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Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 at 8:57 am  |  69 responses

Post Up: West Coast Battles

Gallo and the Nuggets down Memphis while Lob City wins on the road.

by Peter Walsh / @goinginsquad

Pacers 96 (5-7), Wizards 89 (0-9)

After going on an 18-2 run to close the third quarter, the Wizards were in prime position to earn their first dub of the season and put an end to Abe’s misery. In the fourth, Chris Singleton hit a jumper while getting fouled with three and a half minutes left in the game to get D.C. within one. Obviously, Singleton went on to miss the free throw and David West hit two straight jumpers on the other end to put Indiana up by five and out of reach while coach Randy Wittman stood in disbelief.

Quick Hitters:

– West finished with 30 points on 10-14 shooting and 8 boards. The struggling Roy Hibbert scored 20 and grabbed 12 boards.

– Brad Beal led the Wizards with 18 off the bench, 17 of which came in the second half.

Bobcats 102 (5-4), Bucks 98 (6-3)

Two of the upstart teams in the League put on a great show down in Charlotte last night as Ramon Sessions led the ‘Cats to a hard-earned victory. Charlotte got off to a hot shooting start and Kemba Walker was on fire, making all six of his shots and finishing with 15 points in the first half . Kemba helped his team take a 55-54 lead into halftime. In the second half, Monta Ellis returned the favor. The streaky guard finished with 31 points in the game but did the heavy work in the fourth quarter. Ellis reeled off six quick points to put the Bucks up 11 and it looked like they had the game in tow. But the Bobcats battled back behind Ramon Sessions’ nine fourth quarter points. Charlotte also hit all 16 of their attempted free throws down the stretch.

Late in the fourth, Sessions hit a three to tie the game, then MKG hit two freebies to give the Bobcats a lead with two minutes to play. After Sam Dalembert missed a shot the Bobcats had a chance to build on their lead but Sessions turned the ball over with 19 seconds to go but Ellis missed a wide-open three that would have given the Bucks the lead. Sessions then hit two free throws on the other end to seal the game.

Quick Hitters:

– Charlotte is now 4-0 in games decided by four points or less.

– Kemba finished with 19, Byron Mullens with 19 and 9 and MKG chipped in with 15 and 9.

– The Bobcats are a fun team to watch for the first time in a long time. As are the Bucks.

Hawks 81 (5-4), Magic 72 (3-7)

The Hawks were noticeably tired in the first half due in most part to a West Coast hangover and a few players getting over the flu. It took two quarters for ATL to get their legs under them but once they did, they ran the Magic out of the gym. In the third, the Hawks outscored their opponent 24-12 and broke the game wide open in the fourth after Ivan Johnson converted a three-point play to put the lead at 22. All in all, though, it was an ugly game.

Quick Hitters:

– Josh Smith had a tough night, shooting 3-10 from the field for 6 points and only grabbed 2 boards.

– Atlanta scored 24 points off of 19 Orlando turnovers.

– Ivan Johnson grabbed a season-high 8 boards. Nicola Vucevic tied his season-high with 13 rebounds.

– The Hawks gave up 72 points and held Orlando to 37.8 percent shooting which were both season lows.

Nuggets 97 (5-6), Grizzlies 92 (8-2)

Denver beat Memphis at their own game last night, bullying them inside and taking advantage of their opponents’ mistakes. Denver dominated the boards, outrebounding the Grizz 47-33, outscored them 50-44 in the paint and scored 29 points off of 17 Grizzlies turnovers. Despite the statistcal gap, Memphis looked like they were going to grind out a win after Zach Randolph’s putback put Memphis up by four. The Grizzlies then turned the ball over on three straight possessions and Denver ripped off a 9-0 run headlined by Danilo Gallinari’s six points–including a three-pointer with 12.7 sedonds left to give Denver a four-point lead and put this one on ice. Denver’s win ended three three-game skid and Memphis’ eight-game winning streak.

Quick Hitters:

– Gall0 finished with 26 points, Kenny Faried had a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds while JaVale McGee chipped in with 15 and 8 off the bench.

– Zach Randolph tallied his tenth straight double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

– The last time Memphis lost at home was March 16.

Warriors 105 (6-5), Mavericks 101 (6-6) F/OT

A great game had an even better game within the game (follow?) with Steph Curry and OJ Mayo battling back and forth over the fourth quarter and OT. Steph scored 20 of his 31 points in over the course of the fourth quarter and overtime while OJ led Dallas with 27 and matched his counterpart bucket for bucket down the stretch. Mayo dropped seven of the last 10 Dallas points in regulation and all 11 of their points in the extra session while Curry had a hand in all 13 points of the overtime period with six of points of his own and three dimes. OJ tied it up at 99 with under a minute left but Curry responded with an assist to David Lee with 30 seconds to go in OT to give the Warriors a two-point lead. The Mavs had a chance to tie or win but Shawn Marion and Mayo both missed on their opportunities and the Warriors hit their freebies on the other end to finish the game.

Quick Hitters:

– Harrison Barnes had a solid game with 20 points and 12 boards. David Lee chipped in with 17 points and 19 rebounds.

– Mayo has scored at least 18 points in 10 straight games.

– Why didn’t Mayo take the Mavs last shot during regulation?

Clippers 92 (8-2), Spurs 87 (8-3)

Los Angeles was able to build a ten-point lead in the fourth quarter against the Spurs in San Antonio and hung on for an impressive victory to open their four game road trip. The Spurs rallied back thanks to two three-pointers from Matt Bonner and another one from Tony Parker that cut the lead to three with two minutes remaining. But, Los Angeles scored five of the games next seven points including a masterful bucket by Chris Paul (see below) with 25 seconds remaining to give the Clippers a 91-87 lead. Paul finished with 19 points and 8 assists.

Quick Hitters:

– Stephen Jackson is expected to miss four-to-six weeks with a fractured finger. The Spurs are now very thin at the small forward spot with both Jackson and Kawhi Leonard missing extended time.

– Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 20 points and 14 rebounds while Manu Ginobili scored 15 off the bench.

Jazz 102 (6-6), Rockets 91 (4-7)

With James Harden limited due to flu-like symptoms, the Rockets didn’t have the firepower to keep up with the Jazz in Utah. The Jazz opened up the floodgates with a 13-0 run early in the second quarter and buckled down defensively to take care of business and win without much fight from Houston. Utah eventually stretched their lead to 23 and outmuscled the Rockets inside, using their big man rotation of Enes Kanter, Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap and Derrick Favors. Jefferson had 14 points and 16 boards and the Jazz had 11 combined blocks. The Jazz played tremendous team ball, spreading the rock around and dishing out 30 assists on 37 made field goals, often passing up good looks for even better ones.

Quick Hitters:

– Gordon Hayward scored 15 off the bench and Marvin Williams contributed with 12. Those two are giving the Jazz a nice boost off the pine.

– The Rockets went 0-3 on their road trip and have now lost four straight.

– Utah scored a season-high 61 first half points.

– Mel Mel the Abuser had 11 assists in 21 minutes.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    Who is Mel Mel the Abuser? and wow Harrison Barnes has been playing goood.

  • Perry the PlatyPteranodon

    Oj Mayo and Kemba Walker are looking like the early front runners for MIP. Still a whole lot of basketball left, but those two really look like they took their games to the next level.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lakeshow and JTaylor, y’all should read this http://hoopspeak.com/2012/11/eric-the-amazing/ (and anyone else interested in the ever improving Eric Bledsoe).

  • bravo

    I had a feeling Kemba Walker would be dope. Raptors shouldve got this dude when they had the chance!

  • Max

    Jahmawl Tinsley I think.

  • LakeShow

    Awesome article thanks.
    I don’t even know if he would be a good starting PG right now, but he is a what the article called a “super-sub.” He is a blast to watch on the Clips right now though.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Pete, have you done EVERY single post-up? cuz if you have, man, what’a grind this season is going to be. *daps*

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah definitely. i knew he had this kind of potential, but honestly didn’t expect him to even kind of live up to it for another year or two.

  • Junior Taylor

    Thanks. I knew my eyes weren’t fooling me when it came to EBled. I knew he had the chance to be something special when he got significant playing time in UK backing up JWall.

  • Caboose

    There are a LOT of candidates. Mayo, Kemba, Greivis, Redick, Harden, Faried, Duncan, and Batum look like the leaders at the moment.

  • LakeShow

    Who is your top picks for these category’s fellas:

    6th man of the (early) year:
    Myself, I would say, JR Smith. I have him over J. Crawford, and Ryan Anderson right now.
    Defensive player of the (early) year:
    Myself, i’ll go with, Bledsoe, just because he has shown some amazing D in the early going. I have him above Tony Allen, Dwight, Tyson, and Taj Gibson right now.
    Rookie of the (early) year:
    I have Anthony Davis up now and I have him taking it at the end of the year also.
    He is above Lillard, MKG, and Barnes for me right now.
    MIP:
    Kemba Walker for me right now is showing the goods. He has taken his game to another level. Any other opinions?
    .
    .
    .
    And we’ll finish it off with the early season MVP:
    I’ll put a shocker up there for ya’ll: I say the Mamba so far.
    He currently edges out Bron, KD, CP3, Rondo, and TP to me.
    What ya’ll got?
    Remember this is just for the short season we have seen, not the end of year awards.

  • LakeShow

    LMAO
    Duncan

  • Caboose

    Who are the MVP front runners right now? Paul, Bron, Melo, Duncan, Z-Bo, and Durant?

  • Caboose

    Of the 10 game season so far, Chris Paul is the MVP. I laughed then sighed when I read Kobe.

  • Caboose

    ALL of his stats are up, except turnovers, which have decreased. That’s improvement.

  • Perry the PlatyPteranodon

    Like I said, there is a whole lot of basketball left. Now all of the players you mentioned are legitimate cases, however I wouldn’t put Duncan in myself. Now the reason I have Mayo and Kemba is that the two have clearly taken themselves to another level, which I personally don’t think Harden or Faried have. With Harden, I believe he’s just benefiting from his new situation and not that he just good a lot better. And Faried, though I admit to not having seen a lot of him so far, seems to be doing the same thing he did last year in greater minutes. Now as for Duncan, the reason I wouldn’t include him is because we all know how great he is, however if I were to include him, it would be unfair to say that Kobe should be included as well, due to the increase in his percentages and rebounds + assists. As for Greivis, Redick and Batum, I really can’t argue against their inclusion, but I just think that as a whole, they haven’t shown more improvement than Mayo or Kemba.

  • LakeShow

    Dude…. you have Z-Bo and Melo over Kobe….
    I mean, sh*t man… Laugh at me all you want… WTF is wrong with you lol

  • LakeShow

    Kobe

  • LakeShow

    Your choice for MVP:
    16 ppg, 10 ast, 3 rebounds, 2 stls on 48% fg’s, 30% 3 point fg’s, 88% FT’s
    My choice:
    26ppg, 5.4 ast, 5.7 rebounds, 1.5 stls on 53% fg’s, 40% 3 point fg’s, 89% FT’s

    laugh and sigh away my little compadre.

  • Junior Taylor

    Not with his team at 5-5.

  • Junior Taylor

    Going with CP over LB simply because the Clipps have a better record and beat MIA.

  • LakeShow

    They have won 4 of their last 5. Things are on the way up.
    But fair enough.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Duncan can’t win MIP. You know that.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Kobe’s team is 5-5 bruh. Melo and Z-Bo would get more MVP love if the season ended today.

  • Junior Taylor

    6th man- JCrossover- leading scorer on the best team out West.
    DPoy- TChandler- has the knicks playing the best defensively so far.
    ROY- Lillard- Blazers have a better record than AD’s Hornets.
    MIP- OJ Mayo- went from avg. 12.6ppg with the Grizz to avg. 21.8ppg (7th in the L)

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    DPOY – Tim Duncan
    ROY – Damien Lillard
    MIP – OJ Mayo
    6th Man – Jamal Crawford
    MVP – Chris Paul
    COY – Mike Woodson.

  • LakeShow

    Nice, good stuff.
    I disagree with 6th man. Crawford is bringing the scoring but he isn’t doing anything else for your team. JR is rebounding and hitting three’s at a higher rate.
    For me, I always thought Mayo had everything he is showing us this year, he just wasn’t being utilized appropriately. Kemba seems to have added, if nothing else, allot of confidence in his game.

  • LakeShow

    2012-2013: 18-10-2.7

    2001-2002: 23-13-3
    You can’t have much better numbers earlier in your career and then win MIP.

  • Caboose

    Wanna tell me the last time a guy on a .500 team won MVP?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk
  • Caboose

    Yeah yeah, I know. My personal pick at the start of the year was Vasquez, though I’d probably give it to Kemba right now.

  • Caboose

    Fair enough.

  • Caboose

    Did you really expect Lake to say anything else?

  • LakeShow

    Dunno, maybe Bob Pettit in 55′
    Fact is.. it can happen lol

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Smith is hitting threes at a higher % not a higher rate – and Crawford is scoring 3 more points in 5 less minutes. And the main difference between them is how often Jamal Crawford gets to the FT Line compared to Smith.

  • LakeShow

    Solid rebuttal.
    Can’t say nothing to that.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Harden has benefitted from playing horrible defenses. lol, he isn’t going HAM on any good teams. infact, he hasn’t scored over 22 against a good team yet.

  • Caboose

    Logically you could, it’s just very unlikely for the voters to select you. So yeah, Duncan won’t win the award, but he has improved this year over last.

  • Caboose

    Seriously? Wow, didn’t know that.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah, check out homies game log. — the “best team” he has scored over 22 against was probably Portland. He’s put up >22 against – Detroit, Atlanta, New Orleans & Portland (twice).

  • Caboose

    No, it can’t happen. Which is why Kobe is not the MVP of the past 10 games. He has the stats for it, but not the record.

  • theDankerNuggets

    the Nugs looked good against the Memphis last night, now that everyone’s starting to figure out their roles watch out!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i had Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner. Holiday looks real solid, but Mayo is just awesome right now…..and Kemba is playing great.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    lol, i mean i could make the JR Smith argument. but my heart wouldn’t be in it. and the whole, “he’s a better defender to the point of having a better season” argument is hard to peddle. — i do like that you brought up his passing, which (imo) has been the most improved aspect of his game by leaps and bounds.

  • Caboose

    Interesting stat. Think he’ll improve or will his scoring settle back to 20 a game?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    not to be braggy, but this is exactly what i said he’d do. i think he averages somewhere between 21 and 23. kills bad defenses, specifically the one’s that struggle against the PnR and don’t have a rim protector, and he will mightily struggle against the good ones.
    .
    with that being said, could you imagine the statline he could have put up against the 2010 Knicks? omg.

  • Sérgio

    Lake, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Kobe win the MVP. He is playing with a more balanced style that resembles thay he played in 07-08, concidence or not, the year he won MVP. And let’s be real: everyone know that the Lakers will not be .500 by the season’s end.

    As for the other prizes, here are my choices:

    6th man: J-Crawford, who has an absurd impact on the Clippers.
    MIP: Mayo, who seems to be finally developing in the player we all expected him to be.
    ROY: Lillard (so far). Harrison Barnes won’t win it, but i’d like to show him some love, too.
    DPOY: Chandler.

  • Caboose

    Haha bravo. I think he’ll finish around 25-5-4, shooting 41% and 36% from deep. He knows how to exploit bad defenses but he doesn’t have enough counters to overcome solid defensive teams (a lot like the Thunder, actually).

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i don’t think it would really be possible for him to do that homie. you are smarter than me with math so you can probably figure this out, but with the rate he gets to the FT Line and how efficient he is from 3, it would be almost impossible for him to score 25 on 41% shooting wouldn’t it? if he shot enough shots to score a ton of points on 41% he’d use like 40% of his teams possessions with the math i’m doing in my head.

  • LakeShow

    That’s all I got is heart. lol
    JR is a better defender, rebounder, and the more reliable shooter, but Crawford is scoring with such ease right now I just have no problem with either of them.

  • Caboose

    Let me think…if he took 17 2-point shots a game and made 7, then took 5 3-point shots a game and made 2, then took 7 free throws a game and made 5, that’s 25 ppg on 41-40-70 shooting on 22 shots a game with 7FT attempts. I’m banking on him taking more of the offensive load.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he’s making 7FT’s now on 8.5 attempts a game. the more his offensive load picks up the more his FT attempts will too.. He’s shot 10+ FT’s in every game he’s scored 22 or more.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he’s also not far off your pace either in terms of his average right now. so you really could be right. i just feel if he’s going to be tasked with scoring that much, he’ll put up around 30.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Basically, JR Smith is the more physical player, who will probably be more consistent when things aren’t going his way. —- just so far, everything has been going Crawford’s way lol

  • LakeShow

    That’s for sure. Shimmy-ing the hell outta everyone.
    It was too much fun watching Ray Allen “guard” him when they played the Heat. I was laughing.
    ….Poor, poor, Ray, Ray.

  • LakeShow

    Could you make an argument for Bledsoe being better for the Clippers than Crawford?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Man that was like watching Hulk Hogan wrestle Stephen Hawking. In other words, didn’t find it fun lol. I like watching competitions, not brutal murderings

  • LakeShow

    Good stuff, The thing is, yes we know the Lakers won’t be a .500 team, but will Kobe be near his 50-40-90 mark that he’s at now, when their record looks better?
    That’s the question that will determine how close KB gets in the MVP race.

  • LakeShow

    LMAO

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    For the future definitely. Right now would be tough because they lack that scoring punch off the bench and on the perimeter

  • LakeShow

    Mmh, yes.
    How bout this:
    Who you take as your defensive PG duo:
    Rondo/Bradley
    or
    Paul/Bledsoe?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Just defensive right? Rondo/Bradley. Bradley is a top 5 defensive 2. Bledsoe CAN be a top 5 (or even best) defensive 1. Paul and Rondo are so damn close
    .

  • Datkid

    dope article..got anything on the rise of OJ Mayo?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Haven’t come across anything worth repeating yet but when I do I’ll forward it right to you.

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    It is cool to see OJ blossom. I always thought he could play as long time Slamonline readers know, but I wondered if he would ever put it together. Actually, with OJ, ZBo and Jamal Crawford beasting, my squad of favorite knuckleheads is looking formidable.

  • Datkid

    thanks bro.

  • Slick Ric

    Lebron

  • Peter Walsh

    Nah…Sunday-Thursday nights, get a break on Friday and Saturday when Leo Sepkowitz takes over…Thanks for the continued support, man.

  • Phil8

    No love Asik as MIP? That surprises me a bit..

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