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Monday night NBA Grades: Tim Duncan does not age

Dec 3, 2013, 2:07 AM EDT

We know you missed some NBA action Monday night between watching the Seahawks win and catching Ron Burgundy anchor an actual newscast. So to help you out, here are our NBA grades for Monday.

source:  Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs. Slump? What slump? With his 23 points and 21 rebounds Duncan became the oldest player in NBA history to put up a 20-20. Ridiculous. He was 10-of-15 shooting and threw in a couple of blocks for good measure. Oh yea, and he drained the game winner in cold-blooded fashion.

source:  Paul George, Indiana Pacers. Normally I don’t give an “A” to a guy on the losing team but… damn Paul George is good. I mean ridiculously good. He finished with 43 points on 16-of-30 shooting (53.3 percent) and he hit 7-of-15 from deep. He had 17 points in the fourth quarter hitting three-after-three, even when Wes Mathews was draped on him like a trench coat. I’m not sure anybody thought George was going to be this good, but man is he a special player.

source:   Houston Rockets. They got outscored 36-23 in the first quarter by the tanktastic Utah Jazz and went on to lost the game.. Gordon Hayward went off for 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting in the quarter, Trey Burke added 10. Tell me all you want about Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parsons being out, this felt like the Rockets showed up and thought was going to be enough. Welcome to being a top team guys, do that and anyone will beat you. James Harden had 37 and the Rockets fought back to tie the game (86-86) but they couldn’t get over the hump.

source:   John Wall, Washington Wizards. For the first time in the John Wall era, the Washington Wizards are .500. That doesn’t speak well to the past, but this team has played better of late and Wall gets the credit here because it’s his team. (Yes, Trevor Ariza could have been here with an “A” for his shooting.) Monday’s win that got the Wizards to .500 featured Washington has gotten from the Wizards lately — 16 inefficient points (5-of-14 shooting) but also 13 assists and he was +26 on the night. When he is on the court the Wizards are better.

source:   Luol Deng (Chicago Bulls), Ryan Anderson (New Orleans Pelicans). Both of these guys are on teams that have lost their key offensive weapons and both of them stepped up with big nights Deng had 37 points, Anderson 36. They were strong performances that both teams need these guys to repeat — for weeks until Anthony Davis returns to New Orleans, or for the rest of the season in Chicago.

  1. antistratfordian - Dec 3, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    I’m not sure anybody thought George was going to be this good

    George was already doing this last year. He did something very similar against the Hornets early last season – nailing three after three in the 4th and OT. He made 9 threes in that game. This was probably the best game of his career.

    But here George attempted 9 threes in the last 3 minutes of this game. That might be some sort of record.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 3, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      Anti: He’s taken his game to another level this year. Probably even top 7-10 player overall right now.

      Making 9 3s means nothing. I agree with Kurt, he’s on another level right now.

      • antistratfordian - Dec 3, 2013 at 3:01 PM

        I didn’t say otherwise. But the best game of his career still happened last year and it was similar to this last game – so we were already aware of his ability to do that.

  2. limonadamas - Dec 3, 2013 at 3:07 AM

    i’m sure that instead of “Wesley Johnson,” you probably meant “Wesley Matthews” or maybe “Nic Batum”?

  3. shanelsweet - Dec 3, 2013 at 6:23 AM

    “Monday’s win that got the Wizards to .500 featured Washington has gotten from the Wizards lately — 16 inefficient points (5-of-14 shooting) but also 13 assists and he was +26 on the night.” Huh? I know you meant to compliment Wall, but that’s gibberish.

    After a slow start, the Wiz now have the 3rd best record in the East and that’s with Bradley Beal, Al Harrington and their top pick Otto Porter all hurt and contributing nada. Folks better jump on their bandwagon now ’cause it’s getting ready to pick up some speed. They are a fun team to watch without any knuckleheads.

    And, I hope lots of folks took Bovada up on their betting line that made Randy Wittman the favorite for the 1st coach to be fired this year ’cause he’s got a better chance of winning COY than being fired.

    • Kurt Helin - Dec 3, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      Actually, no, I meant to say Wall is playing better but not great.

  4. edwardemanuelson - Dec 3, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    Tim Duncan. Unbelievable. That is all.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 3, 2013 at 8:05 AM

      when Duncan farts dust comes out!

      • azarkhan - Dec 3, 2013 at 9:38 AM

        I thought when he farted you came out.

      • edwardemanuelson - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        Farting dust = winning? Count me in.

  5. fanofevilempire - Dec 3, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    azarkan, I heard he came on ya face.

    • bougin89 - Dec 3, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      Another riveting comment, wow.

  6. brugis23 - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    @fanofevil gotta learn when to shut up, anyway, probably a laker’s fan…

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 3, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      wtf are you to tell me shut up, your wife has your ballz in the purse you carry for her!

  7. dallasstars9 - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    How about an “A+” for Rip City!

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