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Post Up: It’s Over

The Bulls end the Heat’s incredible 27 game winning streak.

by Peter Walsh

Hawks 107 (40-32), Raptors 88 (26-45)

Toronto led by as many as 11 in the first half, but the wheels fell off in the second half and the Hawks capitalized. The Hawks led 81-80 in the fourth before Jeff Teague scored 10 points to lead a 16-0 run that put the Hawks up 17. With the win, Atlanta clinched a playoff berth for the sixth straight season. Teague led the way with 24 points and 13 boards and Al Horford finished with 26 points and 12 boards. Rookie Jonas Valanciunas finished with 19 points and 8 boards for the Raps.

Sixers 100 (28-43), Bucks 92 (34-36)

Philly trailed 83-76 early in the fourth when they flipped the script and went on a 15-0 run to make it a 98-87 game. The Bucks couldn’t regroup and lost their fourth straight. Spencer Hawes led the way with 15 points and a career-high 17 boards while Damien Wilkins and Jrue Holiday each scored 18. Monta Ellis scored 29 points, Larry Sanders scored 15 and Ersan Ilyasova notched a 13-point, 18-rebound double-double.

Bobcats 114 (17-54), Magic 108 (18-54)

Show of hands, who actually watched this game?

Celtics 93 (37-34), Cavs 92 (22-48)

The Celtics were dangerously close to dropping their sixth straight game but were saved in the final second by Jeff Green. Boston was down 14 in the second half but closed the game on a 21-6 run to erase the deficit. With 39 seconds to go, and the Cavs’ lead three, Paul Pierce hit a quick jumper to cut the deficit to one. With 11 seconds left, Shaun Livingston missed a jumpshot and Jordan Crawford grabbed the board. With time running out, Jeff Green drove the lane and hit the game winning layup as the clock expired. Brandon Bass scored a season-high 22 points, Green scored 21 and the Truth finished with 19 points, 10 boards, 8 dimes and 7 turnovers. Wayne Ellington scored 16 for Cleveland.

Knicks 108 (44-26), Grizzlies 101 (47-24)

The Knicks led by as many as 30 in the first half but the resilient Grizzlies closed the lead to just four late, making the Knicks sweat this win out. Fortunately for New York, they closed the game on a 5-0 run and won their sixth straight to open up a three game homestand. J.R. Smith scored 35 points–the fourth time he scored 30 or more this season, tops in the NBA for a bench player. Melo scored 22 and grabbed 7 boards and Iman Shumpert scored 16 on 6-10 shooting. Mike Conley scored 26 and dropped 6 dimes and Jerryd Bayless scored 24 off the bench.

Bulls 101 (39-31), Heat 97 (56-15)

The Bulls ended Miami’s incredible 27-game winning streak in a physical matchup that saw Chicago in control for much of the game. The difference in this one was on the glass. Chicago outrebounded Miami 43-31 which helped them build a 13 point lead even without Joakim Noah and Rip Hamilton. Luol Deng played a monster game, finishing with 28 points, 7 boards and 5 assists. Carlos Boozer made his presence felt inside with a 21-point, 17-rebound performance that included a huge offensive rebound and put back down the stretch that sealed the win for Chicago. LeBron did his usual thing with 32 points and 7 boards but it wasn’t enough.

Clippers 105 (49-23), Hornets 91 (25-47)

One night after losing in overtime to the Mavs, the Clippers got back on track with a dub over the Hornets. Los Angeles was beat in pretty much every major statistical category, but the difference was made behind the arc. The Clippers shot 13-29 from long range compared to just 4-14 by the Hornets. New Orleans cut the deficit to two early in the fourth quarter, but an Eric Bledsoe 3-pointer triggered a 14-4 Clippers run that carried them to the finish line. CP3 finished with 16 points, 9 dimes and 6 boards and Blake Griffin scored 19. Eric Gordon scored a game-high 24 points and Anthony Davis finished with 19 points and 9 rebounds.

Pacers 100 (45-27), Rockets 91 (39-32)

Indiana led wire-to-wire and were up by as many as 19 to earn a road victory in Houston. The Pacers have now on five of their last six and were led by Roy Hibbert’s season-high 28 points and 13 boards in this one. Houston cut the deficit to four in the third quarter but the Pacers responded with a 12-3 run to push the lead back to double-digits and held off the Rockets the rest of the way. Born Ready scored 21 and Psycho T finished with 16 points and 8 boards. James Harden scored 22 and dropped 8 dimes in a losing effort.

Thunder 103 (53-19), Wizards 80 (26-45)

OKC held a surging Wizards team to 32 percent shooting from the field and 35 points in the second half as they beat D.C. Oklahoma City pushed their lead to 17 with a big third quarter and held on the rest of the way for an easy dub. Kevin Durant scored 20 points, dished out 6 assists and grabbed 6 boards and Russ Westbrook scored 21 in 25 minutes. John Wall scored 18 points (12-15 from the stripe) and dropped 12 dimes.

Lakers 120 (37-35), Timberwolves 117 (25-45)

Dwight Howard absolutely dominated this game inside with 25 points, 16 boards, 5 steals and 5 blocks (one of only four players in the NBA’s history to put together a 25-15proved -5-5 stat line) and led the Lakers to a win over Minnesota to snap their three-game losing streak. The Lakers nearly choked this one away and saw their 12 point lead evaporate to just three with seconds remaining and the ball in the Timberwolves’ possession. Ricky Rubio attempted a game-tying 3-pointer and what looked like a foul that would have put him on the line with a chance to tie was not called and the Lakers escaped. Kobe scored a game-high 31 points and dropped 7 dimes and Antwan Jamison scored 18 off the bench. Nikola Pekovic led the Wolves with 19 points and 16 boards.

 

Spurs 100 (54-17), Nuggets 99 (49-24)

Manu Ginobili was in a funk for much of the game, but the veteran shooting guard came through when his team needed him most. With a minute and a half left, Kawhi Leonard drove the lane and found Ginobili at the top of the key. The career Spur unloaded and nailed a shot that put the Spurs up by five with 1:26 remaining. Though it was the last points that San Antonio scored, the Spurs defense held strong to carry the Spurs to a victory. Tim Duncan led the way with 23 points, 14 boards and 5 blocks and Tony Parker finished with 18 points and 11 dimes. JaVale McGee scored 21 and grabbed 11 boards for Denver.

Jazz 103 (36-36), Suns 88 (23-49)

Utah dominated this game inside, outrebounding the Suns 46-36 and outscoring them 56-32 in the paint to cruise to a 15-point dub. The Jazz closed the game by outscoring Phoenix 28-17 in the fourth quarter and held them to just 35 percent shooting over the final 12 minutes. The Jazz are a game behind the Lakes for the eighth seed. Al Jefferson and Gordon Hayward each scored 25 and Derrick Favors grabbed 13 boards in the win. Wes Johnson scored 22 while Luis Scola scored 20 and grabbed 7 boards.

Kings 105 (26-46), Warriors 98 (41-32)

Isaiah Thomas hit seven 3-pointers and scored a game-high 31 points to lead the Kings to a surprising win over the Warriors. It was their first road victory against a team with a winning record this season. Despite being outscored 68-38 in the paint, the Kings held on down the stretch and after a Tyreke Evans pull-up jumper with 42 seconds left made it an eight point game, this one was over. David Lee scored 20 and grabbed 10 boards for Golden State.

Nets 111 (42-29), Blazers 93 (33-38)

Reggie Evans finished with 22 points and 26 rebounds and the Nets led by as many as 30 to take care of business in Portland. The loss proved costly for the Blazers, who are now fighting for their playoff lives and find themselves three and a half games behind the Lakers for the eighth seed. The Nets, on the other hand, have clinched their first playoff appearance since 2007 and are now in the hunt for home court advantage. Brook Lopez scored 28 points and Deron Williams dropped 10 dimes. LaMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers with 24 points.

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  • Max

    Great job on the picture SLAM!

  • airs

    WHOOP!

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

    Game ball goes to Luol Deng. 44 minutes and 28 points all while checking the best player on the planet. He had to be gassed.

  • spit hot fiyah

    crazy picture. head on the backboard and bosh’s face. only thing missing is a photo shop to change los bulls to los bullies

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

    I want this poster

  • Ol Skool

    Arguably Carlos Boozers biggest rebound and put back as a Bull. Not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing, but I’m leaning toward the latter.

  • Ol Skool

    It is indeed a dope pic! Butler almost looks computer animated.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that is rough that Deng had to play 45 minutes to get that win. Daps to the Bulls. Hopefully all this effort doesn’t set them back over the next week.

  • LakeShow

    Reggie Evans…
    I think he may be the best rebounder in the NBA.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    this just now hit you?

  • LakeShow

    He hasn’t been till the last couple seasons.

    He was always good, but he has taken it to another level.
    I watched him closely in his Sonics days and he was a very good rebounder, but not great like he is now.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he averaged 1 less rebound in the exact same amount of minute in his 3rd year man. he’s been this good since he got in the league.

  • LakeShow

    What didn’t you understand about what I said.

    I watched him every game his first few years in the L. I know. He wasn’t as good of a rebounder then as he is now.

    He could lay no claim as being the best rebounder in the L his first decade in the L.

    He can now.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    why couldn’t he then? because your eyes tell you so? because the actual statistics, you know, the thing we use to measure these things, tells us otherwise.

  • LakeShow

    Nope. He wasn’t.
    He didn’t rebound as well his first decade in the L as he has the past 3 seasons. I know that because I watched him.

    It started in Toronto.

  • LakeShow

    George Hill is incredibly inconsistent with his jumper.

    He has allot of games where he makes 1-5 FG’s and shoots 15+. He could be one of the best guards in the L once he steadies his shot.
    His 3 point shot is nice. It’s his mid-range he needs to work on.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    except, statistically, he did.
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    In 2004-05 Reggie Evans led the league in rebound %.
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    Last 3 years by rebounding % –

    - 25.4%

    - 20.9%

    - 25.9%

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    3rd year, 4th year, 5th year by rebounding % –

    - 23.9%

    - 21.8%

    - 23.0%

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    8 years after he did it for the first time? Reggie Evans still leads the league in rebound %
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    FACTUALLY SPEAKING, Reggie Evans has had a claim as the best rebounder in the league since year 3. Like i’ve been saying to you this whole time.
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    Your eyes suck.
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  • LakeShow

    Nope. Your stats suck.

    I didn’t need to… CAUSE I WATCHED HIM PLAY… But I went ahead and looked up that stats anyway.

    Per game he has never averaged double digits in rebounding till three seasons ago. And he is now done it twice over the last three years. Despite getting over 20 mins in 5 seasons before his last three he never was able to get a double digit average in rebounds like he has two of the last three years.

    Per 36 mins he has never rebounded as well as well as he has the last 3 seasons.

    Wah lah.

    20/8 vision it appears.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it’s seriously like you are retarded.
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    you realize you can be the best at something, and still improve at it right?
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    and rebound % is the end all be all of rebounding stats. per game rebounding numbers are broken. you can’t value that over rebound %, logically speaking.
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    He’s had a claim as the best rebounder in the league since 2005, this is a factual statement, that you literally cannot argue with. Because he was literally the best rebounder in the league that season.

  • LakeShow

    He hasn’t been the best.

    You have to consistently be able to prove you can stay in a game and rebound to be the best at it.

    He did not prove that till three seasons ago.

    He had a good third year in the L and then was mediocre for the next 7.

    In yet you think he has always been the best rebounder since he entered the L.

    BS. No, he hasn’t. Three seasons ago is when he peaked into his best.

    Yes, there is such a thing as improving at something. Hence why I said he has always been a very good rebounder, but is now a great one.

    09-10 is my favorite year where he “could lay claim to being the best rebounder in the L”. Wheewiie 3.8 a game. But i’m sure his percentage was at 25% so it doesn’t matter right? lol

    It’s seriously like you have a mental handicap.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it’s very impressive that you can be this stupid.

    . In 2004-05, when Reggie Evans led the league in rebound %, he played 23.8 minutes per game.
    . In 2012-13, while leading the league in rebound %, Reggie Evans is playing 23.8 minutes per game.

    if Ray Allen were to sit on the bench, would he not still be the best shooter in the league?

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    Is Steve Novak not one of the best shooters in the league?

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    How about Ricky Rubio? He wasn’t the best passer in the league while he was hurt?

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    Oh, a season where he played 11 minutes a game, really proves your point. Because a team valuing their #1 overall draft pick over a rebounding specialist, makes that rebounding specialist less good at what he does.

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    Evans has been the best rebounding, or had an argument as the best rebounder in the league since 2005. When he was playing the EXACT SAME amount of minutes. And leading the league in rebounding %.

  • LakeShow

    No, Ray Allen and Steve Novak have not been the best shooters this season just like Reggie Evans wasn’t the best rebounder his first decade in the L.
    No Ricky Rubio was not the best passer in the L while other PG’s were actually passing and proving they were better than him.

    Looks as if we SEE things differently.

    It use to be impressive you could be this stupid. Not so much now.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    So it is about proving your the best. Well Evans proved that in 2005. In the EXACT SAME WAY, he is now. .
    No matter how you look at it, you are completely wrong.
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    Admittedly or not.

  • http://twitter.com/vannshy vannshy

    I must admit I have a hard time understanding Thibodeau’s philosophy with his minute management. Btw do you think Chicago with a full roster has a chance of pulling an upset ?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Not this year. And they really aren’t built too. They were put together to just stay afloat this season, and then trying to really reup in 2014, 2015, and 2016, make a strong push then and just prepare for it now.

  • j nasty41

    youre telling me jordan wasnt still the best basketball player in the world when he took those two years off?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    right.

  • Fetlock

    If you only get scrub minutes you ain’t rebounding against the best either, take that into consideration. Now he is doing it against the best night in night out. So in essence he has gotten better.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it is like you people can’t read.

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    . In 2004-05, when Reggie Evans led the league in rebound %, he played 23.8 minutes per game.
    . In 2012-13, while leading the league in rebound %, Reggie Evans is playing 23.8 minutes per game.

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    He has maybe improved (no way to really know, it’s a 2% rebounding difference in the same amount of minutes, in a time where there are about 3% more 3 point attempts)

  • LakeShow

    Funny, I feel the same way.
    No matter how you look at it, Evans never could stake a claim as being the best rebounder in the L till three seasons ago.

    Whether you admit it or not. That’s the FACTs of the matter.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the argument for him this year as the best rebounder is the EXACT SAME argument as 2004-05 dumbass. there is not one difference.
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    http://www.basketball-reference.com/leaders/trb_pct_yearly.html
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    Over the last 10 years, Reggie Evans has posted 2 of the top 3 rebound % marks. Both while playing 23.8 minutes per game.
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    Rebound % is the % of rebounds a player grabs of rebounds available.
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    Literally, Reggie Evans has been the best rebounder in the league twice in the last 8 years, without any logical way to argue against it.
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    So, logically, Reggie Evans has been able to lay claim as the best rebounder in the league for the last 8 years.

  • LakeShow

    That is correct.
    Unless he proved he was the best those two seasons, and I don’t think he did, cause he didn’t play, he was not the best.
    Or at least not provably.

  • LakeShow

    What about in 02-03, 03-04, 05-06 and 06-07, and 08-09, and 09-10.
    Differences there? ……….. YUP

    …………………Moron

  • Retloc

    It’s like you’re a female unable to comprehend basic principles. He be getting them thar minutes again the betterer players,thus making his accomplishment,to lakeshow at least, more valid. Which looked stupider the grammar or starting with a slur. I go with the slur, makes everything else said irrelevant.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yep there were. But there aren’t any in 2004-05. When he was the best rebounder in the league. That was 8 years ago, when he could first lay claim as the best rebounder in the league. And he’s posted rebound %’s that would fall in the top 10 (15 twice) every other season despite playing on teams with other heavy rebound % guys, like Samuel Dalembert in Philadelphia, and Marcus Camby & Kenyon Martin in Denver.

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    While in his second year in Toronto, while playing next to Andrea Bargnani he upped his rebound % to 25.6

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    Clearly, in the seasons he’s playing next to bad rebounding big men, he leads the league in rebound %.

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    2004-05, next to Vladimir Radmonovic, 2010-11 (did not qualify for the leader board because he played in 30 games) next to Andrea Bargnani, and now in 2012-13 next to Brook Lopez.

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    The circumstances have changed, because every year between 2004-05 and now, except in 2009-10/2010-11 he has spent the bulk of his minutes next to other heavy rebound players.
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    The argument that Reggie Evans is the best rebounder in the league has been common among people paying attention for 8 years.
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    And by paying attention i mean by more than just watching two teams play with your brain turned off to everything else.

  • Retloc

    Sorry about using diff names autocorrect don’t like me on this thing and insists on capitalization for the name as well. Oooohhhh how I envy you and your always small letter name. One of my biggest pet peeves is capitalization of words and phrases I don’t deem appropriate. Like I,that pisses me off every time it does it. New devices with their personal crutches

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Same minutes. Same team situation.

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    You are ignorant.

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    I am not.

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    Lake show is ignorant.

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    I am not.

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    I don’t mind hurting your feelings if that’s what criticizing you does. Lakeshow made his initial statements ignorant to the fact that Evans led the league in rebound % in 2004-05. He just never admits when he is wrong about things. Especially if it’s me that is arguing with him. So he just uses the eyeball test excuse, and then guesses at other things. Like minutes.

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    Which again, were the EXACT SAME. 23.8 minutes per game.

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    And those Sonics went 52-30, for a winning % of 63.4% – actually a better team, in a better conference. So his minutes were no less important then, then they are now.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i just think nbk looks weird as Nbk, and NBK looks like i see myself as an authority figure (imo), which i don’t.

  • Retloc

    Yeah I just assumed he constantly only got scrub minutes his first five years or so, or really up until the last couple years. Any breakdown on minutes year to year him playing with/against his teams/other teams best rebounder? I’d be interested to see what if any the difference is and figured you’d have quicker access/know the right places to look. And I didn’t catch feelings, just feel like you diminish your point oftentimes by jumping on the needless name calling/belittling others kick. I hate seeing retloc capitalized because its just my name backwards and I don’t capitalize my name forward so it’s off putting to say the least. Which with all the slashes I used here makes me seem OCD or…..

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i really only call Lakeshow stupid. I’ll call other people ignorant, but as i’ve explained before. That is not an insult, at least to me it isn’t. That’s just a way to tell someone they don’t know what they are talking about without typing as many letters.
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    and i call lakeshow stupid because he is arguing out of stupidity. his reasoning makes ZERO sense. it really really doesn’t make any. If he thinks Reggie Evans is the best rebounder today, then he should, logically, have felt the exact same way 8 years ago.
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    But 8 years ago he didn’t realize Evans was better than everyone else, and by the time he did, it was too late, he had already committed to having “watched him” and thus, magically, gaining a view on every player in the league.
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    Seriously, to say you watched one player, or team, and then make an assertion about the whole league is stupid right off the jump.
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    And he does that in almost every argument. Still, yet to realize how dumb that is.
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    That’s like me saying the valedictorian at my high school is the smartest person in the country because i cheated off his math tests and saw the results first hand.

  • Retloc

    My salutatorian is the smartest so I doubt your valedictorian was

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    exactly.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    seriously tho, read through me and lakeshow’s argument. point out anywhere i have flawed logic in the end. i think i covered just about every base in that last comment to him. if i have something wrong, i have no problem admitting it. seriously, none. Infact, if you look at my reply to Caboose, i own up to being wrong about San Antonio like a week ago. Without provocation. Being wrong isn’t a fear, or concern of mine in the slightest. Logic, and reason are.

  • LakeShow

    No, he would have achieved 15+ rebounds per 36 mins in one of his first 10 years in the L like he did 2 out of the last 3 years if he has always been this good of a rebounder, wouldn’t he?… Yes.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    There weren’t enough rebounds available stupid

  • LakeShow

    Yes there were f*ck face.
    Don’t act like 1 or 2 shots a game makes any difference to a player that plays 20MPG.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Pace of the league has changed.
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    He LED THE LEAGUE in AVAILABLE REBOUNDS.
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    With 2% less then today. Still better than anyone else.
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    Not enough available rebounds for ANYONE to grab as many as he gets today. It’s simple cause and effect

  • Max

    This has been a great conversation lol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/starkpwnsyou Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    Gassed? I expected him to go thin after that game!

  • http://www.facebook.com/starkpwnsyou Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    Again, Tim Duncan, bringing it like its 2003!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    this has been a frustrating conversation. i hate when Lakeshow ignores his own logic to avoid relenting on his argument.

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