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Saturday, January 4th, 2014 at 9:00 am  |  42 responses

Post Up: Injuries Strike Again

CP3 and Ryan Anderson hurt in wins

by Brett Weisband | @weisband

Raptors (16-15) 101, Wizards (14-16) 88

The Raptors climbed over .500 for the first time in four years, dismantling the Wizards for a road win. DeMar DeRozan led the Raps in scoring with 20 points on an efficient 7-14 shooting performance, while Kyle Lowry registered another double double with 19 and 11 assists, his fourth in the Raptors’ last five games. As coach Dwane Casey said earlier this week, Lowry really is playing the best ball of his career; he’s averaging 19 and 8.9 over his past 10 games.

John Wall struggled for the Wizards after lighting up Toronto the last time these teams met. He scored 11 points on just 4-15 shooting and handed out only six helpers. After the Wizards kept it close in the first half, they were run out of the gym in the third. The Raptors torched Washington 36 points, hitting 14-15 shots in the period. Terrence Ross (14 points) hit all four of his three-pointers in the period, helping to get the blowout rolling. 

Warriors (22-13) 101, Hawks (18-15) 100

Down double digits with six minutes to go in the game, the Warriors battled back to take a late lead. Trailing by two with just seconds remaining, everyone in the building knew the Warriors would be inbounding to Steph Curry (22 points, nine assists, eight rebounds, nine turnovers). They did, and when the trap came, Andre Iguodala (seven points, all in the fourth quarter) was left wide open on the wing. Curry found him and Dre drained the three, sending Golden State to their eighth straight victory.

The Warriors looked like they were falling victim to a schedule loss, playing the second night of a back-to-back on this Eastern road trip. Atlanta turned a halftime deficit into that double digit lead by early in the fourth, thanks to some sloppy basketball by the Warriors (21 turnovers). Atlanta got a well-rounded effort, putting six players in double figures. Pero Antic scored a career-high 16 points, including 4-6 three-point shooting, and Shelvin Mack came off the bench to pitch in 15 of his own.

Golden State hit just 6-27 threes on the night, but made enough in the fourth to complete the comeback. They were helped by strong scoring nights from David Lee (23 points) and Klay Thompson (21).

Pelicans (15-16) 95, Celtics (13-20) 92

New Orleans pulled out a close win in Boston, but may have lost a key piece to a scary injury. Ryan Anderson stayed on his back for several minutes after he and Gerald Wallace had a heads-first collision and was taken off on a stretcher with what the team is calling a “cervical stinger.” While the Pellies obviously need the sweet-shooting big man to make a playoff run, you’ve really got to hope Anderson is alright after the rough year he’s had off the court.

Back to basketball: Anthony Davis was his usually monstrous self for the Pelicans, scoring 23 points, pulling down nine rebounds and swatting three shots. Tyreke Evans, who looks like he’s finally adjusted to his sixth man role after a tough start to the season, had 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists for New Orleans. Boston wasted a strong effort from its starting backcourt; Avery Bradley scored 22, while Jordan Crawford, who may or may not be possessed by Brad Stevens, tied his career high with 11 assists.

Rockets (22-13) 102, Knicks (10-22) 100

Houston hung on for a win against the Knicks, as New York fouled up several opportunities to tie or take the lead in the final seconds of the fourth quarter. James Harden dominated for Houston, scoring 37 points, 27 of them coming in the second half. For the Knicks, Iman Shumpert had another huge game with 26 points, but missed a potential tying jumper in the waning seconds.

The Knicks had a chance to win it in with 43 seconds left on the clock, but Carmelo Anthony (25 points, eight boards) couldn’t get a shot off and skipped a cross-court pass to Beno Udrih in the corner, who threw up a brick. Tyson Chandler (13 and 11) corralled the rebound and kicked the ball out. J.R. Smith ended up with the ball wide open behind the arc. He could have held the ball for the final shot, but decided to ignore Chandler motioning for him to hold off and launched anyway. After the game, Smith admitted that he thought New York was down two. Ladies and gentlemen, your 2014 New York Knicks.

Houston trailed at several points in the second half, but opened the fourth quarter with a 10-1 run to pull ahead, with the lead changing hands several times after that. Dwight Howard (15 points) and Harden took over down the stretch, combining to score 13 straight for the Rockets to propel them to the win. Chandler Parsons threw up a double double for the Rockets, going for 17 and 11 boards. 

Clippers (23-12) 119, Mavericks (19-14) 112

Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan put the Clippers on their backs in crunch time, leading a 16-2 run to close the game. Once again, though, injury was the biggest news. Chris Paul suffered a separated shoulder in the third quarter, and Doc Rivers told the media after the game that the point god will likely miss 3-5 weeks. Paul is one of the most irreplaceable players in the League, so we’ll have to see how the Clippers weather his absence in the hyper-competitive West. Doc will be riding with Darren Collison at point, and he acquitted himself well with 22 points while taking the majority of Paul’s minutes after the injury.

Griffin and Jordan both scored 25 points, with Jordan (11-14 from the field) establishing a new career high. Both players had double doubles as well, pulling down 15 and 18 rebounds, respectively. The two combined for 10 points in the closing run to power L.A. to the win.

Coming in as a gametime decision, Dirk Nowitzki shook off his ankle injury to score 24 points, with 14 coming in the first half. Nowitzki scored Dallas’ final points, putting the Mavs up two with a jumper. But Griffin came back with a three point play (he was 11-13 on free throws) to put the Clips ahead for good.

Nuggets (15-17) 111, Grizzlies (14-18) 108

Denver snapped its eight-game losing streak, squeaking past the Grizzlies to get a much-needed win at home. Ty Lawson (18 points, 12 assists, three steals) hit the biggest shot of the game, knocking down a three with 53 seconds to go, putting the Nugs up by six, enough for them to hang on for the win.

Zach Randolph’s 25 point, 13 rebound effort wasn’t enough for the Grizzlies, who fell farther out of the eight seed in the West with the loss; last year’s conference finalists are now 4.5 games out of a Playoff spot. Friday’s loss came just a week after the Grizz blew the Nuggets out of the building in Memphis.

Lakers (14-19) 110, Jazz (11-25) 99

Kendall Marshall, who has already been on four teams in his short career after being a first round pick in 2012, had a career game in his first start for the Lakers, leading them to a win over the Jazz. The North Carolina product went off for 20 points, 15 assists and six boards, all career highs, while turning the ball over just once. Marshall got support from Pau Gasol, who came close to a triple double with 23 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists.

Utah trailed by 20 points in the early going, but managed to cut the lead down to 90-86 midway through the fourth quarter. The Lakers managed to close them out, with Nick Young (20 points) hitting a fadeaway and getting a fastbreak dunk and Marshall knocking down a long three for the dagger. Gordon Hayward led Utah with 22 points and big man Enes Kanter came off the bench to register and 16-10 double double.

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  • LLC#12

    4 of the top 5 point guards injured. (Rose, Rondo, Paul & Westbrook) Booooooo

  • KipSmithers

    It’s like CLUE: Point Guard Edition.

  • http://the-benchwarmer.com/ TheBenchwarmer

    Could the Lakers have found their Point Guard of the future with Kendall Marshall?

    http://the-benchwarmer.com/marshall-matters/

    He’s finally playing – at a pace that favours his game, for a coach whose system makes even average point guards look like world-beaters (Linsanity anyone?) and for a franchise that honestly hasn’t had a league average point guard since Nick the Quick was dropping lefty turnaround fadeaway threes for the win.

  • Max

    Steph Curry almost getting that quadruple double!

  • Max

    Can Kendall Marshall actually ball or will he go back to the bench before the season ends?

  • LLC#12

    Chalmers is the culprit, he’s coming for that number one spot.

  • KipSmithers

    Or it could be Anthony Davis. He used to play point guard. Davis…with The Brow…in the kitchen.

  • i_ball

    D’Antoni’s system really makes PGs look better. Before Melo got in NY Felton was looking sooo solid.

  • LLC#12

    This is just a flash in the pan I think. Don’t forget just how terrible Utah are. Kensanity will be shortlived! Once Farmar/Blake/Nash returns, he’ll be back on the bench.

  • i_ball

    LoL – Ladies and gentlemen, your 2014 New York Knicks.

    Wasn’t JR Smith the player who had the biggest reaction when Bargiani shot that 3 ?

  • shockexchange

    These players don’t care. So what if JR Smith thinks he’s playing organized pick up? If the Knicks get rid of him, another team will pay him millions to play for them. Things won’t change until fans/sponsors start asking for their money back.

  • shockexchange

    Mario “Tanya Harding” Chalmers. If he can’t get that number one spot on his own, he’ll hire someone to hit you in the knee with a golf club.

  • spit hot fiyah

    those turnovers have to be curtailed or i think it will really catch up to this team

  • spit hot fiyah

    what was that from kendall marshall? he forgot to turn of rookie mode

  • TriggaMan

    Does anybody believe me yet, that deroxan is an all star?

  • i_ball

    That’s why contracts for some players shouldn’t be guarnteed. I like Andrew Bynum’s contract.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    #D’AntonithePGwitchKendallforMIP/MVP/DPOY/CPOY

  • shockexchange

    SE disagrees about “non-guaranteed” contracts. That’s a disturbing trend. You end up hurting the entire league in order to rein in a few knuckleheads.

  • pposse

    cp3 injured himself from flopping!! monta ellis didn’t even touch cp3.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Nick Tha Quick

    Kyrie is out too, though not for long.

  • Saleem Rainman

    Raptors baby! and that warriors squad is sick when they got their full squad.

    And of course…

    John Wall watch:

    On a HUGE game with playoff implications, John Wall was nowhere to be found with a 4 for 15 shooting night, with a plus/minus of -24.

    Thats all that really needs to be said.

  • spit hot fiyah

    the raptors being 10-7 on the road is extremely impressive to me

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    1. The grizzlies and raptors post Rudy gay are thriving. Never saw Terrence play until heard he was a lottery pick but he possess the same tools as Paul George. He may not have same impact as PG but he has Allstar potential. Raptors squad is short a good bench and veteran experience from competing to reach ecf.

    2. Warriors need to change coach. They have too much talent and will end up being like the old hawks only reaching 2nd round. Bluntly speaking Curry can score but is he really franchise worthy. He’s great at orchestrating the offense but his built lack of lateral speed will always make him a defensive liability. I’d rather have Allen inverson than curry any day. Warriors need focus on an offense around their rotation of bigs with curry as main scoring option. There style of play won’t last in playoffs.

    3. Without Paul I want see how BG and Deandre will do. If that front court can’t carry the squad I’d trade Blake for melo.

    4.marshallanity cue dantoni. What are the lakers doing?

  • Nathan Shane Long

    Friday Night Thoughts

    1.The Clippers are in deep trouble without Chris Paul everyone knows that he is the brains of that team and that offense is pathetic without him on the floor and the Clippers will suffer with Darren Collison as the starter the same guy that has been rejected by three teams (Mavericks,Pacers,Hornets)

    2.Andre Iguodala FTW #BLACKPEOPLE OWWWWW!!!!!!

    3.The real John Wall showed up last night

    4.Toronto will make the playoffs

    5.Utah showed last night that anybody can go off and have a big game against them even a EPIC BUST like Kendall Marshall

    6.J.R. Smith dumbest COON in the NBA

  • http://bit.ly/1adGLWn SirGrey

    Did you just say “#blackpeople owww” ?
    Oh nahhh…

  • candlewood jay

    Dude, please enjoy your weekend.
    Get out of the basement and have a life.
    You spend way too much time here.

  • http://bit.ly/1adGLWn SirGrey

    I’ll still take that Memphis team with OJ and Rudy as secondary options as one of the better constructed teams of the past few years. I know reg. season doesn’t mean much but some epic battles went down with them and Miami.
    They really shouldn’t have lost to the Clippers in game 7 that year.
    Reggie Evans was doing work.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    LOL

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Kendall isn’t an epic bust. He didn’t even play on the suns. He gets a chance to show at least he can play. He could be a solid player on the spurs. But he needs a solid system to stay in the league.

    Clippers should trade Blake for Carmelo

    T dot making playoffs isn’t achievement this particular year. But they can develop like the pacers if they get right veteran role players.

  • spottieottiedopaliscious

    nah man its not that. hes a voodoo child! he’s got little dolls of all the pgs in the league that he pricks with a pin after praying to the basketball loa.

    better check yourself before you talk sh*t about him. you get famous enough and he ll come at you too.

  • shockexchange

    Ooh. The Shock Exchange has a stomach ache.

  • spottieottiedopaliscious

    oh no! its starting already. god speed sir.

  • spottieottiedopaliscious

    interesting article in the atlantic today about the nets and why they suck if anyones interested:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/01/the-brooklyn-nets-how-to-build-a-disappointing-nba-team-exhibit-a/282789/

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  • Nathan Shane Long

    Why would the Clippers trade a 24 year old STUD ELITE ALL-STAR POWER FORWARD for a 29 year old SELFISH SCORING TEAM KILLER and Kendall is a bust that why Phoenix traded for Eric Bledsoe and drafted Archie Goodwin because they realized they made a huge mistake by drafting Kendall Marshall

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Thats my boy…

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    The Seed
    • 6 hours ago

    The funny thing about this, is the Clippers would be better with Anthony. He might don’t play defense, but Blake does not either. Anthony would stretch the floor and give CP3 even more room to penetrate dish or score. If I was the Clippers I would trade Blake for Anthony and Shumpert and try to throw in Crawford if Knicks want him. The Clippers are going nowhere with Blake as their second best player. People lets just be honest.

    the suns took goodwin bcause he was best talent at tht time. id love goodwin transform into a pg, but wih bledsoe and dragic it aint happening

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    On paper the grizz were tight. BUt team chemistry hurt them. If the girzz could have cultivated a chemistry like the thunder they coulda made it to the finals.

  • brothasdontsurf

    Coon? Really dude?

  • Nathan Shane Long

    That what he is

  • http://bit.ly/1adGLWn SirGrey

    I don’t think I could comment on chemistry because I wasn’t able to see them all healthy for the playoffs. Zach was reportedly playing injured when they lost to the clips.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    media reported their were issues. but who knows i wasnt in the lockerroom.

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