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Sunday, January 19th, 2014 at 9:00 am  |  116 responses

Post Up: TJ’s Big Night

Rockets forward Terrence Jones has a career performance during a night of blowouts.

by Jay Wallis | @JayWallis11

Pacers 106 (32-7), Clippers 92 (28-14)

Paul George (36 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals, 12-17 from the field) capped off a monstrous night with a statement dunk that rocked Bankers Life Fieldhouse. He requested to be in the dunk contest, three-point shootout and skills challenge over All-Star weekend and might just get his wish. Lance Stephenson (22 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists) also might be making a case to attend All-Star weekend in the actual game if he keeps up his level of play. Winners of four games in a row, the Pacers were six points away from winning their fourth straight game by at least 20 points for the first time in franchise history. They beat Blake Griffin and the Clippers by means of a major defensive stance early on. DeAndre Jordan (12 points, 17 rebounds, 2 blocks) and Roy Hibbert (4 points, 11 rebounds, 5 blocks) each established their respective interior presence right away, collecting 2 blocks each within the first few minutes. After two Blake Griffin free throws, the Clippers held a 13-6 lead with 7:22 left in the 1st quarter. Over the next 14 minutes, Indiana only gave up 14 points as the team took a 45-27 lead midway through the 2nd quarter. David West (4 points, 15 minutes) was ejected right after halftime for a flagrant 2 foul on Griffin. The Clippers pulled within single-digits for the first time in the 2nd half after Jamal Crawford (22 points) made a jump shot early in the 4th quarter. However, the resilient Pacers responded with a 10-0 run and never looked back the rest of the way. The top-seeded team in the East held the Clippers to 39 percent shooting, outrebounded them (48-39) and outscored them in the paint (42-32).

Pistons 104 (17-23), Wizards 98 (19-20)

Josh Smith (22 points, 8 rebounds) allowed Wizards fans to experience the bad J-Smoove and good J-Smoove all in one game. Smith shot 0-6 in the 1st half, only to go off for 20 points on 8-11 shooting in the 2nd half. This inconsistent play is reflective of the Pistons inconsistent season. Smith’s Pistons won these final 24 minutes, 58-44. Smith had plenty of help, though, as six Pistons scored in double-figures. Greg Monroe (12 points, 10 rebounds) and Andre Drummond (10 points, 13 rebounds) each had a double-double. Drummond has now had at least 12 rebounds in eight consecutive games, which is right around his average for the season (12.7 rpg). Sixth man Rodney Stuckey (20 points) continued to redefine himself as an effective bench player. After Drummond finished off an alley-oop to give his team a 93-90 lead with 4:38 to go, Stuckey made two free throws followed by a jump shot to give the Pistons the cushion they needed to close this one out. John Wall (34 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds) carried his entire team almost all night, mostly getting help from only Nene (14 points, 4 rebounds) and Martell Webster (15 points, 3-5 on 3-pointers). Wall scored the final 10 points for Washington. As has often been the case this season, the Pistons earned many of their points down low, outscoring the Wizards 52-38 in the paint. The Wizards failed to move past .500 for the first time since the 2009-10 season, when they went 2-1.

Heat 104 (29-11), Bobcats 96 (17-25) OT

It might not have been easy to do, but the Heat have now won 15 straight games against the Bobcats. LeBron James (34 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists) led the way for Miami and scored as many points (6) as the entire Bobcats team in overtime. Neither team led by double-digits at any point even with Kemba Walker (6 points, 8 assists) leaving in the 3rd quarter due to an ankle injury. Walker currently holds the franchise’s second-longest streak of consecutive games played (190). Al Jefferson (22 points, 14 rebounds) carried the load once Walker left, making the game-tying shot to send this one into overtime. However, that shot came with 3:18 to go. Both teams really locked down in these final few minutes, before the Bobcats failed to finish off their fourth game in five nights. Charlotte simply ran out of gas. Chris Bosh (25 points, 7 rebounds) and Ray Allen (12 points, 9 rebounds) were the only other Heat players that scored in double-figures while the Bobcats passed the ball very well, having 31 assists compared to only 16 for the Heat. Bosh has now scored 25 points in three straight games for the first time since joining Miami. Josh McRoberts (10 points, 6 assists) and Anthony Tolliver (11 points, 3-6 on 3-pointers) had solid performances but both had costly turnovers in the extra five minutes of play. This was a dogfight between two teams that have the possibility of meeting in the first round of the Playoffs.

Bulls 103 (19-20), 76ers 78 (13-27)

Philadelphia scored the first 4 points in this game and led 7-4 after Evan Turner (7 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds) knocked down a free throw with 8:04 to go in the 1st quarter. Behind the shooting of James Anderson (11 points, 7 rebounds) and Michael Carter-Williams (10 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds) early on, this young team kept it close midway through the 2nd quarter, only trailing 36-29. Then behind 8 points from Joakim Noah (21 points, 16 rebounds, 4 blocks), who had a monster performance, the Bulls went on a 13-0 run to take their first 20-digit lead of the game. Chicago put it in cruise control after that, eventually leading 78-42 after a Carlos Boozer (15 points, 13 rebounds) jump shot toward the end of the 3rd quarter. Thaddeus Young (12 points, 4 rebounds) led the Sixers in scoring, as his team shot 34-97 (35.1 percent) from the field and 2-19 (10.5 percent) from deep. D.J. Augustin (19 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals) continued to look like a different player in red, averaging 16.2 ppg and 7.6 apg over the last five games—all games in which he came off the bench. He has been a major reason this team has stayed afloat in the East since Derrick Rose went down. The Bulls dominated every aspect of this game, having more rebounds, assists, steals, blocks and points. After winning four straight around the turn of the new year, the Sixers have now lost six of their last seven.

Rockets 114 (27-15), Bucks 104 (7-32)

Dwight Howard (20 points, 14 rebounds) was in fact the big pickup for the Rockets this summer and has been a major reason they are currently one game out of the four seed in the West. However, the emergence of Terrence Jones (career-high 36 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks, 14-20 from the field, 0 turnovers) has been just as important, who has made Houston feel even more at ease with Omer Asik’s eventual departure. After making an off-balanced layup to extend the lead to 112-97 with 2:24 to go, the Toyota Center gave its second-year player a standing ovation. James Harden (22 points, 5 steals, 7-10 from on free throws) continued to draw plenty of fouls, as he has attempted at least 10 free throws in six of his last nine games. Brandon Knight (26 points, 7 assists) and John Henson (20 points, 15 rebounds) had solid performances while their team shot 50 percent from the field. However, Milwaukee hurt themselves for most of the night, only shooting 13-21 from the charity stripe and having 19 turnovers. To give his team an 87-73 lead at the 2:20 mark in the 3rd quarter, Howard jacked up and made a 3-pointer, his second of the year. Houston led by double-digits the rest of the way. The Bucks have now lost eight games in a row and are the only team in the League without double-digits wins.

Timberwolves 98 (19-21), Jazz 72 (14-28)

Give credit to the Timberwolves defense or blame the lack of offense for the Jazz, but this Utah team simply couldn’t make shots Saturday night. Not a single Jazz player shot above 50 percent and the entire team shot 21-73 (28.8 percent) from the field. This is the worst field goal percentage for a game in Utah’s franchise history. The Jazz had less points than the total time played by halftime and trailed by 28 points. During one sequence in this first half, Derrick Favors (8 points, 10 rebounds, 3-10 from the field) was rejected on two straight dunk attempts…by the rim. This was quite possibly just the type of game the reeling Wolves needed, as they had lost their previous three games and fell to a season-worst three games below .500. Minnesota’s frontcourt all played well as Kevin Love (18 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists), Nikola Pekovic (27 points, 14 rebounds) and Kevin Martin (20 points) were each able to play under 30 minutes on the night. The Timberwolves controlled the boards (60-42) and assists (25-12) while Alec Burks (18 points, 4 assists) came closest to having a good game for the Jazz. Love and Pekovic showed off some smiles that hadn’t been seen in quite some time.

Warriors 97 (26-16), Pelicans 87 (15-24)

Led by Stephen Curry (28 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds, 4 steals, 0 turnovers), the Warriors used a three-minute stretch in the 3rd quarter to hand the Pelicans their eighth straight loss. After an Anthony Davis (31 points, 17 rebounds) alley-oop late in the 1st half, the Pelicans grabbed their largest lead of the game, 50-39. However, the Warriors would respond by going on a 9-0 run and only trailed by two going into halftime. Tyreke Evans (14 points) made a jump shot to tie this game 64-64 with 4:54 to go in the 3rd quarter. Then Curry decided to take over. As Golden State went on a 15-2 run, Curry scored or assisted on all but the first basket scored by David Lee (22 points, 8 rebounds). When Curry gets in his zone, he is one of the best at taking over games. The Pelicans stuck around early in the final quarter—all thanks to Davis—but couldn’t score enough points down the stretch to keep up with Golden State. Scoring the first 5 points of the 4th quarter, Jordan Crawford (10 points, 13 minutes) played well off the bench while Andrew Bogut (10 points, 15 rebounds, 5 blocks) had a big double-double. Curry passed the ball very well on the night, having no turnovers for the second time this season. New Orleans only shot 38.6 percent from the field and will look for an elusive win against the Grizzlies on Monday. 

Blazers 127 (31-19), Mavericks 111 (24-18)

The Mavericks had recently played two energy-draining games against the Clippers and Suns, and it showed against LaMarcus Aldridge (30 points, 12 rebounds, 3 steals) and the Blazers Saturday night. Before the Americans Airlines Center had something to cheer about, this game was clearly over as Dirk Nowitzki (18 points) and the Mavs just had nothing in the tank. Rick Carlisle threw a handful of players at Aldridge but the forward’s strong low-post play and high release were too much for these Mavs defenders. Aldridge might currently be the best power forward in the West. The Blazers led by double-digit after the first 12 minutes and just when the Mavs looked to be within striking distance after a Jose Calderon (5 points, 3 assists) jump shot cut the deficit to 52-43 with 4:44 to go, Portland stepped on the gas and finished the half on a 19-9 run. Behind plenty of free throws and 3-pointers, the Blazers then won the 3rd quarter 33-18 and closed this out before the final quarter even began. All five Portland starters scored in double-figures as Damian Lillard (14 points, 10 assists, 5 rebounds) played the role of distributor and Robin Lopez (16 points, 12 rebounds, 3 blocks) was a major reason his team outrebounded the Mavs 55-30. Lopez had 15 double-doubles over his first five seasons in the NBA and has already matched that amount this season. Portland also ran the floor well, having 31 fast break points. Devin Harris (6 points, 17 minutes) played in his first game for the Mavs following toe surgery. The Blazers have now won five in a row and are tied with San Antonio for the best record in the West.

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  • pposse

    the bulls are gonna be tough to beat at home the rest of the way..and Paul Gumby George is that dude a true wildcard, he’s gonna have guys like Lebron and KD question their dominance over all other SF’s after yesterday night if they have not already

  • Rickkkky

    Who would’ve though a Heat-Bobcats game would be the most competitive on the night?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I don’t think 36 from George is going to make Durant, 2 days off of 54, question much of anything

  • pposse

    yeah but that 360 windmill might and plus PG brings it every night on the court and with his talk. KD probably happy right now that he plays in the western conference and doesnt want anything to do with the Pacers unless they have to play them in the finals.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I highly doubt any of those guys are scared of anyone else. No matter how cool their dunks are.

  • KipSmithers

    The scary part about Terrance Jones is he really didn’t play last year until the very end of the season. So, playing wise, this is like a rookie year.

  • pposse

    the dunk was a statement. The fact remains paul george has consistently backed up a lot of his talk the work he done during the whole season so far. He literally just leap frogged in front of all SF’s in the league other than Lebron and KD this past year alone. Its like PG is in a class by himself. Maybe not on KD and Lebron level but above and beyond Carmello level.

  • candlewood jay

    Get a life.
    Try to have a good weekend.
    Go out and watch football today with your buddies, if you have any.
    You spend too much time here.
    Your imaginary family is getting worried.

  • Saleem Rainman

    There is something wrong with the heat this year. They missed their last 6 shots of regulation. They still won…but, like i said, something seems off about em. they arent the same team as theyve been the past couple years that won chips.

  • Saleem Rainman

    to add to what nbk said, i also highly doubt ANYONE is glad they play in the western conference, rather than the east.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Seems like the same story as every other year. In January they look disinterested and “not the same” – this is literally the 4th year in a row the narrative around them has been in the family of “overrated” in January.

  • pposse

    what are you talking about? The 2 teams no one in the league wants to play in the playoffs are the Miami Heat (defending champs) and the Indiana Pacers both teams play in the East. It has nothing to do with the strength of the conference. Unless the Heat are truly gassed from 3 straight finals appearances them and the Pacers are the two toughest draws plain and simple.

  • pposse

    dont you get it..Lebron has a bad back it probably takes some time for that HGH he uses to kick in. Expect a huge winning streak from the Heat once Lebron gets his super strength back.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I would rather play Indiana than San Antonio.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    That doesn’t make him scary

  • pposse

    thats debatable i put SA at number 3 behind both Pacers and Heat. Personally, I think the Spurs overachieved big time in the finals last yr by pushing the series vs the heat to 7 which ultimately is clouding most peoples judgement. It took Lebron 6 games to figure out that he should shoot the open jump shot, once he did that the series was a wrap and the Spurs were pretty much blown out.

  • pposse

    maybe not to you, but then again you don’t play the games and clearly disregarding the psychology of the game and players right now.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    If you don’t understand that game 6 decided that series then idk what to say. Even Manu admitted losing game 6 was too much to forget before game 7. For all intents* and* purposes, San Antonio gave Miami the by far the most trouble and was otherwise the best team in the playoffs. Plus they are coached by Gregg Popovich, I would rather play a team of basically all stars in a series than one against that guy.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol ok buddy. You be naive and believe these grown men who are the best in the world, are scared to play basketball against one another. Especially 24 year old, never actually won anything Paul George. He’s terrifying.

  • pposse

    if you don’t understand that it took until game 7 for Lebron to do something that he should have done since game 1 then all is lost. The series should not have even gone to 6, and if it did it would have been the Heat up 3-2. But alas Lebron was choosing to be passive and ‘efficient’ over doing what he really had to do to win the game. Pop’s strategy should have worked for exactly just game 1 not game 1,2,3,4,5,6. That was all about Lebron being stubborn and Spo not having the balls to call out Lebron.

  • pposse

    and you go ahead and be ignorant to the fact that Lebron DID see a sports pyschologist after the humiliating loss to the Mavs in the finals. I understand that there is zero stat for psychology therefore there is zero way for you to compute this factor into you equations but its real.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol, do you understand the psychology of LeBron or nah? Every team should play him that way, make him win a series on his own (something he’s never done). He will take over a game here and there with scoring, but has never done it in order to win a series. So go ahead, act like you weren’t in agreement to this during the playoffs and change this too LeBron just didn’t figure it out till game 7 so that it supports your theory that these guys are and should be scared of another player.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    That has absolutely nothin to do with this conversation

  • pposse

    i reread what you wrote like 3 times and what you said doesn’t make sense. I have a decent grasp of Bron’s psyche. He is stubborn and nearly uncoachable. No one can tell him what to do. It was no one’s fault but Lebron’s own for him to take 6 games against the same opponent to make the necessary adjustment (blame Spo if you want but he is just a lackie). Yes Pop and the spurs challenged him to win the series on his own, but Lebron chose not to comply, making the series more exciting than it had to be. IF the spurs come with that same gameplan in the finals this year, expect them to get waxed. You not being in agreement of this fits your rhetoric of the heat that they aren’t as great as they are on paper. Anyone shooting 55% from the field shouldn’t have to defer ever to teammates.

  • pposse

    on the contrary dear Watson, it has everything to do with the convo. Its PG responsibility to place doubt in other SFs head that they can just come to his house and run all over him. PG is doing what he has to do…Lebron has consistently ‘deferred’ but PG is telling him that he can ‘defer’ all he wants but PG will be coming and will humiliate you if you take him lightly or anything less than how you perceive someone like a Kevin Durant.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    He doesn’t defer lol, the way he sees things, getting his teammates involved is the best way to win. Even if the other team is baiting him to score. If you have not figured this out yet, you are either blind, or have not been watching/listening/reading. .
    LeBron himself has said this, “Everyone always compares Kobe to Jordan and says they always have had that killer mentality. They always had that dagger, that dog. Then you look at Magic [Johnson], and people say that he was fun to play with. He was great. He always had his teammates’ back. He always got his teammates involved. He was a champion as well. They come in different shapes and sizes and forms and different colors as well. For me, I see myself on the side of the Magic range where I love my teammates, love being around them. I want them to be happy as well.” .
    So please, quit while you are just wrong. Don’t cross over to the land of lunacy.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    That had nothing to do with anyone being scared of other players. Please concentrate on the subject at hand, scared in general or scared of the moment and scared of a player/team are different. Please, concentrate.

  • pposse

    your supposed to take what the defense gives you. I wasn’t watching the 80′s Lakers but I know for a fact as it is written in history that Magic lost a lot of playoff series. Maybe he shouldln’t have deferred to his teammates as much as he did, but then again Magic wasn’t nearly capabale of being the type of scorer that Lebron is. Lebron comparing his game more to a Magic is lunacy.

  • pposse

    being scared has no boundaries. Quit making excuses for Lebron. He joined the Heat because he wanted a team full of names and a culture where he could recruit other big names. He needs the players around him to have the ultimate respect of their opponents (which he clearly has right now) in order for his game to flourish. It helps take the pressure off of Lebron bc he knows that in the heat of the moment he can’t be mature and take responsible for everything.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    THATS WHAT HE DOES. Every player should do things they don’t. It’s called a weakness. You are talking like LeBron being more aggressive offensively would only hurt the Spurs anyway. The Pacers bait LeBron to score on them just the same, they just do it by baiting him to drive off the dribble.

  • pposse

    then Lebron better do that if they want to beat the Pacers instead of trying to do things ‘his’ way. PG will take the game to Lebron, he is proving this as we speak by his words and actions throughout this whole year. PG’s confidence is thru the roof right now and he has the game offensively and defensively to back it up.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    You could be right. And if that’s your reason then that’s a perfectly fair argument, we will see

  • pposse

    ‘Thats what he does’ – then why in the blue hell did it take 6 whole games for Lebron to take what the defense gave him against the Spurs in the finals? I know why, its cause Lebron was not feeling confident at all about his jumper. Why was he not feeling confident? Because he had a fragile mentality. I don’t think he will have the same problems this year, cause he has guys like Wade and Riley and his sport pyschologist in his ear and has finally seen the successes of his abilities achieved.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    He uhhh he’s won multiple playoff games big scoring performances and jumpshots, why are you acting like game 7 is the first time that’s ever happened? As I said, he’s never won a whole series that way, what’s so hard to comprehend?

  • pposse

    also to be fair to Lebron he is def doing what he has to do in the regular season to sort of thwart what these other great teams are trying to do. At one point he semi called out Hibberts ability to play defense without picking up any fouls this season. Personally i like the posturing, we’ll see what happens ofcourse I picked my horses in this race but nonetheless it should be a very interesting playoffs provided everyone is healthy.

  • pposse

    it was disapointing in a way. What’s better for a legacy it to wax the teams you play in the finals the way Jordan and the Bulls did 6 times instead of kind of leaving it up to chance. IMO the Spurs were way the inferior team. Their only true advantage was at the point guard spot. Bosh was disappointing that series and Lebrons brain fart that lasted from games 1-6 was disapointing.

  • JJ Jones

    Miami doesn’t look right this year and it has nothing to do with coasting. This roster is old and lebron doesn’t look like he has the same stamina that made him freakishly dominant over the years he is close to being 30 after all. Some similarities lakers lose in 6 to boston heat lose in 6 to mavs lakers win in 5 against inexperienced magic heat win in 5 against inexperienced okc lakers win in 7 vs boston kobe gets revenge heat win in 7 vs spurs lebron gets revenge 2011 in an attempt to make for straight finals the lakers are swept this year in the heats attempt to make 4 straight finals ?? I have a bad feeling that the unexpected will happen and the heat will shock the world and not in a good way.

  • JJ Jones

    At least you’ve noticed too people said the same thing about lakers coasting when in reality that team was just done too slow and old defensively

  • JJ Jones

    Didn’t kd already destroy the pacers? Okc is built to beat big teams like that. Why do u think Kendrick perkins is still in the league. (Best post defender)

  • pposse

    they did, but PG took full responsibility for the 34+ pts that was dropped on his head. Also PG dropped 30 in that game too. I don’t expect for KD to keep that pace up, PG is doing everything on his end to say that game was more of an aberration than a trend.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    THIS!!! Thank you, nbk. I am getting sick and tired of people posting comments that suggest that LeBron choosing to involve his teammates is somehow a bad thing and that not taking “bad/difficult shots” is somehow his way of being selfish because he’s trying to protect his fg%.

    In what alternate universe does taking 40 shots at 38% to score 25 points equate to the way the game should be played???

  • Guest

    LeBron has won series by himself (in fact his very first one – quite remarkable for a 21 year old).

  • Caboose

    It’s that lingering back injury man, hopefully Bron can get that sorted out come Playoff time, but it seems clear he’s still dealing with something.

  • Caboose

    It’s gonna be a CRAZY race for Most Improved Player. Here are the candidates (let me know if I miss someone).

    Andre Drummond: From 7.9/7.6 to 12.6/12.7
    DeMarcus Cousins: From 17.1/9.9 to 23.4/11.7
    LaMarcus Aldridge: From 21.1/9.1 to 24.1/11.3
    Terrence Jones: From 5.5/3.4 to 11.6/7.7
    Isaiah Thomas: From 13.9/4.0 to 19.0/6.2
    Eric Bledsoe: From 8.5/3.0/3.1 to 18.0/4.3/5.8
    Anthony Davis: From 13.5/8.2/1.8 to 20.1/10.4/2.9
    Kyle Lowry: From 11.6/6.4 to 16.2/7.4
    Lance Stephenson: From 8.8/3.9/2.9 to 13.9/6.8/5.2
    Tony Wroten: From 2.6/0.8/1.2 to 13.0/3.3/3.4
    Miles Plumlee: From 0.9/1.6/0.1 to 9.8/8.8/0.6

    Nuts right?

    My vote goes to…hmmm….Boogie. Dude has jumped into the top 10 conversation and his PER is up from around 20 to over 26. Born Ready as my runner up.

  • Caboose

    I’m sorry, but I have to.

    “For all INTENTS AND PURPOSES…”

    Not “intensive”

  • Guest

    Born Ready. Which 2 others getting 7 and 5 with double figure points? Exactly.

  • Caboose

    It is impressive, for sure. I’m just more impressed by the guy who jumps from borderline All-Star to All-NBA than the guy who jumps from solid reserve to borderline All-Star. But that’s just me.

  • JJ Jones

    Hes looked more athletic (in the half court) then he has in years though. Its his stamina that I’m concerned about he always looks tired now despite playing a career low in minutes and stamina is usually the first thing to go as players exit their prime.

  • Caboose

    He has? It definitely hasn’t seemed that way to me. He’s been playing more strategic than ever before, which may speak to stamina, it may speak to injury. I think his desire for recklessness has faded, and that’s been the change. The league rewards that sh!t, but in the case of Rose, Westbrook, Wade, et. al, it has consequences.

  • JJ Jones

    Kd always seems to destroy th e pacers though this isnt just a one time thing. Like I said okc was built to bee at big teams like that(lakers, pacers) kd has improved it wasnt just a fluke imo

  • Caboose

    Why are you more qualified than any of us here to judge the psychology of a player you’ve never talked to?

  • JJ Jones

    Just watch his poster dunks this year compared to his last few in miami. U may be right in that’s he’s playing more strategic to conserve energy I definitely agree with that

  • pposse

    i was only speaking about this year. IMO Paul George has taken one of the biggest leaps as far as an individual player goes since D Rose’s mvp season. He played well last yr in the playoffs but what he is doing so far this season is pretty unbelievable. it sucks cause the pacers and thunder only play again in like mid april when most of the seeding will already be determined. But as far as i can tell PG if given a go will be out for revenge along with the pacers squad.

  • pposse

    probably the same reason that you and nearly everyone else refuse to engage in any sort of conversation regarding that part of the game. You know the part that his airness said was 90% of the game? But yall want to talk about the 10% aka stats all day long.

    EDIT: its funny that you can’t even admit that a guy like lebron had to see a sport psychologist after that mavs finals debacle. you’ll probably come with some sort of politically correct answer like ‘it hasn’t been proven’ or some ish like that

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol I know it is my bad didn’t notice I did that

  • pposse

    also as a hobby i like to play poker and a big part of that particular game is psychology. I do decent (break even maybe make a small yearly profit off of it, but I don’t put in enough hours to really know if i’m good, bad or average). So naturally, i look into this aspect of the game as it pertains to everything including bball. I only offer opinions, don’t assume im more qualified, i’m not.

  • JJ Jones

    Yeah your right about pg taking that leap but like I said why do u think that kendrick perkins is still being paid? To shut down the opposing teams front court like the 2010 lakers dwight howard and Roy hibbert not to mention that kd just looks like he’s on a mission this year he’s NOT guardable at all

  • pposse

    yeah but thats not really even an issue against the Pacers. hibbert might only score like 10 ppg and they can still be good against the Thunder. Hibbert – Perk (wash), Serge – West (advantage West), KD – Durant (advantage Durant I guess?), Stephenson – ? (no idea who the sg is for thunder but advantage Stephenson), Westbrook – Hill (advantage Westbrook by a country mile). The startting lineups on both teams are very evenly matched imo.

  • Datkid

    Bledsoe jumped a cool 10 points though… and he was a big reason his team was in the playoff picture

  • JJ Jones

    I can see what your sayin but I think that okc had two players that the pacers can’t guard. Durant is self explanatory and westbrook against george hill may be the biggest mismatch between these two teams.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    He didn’t do it by being baited to shoot. Washington played him straight up and forced him to drive. He shot 23 shots a game in that regular season, and 25 shots a game in the first round.
    .
    The big difference?

    He played 42 mpg in the regular season
    And
    He played 47 mpg in the first round

  • playa

    I agree, Cousins&Stephenson got my vote as of now,they’re not 2nd year players,they just focused&got A LOT better.

  • KipSmithers

    If he keeps it up, you might include Brandon Knight into the conversation by year’s end.

  • Fan of the game

    No, no, no. I was not looking for, nor needed an answer.
    Look up the numbers ‘and’ Study the game films. A more in-depth analysis and understanding can be achieved, because your posts reveal certain limitations (although most here cannot see through this).
    The correct answers will be found through this method (if you understand how to view a game, level of perception of on-court action, individuals abilities, attitude, communication, coaching schemes, PG plays and reads, post matchups, one-on-one defensive battles, rebounding (the entire process), perimeter player transition, guard play, forward play, the true art of a center and how the position is played, history of the players, coaches, referees and the overall game, etc).
    There is almost an infinite amount of detail to go through in any one game (how to select the key components for correct breakdown of plays, players, teams, etc, requires further practice, skill and inherent perception).
    Nonetheless, your ability to source bball data and convey it is a good skill to possess. It just appears an overreliance is being made on it (not just by yourself, but by NBA/basketball personnel, players, associated members of the media and fans).
    Its not a bad thing (but too much of something is seldom a good thing).
    Out

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol

  • Fan of the game

    For real?
    Step your game up.

  • Fan of the game

    Damn, LBJ still a gear, gear and a half lower than KD (who tried to tell whom from the start of the season?) Analytical Ccypher punks cant hold me.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol your comment doesn’t deserve more then that. If you want me to respond to you differently, then change your approach. And if you didn’t want me to reply to your first comment, don’t press the reply button to mine.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Want to quote whatever you are talking about?

  • Fan of the game

    More than then?
    Ok then.
    Still have a lot to learn, more than you give off on these comment boards.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Typos happen. It was fixed immediately. But sure buddy, that typo proves your point. You know basketball better than everyone else.

  • Fan of the game

    Hey, you said it.

  • Fan of the game

    For real though, I’m not trying to have a go at you.
    Read the end of my first response, it’s an overall theme I’m referring to.
    You do get the game better than most on here, that is why I addressed you. Feel the compliment or not, it’s like that.

  • Fan of the game

    You on LBJ (“He’s been by far, the best player in the league this season”).
    Didn’t see it then, don’t see it now.
    Caveat: Still a lot of season left. Post all-star regular season often produces interesting turn arounds (and great stretches by great players).
    Gotta love this game though.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    If you meant that as a compliment, then the portion of the response that wasn’t, related to the comment that you pressed reply too, especially considering your initial response…and comment, is either unnecessary or needs to be restated.
    .
    You state I have an over reliance on data, and need to learn how to watch the game more “in depth”.
    .
    My comment, while short, addresses the whole watch the game issue.

    - “He didn’t do it by being baited to shoot. Washington played him straight up and forced him to drive”

    And was supported by the data. And you not actually supplying any reasoning to your argument doesn’t quite help your superior attitude.

  • Fan of the game

    Arenas stated during the series (in an interview for ESPN) that LeBron was allowed to get his, it was his teammates that they didn’t want to get off. WAS didn’t force him to drive at all (this insinuates defense as a misnomer). Again, I am positive you have not watched that entire series (certainly not recently as I have), but your strict adherence to data is admirable (and can help a lot in gauging a game).

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Up to that point? I’ve openly admitted that Durant has been the best player and MVP thus far this season for about 3 weeks. http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/d/duranke01/gamelog/2014/#489-501-sum:pgl_basic. – maybe you haven’t been here to read that lately or whatever. But idk why or what that has to do with this. LeBron was playing better than Durant at the time that I said those words. Now he isn’t, and hasn’t been for a couple weeks. I still would be he is the better player in May and June. Is that what are you are trying to prove? That Durant is just flat better as a player?

  • Fan of the game

    For sure you haven’t studied the game films, where as I have studied the numbers, researched data and studied the game films. Sorry, but I’m dismissing your comment.
    And look, I ‘know’ that the vast majority of dudes don’t see the game, feel it or play it as I do (shout out to the Rucker). Experience has taught me this, and further experience will teach me more.
    Doesn’t make me superior to any other bball fan on the planet. To each his own.
    Every bball fan can view the game how they feel or want to.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Game 1 – LeBron James (3/13) from outside the paint –> http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/shot-chart/200604220CLE.html
    Game 2 – LeBron James (3/12) from outside the paint –> http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/shot-chart/200604250CLE.html
    Game 3 – LeBron James (3/11) from outside the paint –> http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/shot-chart/200604280WAS.html
    Game 4 – LeBron James (7/16) from outside the paint –> http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/shot-chart/200604300WAS.html
    Game 5 – LeBron James (6/10) from outside the paint –> http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/shot-chart/200605030CLE.html
    Game 6 – LeBron James (3/12) from outside the paint –> http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/shot-chart/200605050WAS.html ————–
    How recently did you watch the series bro?

    LeBron James shot less per minute in the playoffs than he did in the regular season………………………..

  • Fan of the game

    Nice bait with the last line (not going for it).
    Not trying to prove anything (don’t need to).
    What I was feeling at the time (before it grabbed the attention of the masses) is that LeBron changed into lower gears for the season (he wasn’t and still isn’t that same dude from the past).

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I admitted that then. As I said then, and was true then. While LeBron did seem to be in a lower gear, he was still, at the time, playing better. It’s not hard to understand. If you have some weird thirst to be right lol ok, you got it right. Looks like Durant will end up having a better regular season.

  • Fan of the game

    This post tells it all.
    Come on, I starting to feel bad for you.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol

  • Fan of the game

    “He didn’t do it by being baited to shoot.”
    Man, your stats beg to differ.
    LeBron had unreal quickness, and was still able to blow by WAS defenders (who weren’t that great).

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Actually read what I said about that series. All of it. Quote it if you have to.

  • Fan of the game

    I laughed at my comment too.
    Anyway, I’m going to ball out now,
    (remember, its all about getting better)

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Ok crazy

  • Fan of the game

    Man, I’ve lost enough damn time
    Done it. Not worth it, not good enough for me to address further or quote,
    Keep doing what you do on here

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Later gator

  • Nick Holden

    What about Paul George? I know he isn’t getting it again but damn his offensive game has evolved.. again.

  • Caboose

    True, but his rebounding and playmaking have regressed a touch.

  • Caboose

    Ehh, it’s the injuries that hold him back for me

  • Caboose

    Ehh, for Knight, his points are only up 2.5, and assists only up 0.4. And he’s on the Bucks. He’s improved, sure, but not really that much. He’s gone from meh to ok.

  • Mike From Spain

    Just thought I’d throw this here: a Nobel Prize of Economics talking NBA fan psychology and advanced statistics: http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2014/1/19/5325406/daniel-kahneman-speaks-out-on-nba-fans-golden-state-warriors-and-klay

  • KipSmithers

    If he keeps it up for the season, those number will increase even more.

  • LakeShow

    I’ll go with Born Ready(due to the Pacers winning ways), but Boogie deserves it more from the actual definition.

  • LakeShow

    What?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    That can’t be hard to understand

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Here’s my question to you,

    Would you want to run into The Pacers or Kevin Durant in a playoff series? Or San Antonio after a season of playing in the West vs Indiana after a season in the East? All things being considered, that’s why is rather play Indiana.

  • LakeShow

    Instead of reading the 100 comments, I figured you could let me know what you’re talking about.

    Are you saying that the Spurs are more formidable than the Pacers?

  • LakeShow

    If I’m following your line of thinking, I would “rather” face the Pacers over a healthy Thunder squad.

    But I’d rather face the Spurs over the Pacers. I know it’s not smart to pick against the Spurs, but I am…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    no idk what the right answer is, i just wanted to see your POV.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    in the West the Spurs imo would be a tougher out in general than the Pacers. really it would depend who i am and what my strengths are. but in general, i think the Pacers would be a (slightly…..very) easier out

  • LakeShow

    Hmm… I disagree. Not by much though.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah no stress either way to me. pposse was just acting like it’s obviously the Pacers, and that’s where this all started.

  • LakeShow

    phewwww… no very little is certain.

    Personally I want to wait till a month or two before the playoffs start to make a guess as to who will be in the finals.

    Anything can happen as of right now.

    (Westbrook injured)
    (Heat having yet to really turn it on)
    (Spurs lack of wins against quality competition)
    (PDX still appearing to be elite)
    (Warriors health)
    (Chris Paul Injured)

    That’s why the Pacers look so great right now is they are firing on all cylinders,(similar to the Blazers) but who’s to say that is what happens 5 months from now…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah i don’t like to predict much for San Antonio until the road trip after the All Star break.

    -

    regarding the Pacers, they are actually playing up and down, and still winning. imo they are surely a legitimate contender that can beat anyone in a series.

    look how Roy Hibbert has played over the last 8 games, http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/h/hibbero01/gamelog/2014/#408-415-sum:pgl_basic

    —————————————————————————–

    The Pacers are 7-1 in that stretch.

  • LakeShow

    Hibbert is crazy inconsistent offensively.

    I should have realized that, but you were right that the ECF against MIA made me think(in addition to his off season work outs) he would be a legit 15ppg guy on 47% FG’s…

    Ehhh, so much for that.

    His defensive impact is just as staggeringly consistent. He is so superb defensively.

    He should be (hands down right?) DPOTY if he maintains a semblance of what he has shown so far.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    oh i wasn’t doing it to throw the preseason stuff in your face, i’m not stressed about that, i got PLENTY wrong in the preseason. just like every year. i’m just trying to show that Indiana is winning despite some temporary struggling from some of their best players.

  • LakeShow

    No I didn’t think you were doing that at all. Just wanted to make sure I admit it when I’m wrong.

    Yeah, IND was really gotten a lot out of all their players. They have all “bought in” and aren’t worrying at all about getting theirs or anything. Plus they sitting in the Eastern conference… that’ll get you a lot of wins. Which was also why I had them leading the East in win total.

    That bodes well for them, that they can win without all their players playing very well.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Well I respect that. And you seem spot on so far about the Pacers in general, I definitely didn’t think they’d win like this in the RS. Sh*t I got nothing about the East right haha

  • LakeShow

    We both were way off about a couple things in the west also.

    PDX balling out, and your boys in PHX… Miles Plumee, the twins, Dragic, Bledsoe, Green, and Tucker (Frye steady after surgery) all playing a nice brand of basketball. Is Horny a real good coach or are the guys just playing for contracts or what?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Jeff Hornacek was the best/worst thing to ever happen. That’s what I’ll say. .
    #McDonoughHornacek2016

  • LakeShow

    Worst because of draft positioning?
    Best because he’s really good?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    You got it bossman

  • Datkid

    so if he comes back healthy?

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