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Monday night NBA Grades: Lance Stephenson with the triple double

Nov 12, 2013, 2:12 AM EDT

Lance Stephenson AP

Our grades from Monday around the NBA, or what you missed while weeping that Lionel Messi will be out 6-8 weeks….

source:  Lance Stephenson, Indiana Pacers. He had a triple-double with 13 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds. He has played the most complete, efficient basketball of his young NBA career this season and it showed in this game (and is another reason the Pacers are 8-0). He was a playmaker, he cleaned the glass and he got points. He even picked up the most ridiculous technical foul of the season. The way he is playing, Danny Granger becomes an expensive sixth man when he returns.

source:  Derrick Rose and Kyrie Irving. Meh. We were hoping for a showdown between two of the best young point guards in the game and we got nothing inspiring. Both had 16 points on the night, but it took Irving 19 shots to get there and Rose 21. Irving did have a dozen of his in the fourth quarter trying to keep it interesting, but by that point we were all watching Mike Dunleavy. That was a let down.

source:  Andre Miller, Denver Nuggets. He is not the best player in the Mile High City (that honor goes to Ty Lawson) but he is the most savvy. He scored 9 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter when Denver went on a 21-5 run to pull away with this one. He picked apart the Utah defense, he put on a clinic on how to play point in the NBA. I hope Trey Burke was on the Utah bench, watching.

source:  Rudy Gay, Toronto Raptors. He messed 26 shots in one game. Gay put up 29 points on 11-of-37 shooting — that is 29.7 percent shooting. That is the definition of black hole. It is worse than his 35.6 percent shooting on the season. Some will say that he scored 29 and he did hit the three that sent the game to overtime (which is why he doesn’t have a lower grade), but if he and DeMar DeRozan hadn’t combined to shoot 17-of-62 Toronto would have won in regulation.

  1. 00maltliquor - Nov 12, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    Damn, poor Granger on the way out! I still say it’s crucial they keep him.

    • davidly - Nov 12, 2013 at 3:04 AM

      My heart’s there with you. Unfortunately, they have a tough decision to make. Of course, a lot of teams would love to have that predicament.

  2. stayhigh_247 - Nov 12, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    i love how they’re playing right now, but I thinks it’s too early in the season to be so cocky. Knock off, Brooklyn, Chicago and Miami and then I’ll buy into it.

  3. davidly - Nov 12, 2013 at 3:13 AM

    Spurs w/out Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs.

    How many times have you seen San Antonio score more than 100 points without a single player having as many as 20? A lot, that’s how many. Of course they’re no stranger to numbers like 50 rebounds and 29 assists either. Say what you will about their epic choke in the finals last year, this is a classic example of how–with their second lineal title defense blowout, this time against the opening day lineal title winners–they put the A in team.

  4. cubb1 - Nov 12, 2013 at 3:36 AM

    If Lance can keep his head screwed on straight, he will be a beast this year. The Pacers have a legit title shot with or without Granger. I hope he is able to come back and at least contribute as a solid 2nd unit player, but I don’t see him being able to contribute heavy starter minutes anymore.

  5. zoomy123 - Nov 12, 2013 at 4:23 AM

    Here’s my bold prediction: If Miami faces either Chicago or Brooklyn in the playoffs they will win in either 6 or 7 games. However, if Miami faces Indiana in the playoffs they will lose in 6 or 7 games. Miami’s front court vulnerability is too severe and Indiana’s front court is too big and too good. Throw in Paul George + an upgraded bench and the fat lady is clearing her throat. I predicted this 5 months ago and I see no reason to change it.

  6. pistolpete0903 - Nov 12, 2013 at 6:21 AM

    As a fellow Bearcat alum, can’t help but root for Stephenson and his team.
    He might not blow you out with his athletic talent, but he is a blue collar, lunch pail guy who will bring in every night.
    Most Improved player?

    We will see the 1st big test for the Pacers this Saturday when they TRAVEL to Chicago.
    Circling my date for December 7; a possible NBA finals preview (a memo to Pops: please don’t rest any of your starters!!)

  7. bucrightoff - Nov 12, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Rudy Gay had 29 points….and 26 misses. Carmelo approves of this statistic.

  8. jcmeyer10 - Nov 12, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Jordan Crawford is reinventing himself as a passing PG. Go Celts!

  9. apkyletexas - Nov 12, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Tim Duncan – Grade: F

    Lazily sat out the game while his team only spanked Philly by 24 points on the road.

    (for those of you without filters – the above is called “sarcasm”)

    • belleby123 - Nov 12, 2013 at 3:14 PM

      Wouldn’t Duncan sitting out be Popovich’s decision?

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