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Monday night NBA Grades: Ty Lawson, LeBron James get top marks

Nov 26, 2013, 2:32 AM EDT

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We know you might have missed some NBA action Monday night as you chased a flock of feral turkeys around New York City, so we bring you grades from the night to help you get caught up.

source:  Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets. Lawson spent the first half of this game deferring (J.J. Hickson had 12 points in the first quarter), but in the third quarter he took charge with 13 points, sparking a 16-4 run that solidified Denver’s eventual win. Lawson finished with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting plus he dished out 11 assists. Denver is playing well again and Lawson is at the heart of that renaissance.

source:  LeBron James, Miami Heat. Just another LeBron James dominant performance — 35 points on 11-of-14 shooting — but this one game is not why he is here. Rather, it is this  stat: On the season LeBron is shooting 60.9 percent. That with a usage rate near the top of the league at 28.3 (percent of team possessions he uses). Insane. If you’re a fan of the game of basketball, savor getting to watch him play at this level while we can.

source:   Samuel Dalembert, Dallas Mavericks. He was benched at the start of the Mavericks’ game Monday after sleeping through shootaround. That happens to guys out on the road when in Miami or New York (the night before has something to do with that), but at home in Dallas? Come on, you’re a vet.

source:   The Indiana Pacers defense. Another day, another team with a lot of offensive weapons just shut down. The Timberwolves shot just 32.6 percent overall, and thanks to the “Roy Hibbert effect” they shot just 40 percent inside 8 feet of the rim. Minnesota finished with an offensive rating of 79.8, which is well off their season average of 102. Indiana is 13-1 and while they will not sustain that pace all season with their defense they can sustain winning deep into the playoffs.

source:   Nicolas Batum, Portland Trail Blazers. When people talk about the Blazers hot start it’s all about LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard, but people are looking past Batum who is hot and key to all of it — he had 23 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists against the Knicks Monday. In Portland they have been waiting on him to live up to his potential (and contract), well he has been lately.

  1. ptownbearsfan420 - Nov 26, 2013 at 3:32 AM

    My god. Portland actually got a little love?? Hell must’ve finally froze over..

  2. jbeagles23 - Nov 26, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    Year in and year our lebron gets better. At age 28 we have no idea what he’ll accomplish by the end but there won’t be another like him for a long time

  3. davidly - Nov 26, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    The anti-hero ball of Pop, San Antonio Spurs.
    To paraphrase myself from two weeks ago: 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. This time the high was Ginobli with 16 points in 19 minutes off the bench. And it’s no surprise that they are the reigning assist/turnover leader.

  4. miamatt - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Man, that was as casual a 35 point game as you’ll ever see from LBJ. While there were one or two of the requisite highlight-reel dunks, most of it came on jumpers that didn’t touch the rim. It looks like those spinners and fade aways from the block was an offseason focus for James.

    Wade was fantastic as well, with an efficient 21 points and 12 assists. Sharp free throw shooting team wide helped Miami pull away.

  5. antistratfordian - Nov 26, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    The Timberwolves shot just 32.6 percent overall, and thanks to the “Roy Hibbert effect” they shot just 40 percent inside 8 feet of the rim.

    There really wasn’t a “Roy Hibbert effect” in the Pacers-Timberwolves game. Minnesota shot 46.4% (13-28*) with Hibbert in the game and 26.2% (16-61) when he was on the bench. The Wolves were still attacking the paint and making those shots with Roy Hibbert right there. Minnesota was 11-22 around the rim with Hibbert in the game.

    If anything there was a “Ian Mahinmi effect.” Hibbert did not have a good game at all.

    *I’m even including that half court heave by Brewer at the buzzer to end the 2nd quarter.

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