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Thursday, April 12th, 2012 at 8:30 am  |  73 responses

Post Up: Rush Hour

With two weeks to play, the NBA treats us to one of the wildest nights of the season.

by Abe Schwadron | @abe_squad

Can you feel it? The Playoffs are coming (word to SLAM 158). The last day of the regular season is exactly two weeks from today, which means it’s time for teams to kick it into high gear. And judging by last night’s ridiculousness, that message has been sent, loud and clear.

Pacers 104, Cavaliers 98 (OT)

George Hill giveth, and George Hill taketh away. And then he giveth again. After trailing for much of the second half, the Cavaliers rattled off an 18-1 in the fourth quarter to take an 86-79 lead with just over 5 minutes remaining before Hill tied the game at 89 on a short floater with just under 2 minutes to play, then gave the Pacers the lead with a second straight drive at the rim. All Hill had to do was seal the game at the free throw line. Spoiler alert: he didn’t. He missed 3 of 4 free throws in the final minute, opening the door for Lester Hudson (19 points) to make a runner in the lane with 1.2 seconds remaining to send the game to overtime. Thankfully for Hill (17 points), the Pacers dominated OT, and his 3-pointer with 53 seconds left stretch Indy’s lead to 8, too much for Cleveland to overcome.

Sixers 93, Raptors 75

With all due respect to the Sixers’ stingy defense, the Raptors were simply atrocious offensively last night. Get your vomit bags ready—Toronto shot 36 percent from the field, was outscored 58 to 20 on points in the paint and had no player scored more than 13 points (the ones who did: Alan Anderson, Ed Davis). Luckily for Jose Calderon, he didn’t couldn’t watch much of the action after getting popped in the eye by Jrue Holiday, leading to swelling and stitches. Philadelphia stuck with its re-worked lineup and beat another Eastern Conference cellar dweller, protecting the ball beautifully (only 5 turnovers) and spreading it around on offense. Thad Young led all scorers with 17 points and Evan Turner played a well-rounded, under control game off the bench, with 6 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists (zero turnovers) in 24 minutes.

Celtics 88, Hawks 86 (OT)

Knotted up at 82 with 70 ticks to go, Brandon Bass and Joe Johnson traded jumpers before both teams heaved up bricks on potential game-winning possessions, sending this one to overtime. In the extra period, a controversial offensive foul call on Paul Pierce gave Atlanta the ball back with 10 seconds left, trailing by 2 points. But a Josh Smith 3-pointer that would have won it caromed off the front of the rim, and the Celtics escaped with another big win. Oh, and remember that Rajon Rondo streak of about a bazillion (19 to be exact) consecutive games with at least 10 assists? Yeah, he obliterated that number against the Hawks—try 20 assists and a triple-double, as he added 10 points and 10 boards. Kevin Garnett added 22 points and 12 rebounds, while JSmoove’s 20-11-5 line went to waste in defeat.

Hornets 105, Kings 96

Jason Smith completely outplayed DeMarcus Cousins all game, the Hornets shot 56 percent from the field and New Orleans took charge on an 18-3 run in the third quarter en route to a rare win for the L’s worst team, record-wise. Smith score 22 points on 10-12 shooting in just 27 minutes, while DMC followed up a monster game against Dallas with a lifeless 7-point, 4-rebound effort in 20 minutes, battling foul trouble all the way. Marcus Thornton picked up the slack to lead all scorers with 25 points and Tyreke Evans finally put together a decent game (19 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds, 4 steals) but New Orleans was the better team from start to finish, even without Eric Gordon. Xavier Henry provided a nice spark off the bench with 14 points.

Jazz 103, Rockets 91

For two teams battling to secure a Western Conference Playoff spot, this game was a must-win on both sides, but especially for Utah, still on the outside looking in. Good thing Gordon Hayward was aware of the situation—he poured in a season-high 29 points on 9-14 shooting, plus had 6 assists to lead the Jazz to the victory. Utah shot 51 percent from the field, buoyed by Hayward, Paul Millsap (21 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals) and Al Jefferson (15 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks), while the Rockets misfired their way to 36 percent shooting, including 4-20 from 3-point range. If not for a furious fourth-quarter rampage led by Kyle Lowry, who had 15 points and 5 assists in just 20 minutes, the score wouldn’t have even been this close.

Knicks 111, Bucks 107

New York fans are breathing a bit easier this morning, having pushed Milwaukee 2 games into the rear view mirror and winning an all-important tiebreaker in the tight Eastern Conference Playoff race after Carmelo Anthony dropped 32 points and had 10 rebounds and JR Smith provided the late theatrics to beat the Bucks on the road. Smith scored 8 points in the last 5 minutes, including the game’s most important shot—a 3-pointer with 1:04 left to give the Knicks a 108-107 lead, just enough to escape Milwaukee with the win. Tyson Chandler chipped in 19 points and 11 rebounds, Smith ended up with 14 points and the Knicks shot 51 percent from the floor for the game. Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings did all they could to push the Bucks out in front, with 35 and 22 points respectively, but the only other Milwaukee player in double figures was Mike Dunleavy, who scored 19 points despite being the victim of yet another interesting foul.

Clippers 100, Thunder 98

Kevin Durant dribbled around a pick and drilled a cold-blooded 3-pointer from the top of the key with under 40 seconds left to tie the game at 98. On the ensuing possession, Chris Paul morphed into superhero mode, slashing through the entire Thunder defense, getting to the cup and flicking up a finger roll over the outstretched arms of Kendrick Perkins and into the bottom of the net for a 2-point Clipper lead. With just 8.8 seconds left, Oklahoma City looked to Durant again, but what would have been a game-winning trey clanked off back iron, and Lob City dealt the Thunder just their 6th home loss of the season. The Lobsters were led by Chris Paul’s 31 points and Blake Griffin, who finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists against one of the toughest frontlines in the NBA. And the Clips played great D, too—Durant scored 22 and Russell Westbrook had 20, but they combined to shoot just 10-35 from the floor.

Grizzlies 104, Suns 93

Phoenix used a 14-1 run to take the lead early in the fourth quarter, but it was short-lived, as the Grizzlies finished the game on a 17-6 run of their own to put away the Suns, behind a 32-point outburst from Rudy Gay. PHX had no answer for Gay, who shot 13-20 from the field on his first 30-point night since December of 2010 (yeah, I did a double-take on that stat, too). As a team, Memphis shot 50 percent from the field and won the rebounding battle 43-31, including 16 offensive boards, to avoid a season sweep by the Suns. Marcin Gortat scored 19 points and Steve Nash dished out 10 dimes to go with 11 points in a losing effort.

Lakers 98, Spurs 84

Andrew Bynum just doesn’t give a fudge, does he? 19 rebounds in the first half, 30 for the game, plus 16 points? Don’t hurt ‘em Drew! The Spurs big men were completely overmatched, as the Lakers won with Bynum going hammer and Metta World Peace doing a half-decent Kobe Bryant impression, finishing with 26 points (5-8 on three-pointers). Bynum’s big night put him among the following list of Laker greats to pull down 30 rebounds in a single game: Elgin Baylor, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, George Mikan and Wilt Chamberlain (who did it a staggering 14 times with Los Angeles). L.A. led by as many as 26, outrebounding the Spurs 60 to 33 and holding San Antonio to 41 percent shooting. Tony Parker had a brutal game, shooting 2-12 and scoring just 4 points—only Danny Green (22 points) and Tim Duncan (14) scored in double figures for the Spurs.

Nuggets 113, Timberwolves 107

The legend of Kenneth Faried continues to grow. As does Javale McGee’s, in a different way. Faried scored 16 points and had 12 rebounds, energizing the Nuggets early and often. McGee, meanwhile, sent Kevin Love to the locker room with a mild concussion in the first quarter after bowling him over on a very elbowy shot attempt. At one point, Denver led by 24, but the Timberwolves came all the way back, as Martell Webster’s wing 3-pointer tied the game at 105 with under 2 minutes to play. It was all for naught, though, as the Nuggets woke up down the stretch thanks to four clutch free throws in the final minute from Ty Lawson, who racked up 24 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds on the night. From the “wait, what?” department: Anthony Randolph scored 28 points and blocked 5 shots. Wait, what?

Trail Blazers 118, Warriors 110

Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 34 points, JJ Hickson racked up 23 points and 13 rebounds and Raymond Felton finished with 16 points and 10 assists as the Blazers survived a hot shooting night from the Warriors to win a battle of Western Conference Lottery teams. The game was tied at 95 in the fourth quarter, but Wesley Matthews (18 points) nailed two big shots in the final minute to help Portland outlast GSW. Golden State shot 52 percent from the field, scored 35 fourth-quarter points and got 21, 14 and 6 from David Lee, but still found a way to lose. The Dubs also somehow allowed Hasheem Thabeet to grab 3 rebounds and score 1 point in his 3 minutes. Cue the tanking accusations, ladies and gents!

Line of the Night: Rajon Rondo had 20 assists while Andrew Bynum had 30 rebounds. I guess we have to give it to Rondo, though, since Bynum apparently wasn’t as excited about his line as the rest of us were…

Moment of the Night: Chris Paul doesn’t even need teammates. Peace out, OKC.

Dunk of the Night: Blake Griffin wins Gold, Marc Gasol gets Silver.

Tonight: Even if Derrick Rose isn’t in uniform, you’ll want to be in front of a television tonight as Miami and Chicago do battle on TNT at 8, the best of the 5-game schedule for Thursday.

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  • ALD

    you see blake floppin at 32 secs on that cp3 highlight lol… A guy that strong flopping is hilarious.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    CP3 was money last night. As for tonight, I think Rose will probably play but with the playoffs around the corner I really don’t care. Let’s just get there already!

  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com MP

    Just like I figured… Bynum was playing against oompa loompas last night. SA better get that 1st seed or their gone in the second round round.

  • ALD

    @MP MWPhad 26 last night. that was overshadowed by bynums stats so that was a weird game.

  • logues

    that griffin dunk was NASTY! huge facial over the best shot blocker in the league

  • logues

    although, still havent seen him dunk over dwight yet tho.. that would be the ultimate statement. that would be an interesting meet at the rim… hmmm i think i’d have to give it to howard?

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    CP has been a beast during the 4th qtr this season but since the media is enarmored with the Kobes, KDs and LeBrons of the world, you never hear about it.

  • ALD

    watch NBA TV @JTAYLOR

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

    I need CP3 to play aggressive like this all the time and not changing the play at the line of scrimmage like he’s Peyton Manning. CP3 has to play aggressive and speed up the offense since the Clippers don’t have an identity and they have a huge advantage when they run. You CANNOT run your offense through Blake Griffin. Nice highlight dunks but no mid range jumper. The Clippers feed off CP3 when he’s that aggressive. Is it me or does Westbrook wants it to bad when he goes up against the elite PG’S? I like Westbrook but he had a terrible game last night. Not sure if he’s ever had a great/good game against CP3. KD also played terrible. Settled for jumpers when he could have either drove to the basket and got a foul or post up the smaller player. Bynum 30 boards!!!! WOW. Memphis finally playing well with Rudy and Z-bo on the floor at the same time. Scary stuff. Balanced scoring from everybody. Is Speight an upgrade from Darrell Arthur?

  • Heals

    Don’t know how ya did it Abe, I mean once SA and LAL tipped off it was pure madness. With the exception of Sac/NO every game had a reason to watch. I can only imagine had Kob been playing how difficult it could’ve been to get a good “sense” of it all. If last Wed was “The Miracle on Ice” than last night was the gold medal game everybody forgot about…

  • ALD

    @stepfan u think westbrook wanting to play good against the top pg’s in the lg is a bad thing?.. He plays like this every night anyway and he didnt take that many shots suprisingly.

    CP3 should play like that evrynight but the clippers have to play d for them to be a good running team.

  • ron g

    Great to see Cp3 forget about being the ultimate playmaker for a change and just attack the rim and get buckets. They had to take westbrook off of him because Cp3 made him a non factor.

  • ron g

    For everyone wishing for Cp3 to play like this every game, its impossible. Rose is struggling with injuries because he plays a constant aggressive game and Cp3 has learned from his past that its best to pace yourself to avoid injury.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    The Knicks buckled down defensively in the 4th quarter, on the road, in a playoff-like game that was a MUST WIN, and got the W! Melo was an absolute beast last night, however, the Knicks don’t win without a combined 15 points in the 4th quarter off the bench from Novakaine and JR… I’m happy for Steve Novak, because he got to do that in front of his family at the Bradley Center. Shump played the most minutes (42:02) of any Knick last night playing a great all-around game. Knicks improve to 12-4 with Woodson…haven’t lose consecutive games. Record speaks for itself. Woodson pushing right buttons and connecting with the players. No more shoving square pegs down round holes.

  • MaxIsNative

    Spurs :(

  • http://Google Shano From The Wickid

    Thats nothing better than playoff basketball. This is easily my favorite time of the year. Put up or shut up. Win or go home. Im sounding like a tnt promo commercial

  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com MP

    You can say “We had a bad shooting night and they shot great”… but you can’t say “they had a good rebounding day and we didn’t”… my oompa loompa comment stands.

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

    last night really drove home why Del Negro and Brooks are horrible coaches… they REALLY suck at managing minutes. my god.

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

    @ALD No not at all but when he goes up against the Elite, but to me he presses in trying to prove that he’s better. Thus the tunnel vision and the bad shots.

  • Kadavour

    the next person to compare Russell Westbrook favorably to Elite PGs like CP3 needs to go play in traffic. And Rondo is just WOW.

  • http://www.nbadraft.net showtime

    What they sqeeked out a victory, they did clamp down on anything…that posession with jr was a brain fart by who ever was going him, u let him drive u dont let him shoot the 3 to get a one point lead. Monta and young buck was cooking NYC all night. They barely won lol….& sanders needs more pt time.

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/40441/avery-bradley-matters-now nbk

    Bynum is a monster. He had 3 less rebounds than the Spurs….total.

  • Ill Smith

    I can’t wait to see Wussel Restbrooks get his championship, the haters will be maaaad. & I hate to throw that hater word out there but how else can you describe em? The whole world complains bout how many shots Westbrooks takes, his ‘tunnel vision’, ‘he’s not a true point guard’ yet…..his team is fighting for the L’s #1 record. He shoots too much but somehow some way KD ain’t even a point away from leading the league in scoring, not to mention Harden’s career year. He’s putting up better #’s than DWade & DRose this year but gets more criticism than anybody not named James or Howard. It’s just almost cliche to critizise him at this point.

  • http://sportsbybrooks.com/boxscores-never-lie-or-exaggerate-on-twitter-30011 Allenp

    Guess I can’t say “Marc Gasol” today. Oops.

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

    Smith
    He isn’t a true PG that is not debatable. I do agree with you that he gets too much criticism but just because KD still gets his and Harden is having a great year doesn’t mean it’s because of Westbrook. They are an iso heavy team and a majority of KD and Harden’s points don’t come from Westbrook dishing the rock. Once again not bashing him but hey if it works then it works.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Lol, I was just about to say, “Wonder if Marc could ever grab 30 boards.” He couldn’t, but none-the-less I know why he is liked more than Bynum, but this is the beastlyness that I proclaimed for young Bynum. He can be great. It’s his choice now.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgdwfMwIh5U&feature=related Max

    Man Rondo must be thinking it’s allready playoff time.

  • Ill Smith

    @T-Ray
    Which is my point. Its working so why all the criticism? KD shot just as bad as Westbrook last nite but he receives zero blame, it just all falls back on Russ. Like I said, it’s just became cliche to blame Westbrook, same with LeBron anytime Miami loses.

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

    As far as the Celtics go I can’t help but believe that the trade rumors surrounding the Big 4 and some much needed rest during the break motivated this team to come out like gang busters. I’m not so quick to say they will beat Miami or Chicago probably cuz of my Laker bias but they will definitely give those two teams a fight.

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

    Who blamed Westbrook for last night? He was very criticized last playoffs, I dOn’t see any of that today, or lately.

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

    Well Smith as far as KD not getting blamed it’s because of the superstar treatment and that’s what he does..shoot so of course you and I both know he’s not going to get blamed for shooting too much. It really has become cliche to blame certain players whether it be Westbrook for shooting too much, Bron for not shooting enough, Melo for “running” his coach off etc. It’s becoming ridiculous and I feel sports media has a lot to do with it.

  • http://sportsbybrooks.com/boxscores-never-lie-or-exaggerate-on-twitter-30011 Allenp

    It’s because Durant is generally nice to the media and seems friendly.
    Russ balls like he eats babies. (Which I love.) And he despises the media. So, his profile is different. That’s how it works.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Westbrook takes the brunt of the blame after every OKC loss.

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

    yes he does. even if he plays well ^^

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Your point Taylor? Someones got to. I think Westbrook can handle it. Kobe takes it for the Lakers. Bron takes it for the Heat. You know why Westbrook gets it over Durant. Allen pointed it out in his comment. Durant is nice. LbJ, KB24, and Russ all have a little mean streak or some things they have done to draw criticism. The media are going to go after the easy target in general.

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

    can anyone tell me why monta and brandon jennings work so well together? bc they REALLY shouldn’t. also something is really wrong with D. rose. also I hate these rejuvenated celtics. hate em hate em hate em. The only good thing about their game against the heat is that bosh “sorta” discovered how to score again. which is cool.

  • http://gmail.com z

    i watched the knicks/bucks, great game altogether, i wanted to say thatt the bucks really could be a good team once they develop some more chemistry. I think jennings should look to pass more, take on a more traditional mindset, and let monta do the heavy lifting. I think jennings tries to play like A.I. but with an even more erratic jumpshot (and without the bonus of being an absolute BEAST when the jumper’s falling). the knicks? man, my opinion of how their season is going to end changes every day, but i gotta admit that i’m lovin this shumpert kid more&more. Kinda reminds of a young spree. and i’m glad to finally have a legit superstar on the knicks because we went a solid decade without one. Melo’s been incredible, if he keeps playin like this in the playoffs, the knicks will probably win at least one game

  • davidR

    datkid, don’t mention that monta/jennings is working. nobody will believe you.
    i dont get to watch monta anymore (i’m from the bay), but it looks like he’s still proving he’s not some ballhogging scoring guard with all his assists.
    he has an underrated ability to create offense for others and distribute.

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

    I know right david? I’m extremely confused.

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

    Damn, if you take Bynum’s rebounding numbers yesterday from the 8:32 mark to the 3:36 mark of the third quarter, average that out across 100 posessions, and annualize it for 82 games, last night proves Andrew Bynum is the greatest rebounder of all time. Stats don’t lie.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    smh

  • davidR

    it’s the being undersized thing.
    that, and for some reason, a good majority of fans say he’s overrated. not sure how he’s overrated, but it’s all good.
    i would love for the bucks to make the playoffs, and for him to seize the opportunity, but we’ll see. that race to the 8th spot is gonna be interesting.

  • davidR

    lol diesel, you’re still on that 100 possession thing from yesterday.
    i was trippn out too nbk.
    bynum almost outrebounded the entire spurs team.
    do you think he would be better if he was more focused, or if his erratic behavior is what fuels him?

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    LOL @ Diesel & nbk!
    -David, I think you catch feelings for Monta to much. Most people agree that he is either the 3rd or 4th best SG in the L. He can do allot of good for the team he is on, but he hasn’t shown the ability to really make a team transcend to the next level. That is why he isn’t placed right along side Wade and Bryant. Winning cures all and he is winning right now, so soon even the haters won’t have anything to say.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    My use of the stat was appropriate. Diesel just didn’t like it. 658 minutes is not a small sample. Not at all.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    ATTENTIO: WINNING AND GRINNING!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I’m on both sides of the 100 possession debate lol. I don’t like even large sample sizes. It’s hard to determine what happens in a game based on stats that aren’t taking everything into account. I agree that Avery and Garnett together are great defensively on the court, but I don’t think (actually I know) they aren’t better at defense right now then they were a couple years back. It’s

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I’m on both sides of the 100 possession debate lol. I don’t like even large sample sizes. It’s hard to determine what happens in a game based on stats that aren’t taking everything into account. I agree that Avery and Garnett together are great defensively on the court, but I don’t think (actually I know) they aren’t better at defense right now then they were a couple years back.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    My B.^^

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Like I said yesterday, i was jus using the stat to show Rivers makes good adjustments even defensively. Whether you agree about how well their defense has been playing compared to previous seasons (if you’ve even been watching them) is different. It doesn’t bother me if you don’t agree, that wasn’t the point of using that stat.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Lake, what do you mean he should? Is he the one on that team that everyone is campaining for MVP? Is he the one that quite a few people think is the best player in the world? Is he the one that recieves all the praise whenever they win? No, so…..if everyone is going to praise you whenever the team wins, you should also get the majority of the blame whenever they lose.

  • Ill Smith

    As far as the Knicks go, it’s simply a debate of if they win 0, 1 or 2 playoff games at this point. Melo has been en fuego since the coaching change but I truly question whether he & Amare can co-exist. Gotta see how that tandem looks for further review. Either way they ain’t slaying MIA or CHI in the playoffs so maybe it’s time for the Knicks faithful to look forward to next year…..again.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    It is no where written that the MVP of a team will retain all blame. You are expecting that there’s a blueprint somewhere that the media follows and that’s how they decide who gets the majority of the blame. We all know that Russ isn’t “traditional” in his role at the 1 spot. He is a scorer that plays point. When you are a scorer from a position that is traditionally held for players that are good at involving their teammates in their play, but rather you score, whether it’s right or not, the blame is easier to put on the guy who is nasty on the court who doesn’t play traditional, over the nice guy who is the best scorer in the L. Is it right? I don’t know. Is it wrong? I don’t know.

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

    I’m just playing nbk. Honestly, I agree that Doc is a good coach and deserves credit for some calls he makes. I just didn’t agree with you that the Celtics defense the past few games is better than it ever was. But I’ll drop the subject now.

  • Ill Smith

    @LakeShow I don’t think the (sensible) people are looking for anyone in particular to blame, but rather true thoughtful analysis. It’s just too easy to pin Carmelo when the Knicks lose & claim he was a ‘ball stopper’ & clogged up the offense even if he shoots 50% from the field & no one else on the court is a shot creator. But the media has an agenda & knows what sells. Marsh-Melo Clogs Up Offense sounds a lot better than Knicks Have Difficult Time Scoring While Melo Sits. Guess it’s my own naivety to look towards the media for non-biased & sensationless articles.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Lol I feel you Diesel. No stress, plus I doubt their defense is anything close to this staunch during the playoffs

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

    tommy heinson is pure comedy, and If I’m not mistaken, I think I witnessed KG slapping avery bradley last night, lol. Kg has gotten crazier as he has gotten older, Still my favorite though.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Melo was a huge problem with D’Antoni. He shot miserably and gave no effort. He deserved all the blame he got. And he deserves all the praise he’s getting since D’Antoni left.

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

    Russ definitely tries too hard when he faces elite pg’s but I aint mad at him. He always struggles against cp3 and I happen to think that Blake dunk last night was his best thus far.

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

    Interestingly enough while westbrook struggles against elite pg’s Rose does not. As enigmatic will tell you, Rose has never lost a game to cp3. some of that is bc Rose’s team was FAR superior at the time, or that Cp3 wasn’t used to his new teammates yet but…..

  • http://sportsbybrooks.com/boxscores-never-lie-or-exaggerate-on-twitter-30011 Allenp

    Melo decided to try and surprise. surprise, he’s a superstar.
    That’s the bottom line. He stopped pouting, Woodson stroked his ego, and he is balling.
    Demarcus Cousins did the same thing. Hell, Durant did the same thing with P.J. back in the day. Some of it was the coach making better decisions, which Woodson has done, and some of it was Melo deciding he didn’t want to commit career suicide.
    Win/Win for Knicks fans.
    Everybody saw with their own eyes that Avery Bradley was playing great defense. I don’t know if it’s better than before, but it’s great. They are stellar inside and outside, whereas in the past they were stellar inside and good outside. Bradley and Rondo give you two great defenders on the wing, and Garnett anchors inside. Before that, they had Rondo, Perkins and Garnett and Perkins was great but foul prone.

  • Heals

    @nbk and Diesel, you guys are both right. Overall their defense isn’t as good on the whole as either of the title runs, but during this current stretch they are playing historically good defense. And unfortunately it’ll be near impossible to sustain for another 30+ plus games. Just goes to show that game plans and effort can make up for a lack of size, talent or personnel…

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    All I was talking about was the stretch since Bradley started getting big minutes and LG switched to Center. With which, in terms of statistics, the Celtics have been better then at any point under Thibs. That is purely statistically though. Not necessarily literally (they could have just caught a break and played struggling offenses r whatever reasoning someone wants to give)

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

    The Celtics defense in the title runs was great. Ray Allen is underrated when speaking about them. In the finals he did a great job of keeping Kobe in front of him and forcing him to take tough jumpers.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rwDluFZQmtQ Max

    Click my name if you didn’t see LAL-SAS last night.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I wasn’t gunna bring it up Max lol. Kid has been talked about enough already.

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/40441/avery-bradley-matters-now nbk

    Bynum is such a tool. He’s a beast but he’s a fuggin moron.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    lol

  • BuzzerBeater

    Seems like every time I watch a Griffin’s highlight dunk on someone these days, there’s always at least a bit of offensive foul coming from his left arm.

  • http://slamonline.com wtf

    smh at people saying melo gave no effort w/ dantoni. He was playing pretty good before he got all those injuries. Now he’s healthy and comfortable and its showing

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rwDluFZQmtQ nbk

    No he wasn’t playing pretty good. Unless “pretty good” to you is 20PPG on 41% from the field down from career averages of 24PPG on 45% shooting…but that wouldn’t make much sense now would it..

  • tonyknorr

    co-sign T-Ray’s comment from 4:31. Jesus has always been a very good, fundamentally sound one on one and team defender. I have always thought that part of his game was underrated because he doesn’t get a lot of steals, but the reason he doesn’t get steals is because he does not gamble very often and would rather force the elite 2 guards of the league to shoot contested J’s.

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    Tha best Celtics D i’ve seen was during their 08 title run. But they r playing good D now. Oh yea Bynums my center but he’s an idiot. Lakers 12 champs!!!

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