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Wednesday Night NBA Grades: Larry Sanders out of action, and Tony Parker’s big fourth quarter

Nov 7, 2013, 1:06 AM EDT

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Our grades from Wednesday night around the NBA, or what you missed while securing funds in advance of twitter’s IPO

source:  Larry Sanders. Apologies for starting things off on a negative note, and even more so for discussing someone who didn’t even play in Wednesday night’s action. But signing a contract worth a guaranteed $44 million in the offseason comes with it a certain amount of responsibility, and getting into a fight at a random club which results in an injury that prevents you from playing is as boneheaded a move as possible. We understand that young millionaires can be targets at times, but it’s up to the players to be smart enough not to put themselves in compromising positions. We’ll wait to reserve further judgment until all of the facts come out, but the history of technical fouls and the benching in the early part of this season combined with this off-the-court incident doesn’t bode well for Sanders’ overall reputation.

source:  Nikola VucevicOrlando beat the Clippers, and did so in impressive fashion. The Magic gave back all of an early 19-point lead, but regrouped and played calm, consistent basketball down the stretch to come away with the victory. Vucevic was a huge part of that effort, finishing with a game-high 30 points and 21 rebounds against the respected inside presence of DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin.

source:  The Pacers defense. Indiana held Chicago to under 20 points in three of the four quarters during their win on Wednesday, and stifled the Bulls’ front line players in the process. Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah combined for just 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting, and Roy Hibbert was touchdown dancing on Twitter afterward (shoutout to my man Marc Spears) while proclaiming his Defensive Player of the Year worthiness.

source:  Tony Parker‘s fourth quarter. The Suns were threatening to beat the Spurs on their home court, and despite the general public’s view that Phoenix should be losing on purpose to secure a better chance at a higher draft pick, in the early part of the season the Suns have been one of the more competitive teams of them all. But Parker would have no part of that, and scored 15 points in less than nine fourth quarter minutes on a perfect 7-of-7 shooting to ensure his team didn’t come away with the loss.

source:  Vince Carter, and the elbow that got him ejected. A veteran like Carter simply isn’t going to accept elbows to his face from a rookie like the Thunder’s Steven Adams, even if they were inadvertent and if Adams himself clearly had no intention of inflicting any damage. Carter’s response was both warranted and expected, as was his ejection for his actions. But now in his 16th NBA season, it was good to see that Carter has that competitive fire still burning within.

  1. davidly - Nov 7, 2013 at 6:24 AM

    And, of course, by reserving further judgment you mean waiting to pile on even more than you already have.

  2. themagicfanguy - Nov 7, 2013 at 6:56 AM

    How does Parker get an ‘A+’, yet Vucevic who just destroyed the Clips inside only gets an ‘A’?

  3. saint1997 - Nov 7, 2013 at 7:03 AM

    That’s pretty slack not to give Vucevic an A+ there mate, I’m not sure what more he could have done. He got 30-20 and won the game, he’s probably the most underrated centre in basketball

  4. spacemaker101 - Nov 7, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    Vince Carter pulled a MAJOR b*tch move and you’re praising him for it?? Did you even watch the game bro?

  5. spacemaker101 - Nov 7, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    nikola vucevic easily had the best night in the NBA and doesn’t get an A+.. Rewrite the article!!

  6. lastdukestreetking - Nov 7, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Pure star bias by the author. Parker with an A+ and Vucevic only an A.

  7. azarkhan - Nov 7, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Regarding Larry Sanders, the NBA needs to get rid of guaranteed contracts. What an absurd idea. How many workers in America have their income guaranteed by their employer regardless of how stupid they behave?

    • pistolpete0903 - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:15 AM

      I think they should (or probably they might already) have clauses in the contract. Any bone-headed conduct (albeit subjected to investigation) will void the contract.

      • redbaronx - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:53 PM

        @pistolpete0903 – Most teams have conduct clauses in players contracts, though I’m not sure this would qualify. This isn’t like when Latrell Sprewell choked PJ Carlisimo.

        With that being said, some kind of punishment sounds warranted. Like any regular guy, you walk away and have someone call the fuzz if necessary. Especially if your job involves you being physically fit.

  8. eagles512 - Nov 7, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Carter’s elbow was not warranted. Punk move. Adams’ was at least partially inadvertent and then Carter takes a cheap shot.

  9. pistolpete0903 - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    I hope at some point in his HoF career, Parker gets a regular season MVP.
    He is in his prime, so he has a couple of more years to get one of those.

  10. spacemaker101 - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Cater was acting like a lil B

  11. spacemaker101 - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    I can’t see Tony winning MVP with bron, kd and CP3 all in their prime as well. Not saying i wouldn’t like to see him win it though.. Little man can ball forsure!

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