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Posted on: November 12, 2010 11:07 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:41 pm
 

Game Changer 11.12.10: Unblemished no more

The Lakers finally lose, the Celtics down the Heat in front of a bunch of stars, Paul Pierce talks trash to LeBron James on Twitter and Chris Bosh is in some non-lofty company when it comes to his rebounding numbers. Posted by Ben Golliver

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer. 

THE BIG ONE: LAKERS GO DOWN:

By Royce Young.

Sometimes, when the Nuggets are really clicking, that offense is absolutely terrifying. Not in a "Oh wow, they're really good!" way. Like a lock-the-doors-and-take-cover way.
Heading in to the fourth quarter Thursday, Denver trailed the Lakers by eight and at one point, were 14 down. But the Nuggs started the fourth on a 16-0 run then later added another 11-0 spurt to essentially put the Lakers away.

But that offense wouldn't have done the Nuggets any good without the stops. For instance, Denver scored 35 points in the second quarter. However, they allowed L.A. 38. And coming off a game where the Nuggets allowed Indiana 54 points in a quarter, defense had to become a priority in order to knock off the unbeaten champs.

Denver held the Lakers to 19 points in the fourth mainly by forcing Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol into a combined 3-11 from the field. Bryant was just 2-8 and Gasol only had three shots. The Nuggets funneled the offense through Shannon Brown and Matt Barnes, essentially daring them to step up. Brown and the Laker bench has certainly done that, but they weren't able to do so in this one.

Instead, it was the Nugget bench that came up large. Ty Lawson put in 17 points and five assists in 23 minutes. J.R. Smith added 13 in 26 minutes. Between them and what the starters provided, Denver had the scoring angle covered.

A lot of this game can be summed up between the two stars. Kobe finished with 32 points but was just 11-32 from the field and started 2-10. Carmelo Anthony netted 32 but was 14-25 from the floor. Efficiency wins.

Early on, it looked like the Lakers were perfectly content to play at the Nuggets leisure. Whatever pace Denver wanted, it got. The Nuggets controlled tempo and the Lakers didn't put up much of a fight in stopping the game from going into a shootout. Not that the Lakers can't hold serve in that situation, but the Nuggets are a powerful offensive team when things get rolling. And they did Thursday.

The Lakers weren't headed for an undefeated season. Some thought they might be able to challenge the record 15-0 start. A tall order for sure, even for a team as stout as the Lakers. But I don't think 8-1 is all bad. Though that 33-19 fourth quarter for the Nuggets has to have the Lakers thinking they very well should still be unblemished.

GO-GO-GADGET LINES OF THE NIGHT:

Ray Allen: 35 points, one rebound, zero assists on 13-23 shooting and 7-9 from downtown in 41 minutes in a Boston Celtics road win over the Miami Heat.

Honorable mention to...

Carmelo Anthony: 32 points, 13 rebounds, two assists, two blocks on 14-25 shooting in 41 minutes in a Denver Nuggets home win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
LeBron James: 35 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, three setals on 9-21 shooting in 44 minutes in a Miami Heat home loss to the Boston Celtics. Luol Deng: 26 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, one steal and two blocks on 9-19 shooting in 40 minutes in a Chicago Bulls home win over the Golden State Warriors.     

BULLS ROUT WARRIORS:

By Royce Young.

It was the game that no one was watching. Heck, I'm not 100 percent sure even Warrior or Bulls fans were tuned in with Miami and Boston going for Round 2 on TNT.

But here's what you missed:

  • A swarming, relentless defensive performance by the Bulls, holding the Warriors to 90 points, including just 38 at the half.
  • A terrific game from Derrick Rose who 22 points and 13 assists.
  • Chicago's starters all scoring at least 14 points.
  • And really, a game that stayed interesting despite being a blowout after three quarters.

Credit the Warriors, who really kept playing all the way through. This was the fourth in five nights for Golden State and the Warriors were just in over their heads against a rested Bulls club. Plus, it was obvious early on how meaningful David Lee is to them. He was out of this one because Wilson Chandler broke a piece of his face on Lee's arm, requiring Lee to get a number of stitches.

But Brandan Wright started for Lee and was entirely unproductive against the Bulls' front line. Dorell Wright led Golden State in rebounds with eight, if that tells you something.

Regardless though, the Warriors are still 6-3 and actually looking like a decently solid team. The Bulls reclaimed the Central Division in the East with the win, moving to 4-3. It was a great game or anything necessarily skipping Heat-Celtics over, but the game was played and stuff happened. But you probably didn't see it. Hence why I'm here telling you about it.

DON'T MISS:

 

WHIMSY:

A "Big Four" of musicians -- Chris Brown, Bow Wow, Lil Wayne and Drake -- take in the action between Boston's Big Four (Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo) and Miami's Big 2.5 (LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh).

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ONE FINAL THOUGHT:

According to Basketball-Reference.com , 5'3" point guard Muggsy Bogues averaged 4.1 rebounds in 35.7 minutes during the 1993-1994 season. So far this season, Miami Heat power forward Chris Bosh is averaging 5.1 rebounds in 33.3 minutes per game.

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Posted on: November 12, 2010 12:40 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:41 pm
 

Paul Pierce mocks LeBron James on Twitter

Boston forward Paul Pierce makes fun of Miami's LeBron James's "Decision" on Twitter after the Celtics beat the Heat on Thursday night. Posted by Ben Golliver

Nothing tastes sweeter than a big win in a rivalry game, and the Boston Celtics are surely exuberant after dominating the Miami Heat in their own house on Thursday night in front of a national television audience. Pierce finished with 25 points on the night, and turned to Twitter for some post-game trash talking after the game. "It's been a pleasure to bring my talents to South Beach, now on to Memphis," Pierce tweeted.  The tweet is a clear reference to "The Decision," a televised special in which Miami forward LeBron James announced to the world that he would be leaving the Cavaliers to join the Heat using the phrase, "I'm taking my talents to South Beach." paul-pierce-twitter James' arrival in Miami was supposed to establish a Heat dynasty, one capable of overcoming Boston's aging Big Three of Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. It hasn't worked out that way so far, as the Celtics are up in the season series 2-0, thanks to fantastic play from point guard Rajon Rondo and some unorganized, inefficient and inconsistent offense for Miami. Pierce has every right to throw this jab, as James opened himself up completely to criticism and jokes by making his free agency decision in such a public manner. And because Pierce has won an NBA title, whereas James has not. Call this one of the spoils of being a victor.  For James, silence is the best response. It's time for James to join his Heat teammates in licking their collective wounds and to start figuring out how to stack up some Ws, given their 5-4 record on the season is well below their own lofty expectations. As Pierce mentioned, the Celtics conclude their current four-game road trip against the Grizzlies on Saturday night in Memphis. 
Posted on: November 11, 2010 11:04 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:41 pm
 

Boston Celtics dominate Miami Heat on Thursday

The Boston Celtics defeated the Miami Heat, 112-107, in Miami on Thursday night. Posted by Ben Golliver

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The Boston Celtics are significantly better than the Miami Heat right now. There's no question about it, now that the Celtics have downed the Heat both in Boston and in Miami during the first two weeks of the NBA season. That could change by the the time the playoffs roll around, but right now the chemistry, experience and mental toughness edges all go to Boston, who rushed out to a huge first-half lead on Thursday, leaving Miami looking discombobulated on offense and passive on defense. The biggest key for Boston was the play of point guard Rajon Rondo, who looked like the best player on the court despite scoring only eight points (including this amazing dunk). Rondo carved up Miami's defense time after time, dishing out 16 assists and finding Ray Allen for open 3-pointers ad nauseam. Allen put up with 35 points on 7-9 shooting from distance. Celtics forward Paul Piece also chipped in 25. For Miami, forward Chris Bosh no-showed during the first quarter, which is no great surprise given his recent stretch of uninspired play, but more troubling was guard Dwyane Wade's inability to get things going. Wade finished with just eight points and was 0-5 from distance, leaving Heat star LeBron James -- who had 35 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and three steals -- to carry nearly the entire offensive load for Miami single-handedly.  The Celtics let the Heat creep back into the game during the second half, and the game really tightened up in the closing minutes. But, from start to finish, this was a dominant thumping by Boston, one that solidifies the Celtics as the early class of the Eastern Conference. With the win, Boston improves to 7-2. With the loss, Miami falls to 5-4.  Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, who lectured his team about "ego" at halftime will undoubtedly be a target of criticism with such a talented group of players barely playing above .500 basketball.  
Posted on: November 11, 2010 8:53 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:42 pm
 

Video: Boston's Rajon Rondo dunks on Miami Heat

Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo throws down a spectacular dunk against the Miami Heat. Posted by Ben Golliver

During first quarter action on Thursday night, Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo threw down a one-handed dunk with authority against the Miami Heat. Have a look at the video.
Rondo blows by Heat reserve guard Eddie House at the top of the key and Heat forward Chris Bosh just watches as Rondo elevates to the rim. The force of the dunk caused Rondo to crash to the floor.  The emphatic dunk put Boston up 22-10 in the first quarter and led Miami's LeBron James to take a timeout on the ensuing Heat possession.
Posted on: November 11, 2010 5:22 pm
 

5 Things to Watch: Boston at Miami

5 Things to Watch in Celtics-Heat. Posted by Matt Moore



With Boston visiting South Beach to meet the suddenly-reeling Miami Heat, it's time to look at this game and it's importance. The opening night game? Sure, you're new to one another. These things happen. Boston had a bloodthirsty home crowd, the Celtics like to set examples, and you still almost pulled it out. The Hornets loss? Hey, when you're hot, you're hot, and the Hornets are jalepeno right now. But the loss to the Jazz? After being up 20? That's a bad sign. Three losses in less than three weeks of the season and you're looking at a Heat team that looks nothing like the juggernaut it was supposed to be. And now? The Celtics come calling again. Not even the friendly confines of South Beach look so comfy after the Jazz stole one earlier this week.

So what's the story with this game? Here are five things to keep an eye on as the Heat face the Celtics for the second time this season.

1. Weapons Point Blank: Rajon Rondo. Chris Paul. Deron Williams. 38 points. 50 assists. Three wins. In the three losses the Heta have suffered, point guards have absolutely detonated them and them kicked dirt on the debris. And one of the arsonists is back in the house this eveining. Say that they're great players. They are. Say they made plays. They did. But if the Heat are going to have any shot against a Boston club that likely wants to put the foot down on the throat again, they're going to have to at least distract Rondo long enough so that he doesn't single-handedly rip them apart with his bare, headband-less head and hands. Which means that finally, maybe, it might be time for Erik Spoelstra to give Mario Chalmers some burn. Why? Because he can't do worse than Carlos Arroyo and some combination of LeBron and Wade have. Chalmers is young, hungry, and after being buried on the bench? Very angry.

Sick 'em, kiddo.

Even if Chalmers gets torched, at least you'll have your guys defending the other options on the C's while trying to make Rondo a scorer, which is in his repertoire and yet not his specialty. It's time to attempt desperate matters. And Mario Chalmers? That's pretty desperate.

2. Let The Big Dog Eat: This is going to sound nuts. But the Celtics need to allow, nay, encourage LeBron James to play point guard. Last time out, he wound up with 8 turnovers. And watching the other Heat games, instead of becoming the ultimate facililtator, against good defense, James is forced into bull-in-china-shop mode. And against the Celtics, that's preferable because they can close at the rim. Otherwise you're forcing Paul Pierce, Marquis Daniels and/or Rondo to chase James off screens and deter a monster in motion. Similarly Wade at point requires more pure speed and that's dangerous in and of itself. Pressuring James off-ball to get him on and then backing in will probably help the Celtics out. Just like it did last time.

3. No Cute Puns, Just Keep The Ball Out Of The Role Players' Hands In Crunch Time: "James Jones, for the tie!" CLANG. "Eddie House, for the win!" CLANG. Over and over, the Heat have provided what I can only describe as a disgusting number of opportunities to Eddie House and James Jones to step up and deliver and in the biggest games? They've whiffed. Well, okay, not whiffed. They got a whole lot of rim. If this one goes down to crunch time, the Heat need to let the guys they pay the big Bucks to earn them. No more role players. Let the stars shine. They're great players. Let them be great and quit telling them to jump pass to guys who haven't shown their ready right now, despite their history in the clutch.

4. Big Baby Gotta Eat: Glen Davis has been the most important bench player, arguably in the NBA not just the Celtics. He tore up the Heat in Round 1 with 13 points on 6 of 7 shooting. In doing so, he hammered them while also drawing charges on LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.  The Celtics need that from Davis. The works: the mid-range jumper, the inside reverse that looks like a drunken seal trying to toss a ball over his head, the offensive tip-in, all of it. He can be the difference in this game, because so far, Udonis Haslem has been unable to be what he needs to be for Miami. Big night for the Big Baby.

5. Keep Up The Pressure, Stay In The Game: Both teams have surrendered big leads. Both teams have come back from behind. Whichever team establishes itself early has to stay in constant focus to be able to convert a lead into a win. Let up, start letting go, and the game will get tight again. The Heat have been bad in the clutch. But they also have a tremendous roster of guys that can deliver (if they don't jump-pass, see No.3). Focus and consistency will be the answer for whoever comes out with the win.
Posted on: November 11, 2010 12:59 pm
Edited on: November 11, 2010 1:05 pm
 

There goes Joakim Noah talking about KG

Posted by Royce Young

It was only a matter of time before it happened. Honestly, I can't believe it took this long.

Joakim Noah isn't shy with his words and he isn't shy about talking about who he likes and doesn't. It's completely refreshing in an era where guys play with each other in AAU and come in to the league buddies. Noah isn't about any of that. He's about business on the basketball court and he's not holding anything back off it. So when it came to Kevin Garnett, Noah had some thoughts.

“Kevin Garnett will not — will not — get a Christmas gift from me,” Noah said with a tinge of humor Wednesday on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “I don’t like him….”

“He’s a very mean guy,” Noah said Wednesday. “Where’s the love? None at all. Ugly, too….”

“I had his poster in my room,” Noah said. “I used to wear his jersey. And the truth is my rookie year, I was in admiration of this guy, and he kind of shut me down.

“And he was very mean to me my rookie year. And he’s only mean to the young guys and the [European players], for some reason. I don’t know why, but that’s who he doesn’t like. He’s not nice. I talk a lot of trash out there, but c’mon, be a little sensitive. Be sweet.”

You hear that KG? Just be sweet man.

But here's what Noah called Garnett: Mean and ugly. Not a great combination. And I'm sure after the pounding Garnett has taken the past few weeks, he's not going to get any sweeter for Noah next time they meet.

Via ESPN Chicago
Posted on: November 11, 2010 10:17 am
Edited on: November 11, 2010 1:06 pm
 

Shootaround 11.11.10: Decisions abound

Durant doing fine at the bank, Knicks decide to love Lee still, and is Splitter a good defender?
Posted by Matt Moore

  • Apparently being in small-town Oklahoma City (which is actually big-town Oklahoma if you've ever been to the Sooner State) isn't slowing down Kevin Durant's endorsement opportunities . It may be time to really stop feeding into this myth that you need to be in a big market to be able to make great money through endorsements. If Melo would come to realize that, maybe he wouldn't still be in Denver where he's essentially spinning his wheels for no reason.
  • Knicks fans gave David Lee a terrific ovation last night . There's been a lot of positive regard this season for returning players who now play on different teams. Why do I have a feeling Cleveland will not be continuing that approach?
  • A great throwback interview with Moses Malone. With all this talk of Chris Bosh after he was discussed as a top player in the league this summer and now with his struggles in the paint, you think about what it would have been like if Moses Malone had joined a team like the Heat. Then again, you could make the argument that Dr. J's Sixers were pretty Heat-like in terms of talent.
  • Tim Varner of 48 Minutes of Hell contends that Tiago Splitter is playing incredibly well on the defensive end, the box score just doesn't capture it . I would argue he needs to watch Splitter's weakside defense and ability to hedge effectively, but I'm a stickler for such things.
Posted on: November 9, 2010 10:31 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:36 pm
 

Game Changer 11.9.10: Where the Warriors win

Monta Ellis goes down hard, Zach Randolph goes 23/20, the Celtics got Dirked, Stephen Curry debates important political issues with a foreign emissary and then goes off on the Raptors, and LeBron James weighs in on an important coaching decision. Posted by Ben Golliver

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer. 

THE BIG ONE: STEPH CURRY SPARKLES IN WIN OVER RAPTORS

It might not have been the night's marquee match-up (keep reading for the big finish in Dallas), but the Golden State Warriors vs. Toronto Raptors game may have been the most watchable.

Get ready for another Stephen Curry gush fest. Despite a wobbly ankle that has kept him out of action recently, Curry brought the do-everything electricity Monday night, unleashing wicked crossovers, making smart decisions in transition, finishing smoothly in traffic and pressing Toronto's (lack of) defense constantly by remaining in attack mode.

How Curry doesn't receive more national publicity is beyond me, as he combines elements of Steve Nash and John Wall into a pure-shooting, hard-working, highly-intelligent package that screams marketability. The mental lapses that lead to turnovers are still there, but so is the absurd statistical output: 34 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals in 36 minutes. Plus a ridiculous 12-21 from the field, including 2-4 from deep and a perfect 8-8 from the line. This guy will break your efficiency calculator.

While Curry was just returning to the court, his teammate, Monta Ellis, was crashing down hard onto it. Check out the must-see video  of Ellis's scary hard fall late in the fourth quarter, one that necessitated the training staff's help to carry him off the court and post-game X-rays on his back. Ellis, who has been sparkling in the early season, had 28 points again tonight before the injury.

The Warriors closed the door without their go-to option thanks mostly to Curry, who had the final seven Warriors points down the stretch.

While awards are not given out for defeating the terrible Toronto Raptors, the Warriors showed on Monday that they could take care of business, on the road, while sustaining some adversity, a necessary outcome for a team that has its collective eye on playoff contention in the Western Conference.

GO-GO-GADGET LINES:

Zach Randolph:  23 points, 20 rebounds, two assists, three steals on 9-16 shooting in 41 minutes in a Memphis home win over the Phoenix Suns.

Honorable mention to...


Stephen Curry:
 34 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals on 12-21 shooting in 36 minutes in a Golden State road win over the Toronto Raptors.

Dwight Howard:
27 points, 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block in 34 minutes in an Orlando Magic win over the Atlanta Hawks.

Joakim Noah:
13 points, 19 rebounds, one assist, four blocks in 39 minutes in a Bulls home win over the Denver Nuggets.

Rajon Rondo:
11 points, 15 assists, six rebounds, five steals and a block in 42 minutes in a Celtics loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

HERO OF THE NIGHT:

It was a game of runs in Texas, with the Dallas Mavericks running out to an early lead, then giving it all back (and more) to the Boston Celtics. But the Mavericks mounted a final push at the right time, running off the last seven points of the game.

The last two?

This money game-winner from Dirk Nowitzki, over the out-stretched arm of Celtics forward Glen Davis. You've been Dirked.

 

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DON'T MISS:

 

 

WHIMSY:

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry and the Toronto Raptors mascot discuss the Republican takeover of the House of Representatives during the midterm elections.

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ONE FINAL THOUGHT:

Dallas Cowboys fan LeBron James, who knows a thing or two about coaches getting fired (cough, Mike Brown, cough), weighed in on Twitter with his thoughts on who should replace Wade Phillips in the Big D. "We want Coach Cowher or Coach Gruden!! No one else is ready for that task and I know they will command RESPECT right off top!! Let's go."

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