Smack / Mar 4, 2012 / 1:14 am

Josh Smith Drops The Hammer On OKC; Dirk Drops 40

Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki (photo. Nike Basketball)

Dirk Nowitzki is old and content? The Big German exploded for 40 points as Dallas held off a furious fourth quarter rally from the Jazz in a 102-96 victory. Remember how everyone was on Dirk’s ass about having a down year? Dude has been money for a good minute now, and last night he needed all of 21 shots to quiet Utah’s music … After the Wizards kept giving the Cavs chances to win it, Anthony Parker‘s final pull-up three that missed sealed their fate in Washington’s 101-98 W. Jordan Crawford continued to light it up, going for 31 while John Wall added 24 of his own, winning his matchup with Kyrie Irving (20 points) … Interesting story about how Wall still holds Antawn Jamison‘s old locker (who REALLY went at his former team, dropping 29). In it is a picture of the championship trophy; Jamison left it there as a reminder for the Wizards’ new cornerstone. There’s a lot of “funny” going on here … We hope y’all saw JaVale McGee (11 rebounds, four blocks) take off in the third quarter in an attempt to go coast-to-coast. He looked more uncoordinated than a fawn on it’s first steps. At the end, the frolicking ended up with McGee on the floor and the ball out of bounds … We were really looking forward to the Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge matchup. Then it happened. Minnesota helped Portland continue their downward spiral, winning in the Rose Garden by 12 as Love destroyed LMA (14 points) with 42 points and five threes. It all boiled over in the final half of the fourth quarter, when Love connected on a three-point play in Aldridge’s face, fouling him out in the process … Dwight Howard scorched Milwaukee for 28 points. Orlando should’ve just kept him on the court for the whole 48 minutes in their 114-98 win; They looked unbeatable with the big fella out there, and functioned like a terrible horror movie with him off it (blowing most of a 17-point lead with Howard on the bench) … Danny Granger dropped 20 and the Pacers took New Orleans out into the alley and used them as punching bags, winning 102-84 in a game that was pretty much over at halftime … In college ball, it was a good thing Jordan Brand took us to the first UNC/Duke game this year because in the one last night, the Blue Devils left their games at home. An 18-1 first half run started UNC’s run of dominance that didn’t end all night in their 88-70 win. Kendall Marshall led Carolina with 20 points and 10 assists … And Aquille Carr caught ANOTHER facial. In a close game. On someone who is 6-3. Plus the foul. Thankfully, no one came running out on the court looking for dap … We’re out like T-Mac.

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  • http://datpiff.com beiber newz

    guys tend to give no credit to teams that beat underhanded teams. but guys have to realize this is the nba and guys come to battle everyday. undermanned teams can win if they focus and josh smith and co. proved that again tonight.

    dirk, if only lebron possessed your feathery touch. kobe says no one in the nba is his rival. wonder if lebron viewed kobe as one. sunday’s matchups will have me glued to the tv for about 5+hours.

    stern says he’s done by 2014? bet the hornets wish he was done before the season started. i know he won’t be, but if jordan became commish, it’d be funny if his first call to order would be changing the logo, or the uniform adidas sponsors to all jumpman.

  • Big Island

    Big night for me. Dirk dropped 40, getting my wagon finished up with the paint, and I watched Ronda Rousey snap Meisha Tate’s arm in MMA. My dick hasn’t been so excited and terrified since my junior year in college when I wingmanned the fat chick so my buddy Tony could hook up with her hot friend. Not a chubby fat, I am talking big fat. I have my bench press rule, and at that time I was in the mid 300’s pretty easy, so she was a big un. She was a slump buster. On top of that, I had pizza and cupcakes courtesy of my GF and her friend. Now I am here with my dog in dead silence because they are still out. Gold Jerry! Pure gold!!!

    Hopefully the luck continues through to tomorrow and she doesn’t pull an Ian’s girl and make me go running or something.

  • trollne1

    Josh Smith’s dunk on Ibaka was nasty. In case you didn’t see it, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpCiJyf0Blk Need more of those in today’s NBA.

    I don’t get why Byron doesn’t play Irving up to 35 mins per game. The guy has proven to be really good or maybe Byron really likes Sessions’ game. And Felton coming off the bench now? I know he’s been playing terrible for over a month but Crawford is not a PG and Felton is the only PG in that lineup. Who said that theory of “Mike D’s players have great numbers cause they are good players to begin with” again? But I always liked Felton so I hope he picks it up soon. He and Beasley are on the same boat now.

    Oh, and cute layup by Aquille Carr.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Josh smith was sooo snubbed, why the hell was JJ in the all-star?

  • http://www.payattnstalkers.com Chicagorilla

    LMFAO@Big Is,

    you got me rolling.
    Good night of games. Kevin Loves dunk on “Ghostface” Pryzbilla was Niko Pekavic ugly! Especially significant because it came right after Ghost got a tech for trying to teabag JJ Barea when he was sitting on the floor.
    Kevin Love seemed to take this game personal. Reminded me of the Clippers game where he hit the game winner. He was playing like he was out to prove LMA wasn’t as good as him. And that is probably one of my favorite things about guys like Love, Rose, Durant, and Westbrook. They know and understand the moment. They aren’t out there trying to be buddy buddy.

    Josh Smith’s dunk was nasty but i don’t think it’s even top 5 this year. Not with all the dunks from Blake/DJ, and the college kids. If Josh had gotten more air on the dunk and did a little cock back thing, then it would be top 5.

    Dwight Howard squaring off with Drew Gooden was like watching Wilt Chamberlin back in his days. Gooden was just unmatched.

    Looking at Wilt, if he were to play today i think he would be like Andrew Bynum but a little faster and jumper a little higher. I would say Dwight, but Wilt couldn’t get up like that, he wasn’t that cut up, and he wasn’t that short (Dwight is 6’11). Wilt also looked to have really long arms just like Bynum.

    I saw that move Kevin Durant put on Marvin Williams and the only thing that came to mind was “Unfair”. It’s unfair that someone 6’10-7ft can handle the ball that well, shoot that damn good, and be that damn quick. I honestly don’t see how he doesn’t put up 35pts a night.

    UConn needs a PG. Napier and Boatright are like having MArbury and AI as your backcourt. But without the talent.
    It really shows you just how great Kemba Walker was in college.

    UCLA had a big win. That Tyler Lamb kid is going to be a problem child by next year. One of the best all around players in the country and probably the best defender in college ball. Hope he doesn’t ruin it by coming out early.

    Gotta give props to Brittney Griner. She has better post moves than every college center and 95% of the centers in the NBA. The girl is a beast and a legend in womens ball while only being a junior. She’s going to be scary in the WNBA where the game really opens up.

    Lastly…UNC beat the dog shyt outta Puke. At Cameron Indoor. On Senior Night. in front of Doc Rivers and Dell Curry. I love every moment of seeing the pain on the parents faces as they watched their sons get abused. I was especially happy when Austin Rivers got tip dunked on by PJ Hairston for not boxing out. And I damn near lost my voice when James McAdoo tip dunked on Pukes entire front line. These are the kinda days that make sports all worth it.

  • sh!tfaced

    goddammit… was kinda looking forward to the Kardashians taking on Frisco, Texas… heh

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9RJbLV98fI Showtime

    Gotta give credit to Ibaka, most guys would just step out of the way but he challenged JSmoove.

    It feels so wrong but I just had to put some cash on Miami -3. I can’t see us doing much against that kind of defense

  • lester

    Dirk scored 40 while playing only 28 minutes.

    When was the last time someone hit 40 points while playing just a few minutes. Cant remember.

  • Mandirigma

    TMac in his prime is a better basketball player than KD. KD’s a scorer and needs work on everything else. TMac could play some point forward.

  • K Dizzle

    Thank you, Mr Magic Johnson, for squashin that little debate…

  • Skeeter McGee

    When Dirk is money there is nothing better to watch as far as some crazy shots that you think “no way” when it releases but it somehow rainbow’s in. Unreal. I mean, to be that big and have that touch, it’s no wonder so many top defenders say their toughest cover was the Diggler…

  • Big Island

    Skeeter – Very true about Dirk. Other guys, like Rose, hit a ton of WTF shots, but they are all super athletic. Dirk always looks like a giant noodle and the ball comes out somewhere.

    I am going to give Beib a little bit of an ego boost here. I like the Knicks’ bench. It is probably due to Baron Davis and JR Smith being better than most guys coming off of the bench, and being in DAntoni’s offense, but just turn them loose for 18 minutes a game and see what happens.

  • http://datpiff.com beiber newz

    kobe got 60 in 3 qtrs…and i don’t even think he played all 36 minutes of it.

  • http://datpiff.com beiber newz

    @ big island. very true. i didn’t understand why people were questioning the jr smith signing. an offensive player in diantoni’s system was being questioned. it was weird to me. as for diddy, baron davis’s handles and passing is a step up from lin’s respectively, so his presence is definitely a boost for sure.

  • http://datpiff.com beiber newz

    since when did rondo start wearing his headband again? i thought after stern said u culdn’t wear it upside down that rondo said he’d stop wearing it all together.

  • http://datpiff.com beiber newz

    the knicks lost. but they culda won if pierce did the “right play” and passed up his 3 that sent the game to overtime to a wide open teammate on the arc.

  • Big Island

    Well played Beib, well played.

    I hate Kobe for being a jacker, but I want him to go for 70 on Wade. Hell, break Wilt’s 100. Something about him and Lebron walking into the arena made me hate him even more than I normally do, so for today, and probably today only, I want Kobe to go for 17,835 points today.

  • Big Island

    Today.

  • http://datpiff.com beiber newz

    http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m08pwgGJbM1qiyyzjo8_r2_250.gif

    bieber trying to get rose to dance. no budging.

  • http://datpiff.com beiber newz

    http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m08pwgGJbM1qiyyzjo1_500.gif

    rose can’t resist busting a move w/ napoleon dynamite ..rite?

  • EN FUEGO

    Oh fuck. A third of the posts by the resident virus. Smack is back to the crapper. But I’m calling all Lakers talk later since the Knicks lost. Hahaha.

  • http://datpiff.com beiber newz

    en fuego…if only i had “a third” nut for you to hang on to..you could leave the two i need alone.