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Monday, November 5th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  39 responses

Post Up: That’s More Like It

LA crushes Detroit and the Hawks win in OKC.

by Peter Walsh / @goinginsquad

A little Jeff Teague action to kick off your Monday:

Knicks 100 (2-0), Sixers 84 (1-1)

The Knicks continued their impressive start by dismantling their Division foe at the Garden. Just as they did against the Heat, the Knicks jumped all over Philly early leading by eight after one and pushing the deficit to 13 at the half. Much like they did in their first game of the season, the Knicks killed their opponent from three-point range. New York hit 11 three’s (including four from J.R. Smith who finished with 20 points) on 27 attempts and have now made 30 three-pointers over a two-game span–a new NBA record.

New York led by as many as 17 in the second half and got another strong overall defensive effort, notching 12 steals and forcing 18 turnovers. Everyone knows that Mike Woodson demands effort from his players on the defensive end but no one knew what to expect or what he was going to get with this roster. Well, from a small sample size, it looks like Woodson is getting through to his guys and they are turning up the energy on defense which has led to two easy wins.

Carmelo Anthony was balling on both ends of the floor, showing a dizzying array of offensive moves and set the tone defensively with a newfound aggressiveness and focus (he even dove into the crowd for a loose ball!). His defensive performance was far from perfect and he did get caught sleeping a few times but for the first time in what seems like his entire career, Carmelo is showing interest on defense. Offensively, Melo finished with 27 points (10-18), 5 boards and 2 blocks.

Overall, the Sixers guard play was poor. Jrue Holiday had a solid game scoring-wise with 27 points but he also committed 6 turnovers. Backup guards Maalik Wayans and Royal Ivey, who got extended playing time after Jason Richardson went down with an ankle injury, combined to shoot 0-6 with two assists. The Sixers have a chance to make up for yesterday’s loss as they face the Knicks again tonight in Philly.

Quick Hitters:

– Carmelo Anthony passed Kiki Vandeweghe on the All-Time scoring list. He now ranks 93rd.

– Paging Andrew Bynum. Andrew Bynum to center court, please.

– Woodson played 12 Knicks yesterday and only one (Steve Novak) finished with a “negative” in the +/- category. Not a single Sixers player finished in the “positive”.

Raptors 105 (1-2), Timberwolves 86 (1-1)

I’m gonna let everyone know early: I am a huge Kyle Lowry fan. Unfortunately he’s playing for a Raptors team that doesn’t get a ton of press and will continue to remain one of the League’s best kept secrets, but best believe this kid can ball something serious. In last night’s drubbing of Minnesota, Lowry had 22 points (8-10), 7 boards, 5 dimes and 3 steals which is light work for him at this point.

The Timberwolves beat themselves from the get go committing 16 turnovers in the first half and allowing the home team to go on a 12-4 run over the final 3 minutes to take a 56-47 lead into the half. In the third, Minnesota took better control of the ball and cut the lead to six behind 13 combined points from Kirilenko and Pekovic.

Landry Fields kicked off the fourth quarter with a dunk and the Raptors proceeded to score nine of the quarter’s first 12 points. T Dot eventually pushed the lead to 12 on an Alan Anderson (18 off the bench) three-pointer with a little under nine minutes to go. The lead proved to be insurmountable and the Raptors notched their first win of the season.

Quick Hitters:

– DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points and it looks as if he and Lowry are forming an explosive backcourt north of the border.

– JJ Barea left the game with a concussion after being kicked in the head by teammate Dante Cunningham.

– Toronto has beaten Minnesota 15 out of the last 16 times they have played each other.

– Minnesota’s 24 turnovers led to 32 Raptors points.

Magic 115 (2-0), Suns 94 (1-2)

Break up the Magic!

With Phoenix up 71-60 and threatening to pull away, the Magic broke off a 26-5 run in the third quarter to go up by ten. In the third, the Magic outscored Phoenix 40-20 and nailed six jumpers from behind the arc. Phoenix never got close again and the Magic are now 2-0.

The most surprising part of last night’s blowout victory was the fact that the Magic did it without starters Jameer Nelson and Hedo Turkoglu who are each battling injuries. In their places were former Celtic E’Twaun Moore and DeQuan Jones. Moore played particularly well scoring 15 points and dropping 6 dimes in the win.

One thing is for sure, the Magic are going to play hard this year for new coach Jacque Vaughn. They have a huge chip on their shoulder and will be bringing it every night. Will they keep up this current level of play? I’m doubt it, sooner or later they will be exposed inside but they won’t roll over for anyone and will be a tough out this season.

Quick Hitters:

– In a surprising stat, the Magic have outscored their opponent by a combined 34 points in the paint through the first two games.

– Afflalo and Big Baby Davis each finished with 22 points in the win.

– Orlando finished 9-11 from three and were led by JJ Redick’s 24 off the bench.

– After the game, Mike Beasley said, “It might be better for them that they don’t have Dwight Howard.” Word, Be Easy?

Hawks 105 (1-1), Thunder 95 (1-2)

No Josh Smith, no problem for the Hawks out in Oklahoma City last night. Sidelined by an injury, Smith didn’t even make the trip (that’s your cue J-Smoove trade conspiracists). Luckily his teammates picked up the slack and dealt OKC their second loss of the season. Al Horford came up huge with 23 points and 12 boards while Lou Williams came off the bench and dropped 19 (14 in the fourth) on 5-14 shooting.

The game was close throughout and the Thunder could had chances to win but they fell apart in the fourth quarter. During the final frame, OKC shot a putrid 35 percent and turned the ball over six times. Kevin Martin, who finished with 28, brought the Thunder within two after nailing his sixth three-pointer of the game. That would be the last time Martin shot the ball as he remained scoreless over the final four minutes of the game. With Martin neutralized, the Hawks outscored the Thunder 29-21 to pull away for the early road victory.

Quick Hitters:

– Kevin Durant fell just shy of his first career triple-double with 22-points, 12 boards and 8 dimes but he also had 6 turnovers.

– Russell Westbrook’s struggles continue. The explosive point guard shot just 5-18 from the field for 14 points. He had a crucial turnover late in the game and missed a wide open three that would have given the Thunder hope. On the bright side, he had 9 assists.

– Atlanta forced 20 turnovers and didn’t allow the Thunder to get out in transition–they only scored 12 fast break points.

– KD has been seeing some time at the point, expect that to continue.

Lakers 108 (1-3), Pistons 79 (0-3)

Now this is the complete and utter domination people were expecting when the Lakers acquired Dwight Howard. Albeit, it was against a Pistons team that looked liked they had no interest in playing the sport of basketball last night but nevertheless, the Lakers put their first mark in the win column with an impressive showing in LA.

LA destroyed the Pistons in the paint and Dwight Howard was able to do whatever he wanted going for 28 points on 12-14 shooting while snatching 7 boards. As a team, Los Angeles outscored Detroit 56-34 in the paint and outrebounded them 46-33. LA led from wire to wire and were up by as many as 36. There really isn’t too much of a story with this game except that the Lakers kicked major, major ass.

Now it will be up to LA to keep it up against Utah, who boasts a tough front court, and start to build momentum and tally wins while Steve Nash gets healthy.

Quick Hitters:

– Kobe finished with 15 points, 7 boards and 8 dimes, playing facilitator while Howard went to work.

– Second year guy Darius Morris gave the Lakers good minutes last night. Look for him to get more opportunities now that the Lakers are thin at the point.

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  • HOOSIER4LIFE

    mike beasley is right. the magic play much better team ball without howard

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Winning and grinning! :)

  • Caboose

    The Magic are 2-0. Haha.
    Glen Davis is commanding double teams.
    Kobe played exactly the way the Lakers need him to.
    Marcin Gortat is Tim Duncan lite: as steady as the tides.
    Where’s Bynum?
    The Knicks have looked good. Amare will hurt them.
    Pistons suck.
    Durant cannot play point guard. Too TO prone as a ball handler.
    Would you trade Westbrook for Harden right now?

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Jason Kidd is the TEACHER like KRS-One in this Knickstape.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the Knicks LOOK great. This Carmelo is one of my favorite player’s in the league. Here’s to hoping he sticks around.

  • Buckets

    Princeton offense > Piston offense

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    While KD’s is getting a lot of TOs, I’m loving his assists numbers. Here’s hoping he can keep it up. I told everyone his assists would go up this year and people said he wouldn’t average more than 4 per game.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    nbk’s meds are working great! jk lol

  • Bubbles

    Durant realizes he has to pick up a bigger slice of the play making responsibilities because he knows without Harden, Westbrick’s 5-18 performances will be much more common.

  • Caboose

    I’d rather have 4 assists and 2 turnovers than 8 assists and 6 turnovers.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the Lakers aren’t running it as much.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol look at you popping out when the Knicks do good like a little leprechaun.

  • Ill Smith

    NYK been playing some inspired, team-oriented ball with Kidd in the mix. Get well veeery slow Amare.

    LAkers finally broke through. See what happens when you share the rock Kobe?

    Might be a moot point, but how cold would Houston be had they kept Lowry instead of bringing in Lin? I watched the game vs BK, thats my pick for this year’s JSmoove AllStar Snub of the Year.

    Oh, & I told dudes Orlabdo wouldn’t be as tragic as they wanna be. They’re too mediocre for a top 5 pick & too undermanned for a playoff seed. Free JJ Redick!

  • Mike From Spain

    The Wolves were good containing the Raptors’ frontcourt, but the backcourt defense was horrid. Roy is slow, Barea and Luke are small, Shved and Conroy are rookies, Malcolm Lee is a D-league player. That is part of why Kyle Lowry and Demar Derozan killed the Wolves. Also, Pekovic is not a great defensive rebounder (2 rebounds in the game), and offensively Brandon Roy was slow and predictable, which led to 5 TOs and no FGs. He’s supposed to play as an average player (not stellar anymore) but yesterday he looked out of sorts and ineffective. Also, the Raptors backcourt is quick and they were active disrupting the passing lanes, I’d like to see if they play like this the rest of the year. If Roy getsin better shape, and Shved and Conroy get it together, the backcourt situation will be better but still not too good until Rubio is 100%. Also, the new guys have to gel together, so many new faces.

  • http://www.facebook.com/HolyBaller Dillan Leu

    As much as I love Westbrook and will always defend his place on the OKC roster, he absolutely killed them last night. He’s just such a Jekyll and Hyde type of player: one night he can go for 40-6-8 with 2 turnovers, and the next he will go 12-3-4 with 7 turnovers. You just never know what you’re going to get on a given night. Defensively, he’s constantly trailing the point guard coming off of screens, forcing OKC’s big men to help a little too much and leaving people wide open under the basket. Westbrook really needs to get his act together in order for OKC to move forward in the post-Harden era.

  • http://www.facebook.com/HolyBaller Dillan Leu

    Also, Durant is rebounding like a BOSS. I was wondering what new tricks he’d bring to the table this season, and besides a few nuances in his offensive game, he’s hitting the boards in a beastly fashion.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    If he’s going to keep rebounding the way he is, that’s also a plus.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    I’d give it a lot of thought. The main reason I questioned the trade was Harden was their best PG/playmaker. Russell will have games where he gets a lot of assists, but his first and second instinct is to score. Durant and Westbrook are more exciting, but Durant/Harden combo would produce more wins in my opinion.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    It sucks that New York is better without STAT. They’re still just an average team not capable of getting to the Conference Finals, but they fall to below average with STAT and Melo playing together. It also sucks that he’s lost a step or two and can’t really be built around anymore.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    No. To play next to Durant, you have to be comfortable being the scapegoat. Harden is not. Look at his last 2 games at ASU and what he did in the finals. Westbrook is the safer bet, you know what you’re getting

  • Max

    Melo is playing great.
    Kobe aswell.
    KD is rebounding like a maniac.
    Beasley lighted one up before talking to the media.
    Greg Monroe needs to step up, and I expect him to do so.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Lowry is my favorite player in the league. The Raptors would be stupid not to offer him a humongous contract extension. He and DeRozan are balling. Andrea Bargnani, as usual, shot 4-for-16. He’s atrocious.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    AND he had 1 rebound! LMAO.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    I’m not going to lie, I was jumping for joy when the Raptors acquired him! Him and Jonas Valanciunas are the 2 bright spots on the Raps this year. Now I only wish I drafted Lowry in fantasy… He’s currently ranked number 1 on Yahoo!

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    True. Completely forgot to mention that! Crazy rebound numbers from him as well!

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Well KD averaged more TOs (3.8) than assists per game last year (3.5), so at least there’s SOME improvement… even if tiny. lol

  • LakeShow

    Dwight has been teasing us Lakers. He’s looks so great one second, then misses two dunks in the next. Lakers have quietly improved each of their first 4 games. I’m glad they are sticking with the offense and not listening to the criticism. Once they got the offense down they are going to look nice, because they will just be playing and reacting as apposed to now they are thinking about what the play book wants them to do on each possession. MWP, Kobe, Pau are all on top their game sand it’s just a matter of time till they figure it all out. Nash coming back should help. But he should stay out as long as he needs. He’s needed for the long haul.

  • LakeShow

    3rd quarter of the DET game, Brown sends Ebanks in to sub for Kobe cause Kobe just got his 4th foul. KB says, “naw Mike i’m good.” … Brown shouts to Ebanks “back to the bench”…
    That’s gangster.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Dwight still has to get his legs under him. he’s been rehabbing and not running for 6 months, it’s inevitable that he rounds into form here in the next month or two. — as for Nash, he has a small stress fracture, he maybe out like 4-6 weeks.

  • LakeShow

    It’s strange because they keep saying a couple games or a week with Nash, but it does sound like a 3+ week out…

    Howard is still off on his timing by quite a bit and he’s not running and jumping like he is known for, but he will be back, like you said, within a month or two. Which is exactly why I was confused when you and I were arguing the other week about where Dwight’s at physically. He is back from surgery, yes, but he’s not 100% physically or mentally right now. He’s looking better by the game though.

  • LakeShow

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  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I was talking about health wise. That was the disconnect I believe

  • LakeShow

    Don’t know why this got 4 down votes. Awesome reference lol.

  • LakeShow

    It was very much so, but, I was thinking he wasn’t 100%, and I stand by that. It’s a nil point, just my opinion.

  • LakeShow

    It was very much so, but, I was thinking he wasn’t 100%, and I stand by that. It’s a nil point, just my opinion.

  • Datkid

    cosign NBK.

  • Datkid

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  • Datkid

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