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Thursday, February 28th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  64 responses

Post Up: Bedlam on Broadway

Steph Curry goes for 54 but the Knicks hold on for the win.

by Peter Walsh / @goinginsquad

Kings 125 (20-39), Magic 101 (16-42)

John Salmons scored 21, ‘Reke Evans scored 17 and grabbed 7 dimes and Marcus Thornton scored 20 off the bench as the Kings bounced back from a double-OT loss to the Heat by smacking the Magic in Orlando. The Kings led by as many as 33 and snapped a six-game losing streak with the win. Tobias Harris led the Magic with 23 points and 6 boards.

Cavs 103 (20-38), Raptors 92 (23-35)

With last night’s win over the Raptors, the Cavs finished the month of February with a 7-5 record–the first time they finished a calendar month with a winning record since March 2010. Progress. The Raptors trailed by as many as 15 but cut the lead to three with under two minutes to go. Dion Waiters, who has been playing great as of late, hit a jumper that killed Toronto’s momentum and Cavs ended the game on a 12-2 run. Waiters finished with 23 points and 6 assists while Shaun Livingston scored 15. DeMar DeRozan finished with 34 points on 10-19 shooting and Rudy Gay scored 24, grabbed 8 boards and dropped 6 dimes for Toronto.

Pistons 96 (23-37), Wizards 95 (18-38)

Well, the Wizards broadcasters are not on top of the ball…

Behind a career-high 32 points from Brandon Knight, 26 points and 11 boards from Greg Monroe and 18 dimes from Jose Calderon, the Pistons snapped the Wizards three game win streak. With 34 seconds remaining, Trevor Ariza hit a three to pull the Wiz within three. On the next possession, Ariza came up with the steal and was fouled by Will Bynum. Ariza hit both of his free throws and the Wiz were within one. Detroit did everything they could to lose the game and gave the ball back to D.C. but Ariza’s last second 3-pointer drew nothing but air (as seen above) and the Wiz took the L. Ariza finished with 22 points and John Wall had a poor 6-point, 7-turnover performance.

Knicks 109 (34-20), Warriors 105 (33-25)

Well that was ridiculous (and nationally televised). Where to begin…For starters, Tyson Chandler kicked off the game with 13 first quarter rebounds (he finished with a career-high 28) to set the tone for what would be a statisticians wet dream of a game. After the first quarter, Steph Curry took over. Cury finished with an NBA season-high 54 points (plus 7 dimes) on 18-28 shooting and hit 11 3-pointers all while putting on a spectacle for the Garden faithful and SLAM EIC, Ben Osborne, who was in the house to see his man Mark Jackson. Despite Curry’s spectacular display, the Warriors unraveled down the stretch and the Knicks somehow pulled off the victory. The much maligned Raymond Felton finally put the clamps on Curry with 1:28 to play when he blocked a shot attempt with the score tied up at 105. On the ensuing possession, J.R. Smith hit the tiebreaking shot and Jarrett Jack was called for a travel on the Warriors next play. Melo then hit a layup that put the nail in the coffin and the Knicks held on for the win in a helluva game. Melo finished with 35 points and a team-high 8 dimes and Smith scored 26 on 10-19 shooting.

Grizzlies 90 (38-18), Mavericks 84 (25-32)

Memphis had no business winning this game after they fell behind by 25. But giving up would not have fallen in line with the Grizzlies’ “Grit ‘N Grind’ mentality. The Grizz buckled down defensively after giving up 38 points in the first quarter and only gave up 22 points over the second and third quarters while they scratched and clawed back into the game. With their defense revved up, the Grizzlies were able to go on a 24-0 run and were up 62-55. From there, Memphis was able to play their normal game and held off the Mavs who are falling further and further out of contention while their beards grow longer and longer. Memphis was led by Z-Bo’s 22 points and 10 boards and Marc Gasol’s 21 points, 12 boards and 5 dimes. The Mavs were led by the Matrix’s 16 points and 8 boards.

Bucks 110 (28-28), Rockets 107 (31-28)

This one was all knotted up at 105 in the final minute of regulation which set the stage for a wild finish. James Harden (25 points) was heading down the court for a fast break layup when Larry Sanders came out of nowhere and blocked his shot attempt. Sanders followed that up with a bucket on the other end to give Milwaukee a 107-105 lead. Harden came back with a layup of his own over Sanders to tie the game at 107 with 35 seconds to go. On Milwaukee’s next possession, Monta Ellis missed a pull-up jumper but snuck through the defense to grab an offensive rebound. Ellis threw it out to backcourt mate Brandon Jennings who couldn’t find an open shot. Jennings dished off to Ellis who threw up a prayer as the clock expired that somehow found the bottom of the net and the Bucks walked away with a huge win. Ellis finished with 27 points, 13 dimes and 6 steals (his second straight game with 6 steals). Ersan Ilyasova finished with 20 and 10. Chandler Parsons finished with 20 and Omer Asik finished with 16 points and 22 boards.

Thunder 119 (42-15), Hornets 74 (20-39)

With Eric Gordon and Anthony Davis both sitting due to injury, this one got ugly fast…Sheesh. Kevin Durant notched the third triple-double of his career with 18 points, 11 boards and 10 dimes in just 27 minutes. Russ Westbrook finished with 29 on 8-17 shooting and Serge Ibaka scored 18 and grabbed 7 boards. Ryan Anderson led the Hornets with 14 points.

 

Suns 105 (20-39), Spurs 101 (45-14)

So the Spurs went to overtime and lost against the Suns…Yeah, it was that kinda night in the NBA.

 

Hawks 102 (33-23), Jazz 91 (31-27)

Atlanta won their fifth straight road game last night thanks to big games from Al Horford and Josh Smith. Horford scored 34 points, grabbed 15 boards and blocked 5 shots while J-Smoove finished with 24, 14 boards and 7 dimes. Atlanta led by as many as 20 and only fell behind by a point as they shut the Jazz down in the second half. Al Jefferson scored 26 and grabbed 11 boards and Derrick Favors finished with 17 points and 15 boards.

 

Nuggets 111 (37-22), Blazers 109 (26-31)

The Nuggets and Blazers went back and forth down the stretch but Denver prevailed to win their third straight game. Dame Lillard put his team up 101-100 but Dre Iguodala and Ty Lawson responded with back-to-back buckets to put the Nuggets up 106-101. Wes Matthews retaliated with a 3-pointer and LaMarcus Aldridge hit a turnaround jumper to tie it up at 106 with 34 seconds left. On the next possession, Andre Miller hit the go-ahead layup to give his current team the lead and the win against his former team. Lawson finished with 30 points and 6 assists while Iguodala finished with 29, 8 dimes and 5 steals. Dame Lillard scored 26 points and J.J. Hickson scored 18 and grabbed 14 boards.

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  • Max

    Unusual night in the NBA
    -The Kings won in a blowout.
    -Brandon Knight’s carreer high of 32 points, and Ariza’s ‘Gamewinner’.
    -Steph’s 54 points and Tyson’s 28 rebounds.
    -Memphis winning after trailing by 25, shooting 38% and 7 minutes without
    scoring in the 4th. Dallas’ 5pt 3rd quarter.
    -Monta’s gamewinner (and 13 assists!).
    -KD’s trip dub in 27 minutes.
    -Wesley Johnson’s! three to tie it and the Suns outscoring the Spurs in OT with
    5-1. Lol
    This has to be one of the weirdest regular season day ever right?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWfbGGZE07M

  • The Fury

    ….and he’s not an All-Star (Curry)

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

    Hell of a performance by Curry last night. I know he was hot but did he celebrate a little to early when he hit that fall away three over felton? It was 100 to 99 with four minutes and some change left. Warriors pull out that win with David West in the lineup. J.R. Smith and Melo, bailing the Knicks out with some tough makes. Come on Woodson give them some better sets to run. Then Melo won’t have to create with four seconds left on the clock. Fun game though.

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

    KD playing point guard. I thought that was Westbrook’s job?

  • Max

    David Lee*

  • spit hot fiyah

    we know he was the biggest snubb, but this is after the all star game. and if the should have been on the team, who do you take of? only 12 spots

  • spit hot fiyah

    that’s a lot of weird stuff in one night

  • spit hot fiyah

    LMAO at the wizards clip. “we saw the net move” congratulations

  • spit hot fiyah

    maybe he means if they had traded for David west

  • Max

    Nah, cause David Lee didn’t play tonight.

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

    You take off LaMarcus ALdridge.

  • danpowers

    what a game at the garden. we were quite lucky that lee didnt play lol

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

    Thanks for the edit Max smh on my part. I’m typing like a slam contributor. lol

  • The Fury

    Yep, he’s the one. No diss though but Steph is deserving.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sajjatam Sajjatam Tp Kulsomboon

    I think the Mavs are just losing games on purpose so they don’t have to shave their beards or something. Maybe Dirk thinks everyone looks cool in them.

  • Max

    Or DLee

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the Kings are playing extremely confident. And a team with that much talent playing confident can beat anyone. Assuming that confidence doesn’t impede on everyone else’s confidence. Which is bound to happen with them, probably did on the plane home.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    That Suns game was really great. Wes Johnson put the LOCKS on Tony Parker.

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    With Wes Johnson on him, TP went 1-4 (1-4 in the 4th before Johnson entered the game – all 3 misses were 17 foot jumpers, just missed shots). in the 4th and OT. And couldn’t really get into the paint. It was the best defense i’ve seen played on Parker all year.

  • Max

    Probably, I really like the Kings, and I think more people would if they could just play as a unit every night and if they’d be better coached.

  • Max

    WHo would’ve tought that at the start of the season..

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    they need to make roster moves. Over half their roster is literally SG/SF’s that are all shoot first. the coach is the least of their problems.

  • The Philosopher

    Steph Curry…
    Hersey Hawkins 2.0.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    not i

  • Max

    Who do you trade tho?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    well Tyreke Evans is a restricted FA. I start there. The only person i don’t at least try and see what i can get is Demarcus Cousins.

  • spit hot fiyah

    i’m cool with taking both of them off

  • spit hot fiyah

    it was just a bad joke

  • Max

    lol, ok.

  • Max

    Actually, Dwight shouldn’t have been there. But he was a starter so that was not a possibility.

  • RayJr

    Thank you Utah, Golden State, and Houston! Just helps the Lakers out a liiiiiiitle bit more.

  • The Fury

    I like the comparison, but Hawkins is much more better defensively. (I think)

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

    Remember that was what people lauded about him in College and the Draft, his defense.

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

    That thing that makes Curry so special is that he isn’t strictly a jumpshooter or catch and shoot player like most great 3pt shooters are (Miller and his dad). His ability to put the ball on the floor and attack the rim separates him from those guys. Thank the heavens for DVR!

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

    So much for all the talk about Klay Thompson being just as good or a better shooter (according to some people) than Curry. The guy seems to miss shots when the team needs it the most. On a night when the entire Knicks D was focused on stopping Curry, he goes 3-13 and 0-6 on 3s.

  • davidR

    EXACTLY.

  • davidR

    people keep giving klay a free pass because of his shooting touch, but the guy is downright terrible when the team needs him the most. yes he’s shooting the 3 at a high rate, but bottom line is he’s shooting 41% overall (off 14 shots a game! just to score 16 pts), makes a bunch of stupid plays, has a 1:1 assist to turnover ratio, only takes 2 free throws a game…

    curry + monta > curry + klay

    the team is better because jarrett jack and carl landry anchor the 2nd unit. monta led the league in minutes played for a bunch of years because the dubs had no bench unit. a guard rotation of jack/curry/monta/klay would’ve been insane

  • davidR

    everybody was, that was a show!

  • davidR

    KD really impressed me with his passing last night. if he can do that on a consistent basis, damn

  • davidR

    dont think he was celebrating, he was just feelin himself

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ben Osborne

    Thanks for the shout out, Pete. Was surreal to see Mark in there as a coach. Proud to have seen the best game on one of the best nights of the season in the L.

  • Slick Ric

    Great night of Basketball.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah, but lauding a guy for his defense, and actually putting shackles on Tony Parker are two completely different things.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the kid is 20 years old.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Curry + Klay is so much better than Curry + Ellis. Oh my god you Warriors fans are drunks. Monta Ellis played a ton of minutes and didn’t help the team. He is doing the same thing in Milwuakee right now, which features, LITERALLY, the worst starting back court in the NBA. I mean, it should say something about how overrated Ellis is when Mike Dunleavy is actually the best offensive player on the floor.

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    You guys are talking about Klay Thompson not being able to shoot.

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    MONTA ELLIS IS HAVING THE WORST. THE WORST.

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    THE WORST.

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    3pt Shooting Season in NBA HISTORY.

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    He’s shot 196 3pt shots this season. He’s made .235%. And you guys want him over Klay Thompson? Who is also a better defender. And….shooting a better overall % – (41% > 40% – 38%>>>>> 24%).

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    other than Kyrie and probably Chris. You think anyone handles the ball better than Steph?

  • davidR

    nbk, check who else was on those monta ellis teams when he was leading the league in minutes.

    2009-2010: stephen jackson gets traded. he has a rookie steph curry. the team is DECIMATED by injuries. many times they had to recruit d leaguers and start them, and the starting lineup usually involves a rotation of: curry, monta, maggette, azuibuike, turiaf, biedrins, cj watson, anthony morrow, anthony tolliver, cartier martin, vlad rad, devin george, they have no chance at making the playoffs.

    2010-2011: this team is a lot more promising: curry, ellis, dwright, david lee, andris biedrins, with udoh coming off the bench. the starting 5 is solid, but there isnt much support from the second unit. also, the coach is keith smart…

    2011-2012: mark jackson comes to town, and despite injuries to curry through much of the season, the team is a few games behind the 8th spot. nate robinson is the best player off the bench, klay looks comfortable in the second unit, but there are no backup bigmen. they then trade ellis for bogut.

    you cant tell me those monta ellis teams werent going anywhere without analyzing who was on the roster.

  • davidR

    and yea, monta is doing horrible in milwaukee, but i’m trying to point out that monta is a better starting 2 on the dubs than klay is. i would’ve much preferred klay coming off the bench than starting. you even agreed that monta was the clear cut 3rd best SG in the league a year ago. i think he’s still struggling to find his place with that bucks team. harden is clearly the better player (kobe, wade, joe johnson), but i would still peg monta to be top 5 SGs

    and monta is shouldering a much bigger offensive load than klay is. klay has the benefit of playing next to david lee and steph curry. he ONLY has to shoot, and still shoots 41%

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Monta Ellis was on those rosters. He’s a great 6th man. But as a starting SG? He doesn’t help your team. AT ALL. especially if he leads the league in minutes.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE SAYING
    - You want a guy who shoots more shots at a lower % and is worse at defense to start over a guy who shoots less shots at a better % and is a better defender.
    - You want a guy to come in and take possessions away from Steph Curry.
    - You want a guy who provides no floor spacing.
    - You want a SG who is as small as your PG.
    .
    When i said Monta was the 3rd best SG (which i didn’t say. i said he was top 5) i was completely and utterly wrong. Monta Ellis is (well between him and Jennings) the most overrated player in the NBA. He’s awful as a starter, and seriously doesn’t help a team. And hasn’t, in years..
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    oh and i thought that because i thought the Warriors were just that bad that he didn’t help. Then he got traded.
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    You know the most used lineup for the Warriors in 2011-12 feature Steph Curry, Monta Ellis, Dorrel Wright, David Lee, Andris Biedrins? – and they won (more points than the other team) 38.8% of the time?
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    You know their most used lineup this year features Steph Curry, Klay Thomspon, Harrison Barnes, David Lee, Festus Ezeli? And they win 51.1% of the time?
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    Now unless you want to argue that the big difference is Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli and not the glaring absence of 19 low % shot attempts, i think it’s pretty clear that Ellis was part of the problem. Not the solution.

  • davidR

    at all? look at those rosters. you can’t tell me he didn’t help those teams at all. they were straight abysmal. when they had a healthy team in 10-11, keith smart ran 0 plays, no sets. most of his plays were go 1 on 1 and give the ball to monta with 6 seconds left on the shot clock and hope for the best.

    and no, he didn’t take possessions away from curry. those 2 together were the most productive backcourt in the league. yes, monta shot 4-5 more shots a game than klay does currently, but he also made his shots at a higher rate. steph is only taking 3 more shots a game this season than any other season he played with monta. is it also coincidence that he’s shooting his lowest %? monta drew more attention on offense allowing everyone else to play more efficiently. yes klay has a better shooting touch, but what’s the point when he HAS to get his feet set in order to shoot a high % shot, and his dribbling/penetration is so shaky it usually leads into a bad pass or bad shot?

    like i said, klay has the benefit of playing next to david lee, carl landry, jarrett jack, steph curry. he has zero reason to be shooting 41%. also keep in mind that klay jacks up 14 shots a game.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Scoring less points then your opponents is not productive. You can look at the numbers, those Warriors teams were not any better or worse without Ellis. And they have been much better, since he left

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

    Maybe….JHoliday and Nash.

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

    Curry is 24. Kyrie is 20. Your point, exactly?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    This is Klay’s first year with heavy minutes. It’s his nerves. Not his lack of shooting ability lol

  • davidR

    yes, they have been better since he left, but you have to look at the context. they have never had a viable second unit until jarrett jack and carl landry were signed. and we see how big jarrett jacks impact has been off the bench.

    and i dont think its fair to look at the numbers that way. the team was bad when monta injured himself with the moped. the year after when he comes back, they dont do any better because they literally have 3-5 d league players playing in each game the whole season (anthony morrow, anthony tolliver, cartier martin, reggie williams). the next year, they have a new coach in keith smart, and i’m sure you’re aware how terrible he is.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    And this is why we look at him in Milwaukee. Where they have more structure. And depth. And less minutes. All the things GS didn’t in his time there. Just like it would be in GS right now. .
    What do we find? He’s not very good.

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

    Fair enough but I am not a fan of that excuse. He plays next to 2 all-stars that garner so much defensive attention, so there is no excuse for him to be shooting 41% from the field. You know me, I’m a sucker for efficiency.

  • davidR

    i dont think scott skiles abandoning the team midway through the season is a sign of structure

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    The team abandoned Scott Skiles. ones with Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings types typically do that to the better defensive coaches. .
    And Milwaukee’s bench is better than Golden States. More points, rebounds, blocks, steals, and less turnovers. Shooting % is barely in GS favor. While OReb is in Milwaukee’s to more than make up for it. . http://www.hoopsstats.com/basketball/fantasy/nba/teamstats/13/7/pts/1-1 .
    Considering GS only has 2 guys coming off the bench and producing (they actually don’t have depth, 2 guys off the bench isn’t depth) I mean, this shoulda been a no brainer.

  • Drig

    Lawson’s handles ain’t too bad right? IMO :

    1. Kyrie

    2. Chris

    3. Nash

    4. Lawson

    5. Crawford

    6. Steph/Jrue.

  • Drig

    Used to have Deron at the top of the list. Still think he’s better than Curry but I’m a bit hesitant…….

  • Mike From Spain

    Also weird, Wes Johnson looks like he gave a s**t when he hit the game winner

  • Mike From Spain

    For me , to the eye test, Monta is a chucker. And when I look at the statistics, statistics say he’s a chucker and not too efficient on both ends.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you can’t compare Klay Thompson to the most efficient SG’s. He’s a role player. He’s the 3rd option, except his “option” is only called for low % shots. I mean, 6 of his 14 shots a game are 3′s. It’d pretty hard to be an uber efficient player doing that.

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    take a look, http://www.basketball-reference.com/play-index/pcm_finder.cgi?request=1&sum=0&p1=thompkl01&y1=2013&p2=crawfja01&y2=2013&p3=martike02&y3=2013&p4=gallida01&y4=2013&p5=smithjr01&y5=2013&p6=terryja01&y6=2013

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    Now i tried to get each extreme of Klay’s role just to show he’s not really doing anything “bad” per say. He’s just in a weird role, that doesn’t lend itself to much efficiency from the field.

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