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Friday, April 20th, 2012 at 8:30 am  |  105 responses

Post Up: The Countdown

Phoenix stays alive, Miami beats Chicago and time is running out for the Rockets and Bucks.

by Abe Schwadron | @abe_squad

There is officially one full week of regular season basketball left to play. Strap in.

Pacers 118, Bucks 109

On the same night Indiana clinched home-court advantage in the first round of the Playoffs, the Bucks took yet another step back in their attempt to steal the No. 8 seed from Philadelphia. David West played his butt off, finishing with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists (one a pinpoint full-court pass), while Danny Granger and George Hill packed the scoring punch, combining for 51 points. Brandon Jennings had 27 points to lead the Bucks, but he and Monta Ellis shot a combined 13-37 form the floor. Milwaukee lost its third straight game and now sits 3 full games behind the Sixers. Larry Sanders, for one, doesn’t seem happy about it:

Timberwolves 91, Pistons 80

Minnesota snapped an 11-game losing streak, leading from start to finish and by as many as 23 behind Nikola Pekovic’s 23 points and double-doubles from JJ Barea (13 points, 12 assists) and Anthony Randolph (15 points, 10 rebounds). The Wolves held Detroit to 37 percent shooting—a good number considering the Pistons missed their final 10 shots of the first quarter and shot 29 percent in the first half. Tayshaun Prince scored a team-high 18 points, but it was at the point guard spot where Lawrence Frank would probably like to have last night’s playing time decisions back. Brandon Knight started, played 28 minutes and shot just 2-12 from the field with 5 points and only 1 assist, while Will Bynum’s 12 late minutes produced 17 points and nearly got the Pistons back into the game.

Hornets 105, Rockets 99

With New Orleans leading by 1 and under 30 seconds to play, it looked like a Chase Budinger (22 points) missed jumper would wrap up a rare Hornets win and send the Rockets to a crushing sixth straight L. But Courtney Lee caught Greivis Vasquez napping on the defensive rebound, stole the ball, got fouled with 15 seconds left and made 1 of 2 free throws to send the game to overtime. You’d think Houston would realize the gravity of the situation and turn up its intensity in the extra period. Instead, the Rockets stood idly by while the Hornets rattled off a 9-0 run to deal the Rocks a dagger of a loss. Eric Gordon scored a game-high 27 points, outdoing Goran Dragic’s 23, and improbably, New Orleans improved to 7-3 over its last 10 games.

Heat 83, Bulls 72

LeBron James went for 27 points, 11 rebounds and 6 dimes, Dwyane Wade dropped 18 and the Heat exacted revenge on the Bulls, while pulling to within 1.5 games of the top spot in the East. With no Derrick Rose, the Bulls built an early lead, but from 3:30 in the first quarter on, Chicago shot a dysmal 27 percent from the field, finishing with a season-low 72 points. Miami’s D locked down, fueled by the extra chippy-ness of the potential Eastern Conference Finals preview. The two teams combined for 4 techs, 2 flagrant fouls and 1 ejection—James Jones for a shove/mush of Joakim Noah’s face—and one of the hardest picks I’ve ever seen. DWade probably could have been tossed, too, for his blatant elbow on Rip Hamilton. John Lucas led the Bulls with 16 points and Noah had 15 and 10. Miami and Chicago split their regular season series, 2-2.

Suns 93, Clippers 90

More skirmishes in this game, too, as Jared Dudley got all “What’s up” in Blake Griffin’s face, then Robin Lopez earned an ejection midway through the fourth quarter for a flagrant foul on Griffin as he headed toward a fast break throwdown. At that point, with the game still hanging in the balance—along with the Suns’ Playoff hopes—Steve Nash re-entered the game after his normal fourth-quarter rest and promptly put his imprint on the game. Nash (13 points, 6 assists) blew past BG and went glass to tie the game at 88 with just over a minute to play, then hit a pair of free throws to put Phoenix in front 91-90 with 25 ticks left. Chris Paul (19 points, 10 assists) got the call on Lob City’s final possession, but his driving layup was swatted away from behind by Sebastian Telfair, who played great defense all night, finished with 13 points and 3 assists in 16 minutes and was on the floor with Nash for much of crunch time. Phoenix is currently the 8-seed out West, holding the tiebreaker over Utah.

Line of the Night: Bron Bron had a nice night, but give David West credit for his 21, 14 and 7.

Moment of the Night: When LeBron’s doing this circus-type ish, it’s tough to compete with the Heat.

Dunk of the Night: A relatively routine Blake finish from CP3.

Tonight: Pete’s back for the last weekend Post Ups of the regular season. How crazy is that!

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

    someone tell me what the heat did differently this time against the bulls so I can pray they do it every time they play them.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    What the hell is Wade’s problem? Seriously that elbow was so wrong and then the way he acted after he did it, just disgusting. I don’t know why every single Bulls player on the floor did aboslutely nothing but it’s starting to become a trend. How about sticking up for your guy? I wish I was on that floor atleast I would’ve tried something, yes I would’ve gotten my ass kicked like no one has ever seen before but show some toughness for god’s sake, this is getting pathetic.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Well Rip pushed first, Wade just pushed a lot harder. The Bulls are the most annoying team in the league, Noah and Boozer actively try and get under peoples skin. Noah’s foul on Jordan Crawford a few games back was a lot worse than Wades forearm/elbow.

  • RobbieJay

    @jahmai the bulls do alot of little dirty plays, prime example:CJ Watson. but anyways, i think this solidified LeBrons MVP campaign. wade was off, no bosh, and LeBron basically carried them.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    @AllBall, And the Heat are not annoying? BTW if you’re rooting for one team probably every other team that’s a challenge to your (in general) favorite team is annoying imo. Did you read the post up? Even Abe said Wade could’ve been tossed, and should’ve been if you ask me. Rip’s little push is nothing it happens all the time it wasn’t painful it wasn’t dirty it weren’t three consecutives elbows or anything but Wade got all MMA on Rip, and it sure as hell didn’t look like an accident.

  • MUBWAR

    allball let’s just say the bulls and heat don’t like each other. I taught I was watching a playoff game last night. I know Blake lives in L.A. but the dude should be ejected for excessive acting.

  • backboard

    what the heck is wrong with the bulls players? no one got in dwades face? you cant let him do that and then even let him talk smack towards Hamilton… also: how is that ref going to stand right in front of lucas and lebron when he set that pick and just watch without calling anything? that was crazy. lastly, is it me or is CP3 always to first to jump into something… yh, he got heart but if i was a player i would be like: man, not you again… little annoying.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    I don’t like the Heat (although I can’t help but like LeBron this year), the only team I root for is the Clippers, although not very actively, and that is only because I am a Chris Paul fan. Boozer and Noah are just really annoying as a neutral observer.

  • Myung

    Tonight, Larry Drew and Doc Rivers have every reason to sit their starters. Mathematically speaking, we’re 93% certain to draw Boston in Round 1. Neither coach/team really has anything to play for tonight.

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

    LOL @ Jahmai
    You would have got your a$$ handed to you man. I loved that shove though but a lot of acting by Rip. I think the Heat are much tougher than people would like to think.

  • Myung

    The WORST part about playing Boston in the Postseason isn’t that they’re playing great (which they are). It’s that their FANS are so vocal and that ours are so terrible. The best visiting fans (at least here in Atlanta) are LA, NY, Chicago, and Boston. I’ve been to all those games before… but no one reps their team in Atlanta harder than Celtics fans (I’d say NY is a close second). It’s going to be REALLY embarrassing to have nationally televised home games where the crowd is green clad. The Celtics are essentially going to get between 4 and 7 home games, depending on how long the series goes. I went to the Hawks-Celtics series in 2008, and it was probably 40% Boston fans. Thankfully, we won all three home games that year (essentially shutting up their fans at the end of the games), but I almost feel like there are even MORE Boston fans in attendance now compared to back in 2008. Pretty sad.

  • Heals

    ^^^I know Bos is resting RayRay’s ankle and Rondo’s back, wrist, etc., but it became quite clear earlier this week that the C’s have no qualms about starting off in Atl. Make no mistake every game could be VERY ugly, even more chippy, but ultimately close games. Ditto on the influx of fans this year and last year, especially that last game where you had the Green Regime going wild most of the game, then Atl cameback and the Hawks fans got loud…

  • logues

    Myung: hawks dont stand a chance against the celtics

  • Myung

    Here’s what the C’s have going for them: Veteran players who know how to win in the Postseason. They’re the hottest team in the East. Rondo is playing out of his mind. Doc Rivers > Larry Drew. The Celtics fans will be vocal, both in Boston AND ATLANTA. A history of beating Atlanta, even this season. All that being said, I still think we can beat them. First of all, we need Al Horford back. He hasn’t really said he’ll be back by the First Round, but he’s getting closer to returning each day. That would be a huge boost for us. Secondly, we’re not afraid of Boston. We’ve played them tough for the past 5 seasons, and there’s no reason to think they will just run all over us. We’re a veteran laden team now (no longer than young squad that went up against them and took them to 7 games in 2008). Are we a championship team? No. But again, we’re not going to just roll over and die. Will we win the series? I don’t like our chances, but to say we don’t have a chance? C’mon. The 2012 Celtics aren’t the 1986 version or the 1996 Bulls or the Showtime Lakers. They’re a very flawed team that just happens to be rolling the past month. I know every talking head out there is going to pick Boston to win in a cakewalk, but the Hawks just might surprise some folks.

  • gercruise

    the bulls play dirty. and that lebron pick where john lucas ran off is really a no call

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    lol @ D-Wade’s fake tough guy act. He’s a cheap player and that was a cheap shot by him. RIP was just making space, he wasnt throwing elbows. How can you possibly say that was acting by RIP? It’s not like he expected Dwade to go and act like a b*tch like that. Most people who get shoved off gaurd would fall.

  • Myung

    Just FYI, probably 90% of the “experts” predicted Orlando to win in Round 1 last year, and the Hawks got the last laugh.

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

    Wayno it was excessive acting. You mean that I guy showing with his off elbow and I’m at a stand still can knock my a$$ into the front row? F*ck out of here with that. I just don’t see how in the world he went flying like that. Maybe he would of stumbled back but damn you would of thought he got tackled.

  • logues

    cosign Wayno. if ur not expecting to be shoved with a bow like that ur prolly gonna be off balance. and wade is quite a bit bigger than rip. rip is a pretty skinny dude

  • http://slamonline.com/ Abe Schwadron

    If we’re talking “annoying,” let’s not leave out the Clippers. Frustrating to watch a game when every single call elicits a reaction/complaint from multiple players and/or their bench (warranted or not).

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    He’d have to be able to see the future to even be able to act to that dude. Rip is skinny and didn’t even see it coming, how would he have time to even react, let alone flop. He had no chance to even brace for it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    “I’m so tough, I’m gonna give you a cheap elbow when you’re not expecting it and you’re holding a ball, then I’m gonna talk sh*t about it like I’m a bad@ss” lol

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

    Cosign Abe the Clippers are way more annoying than the Heat and Bulls. I probably feel they are more annoying because I live in LA hear their “fans” and just the whole nine.

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

    I can understand other people thinking the Bulls are annoying, but dirty? Absolutely not. I had a love hate thing going on with John Lucas yesterday. I loved that he was the only Bull to actually get fired up by the Heat’s cheap shots and translate that into playing harder. But then he also let his anger take over at the end and he was shooting some crazy shots that I think took the team out of the game. I don’t have a problem with the cheap shots, but the Bulls need to give it back a little too..within the rules of the game. I wanted Noah to level Wade on the very next play after the elbow thing. Instead he gave him an uncontested layup.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    T-ray, no that’s not the reason, the Clips are very annoying.

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

    Cosign Diesel
    I loved the fact Lucas is the smallest guy that was going the hardest. It did mess up his mindset at the end of the game and the Bulls couldn’t buy a basket at one stretch of the game.
    AllBall
    I know you’re a CP3 fan but is it me or is he way more annoying in LA than he was in New Orleans? Never had the chance to watch him that much before but now that I see him all the time I realized that he’s a prick.

  • T-Money

    chicago got punked last night. noah, booze and jl3 spent all game talking but on 3 different occasions when it was time to step to (jj’s flagrant, dwade’s shove, bron’s screen)… no one did anything! it’s really weird, whenever a bull gets decked they all rush to pick him up but they don’t even look at the agressor.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Jaredy Dudley kept the Suns season from setting. With 3:54 left in the 3rd quarter the Suns were trailing (67-58) by 9 points, then Jared happend…he sparked his team when he got hit with that tech for getting in Blake Griffin’s face, who was still acting cranky over getting hit in the face by the Polish Hammer. From the moment Jared got hit with the tech, the Suns outscored the Clippers 33-23 the rest of the way. Jared Dudley – 18 pts on 7-14 shooting, 4 of 7 from behind the arc, and to go with 4 dimes. This is who Landry Fields should pattern his game after.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    @ T-Money – That’s called smart…escelating the situation serves no purpose, let the refs penalize the other team and just keep cool and stay in the game. That’s smart basketball. This whole “I’m a tough guy, I’m not gonna stand to be disrespected like that” is a load of sh*t. Just move on and play. If someone is continuing to threaten yo or a friend, or actually hurt someone, then maybe, but that clearly wasn’t the case.

  • http://slamonline.com Slick Ric

    lol @ the bulls play dirty, examples?

  • ron g

    The bulls play hard, not dirty and that often gets under opposition teams skins. As soon as the game got physical the bulls had a bad time reacting to that style of play. Eventually the bulls will have to stand up because its the same reason why teams throw Rose around during the season.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Blake Griffin has gotten to be ridiculously annoying. Jumping directly into a stationary defender is not a foul on them. Pulling down someone who has you boxed out is a foul on you. Hard fouls happen, they’re not flagrant. No chance was Robin Lopez’s foul a flagrant 2. Flagrant 1 MAYBE, but not “excessive.” Hell of a pick by LeBron, but it looked like he retaliated way too strongly against Lucas. Wade is pathetic.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I had a game last night so I missed the whole second half. What was all of that about? The Wade push, where did that come from/why did he do that?

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    No, honestly T-ray Paul has been like this for a while. I can’t remember him being this bad when he blew up his second and third years though.

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

    Oh I was just curious because he’s been acting like a douche this year. I was wondering if it was just the mentality players get when they go to big cities with big markets. I remember him being a dirty little bastard hitting people in the family jewels though.

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

    i mean rip definitely threw an elbow at wade first tho…… and then flopped like his life depended on it and that pick by lebron was totally legal.

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

    Haha, t-money is a lawyer all. So you know that he’s the “touch me and I’ll sue” type of guy. But on here, he’s street soldier t-money yo! Nobody look at me funny or I’ll shank you in the shower!

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

    @Datkid – did he throw an elbow or did he swing his elbow to clear space like Wade does on almost every single possession?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I thought just E-Boy was the lawyer?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    RIP didn’t “throw an elbow”, it was a routine move to clear space, vastly different than Wade’s cheap shot.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    The only part that could be considered a flop was RIP continuing to roll when he hit the ground…it’s pretty easy to fall when you get shoved without expecting it.

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

    I just think Wade was frustrated cuz they were talking way before that so he probably said something out of line and he lost it lol I read his lips he was like “you got one more f*cking time” lol I lost it after that cuz that’s some sh*t I use to say playing ball. Dude was holding my shorts and hit me in the jaw with an elbow so I warned him. The next play down I set a pick for my guy and put my elbow right in his chest like Chris Webber did John Stockton.

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

    I could be wrong but I thought they both were nbk.

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

    diesel IMO he did kind of throw an elbow at him but he just made it look like he was clearing space, but i’ll admit that i’m wildly biased. but really you don’t just throw somebody out of bounds for no reason. RIP HAD to have thrown an elbow at him.

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

    who replaces dwight howard on the olympic team? who’s the best person and why. GO!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    no biggie i was just wonderin. it would be fitting that both our resident Heat people are Lawyers though.

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

    Chandler because he’s been there before and is quick enough to guard versatile 4s and 5s.

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

    I say forget the center position and just run every other team off the court. Replace Howard with Bosh in the starting lineup and just add another power forward to the bench. We don’t need any true centers on the team.

  • T-Money

    who’s talking about hurting guys and throwing punches? no one has played competitive ball or what? miami knows they can do whatever they want to chicago’s stars and there will be no consequences. i was amazed that no one put dwade on his -ss when he drove the lane just after decking rip hamilton.

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

    I;m really interested see how the US does without Kobe being as dominant as he was in 08. He was the difference maker and so was Melo at the 4 spot. That team was crazy good.

  • Rainman

    Who Else was sleepin on the Suns to start the season? they wakin ppl up. A first round matchup between Suns and Spurs? Classic.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    “What’s up?”
    “No, really Blake, I’m curious what’s going on.”
    “Huh?”
    “What’s up?”
    “Yeah!”
    “What’s up…”
    “Yeah.”

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    T-Ray, I hope KB passes the torch Olympic wise. D-Wade, Bron, Melo, Durant are all better for team USA to win. Kobe still can play a vital role, but they just plainly don’t need the 1 on 1 master. They can run everyone out of the building every single night. Only if the game comes down to the wire will they actually “need” Kobe.
    I think no center is needed for most teams, but to be honest, against Spain i’d like to have a big guy. Andrew Bynum really should be added to the roster just to give them a dominant inside presence when needed.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Why is it always assumed that in order to respond to a cheap shot you start a fight. You could just push a guy. Or get in his face and level someone the next play. Despite urban legend fights have never been that common in the league.
    And Rip made a regular move that included an elbow. Wade overreacted completely. The pick was legal. Completely.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    If the Playoffs started today my preseason predictions would be off by 2. I didn’t have Philadelphia making the playoffs and had Milwuakee in. And I had Denver out and Portland in.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I know were all hating on Blake today, but don’t we want him on the Olympic roster? Just for 10 mins a game to throw down embarrassing hammers on every single country. Don’t we want that? A little Vince 2.0 action on Serge and the Gasols :)

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    So Allen, you think people should just walk away? Thought that’s how you make yourself a punk b*tch. I’m confused…

  • http://Slamonline.com 1982

    Miami had home court on a lot of those nocalls. But it wasn’t a one-sided game. A lot of pushing and holding on boh sides – and a lot of playoff atmosphere ball. When Reggie said he was loving the physical play after the shove, I couldn’t help but agree with him.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    That is how it is nowadays, no one stands up for their teammates. Everyone is afraid of getting fined or suspended, so they sit by and watch teammates get abused (example, Clippers and BGriff). Opponents will continue to cheap shot and hard foul certain players because they know their will be no repercussion from their teammates.

  • bobbyD

    @Wayno – You sound like Rip’s mum.

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

    Yea I agree Lake. It was just awesome seeing him ball out with Wade, Bron, Melo etc. Either way this team will be ok this year in London. The real interesting thing will be who makes the cut at the PG position.

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    nbk, you had phoenix in the playoffs?

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    If that meatballs eboy is a lawyer, then I pity who he represents. Real talk, Cliff. Lol

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Yea I said 8 would be between them and Houston – I sided with PHX because of Nash.

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    ahh good call, the west I had phoenix out and portland in and I thought phoenix would be 10th behind houston. I had the east all right (not the seeds, just the teams).

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Good sh*t. The Dwight and SJax saga fugged up my east predictions. I didn’t come close on the seedings

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    actually I think I may have had NJ in and orlando out cause i was expecting a healthy brook lopez for a little bit and then a trade for dwight.

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

    Went to the Suns/Clippers game last night. When CP3 isn’t concerned about setting up everybody and feeding Blake’s non-existent post-game, he is amazing. Granted, the All World defense of Steve Nash was guarding him for most stretches but when takes over a game, he is good. I also don’t understand why fans cheer vicious hits on the other team’s airborne player. It’s stupid.

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    who do you guys think would be a harder second round matchup for the bulls? celtics or pacers?

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

    I would say the Pacers because they have a chip on their shoulder from last year and they’re better than last season.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    I just can’t bring myself to count out the Celts. They’ve been playing very well. Rondo is in beast mode, and KG looks young(er) again.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Why do we assume that the Pacers will beat Orlando? The Magic swept them this year (some by blowouts). Yeah, Dwight is gone, but it’ll still be a competitive series.

  • http://sfjklf.com Jukai

    A little confused that Allen threw a sh*tfit when Haywood threw his arm out at a grabbing Delonte on a normal basketball play we see every day, but referred to Hamilton’s elbow as a “normal move.” Favoritism much?
    I was glued to the TV cheering wildly at the Suns game, but I can’t feel like they still don’t have much of a chance. They’ve probably climbed over Houston but I totally overlooked Utah…
    Phoenix has Denver, UTAH, and San Antonio….
    Utah has Magic (without Dwight), PHOENIX, and the Trailblazers…
    So I’m pretty confident Phoenix can beat Utah, but given that Utah is gonna beat the Magic and the TBs, Phoenix has to beat Denver (doable) or San Antonio (unlikely… UNLESS Pop wants to rest his starters, which my fingers are crossed).
    It’s gonna be really tough.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    @ Caboose – While I agree that anything can happen…there is next to no chance that Orlando – Dwight beats any other playoff team in a series. Dwight means way too much to them.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Orlando is done Caboose. They don’t stand a chance without Dwight.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    YOU GOTTA BELIEVE IN MAGIC! Ok, yeah, they’re done.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    There’s a cool article on Gordon Hayward on NBA .com. I guess keeping his emotions in check has been something he’s always been able to do and puts an emphasis on. Or being a “b*tch” as some would look at it…
    Yeaaaaah, Orlando is done haha. Sorry. Worse part is they would have been a fun(/dangerous) team to watch in the playoffs.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Not sure if serious, Caboose . . .

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    btw, did anyone see that Tony Parker is not even in the top 10 on the R2MVP on nba.com?? thats just crazy.. Kevin Love is 7th and his team has 26 wins.. wtf

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    idk, Parker is 100% definitely in the top 5.

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

    If there’s one thing I’ve learned is to not take what either ESPN or NBA.com say as law.

  • MUBWAR

    some of us here are better nba bloggers then most nba and espn analysts. The only thing I agreed with was the 30th spot of the power ranking on NBA.com last week
    the bobcats: this team stinks!!

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Never trust NBA.com, their rankings are…laughable. And obviously biased. Tony Parker deserves All-NBA 1st Team consideration. Speaking of, who does everybody have as their 1st team?

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

    Caboose
    TP
    Kobe
    Bron
    Durant
    Love

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    my first team is dwight, durant, lebron, kobe, paul

  • MUBWAR

    Westbrook Kobe James Durant (Love or Dwight)

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    TP Kobe, Bron, Durant, Love

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Noah does the most talking but when it comes down to stepping up and defending his teammates, he’s nowhere to be found. The dog that barks the loudest usually has the smallest bite.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Love just transmogrified into a center?

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    I just saw that MVP ranking on NBA.com and I’m not surprised the one bit. The NBA is in a business to market all it’s big name stars and teams, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone when they have Melo, Bynum, Wade and Love on there and the best player (TP) on the best team out west is nowhere to be found.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I cant really pick a first team. Either,
    . CP, Wade, James, Durant, Howard
    . Or
    . TP, Kobe, James, Durant, Howard

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Once again nbk, I share your opinion.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    It’s weirD because literally Wade and Paul have been the best 2 guards. But for their respective teams I’d say Parker and Bryant have done more. Parker and Paul are barely separated either way though. Like 1A and 1A.1

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    I think if I had to pick at this point, I’d take Parker and Kobe. Yeah Kobe hasn’t been terribly efficient, but he will be the scoring champ, the rest of his stats are pretty, and despite ESPN opinion, he still drives the Lakers. As for Parker, he’s carried the Spurs numerous times this season and has them playing championship (as opposed to just Playoff in the case of the Clips) ball.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Yeah. I don’t know what I would vote if I had that opportunity. I’d probably decide after the season ends

  • http://sfjklf.com Jukai

    NBK:
    Parker, Kobe, Durant, James, Howard

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Yup yup, cosign Jukai.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Looks like the Pacers will get a layup in the first round now, due to my Knicks taking tonight off.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Jukai
    Delonte caught an elbow to the head. Comparing that to what Rip did is asinine. And even you do want to compare go read what I said about the move again and stop depending on your faulty memory.

  • shutup

    Moving pick and rolls are dirty plays imo, and the bigs have very active hands and get away with a lot of excessive contact, does it make it dirty? not so much but it still is very annoying when the announcers classify that as good defense.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Lakeshow produce a quote of me calling Hayward a punk for walking away.
    I criticized his flop and his attempts to pretend to be innocent. Never said he should fight.
    Muthaf*ckas on here apparently can’t read. Stop projecting. Never called him a punk.

  • http://sfjklf.com Jukai

    Allen, you’re delusional. All I see is a shove which happens all the time, in and out of NBA games. You must play in pretty soft courts.

  • Justin G.

    The guard position is easily the toughest to pick this year. Will they remember the whole year or will they have short memories and maybe even put Rondo up there for all he’s doing? I think you have to go with Parker and Kobe though. As others have said, Kobe hasn’t been the most efficient player but Wade has also been out for 11 or 12 games at least? The rest is easy of course with James, Durant, and Dwight.

  • Mike from Spain

    I kind of miss e-boy, does he go by another handle?

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Naw he just ain’t here as much.

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