angry collins
Yikes. I think Doug's still pissed about those four-point plays...

Mavericks-Bulls: Allow me, if you will, to quote myself. From By The Horns:

It was a real defensive battle out there, folks. The kind where it looked like both teams were wading through invisible mud. Chicago hit only 36.9 percent of their shots. Dallas converted on 35.6 of theirs.

The Bulls scored 12 points in the third quarter. That represented the team’s season-low for a single quarter.

The Mavs finished with 77 points. That was their third-lowest output of the season. On December 28, minus leading scorer Dirk Nowitzki, they scored 76 points against the Raptors. On January 15, in Dirk’s first game back, they managed only 70 points against the Grizzlies in Memphis.

The teams combined for two fast break points. Chicago had none.

Nowitzki — who is a legitimate MVP candidate — went 6-for-16 from the field, missed both of his three-point attempts, and pulled down only two rebounds in 38 minutes. In case you forgot, the dude is seven feet tall and has averaged 8.4 RPG over his 13-year NBA career.

Derrick Rose had a stellar stat line: Game highs in points (26) and assists (9) to go with 7 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. Of course, he went 9-for-28 from the field, including 5-for-20 in the second half, and committed a game-high 4 turnovers.

Rose was the only Bulls player to score in double figures.
Now allow me to supplement myself. According to Hoopdata, Dallas was 5-for-12 at the rim (41.7 percent), 2-for-7 inside 10 feet (28.6 percent), 6-for-14 from 10-15 feet (42.9 percent) and 6-for-18 from 16-23 feet (33.4 percent).

Chicago was 7-for-21 at the rim (33.4 percent), including 1-for-6 by Derrick Rose and 1-for-5 by Omer Asik. The Bulls also went 4-for-10 inside 10 feet (40 percent) and 10-for-32 from 16-23 feet (31.3 percent).

My point? I'm surprised people in the United Center didn't have this reaction:

The Dallas Mavericks: The Mavs get their own entry for the way they delivered some bad news to poor Alexis Ajinca. Apparently, Dallas is working on a trade that would send Ajinca to the Raptors to create a roster spot for Peja Stojakovic without having to cut Sasha Pavlovic, whom they just signed. Ajinca was dressed and warming up at the United Center last night when Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle had to tell him to turn in his uniform and head back to the hotel.

Even to a guy like me, that's cold.

The Philadelphia 76ers: Man. Check out their last six games:

112-109 OT road loss to the Pistons
111-103 home loss to the Pacers
95-94 home win over the Bucks
96-92 OT home win over the Bobcraps
99-98 OT road loss to the Magic
100-97 road loss to the Bobcraps
Losses that were almost wins. Wins that were almost losses. But their 2-4 stretch typifies their 17-25 record and their average point differential of -0.6. On the one hand, they're losing a lot of close games. On the other hand, they're losing a lot of close games.

And it's the little, mental lapses that keep haunting the Sixers. In their previous loss, an overtime defeat in Orlando, they gave up two big four-point plays, one in regualtion and one in the OT session. Last night, they lost (in part) because they couldn't adjust to a single play.

From the AP recap:

The Bobcats' owner had to love what he saw from [Gerald] Henderson down the stretch.

Henderson, a bit player under former coach Larry Brown, has become part of the rotation though he is hardly known for his shooting. But he hit three consecutive jumpers on the same curl play from the right wing in the final 1:40. The last came with 26 seconds left to put Charlotte ahead 96-93.

"It was the same exact play all three times," said Henderson, who scored 11 points. "We call it 3-down and everybody in the NBA runs it. But it works because if you get two screens it's hard to defend. I came off ready to shoot, D.J. made a good pass every time and I just knocked the shots down."
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times...

Andre Iguodala: I don't mean to pick nits or anything, especially when the guy led his team with 19 points on 7-for-11 shooting to go along with 5 boards, 5 assists and 4 steals. But Iggy bricked a free throw that would have tied the game with 40 seconds left. Then, with 11 ticks on the clock, he shanked a jumper that would have brougth Philly to within a point.

And when you consider the fact that Andre gave up the four-point play in the fourth quarter of that loss to the Magic, well, it seems like he's kind of the Anti-Clutch...

...with all due disrespect to Vince Carter.

Doug Collins, coach of the year candidate: "It's always disappointing when you lose. I texted Michael [Jordan] the other night after they had beaten Chicago and congratulated him. He said 'Yeah, we can't beat you though.' So I'm sure Michael reached out to the guys for them to beat his old coach today. He probably gave them a little pep talk."

Ah, that Doug. He's the kind of friend you'd write a song about. I love how he loves to name drop MJ. I also love that his text might have moved Jordan to fire up his team.

The Los Angeles Clippers: Jordan Heimer of the TrueHoop Network wrote the lead story for today's Daily Dime. No, I'm not bitter he relegated my Derrick Rose piece to the second spot by writing about the Clippers' playoff chances (currently zero-ish percent). Not at all. Hey, the Clippers are 10 games below .500 and coached by Vinny Del Negro. They're obviously a bigger story than Derrick Rose and his burgeoning MVP candidacy.

I keed.

Actually, the Clippers are a big story. I know 16-26 doesn't sound all that impressive. But subtract the 1-13 start and you have a team that's...15-13. Which, again, doesn't sound all that impressive until you realize we're talking about the Los Angeles Clippers. And let's not forget the two most exciting words in the English language: Blake Griffin.

Anyway, the reason I bring this up is because people have been getting so excited about The Other L.A. Team's recent hot streak -- 11 wins in 15 games -- that people have begun talking about...the playoffs. And you know what that means:

The stat curse was in. I mean putting the words "Clippers" and "playoffs" in the same just can't end well. Sure enough, the Clips submitted one of their patented "They are who we thought they were" performances, choking away an early 14-point lead and ultimately losing by 15. The Other L.A. Team shot missed 17 three-pointers, shot 43 percent for the game, and gave up 20 poitns off 16 turnovers. Meanwhile, the Brandon Roy-less Frail Blazers hit 56 percent of their shots. Although, about that Bradon Roy-less part...

Brandon Roy: Did you know Portland is 14-7 without Roy this season? Which means they were 10-13 with him. Huh.

Vinny Del Negro, super-exciting quote machine: "I thought the Blazers executed much better than we did, in the second half especially. Our defense was not good enough or tough enough."

Chris's amazing one-line lacktion ledger: Jason Kapono punched out 26 seconds of time for a Mario, while Eduardo Najera gathered up a 2.05 trillion (2:03) for His Airness.

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Anonymous kazam92 said...
As amazing as Rose is, why does he always have these Iversonaian statlines? 12-27, 9-23, 14-29. Its true the Bulls are kind of thin at the moment, but a little efficiency would be nice nonetheless.

Anonymous Astrid said...
Brandon Roy: Did you know Portland is 14-7 without Roy this season? Which means they were 10-13 with him.

I feel bad for the guy. Seemed nice and was a fine player. Not really spectacular but that's overrated. I hope he comes back strong.

Maybe he and Oden should consult Griffin of the Other L.A. team...

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Blogger Lord Kerrance said...
Props for the sly Dark Knight Joker reference.

Regarding Peja: The hardest thing about playing in Toronto is that the cold makes it take forever to heal from injuries. That "sore knee" that kept him to 2 games was a tough one. I'd think he was milking it except that Bosh had the same problem last year, and we all know how good his work ethic is.

Blogger Basketbawful said...
As amazing as Rose is, why does he always have these Iversonaian statlines? 12-27, 9-23, 14-29. Its true the Bulls are kind of thin at the moment, but a little efficiency would be nice nonetheless.

I'd be lying if I said that, sometimes, his number of shot attempts makes didn't make me cringe a little. In all fairness to him, he had taken only eight shots at halftime and Thibs ripped into him and told him to start shooting. I wondered about that...his trigger finger was unusually itchy during the final 24 minutes.

Honestly, I think Rose will become more efficient when everybody is healthy and, Basketball Gods willing, Keith Bogans falls into a deep, dark, bottomless hole.

Blogger Marcus said...
Brett Favvvree is to Fat Madden
as MJ is to Kisses Men Collins

also i feel bad for that mavs player

maybe today was his big break he was gonna go off for 5pts in garbage time?

Blogger Dooj said...
Not to pick on Jason Terry again (ok, maybe I like picking on him) but he was quoted after the game as saying something like "When you have a guy take 28 shots in a game, that's Jordan Rules". I can't for the life of me figure out what JET 2.0 (in respect to Kenny Smith) means by that... anyone else know?

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Hey...just saw this on Deadspin. Obviously could put it to use.

Blogger AnacondaHL said...
I think trying to find a Chicago fan that can properly justify Bogans getting minutes is harder than finding The Lost Ark.

Anonymous Aaron said...
Riley confident Heat will put losing streak to rest:

Duh! The Heat's next game is playing the Toronto Crappors at home. Of course Riley is confident! Would he be equally confident if they were to play Magic, Boston, or Lakers? What a joke!

Anonymous kazam92 said...
I could actually see the Heat losing to the Craptors. Bosh will likely miss the game again which means terrible half-court offense for 48 minutes.

Anonymous The Other Chris said...
Mind-numbing comments from D-Wade (emphasis mine):

We're not the Boston Celtics. We're not these kinds of teams that need to play together. We have guys that have the individual talent, and sometimes the individual talent, one-on-one ability is going to take over. Boston has more of guys that have great individual talent, but they feed off each other. We're a new team and we're still figuring it out.

You don't need to play together? Unlike, you know, any and every great team in the history of team sports?

Blogger Dan B. said...
We're not these kinds of teams that need to play together. We have guys that have the individual talent, and sometimes the individual talent, one-on-one ability is going to take over.

Good Lord. That has to be the definitive Basketbawful quote.

Blogger chris said...
"We're not the Boston Celtics."

You mean, the El (Oh El) Heat are not developing championship-level chemistry? And Pookie LIKES this?

Blogger Bakes said...
"We're not the Boston Celtics."

Clearly not. This is why you won't get past them in the post season (if you even make it to the conference finals, that is).

Pookie doesn't often seem to make dumb statements like this. In fact, I don't really remember much of anything like this from him before. Maybe Lebron's foot is so far in his mouth that it's entered into some sort of osmosis-like metaspace and found its way into Wade's now as well.

Let's hope Wade escapes this season with my respect for him still in tact.

Anonymous kazam92 said...
I think Wade phrased his statement very poorly, but not his intention to say, we can play 1 on 1 ball and win as opposed to passing to teammates

Blogger The Sports Hayes said...
Has there ever been an NBA Finals winner that got by on talent alone and not been a "team"? Didn't think so.

By the way there was one Heat fan on the sports radio saying the Celtics are in first place only because Bosh and James got hurt. Guess he forgot the Celtics were in first place all year with Kendrick Perkins, Avery Bradley, Kevin Garnett, Delonte West, Semih Erden, Rajon Rondo, Jermaine O'Neal and Shaquille O'Neal all missing time at one point.

Both the fans and the players are acting stupid yet ESPN still drools over them. Go figure

Blogger draftaraujo said...
Toronto is not that cold :P
Chicago/NYC/Detroit/NJ/Cleveland/Philly all about as cold as Toronto, and Minnisota as cold as sin, that is a city that would be hard to play in at least Toronto is a big city.

Anonymous Karc said...
Pookie's not the only one to say something dumb, cue Kobe Bryant.

“I didn’t go to college. I don’t know how to read.”

Basketball Jones does it much better with that pic of him reading to kids -

Then Dwyer nails Bryant here:

Great stuff on how the Memphis-LA deal had nothing to do with Bryant's bitching, and mostly to do with Gasoft's foot and Bynum getting hurt (Lakers, IIRC, were 2nd or 3rd in the West when he went down).

Speaking of that, Leaflets at Thuggets tonight. The Nuggets have been down in dumps after all of the 'Melodrama, and need a pick-me-up. Anyone got a light?

Anonymous Marc d. said...

Just because you CAN play 1 on 1 (and we all know Wade, Bosh, and Bron can, they've been doing it for years) doesn't mean you SHOULD.

Obviously Wade could have worded it better but even so the underlying meaning of that quote is wrong-all-wrong.

Sometimes individual talent takes over, sure, but in the end it is the team that stands, not the individual.

Blogger Lord Kerrance said...
@draft arujo: Sorry dude, I was being sarcastic. :) It feels like the Craptors suffer a lot of players milking injuries and not playing when they could. Examples are Peja, Bosh, and Turk in recent memory. The most memorable in history was Wince dancing onstage at a Nelly (I think it was Nelly) concert while having an ankle injury.

Blogger Bakes said...
@ Karc

Who said anything about Kobe? Why bring him into it?

Besides, that quote is obviously said with snark. He's answering the question the same way he always answers questions like that: in a somewhat dickish, dismissive way. Unnecessary attitude? Yes. Dumb? No. His comment was not said sincerely. Wade's was.

The BDL article again shows Kobe's pretty substantial ego. There's no question about his egotism. If I remember right (quite possible that I don't) Kobe quit most if not all of his public bitching after that season started. Who's to say he didn't keep things going in private? Given his ego, it's probably safe to say he did. Seems likely that players like Kobe tend to hold some sway over management and their decisions, so I'd assume he still had something to do with the Gasol trade. A pivotal role? Maybe only in his mind, but I'd say he had influence over it nonetheless.

But this quote involves Wade and the cHeat. What does Kobe have to do with that?

Anyway, Back to Wade's comment. Here's how it reads with a minor edit:

We're not the Boston Celtics. [edit] We have guys that have the individual talent, and sometimes the individual talent, one-on-one ability is going to take over. Boston has more of guys that have great individual talent, but they feed off each other. We're a new team and we're still figuring it out.

Nothing remarkable about that at all. As a whole, he'd be saying that while both teams have guys with individual talent, Boston gels as a team better and doesn't have to rely on 1-on-1 as much to win. The cHeat just aren't there yet since they're still learning to play together.

Add "We're not these kinds of teams that need to play together." in and it becomes dumb. It just reaffirms that the cHeat are a 3-man team and they know it.

Anonymous kazam92 said...
I agree with that notion. I am sure we'll get some half assed retraction soon

That said, who is the 4th best player on this team? James Jones, Eddie House, Chalmers? These guys need to be the 7th or 8th best player on your team

Anonymous Czernobog said...
I think what Pookie was trying to say was more along the lines of "Our individual talent will win us games, but to get to that next level we need to become more coherent as a team, the way the Boston Celtics are."

His wording was terrible, but he clearly didn't mean to say "We're so good we can win a championship playing 1 on 1 ball."

Blogger chris said...
I think what Pookie was trying to say was more along the lines of "Our individual talent will win us games, but to get to that next level we need to become more coherent as a team, the way the Boston Celtics are."

What's interesting to me is that the Celtics gelled immediately in 07-08, something that has yet to happen here.

Which means that the El (Oh El) Heat, unequivocally, are not going to invite comparisons to the 1996 Bulls any time soon.

Anonymous Karc said...
@Josh - It was just a segueway into silly quotes by really rich 2-guards. I thought I was keeping up with the theme. Plus I saw it today, and I thought it was funny (about 5 minutes after I saw the quote, Dwyer's article went up).

Besides, from the looks of things, Wade is going through a similar thing that Kobe did - a near-meltdown after getting rings due to not having enough talent, followed by stern STFU words from management, only to be followed by blockbuster trades/free agent signings that immediately turned mediocre teams into contenders. Yeah, if the Kobe quote was from six week ago, it would make no sense for me to bring it up now. But he said it yesterday. I could have really gone to town with his "illiteracy" contradicting the perception of Phil Jackson's "smart teams," but even I knew that was a stretch.

Wade, for the most part, made a slip, nothing more. Clearly LeBron's "foot-in-mouth" personality is contagious.

Anonymous Czernobog said...
Well, the Celtics' big 3 were aging veterans looking at their last chance at the big time, not 3 spoiled brats pressing the easy button. And in retrospect they had a surprisingly good supporting cast in place. And as someone already mentioned a while back, their games complemented one another. While Wade and James need to adjust their games to a second dominant ballhandler.

I hate LeBron as much as anyone. but I'm not willing to bet that the Heat won't beat the Bulls' win record sometime over the next 3 seasons just yet. I consider it unlikely, but not ridiculously so.

Especially in the league in which the Gasol trade happened, and which is desperate to appeal to a broader market.

Anonymous kazam92 said...
Czernobog, they were past their prime yes, but because they were old, joining forces isn't considered "easy button?" Paul Pierce had a soured relationship with fans before 07-08, KG and Allen were looked at guys who couldn't lead you to a title (especially KG)

Anonymous Azreous said...
An entire Worst of the Weekend post could be devoted to Atlanta's stinker against the Hornets. They were lucky to get to 50 points.

Captcha: "promor," as in most of the Hawks should probably play like a promor.

Blogger Will said...
The margin of victory for the first 6 games tonight is a little over 25 pts. highlighted by NO over ATL 100-59 and ORL over TOR 112-72. That's vintage levels of bawfulness right there.

Blogger draftaraujo said...
@Lord Kerrance, none taken! just a stereo type you hear a ton :P i never understood it, now if they were talking about Minnesota.......

Anonymous Karc said...
Yeessh, whatever the Nuggets smoked at halftime, that's some strong stuff. I mean, K-Mart got two travels, and Nene even got a double dribble. Lakers showed mercy by only beating them by 10.

And they weren't the only ones. What the hell Utah? This isn't nearly as bad as a couple of weeks ago, but this was bad.

Blogger stephanie g said...

LeBron on his post game:

"I spent a lot of time on it this offseason. Once I made the decision to come here and realized we had a low-post threat, I kind of backed off a little bit. ... With [Chris Bosh] being out, I can go back to it. I just have to dust it off a little bit. It's no problem."

Because obviously when Bosh plays he hogs all the space around the paint and no one else can post up and...wait.

"Even with Bosh, the Heat have been among the league's least-productive teams in low-post scoring. Miami ranks 29th among the league's 30 teams in points in the paint, averaging just 34.9 points a game."

Oh lawd.

Blogger Wild Yams said...
Karc, in your opinion does tonight's Laker win count as their first road win of the season over a good team? I didn't see the game, and haven't been following Denver during all of this Melo nonsense, so I'm genuinely asking, no snark intended.

Anonymous Czernobog said...
Kazam, there's a difference of scale here. Guys who are considered good, but no longer great, leaving losing franchises for a last gasp at a ring. There was an admittance that they couldn't do it alone noe that they were mostly over the hill, but at least they'd made the effort when they were in their prime.

LeBron was considered by most people the best player in the world, was in his prime, and leading a team who had the best record in the league fr two consecutive years, joining forces with anothe rplayer many consider the best in the world.

Bosh is a spoiled brat regardless of his move to Miami.

Anyway, the move to Miami, while it smells a little off, is perfectly legitimate. It's not the reason I hate LeBron and want him to fail. It's his public persona more than anything.

Anonymous Karc said...
@Yams - Yes, I'd say this win was legit. Can't use Melo missing shootaround as an excuse, most of this trade drama has been initiated by him wanting out, and the organization being dysfunctional in making a decision. Lakers front court destroyed the paint (+20 on the boards, 73 points total, +10 in the paint, and those silly miscues by Martin and Nene), and it was only Denver's backcourt (Lawson, Afflalo, and Billups had 53) that keep them in it in the second half.

I'm not going to sit and yell that Denver would have blown them out if Birdman was in the game.

Blogger Wormboy said...
4th best player on the Heat is Udonis Haslem. You need dudes like him to win championships. Good size, hustle D, good mid-range jumper, level headed, smart. There's a reason he's the only one aside from Wade left from the 2006 ring. Too bad he's out for the year. When he went down, I said to myself, "no ring for them this year." I repeat: you need dudes like that to win championships.

Blogger Dan B. said...
This series of tweets from Steve Nash just a few minutes ago made my day:

If, and only IF, u can make our game tonight in Detroit I'm giving away 2 tix to the 1st person to name my favorite bball player growing up.

Interestlngly mostly Pistol Pete's, then Isiah, Magic, Stockton, Jordan and a handful of......Ostertag? Clowns.

Anonymous kazam92 said...
Wormboy, yes we all love Haslem down here. I could care less with Bosh's injury if we had UD, but with him out for either the year (or April if we're lucky) we have to play the rotting corpse of Juwan Howard.

Cznerobog - While that core was considered "old" when they were formed, KG was still an elite PF coming off his last Minny season, Pierce could still score, and Ray could still shoot. They weren't like Malone, Payton old. But I agree with what you are saying for the most part.

But why is Bosh spoiled? I can't recall if you were a Raptor fan, but he wasted many good years there playing for a crummy team going absolutely nowhere. Because he didn't wanna become the next Shareef-Abdur-Rahim he's spoiled? (Well all athletes are spoiled to a degree, but besides the point)

Stephanie G - LeBron's post game is laughable not because of his physical traits. He can back anyone down with ease and elevate, but its a freakin mystery that the guy has no touch around the rim. It's astounding. 6'4" Dwyane Wade is a better post-up player

Blogger The Sports Hayes said...
That was the worst half of basketball I've seen all year. I think the Celtics just lost a gimmie game that will certainly haunt them if they finish a game behind Miami in the final standings.

Anonymous Jabari said...
Can it compete with what the Suns just did? I think their 4th quarter was straight from the Ninth Circle of Bawful. :(

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Together they are an oft injured kneeless O'neal.

*Surprised face*

Anonymous Stockton said...
The way the Jazz are giving the ball away in stupid turnovers I think they couldn't even hold on to scarlett johansson's boobs!!!!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous kazam92 said...

*DISCLAIMER: This was done vs. the Craptors.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So now it's officially the "Frail Blazers"?

Anonymous Bryan said...
"But again, let me know when the Lakers beat a good team on the road. By my count, they're 0-3 (not counting the Hornets, total fool's gold with that start"

How bout them Hornets stomping a hole in the Spurs last night? That win moved the hornets into 5th, giving them their 2nd 8 game win streak of the season. Total fool's gold, right? Why again do you post what Karc says in your write ups?

Anonymous The Other Chris said...
Toronto is not that cold :P

Stat curse! Yeah it freakin' is right now, -24 overnight, -21 tomorrow morning. Whee!

I could actually see the Heat losing to the Craptors. Bosh will likely miss the game again which means terrible half-court offense for 48 minutes.

If by "lose", you mean, "reanimate the corpse of Mike Miller".

Things we learned this weekend:

1. The Raptors are still truly, magnificently, utterly awful.
2. Blake Griffin is still awesome.
3. Yes Toronto is at times goddamn fucking cold.

Anonymous Dave M said...
That picture of Doug Collins in the circus barker suit is classic. I keep expecting him to pull a baguette and salami from an inside pocket and start gnawing away.

Anonymous Stockton said...
Jazz are shooting so bad that, if they were pigeons they wouldn't be able to hit a turd in a square!!

Anonymous OneZero said...
bawful, I just found this link, it's pretty old so maybe everybody has seen it already

close your eyes Blake Griffin fans, but we still love him dont we.

Blogger Wormboy said...
Hey, gotta give some props to Collins for not being fat at his age. Guy looks pretty good for, what, 60ish?

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Stockton said...
DWilliams is playing like #### (fecal matter)!!!
The guy is running like crazy in traffic, making so stupid decisions that Stockton's balls must be rolling in his stockshorts!!!
And his F%%KING backup Earl Watson is even worse. The man gave away two straight possessions, by stopping the dribble and making a pass with a defender STANDING STILL between him and the receiver. Gee, the announcers were talking about the 76's backcourt like they were defensive masters!!!!