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Tuesday night’s NBA Grades: How about that Lakers bench?

Oct 30, 2013, 2:08 AM EDT

Xavier Henry, J.J. Redick AP

Our grades from Tuesday night around the NBA, or what you missed while watching crazy big wave surfing videos.

source:  The Los Angeles Lakers’ bench. The Lakers bench played free, played Mike D’Antoni ball and scored 76 points including the final 46 the Lakers scored to spark an opening night upset win over the Lakers. Xavier Henry had a career high 22, but Clippers coach Doc Rivers said it was the attacking of Jordan Farmar (16 points, 6 assists) and Jordan Hill (12 points and 7 offensive rebounds) that turned the game.

source:  The Indiana Pacers’ defense. The best defense in the NBA picked up where it left off, allowing the Magic just 84.1 points per 100 possessions, with Roy Hibbert blocking seven shots and the Pacers blocking 18 total. The Magic shot just 38.7 percent as a team and 37.5 percent inside 8 feet. Granted, this defensive showing was against what passes for the Orlando offense, but the Pacers are going to make a lot of teams look bad this season.

source:  Miami’s “big three.” They weren’t bad — a combined 46 points on 45.7 percent shooting — but while LeBron James was +8 on the night both Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were even. It was really the Heat bench that won this game for them, it was the bench that made the big run that turned it into a blowout. They’ll take the win, but this wasn’t vintage from Miami’s elite.

source:  Derrick Rose. Welcome back to the NBA, here’s one of the league’s most athletic and best defenses in the NBA to go against, have fun. All night long the Heat seemed to cut off Rose’s driving lanes in a way few teams can. To expect a dominant performance was asking too much, but 12 points on 4-of-15 shooting with more turnovers than assists (5 to 4) was a rough way to  return.

  1. zxrated - Oct 30, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Doc put CP3 and the rest of the starters in quick at the end of the 3rd as the Laker bench Mobb was beasting. Didn’t matter. #CoverDatUp

    • Anoesis - Oct 30, 2013 at 2:37 AM

      Cover dat up, indeed. Bet no one on the Clippers were too worried about arena decorations, eh?

      • dannymac17 - Oct 30, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        Its cute yall talking about your victory over the Clips. Yet, nothing but crickets last season. Comin out the woodworks.

  2. adamsjohn714 - Oct 30, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    So the Lakers played the Lakers? Big surprise the Lakers won, then.

  3. zblott - Oct 30, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    This is what’s possible with a team that is very strong on the offensive glass, has numerous decent to very good 3-point shooters, and that willingly moves the ball so the opposing defense can’t settle. Too bad You Know Who will eventually come back and make it about him….but of course the Lakers have no chance without him.

  4. 00maltliquor - Oct 30, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED!!!

  5. 00maltliquor - Oct 30, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    LA is AND ALWAYS IS a LAKER town!! Don’t you EVER get that Fcuked up!!

  6. 00maltliquor - Oct 30, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    LOL @ my dumb azz…this isn’t even a Laker article! I jumped the gun, was too excited! hahahaha

    • adamsjohn714 - Oct 30, 2013 at 2:31 AM

      Haha. It did say Lakers in the headline with a picture of 2 Lakers underneath it, to be fair.

      • 00maltliquor - Oct 30, 2013 at 2:44 AM

        LOL! That’s exactly what got me, saw that and headed straight to the comment section before reading the body. I was just ITCHIN’ man, that why I was camping out in the previous article shooting the breeze with you. LOL!

  7. Anoesis - Oct 30, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    The whole 4th quarter was the Lakers’ bench against the Clippers’ starters: 41-24 Lakers. For one night at least we don’t have to listen to the boast-wagon Clip fans.

    If this new-found chemistry is to survive then Bryant needs to find a way to fit in when he returns. If the bench can consistently contribute it will go a long ways in keeping those over-the-hill starters, as all the wise pundits on here keep harping on, from getting worn out.

    Who’d have thought the starting five for the Lakers would be on the bench the whole 4th quarter without it being a Clippers blowout? Well, except for us hard-core “lunatic” Laker fans anyway.

  8. lakerade - Oct 30, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    Xavier.

  9. scottheis82 - Oct 30, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    This year’s Lakers = house money
    Be spoilers just don’t spoil your lottery chance

  10. money2long - Oct 30, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    great win. you know what’s gonna happen if things keep progressing?
    they do it with everyone
    so how long before we start hearing: lakers, better off without star player? seek trade

    • 00maltliquor - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:35 AM

      Lol, I know right. Let ‘em talk. It’s what keeps the blood flowing in my viens. I need the hate as much as they need the Lakeshow to fail to satisfy their bottomless appetite. It’s the circle of life. Apex preditors, prey, bottom feeders, etc. etc.

  11. antistratfordian - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:27 AM

    I like watching the Lakers when Kobe doesn’t play. The ball is flying around and everyone is having a blast – that’s how b-ball is supposed to be played.

    • 00maltliquor - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:38 AM

      There you are Debbie Downer! Crashing the party right in the nick of time! Happy New Years brother. For real though, NBA IS BAAACK!!!!!!!!

      • antistratfordian - Oct 30, 2013 at 4:03 AM

        You know what, my man? I’m just saying what Lakers fans are thinking but probably won’t say. Sure, watching Kobe dominate the ball and hit three threes in a row is great for Kobe and his fans… but I think for Lakers fans in general it’s more fun to watch the ball move around and Farmar hit a three, then Meeks hit a three, then Henry hit a three, then Hill hit a jumper, and everyone on the bench going bananas (except Kobe). I’ve seen Kobe make some great plays in the past and no one one the Lakers bench even clap, unfortunately.

        It’s just fun basketball to watch – and when Kobe plays it doesn’t happen as often.

      • sportsfan18 - Oct 30, 2013 at 4:55 AM

        Hey, I said the same thing on the other thread that you did further above…

        Kurt’s thread title was didn’t see this coming…

        I said of course because the ball hog wasn’t playing and everyone, when out on the floor was involved and the ball was moving around.

        Don’t worry, the Black Hole will return and straighten things out.

        I bet Kobe’s mad someone is grading the Lakers out at an A+ without him having played…

      • loungefly74 - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:42 AM

        oh good grief. yeah, malt…who lives out their existence being the Contrarian?

        anyway…here is to another great season of basketball. i am excited to see some great hoops from some emerging teams. i am really curious about the Nets. If i had to put my money right now on who wins it all…well…it’s “3-peat city” for the Heat. hey, man…lets all have fun…”Sit back relax and let yourself go
        Don’t sweat what you heard, but act like you know”

    • asimonetti88 - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:40 AM

      Geez you must not have watched the Lakers when they ran the triangle offense if that’s how you feel.

      • antistratfordian - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:37 PM

        You’re exactly right. I didn’t. I liked the Lakers back with Van Exel (my man!) and Eddie Jones – you know, when they were average. I stopped watching them after Shaq and Kobe showed up. I appreciated Shaq but I was never a big fan of center oriented teams (thank MJ for that) and I thought Kobe was far too arrogant for his own good as a teenager (who knew that he would never mature?).

  12. lemfaxx - Oct 30, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    ….is that because he didnt play….

  13. unxpexted1 - Oct 30, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Man I havent seen the Lakers play with this much heart. Chemistry can go a long way. Good to see the squad look like they want to be out there. Lot of “no-namers” out there playing like that want it. Loved it. Not sure how long it sustains, but was fun to watch this opening night.

    Oh btw…..Xavier mutha truckin Henry!!!

  14. kb2408 - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Haters will use any excuse to criticize Kobe. Without him the LAKERS would probably still be sitting on 11 titles.

  15. dannymac17 - Oct 30, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    finally Lakers have something to be happy about.

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