Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  27 responses

Post Up: Not In Our House

Home teams went a perfect 4-0 on Tuesday night.

by Leo Sepkowitz | @LSepkowitzSLAM

While you were watching three unbelievable college prospects ball in primetime, there were four pro games going on. Spoiler alert: the road teams didn’t do well.

Heat (5-3) 118, Bucks (2-4) 95

The Heat ran right through the Larry Sanders-less Bucks in Miami last night. LeBron paced the team with 33 points, though he managed only 3 boards and 2 assists in 30 minutes. Still, it’s hard to argue with 13/21 shooting. Mario Chalmers chipped in 15 and 7 dimes, but perhaps the game’s biggest story surrounded Michael Beasley.

The former K-State stud came off the bench for 20 minutes and scored 19 points. He scored 10 points on Saturday night and may slowly be carving out a role in Miami’s rotation. Granted Ray Allen sat out on Tuesday night, but Rashard Lewis saw 24 minutes, so obviously there’s legitimate run for the taking if Beasley keeps up the solid play.

Two Bucks scored 18 points—John Henson (7/10) and Gary Neal (3 treys). Only one starter (Caron Butler) scored 10 or more points, and he shot 4/15 on the night. Giannis Antetokounmpo saw 22 minutes and scored 11 points (3/5 from deep) with 4 rebounds—all career-highs for the rookie.

Mavericks (5-3) 105, Wizards (2-5) 95

Washington hung with the Mavs for the first quarter, but got blown out in the second period and never made back the ground. Dirk Nowtizki and Monta Ellis lead the team with 19 points each, while Shawn Marion and Sam Dalembert combined for 23 points and 14 boards.

There are certainly faster teams than the Mavs—they scored only 5 fast break points on Tuesday—but the Dallas offense has been potent nonetheless.  They’ve scored at least 99 points in all eight games so far.

Meanwhile, it was more of the same for the 2-5 Wiz, who got some big individual performances but couldn’t piece them together. Trevor Ariza knocked down 5 threes on his way to 27 points and John Wall (14 & 10) and Marcin Gortat (12 & 12) each double-doubled. They have to go to San Antonio tomorrow night, and are staring right at yet another disappointing start to a season.

Lakers (4-5) 116, Pelicans (3-5) 95

The Pelicans forgot to show up in LA last night. They came out flat in the first half, managing just 39 first half points against a defensively inept Lakers squad. The final numbers don’t look too terrible—40.5 percent from the field, 23:13 assist:turnover ratio, 33 free throw attempts—but don’t get it twisted: this was an ugly showing from the ‘Cans.

Meanwhile, the Lakers had solid contributions from a handful of guys. They rely on balanced scoring when they play well, and that’s exactly what they got on Tuesday night. Jordan Hill led the way with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Steve Blake tallied 10 assists starting in place of Steve Nash, and Pau Gasol, Jodie Meeks, Xavier Henry and Nick Young each scored at least 14. Henry also had this monster jam:

Warriors (5-3) 113, Pistons (2-5) 95

Detroit has faced four good teams in a row—Indiana and Oklahoma City at home and then Portland and Golden State on the road—and dropped all four games. Last night, the Pistons got blown out in the first quarter (35-16) and never came within shouting distance of the Dubs.

Stephen Curry set the tone with 25 points (7/10 overall, 9/9 free throws) and 8 dimes. David Lee posted 17 and 9 and Andre Iguodala tallied 11 assists. Meanwhile, Jermaine O’Neal came off the bench and turned back the clock about seven years. He sank 7/8 shots in 23 minutes and finished with 17 points and 6 boards. Garbage time is a beautiful thing.

Detroit got 16 and 14 from Andre Drummond, but Brandon Jennings shot just 5/14 with 3 turnovers and 2 assists and Josh Smith knocked down 1/6 shots in 19 minutes. The Pistons have some major problems to work out.

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. Yesterday, Magic Johnson got the honor. Today, it’s Penny Hardaway. Enjoy his insane ability to maintain total control of his body while flying all over the place.

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  • spit hot fiyah

    this is kind of irrelevant right now that sanders is out. but still, check this out. i think jay bilas’ brain would short circuit if he saw this wingspan

  • fantasyhelpneeded

    just a quick question for fantasy heads:
    Jordan Hill or Chris Kaman
    what’s your take?

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

    Jordan Hill. He’s more active around the basket and will probably take more minutes away from Kaman in the near future.

  • bringbackthesonics

    no. 1 in that penny top ten was ridiculous

  • spit hot fiyah

    true! without looking it up or reading the name of his jersey, prove that u are a true nba nerd by naming the player scoring the basket.

  • LLC#12

    - Steve Blake led the Lakers in minutes. Wat.
    - Jordan Hill is only gonna keep getting more minutes I think

    - Glad to see Datome finally have a decent game for Detroit, I maintain that he is a great player when he gets opportunities, saying that, a lot of players seemed to get at least 10 minutes for Detroit last night.
    - Jennings and Smith on the same team doesn’t seem to work.

    - The Heat are SO deep.

  • bringbackthesonics

    wouldn’t have a clue, who is it?

  • spit hot fiyah

    anthony avant if i’m not mistaken. i’m too lazy to google 00 magic 94, but someone might be able to verify

  • fantasyhelpneeded

    thanks. that’s what i’m hoping for.. especially since lakers don’t have much other bigs.

  • bringbackthesonics

    http://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/ORL/1994.html – there was one other player who wore 00 while on the magic with penny in ’94 but he only played 2 games so i’d say you’re right

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Josh Smith only played 19 minutes last night, and still found a way to shoot more 3′s than rebounds & free throws combined, times infinite.

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

    Don’t even remind me…smfh

  • underdog

    He’d need a telescope, though.

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

    Well also D’Anotni likes to play those types of PF who can run the floor and a high motor. But no problem good luck in your fantasy league!

  • Stepfan Raiford

    Same ole Wizards smh

  • spit hot fiyah

    hey, that’s my dude to pick on. i started in the preseason, find your own punching bag

  • LakeShow


  • LakeShow

    they have a better pic if you google “bucks wingspan” and view images.

  • LakeShow

    I think DeJuan Blair is slightly underrated. Yes his defense is pretty bad, but he is a great rebounder and is managing averages of 8 points – 8 boards and 2 steals in 20mpg so far for the Mavs. He had a game of 5 steals and another of 4. Something should be said for that.

    Vince has become a very nice 6th man. I’m happy to see that transition happen seamlessly for him.

    The Warriors offense is really nice. That may sound funny since most everyone realizes that, but what some may not realize is it’s not just Steph and Klay droppin bombs. They have an offense which is very fluid, all their guys are on the same page with great chemistry. Moving quickly and intelligently. They ALL have a high basketball IQ.

    The Warriors are as good as they want to be(and their health allows).
    Jermaine O’Neil can score 17 point in 2013 in their system….

    Andre Drummond with the 16-14-3 on 80% fg’s in 28 mins… Damn.

    What is Chauncey doing starting for the Pistons?

    Glad the Lakers could get the Dub so they can stay near 50% haha.
    That dunk by Henry was freakin’ nice. He had a great game. 3 of 3 on three pointers. Love the youth and athleticism… Jordan Hill continues to be awesome with the 21-11 in 26 mins. No one played more than 27 mins for the Lakers. It’s a weird way to play, but when it works it looks real nice. Nick Young scored 17 points on 11 buckets too.

    I think people that think the ROY honors are already knighted are bitterly mistaken. There is a few guys that can start to round into form and make for a competitive ROY honors.

  • Tarzan Cooper

    what a steal supercoolbeas might turn out to be. josh smith went to the worst team for him. already two starting bigs, then add a shoot first pg. the result is smith having to create his own shot on the perimeter, does not end well.

  • Tarzan Cooper

    also really glad to see xavier finding a place in the league, i knew he could.
    kieff is looking like an all star caliber player.

  • help also needed

    Jordan Hill, easily. The better question is Jordan Hill or John Henson??

  • spit hot fiyah

    man i was trying to tell people on here about blair in the off season but no one was hearing it. now he is at like 9 and 8 or something like that right. i was wondering why the clippers didn’t go after him, sure he would help their D much but still. i’d rather have him that mullens who seems to be content with trying to break the rim by throwing the ball at it.

  • chingy

    No mention of Dirk passing *EDIT* Jerry West on the all-time scoring list?

  • LakeShow

    What does that have to do with NBA basketball?

    …eh, good point…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you mean Jerry West?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    hey hey hey, i’ve been punching at him since the day he went to Detroit, I just stopped punching at Brandon Jennings (momentarily) so that i can punch at Josh Smith with all my attention.