Quantcast
Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  123 responses

Post Up: Johnson Goes Off

Joe Johnson had a surreal third quarter in Brooklyn last night.

by Leo Sepkowitz | @LSepkowitzSLAM

Last night, the Pistons, Clippers, Hawks and others got impressive wins while the Knicks choked late.  

Sixers 94, Nets 130

This game was all about Joe Johnson’s third quarter. The Nets led by 10 at the break, but dropped 42 in the third, twenty-nine of which came from Johnson. He connected on 7 treys in the period, and finished with 37 (10/14 from deep). 

Deron Williams double-doubled with 13 and 13, and is starting to really play like the Deron we’ve all been waiting for. Andray Blatche added 20 and 5 boards in 25 minutes with Brook Lopez sidelined. The one-year, $1.4 million pact he signed over the summer is looking like one of the offseason’s top bargains. 

James Anderson led Philly with 17 off the bench. Thaddeus Young added 14 and Tony Wroten scored 13. 

Pistons 101, Pacers 96

Detroit led for the entire fourth quarter, and held off a Pacers push in the final minute last night. Josh Smith led the way with 30 points (13/29) in the upset W. Greg Monroe double-doubled with 13 and 12,  Brandon Jennings scored 18 and Josh Harrellson snagged 10 rebounds (5 offensive) in 16 huge reserve minutes.

Detroit’s 55-40 edge on the glass was key, as despite poor shooting numbers (43-35-64), they were able to fire off more shots from the floor and from the line than Indy. 

Lance Stephenson scored a career-high 23 for the Pacers in the loss. Luis Scola added 18 off the bench, but Paul George and Roy Hibbert were only a combined 6/26 from the field. 

Lakers 100, Hawks 114

This one was a classic tale of two halves, as the Lakers lead at the break only to get smoked in the final two quarters.

Six players scored in double-figures for Atlanta, including Al Horford (19 and 11) and Jeff Teague (17 and 10). 

Kobe couldn’t get anything going for the Lake Show, hitting just 4/14 shots for 8 points in 32 minutes. Pau Gasol went for 16 and 10, while Nick Young (23) and Jordan Hill (21) were the team’s leading scorers. This is one funky team. 

Timberwolves 97, Celtics 101

I’m bummed out about the T-Wolves. They started 3-0 with wins against Orlando, OKC and New York (at MSG), and have since gone 9-13. Early on I thought they’d challenge Portland for the West’s most improved squad, but they’ve lost their mojo in the last month or so (while Portland has established itself as a powerhouse). 

That’s not to take anything away from Boston—last night, Jared Sullinger went off for 24 and 11 against a strong front line, Avery Bradley scored 19 and Jordan Crawford added 15. Boston’s been hovering around .500 all season—they show up every night and play 10 or 11 solid guys . It’s a surprisingly fun team to watch. 

Minnesota got 27 and 14 from Kevin Love, but nobody else got it going. Ricky Rubio shot 2/12 and the team as a whole shot just under 38 percent from the field. 

Jazz 94, Heat 117

Utah actually led by three at the break in Miami on Monday night, but naturally the Heat turned on the jets in the second half.

LeBron led the way with 30 points (13/17), 9 assists and 9 rebounds. Dwyane Wade added 27 (9/14, 9/10 FT), and Chris Bosh scored 20 (8/13)—exactly how they drew it up.

Alec Burks was the game’s high-scorer with 31 (12/17). Derrick Favors scored 17 with 7 rebounds.

Wizards 102, Knicks 101

The Knicks trailed 92-85 with 6 minutes left at home last night before erupting for a 13-2 go-ahead run. Unfortunately, the team scored just three points in the final 2:16, allowing the Wiz to grab a lead behind Bradley Beal, who scored the team’s final eight points.

The final 25 seconds were just a disaster for the Knicks. The sequence: (1) Beno Udrih missed a big free throw; (2) Complete NY defensive lapse against Beal for a go-ahead hoop; (3) An unbelievably horrible final Knicks’ possession, where some of the players seemed like they thought the Mike Woodson called a timeout in the waning seconds. 

Beal finished with 21 in his return to the lineup, but it was Martell Webster who led the team with 30 points and 6 treys. John Wall added 20 points, 8 dimes and 6 boards in the win. 

The Knicks did Knicks stuff… Carmelo Anthony scored 32, Andrea Bargnani was 4/12 from the field, JR Smith needed 16 shots to score 18 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. played really well but saw 15 fewer minutes than Smith, Iman Shumpert was invisible on offense, Amar’e Stoudemire did nothing (1/7) in 19 minutes and so on and so forth. You get the idea. 

Magic 83, Bulls 82

This was a tight game, but it wasn’t quite as close as the score suggests. Orlando was held to three points in the final 3:45 but somehow maintained a lead the entire time, and a Mike Dunleavy half-court heave at the buzzer cut the final deficit to just a point.

Arron Afflalo hit 8/14 shots on his way to 23 points for Orlando. Glen Davis added 14 and 11, Nik Vucevic went for 10 and 11 and Jameer Nelson scored 14 with 7 assists.  

The Bulls got 26 from Luol Deng, but Jimmy Butler (1/11), Carlos Boozer (3/10), Marquis Teague (0/3) and Taj Gibson (1/7) all struggled. Teague started but failed to record a single stat in 17 minutes. 

 Spurs 92, Clippers 115

Lob City just pulled away from the Spurs in the final 17 minutes last night. Chris Paul dropped 23 points, 7 dimes, 8 boards and 4 steals, Blake Griffin added 27 and 9 and Jamal Crawford scored 17 in the win. LA hit 51 percent of their shots and 11/23 from deep. 

The Spurs got 17 and 11 from Tim Duncan and 16 from Manu Ginobili, but it was a rare poor defensive game for San Antonio. Tony Parker left early with a bruised shin and is questionable in the Spurs’ upcoming game against Phoenix. 

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. Enjoy ‘Nique’s Top 10 jams. (I like #1 the most, though #3 is right there with it.)

 

  • Add a Comment
  • Share
  • RSS

Tags: , , , , ,

  • ObiWanJaynobi

    LOL at ‘Knicks doing Knicks stuff’.

  • Dfrance

    Can anyone explain to me exactly what Melo was thinking at the end of the game?

  • Stepfan Raiford

    Three timeout though!!!!! Its been real Mike Woodson

  • Max

    The Knicks could’ve really used Chris Webber there at the end..

  • Stepfan Raiford

    Arron Afflalo best shooting guard in the league?

    Joe Johnson reminded me that he’s a professional basketball player.

    Blake Griffin played with great effort last night, and on BOTH ends of the floor at that.

    Good first half by John Wall. Great accountable from John Wall on his poor second half play in his post game interview. 30 by Webster off the bench and Beal took us home. Great win at the Mecca for my Wizards.

    Very weird watching the Lakers without a PG.

  • Mo

    not funny my friend is a knickerbockers fan and they will make the playoffs that is what he says

  • Mo

    No the Knicks are fine especially melo he is super fine and better than chris

  • Mo

    he was thinking about winnin that game and then making the playoffs and then winning it all

  • Stepfan Raiford

    What’s wrong with this picture?

  • Max


    CWebb would’ve got the timeout.

  • Mo

    Go knicks

  • Max

    If JWall could’ve gotten 2 points in the second half I’de have won my bet.
    But Beal torched the Knicks at the end for letting Shump stay on Wall and Udrih defending Beal.

  • thebossman15

    do you seriously think afflalo is the best SG in the league? lmao

  • Stepfan Raiford

    And this one?

  • Stepfan Raiford

    Check out those advance stats. He’s having a great season so far.

  • Stepfan Raiford

    When Beal saw Udrih checking him, his eyes lit up. lol It looked like Udrih was expecting help. John Wall tried to do his best Kyrie impersonation on poor Pablo in the first half. And to make matters worse Pablo broke his toe without anyone near him. Knicks just cant catch a break with all these injuries.

  • Dagger

    Once or twice a season, Joe Johnson has a game that justifies his monstrous contract.

    By the way, all the heat is on Woodson right now, but Melo should get some of the blame as well. Why stroll down the court? Why not even consider passing? And for that matter, why consider that the coach might have forgotten to call a timeout?

    Melo is an awesome second-best option on a great team, if he adjusts his game a little. But I don’t see him as a franchise player.

  • Dagger

    One of those pictures looks like Carmelo Anthony, the other doesn’t look human.

  • thebossman15

    He is having a good season, he’s even having a breakout season in my opinion, but he is not the best shooting guard… just cracks top 5 shooting guards.

  • Dfrance

    The fact that JJ only has 1 or 2 games a season that justify his contract, is the exact reason his contract is so ridiculous. lol.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    1. Lance stepheson’s evolution continues. Although the pacers have great depth, the reality is only the 5 on the court matter. No matter what lineup the pacers use they can’t beat Lebron. I don’t care if the pistons caught a win, Josh smith on the perimeter is insanity. The pistons need to trade monroe and move smith to the 4. Drummond and Smith with jennings pushing the transition is too much athleticism. Also, KCP is the pistons future 2 guard.

    2. If anyone blames melo for that loss that’s because you only saw the last play. The defensive switch of Iman shumpert off the ball and lack of using a foul by Beno led to that beal bucket. Although Melo shouldn’t have double cluthched bank the three, I really don’t think any Knick player is serious or disciplined about winning. The Beal and Wall Backcourt is too legit. MCW/Turner, Kyrie/Irving have nothing on Wall and Beal. I’d go as far as to say the Wall/Beal backcourt is top 3 in the league.

    3. Kobe should pull a Rose and take off this year. Trying to play at NBA pace and recover is not only determintal to the team’s wins but also possibility of reinjury.

    4. Although the timberwolves have fun/entertaining talent, the team isn’t cohesive and isn’t built to win. Love gets his stats but doesn’t really dominate the game. He’s not a franchise player to build around if you want to win a title. Love doesn’t do when Duncan did and that is improve those around him with the coach’s system. Although statistically love is better than any PF, I’d take anthony davis over him right now because of how davis commands the game. Love is just a silent stat stuffer and gets his basketball in flow of the game. He doesn’t change the game.

    5. I don’t know why Jazz are so bad. They got the front court talent. Perimeter talent. I guess hard knocks will help in the long run.

    6. Congrats Joe Johnson, but big picture this just proves Nets are a mockery of a team.

    7. Correction. I’d take blake griffin and davis over Kevin Love. Blake changes the game with the emphatic offensive position. If blake can get his freethrows/jumpshot right this summer because Clippers are a 1st round exit, then he’ll be best PF.

  • Stepfan Raiford

    21.6 PPG 4.0 APG 4.7 RPG second in PER amongst SG in the league. Don’t forget he also plays defense.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Look up the real Mecca.

  • Mo

    Melo don’t need no time out

  • Stepfan Raiford

    Mecca of Basketball.

  • Saleem Rainman

    that was woodsons fault imo, u call the damn time out when u got one. Melo that it was gonna be called before the inbounds, then he figured maybe he’ll call it when he dribbles pass halfcourt…then he was liek oh sh!t! i gotta shoot. Woodson made NO communication that he wouldnt call time out either, he just stood there with his arms crossed.

    what was melo supposes to think? Horrible play, but it was a coaching error.

  • Dagger

    What I meant, but didn’t write. Thank you!

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

    Obviously you don’t get the joke.

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

    Maybe the fact that that’s as close he’ll get to the Larry O’Brien trophy while in NY?

  • Saleem Rainman

    John superstar Wall almost choked away the lead when he was subbed back in with about 8 mins left, his team had like a 5 point lead.Another example of when i say he doesnt have the intangibles late in a game to lead a team to victory.

    miss

    turnover off the drive

    air ball 3 point shot

    blocked on a drive by BARGNANI.

    he was saved by beal’s incredible play. otherwise he woulda been a scapegoat.

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

    Very true but he did have 20/8/6 which is a pretty good stat line.

  • Stepfan Raiford

    That 3 ball he shot was the ddefinition of hero ball.

  • Dfrance

    Don’t need no=Does, which means you are correct.

  • star

    well someone’s stubborn here

  • Stepfan Raiford

    We have a winner!!!!!!

  • BlackBond

    oh my when dominique dunked on larry bird! geeeeez! idk man im 23 going on 24 at the end of this month but d@mn the 80′s and early 90′s were such a golden age in the NBA. love watching games, highlights, and documentaries from this period.

  • Dfrance

    The share the blame. I can see Melo trying to catch the defense by surprise, but then he d@mn near walked the ball up the floor. Even still, when he got to halfcourt and was practically triple teamed, there was 3+ seconds left. Melo is a vet, he should know he has timeouts and that he can call one. And Woodson definitely should have communicated to his team what should happen if the Wiz score.

  • Saleem Rainman

    one point after half time with liek 7 turnovers

    i aint feelin it.

  • Max

    Lmao
    Looked like the opposite last night lol.

  • Dfrance

    Why was he on the bench so long tho? I feel like he had a rhythm in the first half and the long break threw him off. In the first half, he had a good balance of attacking and distributing.

    He definitely lost it when he got back in there.

  • Stepfan Raiford

    And they had a foul to give.

  • Max

    And allowing Beal the dominate the game because Udrih was matched up with him.
    Not saying he played good, but when you finish with 20/8/6 on a bad night your pretty good.
    I also think alot had to do with the fact he didn’t get his usual minutes in the 2nd half.

  • Saleem Rainman

    i have no idea tbh. wittman’s moves dont exactly always make sense.

    But honestly, Wall wasnt great in the 3rd either, he had 1 point in all of the second half.

    Garrett temple’s(Who? lol) defence on Beno, which was very good, probably contributed to his decision.

  • Stepfan Raiford

    Bad second half.

  • Saleem Rainman

    oh i know he good, just isnt as good as people say he is.

    he was good in the first half, he jsut had a John wall 4th quarter. This isnt really as rare as you would think.

    why are ppl forgetting the 7 turnovers he had when bringing up the statline?

  • brothasdontsurf

    Nique always dunked like a break dancer to me, every dunk was super compact and looked so fluid, I still haven’t seen anyone dunk the way he did.

  • i_ball

    LMAO! Good one

  • Mo

    Ofcourse I am correct bro I am usually correct

  • Mo

    I dont even know who chris webber is

  • Mo

    If he wanted to make it he would’ve made it the shot is easy for him he doesn’t want to win he waantsthe 8th seed to bbeat them pacers in the first round to prove all you doubters wrong

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

    Oh boy…

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

    Ehh to each his own I guess. Sure he didn’t have the hot hand in the second half I just can’t ignore 20/8/6 while complimenting Bradley Beal who was the main offensive threat last night.

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

    The turnovers are certainly unacceptable that much we agree on. He was pressing too hard.

  • Mo

    Why do you assume I am male that is very sexist I feel sad

  • Saleem Rainman

    lmao

  • Saleem Rainman

    Mo…i welcome you.

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

    Sorry

  • Mo

    No worries I am a male btw

  • Mo

    Thanks man

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

    Ahh just don’t want to offend. Don’t want to be “that guy” on here.

  • Mo

    Sorry just wondering what does “that guy ” means?

  • ObiWanJaynobi

    As a resident New Yorker I’m pulling for them too; but that was wild funny how the game they had as a team was super typical. They’ll make the playoffs cause they’re in the east, but for no other reason.

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

    The neighborhood troll that just lashes out at every commenter for no reason at all instead of talking basketball which is what this site is about. I prefer to talk basketball instead of slinging insults.

  • bike

    Pretty obvious why Joe makes the big bucks.

  • LakeShow

    Where’s he at on your best point guard’s list currently this year?

    I got:

    Chris Paul
    Russel Westbrook
    Steph Curry
    Tony Parker
    John Wall
    Ty Lawson
    Eric Bledsoe
    Mike Conley
    Jrue Holiday

  • LakeShow

    Paul George and Roy Hibbert were very disappointing last night.

    If you’re going to talk allot of talk you can’t shoot 23% combined…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the whole he plays defense thing is a pretty big exaggeration, i mean he does play defense. But he’s not really that good at it. He matched up well with Kobe, and gave a ton of effort as a role player in Denver, but since, he’s proven to be just ok defensively. Kind of why he carries the second highest defensive rating on the Magic…to Doron Lamb, whose played a whopping 76 minutes this season.

    He is in the top 5 conversation among SGs, but he really has no place in the “best” conversation. He isn’t even helping the team win, in fact, the team is just as good with him on the court, as they are with him off.

  • thebossman15

    Monta Ellis: 20.9/3.4/5.6(in playoff contention)
    James Harden: 24.7/4.7/5.8(in playoff contention)
    Bradley Beal: 20.6/4.4/3.2(playoff contention)
    d-wade: 19.2/4.8/5.1(playoff contention)

    Notice something?..plus once kobe rounds back into shape and comes back to playing as the top SG, afflalo doesnt even crack top 5, him and beal are debateable however

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you do realize Kobe is never going to be THAT kobe again don’t you?

  • thebossman15

    its been 5 games and he really hasnt given me much reason to believe he cant be a 5-6 ppg less scoring version of himself, if that,so no

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    That’s not the same guy…..kind of the point

  • Dagger

    A controversial argument: if I’m rebuilding I’d rather have Derozan. Yes, Derozan’s stats are worse across the board (especially his advanced stats). But they would be a lot better were it not for his dreadful start to the season playing alongside Gay. He’s been quite efficient for most of the season, and he’s clearly improving.

    Sure, Derozan’s defense isn’t as good as Affalo’s, and his three-point shooting is much worse, but the Raptors are clearly a better team when he’s on the floor, particularly in the clutch. But most importantly: Derozan is four years younger, and he’s shown the kind of work ethic that makes me believe he hasn’t approached his ceiling yet. We’ll see.

    http://www.basketball-reference.com/play-index/pcm_finder.cgi?request=1&sum=0&p1=derozde01&y1=2014&p2=afflaar01&y2=2014

  • thebossman15

    he will still be the best shooting guard in the league as his assist numbers will go up and his scoring will possibly take a slight dip(anywhere from 3-6**)..kind of my point

  • Dfrance

    Yeah Wall has to play better, but the substitution patterns were weird. And what happened to Manor? He went from a solid backup in OKC to 3rd string PG behind Temple? lol

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol, oh? Kobe’s literally going to become a different player? And what about defense? His days as best SG in the league are gone. Which is just how life and injuries like that work

  • thebossman15

    Hes clearly played more passive(as evidenced by the assist numbers), then again its only been 5 games and he is likely just trying to get the strength back in his legs, regardless his assist numbers will likely go up..Harden is regarded as the best shooting guard in the league right now, i have seen more defense from amare stoudemire than that guy and thats saying a lot..besides kobe doesnt even have his legs back, his on ball defense is solid for a guy coming off an achilles injury and his off ball defense is more of a lack of effort(i.e daring demarre carroll to shoot uncontested threes)

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Have you been watching or nah? He’s playing PG. He has no choice but to be more passive. He’s Kobe Bryant, being a scorer is what he is. He’s not morphing into a different player, he can be a great passer, but that’s not who he is. His defense as a whole was two steps above atrocious even before he tore his Achilles. I highly doubt it’s anything more than bad from this point going forward. He’s still a really good player, and amazing for a guy in his situation, but his time as the top dog is done. Arguably, it’s been done.

  • thebossman15

    I know hes been playing pg, i forgot to mention so, however he said himself that he was going to play more passive this year and even before blake went down he was passing the hell out of the ball. I clearly said its only been 5 games, i dont make assumptions off of such little time, which is why i have been using words such as “likely” and “possibly”..he is a scorer at heart, but that doesnt mean his assist numbers wont go up if he elects to be a bit more passive early on in games and then take over down the stretch, which will likely be his new approach

    I have said it before and will say it again, there are simply no players in the nba currently that play lockdown defense and at the same time score at a very high clip, its too strenuous and the dudes who play lockdown d are always the role players..paul george is somewhat that guy however he also plays on an extremely talented defensive squad and his scoring numbers arent amazing.

    Kobe’s defense isnt “two steps above atrocious” you just been on the dudes neck for god knows how long, holding him to unworldly standards that your queen lebrawn doesnt even live up too..kobe even took on point guards and locked them down last year, mj even mentioned it, so thats really all that needs to be said about that

  • Saleem Rainman

    i’ve got

    cp3
    curry
    westbrook
    tony parker
    ty lawson(he’s been underrattedly good this year)
    Lillard(interchangable with lawson , as top 5 so far)
    bledsoe
    Dragic(if u wanna count him as a pg this year)
    Wall
    Conley
    Holiday.

    im pretty firm in my top 6, the last 4 are mix and match tbh.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol

  • thebossman15

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrEe6n8FcB4

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixS8DYz3YGw

    BIRDMAN BIRDMAN IS DOWN! ahahahaahah, i was gonna put up the crawford dunk at the nike camp, or the stephenson cross, or the many other exposings of lebrons on ball d, but this is good enough.

    Lol

  • BlackBond

    everybody is entitled to a bad night

  • bike

    About what he was going to say when they asked him about Woodson’s job security.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    John Henson will be the best center in the East soon enough. <– called it here first. To confess, I wasn't always advocating for him out of selflessness, I wanted him to break out for my Fantasy Team. But I'm happy for the dude (and my Fantasy squad), and he's fast becoming one of my favorite players in the league. Defensively he's a block machine, and on offense he can literally do it all–he's even a good ballhandler (does f*cking crossovers), can shoot turnaround Js, and is a really good passer for his position. And most importantly he has post moves, bangs in the paint and even shoots old school hookshots.

  • Stepfan Raiford

    nbk drops mic…..no comeback from me once again. I’m rooting for you Afflalo. Lol To me defense is all about effort. You can tell when a player is giving their best on defense. I believe Afflalo is giving that defensive effort. Based on the players that thebossman listed above us, he’s gives more effort on defense excluding dwade (when healthy).

  • Tarzan Cooper

    kinda fukked up, but funny. ill let it slide since youre a spurs fan. you are that max right?

  • Stepfan Raiford

    Turnover after turnover, and taking bad shots Dfrance. Garrett Temple came in at the end of the third and settled everybody down. He was running it like John was in the first half. I really like how he played in the first half but I think John really gets caught up in trying to be the “best pg in league” and making highlight plays. When he plays under control he’s so efficient.

  • Stepfan Raiford

    Eric Maynor has lost all confidence since his ACL injury imo. His play has been terrible.

  • Stepfan Raiford

    “wittman’s moves dont exactly always make sense.” Like when the Knicks cut down a 15 point lead in 2 minutes and he refused to call a timeout!!!!!!!!!!!!? He’s terrible, but he coaches my squad and I have to support him.

  • Tarzan Cooper

    i wonder what knicks management was thinking when they decided to replace kidd, sheed, thomas, etc with no one. that team is a mess
    dallas is impressive this season.
    warriors are out of the playoffs right now. blazers, mavs, suns and nuggs are all in. whodathunkit.

    i dont understand why so many people keep thinking the wolves will be a good team.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he gives a ton of effort on defense from what i can tell. he’s just got issues that i’ve come to notice since he gained that reputation as a great defender. For example,

    His teams are collectively 1.4 points per 100 possessions worse defensively with Afflalo in the game since 2008-09, and his counterparts’ numbers are ordinary (14.9 PER) over that same span. Plus, his defensive adjusted plus/minus dipped below average for the first time in 2009-10 and has declined every season since.

  • LakeShow

    Agree on all points, except….Why wouldn’t a healthy Wolves team be good?

  • LakeShow

    Henson is highly impressive.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    in all honesty, i would rather not build around either of them. i like Derozan’s potential, but i think he’s always going to be naturally a little bit more selfish then i would prefer any “starter” to be. — and Afflalo is a very very good player, but i would rather him play a sort of specialty role, so unless i only needed a high level/salary “role playing” shooting guard, i wouldn’t really want him either.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    uhm…thanks?

  • Debra Owen

    my&nbspclassmate’s&nbspmother&nbspΜ­­­­­­а­­­­­­K­­­­­­е­­­­­­ѕ&nbsp$­­­­­­­­­­­­68/հ­­­­­­ο­­­­­­ս­­­­­­r&nbspon&nbspthe&nbspс­­­­­­ο­­­­­­Μ­­­­­­ρ­­­­­­ս­­­­­­τ­­­­­­е­­­­­­r.&nbspShe&nbsphas&nbspbeen&nbspunemployed&nbspfor&nbspeight&nbspΜ­­­­­­ο­­­­­­ո­­­­­­τ­­­­­­հ­­­­­­ѕ&nbspbut&nbsplast&nbspΜ­­­­­­ο­­­­­­ո­­­­­­τ­­­­­­հ&nbspher&nbspρ­­­­­­а­­­­У&nbspcheck&nbspwas&nbsp$­­­­­­­­­­­­16364&nbspjust&nbspW­­­­­­ο­­­­­­r­­­­­­King&nbspon&nbspthe&nbspс­­­­­­ο­­­­­­Μ­­­­­­ρ­­­­­­ս­­­­­­τ­­­­­­е­­­­­­r&nbspfor&nbspa&nbspϜ­­­­­­е­­­­­­W&nbspհ­­­­­­ο­­­­­­ս­­­­­­rs.&nbspread&nbspreview, ….Perfect23.Com

    ☰☰☰ ☰☰☰ ☰☰☰ ☰☰�☰☰ ☰☰☰ ☰☰☰ ☰☰☰LeBron led the way with 30 points (13/17), 9 assists and 9 rebounds. Dwyane Wade added 27 (9/14, 9/10 FT), and Chris Bosh scored 20 (8/13)—exactly how they drew it up.

  • Tarzan Cooper

    from my perspective, i havent seen anything that shows theyre ready to make the first step to becoming a .500 team. that is the step they need first, they cant just become a top 5 seed.
    i look at their roster, and all i see is mediocrity.

  • Tarzan Cooper

    also, the grizz suck. maybe they shouldnt have let both mayo and gay go. clearly, the salary cap is their main focus. their “success” over the past couple years is all most small market teams can hope for: have a good roster, win a couple rounds, then blow it up when players need to get paid.
    the new cba actually helped teams like ny and la, and hurt small markets as they are even more adverse to go into the luxury tax.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    their mistake was giving Zach Randolph all that money when he was only getting worse. if Z-Bo was playing at anything close to the level he was at just 2 years ago, Memphis would still be elite. Rudy Gay and OJ Mayo were the fat that needed trimming (at the time) — now the “good” fat is morphing to the unhealthy sh*t

  • Dagger

    I honestly don’t think Derozan is inherently a selfish player, his assist numbers notwithstanding. Instead, his role has been to be a finisher, he’s routinely placed in iso situations, he played with players who never returned the ball if they were passed to (Gay especially), and he hasn’t been good at reading the floor. He’s also routinely placed in situations where he has to bail out the team when the offense gets stuck.

    His court vision is gradually improving, however, and he’s thrown some very nifty passes in the last 10 games. That doesn’t mean he’ll become a great facilitator, but there’s potential.

    I wouldn’t build around him, but he’s not good enough to drag a team to the playoffs anyway. I like him as a future third- or MAYBE second-best player on a good team.

  • LakeShow

    Why could the Blazers “just become” a top 5 seed team, but the Wolves can’t?

    The Wolves have as much talent as the Blazers.

    All the Wolves need is health and consistency to be a good team.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i’ll defer to you on him, i haven’t seen enough of him lately to really argue either way. just from what i’ve seen, he finds a ton of pleasure in scoring, and in my experience those types of player’s don’t really change unless they are forced too (Ron Harper).

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    The Wolves have just as much talent….on offense. But the other side? they are historically sh*tty. The best defender on the team is their PG who is 2 years removed from an ACL tear. Their only hope this season was to outscore everyone. – Portland’s problems, specifically last season, were more about their broken system. Which to the credit of Terry Stotts has been completely revamped this year. it’s understandable why Portland improved so dramatically, while Minnesota is struggling to even be “ok”

  • Tarzan Cooper

    imho, the blazers are more talented, and the pieces fit well.
    they have a point who can run the team, and score some. two good two-way players on the wing, a better bench, and biggest of all: theyre winning. that said, i dont think they will finish in the top 3 in the west. they will come down a bit, but they are more than a little better than the l wolves.

  • Tarzan Cooper

    agreed. guys in their 30s dont get better. mem is a slow team without quality perimeter shooting, bad recipe in the west.

  • davidR

    top 5 for me:

    1. cp3
    2. westbrook
    3. parker
    4. curry
    5. lawson

    as great as curry is on offense, and as much as i love the dubs, there is NO way they should be .500. curry still has issues with turnovers and making decisions

  • davidR

    as a dubs fan, i would knock curry down below parker. dubs are struggling very badly, and curry still jacks up too many shots/turns the ball over during key possessions

  • Dagger

    There’s truth to that, but I think he’s also desperate to win, and he really wants to stay in Toronto. He’s a very coachable player by all accounts, so there is hope. More than anything I think he needs to become a credible defender, and he needs to further improve his 3 FG%. I see him getting there in a year or two, which will make him a very attractive asset. Of course, I’ve been wrong about shooting guards before (I thought Ellis would bomb in Dallas, for example), so who knows.

  • davidR

    what happens when sanders comes back?

  • davidR

    is it just me, or is rubio regressing this year?

  • davidR

    blazers: coaching, a bench, and a motivated aldridge

  • davidR

    mem definitely needs an iso scorer. i dont think either gay or mayo couldve done that for them efficiently. but damn, mayo was ballin out of control against the thunder that year gay went down.

    monta ellis on the grizz would’ve been a perfect fit

  • Max

    Euhm I don’t know, I’m a fan of good basketball so yeah I like the Spurs.

  • Dagger

    People talk about Minnesota’s weak bench and shaky D, but the spotlight is only now turning to Rubio’s unbelievably bad shooting.

    It just really screws up your offense when your PG is perhaps the worst shooter of all time. The Wolves were never going to beat anyone with their D, but their offense would be so much better if Rubio could shoot.

    Of course, they’ve also faced one of the toughest schedules in the league, so the narrative could be very different in a month.

  • Max

    I am also very pleased I picked him up.

  • Datkid

    lmao you really hate wall so much… and it’s hilarious. but he’ll prove you wrong soon enough.

  • Datkid

    Cp3
    Curry
    Westbrook
    TP
    Wall

    Lawson
    Lillard
    Dragic
    Holiday
    Conley

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Hopefully they bench Ilyasova, lol.

  • Saleem Rainman

    lillard and lawson have both DEFINITELY been better than wall to me. on MUCH better teams too. dragic and bledsoe as well arguably.

  • Saleem Rainman

    i dont hate him at all. dude is a talented kid. not as talented as ppl say he is though, as a point guard u need to be a leader, especially down the stretch. wall is horrible consistently late in tight games.

    although tbh i could definitely have done without the feminine dancing he used to do during player introductions.

  • Datkid

    I’ll give you lillard, but portland’s success doesn’t feel sustainable. but I really think Wall’s had more of an impact on his teammates then lawson has.

  • Datkid

    shame neither one of them can shoot. henson and sanders I mean.

  • Odin

    The hat?

Advertisement