknorr

    sorry LakeShow that your post wasn’t up when I posted mine so I basically just repeated yours. My bad

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    What’s even more amazing is that some of Pip’s best work on defense was during the 94 season without MJ. He was patrolling the perimeter with the likes of BJ Armstrong, Kukoc, Kerr and Pete Myers.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Haha sol good Tony.
    Heals, I kinda liked the belt routine…lol
    Co-Sign Heals on Nash’s peculiar lack of shooting. He should almost be given crap for it. He is shooting as good as Bron is… Which is amazing, except when you realize he is only taking 9 shots a game! WTH Nashty. Toss the ball up a little more often.
    1982, Carmelo has officially came back to life. He was never a cancer, he is just a black hole. There’s nothing wrong with being a black hole when your scoring at a high rate imo though.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Nash shot 47% from 3 one year while shooting almost 5 threes a game. His lack of shooting is not a product of being unable to shoot or something…

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Agreed…

  • Heals

    Yeah I’m just a bit chippy. It’s easier to tolerate when he isn’t bombing your squad with 8 3′s…

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    I’ll third that statement.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Heals, I figured as much. I had no invested interest in either team so I was just along for the ride. I’m a fan of anything dumb an athlete dos to make me laugh on the court. Be it, cabbage patch dancing, duggie-ing, big balls dancing. 3 point making belt wearer. It’s all good to me.

  • davidR

    heals, how can you hate on novak’s aaron rodgers dance? that was reminiscent of when novak and baron were both on the clippers, and novak hit a game winner.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Novak’s imitation of Aaron Rodgers is his only shot at gettin national attention. He better have a little gimmick or he’s just that boring guy hitting 3′s. Assuming he wants to be in a commercial someday, or be a pro wrestler.

  • davidR

    i dunno nbk, everyone loves an underdog. at least he’s finally getting his shine, cuz he was getting overlooked during linsanity

  • http://espn.go.com/nba/ Paul H

    What does everyone think of all the renewed and really quite feverish talk on the continuing problem of tanking? I’ve seen a lot of propositions thrown about to help curb It (Five year draft etc), but I’m not sure how much I believe In any of them really….

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I don’t think there is any way to do away with tanking. Unless they make all teams in the lottery have even odds at getting the top pick.

  • http://sfjklf.com Jukai

    NBK: make it hurt a team financially to miss the playoffs for a prolonged period of time. That would prevent it for sure.
    Of course, some teams would go bankrupt, but OH WELL.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Lol in a perfect world there wouldnt be these terrible teams to dilute the talent base enough for tanking to be a plausible solution.

  • Justin G.

    Between Novak and Ray Allen I’ll still go with Ray Allen but not by much. You know, JTaylor said if the game is on the line and you need a 3, he’d take Ray Allen. Obviously not a bad choice but are we talkign just from a shooter’s persective or are we talking in general? I bet more coaches fear seeing the ball in Kobe’s hands with the clock winding down more than they do Allen whether it’s a 3 or not. Agree with nbk about Nash being the best pure shooter in the league which is just sick considering his age. And I don’t think Lebron is in Pippen’s league as far as defense at all. He was able to play the passing lanes so much better not only because he was really quick but has freakishly long arms and big hands. And of course, Lebron over Kobe for an entire game defensively.

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