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Monday, November 25th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  34 responses

Post Up: Good Times in L.A.

The Nets keep losing, the Bulls look hopeless against the Clips and the Lakers find defense.

by Jay Wallis | JayWallis11

Pistons 109 (5-8), Nets 97 (3-10)

Detroit used a big third quarter and a big game from sixth man Rodney Stuckey (team-high 27 points, 6 assists) to take down the hapless Nets. Greg Monroe (18 points, 11 rebounds) had his seventh double-double of the season and Andre Drummond (9 points, 10 rebounds) grabbed double-digit boards for the eighth straight game. Brooklyn had a 7-point lead going into halftime, being led by Joe Johnson (34 points, 12-18 shooting from the field) the entire night. Then, winning the third quarter 34-15, the Pistons shot 66.7 percent from the field while the Nets shot 26.3. This has been a common theme for Brooklyn this year as they have been outscored by 5.2 in the third quarter and by 7.1 in the second half. They aren’t playing defense and the shooting woes of Kevin Garnett (4 points, 9 rebounds, 2-9 shooting from the field) and Paul Pierce (9 points, 5-13 shooting from the field) isn’t making life easier on the offensive end of the court. Even though Brandon Jennings (14 points, 10 assists, 2-10 shooting from the field) continues to give reason why he has lost confidence in his shot, he looked more in control of the offense. Then again, it was against the Nets, a team searching for some sort of identity.

Clippers 121 (10-5), Bulls 82 (6-6)

The post-Rose era of 2013-14 has begun. And it began with a scary sight for Bulls fans. Leading by 42 points at one point, the Clippers did everything better than the Bulls Sunday night, shooting 58.5 percent from the field. Joakim Noah (8 points, 4 rebounds) scored the first points of this game, but after that, Chris Paul (16 points, season-high 17 assists) and the Clippers won all four quarters, outscoring the Bulls 56-30 in the second half. The Bulls looked like they never had a chance in this game and didn’t seem to have any interest in playing any sort of defense. Without Nate Robinson to save possession after possession, this team now lacks any sort of playmaker. The Luol Deng (22 points, 6 assists) trade rumors might grow more and more if these type of performances become a frequent thing. CP3′s Clippers offense looks very strong and very fluid with Blake Griffin (15 points, 12 rebounds) getting another double-double and Jared Dudley (21 points, 8-10 shooting from the field) having one of his best games of the year. If Doc Rivers can get this team to start playing defense for 48 minutes a night, this deep offense could lead to a possible Playoff run.

Suns 104 (7-6), Magic 96 (4-9)

Without Eric Bledsoe, Goran Dragic (23 points, 13 assists, 0 turnovers) took command of this game and gave his team the perfect performance in terms of what an NBA would want from their point guard. He controlled the pace and flow of the game, failing to turn the ball over once and hit a clutch late-game 3-pointer over big man Nikola Vucevic (20 points, 10 rebounds) to put this game away. Channing Frye (14 points, 7 rebounds) also came up big down the stretch as he and Dragic combined to score the final 11 points for the Suns. Gerald Green (20 points, 8 rebounds) has been an offensive force when Bledsoe has been out. In the last four games during Bledsoe’s injury, Green is averaging 20 ppg. For the Magic, sixth man Andrew Nicholson (19 points, 8 rebounds, 3-4 on 3-pointers) played efficiently while the Morris twins combined to score 28 points and grab 13 boards off the bench. Tobias Harris (6 points, 3-8 shooting from the field, 16 minutes) looked rusty in his return but should find his rhythm soon. The Suns found a way to win this game while shooting only 3 free throws the entire game…and only making one of those.

Thunder 95 (9-3), Jazz 73 (1-14)

This game looks much closer than it actually was. If it wasn’t for Rudy Gobert (10 points, 3-3 shooting from the field) coming alive in the fourth quarter, when he scored all of his points, and the Westbrook-less Thunder easing up on the gas pedal, the Jazz might not have reached 60 total points for the game. Kevin Durant (19 points, 9 rebounds), Serge Ibaka (17 points, 11 rebounds, 8-13 shooting from the field) and Oklahoma City led by 37 points in the third quarter and pounded the boards all night, outrebounding Utah 46-33 . Jeremy Lamb (15 points) and Perry Jones III (13 points) gave the Thunder coaching staff hope that they might have some dependable scoring off the bench and even more youth to develop. Then again, anything positive that happens against Utah should be taken with a grain of salt since it probably has more to do with how bad the Jazz actually are. Replacing Enes Kanter (10 points, 3 rebounds) in the starting lineup, Trey Burke (4 points, 4 assists, 2-9 shooting from the field) still hasn’t been able to shoot the ball efficiently since playing in the preseason for Utah. The Thunder have a big game at home Wednesday, facing the 12-1 San Antonio Spurs.

Lakers 100 (7-7), Kings 86 (4-9)

Everyone take a deep breath really quick. Mike D’Antoni has his Kobe-less Lakers legitimately playing defense. It might have been the always-hapless Kings, but Los Angeles still held them to 86 points on the night and only 3 points over the final 7:16 of the third quarter. In the last six games, L.A. is allowing 97.9 points per 100 possessions, good for fifth best in the NBA. There isn’t one specific player anchoring this defense; they are all simply committing to the defensive end of the floor, making it seem as though D’Antoni actually deserves some credit. The Lakers bench outscored the opposing bench for the 13th time in 14 games this season, led by Xavier Henry (21 points), who scored 12 of his points in the fourth quarter. Pau Gasol (20 points, 10 rebounds) remained the constant force for this team while Greivis Vasquez (20 points, 7 assists) might have had his best game of the young season. DeMarcus Cousins (17 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists) had flashes of brilliance, but how much longer before he is no longer considered “just a young player developing” and instead viewed as a “potential-filled problem”?

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  • Yolando

    D’Antoni had nothing to do with their defense. It’s Rambis’ defensive teachings that has come into fruition that one night. It’s been good. If Clippers beat kings by 1 and Lakers whipped the Kings ass then that seems more efficicient on defense. Forget back to back. The kings use lots of players and they young. Good game Lakers. Credit Rambis. Not D’Antoni, but I’ll credit their offensive play. Lots of fast breaks. They run lanes well.

  • LLC#12

    I wish Mirza got more minutes. Free Mirza!

  • http://signup.divinerenergy.com/ Anthony Dixon

    Yesterday was his best game and he can’t play defense.

  • Kap

    This is crazy I’m saying this but this is the exact same situation from Knicks three years ago. And the Lakers have legitimate chance to build a contender if they keep these guys and add a superstar or two via free agency or trade the next few years. This team has the role players you need to win a ‘ship. Now they just need a superstar or two which shouldn’t be hard considering their cap situation and it’s the Lakers. Plus being in Hollywood with they chance to smash Rihanna doesn’t hurt either.

  • Kap

    I also find it hilarious that guys question the Lakers front office. They have traded for Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, Jordan Hill and Steve Nash. They have also signed some underrated free agents. How many fans wish their teams had a front office to make moves like these? Things just didn’t work out but Howard leaving wasn’t the worst and could LA of won a ‘ship with Paul? So lets stop unfairly criticizing Buss and the Lakers.

  • shockexchange

    They didn’t sign Thor or Iron Man. In the Shock Exchange’s opinion, the Lakers’ front office isn’t very good.

  • LLC#12

    True, but the NBA is awash with bad defenders. There’s rosters in the league on which he would be a 10ppg guy.

  • Kap

    Because they didn’t resign Dwight? Because they struggled last season? I would like to hear a legitimate reason why. No team pulls off the transactions that LA does. Its like they have incriminating evidence of rival GMs that lead to eyebrow raising trades. The last three didn’t work out well but they had to potential to be game changing.

  • hashzz

    I agree….im a lakers fan. I can’t defend the hiring of d’antoni over phil, but i can’t legitimately complain about player accuations. Trading for pau in 08′, then cp3 (nixed)…and then nash and dwightwithin a 5 year span. The lakers give upBynum for dwight, cant complain because its not as if bynum has been a all star post lakers days, and with that nixed deal mitch purposely didn’t trade pau and bynum together because they planned on having both Chris and Dwight. It might take time, but I think the Lakers have earned the benefit of a doubt.

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

    I was with you until the Rihanna part. She’s overrated to me.

  • spit hot fiyah

    seems like someone from the lakers bench goes off every game

  • Kap

    LOL

  • Slick Ric

    lol….Looks like Barkley was right, lets just move on to Pacers/Heat series already. Nets are a total disappointment, didn’t expect them to run through the season, but I did expect them to play pretty good ball until the end of the season when they really got it rolling.

  • http://signup.divinerenergy.com/ Anthony Dixon

    idk yet.. I wouldnt mind if he becomes more consistent..

  • http://signup.divinerenergy.com/ Anthony Dixon

    Too late for Brooklyn to turn around?

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

    She’s not ugly but she’s not as bad as a lot of dudes make her out to be IMO

  • Kap

    I know I would risk my relationship to find out…lol

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

    Lol I ain’t mad at ya

  • Kap

    Just check out the Rude Boy video. That ass tho…

  • Slick Ric

    No, I fully expect them to make the playoffs, that’s it though.

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

    I just don’t like her as much as I did when she first came out. But I will agree that the ass had me like…

  • Kap

    Lmao

  • LakeShow

    COSIGN

    Maybe she’s physically attractive, but nothing about “crazy b*tch” is attractive.

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

    Yeah that’s pretty much my whole reason behind my opinion.

  • LakeShow

    I have to admit to thoroughly enjoying Lakers games without Kobe.

    While I won’t purchase tickets to go see a game without him, I am loving the style of play D’Antoni has instilled.

    D’Antoni has created a team that is very, very unique.

    The Lakers leading scorer is Pau at 14ppg and is 2nd leading in mins played at 30mpg. He has quite broken out as I expected. But that will come in time with KB coming back to take pressure off of him. He is still rebounding and passing well, but he will really shine once KB is back.

    Steve Blake is 1st in mins, playing 31mpg. Now that Nash is out he is taking on the offense as his to initiate and he has done it admirably. He is putting up 10-7 with only 2 TO’s(Maybe best TO:Assist ratio in the L over 6apg?). While knocking down 2 threes a game at 46%.

    Meeks is 2nd on the team in scoring with 13ppg averages. He’s shooting five 3′s a game at 47%. Also he is playing 27mpg.

    Nick Young. The boy everybody loves to hate has been cooking since being placed on the bench 6 or 7 games ago. Last night he was off, but the 5 games before that he averaged 17ppg on 49% FG’s with only 13fga taken.

    Jordan Hill has cooled off a little bit, which is to be expected with teams putting him on their scouting reports. He’s still averaging 16-12 and a block and a half on 56% fg’s since being inserted in the starting lineup. While no one is mentioning it, he has been the most noticeable physical change to the team since their defense started to improve. He may not be Dwight Howard, but i’ll tell you what, his attitude along with his energy and desire to improve is more than enough for us Lakers fans to latch on to.

    Wes Johnson is the best defender on the team. He has been really instrumental for D’Antoni’s system. He’s putting up paltry numbers, but if you look at what he’s done in the mins given it’s more than most people thought he was capable of. At 36 mins he’s at 2.5 blocks per game and 1.6 steals. He’s shooting the three ball at 40% also. That’s very impressive from a small forward that some thought didn’t deserve a roster spot.

    And Bean’s a $50m man for the next two years.

    And i’m done. Sorry, rather long winded.

  • LakeShow

    That’s such a sad part of that movie you ass!!! haha

    Man, I needa watch John Q again.

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

    LOL but you gotta admit it’s funny for the occasion

  • Max

    SWAGGY P!

  • LakeShow

    The Swaggiest!

  • Caboose

    Woah, wtf? Pau has “broken out as (you) expected”? Bullsh!t.

    Pau is at 14-10-3 on 42% shooting. If I may pull a quote from you, DIRECT from a conversation with me.

    “He is putting up at least 17-10-4 on 50% imo.”

    And another

    “Expect 18 – 10 – 4 – 1.5 on 50-55% fg’s from him next season.”

    Both of those are from the Pau Gasol Top 50 write up.

    So no, he hasn’t broken out like you expected.

  • Caboose

    “Incriminating evidence” = “Lakers rep”

  • Caboose

    1. Pau last season with Kobe: 13.6, 8.5, 3.9
    Pau last season without Kobe: 13.3, 13.7, 6.5
    Please tell me again how much better Pau will be when Kobe gets back

    2. Yes, Blake is doing awesome. He’s 3rd behind CP and Lowry (Andre Miller only has 2.9 apg, so I don’t count him)

    3. What exactly makes this team unique? The fact that they’re at .500 ball with no one playing over 31 mpg? I mean, the Celtics are also kinda doing that this year too.

    4. Absolutely spot on about Wes. Dude has become a stellar defender (practically overnight).

  • LakeShow

    He has(n’t) quite broken out as I expected.*

    Calm your self foo.

  • LakeShow

    Maybe you haven’t quite realized this yet…

    Pau was injured and playing out of position last season… He was finally getting back to near healthy and into a nice rhythm at the end of the year.

    Can’t believe you didn’t know that.

    Anyway.

    You’re right they aren’t a unique team at all.

    If you think Pau Gasol plays better without Kobe, I honestly just don’t know what to say Caboose.

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