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Wednesday night NBA Grades: LaMarcus Aldridge is a flat out stud

Dec 5, 2013, 2:20 AM EDT

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source:  LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers. For my money right now he is the best power forward in the game. I’d rather have him over Kevin Love or Dirk Nowitzki or Carmelo Anthony or even Tim Duncan. Anthony Davis will take the crown in a few years but he’s not there yet. (I’m not counting LeBron James as a four even though that’s the role he plays the most for Miami, different system.) The Portland Trail Blazers are 16-3 after beating the Thunder Thursday night and Aldridge finished with 38 points on 17-of-28 shooting (60.7 percent) plus he had 13 rebounds and zero turnovers. He dropped 28 and 10 the last game on the Pacers defense. He is at his peak right now and lifting these Blazers to a surprising and amazing start.

source:  Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks raced out to an early lead and never looked back in this one and Millsap’s 11 first quarter points were key to that start. Millsap finished with 25 points going right at Blake Griffin whenever he could. Millsap has been a great fit for Atlanta this season.

source:  Houston Rockets’ offense. Despite giving up 97 points to the Suns, the Rockets played respectable defense Wednesday night. It was the other end of the floor that was the mess — Houston shot 35.2 percent as a team and 29 percent from three. James Harden was 3-of-17, Dwight Howard 4-of-11, Aaron Brooks 7-of-18 and so on. It wasn’t pretty. Houston has the second best offense in the league so far this season; this was just a one-off night for them.

source:  Kyle Korver, Atlanta Hawks. He knocked down a three 30 seconds into the game to give the Hawks a lead 3-2 that they would never relinquish. More importantly that three set a record — that is his 89th consecutive game making a three, tying the league record. Korver knocked down 6-of-9 from three for a season-high 23 points.

  1. innovativethinking87 - Dec 5, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    Damn that Blazers team is something else. I’m pretty speechless.

  2. antistratfordian - Dec 5, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    I’m not taking any PF that’s shooting 46% from the field – you can have him.

    • detroitbasketballfan - Dec 5, 2013 at 7:39 AM

      He is way better than bosh. Bosh is barely better than andrea bargnani lol

      • bucrightoff - Dec 5, 2013 at 10:59 AM

        He’ll take his PFs who look like dinosaurs and are so afraid of contact they park it behind the 3 point line consistently.

      • antistratfordian - Dec 5, 2013 at 3:29 PM

        I wasn’t even considering Bosh. But now that you mention it, he is very similar to Toronto-Bosh. Maybe slightly worse.

    • jchanman33 - Dec 5, 2013 at 10:59 PM

      Only PF better right now is Love nobody else is even close to those 2, let me guess you would take Duncan over him? Duncan isn’t even in the top 10 statistically anymore he is old and about to retire

      • antistratfordian - Dec 7, 2013 at 6:15 PM

        I would probably take Anthony Davis over both.

  3. lolo3504 - Dec 5, 2013 at 5:43 AM

    Always a blazers fan, but never an Aldridge fan and I still have to say he’s playing like the best pf in basketball excluding LeBron. It definitely speaks to the lack of talent at the 4-5 across the league, but hey were 16-3 so we will happily keep himvb

    • hannsta - Dec 5, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      Show some appreciation for our All-start ****it!

    • hannsta - Dec 5, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      Show some appreciation for our All-star ****it!

    • jchanman33 - Dec 5, 2013 at 10:57 PM

      LeBron is not a PF and if you don’t know that you don’t know jack about basketball

  4. lolo3504 - Dec 5, 2013 at 5:44 AM


  5. jbusch415 - Dec 5, 2013 at 7:03 AM

    Nothing on the beast of the east Andre Drummond?

  6. rickditka - Dec 5, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    John Paxson still prefers the athleticism of a Tyrus Thomas. Anybody can score with their back to the basket.

  7. weaselpuppy - Dec 5, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Dre says…I hit more than half of my free throws, went 24 and 19 with 2 steals and 3 blocks while shooting 75% from the field….where’s the love?

  8. themagicfanguy - Dec 5, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Good to know you’d take Aldridge, that way I’d be able to take Duncan or any of the currently BETTER 4s(Aldridge isn’t even in the top three) in the league and smash you every time we played.

    • jchanman33 - Dec 5, 2013 at 10:55 PM

      Good to know you are an idiot Tim Duncan and the Spurs have been owned by LA and the Blazers . Seriously look it up the best team against the Spurs the last 4 years is Portland in large part due to LA destroying Timmy every time

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