The Post Up: Ivy and Sheed

by November 14, 2008

by Holly MacKenzie

Friday! Friday!

How can this week be over already? This was one where the days all sort of ran together. I’m happy the weekend is here. I updated my Facebook status after the Golden State game and wrote “Iverson in Philly.” I need sleep. And a new brain.

Anyway, check out my post over at The Score around 10 this morning. Then it will make sense.

Three games last night. Bron finally got another win over Melo and the Nuggets. It’s exciting to see him excited while he is playing. I’m a fan of the Mo trade and it looks like LeBron is as well. He’s so damn ridiculous. I watched the game last night and actually had the audacity to think, “Wow, he’s really not looking to score tonight”. Check the box score, he’s only, oh, two rebounds shy of a triple-double. Again. We are too spoiled when it comes to that guy.

It will be interesting to see what Kenyon Martin gets fined for his outburst at the officials at the end of the game last night. I’d be pretty steamed with the flagrant-2 that was called, if I were him. We all know Varejao is an actor and it didn’t look like the shove was that bad. It probably was only called like that because of what went down in Phoenix last night.Chauncey looks pretty good in Denver.

Ben Gordon starting has been working out alright for the Bulls. Thirty-five last night to get them over the Mavericks. Rose looked very, very nice. Again. Dirk being held to 12 in a game his team really needed to win? Uh oh.

As much as I love watching Ivy in Detroit (and, I really, really, really love seeing him with a new squad), that loss hurt last night. It is going to be a long, tough and winding road for the Warriors this season. So close and yet so far away from victories, these guys are working, pushing and playing with everything they’ve got. Unfortunately, they just don’t have enough.

I’m trying to stay positive and think of the guys who are getting a chance to show their skill and prove that the deserve to be in this league but, man, I hope the wins come Clutch man.soon.

I can’t handle it. I’m a spoiled Lakers fan. I don’t deal with losing well.

How amazing was that interview with Thompson, Iverson and Sheed? I had goosebumps for the duration of it. Iverson in the Hoyas hat, how can that man be 33? He looks so young. It’s so nuts to hear the two of them talk about their children, or wives helping to rein them in. I cannot believe they’ve been in the league this long.

Michael Curry is my new favorite, new coach in the L. He looks like he’d be so fun to play for because he still gets it.

Iverson taking his shoes off postgame made me wonder who was going to get them.

Notice how tiny he looked standing next to sager for the postgame interview? Crazy. That still kills me.

Tayshaun had 16 rebounds last night. My fantasy team enjoyed that.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone. Enjoy that Detroit/LA game tonight.
Cleveland 110 Denver 99

After hearing all about Carmelo Anthony being 7-2 in their previous head to head matchups, LeBron James was able to sneak in another win for himself and his team as he just missed a triple-double last night, scoring 22 points, grabbing 8 rebounds and dishing 11 assists as the Cavaliers took down Denver 110-99. This loss was the first for the Nuggets since acquiring Chauncey Billups from the Pistons. While the Nuggets had their way offensively in the first half, scoring 61 points in the opening 24 minutes, Cleveland stepped it up on the defensive end and allowed only 38 points in the second half as they took control of the game and weathered a Denver push in the final minutes. Besides the big line from James, Mo Williams scored 24 points and Daniel Gibson added 15. Chauncey Billups led the Nuggets with 26 points and 6 assists as Carmelo Anthony and JR Smith each added 18 and Kenyon Martin scored 12 to go with 10 rebounds before getting ejected in the final minute of the game after being called for a flagrant-2 on Anderson Varejao.

Chicago 98 Dallas 91

Still reeling from that loss against the Lakers in a game they should have had, the Mavericks went into Chicago looking for a much needed win. After going up by as many as 19 points in the first quarter, they thought they were on their way to getting it. That lead didn’t last long though, as Ben Gordon let them know it wasn’t going to be that simple. Dropping in 35 points on the night, Gordon and Derrick Rose led the Bulls back. While Dallas went up 25-4 in the opening minutes the Bulls were down by only one at the half and then Rose went to work in the third, dropping in 16 points in the period as Chicago took a two point lead into the fourth. In the final quarter, Dallas would get no closer than seven as the Bulls stole the victory and the Mavericks dropped their fourth straight. Gordon scored his 35 points on 12-21 field goals, while Rose finished with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and Luol Deng added 20. Josh Howard led the Mavs with 21 points and 11 rebounds, Erick Dampier had 16 points and 18 rebounds and Jason Terry added 16 points. Dirk Nowitzki was held to only 12 points in the loss.

Detroit 107 Golden State 102

In a game that saw Detroit ahead and then Golden State take control before the Pistons would rally late, Allen Iverson looked as though he was fitting in quite well with his new teammates. Gone was the hesitation that he had played with in his first two games and in it’s place was a continuation of the free-flowing game he played in a Detroit victory the other night. After losing their lead and watching the Warriors go up by as many as 12 points just before the half, the Pistons went to work in the third and by the start of the fourth, they were in control and ahead by nine. The Warriors would quickly turn things around and briefly take a one-point lead before Iverson found Rasheed Wallace for back-to-back three pointers, giving the Pistons a 96-92 lead as they showed the NBA world that they were learning how to play together. The Warriors kept things close as Detroit missed some free throws down the stretch, but they made them when they needed to and were able to come away with the victory. Iverson finished with 23 points and 9 assists while Richard Hamilton scored 24 points and Wallace added 19 points and 11 rebounds. Tayshaun Prince scored 10 points and hauled down 16 rebounds in the win. Andris Biedrins was huge for the Warriors with 17 points and 19 boards as he has had a double-double in every game so far this season. Stephen Jackson scored 15 points and dished 9 assists as CJ Watson scored 17 and Kelenna Azubuike added 15 in the loss.