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Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Bobcats and Pistons both won. Seriously.

Mar 7, 2012, 4:02 AM EST

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Pistons 88, Lakers 85 (OT): This is why I can’t take the Lakers seriously as a contender — because after each of their big wins this year they turned around the next game and laid an egg (beat Boston lost to the Knicks, for example). Because they are 6-13 on the road. Because they don’t take care of business like a contender.

Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol combined for 50 points on 21-of-32 shooting plus had 24 rebounds (Bynum had 30 of those points and was the best player on the floor all night). So of course, those two didn’t touch the ball down the stretch of a close game. Instead the Lakers relied on Kobe Bryant and a perimeter game where they shot 3-of-22 all night. Bryant made the big shot to send the game to overtime because he was able to go right and get to his favorite spot near the elbow, but he was 8-of-26 shooting for 22 points on the night.

A play before Kobe sent it to overtime Rodney Stuckey hit a big three to give the Pistons the lead — a shot he might well have hit anyway because he was hot (he had 34 points on the night — 17 in the fourth quarter and overtime) but when Metta World Peace didn’t even try to rotate out Stuckey got to set his feet and there was no doubt that was going down. It’s those kinds of things, those kinds of nights for the Lakers that makes me question them.

Charlotte 100, Orlando 84: The Bobcats were down 20 early in the second quarter and coach Paul Silas was ejected just before the half, so this was just going to be another routine Bobcats loss, right? Wrong.

You can’t stop Corey Maggette… well, at least nobody could on Tuesday as he had 10 points during the Bobcats fourth-quarter run and finished with 29 total. Bismack Biyombo outplayed Dwight Howard for long stretches. Orlando shot just 24 percent in that fourth quarter. Magic starters not named Howard shot 30.2 percent. It was just a disastrous performance by the Magic combined with about as well as the Bobcats can play.

Dallas 95, Knicks 85: I thought if Carmelo Anthony got roasted by the New York media because of fit issues around Jeremy Lin that it would be unfair. However, if he gets roasted for this performance — 2-of-12 shooting and an inbounds play where he jaws with Shawn Marion and throws it away to the Mavs — I can see it. But he shouldn’t take all the blame, the Knicks played about 7 minutes of inspired ball all night — a 15-0 fourth quarter run that made it close. Dirk Nowitzki was the closer with 11 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter. Jeremy Lin had 14 points on 13 shots with 7 assists but was pedestrian on the night.

Miami 100, Nets 78: Miami is very, very good. The Nets are very, very bad. Not sure there is anything else we need to say, other than the Heat avoided the upsets the Lakers and Magic could not. This was over by half, so Dwyane Wade got to rest his ankle.

Celtics 97, Rockets 92 (OT): There are no easy wins over the Rockets — they make you work for everything — but this didn’t have to go to overtime if Rajon Rondo had hit the game-sealing layup with three seconds left. But he missed, Goran Dragic knocked down the shot and this one went the extra distance. Paul Pierce — the only Celtics who attacked on offense all night — had seven of his 30 in the overtime and Boston got the win. Ray Allen had 21 on the night.

Hawks 101, Pacers 96: It is test week for the Pacers and they are 0-2 now, with losses to Chicago and Atlanta. Miami and Orlando are up next. Josh Smith led Orlando with 27 points and the guy playing on revenge after being snubbed for the All-Star team did it on a night Zaza Pachulia outplayed All-Star Roy Hibbert in the fourth quarter. In fact, the Hawks won in the fourth largely thanks to a Tracy McGrady pick-and-roll play (he had six fourth quarter assists) that set up Pachulia and Jannero Pargo (11 points in the fourth quarter). If the Pacers can’t stop that combo they are in trouble.

  1. sellahh - Mar 7, 2012 at 4:48 AM

    As a Laker fan, it was excrutiatingly painful to see Kobe shoot them out of the game.

    • cinnalocks - Mar 7, 2012 at 10:40 AM

      Then it had to be equally as painful to watch him hit the three pointer to send it into overtime. I mean you, know who he is and what he has done. As easily as he can win the game he can loose it. Most times The Lakers would not be in the game were it not for what he did.

      As poorly as we may perceive them at times if you look at the efficiency ratings for the N.B.A. Kobe, Gasol and Bynum are in the top 11 and no other team can boast that.In rebounding they boast Bynum at #3 and Gasol at #9.

      Look at the record at home, and that is trouble for anyone facing them in a slow down half-court set in the playoffs, when half the games are at home.

      • borderline1988 - Mar 7, 2012 at 12:07 PM

        Kobe is in the top 11 in ‘efficiency ratings in the NBA’?
        Which efficiency rating are you talking about? Percentage of team’s shots taken in the 4th quarter?

  2. md23rewlz - Mar 7, 2012 at 7:03 AM

    The Knicks are just a weird team. They’re like some sort of Frankenstein’s monster of a roster created by a thirteen year old kid playing NBA Live while on a sugar rush. Is NBA Live still a thing? God, having to ask questions about video games makes me feel old. What has happened to my life? Regardless, point stands. Weird team. They had an off day on Monday while Dallas was playing an absolutely grueling emotional drain of a game that they ended up losing to OKC. And the Knicks are the ones who are down by 19 midway through this thing? I hope New York fans enjoyed that seven game winning streak, because I don’t really see another one of those in the team’s future. The sugar rush always wears off and leaves you wanting to take a nap. Always.

    • bknowledge - Mar 7, 2012 at 7:47 AM

      During the win streak, the Knicks looked like the D’Antoni Phoenix Suns on offense with a great defensive center.

      D’Antoni’s offense requires 3 high percentage deep shooters.

      The defense has to stay at home on the shooters; that opens the lane for dribble penetration; a pick and roll or pick and pop with dribble penetration. The dribble penetration leads to a lay-up, or lob to the roller, or kick out for the 3; depending on how defense reacts.

      Melo, Amare, and Tyson are not high percentage deep shooters.
      Their defenders are all clogging the driving lanes; shutting down D’Antoni’s offense.

      I think the Knicks may be the most talented team in the east top to bottom (debatable okay) but they don’t fit well together.

      Melo or Amare are going to have to go. I’ve been saying it since Linsanity started. I am a Knicks fan. I live in NY area. I don’t think the Knicks are gonna trade anyone now. A lot of people I talk to say “they have to have time to figure this out, develop chemistry”.

      I don’t believe it.
      Good offense in basketball is like watching transcendental geometry.
      Right now, watching Knicks starting offense is like watching frankenstein.

      • LPad - Mar 7, 2012 at 9:58 AM

        Or they could just get rid of D’Antoni and his live by the three die by the three offense and hire a coach capable of designing an offense that best uses its players. An offense:

        that doesn’t rely on a point guard playing at a hall of fame level every night,

        that does not begin with a high pick and roll every possession,

        that involves post ups, down screens, and cross screens,

        that allows Melo, Fields, Shumpert, and Smith to do more than stand at the three point line every possession,

        and doesn’t have Amare play the stretch 4.

      • sellahh - Mar 7, 2012 at 5:23 PM

        You, sir, know that Dallas are current NBA Champs right? And you sure don’t become NBA Champs by not bouncing back after tough losses. I sure don’t wanna discuss your opinion on NYK roster, just saying a day off for NYK and a tough loss for Mavs mean squat.

  3. gmsalpha - Mar 7, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    Josh Smith led Orlando in a game the Magic weren’t playing in? That’s odd.

    Losing to the Bobcats is a sure fire way to keep Howard, no doubt. Good on you, O-Town.

  4. cltjump - Mar 7, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Lets go Cats! (Lamest chant ever. Bring back the damn Hornets.)

  5. jayzus - Mar 7, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    That mask really accentuates his hairline.

  6. palakerfan - Mar 7, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    I got crushed on here before for questioning Kobe’s shooting efficiency, but the point is made in a game like this. Look, I get taking 25 shots when you hit 13, but when you’re off – DISTRIBUTE the ball to your awesome 7-footers who make 60% of their shots. CREATE the way Magic used to. Jordan only scored as many as he did because he didn’t have two All-Star 7-footers to play with. I love Kobe, but games like this are infuriating.

    • cinnalocks - Mar 7, 2012 at 10:55 AM

      Top Dogs do not relinquish easily either. Magic came back, Jordan came back….it is part of who they are. They believe they can do things most of us would never dream of and usually they do. The three pointer at the end of regulation would serve as reason to further the belief and lead to further shots.

      He is not LBJ and he does not defer! He is the Black Mamba, he is a killer! Even in real life the snake does not always hit its target. It does not make him any less deadly though, nor does it change his way of approaching prey. Kobe has never been a passer. But I do understand your frustration.

      They Need a Point Guard Who Can Break Down The Defense, Like A Chris Paul, For Easy Buckets And Get The Ball Out Of Kobe’s Hands.

    • loungefly74 - Mar 7, 2012 at 1:32 PM

      right…because MJ had the best “Euro” in the game and a top 50 player and an overall, really good supporting cast.

      joking aside, yeah, i was upset. Kobe and MWP missing those shots at the end killed them.

      their defense also sucked in the OT.

  7. velascochad - Mar 7, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    when heat loses to a lower ranking opponent Kurt will say that it doesn’t matter, but when the lakers lose the a lower ranking team he will doubt that the lakers can be a contender this season. what a lebron b*tch.

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