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Friday, December 14th, 2012 at 8:57 am  |  25 responses

Post Up: I Am Dame Dash

Dame Lillard leads the Blazers over the Spurs.

by Peter Walsh / @goinginsquad

Just ‘Cause:

Dame Dash x Cam’ron x Jim Jones – “I Am Dame Dash”

Easily one of my top-5 favorite songs from the Roc’s hey-day. Just Blaze bodied this beat and no one can shit-talk like Dame Dash.

 

Hawks 113 (14-6), Bobcats 90 (7-15)

Doesn’t seem like too long ago when the Bobcats were on the up and up and on the verge of being competitive in some capacity this season. Now, they’re back to their old ways and have lost 10 straight after last night’s drubbing at the hands of the Hawks. Atlanta crushed the Bobcats from start to finish and had their best first half of the season. After jumping out to a quick 10-3 lead, the Hawks never looked back and took a 60-43 at the half. Atlanta won with a well-balanced attack en route to their blowout victory. Devin Harris hopped off the bench to lead the team with 20, Josh Smith scored 18 and Ivan Johnson chipped in with 16. The Hawks are now tied with Miami for the best record in the Southeast Division.

Quick Hitters:

– The Hawks shot 57 percent from the field and 48 percent from three for the game.

– Ramon Sessions scored 16 and Gerald Henderson chipped in with 17.

– The Hawks had 28 assists on 43 total field goals.

 

Knicks 116 (17-5), Lakers 107 (9-14)

The Knicks used a monster 41-point first quarter to hold on after their star went down with an ankle injury in the third quarter. The Knicks were cruising but after Melo landed awkwardly on his ankle following a layup attempt, the Lakers swung momentum and clawed back into the game behind Kobe’s 31 points and 10 boards. In the fourth, the Lakers cut what was a 26-point deficit to just six with a minute and a half left after a three-point play by Ron Artest. On the next possession, the Knicks missed but the ever-active Tyson Chandler was able to swat the offensive rebound back to the perimeter where the Knicks retrieved the ball. New York missed again but Chandler once again swatted the ball back to his teammates and was rewarded with a pass on a screen roll which put the center at the line. Chandler hit one of two with 18 seconds left which was enough to ice the game.

Before leaving the game, Melo scored 30 points and was absolutely unstoppable. He scored 22 of his 30 in the first and was on pace to break Kobe’s 61-point record at the Garden with ease. Melo scored his 30 in under 22 minutes, the first player to do so since David Robinson in ’95. Melo has scored a ridiculous 75 points over the last two games.

Quick Hitters:

– Steve Novak hit four big three’s to finish with 12 points off the bench. J.R. Smith scored 18, and Ray Felton scored 19 and doled out 8 assists.

– New York is now 9-0 at the Garden.

– Artest finished with 23 and Dwight scored 20.

– Can it get any worse for the Lakers?

 

Blazers 98 (10-12), Spurs 90 (18-6)

Damian Lillard was sensational, looking more like a seasoned vet than a rookie against Tony Parker and the Spurs last night. Lillard finished with a career-high 29 points (including 23 in the third alone), 7 boards, 6 dimes and only 2 turnovers. Portland held an 11-point lead in the third quarter thanks to Lillard’s efforts, but to nobody’s surprise, the Spurs mounted a comeback. With five and change left, Tony Parker hit a layup and followed that up with a jumper to pull San Antonio within four. After playing to a stalemate over the next three minutes, J.J. Hickson pushed the Blazers lead to six with a running hook shot. Danny Green answered with a three to cut the deficit to three but Nicolas Batum nailed a clutch three of his own to give the Blazers a six-point lead with just over a minute to go. Batum sealed the game with two free throws to give the Blazers a tough home victory.

Quick Hitters:

– LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 22 points and 6 boards while Batum scored 11 and dished out 8 assists.

– Tony Parker finished with 21 points and 5 dimes.

— Lillard has scored at least 20 points in 13 games this season.

 

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  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    The Lakers have a D-League roster with Kobe and Dwight sprinkled in. NO COACH would be succeeding with that team.

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    IN FACT – “Phil Jackson says he doesn’t want to return to the Lakers organization … even if they ask him … and to make things worse, Phil told TMZ he doesn’t think the squad is championship material either.” – http://www.tmz.com/2012/12/13/phil-jackson-los-angeles-lakers-i-would-not-return/

  • Mike From Spain

    Maybe the LOL… uhm, no, the LAL are tanking to get some rookie talent in the draft next year… no, my bad, they don’t have any lottery picks, do they?

  • Mike From Spain

    I loved the postgame interview from Lillard. He’s got a good attitude, and seems to be a bright young man. I haven’t watched the game, but the highlights look good. I hope he keeps this up, this is a much needed piece of good news for Blazers fans.

  • Sérgio

    Totally agree.

    Also, I think Dwight is getting the ball too far away from the basket. He needs to get deeper position in the post, cause he doesn’t have the moves or the speed to be effective from the distance.

  • Caboose

    1. Lillard’s playing style reminds me of a young Arenas.
    2. What Kobe did well: points, 3′s, rebounding. What he didn’t: running the offense, turnovers, efficiency, defense. Lakers look a mess.
    3. What has happened to the Bobcats? It’s just weird…
    4. Knicks could win the East.
    5. The Spurs got kinda shafted with their early season. Still amazing they’re doing this well without their first and second string SF.
    6. Dwight looks lazy. Like, he doesn’t care about winning the game.

  • Caboose

    He has the speed, just not the moves/knowledge of how to use it anywhere outside of the key.

  • Slick Ric

    I was just thinking that about Lillard games, he reminds me of arenas a little bit too.

  • Slick Ric

    Man Dwight looks like he’s still recovering and has a ways to go, he’s just not the same guy out there.

  • LakeShow

    I tried to tell everyone he would take a while. He wasn’t “100%” like he said he was. He will work his way back though. I know everyone’s tired of hearing it, but… Nash will help his game a sh*t ton. He would strive with a great PG like Nash. He looked good with Jameer so he and Nash should be marvelous. Pau also took allot of pressure off Howard, but now he is out.

  • LakeShow

    It’s just not Kobe’s game to play PG. That’s what he needs to do, but he CAN’T do it.

    Jordan could do it. Bron does it. Melo and Durant would die on the court trying, but Kobe just isn’t capable of being the main distributor. They need a PG desperately… Sorry Duhon. You try hard, you are just inconsistent as hell.

    They need to ride out the storm, but they still have to win a couple over the next few.

    Luckily the Wizards cure is tomorrow…

  • Unforgettable

    Dame = Rookie of the Year.
    The Kobe Pelicans need help, any way possible.
    Knicks are the real deal.

  • charliewinning

    The Lakers simply aren’t on the same page. Last night after the game, Dwight was talking about needing more ball movement. Kobe was talking about having the ball more, being even more of a “striker” for the team. Dwight wants the ball more on the block. D’Antoni wants more pick and rolls when Nash returns. Everyone has their own idea of what ways to utilize the talented pieces the Lakers have, and it shows. Kobe seems to be intent on enforcing his ‘alpha dog’ status in the offense, to the detriment of his team. He has scoring leader bragging rights. Cool. I hope he’s just as content watching what other team gets championship bragging rights in June.

  • Caboose

    Cosign all of this.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    they play the Wizards tonight.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    as we know, i’m not a big fan of saying i told you so.

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    but since you drafted him in our fantasy league, and you are in first place, while i’m mightily struggling.

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    about Damian Lillard? —— I told you so.

  • Caboose

    Haha you did. Shows I listen to you don’t I?

  • LakeShow

    Yeah my internal clock is retarded right now. My b.

    Glad to hear Nash is going to start practicing.. as long as he is truly ready. I’d rather them hold back if he isn’t ready though.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah that’s valid. i wish i listened to me.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the fact that D’Antoni has been running a different offense then he will with everyone healthy is really really starting to bother me.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it isn’t the type of injury that is really a risk to get worse as long as the healing is under way. the problem is discomfort. Nash is old, his bones take longer to mend, and it is a more painful experience.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    What’s up with all the MVP love Melo has been getting lately? Don’t get me wrong, he deserves to be in the convo but there’s a certain cat in OKC who’s putting up better numbers across the board (FG%, FT%, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals and avg. only .6ppg less than Melo despite taking 3 less shots) all while being the best player on the best team in the NBA.

  • LakeShow

    Rather convincing argument you just made.
    I think people are just excited Melo is in the top 3 currently.

  • theDankerNuggets

    Duhon looks totally over matched physically

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    That’s why I have Melo 2nd or 3rd thus far (Tim Duncan)

  • Redd

    You don’t have D Rose 2nd?

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