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Thursday, April 18th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  39 responses

Post Up: Fade to Black

The regular season is over. Now the real fun beings.

by Peter Walsh

The NBA regular season is finally over and the playoffs are upon us. Thank you all for following along and catching up everyday with The Post Up. It has been incredibly humbling to know that you guys took time out of your day to read and comment every single day. Hope you all enjoyed taking this ride with Leo and I as much as we enjoyed bringing you the news everyday.

Here’s your final recap (obviously all 30 teams had to play, no shortcuts this season). Leo and I will be back tomorrow to give you our favorite moments from the 2012-’13 season.

Peace!

Raptors 114 (34-48), Celtics 90 (41-40)

The Raptors and their fans paid tribute to the city of Boston prior to the game by playing Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” (a song forever associated with the Boston Red Sox) over the speakers while the Celtics’ starters were announced. A very kind gesture, props to Toronto. With the C’s locked into the 7-seed already, the reserves got most of the minutes. The Raptors were up by as many as 33 and Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan once again led the way with 19 and 24 points, respectively. Toronto finished up the season by winning five-straight over playoff-bound teams. Jordan Crawford scored 16 for the Celtics.

Nets 103 (49-33), Pistons 99 (29-53)

The Nets closed the first quarter on a 16-2 run and took control of the game from there. No Net player played more than 26 minutes and it was a total team effort to get the dub and snap the Pistons’ four-game winning streak. Brook Lopez led the way with 20 points and 9 boards and Andray Blatche scored 15 off the bench. Will Bynum scored 23 to lead Detroit.

Knicks 98 (54-28), Hawks 92 (44-38)

Both teams sat their stars, so there were some big numbers from the reserves. For the Knicks: Chris Copeland became the first Knick Rookie to score 30 points in back-to-back games since Bill Cartwright, Earl Barron scored 11 points and grabbed 18 boards, James White scored a season-high 20 points and recently signed Quentin Richardson grabbed 10 boards. New York didn’t walk away unscathed, though; Pablo Prigioni left with an apparent ankle sprain and Copeland dislocated his shoulder. With the loss, the Hawks slid down to the six spot and will play the Pacers in the opening round.

Bobcats 105 (21-61), Cavs 98 (25-57)

You kiddin’ me?

Heat 105 (66-16), Magic 93 (20-62)

Mario Chalmers and Chris Bosh both sat while LeBron missed the game to tend to a personal matter, but Dwyane Wade and Mike Miller each scored 21 apiece to lead the Heat to the victory. Nic Vucevic led the Magic with 20 points and 13 boards.

Sixers 105 (34-48), Pacers 95 (49-32)

With last night’s win over the Pacers, the Sixers went 11-9 over the final 20 games of the season, giving their next head coach something to build on. The Pacers, however, lost five of their last six an hope that the last two weeks have been an aberration rather than what’s in store the rest of the way. Dorrell Wright led the Sixers with 23 points and Damien Wilkins shot 6-11 to score 15. Gerald Green led the Paces with 34 points on 14-23 shooting in the loss.

Bulls 95 (45-37), Wizards 92 (29-53)

This Chicago-Brooklyn has a chance to be pretty good, no? On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Wizards missed the playoffs for the sixth straight season. The Wiz showed great improvement once John Wall returned and Brad Beal has a chance to be super nice. Hopefully they find more success next season. Carlos Boozer scored 19 points and grabbed 17 boards while Nazr Mohammed scored 17. Wall led the Wiz with 23 points on 8-21 shooting.

Grizzlies 86 (65-26), Jazz 70 (43-39)

I’m sorry, but if you’re back is against the wall and you’re fighting for a spot in the playoffs as the Jazz were last night, coming out and scoring 70 points is inexcusable. Utah fell behind by 20 and found themselves scrambling to comeback in the fourth. They did make a slight run, cutting the deficit to ten but Jerryd Bayless hit a dagger 3-pointer with about four minutes to go. Zach Randolph had a big game with 25 points and 19 boards, and Mike Conley scored 14. Al Jefferson was the only Jazz player to show up and scored 22 points while grabbing 16 boards.

Mavs 99 (41-41), Hornets 87 (27-55)

Darren Collison ended his season on a high note with 25 points while Dirk finished with 16 and 9 boards to help the Mavs end their season with a .500 record. The Mavs closed the game on an 18-4 run but are surely disappointed that they will be watching the playoffs at home. All five Hornet starters scored in double figures, including Al-Farouq Aminu who scored 16 and grabbed 20 boards.

Timberwolves 108 (31-51), Spurs 95 (58-24)

The Spurs lost seven of 10 to close their season and I know that folks love to say that Pop doesn’t care about wins as long as they are in they playoffs, but no mistake about it; this team is limping into the postseason. With the win, the Timberwolves snapped their 16-game losing streak in San Antonio. Derrick Williams scored 21 points and Greg Steimsma scored 12 and grabbed 9 rebounds. Tim Duncan paced the Spurs with 17 points and 14 boards.

Bucks 95 (38-44), Thunder 89 (60-22)

With both teams’ playoff spots intact, the reserves played most of this one. John Henson led the Bucks with 28 points and 16 boards to wrap up his up and down rookie year and Mike Dunleavy scored 14 off the bench. Reggie Jackson had 23 points, 6 boards and 5 dimes while Perry Jones III scored 14 and grabbed 9 boards and Jeremy Lamb scored 13 and grabbed 7 rebounds.

Nuggets 118 (57-25), Suns 98 (25-57)

The Nuggets blew out the Suns to cap off their awesome season. Wilson Chandler dropped 21 and Andre Iguodala scored 20 in the win. The Nuggets finished the season winning 40 of their last 50 games and will be an interesting team to watch in the postseason. Luis Scola scored 17 and grabbed 11 boards to lead the Suns.

Lakers 99 (45-37), Rockets 95 (45-37) F/OT

The Lakers’ win bumped them up to the seven seed to take on the Spurs in the first round. Steve Blake continued his strong play with 24 points, 7 boards and 7 dimes and Dwight Howard played a helluva game, finishing with 16 points, 18 boards and 4 blocks. Pau Gasol was no slouch either as he scored 17 points, grabbed 20 boards and dropped 11 dimes. James Harden scored 30 for the Rockets.

Clippers 112 (56-26), Kings 108 (28-54)

The Clippers locked up home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs with last night’s win over the disappointing Kings. LA will face the Grizzlies in what promises to be one of, if not the, best first round matchup. Chris Paul scored 25 points and dropped 11 dimes while Jamal Crawford scored 25. DeMarcus Cousins scored a season-high 36 points and grabbed a career-high 22 boards.

Warriors 99 (47-35), Blazers 88 (33-49)

Steph Curry capped off his amazing regular season in record setting fashion. The sharpshooter set the NBA single-season record for 3-pointers with 272, surpassing Ray Allen’s mark 0f 269 set during the ’05-’06 season. With the win, the Warriors clinched the 6-seed and will face the Nuggets in what should be an awesome series. Portland finished the season with 13 straight losses. Curry finished with 15 points, Klay Thompson scored 24 and David Lee finished with a 20-10 double-double. Dame Lillard became just the third rookie to lead the NBA in minutes played during their rookie year, joining Walt Chamberlain and Elvin Hayes. Lillard finished with 21 points while LaMArus Aldridge scored 30 and grabbed 21 boards.

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  • Jonny

    Warriors will face Nuggets, not Clips.

  • http://twitter.com/vannshy vannshy

    Peter, Leo, thank you for the daily Post Up, I really enjoyed reading it from work. And we need a Playoff preview !

  • spit hot fiyah

    if im a san antonio fan im semi worried. parker doesnt seem healthy, diaw is out and who knows about ginobili. and pau looks like he is wearing the España jersey again

  • J-Ro

    Just to stir sh*t up, but a review of Derrick Rose’s MVP year. A lot of arguments were made about Dwight deserving it that year.

    Bulls record w/o Rose : 45-37
    Magics record w/o Dwight : 20-62

    Do you guys think that it was the right call?

  • Max

    I’ve always tought Dwight was the MVP that year.
    Not saying DRose didn’t deserve it, but IMO it was Dwights.

  • http://twitter.com/vannshy vannshy

    im a san antonio fan and im confirming you im semi worried. And maybe it’s weird to say this but Kobe on the sideline is also worrying me, the guy knows the game so well, he can be a game changer as an assistant coach.

  • Max

    I think the Lakers would be the favourites to win it if Kobe would be healthy.

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

    I wanted a Rockets Nuggets series but a Thunder Rockets series will suffice.

  • RayJr

    Wow what a game last night in LA! What an accomplishment for the Lakers to play at 60-75% because of injuries all year and to get the 7th seed when most everyone thought they wouldnt get close to the playoffs! Lakers fan or hater, as a basketball fan, you have to truly appreciate them playing through so much hardship and to get the 7th seed. LAL@SAS is going to be a great series!

  • LLC#12

    There’s more to consider though, the bulls already had a strong core and they just removed 1 key player from that, whereas the Magics roster has differed much more this season compared to last. It hasn’t just been the departure of Dwight, but also trying to integrate so many young players too, that has made the Magic so bad this year. That was just a side point though, IMO, Dwight was the MVP that year.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    “we gave away home court for this?”- San Antonio Spurs probably

  • spit hot fiyah

    if the spurs were fully and a healthy kobe, i have to say spurs a favorites.. it’s hard to put 7 seed as a favourite over a 2. let’s not forget how terrible the lakers are on perimeter d, parker will dice them up if healthy

  • Max

    Oh yeah, I know thats not everything.

  • Max

    Well if everyone is healthy the Lakers would be a totally different team.
    I’m meant if Kobe wouldn’t have gotten injured 3 games ago, and they played this Spurs team.

  • goattree

    “Dame Lillard became just the third rookie to lead the NBA during their rookie year, joining Walt Chamberlain and Elvin Hayes. Lillard finished with 21 points while LaMArus Aldridge scored 30 and grabbed 21 boards.”

    Lead the NBA during their rookie year….in what?

  • Conor

    They’ve held two of the highest-scoring teams in the League to under 95ppg (in regulation). While it’s an exceedingly small sample size (and SAS was nowhere near in their Zone), it does bode well for their chances, especially if Pau can dominate like this all the time.

  • RayJr

    The Lakers seem to have vastly improved their perimeter D with the absence of Kobe. Example, Spurs and Rockets games.

  • ChosenOne

    The only rookie (besides Wilt and Hayes) to ever lead the league in minutes played.

  • spit hot fiyah

    the problem: small sample size
    the other 80 games seem more convincing

  • spit hot fiyah

    i see, would be surprised if LA was the vegas favorite with a healthy bryant and banged up spurs roster

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    The Rockets-Lakers game last night was such bullsh!t. As soon as the fourth quarter started, the refs suddenly started calling a slew of ticky-tack fouls that weren’t even fouls, getting the Rockets into the penalty with 9 minutes (!) left in the quarter. How was that not rigged?

    And then they wouldn’t give Houston a single call down the stretch. There were two plays that come to mind… First one is when Harden drove to the basket and Dwight elbowed him in the face, and the refs said it was a clean strip. The other is when Harden drove into Dwight, Dwight JUMPED IN THE AIR, they collided IN THE AIR, and no call. I’m not talking about brushing each other, or touching each other, they collided!!! How is that not a foul?

    The NBA clearly wanted OKC vs. Houston for the ratings, and a Lakers vs. Spurs series (both because the Spurs are banged up so they’re an easier match-up for LA and because of the history there too).

    Rigged.

  • RayJr

    -It wasn’t a foul because Dwight jumped straight up with arms straight into the air. Contact can be made and no defensive foul called if a player jumps to defend in that manner.

    -How about the missed back court violation that wasn’t called on the Rockets in the 4th?

    -How about the shooting slumps that BOTH teams had during the second half and OT? Refs do not control that. Last time I remembered the refs don’t shoot or score for any teams.

    -The Lakers didn’t really take advantage of the Rockets being in the penalty so that didn’t have any major impact in the 4th.

    -Fact is the Rockets just couldn’t hit shots down the stretch(except for Parson’s 3) to create a lead or close the game out.

  • Caboose

    SLAM Commenter Awards (feel free to join in, can’t vote for yourself):

    Most Valuable Commenter: The Philosopher
    Rookie Commenter of the Year: Stepfan
    Defensive Commenter of the Year: Redd
    Most Improved Commenter: Zogs

    All Commenter 1st Team: Philosopher, AllenP, nbk, Max, JTaylor
    All Commenter 2nd Team: LakeShow, spit hot fiyah, shutup, Mike Gilbert, niQ

    As always, thanks again SLAM for a great year. Peter, Leo, you guys have been awesome.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Am I the only person intrigued by the amazing Ewing Theory potential surrounding the Lakers right now?

  • Conor

    “The other is when Harden drove into Dwight, Dwight JUMPED IN THE AIR, they collided IN THE AIR, and no call.” LMAO, shoo.

  • RayJr

    I don’t think its necesarily the same thing. Kobe, Pau and Metta have won championships and I don’t think a lot of people wrote the Lakers off after Kobe got hurt. In most eyes, they were going to have to force the Pau/Dwight combo to work, which everyone knew would.

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

    Actually….Howard lowered his hand at the very end..so in my opinion that was a foul.

  • RayJr

    At the very end a little yeah but it wasn’t a blatant hack like Teddy is calling it. It was an even no call with Harden creating most of the contact. Dwight did a good job keeping as straight up as he could.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    lol

  • spit hot fiyah

    bro, u got snubbed from your own list

  • spit hot fiyah

    that was for caboose

  • Caboose

    I’m not voting for myself :p

  • spit hot fiyah

    wouldn’t

  • Caboose

    Yes bravo, I should applaud an underachieving team.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    It completely changed the way the Rockets could defend. They weren’t calling any of that earlier in the game, but chose to do it in the fourth quarter. Being in the penalty four minutes in is ridiculous. And with the ticky tack stuff they were calling for LA, there’s no way the Rockets didn’t deserve those calls.

  • robb

    I’d say zogs wins the “commenter you hate to love” award. Sometimes he’s obnoxious but he’s also funny as hell.

  • Max

    Does anyone remember a comment of the year candidate?

  • LLC#12

    The one the other day by Allen Powell II where he did impressions of the other commenters was definitely a contender.

  • Max

    Definitly.

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