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Wednesday night NBA grades: Vintage Dwyane Wade sighting

Dec 19, 2013, 2:23 AM EDT

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Our quick look around a busy night in the NBA, or what you missed while trying to buy some beer and pay for it with a live alligator…

source:   Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat. The last time Wade scored 30 points or more in a game it was Game 4 of the NBA Finals, so it’s been a while. Wade had to step up early when LeBron James got into foul trouble Wednesday and he had 8 points in the first quarter, helping keep Miami in it. Wade looked like his vintage self aggressively attacking the paint — he was 11-of-15 inside 8 feet on the night (his jumper was on as well, he hit 3-of-6 from the midrange). A lot of those close shots came in transition with Wade getting out and moving well on the break. He finished with 32 points. Just a reminder that if Wade is on in the playoffs the Heat are that much more dangerous.

source:   Kemba Walker, Charlotte Bobcats. He had a nice first half but he was key in the third quarter as the Bobcats came back to make this a game, scoring 11 of his 29 in that quarter. All night Walker just abused new Raptor Greivis Vasquez and was able to get by him and create good looks. Then he hit the game winner — look at how well he stops on a dime and is able to go up quickly with a balanced shot. That’s impressive.

source:   Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans. He was back a month earlier than expected after missing time with a broken hand and he looked like he hadn’t missed a step — 24 points and 12 rebounds. It wasn’t near enough to lift the Pelicans past the Clippers, but the fact Davis (and Tyreke Evans) are back means you’re going to see better play from New Orleans coming up.

source:   Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves. He had 17 points 11 rebounds and 8 assists — and that was just in the first half. Love and Nikola Pekovic (who had 30 points on the night) just dominated red-hot Portland inside and Love finished with 29 points, 15 rebounds and 9 dimes as the Timberwolves picked up a quality win at home.

source:   Brandon Knight, Milwaukee Bucks. I’ve knocked him the past so we need to credit him when he scores a career high 36 points. Even if he did have eight turnovers, just three assists and did all of this against the weak defense of Beno Udrih. Knight to his credit was aggressive against a weak defender and took advantage of the situation. He needs to do that more consistently. He also needs to be under more control in transition. But we’re being positive here, and Knight had a good game in the loss to New York.

  1. moemoe18 - Dec 19, 2013 at 4:36 AM

    I dont understand why people post things about wade being old……..if lebron wasnt on the team he would post these numbers every day. He just doesnt need to.

  2. mrnoshoes - Dec 19, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans play for New Orleans… not Portland

  3. anth34 - Dec 19, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    Portland will play so much better when a good player on another team is healthy.

  4. davidly - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    Wade had a great game, but one repeatedly reads that he hasn’t been his perennial all-star self this season, an assessment that has been utterly false since the beginning.

    Frankly, one could say he is having a career year: It’s not like he ever played all 82, and his FG% is the highest it’s ever been; he’s holding pace with his career rebounding average even though his minutes are slightly down.

    Of course, this fact also illustrates how important he is to the team come spring, but if the season thus far is any indication, that doesn’t look like it’s going to be a problem.

  5. shanelsweet - Dec 19, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Magic lose to the Jazz, Bulls lose to Rockets, but the Hawks beat the Kings. East lost the night to the West 2-1.. Since 12/17, the East is up 2 games on the West. Long way to go, but it’s a start at cutting into that 20+ game lead. Let’s Go East!
    Wizards beat the Nets for a sweep of NY this week. Nene played 22 minutes or so, and looked really good doing it. You can argue about contracts, but as for talent and making your team better, there’s no comparison between Nene and Javale Mcgee. The Wiz really bamboozled the Nuggets in that trade. Wall dominated Deron, and Beal is a beast. Wiz starters are leading the league in points per game!

  6. sire2334 - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    The East has good young talent. The problem is consistency. There are some nights I watch the Haws and I think, yup this is the 3rd best team in the east then they go out and look terrible. Same goes for Bulls and Pistons. The Wizards when at full strength are actually a good team and fun to watch. Your right about Wall. The kid is just on another level this year.

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