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Thursday night NBA grades: Steve Blake, Ty Lawson come up big late

Nov 8, 2013, 3:42 AM EDT

Dwayne Wade, Erik Spoelstra, David Fizdale AP

Our grades from Thursday night around the NBA, or what you missed while playing Call of Duty Ghosts like everyone else….

source:  Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat. For two straight games now we have had vintage Wade show up, which has to make Heat fans happy. He was attacking J.J. Redick on post ups or blowing past him to get to the rim where he finished well. Wade ended up with 29 points on 13-of-22 shooting, plus 7 assists. He keyed the third quarter run (while LeBron and Chis Bosh rested) that got Miami the win.

source:  Clippers defense. The only reason this grade isn’t lower is because while the 109.1 points per possession surrendered in this game is unimpressive, it is actually better than they had done through their previous five games. Their defensive rotations were terrible and that left driving lanes open for the Heat all game. The Clippers and Doc Rivers have 76 games left to figure out how to play cohesive team defense if they have plans of getting past the first round.

source:  Steve Blake, Los Angeles Lakers. He was 4-of-6 from three, but if you need to see why he is here just follow this link.


source:  Los Angeles Lakers bench. The Lakers got 54 of their 99 points from their bench. Jodie Meeks was 5-of-7 from three on his way to 18 points. Wesley Johnson had 16, and Jordan Farmar had 11. When the bench for the Lakers has stepped up they have two nice wins (the Clippers and now Rockets). At the start of the season I never would have expected to have given the Lakers’ bench this kind of grade.

source:  Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets. He had 10 of his 25 points in the final quarter to lead the Nuggets to their first win of the season, a 109-107 win over the Hawks. Lawson also pitched in with eight assists, and seven rebounds. You can make a case that the Nuggets bench really should be here, but they don’t get the chance without the big line from Lawson

  1. davidly - Nov 8, 2013 at 4:00 AM

    A+ Jason Phillips and Josh Tiven, officiating crew.
    For maintaining an acute awareness that when D’Wade and LBJ are made to feel the displaced atmosphere surrounding their defender’s limbs, it’s an and one, especially in the fourth.

    • miamatt - Nov 8, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      You misspelled, “Waaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!”

      • Anoesis - Nov 8, 2013 at 12:43 PM

        I believe he spelled “preferential treatment” just fine.

    • antistratfordian - Nov 8, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      When you’re whining about the refs for a guy who only took 4 free throws the entire game, you’re grasping at straws. Every Clippers starter that went to the line (4 of 5) shot more free throws than Dwyane Wade.

      • davidly - Nov 8, 2013 at 3:04 PM

        What the f does how many have to do with it? I saw the “fouls” and the ones I mentioned were typically phantom–as in, somebody breathed on the franchise phantom, and they’d’ve been much less likely to get that call on the road phantom.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 8, 2013 at 3:25 PM

        You see what you want to see, davidly.

        And you want to talk about a “phantom foul”… by far the most egregious one was called on LeBron for “pushing” Redick out of bounds. LeBron’s fingertip grazed Redick. And that happened at one of the most critical points in the game with 2:30 to go and the Clippers only down 9. It should’ve been Miami’s ball, but instead the Clippers got the ball back and scored – now they’re only down 7 with 2:14 left. If that’s preferential treatment then the NBA is terrible at it.

        If you want to find the reason the Clippers lost you need to look at what Miami did to Chris Paul in the 2nd half. Instead you’re here crying about two free throws and favoritism that wasn’t even there.

  2. balfe13 - Nov 8, 2013 at 4:05 AM

    “…Clippers defense. The only reason this grade isn’t lower is because while the 109.1 points per possession surrendered in this game is unimpressive, it is actually better than they had done through their previous five games.”

    …how can you be worse than 109.1 points per possession?

  3. therealhtj - Nov 8, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    No F for Dwight Howard? 5-16 Free Throws – i’s stats like those that’ll keep Houston ringless in the D12 era.

    • antistratfordian - Nov 8, 2013 at 3:15 PM

      Nah. Howard’s free throw shooting didn’t hurt the Rockets nearly as much as the 16 threes from the Lakers. In the Rockets two losses their opponents made at least 15 threes (that’s a lot) – in their four wins their opponents averaged 6-7 made threes.

      If the Lakers only made 6-7 threes instead of 16 the Rockets probably would’ve been well ahead late in the 4th and Howard probably would’ve only ended up something like 4-6 free throw attempts total.

      As it was though, the three ball kept the Lakers in the game and Hack-a-Howard gave Dwight 12 free throws in the last 3:24 of regulation (all of his makes came in this span).

  4. ufools - Nov 8, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Not worried about Clipper defense. New coach, new rotations, new schemes all take some time. I’ll start to worry after the All Star break.

  5. mahhelo - Nov 8, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    We all know Doc Rivers is overrated, but could we have been underestimating Del Negro?

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