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Thursday, October 31st, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  93 responses

Post Up: Through the Wire

Tight finishes, Superman’s debut highlight full slate of games.

by Brett Weisband | @weisband

Teams around the league kept it close all night as the new season shifts into gear.

76ers 114, Heat 110

Nobody could have seen this coming. Projected by everyone to be not just one of the worst teams in the league, but of all time, the Sixers came out and blitzed the Heat from the opening tip. With Miami coming off their Opening Night win over Chicago and resting Dwyane Wade, the Sixers raced to a 19-0 lead, and were up 33-14 after the first quarter.

Snap back to reality and that lead was cut to two points by halftime, with the Heat taking their first lead with about eight and a half minutes to go in the third quarter. Somehow, though, the Sixers hung around for the remainder of the game, despite having just six NBA players on their roster (coach Brett Brown’s words, not mine). They grabbed the lead late in the fourth thanks to a five-point spurt by Spencer Hawes and managed to hold on for the W thanks to some tight defense and clutch free throw shooting.

Rookie Michael Carter-Williams put up an absurd 22 point, 12 assist, 7 rebound line and threw in a whopping 9 steals, a record for an NBA debut, while Evan Turner chipped in 25 points on 10-19 shooting. LeBron James and Chris Bosh both posted double-doubles for the Heat, who hit 16 threes in the loss.

Even if this is the only Sixers win on the season, it will keep the fans warm on some cold nights this season. As will the Extraterrestrial throwing down on the King.

Cavaliers 98, Nets 94

It was a restart of an era for Brooklyn as they kicked off their season in Cleveland, with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry making their Nets debuts. The Cavs, with no. 1 pick Anthony Bennett and the mostly injured Andrew Bynum playing in their first games with Cleveland, weren’t about to let the former Boston bullies push them around.

The Nets showed they’ll need some time for their revamped roster gel. They struggled to score late in the fourth, with Deron Williams on the bench nursing his sprained ankle and new Cavs coach Mike Brown’s defense clamping down. Anderson Varejao hit a go-ahead 15-footer with 28 seconds to go and Kyrie Irving sealed the win with four free throws at the end. Tristan Thompson led the scoring with 18 points on 8-13 shooting, while Kyrie put up a well-rounded 15 point, 7 rebound, 9 assist line despite shooting just 25 percent from the field.

Raptors 93, Celtics 87

What is sure to be a rough year for Boston started out just that way in Toronto. The eminently available Rudy Gay led a team effort from the Raptors, handing Celtics coach Brad Stevens a loss in his NBA coaching debut. The Raptors defense forced 22 Boston turnovers, not surprising when considering that Avery Bradley, Courtney Lee and Jordan Crawford are the Celtics’ top ball handlers with Rajon Rondo still recovering from ACL surgery.

Raptors fans got to see Jonas Valanciunas flash the potential that makes him such an intriguing prospect, as he put up 8 points, 13 boards and 2 blocks in just 31 minutes. Jeff Green was one of the lone bright spots for the Celtics, dropping in 25 points on an efficient 8-16 shooting effort, including 2-3 from long range.

Pistons 113, Wizards 102

When Detroit signed Josh Smith over the summer, plenty of folks raised concerns about the Pistons’ ability to spread the court and put the ball in the hoop. At least for one night, Detroit put those questions to rest. The front line of Smith, Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe combined for 55 points and 29 rebounds. Monroe put up a monster 24-16 line, Smith somehow hit 3-7 treys and Drummond hammered down a few nasty dunks for all of the League Pass junkies out there. The Wizards backcourt of the present (and future) still put up numbers in the loss, with John Wall putting up a 20 point, 11 assist stat line and Bradley Beal managing 17 points on a poor shooting night. Trevor Ariza led the Wiz with 28 points.

Knicks 90, Bucks 83

The Knicks looked like they were going to start this season with an easy one, opening up a 22-point lead on Milwaukee at halftime. Even leading by 10 early in the fourth quarter, the Knicks were poised to coast to the finish line against Milwaukee. The Bucks showed that they might be feistier than they look on paper, though, pushing back to tie the game up late at 80.

Tyson Chandler wasn’t trying to hear that, though. The Olympic gold medalist and former DPOY made his presence known with the game on the line, putting the Knicks up 82-80 on a putback. He followed that up a few minutes later with an alley-oop dunk from Raymond Felton and a block to seal it for New York. As will be the case all season, Carmelo Anthony took the scoring lead for the Knicks with 19 points and completed the double-double with 10 boards.

Rockets 96, Bobcats 83

It wasn’t always pretty, but Houston started its Dwight Howard Era on a winning note. Dwight is out to show last year’s very weird, injury-riddled season was a fluke, and put up a very Dwight-like line to prove it: 17 points, 26 rebounds and 2 blocks. James Harden, battling a sore back, put up a quiet 17 on just 7-16 shooting. Howard wasn’t the only big man playing in new threads for the first time; Al Jefferson made his debut for the soon-to-be Hornets, but struggled going against the Rockets monster front line of Howard and Omer Asik.

Timberwolves 120, Magic 115 (OT)

Yeah, he didn’t play much last season, but you can’t let Kevin Love get open beyond the arc. The big man proved that again Wednesday night, hitting a game-tying triple with just 10 seconds to go against the Magic, sending the game to OT.

Kevin Martin showed why the Wolves went out and signed him this summer, hitting two big jumpers in OT, including an and-1, and finishing with 19 points. Love posted the kind of line he spoiled us with throughout the 2011-12 season: 31 points, 17 rebounds. Man, it is good to have him back, healthy and generally being awesome.

Orlando dropped their second game in as many nights. Nik Vucevic bounced back from a tough shooting night against Indiana to put up 22 points on 9-15 shooting to go along with his 16 rebounds. After a down year last season and rough start to this one, Arron Afflalo came to play, with 28 points on 50 percent shooting, knocking down 3-5 threes in the process.

Pacers 95, Pelicans 90

New name, new jerseys, same results. In their first game as the Pelicans, New Orleans hung tough after blowing a 16-point halftime lead and eventually succumbed to the Pacers, who were playing the second of a back-to-back set. George Hill put the nail in the ‘Cans’ coffin, drilling a three to put Indiana up by four points with about 30 seconds to go. Hill and Paul George were the catalysts for Indiana. George once again showed why he’s one of the fastest-rising stars in the league, putting up what’s becoming a commonplace (for him) 32 point, 6 rebound, 5 assist line. Hill contributed 19 points, including 4-7 shooting from deep. For the Pelicans, Anthony Davis kept up the crazy pace he set for himself in the preseason, throwing up 20 points, 12 boards and 3 swats in the loss.

On top of their new nickname and threads, the Pelicans have a new-look backcourt to boot. Jrue Holiday, acquired from the Sixers on draft night, put up 24 points in his debut, while high-priced free agent signing Tyreke Evans was limited to 4 points on 2-8 shooting in just 22 minutes off the bench. How those two mesh with a hopefully healthy Eric Gordon (25 points, 8-19 shooting, 3-5 on threes) will go a long way in determining how this season goes for the ‘Cans.

Mavericks 118, Hawks 109

Dirk is back, and it looks like he’s got some help.

After losing a big chunk of last season to injury and playing the year with a weak supporting cast, the big German partnered with new teammate Monta Ellis to lead the Mavs to a season opening win. Dirk was very much his old self, knocking down 4-6 threes en route to 24 points. Ellis, signed away from the Bucks over the summer, truly had it all against the Hawks. Monta was knocking down jumpers all over the court, making 11-17 shots and even draining 2-3 three pointers after being one of the worst shooters from distance in recent memory last season. Atlanta’s new addition, Paul Millsap, put up 20 points in his Hawks debut, while Jeff Teague went for 24 and 9 assists after some interesting contract negotiations with the Hawks over the summer.

Spurs 101, Grizzlies 94

The Grizzlies season flamed out last year in the Western Conference Finals, as the Grit and Grind Gang was swept out of the Playoffs by the Spurs. Their new season started the same way, as the Spurs ground Memphis to a halt. San Antonio used a 30-7 second quarter to subdue the Grizz, holding Memphis to 2-18 from the field in the quarter. Both teams got balanced efforts scoring-wise, with no player scoring more than Tony Allen’s 15 points. Odds are, there won’t be too many more games where Allen is the leading scorer, so let’s enjoy this one. Kawhi Leonard continued his evolution as a full-court terror, pacing the Spurs with 14 points to go with 7 boards and 2 blocks.

Hopefully it’s not an issue going forward, but Tim Duncan left the game after just 17 minutes after taking a ‘bow to the chest. You know Pop will be giving Timmy all the rest he needs this season, and this bruise might give him even more reason to get his ageless superstar some rest. These two teams are in for a long season, and hopefully we get a playoff series that goes more than four games in the spring.

Thunder 101, Jazz 98

Before Wednesday, Kevin Durant hadn’t played a regular season game without his buddy Russell Westbrook since his rookie year. If the Thunder’s opener is any indication, we could be in for a very rare scoring outburst from KD while Russ recuperates. Durant went for 42 points, going 9-24 from the field and hitting another 22-24 from the free throw line. That could very well be the norm with Durant operating as the lone star in OKC. Utah, widely considered to be in tank mode this season, kept it close up until the end. Gordon Hayward had a chance to win it on a heave at the buzzer, but just like against Duke his shot caught iron, adding to a tough shooting night for the former Butler star.

Suns 104, Trail Blazers 91

Turn this tank around! After the Sixers, experts have the Suns pegged to be in the League cellar this season. Phoenix’s new backcourt of Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic had other thoughts against Portland. Both point guards stuffed the stat sheet in their first game together; Dragic put up 26 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists, and Bledsoe went for 22-7-6. Last year’s ROY, Damian Lillard, picked up right where he left off, tossing in 32 for the Blazers. Unfortunately, Portland’s rebuilt bench looked just like last year as well, managing to score just 12 points combined. On a feel-good note, Channing Frye returned to the court after missing all of last season with a heart ailment. The sweet-shooting big posted 7 points in his first game back.

Kings 90, Nuggets 88

Out with the old, in with the new for both of these teams. Denver, after the best season in franchise history, lost its Coach of the Year, George Karl, GM Masai Ujiri and top player Andre Iguodala in the offseason. The Kings shed even more: the incompetent Maloofs and the weight of a potential move to Seattle. This one went to the final buzzer, and Denver had two chances to win it in the finals seconds. But Ty Lawson missed a twisting layup, and Randy Foye bricked a corner three as time expired. DeMarcus Cousins went about proving he deserves the fat contract extension he just got, going for 30 points and 14 rebounds for the Kings. New owner Vivek Ranadivé told the crowd, “This is your team and it’s here to stay,” before the game. Let’s hope the effort we saw from Boogie is here to stay, too.

One positive of the Nuggets shake-up is that we’re going to get more JaVale McGee this season. We’ll have more of this, please, Pierre.

Javale block

Warriors 125, Lakers 94

The Xavier Henry Era’s honeymoon appears to be over for the Lakers. After the Lakers bench put up 41 fourth quarter points on the Clippers in their opener, they barely combined for that many for game in Oakland and got drubbed by the Dubs. The Warriors didn’t need much from Steph Curry, as Klay Thompson decided he’d handle the Lakers himself. The third-year guard had as many points in the first quarter as the whole Lakers squad, and went 15-19 from the field and 5-7 from three on his way to 38 points, a new career high. New addition Andre Iguodala, expected to put the Warriors over the top with his defensive presence and playmaking, had an understated line with 7 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. David Lee showed no ill effects from his hip injury in last year’s playoffs, going for 24 points on 8-13 shooting and 8 rebounds.

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  • guest

    Michael Carter-Williams f*cking around with a quadruple double before he finished puberty. Dope.

  • Above_You

    Who are the Nuggest?

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Few takeaways from last night.
    1.When healthy it’s not even a debate that Dwight is the best center in the league.
    2.Although Asik & D12 are a disaster together on offense they will eat up the boards like Pacman.
    3.Guarantee MCW won’t have another game like that this season.
    4.The combo of JSmith,Monroe and Drummond is dangerous.
    5.The Warriors are scary good and probably the most entertaining team to watch.
    6.Cousins keeps playing like that and he will be unstoppable.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    The Nuggets scored under 90 points a total of 13 times last season.
    .
    They just put up 88……against the Kings.

  • Saleem Rainman

    Thoughts:

    -Kevin Love is that dude.

    -Michael Carter Williams might just have had the best debut ever.

    -San Antonio Spurs are really good, again. Dont let that box score fool you, they were up 20 something for most of the night-aganst a REALLY good memphis squad too.

    -Warriors are my leaguepass team for sure this year. Real fun to watch

    -Eff you Dwight.

    -That Ricky rubio kid has all the intangibles that wins games, he was great in overtime without scoring much.

    -Has John Wall improved his shooting at all in the off season? Dude was 5-17 at one point. Not a good start for one of the most overhyped players in the L.

    -Dirk looked good tonight, that was good to see. So did Monta, other than those turnovers.

    -Orlando lost 2 games, but the did it in the best ways possible. losing games while being entertaining, and still “in” them, while the young guns gain experience in tight games. 2 losses are 2 losses in the league standings, regardless of whether u lose by 5 in overtime or 25.

    -What are you doing, Phoenix?

    -Clevelands gonna surprise a lot of guys this year too.

  • JoeMaMa

    Playing against Durant would be so annoying. He’s lights out, but even when he’s off he recognizes it and turns it into a free throw contest, which he’ll win just about every time.

  • Matisse

    Cousins getting 26 shots has to be a career high right? If Sacramento keeps force feeding Cousins in the post, those numbers he posted up last night are going to be a common thing

  • Stepfan Raiford

    Two games in Paul George looks like he’s going to take another leap.

  • i_ball

    Orlando’s management is happier today than the 76ers management;)

  • The Philosopher

    Brian Shaw.
    That is all.
    It is early, for sure.
    But… Brian Shaw.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ben Osborne

    Welcome to the Show, Brett! And MCW, while we’re here.

  • Max

    OK Duuuuhwiiight!!!

    That dunk by Cousins at the end of the 4th was just amazing, straight up beast mode!
    And the Pelicans big 3 is gonna be fun to watch if they stay healthy all year.

  • Max

    lol

  • Max

    Yo Lake, what do you think Hibbert is gonna average this season?

  • Max

    His handle is looking very nice so far.

  • Harvey

    - MCW was nice. One of the best debut performances I can think of.
    - I love Sefolosha’s defense. Superb.
    - Damn! Klay and Curry can shoot for days. Such a handful for defenders this season no doubt.
    - Love was effectively rebounding last night as usual. Him and Dwight are a terror on the boards. I look forward to their matchup.
    - Spurs were the Spurs. Just brilliant. Kawhi has mad game!
    - I honestly though AI was gonna burst into tears yesterday in that mid-game interview. You can hear/feel his emotion. Respect.

  • Max

    Tony Allen was 3/3 with 3′s, how does that happen lol

  • LakeShow

    I think I said 15-16ppg with 10 boards and over 3 blocks. Probably only 46%FG’s though.

  • LakeShow

    Fully expected.

  • LakeShow

    Well I guess 22-12-9-7 is a hard line to put up twice in a season haha…

  • Max

    Chris Bosh is still a weird dude hahaha
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWU-N7ixyzE

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he’s going to need more than 5.5 shots a game to even come close. He should also play more than 24.5 minutes too.
    .
    or, he’s just not doing that. which should have been obvious by looking at his entire career.

  • Max

    The chances of that ever happening (aside from the blocks ofcourse) are very small I think, I’m with nbk on this one.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Lol I’m only hating because I love Louisville and I couldn’t stand him at Syracuse.

  • LakeShow

    Okay.

  • LakeShow

    Oh okay.

  • Orlando Woolridge

    I saw Faried only played 15 minutes last night. Anyone know why?

  • Caboose

    Those Nuggets look terrible. They don’t fit together at all. And why is Faried playing like 14 minutes?

  • Spru

    Just got league pass for the first time, I think I’m in heaven. Pistons looked real solid. The ball movement between the bigs was too nice

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the only logical reason i can think of is sabotage.
    .
    Anthony Randolph, started……..

  • LakeShow

    I think it’s going to be a good year for the NBA.

    Centers are back.
    Good point guards are more plentiful than ever.
    Defense is fashionable.

    Some notes:

    - The Heat and Sixers combined had 17 less blocks than just the Pacers did vs Orlando.

    -I think injuries will be better than the last couple seasons across the board.

    -Bynum played beast in 7 mins for the Cavs last night. Real good sign for them.

    -The Net’s best player, MVP, and leader is Deron Williams. Till he’s healthy and playing we will not know anything about this team.

    - Was that a fluke from MCW?

    - Spencer Hawes for MIP? He could put up some nice digits this year.

    -Rudy Gay didn’t assist the ball after the 1st qtr. He ended the game with one.

    -Gerald Wallace played nearly 40 mins last night… And shot the ball once. On purpose?

    -Larry Sanders: 5 fouls – 12 mins

    -Center Al Jefferson with 13 points on 19 shots…

    -Patrick Beverly played 10mins last night. Lin had 16 points off the bench.

    -Francisco Garcia is forgotten, but actually quite decent.

    -K-Love is officially back. Best PF in the L.

    -Vucevich played 45mins last night… wow, not allot of big guys can do that. 22-16-3 for him last night.

    -If Corey Brewer can play similar to last night the Wolves will be allot better off.

    -Rubio, a quiet 13-11-6-3-1 night for him

    -Lance Stephenson is a nice player. He is a good play maker too. Making the “problem” with the PG situation a little smoother for the Pacers. While the Pacers don’t have a great distributor they have a bunch of nice passers. Hibbs, West, Scola, Granger, Stephenson, Hill can all throw some nice dimes.

    -ANT! His averages will be around 17-10-2.5 I believe this year.

    Also, just in case anyone was still struggling with understanding the relation between FG% and efficiency, look no further than Evan Turner and Jeff Green.
    Turner: 25 points on 10-19 FG’s = 53%
    Green: 25 points on 8-16 FG’s = 50%
    Obviously Green was more efficient than Turner.

    He scored the same amount of points on 3 less shots, albeit while shooting a worse FG%.
    Thus-FG% isn’t a great indicator of scoring efficiency.

  • LakeShow

    How good is Miles Plumlee you think?

  • spit hot fiyah

    is that true? maybe less probable than MCW near quadruple dub

  • spit hot fiyah

    as for number 4, that’s a double edged sword. i wouldn’t want to drive into that lane as a pg. but i don’t feel good about their offense. too much time on the perimeter for j smith, which meant too many long twos. 7 3s he took!!! and made 3 which is a problem because now he probably thinks that he is a 43% shooter

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    And just like that MCW was scooped up in all your fantasy leagues.

  • Veskit

    McGee and Faried are terrible together, that’s the reason. Standout athleticism and rebounding but no defense, no brains and no shooting. They don’t fit.

  • LakeShow

    Perfectly said.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Oh yea I definitely agree with you. I cringed everytime he took a 3 last night smh. When he was driving and dumping the rock off to Monroe and Drummond that was when they were at their best.

  • Max

    Haha it is indeed.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    not nearly as good as he looked last night lol

  • Sean Superstar Juan

    Durant’s FG% without Westbrook is pretty telling. He is still a great but not as “LeBron like” as many would have you believe.

  • shockexchange

    OKC are missing both Westbrook and Harden from that NBA Finals team. How “LeBron like” would The Kang be without Black Rick Flair or Chris Bosh? Worse yet, how LeBron like would he be without the “LeBron Rules” to go by?

    Why not go ahead let Durant play 1-on-5 or with one hand tied behind his back and measure his FG% then?

  • Sean Superstar Juan

    LeBron was “LeBron like” before Miami. It’s no need to speculate with rhetoricals because we’ve seen LeBron at 25 all by his lonesome, the footage and numbers are available.

  • LakeShow

    What does his FG% matter?

    He had a very efficient night.

    42 points on 24 shots is ridiculously nice.

  • LakeShow

    Figured as much. Got a future though?

  • shockexchange

    SE doesn’t disagree about how “LeBron like” The Kang is. He’s just pointing out the folly of putting Durant under a microscope without Harden and Westbrook. If you want a high degree of difficulty, why not make Durant shoot blindfolded and measure his FG% from that? How about have him tied up in a coffin, bout 10,000 feet below sea level? SE would bet that would drop his FG% to at least 39.9%.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it would seem that way today. but idk, i haven’t seen enough of him to really commit to a stance. He seems like a serviceable big. idk how much so, but he’s a top flight athlete, and apparently has usable skills. So i’m not really sure what to make of him after just one game starting.

  • Caboose

    I think a Robin Lopez kinda role is forseeable.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he’s much much more athletic then Lopez. THat’s for damn sure.
    .
    the kid has a vertical over 40″

  • Caboose

    Seriously? Did not know that…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah, all i’ve been hearing from people around the team is how crazy of an athlete he is. literally have not heard any mentions of his skillset. only information i really have on that is what has happened in his time on the court.

  • Caboose

    Dude is like a non-stupid Javale then with that kind of athleticism…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he’s not that long though, JaVale has like a 7’8″ wingspan or some crazy sh*t like that. that’s why i don’t think we’ll ever really see him do stuff that makes your jaw drop. he’s like a bigger version of Kris Humphries. That’s the best comparison i can think of.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    1.Michael Carter-Williams with greatest NBA debut since Lebron James shocking since he sucked during Summer League and preseason play
    2.DeMarcus Cousins can be the best center in the NBA if he wants to
    3. The Thunder early season strategy is to DICK-RIDE DURANT LIKE LEBRON IN CLEVELAND THEY CAN BEAT BAD TEAMS LIKE THAT BUT NOT ANY GOOD TEAMS
    4. Where art thou fake ass Lakers fans? your team played over their head against the clippers but yet 24 hours later got smashed by the Warriors and burned by Klay Thompson i know all of you have jump off Xavier Henry PENIS right now i can’t believe how these fake Lakers fans were talking Tuesday night and did not know Xavier Henry was not a huge BUST in Memphis and got buried in New Orleans and his NBA career was dead and the same thing goes for Wesley Johnson who is a bigger bust then Henry just know the Lakers will finish dead last in the Pacific division

  • shockexchange

    (D’Antoni Singing to Andrew Wiggins) “Tank, Tank, Tank, Tank, Tank, Tank, Tank, Tank Tank, Tank, Tank, Tank, … come and put your name on it.”

  • LakeShow

    I see what your saying.

    Kinda of like: “Let’s see how Kobe plays in his 17th season at 35 years of age after coming off the worse surgery of his career, and judge his career based upon that.”

    On Durant though, who cares what his FG% is. If he is scoring 40+ points on less than 25 buckets…. That’s incredibly efficient.

  • LakeShow

    Yes, the Lakers will have a worse record than Phoenix.

    Completely rational thought . . .

  • Nathan Shane Long

    I know right and the sad part is that if the Lakers become a lottery team and have one of the 5 worst records in the NBA that the league office in New York would give the 1st overall pick to the Lakers so they can choose between Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker just so the team can stay relevant after Kobe leaves

  • shockexchange

    No. Wait ’til Horry Jr gets healthy and then judge him. The “Horry Jr Jones” will attribute any fall off to (i) age or (ii) injury. The biggest determinant of his performance will be whether or not he’s surrounded by “exceptionally more talent than the rest of the L.”

    Blanket Disclaimer: The Shock Exchange wouldn’t compare Horry Jr to Durant, MJ, The Kang, et. al. A better comparison would be Robert Horry.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    your dumbass does realize Phoenix has a better roster and talent than the Lakers

  • Max

    Lol at that last sentence..

  • LakeShow

    No, his best performances came when next to lesser talent.

    Hence why he had the highest point total post 1962, playing next to Kwame Brown, Smush Parker, and Chris Mihm.

    That’s right Kwame Brown and Chris Mihm at the same___________time.

    Two 7 footers! at the same time! Wow… All time line-up.

  • LakeShow

    yes, i’m the one that is dumb because I think the Lakers are more talented than the Suns…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that is hilarious.

  • shockexchange

    (Lake Show serenading Horry Jr) “I’ve got ‘Horry Jr Jones’, ‘Horry Jr Jones’ … for yoooouuuu!”

    —–> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCF6IkMmmpY

  • LakeShow

    Kwame Brown and Chris Mihm at the same time…

  • shockexchange

    (Lake Show serenading Horry Jr) “Listen baby. On every article, whether it’s about Durant, The Kang, MJ or global warming … I’ve got to find a reason to talk about you. I’m like a junkie. I’ve got ‘Horry Jr Jones’ for yoooouuuu!”"

  • Nathan Shane Long

    your not dumb but more so delusional lets see here the lakers rotation is made up of old washed up broken down players Nash,Gasol,Kaman,Blake and then you have four lottery pick draft busts trying to save their NBA careers Henry,Johnson,Williams,Hill and to top it off you have some “SWAGGY” knucklehead that take bad shots in NICK F’N YOUNG

  • LakeShow

    Sounds more like you just hate the Lakers and myself, more than actually trying to give a stable POV on the state of the Lakers.

  • LakeShow

    Smush Parker…
    Remember when he put up 11 points and 3.7 assists next to KB! Wheew that guy was a champ… and to think they had Kwame Brown and Chris Mihm at the same time to go along with Smush Parker! whoa..

  • Nathan Shane Long

    That just me straight shooting on the Lakers why would I hate on this joke of a franchise this just the beginning of the end

  • Max

    Don’t forget about Luuuuukeeee!!

  • LakeShow

    “why would I hate on this joke of a franchise this just the beginning of the end”

    That is hate.

    The Lakers and Celtics are the two most storied and most important franchises in the NBA’s history.

    If you’re “straight shooting” you’re “straight stupid.”

  • LakeShow

    At least Luke was a smart player. He maybe was never meant to be in the L based upon normal athletic standards, but he was a slightly above average shooter and had an incredibly high basketball IQ. I actually enjoyed watching him play when he was right.

  • Max

    Yeah, his passing was also great.

  • LakeShow

    He had 12 assists in 28 mins one game last season!

  • Sean Superstar Juan

    Harden is long gone so that part of the analogy is null and void. You have proved my point exactly, without Westbrook ( who many claimed held KD “true potential” back) it seems that KD isn’t as dominant in the efficient manner that he is with Russ. He isn’t going to shoot 24 free throws every night.

  • Sean Superstar Juan

    Actually, he shot the basketball 36 times.

  • Sean Superstar Juan

    He had a “had an incredibly high basketball IQ.” is just the standard justification for an undeserving white guy who doesn’t belong in the NBA.

  • LakeShow

    So when you are using Field Goal percentage you add in Free-Throw % also? What is KD’s real FG% then? In your terms.

    You must be the only person on the planet that counts “free-throw’s” as a Field Goal’s, I’ve never, ever heard of that before.

  • LakeShow

    Share more ignorance with us please.

    Why did Luke score 11-5-5 over the course of an entire season if he is undeserving of being in the NBA?

  • Max

    !!!!

  • Nathan Shane Long

    Typical idiot Lakers fan stuck in the past well you see boy that is ironic since the only thing you will be talking about these next couple years will be past since the Lakers are going to suck hard miss the playoffs and become completely irrelevant it is clear that the “glory days” are F’N OVER and the Lakers have no future

  • LakeShow

    Trophy Master

  • Sean Superstar Juan

    Because he was playing on a bad team and getting huge minutes, validated by his averages in every other season not even approaching double figures. Any more questions?

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

    I see. So you are that kind of hater.

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

    I think he could easily average those numbers. But probably not on this team. He’s the 3rd or 4th scoring option. It would have to be a lot of clean up buckets. It could happen though.

  • LakeShow

    Hello? Can you defend your position?… What was Durants FG% last night when adjusted to your metric?

  • LakeShow

    He is the 3rd or 4th scoring option, but I think they need to make him more of a priority. He is much more skilled than his FG% speaks for. He should be able to score over 14ppg on 48%FG’s easily.

    I completely understand your POV though. I don’t think it’s certain, just very possible. I could easily see him at 12-9-3 at the end of the year. I just hope for more out of such a talented big.

  • Sean Superstar Juan

    So in other words, when he takes a shot and goes to the line (in which those shots don’t count in the FGA’s unless it’s an “and one”), he didn’t really shoot? He shot 24 times in which no foul was called, and also shot an additional 12 times in which he was fouled. Meaning, on 36 offensive possessions for OKC, KD took a shot. He was 22-24 from the line. That’s not efficient, that’s a volume shooter shooting the ball 36 times to get 42 points and being aided with a “superstar” whistle. You’re all over the place, one minute FG% is meaningless, then the next minute you’re analyzing Roy Hibbert saying this about him “Probably only 46%FG’s though.”. Stop the trolling and just stick to your “I know basketball” thing with the youngsters.

  • ballislife

    Your juvenile and your comments are not in any way objective. You just hate the lakers cause your a hater. The lakers just finished with 5 titles last decade. What did your team do ? It’s obvious the Lakers do not have this year we don’t need your little kid hatred all over this boards. We get it the lakers suck to you it’s dully noted now move on or day something with substance instead of your annoying rants.

  • LakeShow

    So you count every time a player shoots the ball (including FT’s) as “shots”, right?

    So you place less value in a player that gets you 15ppg on 10 FGA than a player that gives you 15 ppg on 13 FGA as long as the one taking 13 shots did it on a better FG% and shot less FT’s? Right?

    I don’t understand why you would want the player that shoots more FGA. What about his game is inherently more helpful the team than the one that scores the same amount on less shots?

  • LakeShow

    I like how you preface it as “next couple of years” Because you know as well as I that they will be back in contention sooner rather than later. It’s the Lakers lil guy…

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