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Thursday, March 14th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  72 responses

Post Up: Quiet Storm

The Grizzlies have won fourteen of their last fifteen.

by Peter Walsh

Heat 98 (49-14), Sixers 94 (24-40)

Jrue Holiday tied the game up at 91 with 1:20 remaining and the Sixers were the first team to threaten the Heat this late since the Kings took them to double overtime a few weeks ago. Playing on the road, Miami responded with a 7-3 run–which included a huge bucket from Dwyane Wade–to close out the game and escape with their 20th straight dub. LeBron scored 27 points, dropped 8 dimes and grabbed 7 boards and DWade finished with 21 points and 8 boards. Holiday scored 21 points, grabbed 7 boards and dished out 7 dimes and Thad Young scored 24 and grabbed 15 boards.

Wizards 106 (21-42, Bucks 93 (32-31)

The Wizards led 66-46 early in the third quarter but the Bucks ripped off a 32-9 run over the rest of the quarter and cut the deficit to three heading into the fourth. But Washington calmed down, got themselves together and scored the first 7 points of the quarter and eventually compiled an 18-6 run to hold on for the win. John Wall finished with 23 points, 10 assists and 6 boards and Martell Webster scored 20. Monta Ellis finished with 26 points and 8 dimes and Larry Sanders scored 17 points and 11 boards before receiving two techs for arguing a call.

Pacers 107 (40-24), Timberwolves 91 (22-40)

Roy Hibbert scored a season-high 27 points on 10-15 shooting, grabbed 12 boards and blocked 4 shots as Indiana steamrolled the T’Wolves. Despite being severely shorthanded, Minnesota hung around and only trailed by seven midway through the third quarter. The Pacers then got hot and went on a 9-0 run to take a 16-point lead. But Minnesota wouldn’t go down without a fight and went on a 10-0 run of their own to pull within six with 10 minutes to go in the game. Seldom used rookie Orlando Jones took over down the stretch and scored 10 of his 12 points over the final nine minutes to help Indy get the win. Paul George finished with 17 points, 5 boards and 4 dimes. Ricky Rubio score 21 points, dropped 10 dimes and grabbed 6 boards.

Celtics 112 (35-29), Raptors 88 (25-40)

The Celtics ran over the Raptors in the second half, outscoring them 63-48, to get an easy win as Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett reached new scoring milestones. Pierce surpassed Charles Barkley to move into 20th place on the all-time scoring list and KG moved into 15th after surpassing Jerry West. Salute to these two future Hall of Famers.

Hawks 96 (35-29), Lakers 92 (34-32)

The Lakers lost the game but were dealt an even bigger blow when Kobe went down with an ankle injury. In the closing seconds of the game, Bryant went up for a baseline jumper that would have tied it up and came down on Dahntay Jones’ foot. Bryant stayed down for a few scary minutes. Kobe eventually walked off the court under his own power but he was in noticeable pain. If he misses an extended period of time (which I doubt he will, no matter how much he’s hurting) the Lakers playoff hopes could be in jeopardy.

Rockets 111 (35-30), Suns 81 (22-43)

Houston started the game sluggishly and the Suns took an early five-point lead. After a timeout by Kevin McHale, the Rockets came back out with a new intensity and closed the half on a 22-2 run to take a 58-45 lead into the half. From there, Houston continued to pour it on and they ran away with this one. All five Houston starters scored in double figures and Donatas Motiejunas led the way with 19 points on 7-12 shooting.

Thunder 110 (48-17), Jazz 87 (33-32)

The Thunder led by as many as 32 and its starters were pulled late in the third quarter as they cruised to a victory. KD led the way with 23 points and 10 boards and Russ Westbrook finished with 19 points, 7 boards and 9 dimes. Gordon Hayward led Utah with 20 points.

Kings 121 (23-43), Bulls 79 (35-29)

The Kings absolutely romped the Bulls, leading by as many as 45 for their easiest win of the season. Sacramento opened the second quarter on a 26-4 run to push the lead to 34 and the rest of the contest was uncompetitive. Tyreke Evans led the way with 26 points, 7 dimes and 5 boards and Isaiah Thomas scored 22. Carlos Boozer led the Bulls with 21 points.

Nuggets 117 (44-22), Knicks 94 (38-24)

Melo’s return to Denver was uneventful (outside of some fan heckling) as the Nuggets crushed the struggling Knicks. The Nuggets took a 64-42 lead into the half and stretched the lead to 97-69 after three quarters. The Nuggets rested their starters in the fourth. Wilson Chandler scored a game-high 24 points, Danilo Gallinari scored 16 and Dre Iguodala finished with 14 points, 6 boards and 6 dimes. Iman Shumpert finally put together a good shooting night, scoring 20 points on 8-10 shooting.

Grizzlies 96 (44-19), Clippers 85 (45-21)

The Grizzlies continued their awesome play out west with an 11-point win over Lob City. Memphis dominated inside, outscoring the Clippers 46-30 in the paint and beat LA to seemingly every loose ball. The Grizzlies took the lead for good early in the third quarter ater a 14-2 run made it a 63-54 game. Los Angeles made a few runs but never got close than six down the stretch. Marc Gasol scored 21 points, Z-Bo grabbed 8 boards to go along with 13 points, Tayshaun Prince scored 18 and Mike Conley finished with 17 points and 11 dimes in the win. CP3 led Los Angeles with 24 points and 9 dimes. Memphis has won 14 of their last 15 games.

Warriors 105 (37-29), Pistons 97 (23-44)

The Warriors were in control for much of the contest but the Pistons cut the lead to just three with 10:41 left to go in the game. Head coach Mark Jackson quickly re-inserted his starting frontcourt of Andrew Bogut and David Lee and the two helped trigger an 8-2 run to give Warriors control down the stretch. Steph Curry hit five 3-pointers and finished with 31 points and 8 dimes. Lee scored 20 and grabbed 15 boards and Jarrett Jack scored 19 off the bench. Rodney Stuckey led Detroit with 22 points.

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  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Dahntay’s not stupid. He gave Kobe no room to land. Shane Battier does a great job of contesting shots but letting the jumpshooter land. Next season, wherever he’s playing, I’d send a goon after Dahntay when he goes to the basket. Especially if Kobe misses significant time. He’ll have to learn one way or another to stop going under guys on jumpshots. Sometimes players have to take care of these things on their own.

  • spit hot fiyah

    i was just thinking today that no one is talking about Memphis, they have been playing so much better after the trade. i still dont get why they gave away Ellington for free basically, if they already knew they wanted to get rid of Gay’s contract. they just gave away their best shooter. but their defense is awesome, so many teams fail to score 85-90 Points against them.

  • airs

    that was the most embarrassing loss for the bulls last nite.
    at one point down by 44 (!) to the cotdamn KINGS?!
    i think the heart is being sucked out of this team by all the drose drama thats been going on.
    just come back already, i don’t buy the ‘not mentally ready’ crap. physically ready should elicit a comeback from an injury unless its also some kind of diagnosed mental disorder like royce white.

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

    Yeah I was watching the Blazers game the night before and it was awful watching them get shut down by the Grizzlies D

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

    When you come off a major injury, you don’t have ‘mental issues’, you just go through a phase where you’re afraid of it happening again or of putting too much weight on it especially given a playstyle like his.

  • airs

    dude is playing 5 on 5, reportedly dominating practice, and able to dunk off one easily.
    im not saying come back and dominate, thats not expected, im saying get out there and get the wheel rolling. maybe actually being out on the court will help him get over this mental hurdle.
    and i can’t remember a player who has been physically available to play with the luxury of basically saying “you know what, my head ain’t in it, imma sit this one out.” im one of the biggest bulls fans around here, but drose isn’t under contract to play only when he feels the team has a chance to go deep in the playoffs, like his bro suggested. he should play, soon.

  • Max

    Mike Conley and Tony Allen has to be the best defensive backcourt.
    Them or Russ and Thabo.

  • Max

    Sacre will karate chop him!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it’s them. TA > Thabo – Conley > Westbrook.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the Grizzlies are much scarier without Rudy Gay.
    .
    And Kobe shot 11-33. Let’s not act like the last no-call is why they lost. Although, that ref totally wet the bed on that play.

  • LeroyShonuff

    Russ and Thabo? No sir. Bradley and Lee, Wade and Chalmers and Parker and Green are much better defensive backcourts than in the league

  • Max

    No.

  • LeroyShonuff

    When Denver is rolling… WOW!!! The only issue with them is lack of outside shooting. If they could’ve landed a Anthony Morrow or somebody to consistently stretch the floor, then that would be a real title contending team. A NBA Finals with them and the Heat would be dope too bad the heat would win in 6…

    Also, If I’m Rose (I’m a diehard bulls fan) I wouldn’t return this year. The roster is worse and management hasn’t added the players need to contend. He should play but this is a wasted year.

  • Peter Walsh

    we got you covered

  • LeroyShonuff

    No too?

  • Max

    Triple no.

  • Max

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RfTlgmZfgQ
    Fast forward to 3:14.
    Please watch it.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Bradley & Lee have an argument. Wade & Chalmers, Parker & Green tho? NO. Overwhelmingly, NO.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you do realize his knee has been cleared. Not his entire person. He said he has hamstring issues, and still can’t explode off his left foot in stride. — it’s not like the Bulls were winning a title this year anyway.

  • Sérgio

    Yeah, the Lakers were awful offensively last night.

    And I agree with what Bill Simmons wrote about Rudy Gay the other day. He said that he looks like a great player – has nice moves, a pretty jumpshot, is athletic to go hard to the rim – but, when you follow him closely, you see that he is not that great.

  • airs

    Sorry but that’s the worst excuse to not come back.
    Should kyrie not play anymore? The cavs don’t have players to contend.
    Its not up to derrick to say this team isn’t even worth his time and effort. Play when you can, you’re under contract. If the knee still isn’t right, then shut it down.

  • LeroyShonuff

    You put in way too much work to be that corny… way too much work

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i mean, Dwight destroys the Magic, and the next night you get him 9 f*cking shots!?!? – Kobe is getting all this credit for how he’s playing (which he should be getting credit for, he’s been great —> http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/b/bryanko01/gamelog/2013/#1216-1227-sum:pgl_basic), while since the All Star break Dwight has done this, http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/h/howardw01/gamelog/2013/#670-681-sum:pgl_basic – and the team has gone 9-3. I mean, i just feel Dwight is being totally underrated for what he’s been doing, even by his own team.

  • LeroyShonuff

    It’s a horrible excuse but that seems to be the logic. The Bulls been in contention for 3years without adding significant shooters or a SG. They have gotten worse actually especially that vaulted bench which has gotten worse. Rose should come back and play this year out but I would prefer him to sit out a year if it motivates the Bulls ownerships and front office to make moves

  • Max

    ok.

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

    MEM is more of a contender in my eyes than the Clipps.

  • LakeShow

    Not by myself. Dwight is equally important to the Lakers success as Kobe is. If not more. KB has been more flashy and has the big offensive numbers. His game has been more ‘fun’ to talk about is why it has. But I hope no one is undervaluing Dwight’s contributions. He’s been great post break also. They need to get him more touches consistently.
    Bad game all around.

  • LakeShow

    Shine bright!
    I liked it. lol

  • RKJ92

    OH! WHAT DID I TELL YOU LAST WEEK KOBE DICK RIDERS LAKERS LOSE AND KOBE PRETENDS HE’S INJURED LOLLL THIS ONLY SOLIDIFIES MY POINT MORE THANKYOU.

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

    I do get your point, I don’t understand the whole bring him back with no minutes limitations concept the Bulls are using for him. I can’t read minds but I feel like if I was D-Rose that’d be something that worries me with the pressure of coming in and having to come back, play starter minutes and lead the team.

  • RKJ92

    That’s so beyond retarded.. you would want to risk your franchise players health to exit the first round? Good thing your not behind bulls management.. -.-

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

    Lay off the bath salts

  • airs

    He has said his only issue now is mental. He’s past the other things
    Its not like 26 other teams have a shot at winning a title either

  • airs

    What’s the risk?? He is HEALTHY. Its all mental and maybe playing in an actual game will get him over that mental hurdle. Every single player is at risk at any given time, just like kobe last nite. If he still feels like its not right, THEN shut it down. I’m just saying if you are physically able to perform and contribute, like you have reportedly been doing in practice, then why not.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    oh, so since 26 other teams don’t have a shot at a title, it’s ok to put Derrick Rose in an uncomfortable position? That makes any sense to you at all?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    since the Rudy Gay trade, i agree.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Kyrie isn’t going to play anymore this year. And he can play right now.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it’s just a scary precedent set. really really concerning that Dwight doesn’t get more attention from his teammates.

  • LakeShow

    At first I thought you were just dumb.
    Now I can’t come up with a word to describe you…
    You will now never be taken seriously by any regulars here.

  • LakeShow

    Yeah it is… Or coach for that matter.
    They need to make sure he gets at least 12-14 shots EVERY game.
    I’m hoping if KB is out for a game or two that Nash and Dwight are able to work more together, because this team is still not a championship team with Nash as shooting guard. I really want him doing more play making if he is capable still.

  • airs

    All I’m saying is he is healthy. Physically healthy. And again, maybe playing in an actual nba game will get him ovver this mental hurdle. If not, THEN shut it down. How does that not make sense? He gets paid to play basketball, and believe me I’m completely aware he is the franchise, but he is paid. To play. Basketball. Oh and he’s healthy.

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

    Yep….the Grizz are so much better when their entire offense revolves around their big men .

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    A doctor said his knee was healthy. I don’t know why you don’t understand that if the human being inside of the body isn’t comfortable, then he isn’t “healthy” — doctor’s don’t know everything. Infact, they kill more people every year then drunk drivers. So excuse me if a doctor clearing Rose to play means just about nothing if Rose isn’t comfortable.

  • airs

    Is that so? I really didn’t know that haha.
    We’ll use melo then. There, knicks ain’t winning sh*t

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Kobe is too ball dominant. No chance you will ever get the Nash you wanted, or that any of us were expecting.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    considerably so. And their defense has taken a nice jump with that Conley-Allen-Prince perimeter. That’s the best perimeter defense in the league. And Gasol is a top 5 defensive Center.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah he’s sitting with a “sprained shoulder” – in other words, he’s out with an increased interest in ping pong balls.
    .
    You have to look at it like this, the Bulls are a championship contender with a fully integrated Rose. It’s not like the Knicks, who don’t have a shot at winning a title anytime soon.
    .
    You shouldn’t risk Rose today, when you have a chance at a title tomorrow. (today meaning this season, tomorrow meaning next). That’s how simple this is.
    .
    I understand how frustrating it is to watch your home town team struggle knowing your star player has been cleared to play, but you have to look at the long term. It’s much more important then him getting spot minutes. Playing with an NBA jersey on isn’t going to increase Rose’s confidence anymore then scrimmaging at full speed in practice will.

  • airs

    How many players aren’t battling thru something, especially at this time of the year? I know, its major knee contructive sugery. I know, he’s the franchise. I know, mental health is a real thing. But how can he ever really know what its like if he doesn’t get out there. If then its not right then fine, shut it down.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    THERE IS NO POINT TO FIND OUT RIGHT NOW THEY ARE NOT GOING TO WIN.
    .
    He is playing in practice. That’s what’s important. NBA basketball doesn’t take place on a different planet then practice. You don’t put on your bad knee for NBA games. Why you think he NEEDS to play in an NBA game this season doesn’t make sense. I hope you realize that.

  • LakeShow

    Don’t blame Kobe for this one.

    Nash has looked terrible while trying to distribute. Maybe it’s because he can’t get in a groove with KB being so ball dominant, but it’s still dumb to me that Nash can’t be the playmaker because KB is on his team. KB can catch and shoot fine. He also slashes well off the ball. There’s no reason for Nash not to be doing more playmaking.

    Not all of it, but more than he is doing. There needs to be distribution between the two play makers IMO. If your saying that’s not going to happen, that’s fine. I don’t know if it will, but it needs to for them to maximize their success .

  • RayJr

    You liked your own comment didnt you?

  • airs

    I feel you, up until the very last part though man. Gametime is so different. Competition is different. And maybe its what he needs. I almost expected him to be chomping at the bit to go out there as competitive as he is, so its weird to see him so apprehensive.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    KB “can” shoot fine. KB “can” Slash off the ball well.

    .

    BUT HE DOESN’T. He doesn’t spot up. He doesn’t move off the ball. He stands and watches if he isn’t touching it. Or he posts up and convolutes space. There is NO WAY for Steve Nash to be the Steve Nash that everyone knows and expects next to Kobe. It just can’t happen with Kobe. Both guys need the ball to be effective. And Kobe has it,

    .

    Steve Nash’s usage on the Lakers is 10th. He’s getting less possessions then Metta World Peace, Jodie Meeks, and Antawn Jamison for f*cks sake. It’s clearly on whoever it is that dominates the ball. Which is Kobe.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you have never experienced a major injury have you?

  • LakeShow

    WTF.. his usage is 10th.. lol…
    I’ll take that stat with a grain of salt.

    I understand what your saying, I really do. Your right KB isn’t Mr. Speedy off the ball, but I just know that the play making has to be spread apart a little bit more between the two. KB can be him in the 2nd half of games, but Nash should take more responsibility in the first half to distribute.

    I’m hoping this injury to KB could be a blessing if it makes Nash have to reassert his old playmaking style again. If KB comes back to a team with Nash with the reigns and they are doing well, I think he will do his best to fit in.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Now I don’t believe Kobe sits more than a game or two if any

  • airs

    Sigh. All I’m saying is he’s healthy enough to play. And under a contract to play. The contract doesn’t say ‘play only when there is a legiimate title shot’. But I will respect his opinion then to sit out if he feels he would be more a detriment to the team than an improvement because you’re right, we’re not in his head. I just hope the apprehension comes from fear of reinjury and not fear of being a less impressive player.

  • airs

    F*ucked up ankles, tore some ligaments there, but never an injury that seriously put me out of commision.

  • airs

    Anyways, good shooting sh*t with you, been a minute on here haha

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I can guarantee its fear of further injury. – re injury I should say. .
    Ima try and illustrate this from a different angle.
    .
    Say you are Derrick Rose. For the first time in your life you experience a potential career changing injury. You know your the most competitive person you know, so once you do commit to playing you will almost definitely ignore any little tweaks and stuff, which makes you fearful of even returning.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    Let’s single everyone out. It wasn’t me!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah no doubt

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i didn’t say he won’t be hurt. i said he won’t sit.

  • LakeShow

    Really? I think it might only be 2 but I can’t imagine less.
    Man, i’m scared… He said it’s one of the worse sprains he’s had. I hope your right. More than anything the Lakers need health.

  • LakeShow

    hehe, gotcha.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    when you have those “oh my god my leg fell off” type injuries, getting back into commission is a terrifying process. And the more fearful you are, the more tight your muscles, the more robotic your movement, and thus, the more likely you are to re-injure yourself. More than anything else, i am a proponent of the “there is no doctor better then yourself for an injury” belief system. Ofcourse, there are some crazy people (like Kobe for example —- and myself haha) who tend to genuinely ignore injuries and risk ruining their lives who are more exceptions to that rule, then evidence against it.

  • airs

    Yeah I feel you, I just pegged drose as one of those guys as well

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i think he is one of those guys. this is what you are missing. He KNOWS he’s one of those guys. So he doesn’t want to put himself in a position to do that to himself.

  • Slick Ric

    lol

  • RKJ92

    Yes I will, just not by Kobe fans :)

  • RKJ92

    You cant like your own comment.. good thing your smart though!

  • http://twitter.com/vannshy vannshy

    he has the Raptors logo on his back, what else did you expect ?

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