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Monday night NBA grades: Andre Iguodala torches the Sixers, Clippers offense continues to roll

Nov 5, 2013, 1:51 AM EDT

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Our grades from Monday around the NBA, or what you missed while watching your fantasy football matchup go down in flames

source:  The Clippers offense. Coming into Monday night’s showdown with the Rockets, the Clippers were far and away the best offensive team in the league statistically with an average of 113.3 points per 100 possessions. Houston was second in the league in the same category defensively, but L.A. lit up their opponent for 137 points on the way to an easy victory. Much was made of the addition of Doc Rivers and the impact he might be able to have on the Clippers’ team defense, but if Chris Paul keeps orchestrating an offense that to this point has been unstoppable, they can simply outscore most opponents on most nights to keep piling up the wins.

source:  Andre Iguodala‘s return to Philadelphia. We knew the Sixers wouldn’t sustain the magical level of basketball the undermanned roster has put together over the team’s first three games of the season, but the Warriors showed very quickly on Monday just how far Philadelphia is from legitimate contention. Iguodala was the star for Golden State on this night, torching the team he played for in his first eight NBA seasons for a game-high 32 points, which included hitting 7-of-11 attempts from three-point distance.

source:  The Sixers “stars.” Look, we understand that Philadelphia will be outclassed from a team talent standpoint on most nights, and that’s fine. But the relative stars on the roster need to provide a certain level of consistency for the team to simply be competitive, and except for Evan Turner, no one else expected to contribute had a positive impact in this one. Thaddeus Young, Spencer Hawes, and Michael Carter-Williams combined to shoot a dismal 8-for-33 from the field, while committing 11 of the team’s 24 turnovers.

source:  Jerryd Bayless, specifically his fourth quarter performance. The Grizzlies were a step slow offensively all night long against a scrappy Celtics team, and were in real danger of dropping a home game to a team it should never lose to given the talent in place on both rosters. Enter Bayless, who took over to score 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting while playing all 12 minutes of the final period to ensure his team wasn’t victimized by the upset.

  1. sportsfan18 - Nov 5, 2013 at 4:32 AM

    Clippers Defense… F

    Worst D in the league…

    They are easily giving up the most points in the league so far… Hell even the Rockets, who just gave up all those points to the Clippers are giving up 8 fewer points per game…

    The Clips are allowing more than 4 points per game than the team that is giving up the 2nd most points per game.

    The spread between teams 2 through 7 is less than the spread between the team giving up the 2nd most points per game and the Clips terrible D…

    Doc went West to bring them some D.

    Giddy Up Doc!

  2. mungman69 - Nov 5, 2013 at 5:36 AM

    The Sixers finally looked like the team that we expected to see.

  3. tcclark - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:23 AM

    The Warriors are really underrated defensively. They took the Sixers out of a rhythm and forced them to shoot bad shots. Iguodala disrupted Evan Turner all night, Andrew Bogut is a tough defensive presence and kept the Sixers from scoring much in the paint. And Michael Carter-Williams had a difficult time scoring with Klay Thompson on him. He usually dominates smaller guards but by moving Thompson over to guard him, the Warriors took that advantage away.

    The Warriors dominated the Sixers on the Offensive end, but that is nothing new. The Heat scored 80 points in the middle two quarters of their game against the Sxiers. The difference was the defense. The Sixers came in averaging 110 points per game but only managed 90 last night. Credit the Warriors.

  4. Andrea Centenari - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    The Warriors are really underrated. I don’t see so many teams in the Western Conference with such a great talent

  5. ryanrockzzz - Nov 5, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    My Sixers did finally get their thank on last night. Despite being throughly outplayed through much of the game, I still came away impressed with another solid effort from Evan Turner. Getting Doug Collins and his unrelenting hate of Turner out has done wonders for his confidence, and finally gives him a chance to run the show, which he honestly needs to do. If he doesn’t have the ball in his hands a lot, he will struggle.

    Predictably though, Hawes and Young slowed down. Spencer has always started out the season well, so hopefully he doesn’t hit his usual wall of mystery this year. Thad will just have those nights. Gotta credit the Warriors though, that team can shoot, they can play D, and they are very athletic.

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