Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 at 11:23 am  |  28 responses

The Post Up: Impressive Starts

The Knicks and Spurs remain undefeated.

by Peter Walsh / @goinginsquad

Due to technical difficulties with our website over the past day, this will be an abridged version of The Post Up. Apologies all around.

Knicks 110 (3-0), Sixers 88 (1-2)

– The Knicks are 3-0 for the first time since the 1999-’00 season.

– New York led by eight at the half before outscoring Philly 33-20 in the third quarter to pull away for an easy victory.

– Seven Knicks scored in double-digits. Melo led the way with 21 and 7 boards while JR Smith had 17, 7 boards and 5 assists off the bench.

– Philly shot 33.7 percent from the field.

Timberwolves 107 (2-1), Nets 96 (1-1)

– The Nets were in full control of the game before they were outscored 32-10 in the fourth quarter, squandering a 22-point lead and ultimately losing the game.

– The front court combination of Nikola Pekovic (21 points), Dante Cunningham (11 points), Chase Budinger (16 points) and Andrei Kirilenko (16 points, 10 boards, 6 assists) dominated the Nets frontcourt in the second half and were instrumental in the win.

– Deron Williams led the way with 18 points and 13 dimes for Brooklyn.

– Someone please tell me who Alexey Shved is.

Heat 124 (3-1), Suns 99 (1-3)

– The Heat have been on a tear offensively to start the season and continued that trend last night. They shot 55 percent from the field, stretched the lead to 30 at one point and led by double-digits throughout.

– LeBron and Wade led the way shooting a combined 19-31 from the field to total 23 and 22 points respectively. They sat most of the fourth.

– Ray Allen became the 24th player in history to score 23,000 points. Mario Chalmers had a career-high 11 assists.

Grizzlies 103 (2-1), Jazz 94 (1-3)

– In their home opener, the Grizzlies used a huge third quarter to beat the visiting Jazz. After a back and forth first half, Memphis ripped off a 16-2 run to take a 69-61 lead and never trailed again.

– In a battle of talented front courts, the Grizzlies’ Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol got the best of Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap. Gasol led the way with 22 points, 8 boards, 8 dimes and 3 blocks while Z-Bo scored 16 and snatched 18 boards. Jefferson and Millsap combined for 25 points and 18 boards.

– Seven Jazz players scored in double-figures.

Mavericks 114 (3-1), Trail Blazers 91 (2-2)

– O.J. Mayo has been on fire to start the season. He followed up Saturday’s 30-point performance by dropping a game-high 32 last night . Not a bad way to celebrate your 25th birthday.

– Portland hasn’t been able to close out games thus far. They have been ouscored in the fourth quarter in all four of their games.

– The Mavs had a 24-2 edge in fast break points while Portland had 23 offensive rebounds compared to Dallas’ two.

– Brandan Wright has scored in double-digits in four straight games, the longest such streak of his career.

Spurs 101 (4-0), Pacers 79 (2-2)

– The Spurs are 4-0 for the first time in franchise history.

– Gary Neal scored 17 points on 8-10 shooting in under 20 minutes.

– San Antonio’s bench scored 57 points on 22-38 shooting.

– The Pacers shot 34.2 percent from the field, committed 19 turnovers and only had 11 assists.

(Don’t care that the Pacers lost, Gerald Green is awesome.)

Kings 94 (1-3), Warriors 92 (2-2)

– The Warriors had a chance to either tie or win it late but Klay Thompson missed a jumper then Steph Curry missed a three as time expired.

– DeMarcus Cousins beasted with 23 points, 15 boards and 2 blocks.

– Sacramento only had 13 assists on 37 made shots.

– The game had to be stopped three different times as banners fell from the ceiling onto the court during play.

Cavs 108 (2-2), Clippers 101 (2-2)

– The battle between Chris Paul and Kyrie Irving certainly lived up to they hype. Paul had 17 points, 9 assists, and 5 boards while Irving tallied 24, 10 and 3.

– Dion Waiters scored a career-high 28 points on 10-17 (including 7 three’s) shooting.

– The Clips tied it at 94 late in the fourth but Waiters hit back-to-back three’s and Cleveland was able to pull away.

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  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    still dope Pete

  • The Big Cheese

    Alexey Schved is a Russian ball player. Looked decent in the Olympics, if I remember correctly. Probably came as a package deal with AK47 and Pecovic.

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

    Tough loss for the Nets. You can’t lose to that collection of talent at this point in the season.

  • Peter Walsh

    thank you!!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    uhm, i think this is the exact point in the season when that is ok…

  • LakeShow

    They are 3 and 2 games into their seasons. No judgments should be made yet.

  • LakeShow

    Who woulda thought Felton/Kidd could be a workable back court?

    Felton came into camp in shape this season. He looks great. Lightning quick, great handles, seeing the court and getting his. Always rooted for the guy even in Charlotte so i’m glad to see he’s doing well. And the Knicks actually look like a good team. I think Amare might be able to come in and not ruin anything if he plays the right way.

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

    In my opinion, you are fresh off training camp, no serious injuries and still excited about the season. You should play your best ball now and closer towards end of the season. It’s understandable if you let up off gas in the doldrums in the middle of the year, but not now and not at the end.

  • LakeShow

    I see what your saying, but who says they are trying to win every game above all else right now? Allot of teams are still more concerned about learning their offensive and defensive sets and making things work down the road more so than today. But yeah, the Wolves have no one right now and the Nets shouldn’t have lost to them, but it just doesn’t really give us anything tangible about the team going forward imo.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the issue is, they are still new together. can’t realistically expect them to have great chemistry after a month and a half.

  • Comment_System

    knicks are playing GREAT defense in these first 3 games. It’s a sight to behold. There’s still something lurking in the back of my head that Amar’e is going to come in and mess it up though.

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

    See if they lost to scrappy New Orleans team, or someone similar I could see it. But the Wolves don’t have Love or Rubio. That’s a lazy loss. But I see both of your points.

  • nick

    minnesota didn’t even have k love or rubio…..come on now….

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    What does that change about what I said?


  • Mike From Spain

    This Wolves squad is a play-off home court team if they are all healthy. Can’t wait for love and Rubio to be back.

  • Mike From Spain

    Thd wolves are better than you think… they may be a .500 team without their two stars

  • MrSuper

    Pecovic is Serbian. All three are ballin’.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    nah, that’s crazy talk. @twitter-468547200:disqus has a point, that collection of talent is really bad. it’s just too early for me to care who loses to who. But he’s not wrong that the team that beat them is pretty shitty.

  • Mike From Spain

    hmm… let me see… The Wolves have playing now Shved, who talent-wise is not bad at all. Then there is Kirilenko. As for Derrick Williams, he’s got the athletic talent to be something special, but so far he’s not been all that good. Then there are some solid role players, such as Budinger, Stiemsma and Dante Cunningham. As for Brandon Roy, yes, kneeless talent but talent nonetheless. And Pekovic! Yes, I know most people think little of players with below the rim games, but Pek is so strong and crafty offfensively, as the first option in Minny he’s had to adjust to less spacing (Love not on the floor, more double teams) but I think he’ll adjust and post 22 – 10 (6 offensive rebounds) night in night out. The most glaring hole in this roster is backcourt D, but playing Budinger at the 2 and the step forward in D that Shved took might contribute to somewhat remedy this. Another problem is that many of these players need to have their shots created for them, but that’s what Adelman’s system should remedy somewhat. I think that this team will win between a third and half their games until Rubio and/or Love come back.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Pekovic is averaging 15 and 5. — Shved sucks, especially right now. He’s playing 18 minutes a game and generally producing nothing. Kirilenko is a good player, but he leads the team in rebounds and assists, that should never happen on any sort of a “decent” team, let alone a playoff team.


    They lost by 19 to the Raptors. Doesn’t get much worse than that.

    The team without Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio is horrible, awful, disgusting, and terrible. — The team with both of them, MIGHT, make the playoffs.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    haha no it isn’t. at all.

  • Mike From Spain

    Maybe it’s the ‘homer goggles’… I guess that when you know everything about your own team and nothing about the others you tend to think that your team is stronger than it is. We shall see, now the Wolves are up against a Magic team on the wrong end of a back to back and later this weeks against some Pacers in disarray. But they’ll surely lose against the Bulls. It’d be fun to have the Wolves start 4-2 after two weeks, I am more inclined to thing it’ll be 3-3

  • Mike From Spain

    The Heat lost by 20 something to the Knicks. A single game does not prove much. Also, Toronto seems to have the Wolves number, last year the Wolves won the matchup against the Spurs but lost in Toronto. The announcers said that the Wolves lost something like 15 out of the last 16 games in Toronto. Go figure…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    a healthy wolves squad is still probably a playoff team, they just aren’t top 4 in the West. — No way they are better than, LAL, OKC, SAS, or LAC – even Denver & Memphis have a much much better team this season.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i was just using Toronto and the fact that none of those guys could do anything positive as evidence. — For example, If Pekovic was a guy who could put up 22 and 10 like you said, he surely would have done better than 15 & 3 against Toronto. they don’t have a guy within 60lbs of him.

  • Mike From Spain

    OK fair enough… Maybe I aimed too high… Pek is bad in D rebs, maybe 18 and 7 or some such. The whole team stunk that day. I also mentioned that he hasn’t adjusted to the reduced spacing and to being the object of most double teams, so perhaps he adjusts… or perhaps, as you say, he doesn’t. I just think that someone so efficient in O rebs and scoring might improve if/when he adjusts to being the focal point of the offense. So far, Pek has a first stinker season from the bench, followed by the breakout in the lockout shortened season (further shortened by injury) and 3 games now. But he shows encouraging signs …

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I really hope you are right about him. I was high on him goin into the year

  • Mike From Spain

    I can’t think about the matchups clearly at short notice, but I see LAC as the more vulnerable top 4 you list, Denver’s frontcourt a bit flimsy, and Memphis… well, fair enough, but Memphis seems to be the real deal on paper every year and they make it at #6 or so every year. Unless there’s a very strong reason against it, I see them doing the same as the last few years.