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Monday, February 25th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  113 responses

Post Up: Amnesty THAT

Kobe’s vintage performance highlights a great day of hoops.

by Peter Walsh / @goinginsquad

Lakers 103 (28-29), Mavericks 99 (25-30)

Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki turned back the clock yesterday afternoon but in the end it was Kobe’s Lakers who walked away the victors. Kobe was lights out in the fourth quarter, scoring 14 of his 38 points on 5-5 shooting to bury the Mavs in Dallas. After a dunk by Dirk gave Dallas a three point lead with 6:41 remaning, the Mavs unraveled down the stretch. Both Nowitzki and O.J. Mayo were hit with technical fouls and Los Angeles scored seven unanswered points on free throws. Dirk cut the lead to two with under 30 seconds left thanks to a tough fadeaway foul line jumper. Ron Artest hit one of two free throws on the other end to put the Lakers back up three. On the ensuing possession, Mayo had a chance to tie it up but his baseline three drew iron. Nowitzki finished with 30 points and 13 boards while Kobe added 12 boards and 7 dimes to his 38 points. Amnesty that.

 

Warriors 100 (33-23), Timberwolves 99 (20-33)

Golden State turned the ball over 22 times, were outscored 62-36 in the paint and trailed by as many as 16 but still found a way to win on the road. Down by two with a minute-and-a-half to play, the Sixth Man of the Year candidate, Jarrett Jack, nailed a three to give the Warriors the lead for the first time since midway through the third. Ricky Rubio (16 points, 11 assists, 8 rebounds) came back and hit a layup on the next possession but Steph Curry (18 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists) answered with a three to put the Warriors up 99-97. The Warriors were up 100-99 in the closing seconds but the Wolves had a chance to win at the buzzer. Luke Ridnour got a good look but bis layup fell short and Golden State held on. Jack finished with 23 points and 8 dimes off the bench and David Lee notched a 22-point, 13-rebound double-double. Derrick Williams led the Wolves with 23 points and 12 boards.

 

Heat 109 (40-14), Cavs 105 (18-38)

The Heat blew a 22-point lead but a big fourth quarter from Dwyane Wade catapulted the Heat to their NBA best 11th-straight win. Wade got off to a slow start, shooting just 3-8 from the field, but was unstoppable in the fourth. Over the final five minutes of the game, Wade scored 11 of his 24 points and led the Heat back form a late eight-point deficit. With 2:16 left, Dion Waiters (26 points) nailed a step back jumper to give the Cavs a one-point lead but on the next possession, the Heat took the lead for good when Shane Battier (14 points) hit a dagger three. LeBron finished with 28 points and 8 dimes and Rio Chalmers scored 16. Kyrie Irving scored 17 points and dropped 5 dimes.

 

Hornets 110 (20-37), Kings 95 (19-38)

The Hornets snapped their three-game losing streak with a nice home win over the Kings. Isaiah Thomas hit a three with eight minutes left in the fourth to cut the Kings’ deficit to five but the young Hornets showed veteran poise and responded with six straight points to go up 11 and put the game to bed. Anthony Davis led the Hornets with 20 points and 8 boards and Greivis Vasquez came through with 12 points and 13 dimes. John Salmons scored 18 points for the Kings.

 

Grizzlies 76 (37-18), Nets 72 (33-24)

A defensive slugfest came down to free throws in Brooklyn. With the game tied up at 72 late, the refs missed a call that would have put Deron Williams at the line and Tony Allen was fouled on the next possession. Allen went on to hit both of his free throws and gave the Grizz the lead for good. Brooklyn shot just 5-13 from the stripe while Memphis shot 10-12. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph combined for 30 points and 21 boards and Mike Conley scored 10 points while dishing out 7 dimes. DWill led all scoreds with 24 points on 9-15 shooting.

 

Knicks 99 (33-20), Sixers 93 (22-32)

The Knicks entered last night’s game on a four-game losing streak and desperately needed a win before embarking on a tough stretch of their schedule. Luckily, Melo’s 29 points and STAT’s 20 on 9-10 shooting did the trick and the Knicks were able to beat the Sixers. After taking a 20-point lead, Philly came back late in the third and were threatening in the fourth. Jrue Holiday–who led all scorers with 30 points–kept Philly within striking distance and cut the deficit to just eight. J.R. Smith (14 points) finally put Philly away when he hit a dagger 3-pointer with 5:36 left in the game that put New York up by an insurmountable 13 points. Ev Turner scored 21, had 8 dimes and grabbed 6 boards for Philly.

 

Spurs 97 (45-13), Suns 87 (18-39)

The Spurs led by as many as 21 and made light work of the lowly Suns. Tony Parker sat and none of San Antonio’s starters played more than 33 minutes as the Spurs’ reserves took care of business for much of the game. Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 16 points and 9 boards and Patty Mills also chipped in with 16. Marcin Gortat led Phoenix with 21 points and 12 boards.

Blazers 92 (26-30), Celtics 86 (29-27)

Wes Matthews made his presence felt after missing the previous two games with an injury. Matthews finished with 24 points and nailed a clutch 3-pointer with under a minute to go as Portland snapped its season-high seven game losing streak. With 1:46 to go, KG (20 points, 9 boards) hit a layup to tie the game up but Dame Lillard (12 points, 6 dimes, 6 boards) responded with a bucket and one to give Portland the lead. Boston wouldn’t score again and after Matthews’ aforementioned 3-pointer, it was all she wrote. Paul Pierce led the C’s with 23 points, 8 dimes and 7 boards.

 

Thunder 102 (41-15), Bulls 72 (32-24)

The Thunder held Chicago to just 29.1 percent shooting from the field (the worst shooting performance in the NBA this season) as they steamrolled the Bulls in Oklahoma City. Russ Westbrook led the way with 23 points, Kevin Durant scored 19, grabbed 16 boards and dropped 6 dimes and Serge Ibaka finished with a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double.

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  • spit hot fiyah

    was that some sort of homage to rondo from lebron after the tip?
    and oj Mayo was have had skates on.

  • spit hot fiyah

    @max this one is for u. it’s kind of old so you have probably seen it though.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK7lIjFsGvg

  • christianbullen

    Kevin Durant man.. I remember watching him his rookie year and thinking he was just a pure scorer.. how he developed into an all around player is really an ode to his work ethic, 19 and 16 on an off night. Still gotta be strongly considered for the MVP.

  • danpowers

    10/11 was his mvp campaign but he got robbed that year. this is brons year and im afraid it will be like this for some years to come

  • RobbieJay

    that kobe cross was jordan-esque. made me smile.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Kobe was unreal last night.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    10-11 was Durant’s year? boy you are crazy.

  • Slick Ric

    Looks like Rose brother/manger was right…Bulls have looked atrocious against heat and thunder. They’ve been outplayed horribly by the top five teams in the NBA(spurs, thunder, heat, clippers, Memphis).

  • http://twitter.com/stepfdelaghetto Stepfan Raiford

    Man what happened to Oj mayo’s confidence since Dirk cam back?

  • danpowers

    to have a legit shot at winning the mvp imo. brons heat were stumbling at times, howard was dominant but his teams record not that good, so it wouldve been ok if they gave the mvp to durant. im not the biggest fan of that mvp for rose that year.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you realize 2010-11 was the worst season Durant has had since his 1st year in the league?

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    you realize he finished 5th in MVP voting and didn’t get a single 1st place vote?

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    LeBron, Dwight (<— these two BY FAR), Kobe, and Rose all were better than Durant that season. You are confused.
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    - Oh and Dirk was better too. Frankly, if anyone deserved MVP that season and was totally overlooked it was him. They had the best win % in the league when he played, and one of the bottom 5 without him. Wanna talk about a player getting overlooked that year, Dirk is the guy. He finished 6th in MVP voting, despite literally being the most valuable player in the league in terms of on-court vs off-court performance.

  • danpowers

    that yr was below his (durants) standards but he was still better / more valuable than rose http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/hollinger/statistics/_/year/2011 but still, if you dont want durant, then dirk, bryant or lebron. i really didnt see rose as the mvp.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    don’t see how PER proves Durant was better than Rose.
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    http://www.basketball-reference.com/play-index/pcm_finder.cgi?request=1&sum=0&p1=duranke01&y1=2011&p2=rosede01&y2=2011&p3=jamesle01&y3=2011&p4=howardw01&y4=2011&p5=nowitdi01&y5=2011&p6=bryanko01&y6=2011

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    The point is, there is not a single argument for Durant. Not in 2010-11. Not one that makes sense at least.

  • Max

    Rudy f*cking Gay man!
    Change man to men and it changes everything!

  • Max

    Should Jarret Jack get some 6th man of the year consideration?

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    agreed. That contested three from 2 feet behind the line…. nuts

  • Dutch Rich

    Both OJ and Vince were like eff it after the Mamba Skeet, and started prepping, not even for a rebound but for the inbound pass. And the 2 foot take off by LBJ was nice. I started to wonder if he could only get real lift off of one, since he’s been getting blocked on the regular since feb 17. Silly me!

  • Caboose

    Durant is becoming the new Kobe with how people irrationally argue for him…

  • Caboose

    ABSOLUTELY.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the shittiest part is that all of the Kobe fans will transfer over to Durant when it’s clear (more clear?) Kobe is no longer in the conversation. In fact, Lakeshow has already started the transition, with his insistent Durant is better than LeBron for no actual reason that makes sense argument, that has reared it’s head here a few times.

  • Caboose

    Yup. I swear, with Kobe fans, PPG is all that matters. Hence the Durant love.

  • Max

    I mean, all I hear is JCrawford and JR.
    Maybe they should give a co 6th man to Jack and Landry.

  • Caboose

    I hope that JR ish dies down, cause he’s been dragging lately. It’s in between JCrawford, Jack, and JJ (if he stays on the bench with Milwaukee).

  • Caboose

    Haha that was HILARIOUS.

  • Caboose

    EVERYTHING was falling for him. Definitely crazy to watch

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it was awesome. intoxicatingly awesome. i’m sure a few people will show up here still intoxicated, matter of fact.

  • danpowers

    i saw the numbers and you cant tell me they show that rose was clearly better than durant that year. depending on what you put the emphasis on either player could be pointed out as the better dude. i just think that thibs coaching and especially the bulls defense let rose look a little better than he actually was. still a great player, no doubt.

  • danpowers

    uhm yes, because scoring is the only thing durant contributes… *cough*

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    they sure as f*ck don’t show how he was worse.
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    and i don’t care if you don’t think Rose deserved that MVP, he probably didn’t. But that doesn’t mean Durant did. He sure didn’t.

  • Caboose

    It’s the only thing he contributes more than LeBron does.

  • danpowers

    just for the record: i want to dissociate myself from the statement that durant was by any time better than james. and i dont see why my statement should be overly irrational when i say that durant had a more efficient output during the time that he played, when he also had slightly more estimated wins added than rose that year.

    id also have james as the no1 guy that year. durant was just one of the guys id also picked over rose, too.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    @tomhaberstroh

    Terrifying: LeBron is statistically now one of the NBA’s best jump shooters, if not the best. http://es.pn/WerUcW [$]
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    Per the post, his eFG is 82.2% on uncontested spot up jump shots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he didn’t have more wins added than Rose. He had 1.1 less win shares. and .1 higher PER. if anything, all those stats show is that Rose was slightly better.

  • danpowers

    no sarcasm here, but then please go ahead and explain to me in a head to head comparison how rose was clearly better than durant that year.i dont get it.

  • danpowers

    i didnt say win shares. rose had 19,0 estimated wins added that year while durant had 19,9 under his belt. http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/hollinger/statistics/_/sort/VORPe/year/2011

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i am and have in no way shape or form said Rose was clearly better than Durant that year. I am just firmly saying that in no way did Durant deserve MVP.
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    the only reason i’m more “ok” with Rose winning it over Durant that year is because Rose’s team did better than Durant’s. And Rose didn’t have a guy like Russell Westbrook playing with him and relieving him of pressure. Other than that, they were basically even.
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    I personally would have given the award to Dwight. Then LeBron. Then Dirk.

  • danpowers

    n im saying he was slightly better coz to me 55 wins in the weast kind of equal 62 wins in the east. and i think that roses’s supporting cast is underrated. especially deng. even though his team let him down against the heat that year. but until then he had a great collective behind him. they have proven during the last years that this team is also a winning squad without him and how many contenders are doing so fine in the long run without their main guy? anyway, the mvp was given to rose that year and suprisingly the world kept turning.

    i was ripped lately by bulls fans mentioning howard because his team finished fourth in the east that year lol. but yes, howard was a monster that year and one of the guys id have taken over rose.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    unless you can explain wins added and why it makes more sense then the much much more often relied upon wins shared, that doesn’t really matter…..nobody pays attention to that stat because it doesn’t have a very logical formula..

    for example, if you look at wins added —- Kevin Love had 16 in 2010-11. The Timberwolves as a WHOLE TEAM won 17 games that season.

  • danpowers

    thats why lebron is the best player in the league. nobody really looks versatile compared to that guy. but to say durant would just be a scorer is a little exaggerated.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Great analysis.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that’s fine. like i said i don’t care if you think Durant was better than Rose. again, my only point is that Durant was in no way shape or form the MVP in 2010-11.
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    And Howard was unreal in 2010-11. I mean, the team right now is pretty glaring proof of how valuable he was. Just like the Cavaliers were overwhelming proof of LeBron’s value in that 2010-11 season.

  • danpowers

    i though estimated wins added would show how valuable a players contribution to his team is compared to an average john in his place. isnt that closer to the mvp award logic than anything else? i mean, they dont pick the best player but the player most valuable and not exchangable for his teams success. thats why i thought it would make sense

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    appreciate it.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    well that’s what the goal of the stat is. but you can’t just believe the stats achieve what they set out too. PER is meant to show literally how good every player is as an overall basketball player. But it over values defensive rebounds, doesn’t account for any +/- data, and doesn’t account for any defensive impact aside from basic blocks and steals.
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    If you want proof of that, again, just look at Kevin Love.
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    John Hollinger’s stats are useful tools when accompanied with more information. as stand alone stats though….they are pretty misleading.

  • danpowers

    oh come on, how do the clips look like without paul? how are the thunder doing without durant? what about the heat without bron? none of these teams except maybe the spurs would look good without their main guy against the bulls or would be at least quite even.

  • danpowers

    still a bit shaky on that rose/durant issue but hell yes, howard wouldve had any reason to feel robbed that year.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i think you just misread my initial reaction. i do believe Rose was better, but not so much better that i would argue over you preferring Durant. My point was only that Durant was not robbed of that MVP. He wasn’t even top 3.

  • Caboose

    Ricky Rubio is starting to gain that confidence back. It’s a good look for him.

  • danpowers

    my bad

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    nah don’t say that. you know i just like to debate/argue, if anything, say your welcome lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Still confused why Carlisle put VC single-coverage on Kobe when he was on fire.

  • danpowers

    whatever makes you happy: youre welcome lol

  • Dutch Rich

    Rick could ‘ve had a 4 man collapse on the Mamba, wouldn’t have made a difference. He wasn’t gonna pass and he wasn’t gonna miss.

  • LakeShow

    Are you kidding me? This game was not that impressive by Bean. His mid range jumper was off. Has been since the All Star game. Maybe a top 10 game this year for him. He was nice, but he has been much more impressive in several other games this year. He only had 1 assist in the 2nd half. Don’t get me worng it was nice, but you just need to watch him more often, this game is not out of the ordinary.

  • LakeShow

    pssst… people HATE it anytime you compare those two. keep it on the D.L.

  • Peter Walsh

    Should be his to lose, honestly…Does way more for that team than Crawford or JR do for their respective teams.

  • Caboose

    You make it really hard to actually acknowledge when Kobe plays well.

  • Caboose

    Obviously, but I was comparing Durant to LeBron. Just that. So yeah, you said LeBron is best in the league. Debate over. Simple.

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

    What does it say about the Laker’s playoff chances that they needed herculean efforts from Kobe just to defeat 2 sub .500 teams

  • spit hot fiyah

    he is a lock right now if u ask me

  • danpowers

    indeed

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    hahahaha

  • Caboose

    And I’ll go on record, this was his best game of the year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    completley agree about Dirk. I remember arguing till i was blue in the face, that Dallas and Dirk were being very overlooked. That year Dallas’ win percentage was basically on par with the Spurs for best in the West while Dirk was playing. They kinda proved my point when they wont the chip though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    he looked really pissed with the finish to the game. They grabbed a rebound, and instead of the person with the ball(or the coach) calling a time out and running a play, they ran a one man fast break lead by Ridnour, in which he got a tough running shot to fly, buut no way it was going in. Rubio was about to throw his jersey off, walking off the floor, but thought twice about it.

  • danpowers

    agreed. but i confess that i was one of those people during the post-decision year who wished it was the other way round lol

  • LakeShow

    Nothing much.

    The Heat lost to the Blazers and Wizards earlier this season, and they struggled with the Cav’s last night.

    The Spurs have lost to the Blazers.

    The Thunder loss to the Timber-wolves, and the Wizards.

    List goes on…

    Plus… Is this Mav’s squad the same one that earned this record? The Blazers are a great young squad that will give any team a good run for their money.
    So things look on the up and up for sure.

  • Drig

    Lake……..his mid range was off??? I thought he shot fine from the perimeter and from deep…….Plus, this had the vibe of a playoff game. Kobe came up huge at the end of the game, doing what he does best AND LA won. I cannot stress the 2nd part enough. It might not be his best game ( Indy game earlier in the season was much more impressive to me since no one could hit the side of the backboard on either side that game ) but it was right up there with his best games. He had 3 assists as far as I know. He dropped it off to Nash a couple of times for the 3ball and dropped a dime to Jamison as well if I remember correctly.

    His Q4 though is simply the best he’s had in a while.

  • Drig

    It’s certainly up there with his best this season

  • Caboose

    Can you name a better one?

  • Drig

    With the way he’s been playing, I’d be surprised if any other person came close to sniffing that award. There’s still a lot of games to be played still and that can change everything though.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    this was by far his best game of the season.

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    38 – 12 – 7 on 61% shooting. 8-10 from the FT Line. 4-5 from 3.

    5-5!! from the field in the 4th quarter. True Shooting % of .748%

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    He’s had a game = those numbers exactly 0 times this year.

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    “this game is not out of the ordinary” is a load of bullsh*t. maybe you need to watch him more often.

  • Drig

    For one, the Lakers can still get it done without Pau, with an ailing Dwight and a spasm suffering Nash. It’s also important to note that outside of Dwight and Earl, we’ve got no decent big who can play heavy minutes if Dwight gets in foul trouble. Plus, when you think about how bad the Lakers were at the start of Jan, every road win, no matter how gritty, is pretty damn valuable.

    LAL might not make the WCF like I envisioned. But this sort of effort is gonna be enough for us to atleast put up a fight vs the top seeds if we do get in. And even get a series win if we get a LOT of things to go our way.

  • Drig

    Besides, milking the hot hand doesn’t necessarily mean that the rest of the team sucks. By your logic, what does it say about the Heat’s championship chances that they need efficient and herculean efforts from LBJ every damn night just to keep the likes of Cleveland at bay???

  • Drig

    His game vs Houston near the start of the season. His game vs Indy. His game vs Den which LAL lost when Kobe went for 40+ or something. vs Utah when he scored only 15 or 20 but still controlled the entire game. Hell, his game vs OKC which LAL won at home recently was just as good IMO.

    He’s had great scoring games throughout the season. I guess that’s what Lake was trying to get that. He hasn’t had a great Q4+the W+the scoring outburst+passive-aggressive balance so far this season so I can understand why you’d consider this the best Kobe performance. It was certainly his best “vintage performance” though.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i hope this is trolling. if it isn’t? he just showed us all that he doesn’t actually pay attention.

  • Drig

    Statistically you’re right. For the vintage Kobe performance seeker, you’re right. But he’s had other good games as well this season that can legitimately be considered as his best for the season since he played in a more controlled and team-centric fashion in Q4 than this game. But this sure as hell was the most I’ve marked out as a Kobe fan this season though. Might’ve had something to do with him outgunning Dirk and shutting up Cuban lol.

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    Definitely one of his best games besides that trio of games where he averaged >10 assists

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    He’s had very good games yes. But this is the only game I know of that he literally won on his own, at least down the stretch. He had games where he was chasing assists and helping his teammates. But this, at least from what I remember, was his best overall performance.
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    And it certainly wasn’t something “out of the ordinary” like Lakeshow so ridiculously claimed.

  • LakeShow

    I’m just gunna stay quiet, and let ya’ll hash this one out.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    You are gonna stay quiet because what you said came straight out of your ass.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    ehh, when he was doing the assist thing he was definitely making the team “better” but they are at their “best” when he’s doing both. He has to be a scorer tho.

  • LakeShow

    All I gotta say is peep the +/-…. He wasn’t even top 2 on his team…

  • Caboose

    SINCE WHEN DO YOU GIVE A SH!T ABOUT +/- ?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    The triple double against Houston?

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    Against Denver he went for 40, on 13-24 from the field. with 4 rebounds and 6 assists. — Safe to say yesterday was better

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    I do like that Utah game. That was like watching a tiger hunt in an ocean. just dominated in a totally different environment. I do prefer this though, it wasn’t a blow out, and that Utah game was never even close. They got dominated everywhere, not just by Kobe.

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    I totally forgot about the OKC game. That game was great. So, I can’t comfortably say this was Kobe’s best game by far. But it still was nothing “ordinary” lol.

  • LakeShow

    Pull up his shot chart and look at his mid range.

    He missed 5 of 6 mid range shots in the first half.

    Assists wise: He had 4 assists in the first quarter. 2 in the 2nd. So he had 6 in the first half and finished with 7 total. Meaning 1 in the 2nd half. The one you were thinking where he passed to Jamison for 3 was actually hockey assisted by Earl Clark. Once he gets his mid range back on target he will be able to fully take advantage in games like this.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    LOL so you didn’t watch the game then?

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    Is it really surprising that Dwight and Jodie Meeks had higher +/- when they played 6 and 12 minutes less than Kobe?

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    YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW DWIGHT’S +/- LOOKS BETTER BECAUSE HIS 32 MINUTES WERE SPENT WITH KOBE?
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    Stop being stupid. You aren’t a stupid person. But you are being incredibly stupid right now.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i really really hope he’s trolling. because again, that hints at him not actually paying attention.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    then he went 4-4 from mid range in the fourth quarter, and finished 5-10 (50%) from mid range for the game. — above his average. above league average.

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    the 4-4 he hit in the 4th quarter did let him take full advantage in a game like this. seeing as how they won, because of him.

  • LakeShow

    When did I say I did…?
    We all know you care a great deal about that though. So I just wanted to make sure we were all viewing everything in context.

  • LakeShow

    Why is it safe to say his game yesterday was better than the one against Denver? Because he rebounded more? And shot slightly better? Or why?

    I think it’s a top 5 game of the season after reviewing this seasons games.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that isn’t in context.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    THEY LOST BY 12

  • LakeShow

    With a filter. The filter provided by you fellas.
    You have provided me with a new lens to view basketball through over the years.
    One where this game by Bean is just… well… ho hum…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    no. what you are doing is trying to make Kobe sound better by belittling a truly great game as something you “expected” —- because you’ve been gassing him up for so long that when he actually does play great, you act like it isn’t. You know, so that you can still breath all of the gas polluting your head.

  • LakeShow

    Hey, man… +/- man…

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

    So when a player plays incredibly well but his team still loses, he is still at blame and that performance should be thrown out.
    Hmm… Interesting way to view things.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you asked how yesterday was clearly better than the game against Denver.

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    Well, they won yesterday. he shot a better %. he had 8 more rebounds, 1 more assist. He went 5-5 from the field in the 4th. 8-10 in the second half.

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    I mean, if you aren’t a f*cking idiot. It’s obvious why yesterday was a better game. Are you a f*cking idiot?

  • LakeShow

    6 of those rebounds were just right place right time. Another team mate would have grabbed those rebounds if he didn’t.

    He could have boarded a lil better in the Denver game, but I leave that on the shoulders of the teams bigs, and best rebounders who were all well below their averages.

    Just remember your first line you wrote here: “this was BY FAR his best game of the season.”

  • LakeShow

    I’d be upset you posted this twice if it wasn’t so GOT DAMNED FUNNY! lol, I love this clip. Almost seems rehearsed, but you can tell it’s not, so it’s freakin incredible haha.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    which is much much much more accurate than what elicited that response,

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    “this game is not out of the ordinary.”

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    and you are replying to a comment with these words in it,

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    “I totally forgot about the OKC game. That game was great. So, I can’t comfortably say this was Kobe’s best game by far. But it still was nothing “ordinary” lol”

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    So why do you need to say this anyway? Just to try and justify what you are saying like it isn’t one of the dumbest things you have ever tried to argue?

  • LakeShow

    Great read, thanks.
    Love seeing how he can make new records for him self in his 17th year.

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    Definitely true, I remember the game a few weeks back against the Suns when he just decided not to shoot and ended up with about 8 turnovers. That was awful to watch and was equally awful that the Suns still couldn’t win even though the lakers completely stopped scoring in the 3rd.

  • LakeShow

    Then don’t praise him.
    Nobody wants your pity praise.
    You don’t respect Bean’s game.
    I don’t wanna hear you acting like you do.

  • LakeShow

    I think my Discus is all messed up. At first this was posted like 3 times, my bad…

  • LakeShow

    Alright!
    I like what has transpired here today.
    Finally making some progress with you fellas.

  • Sérgio

    I agree with you.

    I know the Lakers were winning when Bryant was only focused on dishing, but, to me, the team is at their best when Kobe scores more and Nash makes more plays.

    F%ck, KB is one of the best scorers in the NBA, and Nash is one of the best playmakers. So they can’t just forget what their best at.

    Also, KB finally has his “new Derek Fisher”, a.k.a. Steve Nash, who will ALWAYS show up in the clutch.

  • Drig

    I already agreed with you about this being Kobe’s best game in a while down the stretch.

    I wasn’t trying to make it sound like it was ordinary for Kobe to play like that. Just trying to clear that up.

  • Drig

    Statistically you might be right. However, what was more impressive for me was to see how he played so well at the Pepsi Center. Something which he has struggled to do since we eliminated the Melo led Nuggets back in ’09.

    And yes, the team lost that game. However, that doesn’t take away anything with regards to how Kobe played it.

    I think it was in the first 10-15 games of the season. Don’t think he got a triple dub that game but his efficiency was pretty good and he found teammates for the easy pass. He had the balance between passing and shooting down to a tee that game imo.

  • LakeShow

    Agreed.

  • Happy

    You may think that the Laker are at their best when KB scores a whole lot. Their record the past two seasons says otherwise. Not taking away from this particular performance and win. I’m just saying one game doesn’t erase the rest.

  • RedDragon10

    Anyone know the shoes kobe was wearing in that dallas game? Zoom 8′s but is that a released colorway?

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