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Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 at 10:09 am  |  74 responses

Post Up: Never Say Never

Chicago, Denver and Atlanta stave off elimination, plus the Pacers oust the Magic.

Pacers 105, Magic 87 (IND wins 4-1)

Two teams with two very different tales went in separate directions tonight. The Pacers advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in seven years. They took care of business on their home court, and their fans showed the best spirit they’ve shown all season. On the other hand, the Magic were eliminated from the post season in the first round for the second straight year. Rumors have circles about head coach Stan Van Gundy’s contract since midway through the year and they will definitely come alive again within the next week.

The game, as most did in this first round matchup, had a strange feel. The Pacer starting five rushed out to a speedy start, grabbing a 15 point lead with 2:00 left in the first quarter. As has been the theme of the series, the Pacers squandered the lead and went into recess up 3. Their offense flowed masterfully in the first half and translated into the second as well. Behind the sharpshooting of George Hill, the Pacers jumped out to another double-digit lead and yet again blew it, trailing by 1 going into the fourth quarter. Daren Collison took over in the fourth and ignited a 36-point fourth quarter for the Pacers, the largest scoring sum of the playoffs in one quarter for the Pacers. Quite frankly, the Magic just ran out of gas.

“I squeezed it hard in the third to play a good third quarter, and I probably didn’t position us to play as well as we could’ve in the fourth,” Magic coach Stan Van Gundy noted. “I thought they gave a great effort tonight. We just got outplayed by a better team.”

Van Gundy didn’t shy away from the elephant in the room and addressed the questions about his future with the Magic. “I want to come back, but that’s not up to me. As far as the speculation, I’ll say the same thing I’ve been saying all year: who gives a damn. They’ll make a decision when they make a decision. I’m not going to worry about it.”

Danny Granger lead the game with 25 points, shooting 4-9 from beyond the arc. The Pacers as a team shot 52.5% from the field and shot an even better 52.9% from three. They had four double-digit scorers and cracked 100 for the second game in a row. On top of their outstanding offensive performance, the atmosphere in Indianapolis was at a season-best.

“I’m just so happy for our fans,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel explained in post game. “To finally see us come back, have a winning team again, and finally have a chance to do something special this year is what they deserve. Pacers basketball is back.” —Dave Spahn (@DaveSpahn)

Hawks 87, Celtics 86 (BOS leads 3-2)

The thing that was evident early on in this one was that if Atlanta was going to go down in Game 5, it was going to do so in style. And we’re not talking about the Hawks’ play either. We’re talking about Philips Arena. At the tip, the courtside seats were overflowing with big names: basketball legend Julius Erving, comedian Katt Williams and singer/producer The Dream (who was rocking the Marty McFly Nikes). Everybody wanted to see if/how the Hawks would slow the streaking Celtics.

In the first quarter, it appeared that Boston was going to send celebrity row home disgusted. As has been the case for most of this series, the Celtics looked poised going up and down the court. An early 11-3 run helped build a cushion they’d hold for the quarter. Kevin Garnett’s (16 points, 7 rebounds) buzzer beater was just a lil’ sumthin’ extra for the celebrities in attendance. 21-15 at the end of one.

We did well on Finals. Now it’s your turn. –Anonymous Fan’s Game 5 Poster

The young student’s sign got a thumbs up for not only being creative but for also bringing up a valid point about whether or not the Hawks had the mental fortitude to overcome another Celts’ lead. With Joe Johnson and Josh Smith struggling mightily (5 of 20 for the first half combined) in the back-and-forth affair, Marvin Williams, Kirk Hinrich (7 points in the half) and Al Horford picked up the offensive slack and kept Atlanta from falling too far back. 40-40 at the break.

The second half, save for one inexplicable Hawks string of six straight turnovers, was a lot smoother for the home team. Marvin (15 points) kept nailing open buckets. Josh (13 and 16) and Al (19 and 11) kept things tidy in the paint. Even Joe (15 points on 6 of 17 shooting) kept from being the butt of the next Katt Williams joke.

Still, even with a balanced Atlanta attack (all 5 starters in double digits), Boston would not go away. The score was 87-86 Hawks, but the Celtics had their chance with a few ticks left. Unfortunately for Rajon Rondo (13 points, 12 assists), he got trapped along the sideline and couldn’t get a final shot off. The Dream, Dr. J and every other A-town resident left with a smile.

Boston will get its next chance to wipe it off Thursday at TD Garden. —DeMarco Williams (@demarcowill)

Bulls 77, Sixers 69 (PHI leads 3-2)

The Bulls did what they were supposed to do against the Sixers in Game 5.

Facing elimination on their own home court, Chicago came out with a sense of urgency and for the first time since losing Derrick Rose in Game 1 of the series, the Bulls played a full 48 minutes and closed the Sixers out to force a Game 6 on Thursday.

Luol Deng (24 points, 8 rebounds) and Carlos Boozer (19 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists) led the way for Chicago as the team’s only double-digit scorers, and Taj Gibson (8 points, 7 rebounds, 4 blocks) once again came up big off of the Bulls bench and gave them a spark when they needed it.

Whether it was scoring, rebounding, blocking shots or getting into a scuffle with Elton Brand (5 points, 7 rebounds) over a loose ball, Gibson proved once again why he’s been Chicago’s MVP in this series.

Of course it wouldn’t be a Bulls game if someone didn’t get hurt. This time, it was the aforementioned Gibson who suffered an ankle sprain late in the third quarter when going for a blocked shot on Philadelphia’s Lavoy Allen. Gibson would return later in the fourth quarter and said after the game, “I was going back in regardless of the pain. I was only worried about riding until the wheels came off.”

For the Sixers, that’s exactly what happened in Game 5. The wheels came off.

Philly had been rolling after being able to hold off the Bulls late and being able to secure three consecutive wins. They just weren’t able to do it four times in a row to advance to the next round. Head Coach Doug Collins credited the Bulls defense for that: “They are an excellent defensive team. They do a good job because they are a big, strong team…We are not a big physical team.”

Things did get rough in Game 5 and all you had to do was look at the left side of Sixers big man Spencer Hawes’ face, which had scratches from just above his eye down to his chin.

“That’s the way these games have been going. It’s a physical series,” said Hawes who had another solid outing with 11 points and 14 rebounds. “If that’s how it’s going to go, we can play that brand of basketball.”

We’ll find out on Thursday night at Wells Fargo Center. —Bryan Crawford (@_BryanCrawford)

Nuggets 102, Lakers 99 (LAL leads 3-2)

Dunks on dunks on dunks. That’s what it felt like while watching JaVale McGee last night. The 7-footer put together a dazzling 24-point and 14-rebound performance in Game 5, leading to a 102-99 Nuggets win. McGee consistently beat Lakers’ post players down the floor and had TNT analyst Kenny Smith running some PR for him on Inside the NBA, describing McGee as simply “bigger, faster & stronger” than the Lakers big men. “You got to give McGee credit,” Lakers coach Mike Brown said postgame. “I thought he was the difference in the game.”

Denver held a 92-79 lead with about five minutes left in the game when Bryant started cooking from outside—stroking four 3-pointers over the next four minutes, including a ridiculous make over the extended arms of a hopeless Danilo Gallinari. The Lakers came within two in the final minute, but Kobe missed three shots that could have tied the game in the final 30 seconds. LA had the final possession of the game but could not convert two 3-point attempts—one by Kobe and the other by Ramon Sessions, as time expired. The Lakers’ big men didn’t dominate as they had in previous games. Andrew Bynum finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds on 8 shots. Pau Gasol finished with 9 points and the Lakers didn’t get much else from their supporting cast.

“If we stop the bigs we can let Kobe do what he do,” McGee said.

Bryant was disappointed with the Lakers performance in a close-out game. “I wouldn’t say our energy kicked in in the fourth quarter,” said Bryant. “I almost bailed us out, that’s what happened. It wasn’t the energy. I just started making shots left and right that got us back in the ball game. That’s not something we can use to rely on to get us to the championship. We all have to step up and we all have to contribute and we all have to play with that kind of energy and sense of urgency.”

Andre Miller was a huge spark for Denver off the bench with 24 points and 8 assists, while Kenneth Faried added 10 points and 9 rebounds, his energetic play on both ends frustrating Bynum into a technical at one point for shoving him after a play. And after struggling offensively through the first four games, Arron Afflalo bounced back with 19 points. Denver will fly home still down a game but will have some much needed confidence and momentum heading into game six on Thursday. —Nima Zarrabi (@NZbeFree)

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  • CDaTyrant

    I wonder, will this be the javale mcgee we see night in and night out or we he regress to his wizards form? Hmmmm. Quite the conundrum hunh slam faithful?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    I wish the Nuggets figured it out a little earlier and had a little less playoff jitters, then this series would’ve been really intresting, still enjoying it though. I can’t wait for game 6, if the Nuggets show anything like they did in games 3,4,5 then this might go 7.

  • Myung

    Al Horford is my favorite Hawk, and it is SO good to see him back on the court, especially as a starter. I still don’t like our chances in Game 6 (at all), and I called the Hawks dead after Sunday’s loss. I will gladly eat my words if we come back to win this series, but… I’ve been down this road so many times before. I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop. I’m optimisitc in nature, and I’m a Hawks fan for life… but I’m just too used to disappointment (how about the fact that I’m 34, and I’ve never seen the Hawks advance past round 2 in my life?) to get my hopes too far up. But great win last night. Great, great win. So proud of the team, and LD never gets enough credit so I’m going to say he did a great job of coaching as well.

  • T-Money

    javale mcgee is playing himself into some very long money. i always thought dude could really show something on an actual nba team. simply put, he needed to get away from dray, swaggy p and ‘em. deandre jordan’s contract is the bottom line (10 per, 4 years) and the maximum outcome would be marc gasol/nene money (15 per, 4 years). he still makes very low bbiq plays but you can clearly see that the environment was poisonous in washington (and he’s also very influential). poor john wall. if was doesn’t get ant davis in the draft, he should just go ahead and tell leonsis to not re-up the deal after 2014.

  • T-Money

    the way big al moved his feet on the last possession to force rondo to cross over was mind boggling. he’s probably the best big in the nba at defending the perimeter now that kg lost a step or 3.
    myung – what should the hawks do moving forward? joe johnson basically can’t be traded with that contract. i really like smith, horford (you can get away with horford at the 5 in today’s nba) and teague. i think i would move joe johnson permanently to the 3 spot and get a decent 2 + a legit 5 to come off the bench.

  • http://slamonline.com DeMarco

    Myung, you’re right. Drew was solid with the Xs and Os last night. He had the right mix of guys in there for most of the game. Starting Marvin was a nice change of pace. Wonder if he’ll have any more tricks up his sleeve tomorrow…

  • Myung

    Fisrt of all, while the NBA has seen an absolute goldrush of talented young (and old) PG’s, the shooting guard position has been wiped clean. Quick, name the top 10 SG’s in the NBA. By the time you get to 7 through 10, you’re starting to get to some highly questionable names. So while Joe Johnson is HIGHLY overpaid (I’ve always said the dumb ownership group offered him $40 million over his market value… seriously, had Joe said someone was offering him even $89 million, I would’ve called his bluff and taken the chance that he would’ve walked, rather than giving him $126 million), he is still a rarity in this league. He is a legit 2 guard. And while he is highly overpaid, he is also still (mostly) productive, and he is (unlike certain stars in this league) a two way player (very strong upper body, quick feet, good hands, excellent defensive player). We’re overpaying him, but we’re not overpaying a stiff (Darko, Kwame) or a guy who fell off (Gilbert, Baron, Rashard). The OTHER thing is, we still have our amnesty. I REALLY want to see us use it on Joe… later. Like, right now, I believe he’s still 30 or 31. I think he’s got a few good years left. I’m not 100% sure how the amnesty clause works, but I’ve never read anywhere that a team has a time limit on when they have to use it by. IF Rick Sund is our long term GM, I would love to see him hold onto it and when Joe’s skills start diminishing, cut ties with him with the amnesty. Get 1 to 2 more years out of him and then let him go. It’s not ideal, but that’s the best case scenario with such a back breaking contract. We don’t have any other terrible contracts on the books so why use the amnesty now? The problem? If Rick sund feels like his job is in jeopardy, why would he care about the long term? Many a GM has made a dumb move to try to save his behind, rather than consider the long term (think: 3 to 5 years down the line) success of a franchise. That’s the best case scenario with Joe.

  • Myung

    Always enjoy the Hawks love, DeMarco. You and Lang are always holding it down for our city. Good stuff as always.

  • ALD

    @Myung you need a loyalt trophy lol

  • Heals

    Myung, told ya the other day man, 1 game would shift the dynamic alot (easy for me to say), plus Smoove and Al will only get healthier so ya never know. Seems to me if you guys hit 3′s it’s gonna be tough for the C’s regardless. Anyway Lakeshow I feel your pain, but at least my C’ are at home. I’d big up some Bulls fans but they all seem to have died after Rose went down. Much love to Philly, Den and Chi-town for giving us some VERY interesting game 6′s to look forward to…

  • T-Money

    so how does the team get better? the hawks have a well balanced team with some really nice pieces. the problem is always that their number 1 is never quite as good as the other contenders’ number 1 guy. a year ago i would have said trade josh smith asap but dude is just way too talented. yes, the jumpers are often questionable but he can affect the game in so many ways.

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

    Let’s all be honest here. The Lakers didn’t really want to win that game. They played hard enough to look like they were competing but let it slip just enough to lose a close one. All so that MWP is back for the next round. You sly sobs, you! Book it!

  • Myung

    btw, I’ve been pushing for a Josh trade for a while now (but I’m biased, I admit), but if we were going to move him, it would’ve been this past trade deadline (when he apparently wanted out + his value was high + Al Horford and Kirk Hinrich were out so looking toward the future wouldn’t have been a bad idea). but since we kept him, we might as well keep him until his deal runs out or until he’s on his last year. The next thing we’ve got to worry about is locking up Teague. That’s coming up soon. The ideal scenario is to draft or sign a legit C so Al can play 4. Zaza is good as a bench player, but he’s not an ideal starter. Of course people in Atlanta have been clamoring for a center ever since we lost Dikembe… and that was over a decade ago.

  • Myung

    heals, I remember you saying that, but I wouldn’t say the momentum has shifted. Had yesterday been Game 6, and we knotted it up at 3 a piece, I’d say the momentum was ours. But I do NOT like our chances of winning Game 6. Winning in Boston is something that hasn’t been easy for this franchise. Not in the 80′s (Nique vs. Bird). And not this past decade. And not this past week. We’ll see what happens. I have two very young kids so I hardly ever make it down to Philips any more, but IF (gigantic IF) the Hawks can somehow pull the upset in Boston, I need to get tickets for Saturday’s Game 7.

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

    I honestly can say the Lakers played to win but they just got out played. Their bench outscored us 50-19 so I’m pretty sure that and the fact Bynum only took 8 shots is the reason we didn’t get it done. There were plenty of times where Pau was crying to the refs while Javele and Manimal were sprinting for easy buckets. We were in trouble as soon as Kobe decided to play hero ball during the 2&3 quarter.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Denver played great, Bynum was terrible, and Gasol is letting Faried do what ever he wants half the time. Bryant got hot but he didn’t have a great game. Cannot believe it was being argued that he is a better player right now than Chris Paul. Paul has likely been the best in the L through the first four play-off games, much like he was through last years first four play-off games.

  • LA Huey

    My friend text me “it’s the 3rd qtr and Philly has 26 pts.” I thought it was a typo.

  • Anthony

    co-sign LA Huey

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

    Allball
    Right now in this years playoffs there is no contest that Paul is better.
    Here’s a better question who has played the best in the playoffs overall?

  • Myung

    Whatever the answer to the question T-Ray is, the answer is not Jason Collins.

  • fruizm

    I was watching the Lakers game and during the 4th quarter I decided to search “Javale McGee” on Twitter…the quantity of tweets mentioning him was CRAZY. He was ballin last night!

  • http://abcnews.com charliewinning

    The only good thing about last night was that the Lakers lost. Javale showed flashes of a potential he’ll probably never reach, though I sincerely hope he does.

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

    Whatever happened to Pau’s left handed hook shot on the left block. Couple years ago, that thing was lethal. Nowadays, I cringe when I see him post up. Usually results in a contested fadeaway jumper/gets stripped/passes back out/turns and faces, settles for long jumper. Even wifey gets on his case,” Don’t settle for the jumper Pau.” Which, of course, he does.

  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com Miami Joe

    Remix
    I’m no coach but had I wanted my team to win a close game I would’ve given them strict instructions to lay the wood on a 50% free throw shooter like McGee. Instead they let him come in on two baseline dunks and one from the top of the key with no resistence whats so ever. that told me right there that the lakers were really not wanting to win this game knowing that Denver doesn’t really pose a threat to them. They had the same attitude against Houst a couple of years back and destroyed them when they brought their “A” game. If you know basketball you know this to be true.

  • http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshhML7iq4dK491bduli Max

    CP3 has been the best in the playoffs.

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

    Cosign Miami Joe

    Max I would agree I think Rondo and TP are in the convo as well.

  • http://www.dimemag.com Showtime

    What have i been sayin about Mcgee. Karl finally listin & gave him more Min..and cut Kudofus. Kid has talent just like b-easy they just need the right coach//system that can get them their. & i dont want the conspiracy theory think in tanking(this is playoffs) that doesnt happen.U could tell by Kobe Hero ball that he wanted to close it out.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Well Magic, it was a good effort. Third quarters doomed you guys. However, I think this group looks decent enough to make the playoffs as a low seed if we can get anything decent for Dwight.

    Nuggets looked good. What on earth has happened to Pau Gasol???

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Didn’t I tell y’all not to count out McGee? Didn’t I tell you? Lol.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    McGee!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The Hawks should make Joe Johnson their designated post up threat. He has the best game for it. Let Al Horford hit the mid range, he’s money. And tell Josh Smith to crash the glass. Ship out Marvin Williams. He plays just well enough where you can’t bench him, but never good enough when it matters.
    Draft or sign a solid swingman. Sign Teague. They can compete with that team. Seriously compete for at least two more years.

  • T-Money

    allen – perhaps, but i’m also stopping well short of counting him IN. let’s face it, dude is still erratic, gets called for 2-3 goaltends a game and his post moves have a 50-50 chance of hitting glass no rim. lol

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I agree on all those things. He is by no means a sure bet. But, I’ve said the same thing about he and Nick Young. Given the right situation and coaching they can be important cogs on your team. Imagine if Bynum got the same sort of coaching Bynum has gotten? they are exactly the same age.
    He needs some help on his footwork and consistent work on his shot. But he’s already shown a willingness to work hard. When he came in the League he was even more raw, and he didn’t give consistent effort. He’s improved greatly in both areas. That is a good sign. He’s never had a good vet or a good coach.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Also, I think the Bulls can still win that series. Just wanted to put that out there. I’m not saying they will, but I as long as Gibson doesn’t get suspended, they have a decent shot to pull out the shocker.

  • RIGGS

    Rondo has a high IQ but I have no idea what he was thinking in those last few seconds. Also, i’m not placing all the blame on him since every celtic minus KG went away from him. The hawks had to play flawless that second half just to come away from a 1 point win at home with the celtics shooting a sub 40% night, so theyre done next game.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Gibson suspended for what?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    That elbow he threw at Elton Brand. And then the elbow pin down he employed after it.
    He might not get in trouble, but he clearly threw an elbow at dude’s head.

  • Myung

    Well, Riggs, I guess if you make enough predictions, you’ll eventually get one right (you called a sweep during the Hawks-Celtics preview).

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

    Something about the Lakers makes otherwise pedestrian players look like future Hall of Famers. Aaron Brooks looked like the reincarnation of Tim Hardaway few seasons ago. Leon Powe in 08 was unguardable in the post. Landry feasted on the bones of Gasol. McGee last night looked like a (very) poor man’s Kevin Mchale. I don’t get it.

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

    Nick sometimes they play down to their competition.

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    Imagine if the wizards has a half decent coach…. that would be the mcgee the wizards would see all the time, along with a nigh-unstoppable John wall, and swaggy p. SMH. Either get a coach that can convince Josh Smith to work on his game so he can be productive in the future or trade him(hopefully for a top tier center, sh*t ask the magic for dwight ). Get JJ the f*ck out of there once his deal is done… he doesn’t make that team better… lock up teague and build around him and you’ll have a contender in a couple of years.

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    also Joe Johnson was really passing well out of the double team. and marvin williams is looking more and more competent off the bench… This gives me so much hope for Harrison Barnes who many people compare him too.

  • T-Money

    haha you and i will never, ever agree on swaggy p. he’s a poor man’s jr smith, and that’s not a compliment.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I know you think that. I disagree. To his credit JR is actually a smarter passer than Nick Young. And a better shooter from distance.
    However, he is a much more stupid offensive and defensive player in total than Nick Young.
    Young takes boneheaded shots, he doesn’t make a whole bunch of bone-headed plays overall. He just needs his shot selection dealt with, and a coach to get him to understand the best way for him to get baskets.

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    Nick Young has an overall more versatile game then JR I think.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    JWall needs to get out of Wash, fast.
    I hope thunder doesn’t strike me down but McGee looked like a poor-mans Wilt Chamberlain out there. That play where grabbed the rebound with one hand and fingerolled with the same hand was eerily similar to Wilt.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    This is for everyone who was involved in that Shane Battier should be guarding Melo conversation last week.
    .
    Carmelo Anthony has been shooting 52.6% against Shane Battier in the series, but only 29.3% against LeBron James.
    .
    Case closed.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Ultimate battle: JR Smith vs Swaggy P
    Up Next: Brian “The janitor” Cardinal vs Scal The Big Red Boss.
    Scal has an overall more versatile game than Card I think.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Taylor! With the Wilt/McGee correlation!

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

    Who is Swaggy P?

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

    Paul Westphal?

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Yes, Paul Westphal.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Nick Young

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    lmaooooo @ lakeshow right now

  • T-Money

    allen – the thing i don’t like about nick young’s game (and what severely limits his potential imo) is his dribble drive skills. he has issues getting to the rim in a half court situation. it’s almost impossible to be an elite (or even very good) wing without that particular skill unless you can shoot like ray allen. that was actually very surprising for me because coming out of usc… big wing with a 7′ wingspan and a 40-inch vert – i thought he was going to live at the line but he wanted to play like kobe without kobe’s talent.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I can see that. I am concerned about that myself. He doesn’t get to rim enough, mainly because he isn’t really that quick. He looks like he should be quick, but he’s not. I rarely see him square a player up and then put a move on him, which he should be doing since he loves to isolate. I hope he works on that in the offseason.
    He probably won’t.

  • T-Money

    it almost seems like his preferred option is to always create separation for a pull up jumper off the dribble. if that’s there for him, he won’t explore further (actually, a lot of athletic wings are guilty of that… rudy gay, derozan, paul george). all of that being said, i like him in his current role: 2nd or 3rd guy off the bench, if he rocks you play him 20-25 if he bombs you play him 10 and he doesn’t see the floor in the 4th quarter.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The dreaded T-Mac/Vince Carter disease. So many players fall prey to it.

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

    Anyone know what happened to the Bird Man. Haven’t watched the Nuggets enough to know if he was playing much during the season. Or is Koufous aka the Greatest Ohio State center since Greg Oden that much better than him.
    - I know Kob is old and all but dude needs to run out and contest open three point shots like EVERYONE ELSE is supposed to. Many times he just gives up in no man’s land and prays for a miss. Or the classic old man move – dares the youngsters to make a shot.
    - Bynum’s help defense was horrible last night. All those drives by Andre Miller where he was juking Steve Blake out of his shoes could have been contested. Guess he didn’t want McGee further embarassing him if he rotated to help.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    Mcgee like wilt?!? I just spit up the ciroc I was drinking. What drugs you on taylor? … I know you mean on one play, I didn’t see it, sounds nice, but damn, did you have to bring up wilt?
    Nick young does like him some jumpshots.
    I continue to loate teddy, what a phag.
    Where’s philo?

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Geez Frozen Caveman is nuts.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    in Taylor’s defense, the play he was talking about, is really only comparable to something Wilt could do. Him or Connie Hawkins.

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

    kk got it, thanks LakeShow.

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

    Tarzan, take that pork tapeworm out your brain and maybe you won’t sound dumber than an Unfrozen Caveman. Oh wait I forgot, you’re a hunter! No chance of that ever happening, too much wild boar out there in Kansas. Yum-yum, right? El stupido.

  • https://plus.google.com/photos/106403650426394352312/albums/posts davidR

    JT, you mean lightning. thunder is the sound after the lightning strikes.
    i dunno much about wilt’s moves, so i won’t comment on the similarity of the move. but that one handed finger roll looked crazy

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

    For the record, though, [i]Tania saginata[/i], or pork tapeworm, is actually quite serious…

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    As much as I want to say “Good year, Magic, you’ll get them next year,” I just can’t. Next season is gonna be a nightmare.

  • Cool Dude

    Why does it get overlooked exactly how bad steve blake is? He is the second coming of sasha v for the lakers.

  • Cool Dude

    Forgot to add that he gets beat off the dribble by literally everyone.

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

    Can the Knicks PLEASE PLAY TONEY DOUGLAS?? Watching Landry Fields and JR Smith trying to set up an offense is a sight no one should have to see… It’s f*cking hideous.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    Teague, Joe, J-Smoove and Horford are four good players. The problem is, even if you play all four at the same time, the 5th guy on the floor is usually going to be a scrub, whether it’s Marvin Williams or Kirk Hinrich or someone else. Either that, or it’s going to be Zaza, which means Josh Smith is playing out of position. If they want to compete with this core group, they have to find a way to get a 5th guy who can play small forward effectively. Problem is, with their current salary structure, that is almost impossible unless they hit a home run with their 2012 draft pick or find a sucker who will trade someone useful for Marvin Williams.

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

    Do you consider Zaza to be a scrub?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I don’t think Zaza is a scrub, but he doesn’t bring enough to the table to beat the best teams with those other four players.
    Need to get a player who does multiple things well. Or one thing at an elite level.
    Basically, the old Pistons model is what they should be shooting for, but that means Teague has to develop fast.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Shout out @Tarzan Cooper.

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