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Sunday, December 15th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  53 responses

Post Up: CP3 Shines

Chris Paul puts on a show while the Blazers fire away.

by Jay Wallis | @JayWallis11

Lakers 88 (11-12), Bobcats 85 (10-14)

The Lakers picked up their first win since Kobe Bryant (21 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds, 7 turnovers) came back from his injury. As odd as it sounds for Bryant to be the point guard, he is holding his own getting his teammates involved as he’s controlling the offense through his passing. But he has collected a lot of turnovers due to him being the only distributor, often forcing the issue at times. He did hit two free throws with 37 seconds to go that put his team up for good. Pau Gasol (15 points, 7 rebounds, 4 blocks) and Jordan Hill (15 points, 9 rebounds, 5-7 from the field) did their damage in the paint but Kemba Walker (24 points, 8 assists) had his way most of the night. The Lakers kept everyone not named Kemba Walker to 38.2 percent shooting and gave up a season-low 85 p0ints.

Clippers 113 (16-9), Wizards 97 (9-13)

Chris Paul (38 points, 12 assists, 11-14 from the field) put on another MVP-type performance and became the 2nd player in the last 40 seasons with at least 38 points, 12 assists and 78.6 percent shooting from the field (Clyde Drexler—1990). Los Angeles led wire to wire, jumping out to a quick 25-15 lead in the first seven minutes. The Clippers shot 56.5 percent from the field as DeAndre Jordan (15 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks) made all six of his shot attempts. Struggling for the majority of this month, Jared Dudley (16 points, 7-10 from the field, 3 assists, 0 turnovers) had an efficient game and was on the receiving end of many of CP3′s assists. John Wall (24 points, 12 assists, 6 turnovers) has now had 12 consecutive games with at least 3 turnovers and is averaging 4.8 in his last 4 games. Other than Kevin Seraphin (16 points, 7-12 from the field, 20 minutes), the Wizards got very little production from their bench.

Heat 114 (17-6), Cavaliers 107 (9-14)

The Cavaliers couldn’t contain the Big 3 all night long, as James/Wade/Bosh combined to score 71 points, grab 27 rebounds and dish out 13 assists. Kyrie Irving (19 points, 3 assists, 4 steals, 3 turnovers) had his eighth game of the season with as many or more turnovers than assists while Dion Waiters (16 points) continued to play through the trade rumors. Mario Chalmers (11 points, 5 assists) and Ray Allen (12 points) combined to shoot 5-9 from deep as Chalmers hit two crucial 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. The Heat shot 7-8 on free throws in the final two minutes to close this one out. After losing to the Pacers 90-84 this last Tuesday, the Heat will get a chance at payback this upcoming Wednesday. 

Knicks 111 (7-16), Hawks 106 (12-12)

Even though New York gave up 106 points, they remained active on the defense side of the floor all night long, forcing 27 Hawks turnovers. Carmelo Anthony (35 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists) has led the Knicks in scoring every game this season and Kyle Korver (13 points, 4-9 on 3-pointers) has now hit a 3-pointer in an NBA-record 93 straight games. Sparkplug Lou Williams (team-high 27 points, 6-13 on 3-pointers) by far had his best performance since coming back from his injury. Andrea Bargnani (23 points, 6 rebounds) played his role, Pablo Prigioni (11 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals, 3-6 on 3-pointers) filled in well for Raymond Felton and Amar’e Stoudemire (9 points, 5 offensive rebounds, 19 minutes) is getting closer to looking much more tolerable when playing basketball. With 7:42 to go in the 4th quarter, the Hawks only trailed by 4 after Shelvin Mack (10 points, 5 rebounds, 4-5 from the field, 20 minutes) made a driving jump shot. However, the Knicks responded by going on a quick 11-0 run in just over a minute to take a 98-83 lead and put this game out of reach. The Knicks have won 4 of their past 7 games for the first time this season. Facing the Wizards (9-13), Bucks (5-19), Grizzlies (10-12) and Magic (7-16) the next four games, they will have a chance to gain some momentum before their nationally-televised game against the Thunder on Christmas.

 Raptors 99 (9-13), Bulls 77 (9-13)

Kyle Lowry (16 points, 6 assists) and Jonas Valanciunas (15 points, 11 rebounds) led a balanced attack as eight Raptors had 7 or more points. The Bulls haven’t won back-to-back games since November 18 and this is in large part due to their inability to put points on the board. With Derrick Rose sidelined and Nate Robinson in Denver, there aren’t that many creators on this roster. The Bulls shot 36 percent from the field and only mustered 11 points in the 4th quarter. Luol Deng (17 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists) can only do so much, especially without Jimmy Butler (turf-toe injury) giving him breathers. In his second game since being signed by the Bulls, DJ Augustin (5 points, 6 assists, 1-7 from the field, 19 minutes) showed promise with his passing but still lacked any sort of offensive firepower—which is what this team desperately needs off the bench. Chicago has failed to reach 80 points in four of its last five games.

Blazers 139 (20-4), 76ers 105 (7-18)

Having their best start through 24 games since 1990-91, the Blazers used a franchise-record 21 3-pointers, led by Damian Lillard (16 points, 6 assists, 4-6 on 3-pointers) and Dorell Wright (15 points, 5-5 on 3-pointers), to crush the spiraling Sixers. LaMarcus Aldridge (20 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists, 10-15 from the field) had his 13th double-double of the year and looks like a clear-cut All-Star as long as his team continues winning at this pace. Losing a league-worst 6th straight game and still being unable to play defense, Philadelphia has concluded their cinderella run as their two best players—Evan Turner (3 points, 4 assists, 1-7 from the field) and Thaddeus Young (15 points, 5 rebounds, 7-9 from the field)—remain on the trading block. Tony Wroten (18 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds) continued to make his case for Most Improved Player of the Year.

 Mavericks 106 (14-10), Bucks 93 (5-19)

Leading by as many as 34 points in the second half, the Mavericks took down the growing John Henson (18 points, 13 rebounds) and his falling Bucks without Dirk Nowitzki and Rick Carlisle (illness). Jose Calderon (18 points, 7-10 from the field) made all 4 of his 3-pointers in the first quarter, helping Dallas score a first quarter season-high 38 points. Recovering from a shoulder injury, Brandan Wright (19 points, 6 rebounds, 9-10 from the field, 18 minutes) played his first game of the season and looked like the athletic, hyperactive force that looked very good late last season when the Mavs were at their best. Vince Carter (15 points, season-high 9 assists, 6 rebounds, 3 steals) had one of his most efficient games of the season and that is in large part because of Wright, with whom Carter has found a great rhythm with off the bench in the past. Big man Miroslav Raduljica (season-high 12 points, 6-8 from the field, 14 minutes) took advantage of the garbage-time minutes head coach Larry Drew gave him.

Spurs 100 (19-4), Jazz 84 (6-20)

The Jazz never had a chance in this game as Tim Duncan (22 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists) had his third straight double-double and Tony Parker (15 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds) carved up Utah’s interior. The Spurs outrebounded the Jazz 55-42 and outscored them 50-36 in the paint. Enes Kanter (3 points, 1 rebounds, 1-6 from the field) and Derrick Favors (6 points, 7 rebounds) just haven’t had the season their franchise thought they’d have when Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson were let go. Trey Burke (20 points, 5 assists) reached the 20-point plateau for the third time since returning from his injury.

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  • Max

    That’s the 2nd night in a row Al Jefferson has airballed a hook shot at the end for the game..
    Kobe is looking nice – the turnovers.

  • TonysTime

    You said it right for CP3—”MVP-type performance.” He’s been doing it all year long. Crazy

  • Looky564 me

    Tony Wroten…HOW?! Out of nowhere, he’s been…

  • Nathan Shane Long

    Saturday night thoughts

    1.Chris Paul taught John Wall a lesson

    2. Charlotte blew another game

    3. Portland with the greatest three point shooting display in NBA history

    4.Memphis was so stupid to give up on Tony Wroten after just one season

  • spit hot fiyah

    “The Lakers picked up their first win since Kobe Bryant (21 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds, 7 assists)”…. since there is apparently no need to proof read he had 15 assists

  • spit hot fiyah

    “Kyrie Irving (19 points, 3 assists, 4 steals, 3
    turnovers) had his 8th game of the season with as many or more turnovers
    than assists”

    that’s a major problem. he is below 2 assists per turnover on the season

  • Max

    SLAM aint ’bout that life.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Kobe Bryant is unbelievable

  • playa

    Sarcasm,or are you really impressed by Kob??I know,im quite happy with his progress.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    No sarcasm. The guy is amazing.

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

    Yet “he’s the East best point guard by far”. Insert all types of sarcasm.

  • candlewood jay

    That’s what she said

  • spit hot fiyah

    the guards in the east are pretty terrible, at both guards spots. kyrie, wade, wall, d-will has been hurt, teague has been alright. i don’t even know if anyone else deserves a mention.

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

    Agreed. It’s just some people really believe Kyrie is just light years ahead of the rest and I just don’t see it.

  • spit hot fiyah

    he is not. he has regressed so far this year. if he gained some advantage over the others it is only because the guards in the east as a group got worse or hurt

  • RKJ92

    “The Lakers picked up their first win since Kobe Bryant (21 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds, 7 assists) came back from his injury.” LOOK AT THAT STAT LINE SO MANY ASSISTS THEY HAD TO SPLIT THEM UP; THAT’S WHAT MAKES HIM A 5 TIME CHAMPION PEOPLE LOL

  • RKJ92

    Couldn’t agree more.. it really is sad lmao

  • spit hot fiyah

    this might cheer u up. some light in the eastern darkness.

  • initbruv

    Nobody gives a sh*t about your thoughts.

  • RKJ92

    Yes, and no.. he’s an interesting player but putting up those numbers on a really bad team though, if he gets traded to any other pretty decent team, I’d love to see his numbers adjusting in transition to a contender. To say the least it would be interesting considering he’s lights out in Boston.

  • spit hot fiyah

    really bad team is a relative term. they are the 4 seed in the east right now(!?!!!?!) the thing is that those shooting numbers through about 20 games are WAY better than his career averages and he is playing point guard at the same time.

    and he has been on a really bad team his entire career, so that in it self (if we can call the celtics a really bad team) can not be the reason.

    the funniest thing about the chart is that there is some grey smoke like dots coming out from his mouth that say: frequency high. and then u look at his picture

  • RKJ92

    Ya I consider the Celtics bad, because of their record, and the level of competition in the east right now, even my team sucks, and I think we have a better record then the C’s now. the fact that Jordan Crawfords numbers have gotten better from previous seasons does nothing for me unless there’s a larger sample size ie. playing on a better team, or posting those stats for 2 seasons. Then he might change my mind.. but for now 20 games just isn’t enough for me, its not that i’m being hard on him, i’m just trying to be fair before we can put him in talks as one of the best pg in the east.
    -
    On a side note he looks f*cking RIPPED in that picture lol!!

  • spit hot fiyah

    to clarify, i was not trying to make the point that he was one of the best 1s in the east. i was just trying to show that his midrange game is insane right now after not being know for being an efficient player from there. and i was looking for an excuse to post a goldsberry shot chart. i have josh smith’s some where around here, a lot less red

  • Nathan Shane Long

    Another moron

  • DeMacksBack

    Wade though? If you give D-Will a pass, why not Wade? Dude doesn’t really play any back-to-backs and is still averaging 19,5,5 on 53% shooting. I know he gets a little rest, and it isn’t the same injury as D-WIll and I know those aren’t mind boggling numbers, but for someone who has only played 17 games and has terrible knees, I can accept that. I know he isn’t what he used to be, but those aren’t bad numbers.

    Also no one has mentioned that Ray Allen scored his 24,000 points last night. I was pretty surprised that he was in the same group as Kobe, Duncan, Pierce, Garnett and Nowitzki.

  • spit hot fiyah

    i just mentioned wade as a top 3 guard, what else do you want me to do?

  • RKJ92

    LMAO all for the shot chart eh :-p I’m trying to think whose looks uglier Rudy Gay’s, or Josh Smith’s ;)

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

    He has definitely taken a step backwards that’s for sure.

  • Slick Ric

    Alright Tony……

  • DeMacksBack

    The way you wrote it sounded like you were bashing everyone that you listed. “the guards in the east are pretty terrible, at both guards spots.” Then you listed Wade and the other guards, but it’s just a misunderstanding (my bad) and glad we agree.

  • Max

    Yeeeeeaah Jordan!!

  • Max

    Please post the JSmoove one somewhere this week lol.

  • guest

    Wrong you idiot. The best shooting display was the Magic vs the Kings in ’09. Orlando shot 23-37 from deep and 9 different players hit at least one 3.

  • i_ball

    3. Didn’t you watch the Spurs go off against the Heat in the Finals. Or scoring a bunch a 3s on a tanking is a better performance…

  • Nathan Shane Long

    Collectively as a team Portland shooting display was better than Danny Green solo show in the finals

  • Kap

    The world is coming to an end lol. Document this moment in SLAM history.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    You just don’t pay very good attention

  • kwamepooh

    i think the cavs contained the heat big 3 pretty well in the second half. i mean they scored only 18 points. i dont know if its a coincidence but after brown got tossed, cavs were playing way better.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    Nice job using GOOGLE CUNT

  • Interdico Scriptor

    When Clipps look good – Damn. When Clipps look bad – Damn. Which one is gonna show in June?

  • Interdico Scriptor

    he is Cuz, bu he’s looking OLd too. He’s more like DFish that DRant

  • Interdico Scriptor

    His D is progressing. He will be the best 1 in the game soon enough. That’s coming from me, & I got CP3 on my team…

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Boys, play nice now.

  • Interdico Scriptor

    WTF is happening in the world? I AGREE

  • brothasdontsurf

    lol you thought you were saying something meaningful huh

  • brothasdontsurf

    The Blazers are 20-4?!

  • pposse

    yes! LA imo is the MVP of the young season so far and this is the beginning of his prime years. There is no reason to not think that Portland has a good a shot as any to get out of the first round and possible get to the WCF.

  • pposse

    neither they will only play into May.

  • spit hot fiyah

    todays post up. he did go 13-17 though last night. i think the one i have is last years chart though

  • spit hot fiyah

    yeah i was trying to bash those that i didn’t mention. i wasn’t very clear maybe

  • i_ball

    Except that Gary Neal made 6 3s too. But you put too much significance on a regular season game. How about the Mavs sweeping the Lakers in 2011. And just to annoy you I’m pasting the box score from your favorite website:

    http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/201105080DAL.html

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  • Nick Holden

    I have never believed in the Clippers. They might be fine in the regular season but you aren’t winning in the postseason when Blake Griffin and DeAndre Joardan are your two bigmen.

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