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Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  42 responses

Post Up: Dubs Hang On

The Warriors won a thriller in New Orleans on Tuesday night.

by Leo Sepkowitz | @LSepkowitzSLAM

Warriors 102, Pelicans 101

Golden State led by five with a few minutes left last night, but the lead was trimmed to one after an Anthony Davis put-back with 47 seconds to play. After a Jermaine O’Neal miss, the Pelicans had a shot to pull out a thrilling win at home, but Eric Gordon was juuuusssttt off the mark with a triple in the waning seconds.

Klay Thompson led the Dubs in scoring with 22, and dished out 8 assists, too. He’s taken his game to a new level this season, averaging about 21 points (51 percent) per game. JO dropped 18 and 8 filling in for a suspended Andrew Bogut, and David Lee went for 19 and 7. Steph Curry narrowly missed a triple-double, finishing with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 9 dimes.

NOLA had a balanced scoring attack, but it just wasn’t enough. Ryan Anderson (21 (3/6 from deep) and 12) and Anthony Davis (14 and 11) both double-doubled, and each of Jrue Holiday, Eric Gordon, Tyreke Evans and Jason Smith scored at least 12 points.

Nets 102, Raptors 100

The Nets nearly blew a 15-point fourth-quarter lead before pulling out a win at the buzzer. Andray Blatche led the team in scoring with 24 (10/16), and Joe Johnson added 21. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, who have struggled all season, scored 28 points combined, and added 10 boards and 8 assists between them.

Toronto got a team-high 27 points from DeMar DeRozan (9/15). Kyle Lowry added 24 points and 6 assists, but the supporting cast just didn’t deliver. Rudy Gay scored only 9 points on 12 shots, Jonas Valanciunas posted 7 and 7, and nobody else did much of anything. The Raptors shot sub-44 percent on the night, compared to over 50 percent for Brooklyn.

Lakers 111, Wizards 116

This game was close throughout, but Nick Young missed a game-tying three with 15 seconds left in his return to Washington. John Wall led the Wiz with 31 point and 9 assists. He pushed the tempo on seemingly every Washington possession, and the Lakers just had no answer for him. Similarly, Nene scored 30 points, largely thanks to the Lakers horrendous defense against the Wall-Nene pick and roll. Martell Webster sank 4 threes on his way to 20 points.

LA’s leading scorer was Jordan Farmar, with 22 points (9/11). Steve Blake was solid, too, finishing with 15 points and 5 assists, and Pau Gasol posted 17 points with 6 boards and 8 assists.

Magic 109, Hawks 92

Don’t sleep on this Magic squad in a terrible Eastern conference! Last night, they got 26 from Arron Afflalo and pretty much blew out a solid Hawks team. Jameer Nelson handed out 10 assists, Nik Vucevic double-doubled and Andrew Nicholson came off the bench to hit 8/11 shots in 25 minutes, finishing with 18 points and and 8 boards. Victor Oladipo dropped 18 as well, and is starting to put things together after something of a slow start.

The Hawks led early, but allowed Orlando to outscore them 36-20 in the third period. Al Horford and Jeff Teague each scored a team-high 15 points in the home loss.

Bonus: Vintage Show Of The Day

This season, I’ll be posting a semi-random highlight video of a former baller at the bottom of my Post Ups. Today, Rookie Shaq gets the honor.

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  • Stepfan Raiford

    Great team win for my Wizards against a game/Kobe less Lakers team. John
    Wall eastern conference player of the week and it looks like he will be
    player of the month if he keeps scoring 30 PPG a night. My only critique of John is that, I need him to play at this level against the elite point guards.

    Pelicans have a weird roster. Gordan Holiday, and Evans all need the ball in their hands, and it looks like Evans is the odd man out.

    Did Dwane Casey run a play for Amir Johnson to win the game!!!!!? Your down by two on your home court. But like they say certain players are open for a reason.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    Tuesday night thoughts

    1. With Derrick Rose out for the season Rajon Rondo still hurt and Kyrie Cavs in crisis mode John Wall may be an all-star point guard by DEFAULT this season in the weak east

    2. John Wall 360 dunk showed off his me first attitude straight showboat he had Nene and Ariza in front of him and refused to pass the ball opting for the sportcenter highlight moment

    3. After banning stat sheets from the Raptors locker room Rudy Gay goes 3-12 shooting his career is going downhill fast

    4. I can’t believe it but Demar Derozan can actually shoot now

    5. Jermaine O’Neal had a throwback game circa 2003

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Arron Afflalo’s Statline is f*cking insane on the season.

    - PPG: 21.9
    - Reb:4.7
    - Ast: 4.6
    - FG%: .484
    - 3pt%: .513
    - FT%: .845

  • Stepfan Raiford

    Nobody will trade with me for him in my fantasy league lol. He is ballin. Orlando is a fun team to watch. A lot of young talent.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    from my understanding, the team was expecting to have to deal Eric Gordon when they acquired Evans. But now that he seems happy, and is playing relatively decent …. idk, they may deal Evans.

  • Stepfan Raiford

    They paid to much money for Evans to play the sixth man role imo.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that’s what i’m saying, they didn’t mean for it to end up like this long term. Evans was supposed to end up the starter after they found a place to move Gordon too.

  • Kadavour

    low-key, he has one of the best turn around fade jumpers in the game. love watching him.

  • TriggaMan

    You aunt lying. I saw him drain it over taller defenders also, he is like eat this kobe

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he’s really putting it together. he looked so uncomfortable with all those expectations (idk what the proper word for what they were is, he wasn’t supposed to be an all star, but he was supposed to “break out” a little bit) and responsibilities. But this year (in the 3 games i’ve seen), he just looks so in his element, nothing seems to be throwing him out of his comfort zone

  • TriggaMan

    I miss j.o
    I thought he was gonnna take pacers to the promise land

  • Max

    I’m pretty happy I picked him up!

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

    Do you just have something against John Wall or something? I mean dude has been balling regardless of what conference he’s in. I don’t see how you nitpick at the 360 dunk and just gloss over the fact that he had 9 assists. As far as him making the all-star team by default because of Rondo’s injury that might be valid but to say because Kyrie’s team is horrendous is just biased. It’s not Wall’s fault that he’s leading his team better than Kyrie’s team. So you’re saying he shouldn’t make the team because of Kyrie’s inability to lead?

  • spit hot fiyah

    people are about to be jealous of arron afflalo

  • LakeShow

    Finally turning into the player we all thought he was.

    I was thinking last night. What’s the real difference between Trevor Ariza and Arron Afflalo? Then I looked at how nice a year AA is having… They are similar players though.

    Glad to see AA doing his thing.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Afflalo is a much better shooter. Much much better.
    .
    Ariza is a better defender (i’ve always felt Afflalo was overrated on that end, all stemming from how he played well against Kobe a couple times.)

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    John Wall has been the best PG in the east for the last 2 weeks….scratch that, he’s been the best PG in the league for his last 6 games.

    Nathan just has just had an irrational hate of the dude since he started commenting, so he’s going to keep acting like he not only knew what he was talking about, but that he was just right, and we are seeing an aberration, due to injuries.
    .
    When in reality,
    .
    http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/w/walljo01/gamelog/2014/#193-198-sum:pgl_basic
    .
    Dude has been a beast.

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

    Yea i’ve noticed that on every PostUp he’s always bashing this guy when in reality he’s been (like you said) the best PG in the east for a nice stretch.

  • Sérgio

    Who would say that Orlando would end up being the winner of the Dwight mega trade. The got 2 great pieces in Afflalo and Vucevic, while LA lost Howard and Earl Clarke, Philly didn’t get even a single game from Bynum and Iggy left Denver after 1 season.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    I will start off by saying that Derrick Rose Kyrie Irving Rajon Rondo are all better player than John Wall but since Derrick Rose is F’N done Rondo is still hurt and Kyrie Cavs have been a major disappointment in addition to the fact that Jrue Holiday is in the west and Deron Williams Nets have been a joke have all increased John Wall chances at being all-star despite the Wizards being a losing team

  • LakeShow

    Nailed it.

  • LakeShow

    Just posted some of those stats on the J-Wall post.

  • LakeShow

    Quit acting like it’s a fluke.

    John Wall is better than Rose, Irving, Rondo so far this year. That’s the facts. Why try to down grade it?

    He is averaging 19-9 on the year and 26-9-5 over the last 5.

  • LakeShow

    He’s been an excellent back up so far this year for the Warriors.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    Yeah right John Wall is a “beast” because he has had a fluke three game strectch playing against bad defensive teams matched up against the likes Steve Blake and Beno Udrih LOL TROLL PLEASE while during the first couple weeks of the season when Washington was garbage he was Typical John Wall shooting bricks and making bad decisions and Bradley Beal was Washington best player not to mention last week how Kyrie bust Wall ass twice scoring 41 and 28 on Wall head

  • spit hot fiyah

    we realized this a year ago

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

    Is it his fault that he’s improving and taking advantage? You’re knocking him because he’s rising in production and you think it’s all due to other teams failing? Really? I’ll give you that Rose and Rondo are hurt but throwing in Kyrie, Jrue and Deron is killing your argument. Kyrie’s team isn’t playing well that’s not Wall’s problem. Jrue Holiday is not playing better than Wall so it doesn’t matter what conference he’s in. Wall capitalizing while other star PG are underperforming shouldn’t knock the way he’s been playing this season. That’s just an ignorant and biased viewpoint.

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

    You just contradicted yourself. In one post you mention how Wall will make the all-star team because Kyrie’s Cavs are bad then in this post you say Kyrie “bust Wall ass twice”. If that’s the case it doesn’t matter who’s team is better then right? You’re making excuses for Kyrie by blaming his team. Teams don’t put you in the all-star game. If Kyrie outplays Wall up until the all-star game then he’ll be the starter and vice versa.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    What improvement John Wall is averaging the same numbers he did last season matching his career average 18-19 ppg 8-9 apg ain’t nothing new he ain’t made a jump into superstardom just last week Kyrie Irving bust his ass twice 41 and 28 points he put on his head

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Beal was up until this week, consistently Washington’s best player. You got that much right

  • Nathan Shane Long

    you do know that the all-star starters are determined by fan voting alone and since Kyrie is more popular than Wall he more than likely will become a starter while Wall by default would get voted in by the coaches and players because the other elite point guard are hurt or garbage

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

    No one is saying he made a jump into superstardom but you can’t just ignore wtf he’s done that past 6 games. That’s what this whole conversation is about. I’m not even sure why I’m continuing to debate this with you when you’ve clearly shown how much you dislike Wall since you’ve been posting here this season. As far as Kyrie going off see my response to your other comment below.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    he doing what he did at the end of last season having a fluke run of monsters game it’s a re-run to me

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

    Lol I’ve read all I need to read to see the reasoning behind your thought process. To each his own.

  • LakeShow

    lack there of: reasoning

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

    Agreed.

  • Dub

    Rudy Gay is such a joke! Its unbelievably frustrating watching him shoot the Raptors outta the game and the turnovers are just atrocious. So ya him and Casey (5 bench players on for extended period of time to start the fourth, with DeRozan being on fire) totally lost this game for the Raps. Good Work Boys!! No wonder he banned stats from the locker room, he can’t even stand seeing his shitty stats every single game.

  • davidR

    did they have any prospective deals to ship gordon?

  • davidR

    i really hope he cant stay healthy. dubs are gonna need him in the playoffs

  • LakeShow

    I actually want him to stay healthy unlike you! ;)

    “really hope he cant stay healthy” haha

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I doubt they had anything in place worth pulling the trigger on. But Gordon was extremely unhappy last season, they didn’t think adding Tyreke Evans would make him any happier. Lol

  • davidR

    whoops haha

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