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Posts Tagged ‘Deron Williams’

Utah/Phoenix Had Two Nice Dunks

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Deron Williams

While the Utah Jazz are most certainly struggling to play Jerry Sloan basketball their first two games of the season, their game against the Phoenix Suns yielded a couple of nice dunks last night. One by Deron Williams and the other by Hakim Warrick, who, some say, may have had the best dunk of the (very) early season.

See for yourself:

Now for Williams’:

Evidently, Williams was pretty pissed last night, and considering how his team played, it’s understandable. It’s a good thing the ball wasn’t Gordon Hayward, however.

Where Carlos Boozer’s Left Hand Happens

Left-handed dunks, when done by right-handed folks, are usually impressive. When they are done in a must-win playoff game and breaks a tie and gives your team a chance to win in the closing seconds (props to Deron Williams‘ big shot), they are a thing of beauty — even if you are a Lakers fan (don’t hate). The question is, did the Jazz make this a series? The immediate answer is “I don’t believe Kobe Bryant is going to shoot 5-24 in consecutive games;” so take from that what you will.

NBA Playoffs: Utah Needs Some Defense

Kobe MVP

Something funny happened during Kobe’s coronation last night — the Jazz forgot how to play defense. That and Deron Williams decided to disappear for stretches at time. While the aforementioned Williams did finish with a respectable stat line (25 points, 10 assists), nine of his points came in the last minute or so of the game when he FINALLY decided to shoot the ball.

After another slow start, Williams had a great 3rd quarter (while being guarded primarily by Jordan Farmar) but when Phil Jackson put the criminally underrated Derek Fisher back in, Williams was content to spend the 4th quarter being a distributor. It wasn’t until the game was just about decided when Williams decided to contribute to the final stanza.

However, this post isn’t about Deron Williams. Just the first couple of paragraphs. The rest is and should be about the Lakers.

While we aren’t convinced they are the favorite to win the whole enchilada (the Lakers play NO DEFENSE), they are playing really good offensive basketball and of course, they have the MVP. Just ask the Lakers crowd — a paragon of basketball knowledge is there ever was one.

I’m sorry, what, exactly, were the “UTAH SUCKS” chants for?

I did hear Craig Sager say something about Utah fans booing Derek Fisher, but for some reason, I’m having a hard time believing Lakers fans pay that much attention to the NBA to equate the two. Perhaps I’m wrong.

Nevertheless, led by Bryant (34 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists) the Lakers dusted the Jazz, 120-110 and while Kobe gets the lion’s share of the credit, he owes a great deal to his supporting cast and the free throw line. Joining Kobe in the offensive explosion were Fisher, who had 22 points while knocking down every open jump shot that came to him; Lamar Odom, who posted an incredible stat line consisting of 19 points, 16 rebounds and 2 blocked shots; and Pau Gasol with his 20 points and 5 blocked shots.

As for the free throw line thing, the Lakers shot 43, while the Jazz shot 16. You can draw your own conclusions about this discrepancy.

Whenever an NBA superstar — or in this case, the league MVP — can get this kind of support from his teammates, there’s not much the opposition can do BUT improve their defense, a concept the Utah Jazz had better figure out before they lose control of this series (something that might have already happened).

Before we close this post, I’d just like to ask something about Doug Collins: when did he become Kobe’s official mouthpiece? His slurping of Bryant was so severe last night, I was afraid he might get a case of lock-jaw.

Game 3 is in Utah on Friday night. I would expect a raucous crowd.

Weekly Pwnage: Deron Williams Over Houston

While this play starts with Rafer Alston trying to contain the Utah point guard on the perimeter, it ends up with he and Shane Battier getting absolutely dunked on. Williams’ play was just one of multitude of highlights from the NBA Playoffs this weekend — highlights you might’ve missed as they were buried under two days of Chris Berman, Ron Jaworski, Mel Kiper, Keyshawn Johnson, et al.

Odenized has this posted as well but he includes the subsequent play showing just how dominant Williams was down the stretch Saturday night…

Well, besides his two missed free throws at the end but even then, he was bailed out by Mehmet Okur and his potentially game-saving offensive rebound, a rebound that just escaped being secured by McGrady’s hands.

Football ain’t the only game of inches, it appears.

Carl Landry Says Hi

Carl Landry

We’re back in the house and as you can see, Carl Landry is so happy about it, he lost a tooth. ;) Actually, that came courtesy of a Carlos Boozer forearm (and a Mutombo elbow in practice).

Thanks to the almighty Odenized for capturing Craig Sager’s interview with the Mr Toothy. There’ll be some light posting today as we catch up from our trip but I think we can expect an Eye Candy post dealing with the Western Conference cheerleaders.

Fair’s fair, right?

Oh and by the way, where would the Rockets be without Landry’s block on Deron Williams? Down 0-3, that’s where.

It was such good block (and subsequent save of the basketball), it warranted a kiss from Rafer Alston.

Steve Nash = Alien?

The NBA’s top point guard (not named Chris Paul, Deron Williams, or Jason Kidd) is looking kind of gaunt lately. I saw his interview last night on ESPN and he a little compare/contrast exercise came to mind. Observe:


Maybe it’s just me OR maybe it explains why Nash is so good… You know, like Josh Exley?

Anyway, he’s come a long way from this.