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Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 at 9:00 am  |  74 responses

Post Up: Dirk At The Buzzer

Dirk Nowitzki buzzer-beater stuns Melo and the Knicks.

by Jake Fischer / @JakeLFischer

Bucks (11-45) 130, Sixers (15-42) 110

When the two worst teams in the NBA square off, it should at least be competitive, right? Wrong. While the Sixers continued to unload their best players during Thursday’s trade deadline, the Bucks might have gotten better, swapping Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour for Ramon Sessions and Jeff Adrien. Sessions was solid in his second game as a Buck, dropping 16 points and dishing 5 assists in 28 minutes off the bench. “Coach talked about finishing the season strong,” Sessions told FoxSports after the game. “We know we’re out of a playoff spot, but we’ve got to take these 27, or 28 games to learn and build for next year.” There might be something there, O.J. Mayo looked like he was playing inspired basketball for the first time in a while, Monday, dropping 25 points off the bench.

The Sixers, on the other hand, just don’t play defense. This performance will certainly drop them below the Bucks and leave Philly 29th in the league in defensive efficiency, just better than Utah.

Warriors (35-22) 104, Pistons (23-34) 96

Golden State strolled into Dunk City and Klay Thompson gave the Pistons a little taste of their own medicine early in the first quarter. (HINT: Watch Kyle Singler’s reaction):

After the Warriors’ bench sat down, the entire team chipped in while Steph Curry was a little off, shooting 6-15. Four other players scored in double figures, especially Jermaine O’Neal. The big man was phenomenal in 27 minutes after starting for an injured David Lee. O’Neal continues to turn back the clock, tonight finishing with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks. When you watch Golden State, however, you still have to wonder where Harrison Barnes fits in with this team. The offense comes to a screeching halt when Mark Jackson tried to post him up and he’s not an elite enough three-point shooter to spread the floor. Time will tell if he sticks in the Bay Area past this season.

Mavericks (35-23) 110, Knicks (21-36) 108

Dirk Nowitzki has widely been considered the greatest-shooting big man of all-time. Monday night, he might’ve received the greatest game-winning shooter’s roll of all-time.

If you weren’t watching closely, Dirk’s jumper, from his classic high-post, banked off the backboard and literally hit every part of the rim before it fell through. The Mavs’ win at MSG overshadowed yet another tremendous performance from Carmelo Anthony this season, who finished with 44 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. That’s pretty much been the story of the year for Melo, as the Knicks are now 10 games back from the 3-seeded Raptors and 10 games up on the last-place Bucks, or stuck in no-man’s land. Melo’s averaged 41.3 points per game over the Knicks’ last four games in the midst of a career-year. Over this last stretch, New York has gone 1-3 and the Knicks are now just 21-36 in the season in which Melo is posting a career-best 25.1 PER, good for eighth-best in the League.

Clippers (39-20) 123, Pelicans (23-33) 110

Man, has it been fun seeing Blake Griffin develop into such a dangerous passer out of the high-post. He only finished with 3 assists on Monday, but his alley-oop to DeAndre Jordan in the first quarter was filthy. The rest of the way the Clippers’ offense was on cruise control. Entering the night second in the L in offensive efficiency, the Clips rolled with seven different players reaching double-figures, with Jamal Crawford leading the way. JCrossover drilled seven 3-pointers en route to his team-high 24 points.

On the other side, Anthony Davis looked like a freak out on the court, finishing with 26 points and 11 rebounds. He was relentless getting to the line and hit 12 of 13 free throws at the stripe. But, The Brow still posted a -22 +/- on the game, the worst on is team. Perhaps New Orleans’ offense focuses too much on the big man and takes away from his teammates. Still, that may be too critical on a second-year player who’s not in the best situation.

Celtics (19-38-TK) 110, Jazz (20-36) 98

In the second snooze fest of the night, Utah rolled past the visiting Celtics in the second NBA matchup between Brad Stevens and Gordon Hayward. The two former Butler Bulldogs now stand 1-1 in the pros. Hayward was excellent at distributing the ball on Monday, finishing with 10 assists, 8 points and 4 rebounds. But Jazz were able to end their six-game losing streak on the shoulders of Alec Burks. The TK-year shooting guard finished with 21 points and 4 assists off the bench to lead Utah. Burks is averaging 19.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game over his last five.

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  • JJ Jones

    Damn melo cant catch a break. His owner is an idiot,team sucks, fatass felton gets arrested with dirk’s game winner trolling him. Because of things that he cant control people will continue to say that he cant be the best player on a championship team

  • spit hot fiyah

    is this the first time someone has got dunked on and electrocuted at the same time?

    http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/19gqixfxj0b7ygif/ku-xlarge.gif

  • http://bit.ly/1ekQBIB SirGrey

    FINISH HIM!

  • i_ball

    There is no excuse for Melo for not making the playoffs in the East this season.

  • JJ Jones

    Hes averaging over 40 ppg in 3 straight games his team just sucks. Its sad.how.certain player go unappreciated simply because of an incompetent roster (kevin love). Tell what more can carmelo possibly give his team hes playing the best basketball of his careerand on top of that his fat ass point guard gets arrested. But of course the general consensus is to bame melo

  • i_ball

    They have basically the same record as the Utah freaking Jazz who have been in full tank mode the whole season. And the Jazz are playing in the West! Melo can’t be the best player on a championship team – LeBron managed to lead some bad Cavs teams to multiple good playoff runs, Wade managed to get the Heat in the playoffs when he was healthy and they sucked. Kobe missed out on the playoffs once after Shaq left and made it back with some pretty bad teams. Dirk is pushing the Mavs back in the playoffs the season (in the WEST!).

    The Knicks put big expectations on themselves before the season started (this is my favorite NBA BIG commercial btw, LMFAO) and they have dramatically regressed. I don’t think he can handle that much pressure.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    There is more to basketball than scoring. Melo has been really good, but still, that teams record in that conference is totally preventing me from fully appreciating his season. They shouldn’t be THIS bad

  • 1LeggedFadeaway

    Vintage Dirk just putting the nasty on Melo.loL

  • Harvey

    Why was Melo left to guard Dirk on the last play? Baffling. Tyson Chandler has the height to disrupt that shot. Everyone knew the ball was going to Dirk…

  • i_ball

    I was wondering the same thing! It’s not like Melo can’t box out Brandon Wright for the rebound after the shot…

  • JJ Jones

    They werent this bad last.year in.fact they had the 2nd just last year Jr.smith has regressed, raymond felton has regressed.and.has just.been arrested, tyson chandler same thing yet.u want to blame the guy thats busting his a** every single night that really doesnt sit well with me

  • Harvey

    Melo would be terrifying if he actually put forth effort on the defensive end. He simply has no desire to though. He loves to get his buckets and boards, but hopes the rest will carry the load at the other end. That’s why they have the record that they have.

  • JJ Jones

    Ask mike.woodson

  • JJ Jones

    That used to be true in previous years but hes actually been decent (not great on that end this year)My point is that the knicks franchise has failed melo so far every player has flaws

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Nobody is blaming Melo, that’s not what was said by me or anyone.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Melo has been terrible defensively this year. Lol, just like the other 10 years of his career.

  • JJ Jones

    Not u but others claimung that “melo has no excuse”. Yes he does his entire team has regressed. He had 11 assists just last game hes not just scoring

  • JJ Jones

    Not man to man team defense I agree abiut his defensive awareness but like I said no player in perfect

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Not any defense. I’m with you that his season is probably under appreciated, but let’s not make up reasons to appreciate it. All aspects of Carmelo defensively have been terrible. But that’s not anything we didn’t already know would happen. If he have a more consistent effort on that end, it would reflect on his teammates. You can say Melo isn’t the problem with New York and you’d be right, but he’s also that teams leader and best player, part of the responsibility that comes with that role is being held somewhat accountable for the teams lack of success.

  • JJ Jones

    Thats fair to hold him responsible as leader of the team but to say that he cant be the best player on a championship team due to this franchise’s incompetence(mike woodson putting him on dirk)is a little ridiculous

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Is it? We have no reason to believe he can be the best player on a title team.

  • B

    even if the next best 4 guys on his team get worse? and he has a terrible coach? people can act like its melo but we might have a bottom 5 roster. at least young teams like Utah, Boston, and whoever can win guys with there young talent playing hard. we have a bunch of lazy veterans, and Shump whose gotten worse every year.

  • JJ Jones

    Thank you

  • Saleem Rainman

    So, guess who leads all power forwards in 4th quarter scoring? Mr. Nowitzki. Crazy when you consider there are so many good pf’s in the league right now.

  • JJ Jones

    Of course he can but he really hasnt been in the right situation yet. For.example.people say that pg24 an be the best player on a championship team but.melo.cant? Switch the two and the perception changes.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    of course he can? why? i mean i see the argument that he can, but i don’t think it’s obvious. Melo fits right into the mold of the great NBA scorer who does little to make his team better. He’ll be joining the likes of Dominique Wilkins, Bernard King, Alex English, and George Gervin as all time great scorers who couldn’t put their teams over the top. It’s not a slight on Melo as much as it is just the way the cookie crumbles for some guys.
    .
    i’d rather have Paul George than Melo over the long run, so idk why that’s sounds crazy to you. would i bet on a team winning built around either of them? not at this point. but i would put money on George if i had to choose which of those two is most likely to lead a team to a title.

  • JJ Jones

    Im talking about just this year not in the future. Right now people have the pacers as a favorite to win with pg as their best player. Also remember paul pierce was also in the same situation and hes much less talented than melo. The minute he won a ring everyones perception of him changed same with lebron so many claimed didnt have what it took either. Now the talk is him being on mt rushmore. Lebron left to put himself in a better situation to in lets let melo do the same before we bury him thats all im saying

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Melo is about to be 30 years old. He’s not 24 or 27, we know exactly what he is as a player. ANd people are picking the Pacers to win a title! because they built a system that perfectly compliments their superstar….what kind of system does that for Melo? what sort of team would you have to put together to win a championship with Melo as your best player? because a team like that, with a player like him, has literally NEVER existed. the closest a team got to winning a title with a defensively week, shot heavy scorer who lacks efficiency was the 01 Philadelphia 76ers, and that team was just fortunate to be playing in an Eastern Conference whose second best player was Vince Carter. Melo, on the other hand plays in the same era as players considerably better at everything he does, while also being better at all the things he doesn’t.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    You ain’t know Melo is a “POWER FORWARD” NOW LOL

  • RKJ92

    If we’re being totally honest I think Melo would be a great second option to a complimentary dominant big man; such as how Pau, and Kobe played off of each other. I don’t think volume shooters will ever win a championship without working through a dominant big by there side, and I suggest Melo should go and find that.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    Monday Night Thoughts

    1.Dirk F’N Nowitzki FTW

    2.Yet another selfish Carmelo scoring effort is wasted

    3.Carmelo defense on Dirk’s game winner was unreal dude was reaching in up until Dirk started to shoot and Melo did not even jump to contest the shot so pathetic

    4.It really don’t matter what Carmelo does in the summer him going to Chicago would be a failure since the Bulls head coach is defensive expert and demands his player play defense and Melo has never played defense in his entire career and if he was to sign with the Lakers a duo of Kobe&Melo would be an absolute train wreck that would be worse than Melo&Iverson in Denver and that was an epic failure that lasted only two years so all i’m saying is that Carmelo will never win an NBA championship

    5.Vince Carter may be washed up but he can still shoot

    6.It’s a shame how O.J. Mayo career has hit rock bottom in Milwaukee i remember how he was some overrated overhyped prodigy coming out of high school than became a typical one and done college player at USC he had a nice rookie season in 2008 with Memphis but he never lived up to his “potential” and his career his gone downhill ever since Tony Allen gave him that beatdown

  • i_ball

    He is still the leader of the team – he shouldn’t allow his teammates to behave like monkeys the whole season. I’m not blaming it all on him – obviously the management has no idea what it’s doing, the coaching is sub par. But a big chunk of the blame should go to Melo even if he averages 50 for a month – against at least 20 teams he is the best player on the floor – thus has the biggest impact on the game.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Melo has always been at his best with better teammates. he’s arguably the most dangerous international play guy we have, and I think a lot of that has to do with him not being asked to carry the scoring load, but to pick his spots.

  • i_ball

    Vince Carter is still averaging 11 and a half ppg. It’s really nice to still have him in the League.

  • Junkie

    Wasn’t that a foul on Melo too?

  • JJ Jones

    I.agree

  • JJ Jones

    Hes also a phenomenonal spot up shooter too

  • RKJ92

    Ya I feel like too many people have a misconception about how Melo has to be used in order to be effective, and it can be blinding for some when he’s able to torch a team for 40-50 points but the thing is.. If he’s not picking his spots to be effective, how many shots is he taking to get those 40-50 points a night you know?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah exactly. he can also be used as a decoy, and his energy would be conserved to give a bigger effort defensively given he has to carry less of the scoring load. Would he give a better effort? i’m not sure, but i think the possibility of it alone vastly outweighs the benefits of him being “the guy”

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    right, that’s a big reason why i like the idea of pairing him with a better player. having a 25+ppg scoring second option who shoots 40% from 3 even when he’s the only offensive option on his team? that sounds absolutely thrilling for my eyes. I really hope he leaves NY to pair up with another star.

  • LakeShow

    Yeah, blaming Melo can only go so far.

    He’s not being the solution for them, but he’s certainly not the problem either.

  • Dagger

    Paul Pierce much less talented than Melo? You do have a real knack for hyperbole, sometimes.

  • Dagger

    If you could create a template for how to age gracefully as an athletic star player, it would be Vince Carter.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i mean he doesn’t have an excuse. it’s not his fault they suck, but that’s still not an excuse in this Eastern Conference. he’s the leader, there is no reason they should have a worse record than Cleveland for example. that team has just as much disfunction and a worse best player. part of what will make Melo a better superstar is accountability.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk
  • xyxx

    Mayo was overhyped because he was much older than kids in his grade. Both of us were born in 1987. I graduated high school in 2005. Oj graduated in 2008. I always thought that was some sucker cheating sh!t. Him and Bill Walker were abusing kids years younger than them.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you are right, but it was 07

  • danpowers

    the knicks are actually cursed

  • Nathan Shane Long

    So i guess OJ had to been “held back” and failed a couple grades during his teenage years anyway he is a bust besides that Bill Walker was a joke too

  • JJ Jones

    I would say drose.but hes no longer reliable. Maybe stephen curry and golden state?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Rose isn’t really a (-) defensively, and he’s not particularly selfish, even if he was reliable, he’s the type of player i can see multiple ways to win with given the right strokes of luck (as goes every team).

    Curry I don’t think is ever winning a title as the best player on a team.

  • B

    how was Melo selfish last night?
    when Curry or Durant drops 40+ there great scorers but when Melo does it hes selfish? your an idiot. and how do you know Melo is never winning a championship? time machine? see the future? id love to know how you did that.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    Carmelo been a ballhog ever since he became a Knick you dumbass fool

  • B

    you clearly haven’t watched a lot of knick games these last few years. keep pretending like you know what your talking about.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    What you mean stupid they on national TV every other week idiot ever since Carmelo been there but all that will change once he leaves this summer

  • B

    1 player cant do it all. And its not that there behaving like monkeys, its that there playing like sh!t. Melo has been the only consistent player for the Knicks all season. Even Tyson who I love will make a good play one minute and look clueless the next. And your obv right on the management. Firing our Gm who got us the 2nd seed lat year was idiotic. The Knicks, other then the Cavs prob have the worst owner in the league.

  • B

    thats obv not what i meant. your an a$$clown. oh btw i still wanna know how you know melo wont win a title? please pleeze tell me!!!!

  • Nathan Shane Long

    Because he too damn selfish he ain’t no team player all about himself

  • B

    Oh cmon. Id say Kobe can be pretty selfish and he has 5 rings.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    he was Shaq sidekick for his first three rings his last two the Lakers had a loaded roster so

  • JJ Jones

    Exactly the point I was trying to make

  • JJ Jones

    How do u control an idiot carrying a gun in new york? Or a headcase like jr?

  • JJ Jones

    I meant derrick’s health. So who do u think he should play behind.

  • JJ Jones

    As a scorer definitely. Theyre comparable as players but as far as explosive scoring performances its carmelo imo. My bad for the confusion.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Oooooh my bad I submitted that via email and thought you were replying to a different comment. I think Melo would do really well next to Rose for sure. Idk about with Steph, that’s a lot of shots, they’d probably need a top 3 defensive center.

  • JJ Jones

    If drose can actually stay healthy and get baack to his 2011 level then yeah its no brainer

  • JJ Jones

    This is the type of bullshit im talking about. Durant scores 40 hes the best scorer in the league, lebron does it hes the goat,melo does it he gets bashed to hell just because of the knicks bs. The melo hate is going too far to a point where people dont view him objectively(or k lemme ve for that matter)

  • JJ Jones

    Who the f*ck is he suppose to PASS to?

  • JJ Jones

    This is just ignorant who do u think put the alkers of their back in the conference finals? Kobe. Shaq always had the bigger mismatch in the finals. And about that stacked roster where are they now? Odom overseas, bynum journeyman, farmar just recently got an nba job back, ariza irrelevant, artest irrelevant, luke walton lol, fisher piggybacking off of okc as a damn third string point guard, shannon brown currently benefiting from unemployment benefits. So again where is this stacked team that u speak of??

  • Nathan Shane Long

    Lets see here dumbass Odom,Gasol,Bynum,Artest were still in the primes of there careers Fisher was still a clutch player the bench was stacked Farmer and Brown and Vujacic were great off the bench and they had the best coach of all time Phil Jackson

  • davidR

    agree about curry unfortunately. in general, im not sure a team can win with the pg being the best player.

    only thomas comes to mind regarding pgs leading a team to a championship

  • davidR

    you’re severely underrating paul pierce

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    only (3) have done it,

    Magic Johnson
    Isiah Thomas
    and the most underrated point guard of all time,
    Walt Frazier.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i just hope Melo chooses winning over money this summer, that’s my main concern.

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