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Thursday, November 7th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  114 responses

Post Up: What Rivalry?

Pacers assert control in Central, Vucevic dominates Clippers

by Brett Weisband | @weisband

Bobcats 92, Raptors 90

The Bobcats gutted out another win to go to 3-2, tying the best five-game start in franchise history (haha!). Gerald Henderson, off to a tough start to the season, pumped in 23 points on 10-17 from the field for the Cats. Charlotte got out to a quick start, making 75 percent of their shots in the opening quarter for a 14-point lead, but Toronto came right back to tie it up by halftime. The game stayed tight for the whole second half, and Toronto had a chance to swipe a win away late. Bismack Biyombo saved the day, swatting a layup attempt by DeMar DeRozan (14 points, 5-16 shooting) to keep the Raptors at bay. Weirdly, the Raptors chose not to foul as the Bobcats ran the clock down, sealing the loss. Jonas Valanciunas put up a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds for Toronto, while Rudy Gay led the Raps in scoring with 20. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist pitched in 14 points for Charlotte, and even knocked down his only jumper attempt for the night.

Pacers 97, Bulls 80

Chicago downplayed the rivalry between these two teams pre-season, but a game against the Bulls clearly means something to Indiana, and they showed it as they stayed undefeated. The first half was as much of a slugfest as you’d expect, with the two teams combining for just 80 points and the Bulls taking a six-point lead into half. The Bulls smothered the Pacers in the second quarter, holding them to just 12 points. Derrick Rose (17 points, 6-15 shooting, just 2 assists) looked to be rounding back into form in the first 24 minutes, putting up 12 points on 5-9 shooting, although he didn’t record any other stats save for a turnover.

Things didn’t get any prettier in the second half, as both teams ended up shooting under 43 percent for the night. Indiana sprinted away from the Bulls down the stretch, with Luis Scola (12 points) and Lance Stephenson, who shook off a very rough shooting night to finish with 15 points, providing some of the spark. Indiana harassed Chicago’s ball handlers all night, forcing 19 turnovers. Roy Hibbert was once again dominant on defense, adding another 5 blocks to his total. Paul George led the Pacers in scoring with 21, and David West put up a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds.

Magic 98, Clippers 90

The Magic pulled another upset in a first week-plus full of them, knocking the Clippers off to stay undefeated at home. Los Angeles went down big early, trailing by as many as 19 early in the third after shooting a paltry 36 percent in the first half. They closed that gap pretty quickly, with JJ Redick (17 points, 7-15 shooting) netting 12 points in a six-minute span as part of a 29-5 run, giving LA a slim lead. To their credit, the Magic hung in during a tight fourth quarter as the Clippers couldn’t find the basket for long stretches in the quarter, and Orlando took the lead back with about three minutes to go. Redick, a former Magician, missed an open triple with under 30 seconds to go and a chance to tie it for the Clips.

Nikola Vucevic kept up his dominant play, posting a monster 30 points and 21 rebounds. He even knocked down six free throws to ice the game for Orlando. Vuc has already shown that last season wasn’t a fluke, and could very well be pushing for an All Star bid if he keeps this up. Chris Paul now has a double-double in all five games this season, with 18 points and 10 assists in Orlando.

Wizards 116, 76ers 102

In the first must-win game of the season, the Wizards came out firing and didn’t let up, finally getting their first win and avoiding being the last team to get a win for the third straight year. As we can probably expect from Sixers games this season, the first half was wild. The Wiz put up 39 points in the first quarter and had 60 in the half. Washington shooters consistently found themselves wide open behind the arc, and they took advantage by draining a season-high 18 triples. John Wall, not much of a shooter, knocked down 5-8 from deep on his way to a strong line of 24 points and 9 assists, plus a steal and a block. The Sixers certainly didn’t help themselves out, turning the ball over an obscene 20 times. Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes both continued their good starts to the season for Philly, with Spence throwing up a 23-11 double-double and ET going for 24 points (9-13 shooting), 7 boards and 4 assists. Marcin Gortat made his presence felt for Washington, putting up 19 points and 12 boards, as Randy Wittman survived to coach another day.

Celtics 97, Jazz 87

One of these tank-tastic teams was going to get their first win in this game, and it ended up being the Celtics running the Jazz out of the building to get one in the win column. Utah actually closed the first quarter with a lead, but it got ugly from there. They scored just 8 points in the second quarter, and Boston kept their foot on the gas pedal to stretch their lead. Utah managed to cut it to single digits late in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t pull to within striking distance.

The win was Celtics’ coach Brad Stevens first in the NBA in a season where he probably won’t get many, while Utah is now one of just two teams still looking for their first W. Gordon Hayward was solid in defeat, knocking down shots from just about every location on the floor for 28 points and also pulling in 9 boards. Brandon Bass was the high man for Boston with 20, and Uncle Jeff Green pitched in 18 for the C’s.

Pelicans 99, Grizzlies 84

In another of the big surprises of the night, New Orleans took home a win against the struggling Grizzlies. The Pellies came out and hit the Grizz in the mouth, putting up 33 points and taking a 15-point lead in the first quarter. Eric Gordon (19 points, 6-14 shooting) headed up a well-rounded scoring effort by New Orleans in the first half, scoring 11 to pace the ‘Cans. Anthony Davis (18 points, 9 rebounds) continued to be a freakish defensive presence, racking up a combined 5 blocks/steals in the half. If he hasn’t made the leap to being a franchise player yet, he’s well on his way.

Zach Randolph left the game in the third quarter to be at the hospital with his fiancé for the birth of their son (congrats, Z-Bo!) but Memphis definitely could have used his inside game. Without half of it’s dominant front court, the Grizz got blown out in the second half. Tyreke Evans got untracked a bit for New Orleans, scoring 16 points off the bench on 7-12 shooting. Mike Conley was the only bright spot for Memphis, scoring 26 points. His shooting slump from three deepened in this one, though, as he went 0-4 from beyond.

Bucks 109, Cavaliers 104

Playing without big man Larry Sanders, out with a thumb injury after an incident in a club that we’ll definitely be hearing more about, Milwaukee hung on for a divisional win at home. OJ Mayo led the Bucks with 28 points and hit six threes, while former Spur Gary Neal dropped in 23 for Milwaukee. Kyrie Irving, who had his best game of the season with 29 points on 10-20 shooting, scored 10 straight for the Cavs in the fourth as they fought back with a 13-point run. Irving’s personal run was broken by CJ Miles (14 points), outstanding off the bench all season, hitting a three to give Cleveland a one-point lead with a minute to go. Caron Butler put the Bucks back in the leauge with a tip-in basket, giving the ball back to the Cavs. With the game in his hands and a chance to give Cleveland a lead and likely the win, Kyrie bounced a dribble off his kicks and watched the ball and the game go to Milwaukee. Some good news for Cleveland: Anthony Bennett finally made his first field goal, five games into his career.

Warriors 106, Timberwolves 93

Two of the league’s most exciting young teams got together in Minneapolis, and the Warriors got out of the building with a relatively easy win to go to 4-1. The Wolves started out hot, but went ice cold when the bench unit came in during the second quarter. They never really recovered, despite Stephen Curry (5 points, 2-8 shooting, no threes) having his worst game of the season. Steph got checked out for what’s being called a left ankle sprain – always a worry with him – but returned to the game and had plenty of time to rest late. Hopefully, it’s nothing serious and he’ll be back on the court for the Dubs’ next game.

The Warriors got their scoring from the wing, with Andre Iguodala putting in 20 on 8-13 shooting and Klay Thompson going off for 30 points, dropping in 6-9 threes. David Lee, last season’s league leader in double-doubles, got another one in Minny with 22 and 13. Kevin Love, who’s looked like the best power forward in the league in this young season, posted another outstanding stat line with 25 points and 16 boards for the Wolves.

Oh, and if you didn’t know, Harrison Barnes is back. This Warriors team is scary…as long as they’re healthy.

Spurs 99, Suns 96

The Suns apparently haven’t gotten the memo that they’re supposed to be really bad this year. Tony Parker delivered a reminder, drilling a go-ahead jumper with just under 30 seconds to go to push the Spurs to a win. Parker scored 15 of the Spurs’ final 16 points, holding off the feisty Suns. Markieff Morris, who may or may not be the better Morris twin, had a career high 23 points and 12 boards for the Suns. Phoenix refused to quit in this game, not letting the Spurs get ahead by any more than 5 points in the second half. They got a balanced scoring effort, with five guys in double figures. Finals phenom Danny Green had 19 for the Spurs, knocking down 3-6 threes and hitting free throws to ice it, while Tim Duncan had 17 points in just 28 minutes.

Thunder 107, Mavericks 93

If anyone wrote off the Thunder this year, concerned that Russell Westbrook’s injury and front office stinginess would lead to a drop off, it’s time to think again. With Russ back in the lineup weeks ahead of schedule, the Thunder rolled to another win against the Mavericks. As expected, Westbrook and Kevin Durant were their usual excellent selves, going for 22 each, with Durant dishing out 10 dimes to boot. Serge Ibaka got going in this one, too. He might be the biggest individual beneficiary of having Russ back in the lineup, as he went for 17 points and 10 boards. He also blocked three shots, more than doubling his total for the season. The Mavs were flat for most of the night in the second of a back-to-back. In a weird sequence, Vince Carter traded ‘bows with Thunder rookie Steven Adams, leading to Carter’s ejection. Monta Ellis put up 20, while Dirk dropped only 16. Jae Crowder, who hasn’t been getting much run so far in his second season, had 17 points in 24 minutes off the bench.

The Thunder have got to be pleased with what their young guys gave them, as two of the pieces from the James Harden deal looked ready to contribute. Jeremy Lamb scored 13 off the bench, showing he could very well develop into a sixth man option. Adams had 9 rebounds in just 20 minutes, also chipping in 6 points.

Now, for your viewing pleasure, some Russell Westbrook dunks:


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  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    Man, Nikola Vucevic putting up K-Love numbers. Dude’s going to be a beast this year. I’m really impressed with the Pacers thus far, they are going to be a handful for Miami come playoff time.

  • Stepfan Raiford

    NIKOLAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Harvey

    Tony Parker was incredible last night.

  • candlewood jay

    That’s what she said

  • Saleem Rainman

    Thoughts:

    I had vucevic down for monster year, especially after some of his eye popping games statistically last year, i hate to say i told you so but…i told you so.

    The Raptors gotta just blow it up. Fire coach casey, get it over with. There is a conflict in interest between coach and GM right now, Casey wants to keep his job, so he wants to win, even if that means not developing the younger players in favour of playing guys u feel like will get u the W (i.e not playing jonas at all in the 4th, in favour of psycho T)

    Masai on the other hand wants whats right long term, but he isnt okay with casey not developing young players in favour of trying to win, and NOT winning (against the BOBCATS!)

    its about time the Wizards got a win

    Hope Steph Curry’s injury isnt too serious

    Minny and cleveland have to bounce back here

    Westbrook is damn impressive, rose who?

    and for all the talk about the pacers not being the rivals of the bulls, if true, its because the pacers are on another level.

  • playa

    Westy is a force of nature, i freaking love the “OUTTA MY WAY BIT##ES!!!” attitude.

  • Stepfan Raiford

    Bobcats in first place in the Southeast Division!!!!? Yeah its super early.

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

    Yea, Drose has no choice but to shut up now.

  • pposseisagroupie

    I love how pposse runs his mouth on all things point guard related, hates on every pg not named Rose but when Rose is struggling, this clown barely shows up on the site. Everyone was supposed to be seeing “the best player in the league” separate himself from Bron and Durant by now according to his hatin azz. Of course I know Rose will find his groove and be a top five player, but his main groupie hypes him more than whats reasonable, and needs to be called out. There. I’m done with my rant.

  • Caboose

    Thank you.

  • Caboose

    Don’t look now, but the Magic are gonna be scary next year if they manage to nab a point guard like Dante Exum or even Semaj Christon with their decent pick in the draft…

  • Caboose

    Oh and SLAM, am I crazy, but did you guys used to post the records of the teams next to their scores in the write up? If so, why’d it stop? If not, you should.

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

    Yea they used to post them I just realized they don’t.

  • pposse

    cosign

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

    Few things:
    1.Do the Magic know they aren’t supposed to be competitive? (shout out Caboose)
    2.Are the Bobcats that good or are the Raps that bad?
    3.My aspirations for a competitive rivarly between the Pacers/Bulls died a little last night after that second half debacle.
    4.I think it’s pretty obvious Westbrook is more valuable to the Thunder than most people gave him credit for. They’re a much different monster with him.
    5.The Wolves & Cavs need to get it together.

  • i_ball

    You can’t compare Rose and Westbrook. Sure Westbrook is impressive but Rose was out for more than a year, missed over 100 games. Westbrook missed 10 games

  • Caboose

    I DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING.

  • trey

    Lakeshow wants his retort back. Try again

  • pposse

    why the troll loves me so i cosigned him. You don’t have fans? i guess i do bro..dont be hating

  • pposse

    intelligent response caboose your iq is beaming right now

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

    I mean it’s nice to see from a basketball fan viewpoint because they aren’t just laying down and being steam rolled BUT it’s probably not in their best interest to do so.

  • Caboose

    Well, at least this draft is MEGA deep, so even if we get a pick around the 10 range, it’ll still turn into a decent player…unless we draft someone like Fran F*cking Vasquez.

  • Caboose

    And yes, that is his middle name.

  • Caboose

    -Missing capitalization of “intelligent”
    -Missing comma after “response”
    -Missing period or semi-colon after “caboose”
    -Missed capitalization of “Caboose”
    -Sentence fragment of first clause
    -Missed capitalization of “IQ”
    -Modifier error: IQ’s cannot beam
    -Missing period

    No, THAT is an intelligent response. It is also an annoying response, to give you an idea of what we all suffer through with you.

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

    Me being a huge Louisville Cardinal fan since I was knee high I obviously follow them a lot. That being said after watching the Magic I think they would benefit from Montrez Harrel. I know you guys have Nicholson but to me Harrel’s motor is just insane and he runs the floor better than most bigs in the NCAA. Idk maybe it’s just my bias.

  • Caboose

    A PG is priority right now. Dipo looks better at SG and Jameer ain’t getting any younger. And isn’t stellar.

  • pposse

    ‘we all’ – who in the world is ‘we’? lol man or i mean child please! You have only shown time and time again your ‘herd mentality’

    and ps i will never capiltalize your name in the internet world that should be considered a sign of respect of which you are owed 0

  • Caboose

    I speak on behalf of many of this site. If any commenters are uncomfortable with that, come support pposse, I won’t be offended. But trust me man, you’re not respected. Especially not by me.

  • tre

    I almost peed my pants LOL

  • Above_You

    Even in defeat MCW is my favorite rookie of the last couple of years. Granted it’s only a handful of games, but if he can sustain this well rounded play of his, he will be what Shaun Livingston was supposed to be in this league.

  • pposseisagroupie

    Look man, just stop trying to force your Rose obsession on the whole site and everything is all good. A balanced, objective opinion from you every once in a while would be great. Not every basketball and pg related discussion has to end up with you declaring Rose the best player in the league today, or the best pg to do it. Just chill with all of that. We all already know how talented the guy is.

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

    Yea that’s true I’m sure you guys will snag one of those NBA players in Kentucky I mean college players.

  • johnston

    At least Pposse hasn’t ever filled an entire comment thread with his unprompted ramblings or made bold declarations of how right he was in the off season 3 games into the new season. But at least you capitalize IQ huh?

  • pposseisagroupie

    Idk why the hell that comment showed up in my name but I didn’t write it.

  • johnston

    It didn’t.

  • pposse

    why would i trust someone i dont respect? lol and there you go again with your herd mentality. Your momma hug you enough when you was a kid?

  • ppossieisagroupie

    Initially it did until I refreshed my browser. I see your name now
    Maybe just a quick glitch.

  • johnston

    Yeah, happens here and there.

  • DeMacksBack

    I’ve been thinking the same thing. But wouldn’t you be happier if they were able to snag Marcus Smart?

  • Max

    The irony in Larry Sanders getting a DNP because of a sprained right thumb.

  • pposse

    im not trying to force anything, thats what mothers do to little kids. They force gurber baby food down your throat. Yes im assuming your an intelligent baby who can type, but baby nonetheless/

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he doesn’t actually have a strained right thumb. he got in a bar fight the other night.

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

    Yall need to get out of yall feelings. If you don’t like someones opinion dislike and don’t respond.

  • guest

    It’s a very sensitive generation.

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

    yup. Too many stans on this site who get hurt from a troll.

  • Max

    Lol, smh.
    I’m starting to think that he’s never gonna reach his full potential.

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

    Couldn’t agree more. What people need to realize is this is a forum where everyone’s opinions are welcomed whether they’re stupid or not. Hell I think some of the people on here just post things for shock value and attention. I would like to think we’re all adults here so as long as we’re not disrespecting each other we should be able to talk basketball and share opinions.

  • Enigmatic

    I was expecting the Bulls to do a lot worse against the Pacers, actually. They way they’ve been “playing”, I expected a final score closer to like 80-100 Pacers. Bulls still sucked tho. Yay, us.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Larry Drew is essentially the exact wrong coach to have in charge of a team like Milwaukee (in my opinion, to have in charge of any team at all). So until Drew is gone, Sanders will probably be held back.

  • I bet you thought that was witty when you typed it. Anyway, until you start posting like you’re not an obsessed teen girl, you will still just be a groupie. You know its true or you would have defended yourself against the accusation itself.

  • Max

    Goddammit Bucks management.

  • LLC#12

    and a link to the boxscores, which I liked.

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

    yea its sad because i find stupid comments funny.

  • greg.daniels

    I always think Shaun Livingston without the knee injury when I see him. Hopefully the kid will give us that second chance.

  • Above_You

    It’s early tho. Teams are actually going to be planning for him now. Plus, there’s still that rookie wall. I still expect him to pull off ROY. I just don’t expect to see him putting the kind of numbers he’s doing now.

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

    Me too it makes the site funny and actually creates more discussion.

  • Harvey

    Well played.

  • robb

    I like this Pacers team and the Bulls will peak at the right time, playoffs are gonna be a lot of fun.

  • pposse

    ha ha and it continues. You wanna see if this thread of comments go over 100? I haven’t seen a page like that since..wait for it..wait for it…oh yeah probably since the last time i posted..

  • Enigmatic

    Damn, that’s a good comparison. Hadn’t even thought of Livingston in a minute.

  • Above_You

    Yea Livingston’s potential was crazy. That whole ’04 HS class was crazy. I’m a Brooklyn guy, so you know everyone was screaming Telfair around me but I knew Livingston was the real truth. But I’m a sucker for big pgs with a pass-first mentality lol

  • Harvey

    And they should implement a section for the current stat leaders

  • Enigmatic

    I was a huge fan of Penny in the early 90′s so I’m a sucker for those bigger pgs too.

  • Caboose

    The top 3 in the East (Bulls, Heat, Pacers) all have a legitimate chance of making the Finals. Whichever team gets 1 seed is gonna have a much easier route.

  • Caboose

    I don’t think Shaun was ever quite the scorer that MCW is, but still, excellent comparison.

  • LOC

    Hypothetically (obviously lol) if Livingston and MCW came out around the same time, barring injury who has the higher ceiling?

  • Caboose

    Oh come on, I was bored. Was it silly? Yeah. I was just trying to entertain a little bit. As for the post yesterday, yeah I acknowledge that as stupid.

  • johnston

    That was a very reasonable response. You’re supposed to insult me back.

  • Caboose

    A lot of rookies this year remind me of other players from their respective rookie years in both stats and play style.
    Oladipo: Tyreke Evans
    MCW: Ron Harper
    Bennett: Stromile Swift
    McLemore: Nick Young
    Olynyk: Shelden Williams
    Farverani: Greg Stiemsma

  • robb

    I agree

  • Caboose

    Haha nah man, if I’m called out and it’s true, I really value that I can admit when I’m wrong. All the other bs of the game analysis aside, I just want to be seen as someone who will own up to a mistake. Case in point:
    I thought Tyreke would have a way better career than Harden
    I laughed at Rose when he said he would win MVP
    I had Durant way above Oden
    I was happy when the Magic got Rashard Lewis
    I thought Kobe would dip under 25ppg last season
    I saw Tyson Chandler as useful only because of Chris Paul

  • retrobat

    Yeah I’m kinda high on Smart as well.

  • Caboose

    Yes! But realistically he’s going 3 or 4. Those spots are occupied by Boston, Utah, and other teams potentially worse than Orlando.

  • retrobat

    THAT…was funny. And man I HOPE we don’t draft some Euro player that doesn’t even want to play in the NBA again.

  • Caboose

    Hrmm…”higher ceiling” is such a crazy question.

    Sh!t, I think we all thought Brandon Jennings had a higher ceiling than Steph Curry for a while there.

    I think that if they both came out at the same time, no injuries, Livingston would eventually have a better season/peak, but MCW would have had the much better career.

    Trying to guess that after MCW has played under 5 games is kinda tricky though.

  • Caboose

    Shout out to Sun Yue.

    Sh!t, that fool had a -8.6 PER through 10 games in the NBA. Is that even possible?

  • Caboose

    Did you copy and paste that from 2004? Or 2005? Or 06, or 07….

  • Caboose

    Lol

  • spit hot fiyah

    bennet: stromile swift? how? in that they have both been very underwhelming? i don’t see any other comparison

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

    Just my natural dislike for all things Kentucky Wildcat lol

  • spit hot fiyah

    well orlando might end up having some good fortune with the ping pong balls so u never know. and smart could slide (even though i’m a big fan) wiggins, randle, exum, parker, embid could (hypothetically) all go before him.

  • Max

    lmao

  • Caboose

    Decent rebounders, decent defensive stats, completely terrible on offense. Try to rely on athleticism too much, not good instincts around the rim.

  • spit hot fiyah

    were can i get good Mediterranean food on the toronto area bro?

  • Caboose

    Knowing the direction of the NBA, Smart seems like one of those guys who could crash the party in the Top 5. I think the only foregone conclusion is Wiggins 1. Parker is PROBABLY going 2, but Smart could take that spot. Meanwhile, Exum could slide thanks to his overseas background.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    LOL, you weren’t even born when Ron Harper was a rookie

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Bennet is nothing like Stromile Swift. Not even a little bit.

  • Caboose

    True. That one is the shakiest. All I’ve got is reading and footage.

  • spit hot fiyah

    possible, like i said, i really like smart. i think randle will end up in that top 3 somehow. exum is tricky, his stock will basically only be affected by what the others do. so if a lot of the freshmen under perform, his would rise in relation to theirs.

    hypothetical question i posted here before: how bad would wiggins have to be for him not to go #1? there has to be a basement here. imagine if parker, randle, aron gordon, embid all have monster years. and wiggins averages let’s say 12 points on 35% shooting. what would happen? what is the worst he could possible play (let’s even say his teammates embid and selden outplay him) and still go number 1? food for thought

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Olynyk and Shelden Williams is actually the worst comparison on your little list. By leaps and bounds. Those two guys have one thing in common, height.

  • spit hot fiyah

    thanks for also seeing that, not that i could been that hard

  • spit hot fiyah

    they are also both 3 dimensional and eat food and sleep at night.

  • Caboose

    Like you said, it’d have to be Randle or Parker having a MONSTER year. Wiggins, short of averaging under 13 ppg, is going #1. If Randle somehow goes out and puts up 22-10, he could snag 1.

  • LakeShow

    Olynyk will actually have a decent career. Not a perennial 4-3 guy.

  • LakeShow

    Oh Caboose!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah, i think Olynyk is a good player. Along the lines of a Luis Scola type, nothing like Shelden Williams, or any other bruiser who has the exact opposite skill set. Caboose just basing what he said on stats. That part is pretty obvious.

  • LakeShow

    SLAM being a bum.

  • LakeShow

    Co-Sign.

  • LakeShow

    Scola is the exact player I think of with him, but have been waiting to make sure that’s the appropriate comparison and not just their wild frizzy long hair that was making me associate the two of them haha.

    Grounded, skilled post game, with a mid range jumper. Not very good defensively.

  • Above_You

    I almost bought into his hype…ALMOST lol.

  • Above_You

    Same here. If only he could’ve stayed healthy smh

  • Sérgio

    Well, Rashard was great for the Magic… before the league caught him using PEDs…

  • The Fury

    Watch him in an All-Star game near you.

  • The Fury

    NOW THIS!!

  • DeMacksBack

    Totally understand. But the way the draft has gone these past couple of years, it wouldn’t surprise me if some ping-pong balls bounced in Orlando’s favor lol. I just think it would be a great sight to see, Oladipo and Smart team-up as a backcourt!!

  • Caboose

    Smart, Oladipo, Harkless, Harris, Vucevic with Nicholson, Nelson, Afflalo, and Maxiell off the bench…that’s a young team with a LOT of room to grow.

  • Saleem Rainman

    lmfao

  • Saleem Rainman

    due to his own choice. he coulda come bak when he was cleared and have just gone through these growing pains during the season, so he wudnt have to be going through it now, over a year later.

  • DeMacksBack

    Really is, but I think Nelson will be gone by the deadline. I wonder what they will be able to get for Nelson?

  • Caboose

    Trade him to the Spurs for Mills, Diaw, and a 1st Rounder

  • DeMacksBack

    I would give the Magic organization major props, if they were able to flip Nelson for 2 expiring contracts and a future 1st rounder. Especially if that 1st rounder was for the 2014 draft.

  • BE.water

    Semaj, like Charlie Murphy ?

  • ballislife

    You are clearly a buster. Having to succumb to petty grammar police responses just tells me your annoying. Stop trying to be a wanna be intellectual. If you are so good at critiquing grammar go be an editor for a top print establishment. This is a basketball website, not a place to think your smarter or better than people based on a few typed words.

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