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Smack / Dec 31, 2008 / 6:32 am

The Show, The After-Party…

LeBron JamesLeBron James (photo. Mannion)

If you fell under the spell of the nationwide LeBron James two-day birthday party — marked by NBA TV’s “24 Hours of LeBron” and ESPN’s rundown of the top 24 moments of LBJ’s career — your expectations were probably impossibly high going into Cavs/Heat last night. Imagine seeing the three best movie trailers you’ve ever seen, back-to-back-to-back, and all of them were for the same flick (this may have actually happened when Sin City first came out). Even if the movie itself is great, if it’s not life-altering, there’s still a letdown. So while LeBron dropped 38 points and seven dimes on Miami and turned in some highlight dunks and blocks, it wasn’t the jaw-dropping spectacle worthy of the build-up. And the only thing we really learned is that Daquan Cook couldn’t guard LeBron unless he hired Scorpion to play help D (“Get over here!”) … Not to mention the Cavs lost; D-Wade scored a modest 21, but continually made Cleveland pay for bringing two and three defenders his way by finding the open man (12 asts). With 1:30 left, Wade crossed LeBron up easy, drew the defense and hit Mario Chalmers for a corner three that proved to be the dagger … While we’re on the topic, can we get NBA TV to follow Mike Beasley for two days surrounding his 21st birthday? Mark it down: Jan. 9, 2010. In Miami. Tracy Morgan can even handle the MC duties, ’cause somebody is getting pregnant that night … Is it time for the Celtics to sit down and reevaluate things? Nothing major, mind you, just a team meeting to get their heads together. They lost again yesterday in Portland, which a lot of teams have done this season, but not when Brandon Roy (hamstring) isn’t playing. Rudy Fernandez started in B-Roy’s place, but it was Steve Blake who picked up the scoring slack, dropping 21 and handing Boston their third loss in four games on the West Coast (and their only win was over the Kings, who are barely an NBA team at this point) … Who gets the blame for that debacle where the Blazers had six guys on the court and Travis Outlaw‘s (understandably) wide-open dunk was still allowed to count? The refs deserve a wrist-slap, obviously, but you can’t absolve the Blazers. It looked like Greg Oden was the one who was supposed to come out of the game following a timeout, but he stayed on the court. KG quickly sniffed out the violation like McGruff the Crime Dog, and he almost choked one of the refs trying to call his attention to it. Had the C’s kept the game closer and lost by two in the end, they’d have a good reason to protest …

Michael JordanMichael Jordan (photo. SI.com)

With David Thompson in the crowd, Phil Ford and ABA All-Star Larry Brown on the bench, Clyde Frazier at the announce table, and the possibility that Mike was lurking in the arena somewhere, Knicks/Bobcats had more talent off the court than on it … Play of the game: Wilson Chandler yamming on Emeka Okafor while Nate Robinson pretended to faint on the Knicks bench. Malik Rose was laughing so hard he almost pulled a fat muscle. Tim Thomas didn’t appear to care … How do you lose a 29-point lead? If you’re the Wolves, you purposely have Kevin Ollie and Brian Cardinal guard Jason Terry and Dirk Nowitzki, and even as the latter two shoot darts in the former two’s collective face and rain threes on their head, you don’t make an adjustment. Do that, and you’ll lose that lead in no time … True, Devin Harris is thoroughly outplaying Jason Kidd this year, but there are still things J-Kidd can do that Devin simply cannot. Case in point: Kidd (14 pts, 7 rebs, 16 asts, 4 stls) drove from the left wing going to his right, faked a behind-the-back pass to Dampier on the left block, then whipped it around in the same motion and hit Josh Howard cutting to the rim baseline right for a layup. Just a sick pass that only a handful of guys can pull off … On the low, Spurs/Bucks has been a consistently (well, occasionally) entertaining matchup over the last few years. Check the recap of their last game HERE. Last night they did it again: Bucks up five with 10 seconds left, Roger Mason hits a three, then Richard Jefferson commits an inexcusable 5-second violation on the inbounds, giving the Spurs a chance to steal one. Tim Duncan had an open look from mid-range, but passed it up and shockingly missed what would have been the game-tying layup … Chris Paul racked up one of those J-Kidd triple-doubles, taking care of the assists early (seemingly all in the first half) and the rebounds before leaving points as the final hurdle. He got it with a couple minutes left in N.O.’s win over the Wizards, finishing with 15 points, 10 boards and 16 dimes … Other big stat lines from Tuesday: Marcus Camby had 24 boards in L.A.’s loss to the Kings; Mike Redd had 25 points and 10 rebounds in that Bucks/Spurs game; and the seven guys who started Grant Hill in their fantasy league got 15 points, seven boards and six steals … We’re out like Tiger Woods‘ b-day getting zero mention …

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  • rean the first man

    man, been waiting for this…

    mavs all the way! yeah! oh, was it the dleague twolves? cant be that too happy then. but hey a win’s a win, we’ll take it.

    happy new year everyone! mabuhay!

  • John

    Cook and Chalmers combined for 11-14 for 3pt, Haslem , Wade and Marion with double-double … Great game last night, and by the way, no mention on Shaq going 8 all-time socring list ???

  • http://deleted Duke

    Way to go Boston!! I’m guessing after that game, KG went looking for Glen Davis to take out some frustration.

  • rean the first and second man

    hey i have that mj magazine!though i forgot where i placed it.it might be lost somewhere there in the dirty fhm magazines in the closet.

    look closely at the cover, it says there SI ranked the players 1 through 348 before that season. who do you think is the 348th or the last player in rank if they’d rank them today? i’d say…. kwame brown? that was cold!

    out like 2008…

  • rean the man

    “Next on the career scoring list for O’Neal is Hakeem Olajuwon, who has 26,946 points. O’Neal has 26,715.”
    (http://www.nba.com/games/20081230/PHXMEM/recap.html)

    you think the big shaqtus can surpass the dream shake? who cares.

    there were plenty of story lines in that phx-mem game: *nash is out,amare got ejected phx still won.
    *Hamed Haddadi played his first NBA game, going 2 of 2 from the line for 2pts,1 foul, 4 minutes of action.
    *stevie former franchise could have played in that game.which is kind of poetic justice – declined to play for the grizz and now they are his only chance in playing a single minute again.

    again, who cares.thank you

  • KBY

    Kwame? More likely Jerome “Big Snacks” James

  • Mister Sun

    wow, what an easy look for duncan. he clearly choked and got outplayed by bogut!!

  • Celts Fan

    Brian Scalabrinie, Brian Cardinal, Mark Madsen THEN you can get into Jerome James and Kwame Brown, not a second earlier

    that Blazers team’s legit. caught til halftime before heading to bed (get the Zs in for tonight) but there’s not a single guy in that rotation (other than maybe Spanish Chocolate, who earned my respect when he just laughed off KG’s taunts like everyone else should but can’t) that isn’t a very solid at worst NBA player. That team will be heard from THIS YEAR. Also, can we PLEASE get a backup center that’s not Patrick O’Bryant or 6’7″? Please? There ewre so many and-1s in the first half where Big Baby just got bodied up and had to foul but couldn’t stop the shot anyway. Would’ve killed to get Dikembe, now I’d settle for Artis Gilmore…

  • rean the man

    on clt-nyk game: Brown said he “begged” managing partner Michael Jordan to acquire Thomas before he was traded by the Clippers to the Knicks last month. “I’ve always loved him,” Brown said

    do you guys believe that? somebody wanted tim thomas, and it’s no less than the Defense-first-coach larry brown. and i thought tim thomas doesn’t even know how to spell defence. deffense? defens?

  • rean the man

    it would’ve been great, deke to the C’s. but he’s back with the loving arms and knees and back and toe nails of tmac and yao. too bad.

    imagine:
    -rajon
    -ray ray
    -pierce
    -kg
    -deke

    that could have been second straight title easy. so much for day dreaming

  • Ace-one

    About that six players on the court deal with Portland and Boston–yeah, the refs screwed up, and there wasn’t anything they could do after the fact (they gave a tech to Portland, but you’re not allowed to take points off the scoreboard). In the long run, it probably won’t be a big deal (that’s probably; you never know in a tight seedings race).

    But even though ref’s mistake is just one of those things that happens, it’s not accurate for Dime Magazine to say “had the C’s kept the game closer and lost by two in the end, they’d have a good reason to protest” Huh? Boston was only down 1 point with 22 seconds left, and then was down 3 points and HAD POSSESSION with 17 seconds remaining. How much closer do you want it? After the Celtics missed the three pointer, they had to intentionally foul, which made for the final 5 point winning margin for Portland. Having that extra point could certainly have change the way the final minute of the game turned out.

  • Ben

    Great. Ignore the Hawks again

    Idiot

  • http://www.alltexasforums.com rangerjohn

    man tim duncan was MUGGED! with no call. they did it to him all night, and tony too. those 2 got mugged all night long with few calls. the refs where TERRIBLE all night at both ends. they did the old “let the players win or lose not the refs” when there was rightfully a foul on that last play. 3 green mugged duncan and no call. and then i had to listen to the fucking bucks play by play guys all night, IT WAS A SHITY NIGHT!!!

  • has to be anonymous

    Ranger, this falls on TD. Why he didn’t THROW THAT SHIT DOWN is on him and you could see the pain on his face while he walked off the court. He was thinking to himself, “I SHOULD HAVE THROWN THAT SHIT DOWN!!!”

    oh well, two tears in a BUCKet….

    Thankfully we’ll never face those scrubs in The Finals

  • http://www.alltexasforums.com rangerjohn

    i think the only mistake he made really was that he expected the refs to do their jobs and call the rightful foul. biggest problem, the closest ref (if i remember corectly) was the 1st year ref so he was not going to be the one to make that call.

    hey it happens i guess, it just pisses me off that i have to start the game listening to the shitty bucks play by play guys, AND they dont show the raod team broadcast in HD, then the refs screw td like that? i guess i cant complain to much, they did take like 7 more ft’s but it should have been more for both teams really. i mean hell its td, let him shoot the ft’s if he makes it, oh well, he is barely shooting around 70%.

  • that’s whats up

    I did not mean to be anonymous on post 14.

    I feel you ranger – but really, just be thankful we didn’t have to see the Bucks Cheerleaders again. They are the most god-awful looking lot of hound dogs this world has ever seen. DO NOT go to their website to confirm. It will ruin 2009 for you – lmao

  • Kobeef

    “somebody is getting pregnant that night”
    Just one girl? I think B’easy can do better than that on his 21st in South Beach.

    Lebron does not deserve to have his pic in Smack today. He went Kobe Bryant on his team yesterday and produced a one-man mess while Wade diced-up the Cavs by making bench players into stars. 24 Hours of Lebron included a very uncharacteristic game for the King.

  • Aaron

    Kobeef you sound very misinformed. If you watched the game you’d know that LeBron could’ve easily had 12 assists to go along with his 38 points. Let’s not forget that he still had 7 assists, he passed A LOT in the game but his teammates weren’t knocking down thier shots. Mo and Gibson were a combined 5 of 17 from the field compared to Chalmers and Cook shooting 11 of 14 just from three. Also, Wade took one less shot than Bron (12-24) and was far less efficient (7-23), so to say Wade was playing team ball and Bron wasn’t is just a totally misinformed comment.

  • Kobeef

    Cavaliers Team – 45 shots
    Lebron – 24 Shots, 7 assists, 5 turnovers

    Heat Team – 53 shots
    Wade – 23 shots, 12 assists, 5 turnovers

    Yeah. I guess I am misinformed.
    Lebron only took 53% of his team’s shots.

  • QQ

    Who would expect that the Spurs-Bucks matchup would be so entertaining? And good thing that the Bucks won, considering that Shithead Jefferson almost threw the game away with a 5 second call.

  • PALakerFan

    Miami needs Miller from Sacto. A legit 7 footer to go along with Wade, Haslem, Chalmers, Cook, etc. That’d be a tough team to beat on most nights, and a real threat in the playoffs.

    Boston loses to Portland without B-Roy??? Uh-oh. Somethin’s stinky in Beantown!

  • Aaron

    Kobeef, he took virtually the same amount of shots as Wade. So what the Cavs took 8 less shots as a team, that’s not a knock on Bron, it’s a knock on the Cavs not being able to handle the Heats zone. Bottom line is Wade got bailed out by his teammates while LeBron did not. But to say Bron played like Kobe is borderline idiotic.

  • Spliff 2 My Lou

    We can say that Outlaws 6 man dunk was negated by Paul Pierces double team split travel basket late in the fourth.

    I used to be a KG fan but the man is now a punk. Straight up a punk. If I didn’t already have a record and saw him in the streets I would confront him on it and spit in his face.

  • PALakerFan

    Why was House taking the last shot? Why not PP or Ray?

  • LakeShow84

    Now if that was a Kobe/Lebron Matchup it was wouldve read something like “Lebron outplayed Kobe again”

    But since its Dwade he gets no shine..

    And Aye Yo RangerJohn the refs NEVER give the Spurs calls unless there is money on the game and its the playoffs.. Tim Duncan gets abused on the block most nights i watch him and rarely gets his calls.. Tony Parker gets calls but not as much for the way he attacks the basket but that could be because he is so fast..

    Either way the refs havent liked the Spurs since what.. 05-06?? That 06 playoff series between Dallas and San Antonio was a joke if i’ve ever seen one.. Worst than Donaghy..

  • LakeShow84

    And go Boston!!

    Hopefully in two years KG will be back on TV crying about losing again.. And this time no one will give a shit..

    Suckaassmudafuda..

    But they still are the defending champs.. But it goes to show that while everyone is saying the East is “stronger” there are plenty of teams to eat out there still.. Bostons been feasting on the East teams and so have the Cavs.. I want to see how the Cavs work through their West Coast trip.. If they even have one..

    The Cavs schedule is beautiful.. if your a Cav fan..

  • JCARR

    Whats going on with the Celtics? They loose to Roy-less Trailblazer team.

    The BUcks on most ruined my night. How about some mention about Andrew Bogut??? He had like 20, 15, 5, and 3 blocks and he had the defensive assignment of guarding TD.

    The T-wolves have the perfect opportunity to get rid of McHale. Just do it Minny!! Get Avery Johnson or Sam Mitchell.

    Lebron has lost every time he has played on his birthday. And according to Heat announcers he also lost on his birthday when he was in high school.

    The Clippers ________ (fill in the blank)!!!!

  • s.bucketz

    can we get a clip of that j-kidd pass…the mechanics jus seem mind boggling at this point lol

  • dagwaller

    I agree, s bucketz.

    I just checked the box score. Without Nash, the starters totaled 9 assists, and the Suns ended up getting 16 assists to 17 turnovers…and still won by 12. How is that even possible?

  • rlf

    is anyone crazy enough to watch 24 hours of lebron james? or any player for that matter?

    WOW, if someone is, they really have a problem.

    i’m a fan of kobe, but i would never watch 24hrs of him, that’s insane.

    not even 24hrs, i would get bored watching 2hrs, outside of a game of course.

  • http://www.myspace.com/beenobrown BROGDEN

    24 rebounds for Camby?!? Damn! I guess if OKC are the SLUMP BUSTERS, then the Kings are the EGO BOOSTERS.

    I’d like to see Gibson make some more shots.

    Way to go Blake!

    I’ll give Wade some shine. Wade is the MVP of the Miami Heat. He is a GREAT player. He, in little time, helped turned Miami into a Championship Contender, then a Champ. He’s the Man! I don’t think anyone on this blog would dispute that.

    “I SHOULD HAVE THROWN THAT SHIT DOWN!!!” {{{{ —- I agree with Duncan’s afterthought. He should imposed his will and got the highest percent shot on that one. But I can see why he went for the lay up.

    Hey Dime, I guess you thought Dirk and Jason had mismatches they could greatly exploit to thier advantage ’cause I’m 100% not sure you’re insulting Ollie and Cardinal.

    Funny, I’m starting think we need to embark on a collective effort to differentiate good journeymen from not-so-good journeymen because the term carries an inherently negative connotation and that’s not fair to the “Kurt Thomases and Joe Smiths” of the L.

  • BRUCE

    No mention of KG and Alridge hussle? KG got slapped in the head.

  • http://GEE2.COM GEE…Some people really don’t belong in a studio

    G-Town up!

    Fire Kevin McHale now. Ain’t no way a team should ever give up that type of lead. Even if you just have to hold the ball every possesion till the clock expires you don’t give that type of lead up. That is just GEE. I know other teams have done it, but still that shouldn’t take place in the L. If your lead is over 20 and you still lose. You deserve to lose.

    LaMarcus Aldrige is one of my favorite players. Yea he don’t play D. Still he gives you points and hustle. He doesn’t get his named mention enough at all.

    Boston better re-establish because the last thing you want is teams to develop confidence against you in feeling they can beat you. They need to keep that fear installed in teams they go against.

    So is it better to let LeBron score at will and stop all the others. Yea I would take that route. Considering LeBron is going to get his anyway let him take the load, if you shut down the other cats you have a better chance at getting that W I feel.

    Miami needs a legit 5 fa real, they really should be trying to do something.

    Dang this season is still going to fast for me.

  • baron von faulk

    Duncan should have either shot the open J (which would have left time for an O-board if he missed) or not pussed out when Richard Jefferson kind of got in his way, and set the ball right in the damn bucket with his right hand instead of that lefty garbage he threw up there.

    As far as missing the foul call on his drive, there was indeed a swipe attempt, but if you think the hand is part of the ball then there was no foul really. The refs did not lose that game for the Spurs, the Spurs lost that game with their sorry-ass effort.

    Plus the Bucks had EVERY single lucky break and bounce you can possibly imagine…it was insane really. Hey it happens.

  • http://www.dunkadelictv.com Dunkadelic TV

    The basketball and hip-hop culture fusion born in 1984 is known now as The “Dunkadelic-Era” In America, 1984-Present. The “Dunkadelic-Era” will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary during the year 2009 (1984-2009). The “Dunkadelic-Era” is the first and only sport-and-music defined time period in American history. The 5 following events in 1984 led to the birth of The “Dunkadelic-Era”.

    1. The NBA first introduced the Slam Dunk Contest to All-Star Weekend on January 28, 1984. Larry Nance defeated Dr. J to win the Slam Dunk Championship.

    2. David Stern was announced as the 4th NBA Commisioner on February 1, 1984.

    3. Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons formed Def Jam Records in March 1984. Def Jam remains the #1 hip-hop label in the industry. Kurtis Blow the hip-hop pioneer releases the hit rap song ‘Basketball’ from the Ego Trip album.

    4. The Fresh Fest was the first major hip-hop concert tour featuring Kurtis Blow, RUN-DMC, Whodini, Newcleus, and the Fat Boys. The tour had 27 stops earning more than 3.5 million dollars.

    5. Michael Jordan was selected by the Chicago Bulls with 3rd pick of the 1984 NBA Draft on June 19, 1984. Jordan would sign with Nike and produce the “Air Jordan” sneakers that would later become symbols of fashin within the hip-hop culture.

    Bonus Events:

    John Thompson the Hall-of-Fame coach would become the first African-American Division 1 college basketball coach to win an NCAA Championship. He led the Georgetown Hoyas with star center Patrick Ewing over the Houston Cougars 84-75 on April 2, 1984.

    NBA current stars Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Andre Iguodala, LeBron James, Nate Robinson, and Deron Williams were all born in 1984. Carmelo is the new-face of the Jordan Brand, and LeBron wears the #23 just as Jordan. Andre Iguodala the hi-flyin’ forward of the Philadelphia 76ers was born the same day of the first NBA Slam Dunk Contest January 28, 1984.