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Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  40 responses

Post Up: CP3 Dominates

Chris Paul put on a show against the Rockets on Monday night.

by Leo Sepkowitz | @LeoSepkowitz

Clippers 137, Rockets 118

The Rockets didn’t have a prayer against Chris Paul last night. The dude was everywhere, running as sharp an offense as you’ll ever see. In all, CP3 finished with 23 points, 17 dimes, 2 turnovers and a pair of steals,. The Clippers clicked on all cylinders all night long, swinging the ball around and finding the open guy over and over and over again. Their depth at the wing is astounding.

Lob City sank 15 treys, 8 of which came from the duo of JJ Redick (26 points) and Jamal Crawford (21). Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Jared Dudley each dropped at least 11, too. It was the kind of game that makes any viewer believe the Clippers are true title contenders, and just might be the West’s best team.

Meanwhile, the Rockets didn’t look too good for a team that scored 118 points. The offense never really clicked, but obviously the defense is the real problem. They had no answer for the Clippers’ impressive ball movement, and even when Omer Asik played alongside Dwight Howard the defense looked abysmal. They went small for most of the night, giving about 50 minutes to the combo of Francisco Garcia and Omri Casspi while Asik saw just 24 minutes. The likes of Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas only surfaced in garbage time. Defense and the power forward spot could be major issues for the Rockets this season.

James Harden scored a quiet 15 on just 6-of-16 shooting (0/7 threes). He seemed invisible for most of the night—bizarre considering his Rockets were going up against one of the League’s top squads. Howard battled early foul trouble but managed to finish with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lin each scored 14, though it was Casspi who led the team in scoring with 19.

Cavaliers 93, Timberwolves 92

Cleveland led by 16 with just over five minutes left last night before nearly blowing the game. A 91-75 advantage evaporated into a 93-92 battle, but the TWolves couldn’t convert a game-winning chance in the closing seconds.

CJ Miles led Cleveland in scoring, pumping in 19 in just 19 minutes. Kyrie Irving managed 15 points, 8 boards and 6 assists, but committed 9 turnovers. Andrew Bynum was able to play 19 pretty solid minutes, and finished with 10 points, 4 rebounds and 3 rejections. If he can give the Cavs that much most nights, they’ll be a Playoff team in the East.

Kevin Love double-doubled for Minnesota, and it looks like he’s returned to dominant form after playing only 18 games last season. He’s as good a big man as we have in the League when healthy. Kevin Martin scored 23 and Corey Brewer chipped in 13. Ricky Rubio was brutal offensively, though, finishing with 4 points (0/7) and 5 turnovers.

Warriors 110, 76ers 90

The Sixers finally ran out of gas last night. They got smoked through the first three quarters, and made the final score look not that bad by outscoring Golden State 25-12 in the fourth with the game already out of hand.

Andre Iguodala erupted in his return to Philadelphia, knocking down seven treys on his way to 32 points and making one insane pass (below). Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and David Lee each scored at least 15. Only Iggy played more than 30 minutes in the blowout.

Philly shot just 35 percent and a brutal 5/25 from downtown. Michael Carter-Williams missed 13 of his 17 attempts from the floor and turned the ball over 6 times, but managed to knock down 9/12 free throws. Just about the only silver lining for the Sixers was Tony Wroten scoring 14 points off the bench. The 6-6 guard has scored in double figures in each game so far this season.

Grizzlies 95, Celtics 88

Boston hung around for most of the game—they even led with six minutes to play—but Memphis closed on an 11-2 run to win it.

The Grizzlies’ box score isn’t particularly pretty, but they got contributions from enough guys. Zach Randolph, Mike Conley and Jerryd Bayless each scored 15, and Marc Gasol went for 14 and 8.

The game was there for the Celtics’ taking, but they just don’t have enough good players to win games like these. Still, they got nice efforts from Jeff Green (22), Jared Sullinger (14 & 5) and Avery Bradley (14), and this season will be all about seeing what they’ve got in their young guys. Playing a tough Grizz team close for 45 minutes is a win for this Celtics squad.

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  • spit hot fiyah

    at least josh smith’s 3 point percentage didn’t go down today

  • Stepfan Raiford

    Attack mode CP3 is scary.

  • i_ball

    Curry is just a joy to watch! One can only pray for his ankles

  • Stepfan Raiford

    I knew Harden’s defense was bad but not that bad. He made JJ Redick look like he was back at Duke.

  • Caboose

    Rubio, STOP TAKING JUMPERS OFF THE DRIBBLE. Dude is gonna post one of the highest steals totals in a long time though.

  • Enigmatic

    And hey, Anthony Bennett’s field goal percentage didn’t either!

  • shockexchange

    Anthony Bennett is the poster child for why teams should not tank. They’re getting a 3 year “project” regardless.

  • Sérgio

    How long will it take for Dwight to realize that he is not getting more touches in HOU than in LA and start complaining to the media?

  • brothasdontsurf

    Francisco Garcia looked like he was bout to catch a case last night lol

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Cleveland didn’t tank. Nobody tanked last year, actually.

  • LakeShow

    Byron Mullens, Jared Dudley, and Jamal Crawford shooting 11 of 20 for 55% on 3 pointers is going to keep the Clips in any game.

    They need to clamp down their defense and focus on turning Blake into a post scorer for any real success this season though.

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange wasn’t implying that they tanked. He was only implying that if you do tank, odds are you may not get anybody in the draft who can help you immediately anyway.

  • LakeShow

    I was noticing his 10FGA a game also.

  • LakeShow

    He had 4 of those 5 steals in the first 10 mins of play.

  • LakeShow

    Give Redick some props too. He couldn’t do that against anyone as a rookie.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the point being, you can’t use Anthony Bennett as an example of why teams shouldn’t tank, considering he is in no way related to those situations. If Andrew Wiggins/Julius Randle/Jabari Parker/Aaron Gordon/etc. don’t turn out then sure. But so far, tanking has worked for every team that has done it.

  • LakeShow

    Kevin Martin is averaging 21ppg on 14FGA to start the season.

    Despite only shooting 45% FG’s.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    dude is perfect for Rick Adelman’s offense. Shout out to (one of) my fantasy team!

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange doesn’t need a lecture from you about tanking. Actually, it was he who told you that San Antonio tanked to get Tim Duncan and how well it worked out. You tried to argue that San Antonio didn’t tank, and after Slam re-posted an article on that San Antonio tanked to get Duncan, you’re now coming across as an expert on “tanking.” What next guy, you’re gonna try to explain the “Theory of Relativity” to Einstein is if it was your idea?

    To purposely throw games from the outset – which is what everyone is now calling “tanking” – is silly. At the risk of stating the obvious, you have nothing the gain by being the 2nd or 3rd worst team in the L, especially if being the worst team in the L increases the odds of picking first in the draft.

  • Saleem Rainman

    ah man, he was better at shooting the first 3 games, he shud keep trying to find some consistency at it tbh

  • Caboose

    Dude has that Stockton-like instinct for steals

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol idk who you think you are talking to. But a conversation where you informed me that San Antonio tanked or where I argued that they didn’t surely never happened.

  • shockexchange

    On this thread ( http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2013/10/nba-gm-admits-their-team-is-tanking/#comment-1101416022 ) you said “Robinson was reportedly healthy by the end of February so he sat out a few extra months.” SE took your comment to mean that his claims that S.A. tanked were exaggerated.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    That is me blatantly saying they tanked. They kept arguably the leagues best center sidelined for 2 extra months. I was solidifying your opinion by showing what exactly the team did to tank. Plus, you didn’t say anything to me at all, little full of yourself to think I needed you to inform me of something over 10 years after it happened aren’t you? .
    And I went on to show other instances of successful tanking on that same page. How you got this ridiculous idea in your head that you had to explain this to me is befuddling.

  • spit hot fiyah

    that is just basic math though since it can’t go below zero. poor guy

  • shockexchange

    What happens when discussions occur over the internet. LOL.

  • LakeShow

    How is there no mention of Steph Curry f*cking around??

    18-12-10-5-1 with only 2 TO’s doesn’t happen that often.

  • LakeShow

    When are you going to start putting the box scores up SLAM?

  • Stepfan Raiford

    Didn’t mean to throw shade toward JJ but I’m a Maryland Terp fan and I was raised to hate Duke players. lol Nah Docs system is perfect for him. Great pickup, and Dudley is starting to find his shooting touch again. Deandre Jordan’s energy has really impressed me thus far in this early part of the season.

  • Sérgio

    Man, Golden State is scary. Every day a different guy can get on fire and destroy the other team. I know it’s very early, but, with their improved defense, they look like a serious threat to come out of the West.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    wasn’t actually about touches in LA …. he never wanted to be there. — Mitch Kupchak even admitted they knew that when they acquired him on the Jay Mohr show like 2 weeks ago.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he has to take shots like that. if he didn’t take those, he literally wouldn’t take any shots. he has to form some type of threat to even throw the ball at the rim. or else box out positioning means nothing when he has the ball – which totally affects how defense is played.

  • Caboose

    He’s not terrible with spot up, but he is ATROCIOUS when he tries to take floating or fading jumpers.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he’s terrible spotting up in the context that he should never be your choice as a spot up shooter. shooting off the dribble, even if he sucks at it, is more important than his ability to shoot standing still off the ball.
    .
    now, that would change is say JJ Barea actually helped the team in a positive way playing SG or someone else who could do things to initiate offense. But they really don’t. Rubio has to shoot off the dribble, he has to keep the defense honest.

  • Caboose

    What Rubio really needs is a finishing move in the paint. Tony and Conley have the floater, Westbrook and Rose have the power layup, Paul and Rondo have a variety of footwork-driven layups, Deron has the double step-back kinda half-hook, and Curry and Kyrie both can stop on a dime to take square jumpers from in close. Rubio’s not proficient at any of those. But, he would seem to be able to develop one of those easier than his horribly mangled shooting stroke.

    Barea’s problem is that he has gotten REALLY bad at defense. Matador, Scola-esque defense. There’s not many guys on the floor he can guard at this point. Playing him at the 2 would be a death knell for the Wolves’ already suspect defense.

    On the plus side, we finally get to see what Kevin Martin can do with a pass-first point guard.

  • Caboose

    Anthony Bennett looks like a lost puppy on offense.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    lol normally if you can shoot a runner it’s because you understand the fundamental’s of shooting in general. i think both his jumper and his runner develop at a similar rate.
    .
    and i’m not trying to say his shooting isn’t a huge glaring awful issue, but it isn’t to the point where he should avoid using it. is all i’m saying.

  • Caboose

    Fair.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    Observations from Monday night games

    1.Chris Paul game is on another level that can’t be reached right now best point guard in the world

    2.Minnesota had a very cold shooting night which is the reason they lost to the mediocre Cavs

    3.Dion Waiters is a BUST and Anthony Bennett is a serious disappointment of historic proportions

    4.No shame in Philly first loss of the season against the Warriors Iguodala got his revenge Golden State is the greatest shooting team of this generation no team can outshoot them

  • Enigmatic

    Exactly. I really hope this isn’t doing a number on his confidence.

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