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Smack / Mar 24, 2009 / 5:17 am

D-Wade brings the rookie wall to O.J. Mayo, and Phoenix isn’t done

Dwyane Wade

O.J. Mayo might be battling the rookie wall, or else Dwyane Wade just makes the young’uns feel that way. Two minutes into Heat/Grizzlies (with Miami already up 7-0), Wade brought the ball up on O.J. and skated past the flat-footed rook with a move that wasn’t really a crossover or a lethally quick first step, just a simple change of direction for a layup in the lane. When he wasn’t giving O.J. the business, Wade (27 pts, 8 asts) seemed to be on a mission to make Memphis’ big men look silly. Later in the first quarter, Wade beat Greg Buckner on a cut to the rim (no rookie wall for Buck; he’s just old) and smashed on Darko after taking off from the dotted. Then right before halftime, Wade wound up on a breakaway with just Marc Gasol between him and the rim, losing Gasol by dribbling over his outstretched arm and went in for a dunk. In the third quarter he crammed on Darko again; Hamed Haddadi was only safe because he never got off the bench … Two plays summed up Celtics/Clippers, a typically embarrassing sequence for a badly-coached team that barely cares: Midway through the third quarter, the Boston set up a formation where Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kendrick Perkins were standing in a bunch on the right side of the court, Rajon Rondo had the ball far on the left, and KG was at the free throw line in the middle. KG came over to set a pick for Rondo, allowing Rondo to get into the lane and dish to Perkins (who’d snuck over to the rim while Zach Randolph wasn’t paying attention) for an easy dunk. Two minutes later, same formation, only now the Clippers were wary. So while they’re all standing there waiting for the same play, KG (12 pts, 18 mins) instead goes straight to the rim behind Marcus Camby‘s back for a wide-open alley-oop. Garnett couldn’t help but laugh on his way back downcourt … Or maybe more embarrassing was the play where Big Baby jumped (yeah, jumped) in front of a pass intended for Randolph — can you imagine the flesh sounds of those two bumping bodies in the paint? — lost Steve Novak with a behind the back dribble, and continued rumbling, bumbling and stumbling into diming Eddie House for a corner three in front of L.A.’s bench. It was awfully reminiscent of when the Celtics were playground clowning the Lakers at the end of Game 6 in last year’s Finals … Z-Bo is like the complete and polar opposite of his college teammate, Jason Richardson. Of all the guys in the League, J-Rich might be the No. 1 guy you have to watch if he gets out on a breakaway. Zach? Last night he (somehow) ended up all alone on a breakaway, ran right under the rim and did a Mikan Drill layup. You know how the bench guys on most teams go nuts for a sick dunk? No one on the Clips’ bench moved a muscle … Dwight Howard

The Suns aren’t done yet. Last night’s comeback win over Denver was their fifth straight, keeping them within striking distance of the Mavs for that 8th seed in the West. Rallying from a double-digit deficit in the second half, Phoenix had it tied up in the final minute when Grant Hill (23 pts, 10 rebs, 5 asts) hit the go-ahead jumper. Denver had a couple chances to tie between the Suns making their free throws, but Chauncey Billups missed an off-balance runner (nice job by Steve Nash of forcing Chauncey into a tough shot) and ‘Melo (29 pts) missed a three at the end … Nene got thrown out in the second half when he head-butted Lou Amundson, then used his elbow to push Amundson to the ground (it wasn’t really an elbow swing, nor was it a takedown). Between Nene and Zach Randolph, it’s clear Amundson is great at getting on guys’ nerves. He’s like the new Frank Brickowski … Some big stat lines from Monday: Antawn Jamison had 34 points and 12 boards in a loss to Chicago; Flip Murray scored 30 off the bench in ATL’s win over Minnesota; Andre Miller went for 27 points and 10 boards in a win over Portland; and Dwight Howard went for 29 points, 14 boards and four blocks in a win at New York … Dime’s Andrew Katz was at MSG for that Knicks/Magic game, and sent this from the Orlando locker room pre-game: “I think that Hedo Turkoglu wins the award for worst jewelry in the NBA. He has one giant diamond stud that he rocks in his left ear. It couldn’t be more Euro Trash.” … In the Knicks locker room, Nate Robinson and D-League call-up Courtney Sims were talking about the NCAA Tournament, with Nate bragging about Isaiah Thomas and UW, and killing Sims because Michigan lost. Sims couldn’t remind Nate of the fact that the Huskies weren’t in it either, because he might’ve lost his job … Of course Patrick Ewing got a lot of camera time back in his old building. But really, somebody needs to get Mr. Chewing to go with a baldie. As Dime’s Pat Cassidy put it, “His hairline looks like the results of a polygraph test.” … We’re out like the Clippers …

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  • Nizheatfan09

    Suns Lakers in the first round? Heat-Hawks? Wade first team all Pro?
    Can’t wait for the playoffs.

  • Nizheatfan09

    No mention of Curry-Mills last night? C’mon it’s March Madness…

  • mavs all the way

    man the suns are still alive. don’t wanna get complacent. both dallas and phoenix have 12 games left:

    MAVS – 8home, 4away; 7games against playoff-bound teams.

    SUNS – 5home, 7away; 6games against playoff-bound teams.

    The biggest game perhaps would be the 05April09 match-up at Dallas.

    Bring on the Lakers!

  • bab

    Amundson is bound to go down at least one more time this season. But come on, the dude rides his bike to the stadium each day and is one of the only guys with a pony tail in the league, what’s with all the haters? haha.

  • John

    D-Wade is the MVP this season. Jordan won in 88 in a similar situation, and Kobe got robbed 3 years ago, but just because they missed Kobe , thats just not a excuse to go wrong every year. Keep things right, give the MVP to D-Wade.

  • Jones

    Wade for MVP.

  • M Intellect

    Hedo’s Eurotrash?

    Kanye West is Euro-Trash.

  • the_don_mega

    “can you imagine the flesh sounds of those two bumping bodies in the paint?” – this is just so wrong…

  • YOUNGFED…”Yeah I said it, fcuk the Celtics”

    Hey DIME I didnt know your boy was dating Kanye’s sloppy seconds. Gotta admitt shes fine though. Is this just a rumor or fact.

    http://necolebitchie.com/2009/03/23/rapper-trick-daddy-has-lupus-plus-kanyes-ex-moves-on#more-24529

  • Celts Fan

    anyone else watching NBA TV last night? In the 4th, Greg Oden through down a nice dunk where he had to reach and the announcers went nuts that he’s “showing so much more emotion now!” …except, as he was running back down the court, he never smiled, said anything, or looked any different than a guy about to get a colonoscopy.

  • POPPI GEE

    Houston Up!

    Bottom line is Suns gotta keep winning and the I need Dallas to lose, cause I so don’t want to watch them in the playoffs.

    I would rather see all the hoopla of Kobe and Shaq and the Suns and Lakers. Even if it’s a sweep it would be a fun match-up. Perfect time for Kobe to ask Shaq how his, well you know, taste.

    Young yea ol girl is nice and considering the choice of the breezy that worked at the bar and Kanye’s ex… I would have prolly made the same move. Other girl is a butta head and she got that double chin thing working and wear to much make up! CGF did the right thing lol.

    Wade is just fun to watch ball on folks!

  • Heckler…formerly ‘yallallreadyknow’

    Dwyane Wade is the best player in the nba! I said that shit last year and yall goons on here laughed at me. I said all yall will be back on his nutt sack…..and now look

    as for phoenix…they finished. i told yall on here (i even bet two of yall) that phoenix wouldnt get to 50 wins and would miss the playoffs. soon time to pay up you bums.

    damn the knicks locker room, as patrick ewing why the hell he did them chocolate bar commercials..

    UGH!

  • that’s whats up

    GEE, I actually prefer double chins on my women. That and C-Section scars… Sex-ay!!!

  • POPPI GEE

    that’s whats up lol why stop there. We can throw in some bullet wounds, old skool chicken pox marks, gotta have stretch marks, a few warts, ashy heels and crusty elbows. NOW you working with something!

    Time and chance can be something, and cocaine is a helluva drug lol.

    Oh yea preshate Philly beating Portland.
    Although my dude LA had a nice stat line.

    Did I see a highlight of Dwight Howard doing a spin into a hook shot? Wow. If he starts getting moves aside from just dunking mostly…danger.

  • YOUNGFED…”Been there, Done that”

    LMAO @GEE, Kanye aint mad I bet his new chick is hotter than Beyonce. My only problem w/Kanye’s old (Bust Down) aka Christians new boo is she’s a lil too flat breasted. lol. Ima have to watch the show and she if she got any back or is she one of those “longbacks”.

    @Thats whats up
    You a fool bruh

  • Dennis Castro

    Nice win by the Sixers last night. Only one of 6 teams to beat Portland in the Rose Garden this season.

    The Sixers still have major defensive lapses, like leaving Rudy and Blake WIDE OPEN for three on critical late game defensive situations, but they got the win.

    Thad Young is going to be crazy good once he develops his right a little more. Nice quick 1st step for a 6’9″ guy and his J is starting to fall more consistently.

  • POPPI GEE

    Fidel what up!

    Thaddeus (that name is just funny to me) did ball last night.

    Who locked down Brandown Roy last night, I don’t think his numbers were all that great?

    LOL @ longbacks Young. I haven’t checked out ol girls top but yea I am going to have to peep it too.

    I need more drama to pop off on the show though. Hard watching cats just talk to each other. I need some fighting, fussin, acting a fool or even being silly.

  • KnicksFan84

    “Or maybe more embarrassing was the play where Big Baby jumped (yeah, jumped) in front of a pass intended for Randolph — can you imagine the flesh sounds of those two bumping bodies in the paint?”

    That’s way too funny Dime. PLEASE make that a quote on the front page or something. I never cried so hard of laughter in a long time.

  • Jason

    If Hedo is Eurotrash, then everybody else in the NBA that wears jewelry is ghetto fabulous.

  • Taj

    Give D-Wade the MVP Already… He’s ballin outta control right now. Lebron is the only guy on his level.

    @GEE & YOUNGFED

    It seem to me CGF is tryin to bring tha drama.. Kissin on Kanye’s ex, in front of Ashlie the bartender??? I’m like TPain and I prefer the bartender. But Ye’s Ex has booty to spare, last night she was was wearing some leggins that looked hype and in one fo the earlier episodes she was in a changeroom talking to her cuz.. Her azz was peeking through dem curtains. LOL!

  • http://www.greatdane.co.dn Hi, Jurg from Denmark

    and a big hi hi to you all.

    because it has been so very long that i write to you all i must say today make me angrey at the great dime smack. why should you call Hedo euro trash to just rub it in to euro. and i see this is not fair, just like not fair big baby davies should see bob and jillion on worlds biggest loser.

    and now you know. hi hi.

  • dagwaller

    Respect to Dime for mentioning Nash’s defense. Didn’t see it, but it must have been decent for you to actually mention it, ha.

    Yea, I don’t know about the West playoff picture. At ALL. Dallas? Sure, they’re in the 8th spot. But they’re only 4 games back of the SECOND SEED. They’re only 1.5 games back from the 7th seed (Portland). No one is safe except for the Lakers.

    The worst team in that playoff picture over the last 10 games? San Antonio, and they’re in the 3rd spot. I can’t get a handle on any of these teams. Playoffs will be good, but the end of the regular season will be better (or at least, it’ll be really good).

  • Jones

    Wade can be the 1st player in NBA history to finish the season with

    2000+ points, 500+ assists, 150+ steals, 100+ blocks.

    Also, if he finishes the season with the Scoring title, you can add that to the list.

    MVP!

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

    …Lebron’s MVP to lose this year…Wade’s awesome…he’s been awesome…he IS awesome…however…about Lebron this year…he’s…

    AWESOME-ER!

  • joes

    i already knew Z-Bo would rather shoot a baseline jumper than throw down a dunk. just aint his game and he has zero hops so it figures. u are just pointing out the obvious.
    I applaud Z-Bo for stayin with himself and his game on tha breakaway. LOL
    Much love from L.A. to our much maligned clippers, just keep reaching for tha shining star guys. it’s not as far away as it seems.

    Also, please force Dunleavy to retire, and please let the recession bankrupt Donald Sterling forcing him to sell the team. Elgin Baylor is tha TRUTH.

  • dagwaller

    I wanted to crap all over D-Wade’s MVP chances, but then I read this. And he does this stuff ALL THE TIME. Doesn’t he know I’m trying to hate him?!

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=ap-heat-wadesjersey&prov=ap&type=lgns

    Anyway, Brogden, I agree. It’s LeBron’s year.

    I usually don’t like it when people criticize the coach for a team’s shortcomings, and for most of the year, I wasn’t going to say anything about the Clippers. I mean, whoever put the team together (Baylor? Dunleavy?) put together some great talent, but with everyone being injured, how could they be expected to compete? But now that everyone’s back, I figured they’d start winning. No dice. Time for Dunleavy to go.

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

    LOL – yeah Dag, Wade’s big heart might mess around and be the subjective deal-breaker none of us can argue with…

    A) Who’s the MVP?
    B) Wade
    A) Lebron
    B) WADE!
    A) LEBRON!
    B) WADE – ’cause Wade cares.
    A) True, True – I’m convinced. D-Wade it is…

  • Dave

    I wonder if TMac knows how to say Deron Williams name correctly yet?

  • the cynic

    Patrick Mills is going to be a stud

  • bookkwormmaster

    As Dime’s Pat Cassidy put it, “His hairline looks like the results of a polygraph test.”

    LMFAO!!! That’s cold

  • Scoob

    Lmao@ polygraph test….