Smack / Nov 23, 2008 / 4:54 am

Fired Up

Chris PaulChris Paul (photo. Zach Wolfe)

Twenty-four hours after the Hornets helped get P.J. Carlesimo fired, they were back at it again with the Thunder. This one wasn’t as bad as Friday’s destruction — OKC looked like a group of guys who’d actually met each other before — but they weren’t good enough to stop Chris Paul from posting a triple-double (29 pts, 10 rebs, 16 asts, 3 stls) or David West (33 pts) from dominating Jeff GreenPeja Stojakovic was playing like crap, and in the second half when he finally got wide open coming off a screen on the wing, before he caught the ball the Hornets play-by-play man said, “Now this is his bread and butter RIGHT HERE.” Cue the Peja air-ball … The Hornets broadcast had a “Separated at Birth?” split-screen with Chris Wilcox and Melvin Ely. Apparently when those two were teammates on the Clippers, even their mothers would get them mixed up. Hint: Wilcox is the talented one, Ely is the one who stays on the bench … Shaq vs. Oden, Round 1, was a TKO win for The Diesel. Whether it was individual numbers (19 pts, 17 rebs), team performance (Phoenix won) or hilarious/scary entertainment value (Shaq took a dive three rows into the stands going after a loose ball), the vet came out on top. Granted, Oden is still coming off the bench, but the fact that he only played 13 minutes was due to his constantly picking up fouls more than anything. “I’m the shogun,” Shaq said after. “And before you get to the shogun, you’ve got to go through a lot of ninjas. He has to go through Dwight Howard and Yao Ming and by that time, I’ll be out of here.” … Speaking of, Yao vs. Dwight also went down on Saturday. Yao clearly outplayed Dwight this time in Dwight’s gym, putting up 22 points and 13 boards while getting Dwight (13 pts, 9 rebs) in foul trouble that hampered him the whole game. “I learn a lot every time I play him,” Howard said in the post-game … Ron Artest seemed bothered by that ankle, but he hobbled around well enough to hit some huge shots in the second half: a pull-up J that gave Houston the lead midway through the fourth quarter, another three that broke a tie a minute later, and another long two to put them ahead comfortably with three and a half minutes left … You know, everyone jokes about Oden, but where’s the clowning for Anthony Johnson? He looks like he’s 56 years old … Since the Hawks didn’t bother to show up — it was all they could do to crack 20 points before halftime — LeBron (24 pts, 7 rebs, 8 asts) decided to have a personal dunk contest on their heads. The lefty improv cram over Al Horford and Solomon Jones that cost ‘Bron his headband was sick, but our favorite was when he did the Rajon Rondo fake-behind-the-back move to clear out the lane then hammered on Mo Evans‘ dome … As much as D-Wade (38 pts, 8 asts) was killing Marquis Daniels throughout Heat/Pacers, Marquis (25 pts) was giving it right back to him. You know how Wade got his, but Marquis was doing it by using Flash’s athleticism against him; getting Wade to overplay everything and slipping into the spaces he’d leave open for old-man-style buckets … Wade took over in crunch time, though, and turnovers killed the Pacers again. Indy had it within one score late before Danny Granger‘s back-to-back turnovers led to breakaways dunks by Wade and Udonis Haslem. Does anyone in the League get more open-court dunks than D-Wade? … Some of the Dime crew was at MSG for Knicks/Wizards, which had potential to be awful given that the Knicks were shorthanded and the Wizards stink. In the hallway leading to the Knicks locker room, where they have framed photos of all the current players, they’d already taken down Jamal Crawford, Zach Randolph and Mardy Collins. Those three were also absent from the team’s intro video, along with Steph, who was phased out of the video last season and hasn’t been in it since. In the locker room, Al Harrington and Tim Thomas‘ nameplates are there, but what should be Cat Mobley‘s locker still doesn’t have one. Is that an indicator he’s not sticking with the club? (It could just be that the trade hadn’t yet been finalized, because Zach didn’t play in last night’s Clippers/Nets game.) … Written on the whiteboard in the Knicks locker room: “When shorthanded it takes the long arms of team effort to win.” Below that: “Defense vs. Bucks was good enough to get us in the playoffs. Offense we sucked.” … The game itself was surprisingly good. Q-Rich rained six threes in the first quarter and finished with 34 points in the New York win, leading four players who scored 20-plus. Ironically, the last time that happened for the Knicks it was Z-Bo, Crawford, Eddy Curry and Steph … When the Knicks came out to warm up and throw t-shirts into the crowd, a kid wearing a Gilbert Arenas jersey behind the Knicks bench dropped his tee. Malik Rose went down to pick it up, looked at the kid and his jersey, then threw it someone else. Priceless … We’re out like P.J. …

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  • ian

    dont forget shaq jammed a dunk in odens face!

    also as good as CP3 is i dont like his triple doubles i think he takes boards away from his bigs JUST to get a triple double, kidds always been a rebounder but paul isnt

    brons jam was nasty i didnt think he got the dunk but he did

    ian

  • Flying_Aussie_Dutchman

    “When the Knicks came out to warm up and throw t-shirts into the crowd, a kid wearing a Gilbert Arenas jersey behind the Knicks bench dropped his tee. Malik Rose went down to pick it up, looked at the kid and his jersey, then threw it someone else. Priceless”

    HAHAHAH… Would love to see that video

  • John

    For now, D-Wade is the MVP, nobody is more important to the team than Wade, and he’s having a monster year ,,,

    29 ptos, 8 assis, 5 reb, 2 stills, 2 blocks

  • weng santos

    Anthony Johnson isn’t 56 years old?

  • JOB33

    boy that Malik Rose is a class act, huh?

  • http://www.kikaayacollegeschool.net smity far away

    wade is playing out of his mind but it seems like he’s barely winning games and being overshadowed a bit by 1)bron breaking the world with his dunks and 2)everything nba conversation worthy topic.

    dwight howard (as you all at dime told us a while ago in his high school feature) is a real different type of character. His post game comment is real respectable. i give him props for that.

  • that’s whats up

    at least Malik Rose has pride in his team…
    unlike most Knicks

  • the_don_mega

    damn… i wanna see that Malik Rose video…

  • QQ

    Peja has always been crap. IMO one of the most ‘NOT CLUTCH’ players of all time. He can shoot like crazy in the opening minutes, where the score usually is unimportant, but when it’s in the fourth quarter, he’s like a blind man who never touched a basketball in his life. HE CAN’T SHOOT FOR SHIT WHEN THE GAME IS ON THE LINE.

  • jl90

    whats worse? the heat announcers calling chris quinn “quinny” or the spurs announcers calling fabricio oberto “fab”

  • kobeef

    Donnie Walsh says: Jamal who? Z-Bo? I don’t know that person.

    David Lee: 22,12,2
    Q: 34, 12, 2

  • LaMont

    The only video that might be funnier than the Malik Ros video is the Cat Mobley/Tim Thomas press conference video on NBA.com. I think it’s Marc Berman who calls them out for being losers (Clippers) and Cat is totally surprised and Tim adds in “Welcome to NY buddy”. Check it out.

  • that’s whats up

    Quinny.
    Hands down.

    Dr. Quinn?

  • http://www.geocities.com/dimemag Dagomar

    Lebron’s highlights from last night were the most incredible highlights I’ve seen in a few years. WOW. The steals, the dunks, the blocks . . . amazing. He’s the best player driving towards the hoop by a country mile.

    Dwayne Wade is playing the best regular-season ball of his life. It’s either him or Bron for the scoring title this year. The more I think about it, it’s a disgrace that he even played last year. I’m surprised he didn’t go the Arenas route and keep reinjuring himself.

    Shaq’s still got it. As Hollinger pointed out this is his best season in years, and he’s now playing in a system that favours big guys. On the other hand Nash is playing like shit. Maybe he’ll figure out the system by the end of the year, because 8 TO’s and 7 assists aren’t Nash numbers.

  • Ansonious

    Yeah what is going on with Steve Nash he is playing some garbage basketball this season from turnovers, scoring, of coarse his defense hasn’t improved either, running the offense, and not being the leader he once was. I know it’s still early in the season but so far the only person who has shown up to play on regular basis is Shaq? That’s amazing I’ll admit last season when the trade went through I questioned why Kerr made that move for Shaq based on the simple fact of his contract and age. Right about now I’m thinking he’s not as much of an idiot as I thought. I’m out like a turkey on thanksgiving peace!

  • that’s whats up

    The deal with the SUNS is Porter is now their coach. Unlike D’antoni, Porter was familiar with the word defense. The Suns are now more of a half-court team which is better for them in the long run. Steve Nash’s TO/AST ratio was always helped by the run-run-run system with a lot of snowbirds and cherry pickers. Now he is more exposed in the half-court and his numbers will inevitably go down, which may be better for the Phoenix Suns TEAM.

  • Ashlov

    I keep saying it. Wade is the best player on earth. Lebron had some filthy dunks last name, but at the end of a game, if I want to win, I want Wade to be in control.

  • Ansonious

    @ that’s whats up So who do you think would be a better pg for the system maybe Kidd? And even more so of an interesting question what do you do with a 2 time mvp that isn’t fitting in but has been the reason that the suns have been so good over the years( besides Amare being a beast.)

  • barons beard

    I hope Wade’s performances this season don’t get over-shadowed by the earth-shattering dunks of Lebron. The pair of them are playing out of their minds right now, and both have a pretty weak supporting cast

    And it would seem that Nash was the perfect PG for D’antoni’s system, but is struggling to adjust to playing more in the half-court. Remember in Dallas he played under Don Nelson, so it has been a fair few years since Nash ran a true half court offence

  • Ross

    Malik Rose for the win.

  • that’s whats up

    tough call Ansonious.
    Obviously at the end of last season the Suns did not mesh well and were thrown off by the whole Shaq thing (while D’Antoni was still there).

    Now, they seem to get it. They understand STAT is The Man, Shaq is the Father Figure who can still go off and Nash is the maestro. Nash’s shooting is deadly – I think they will be in the Conference Finals this year. They now know to cruise until the playoffs and thats where half-court ball is most important, but not as important as Defense, which the Suns now actually have a bit of.

  • Shawn

    Ya leave Anthony “Beetlejuice” alone.

  • Mo

    Stop hating ian. Even Byron Scott said in a recent article that his teams’ rebounding has been down lately. Tyson’s ankle may still be bothering him so he hasn’t been jumping as much. If Tyson or West isn’t getting them, someone has to. And Paul has always been a good rebounding guard for his size. Paul doesn’t do anything “just to get a triple double” otherwise I’m sure he’d have more than just 5 career triple doubles. The guy wants to win. If that means grabbing a few extra rebounds then so be it. Stop hating. It’s really unnecessary.

  • Mo

    Quote from Scott…

    Oklahoma City’s front line, led by Nick Collison, who finished with 13 boards, dominated the glass, outrebounding New Orleans 48-35.

    “They play hard,” Scott said. “That worried me because we haven’t done that on a consistent basis. In Collison, (Chris) Wilcox and (Robert) Swift (who sat out the game with a sore back), especially their front-line guys, they play hard. They go after every rebound. They crash the glass on the offensive and defensive end.

    “And that scared the heck out of me, because our guys, our front line, has not been rebounding worth a damn this season. We’re damn near last in rebounding this year when we were in the top 10 last year. That’s a big problem spot for us. They have athletic bigs that attack the glass.”

    Matter of fact ian, it’s your boy Kidd who seems to would rather go after triple doubles rather than help his team win.

  • haslem

    Childress got destroyed in Euroleague today by Panathanaikos, food for thought….

  • Mark

    QQ, while I haven’t been following Predrag’s career nearly as microscopically as you have, I must say he drained some crucial buckets last year, along with a game winner/sealer here or there.

    The Hornets have been slacking this year. CP getting boards is just a trickle-down consequence that happens when our frontcourt gets extremely lazy (and lazy they have been).

    And good for Malik Rose. Hope that kid learns a lesson. But I sense a silent Dictator-Stern-fine impending…

  • MJAX

    jl90 says:

    whats worse? the heat announcers calling chris quinn “quinny” or the spurs announcers calling fabricio oberto “fab”

    I’d say the two corny Blazer announcers calling Steve Blake “blakey”!!??!

  • http://dimemag.com Austin Burton

    I’ve heard the Pacers announcer calling Marquis Daniels
    “Quisy” (like KEE-see)