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DIME SMACK: Blazers show fight off court

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Big hoops night Saturday night on all levels. It's a good thing; the sport had to bring it to compete with Saturday NFL. The Blazers' weird season just keeps getting even more bizarre. They had a brawl with the at the end of their game on Friday, and apparently, Golden State's parked his car in front of the Portland bus as it was leaving the arena in an effort to get the Blazers to fight him and his friends. The Blazers needed a police escort to get past the enraged Mills. Blazers coach Mo Cheeks, when asked if the situation further hurt the team's image: "Is that possible?" was suspended for two games for his part in the brawl, but the Blazers beat the Sonics anyway on a last-second 3 by . Seems like everyone's fighting nowadays. In the most unlikely battle in quite some time, went at it with, of all people, after a hard foul by Z. Both were ejected, but Pierce's ejection fired up the enough to erase a 19-point deficit and beat the Cavs. J-Kidd had a rough day, but it worked out in the end. He missed his morning shootaround when a tractor-trailer jackknifed on Route 17 leading to the Meadowlands, preventing him from getting to the arena on time, and then he got a bloody nose after a flagrant by Cliff Robinson in the ' game against the , but Kidd still led Jersey to victory with 27 points, 12 dimes, and 5 steals. Shaq is backing down from his comments about how his teammates weren't holding up their end, saying, "When I make my guys mad, they usually respond." We think they probably respond by hating his guts. Speaking of Shaq, is only about 10,000 votes behind the big guy in All-Star voting. Yao is working out pretty well for the , but is he better than Shaq? Let's not get ahead of ourselves here. On the court, Yao had 12 points, 12 boards, and 3 blocks, but also had 6 turnovers as the lost to the T-Wolves last night. Overall, the trade has worked out well for the , but not last night, as Rose pulled a by scoring 25 in the fourth quarter to help the beat his old team by 7. is out at least a week after spraining his knee. On the college hardwood, there's going to be a new No. 1 after Arizona lost to 66-65 last night. Zona, playing without injured forward , fought back from a huge deficit to cut it to one, but lost it out of bounds with half a second left, sealing the Wildcats' fate. The new No. 1 will probably be Duke, which is ridiculous seeing that they haven't really played anyone this year. No. 6 Indiana lost to No. 16 , but the real story here was Hoosier Coach Mike Davis, who totally flipped out when he thought got fouled on a potential game-winning layup with 2.6 seconds left. Davis ran out onto the court — with the game still going on — and started berating the ref for not making the call. Davis was thrown out, and was allowed to shoot six technical free throws, hitting five of them. Guess Davis has a little Bobby Knight in him after all. The Smack Gods got the chance to take in some sweet high school hoops last night, as we checked out the AND 1 Tipoff Classic at Ramapo College, highlighted by a matchup of national powers Paramus Catholic and Bergen Catholic. Coach John Calipari was in attendance to watch Bergen's Sean Banks, who had 18 points, but Paramus Catholic overcame a 15-point second half deficit to edge Bergen Catholic. 6-11 center Darryl Watkins, who is unsigned but rumored to be going to , had 27 points, 13 boards and 4 blocks to lead PC. In addition, keep an eye on BC Junior Adrian Joseph, who was clearly the best player on the court, finishing with 16 points and making countless plays with his athleticism. His eligibility is up after this year, but look for him to make some serious noise after he transfers to a prep school next year — most likely Oak Hill. Just remember, you heard it here first. We're out like Arizona's No. 1 ranking.
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