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Wednesday night NBA grades: Kevin Durant=Slim Reaper (and other guys with a good night)

Jan 23, 2014, 4:30 AM EDT

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Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while getting absorbed in the “Swingers” oral history….

source:  Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder. Twitter has dubbed him the “Slim Reaper” and I, for one, like the new nickname. He dropped 36 points tonight on the Spurs, including a couple of clutch threes late and rather than having me rave about him here is what other NBA players tweeted on Wednesday night.

source:  DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors. Somebody is making their All-Star case — 40 points on 22 shots. That would be a career high. What’s most impressive was he was 7-of-11 from the midrange (and 7-of-10) in the paint. DeRozan is likely going to end up one of those bubble guys who just misses making the All-Star team cut (could happen to his teammate Kyle Lowry, too) but this was the kind of “I should get an invite” game he needs.

source:  Josh Smith, Detroit Pistons. I don’t want to pile on just Smith, because the issues with the Pistons offense run much deeper. Still, Smith was not good Wednesday night 2-of-10 shooting on his way to eight points. But it wasn’t just his play it was the timing — he had the chance to hit free throws and make it a one point game, and him missed both. Down just a couple late he turned the ball over. He was frustrating.

source:  Jeff Green, Boston Celtics. When he is good, he can be very, very good. And for a night Green was good. He had 39 points on the night, including a ridiculous one-legged three pointer that tied the game late, sending it to overtime against Washington (where Boston won). It wasn’t just that shot — Green was 14-of-26 shooting and had a host of off-balance shots fall. He was making plays at both ends adding three steals to the mix, also.

  1. rickyspanish - Jan 23, 2014 at 6:03 AM

    Slim Reaper?!?!? That nickname is filthy! I never liked Durantula mainly because spiders give me the most heebiest of jeebies, but the Slim Reaper is the bee’s knees.

  2. eagleseagleseagles - Jan 23, 2014 at 7:02 AM

    Again no wizards love. Sure they lost but wall had a triple double….but I guess that’s not impressive enough for you dimwits.

    • kb2408 - Jan 23, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      Dude, it’s the “Wizards”!

    • Kansachusetts - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:35 PM

      Wall was 9 of 29, 0 for 4 from three, with a plus0-minus of -1. And his team lost.
      That deserves its own post?

  3. belleby123 - Jan 23, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Nothing about the Bulls playing against the team that got their best player? Oh well, when the pass the Heat in the rankings maybe PBT will notice.

  4. hbystrom - Jan 23, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Durant had 11(!!!) turnovers and he gets an A? That’s hilarious..

    • belleby123 - Jan 23, 2014 at 8:49 AM

      Maybe he was saying “A Kevin Durant played for the Thunder.”

    • kb2408 - Jan 23, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      Your comment is akin to saying the Mona Lisa would be a nice piece of art if only her smile wasn’t slightly crooked. KD is the best player in the league right now, league MVP and (along with a healthy Westbrook) will lead his team to the NBA Finals. And, no, I’m a LAKERS fan.

    • asimonetti88 - Jan 23, 2014 at 11:14 AM

      11 turnovers, 1 win.

  5. cruzan80 - Jan 23, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Durant is a beast….but 11 turnoves is a lot man.

  6. borderline1988 - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Derozan was ridiculous last night, the guy hit everything…

    He’s not as explosive or decisive as some of the superstars in the NBA, but he’s one of the best mid-range jumpshooters in the league, has a high release point, and is tall for his position. He’s really hard to stop when he gets going, kind of like how Nowitzki is so hard to guard because he can just shoot over other players.

  7. grizzlystrike - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    How about A+ for the Phoenix Suns giving a full asswhoopin to the leagues best defense… With our starters sitting out the 4th quarter

    • Kurt Helin - Jan 23, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      The Suns played very well, but that was not the Pacers at their best. Every team has an off night now and again, that was Indiana’s.

      • belleby123 - Jan 23, 2014 at 5:16 PM

        Yeah, except the Pacers had the least amount of “off nights” in the entire NBA.

  8. jcmeyer10 - Jan 23, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Cedric Maxwell (Color guy for the Celtics when on the road) said it best in relation to Green having this type of game: ‘His backers say this is what he can do and his haters say, why can’t he do this every night?’

    Tough spot to be in.

  9. money2long - Jan 23, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    money2long – Sep 28, 2013 at 10:59 PM
    everybody just has to do their job to the best of their ability and they will be fine. when you have much help on your team, you tend not to need to do much to pull out wins. think of a big three scenario. does bosh have to be bosh of toronto for the heat to win a title? no. but if wade and lebron sit out a game, he may have to be that player. the heat don’t have to necessarily ask ray allen to fill wade’s shoes. the thunder have two top players at their position. if westbrook and durant play to their full capabilities, the thunder will and are still a force to reckon with. plus ibaka is a defensive stalwart. the one thing that took a hit was chemistry. they just have to regain a flow with the pieces they have now.

    that was me in a pbt article about westbrook saying the thunder don’t need to fill james harden’s slot. KD is the man right now.

    sidebar. i was wondering. if westbrook is such a fashionista, not sure if i spelled that right or used the term correctly, but anyway, if he is, im wondering if he has a kanye type gig designing shoes. i would think by now he’d be pushing a unique looking sneaker due to his appeal for flash

    • money2long - Jan 23, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      by the way, my comment on that september night got 5 thumbs down and only 4 thumbs up. small sample size, but it’s still a clear display of how wrong ppl felt i was in regards to the thunder staying afloat after having lost kevin martin and harden.

    • 00maltliquor - Jan 24, 2014 at 3:26 AM

      Did you just quote yourself? lol I love the PBT regs! hahaha

      • money2long - Jan 24, 2014 at 8:20 AM

        i love YOU man lol ! and yes i did. haha

  10. spyder9669 - Jan 23, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    So……the Suns demolish the best team in the league……and you wanna go ahead and say “that wasn’t the Pacers at their best…I love that you’re going to play that card. The Indiana Pacers are a professional basketball team that gets paid millions and millions of dollars. If you really think the Pacers were not trying to win that game last night you are delusional. The reason they looked so bad is because the Phoenix Suns are another professional basketball team that were trying to win the game as well. And they put the beat down on Indiana in every possible way, not because the Pacers had an off night, but because the Suns are just as talented if not more so.

    • truprof - Jan 23, 2014 at 2:13 PM

      Given their respective records I’d argue that the Suns are not just as talented as the Pacers. Neither are they as experienced as the Pacers. But they play extremely well within their sytem, they are very well coached, they accept their roles and they flat out hustle. Fun to watch these guys.

  11. antistratfordian - Jan 23, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    KD is clutch? Well that’s kind of the public to treat him so generously. Other players had to play under more scrutiny and never got the same benefit of the doubt for regular season efforts.

    LeBron: 5/10 – 50% 
    Jordan: 6/13 – 46% 
    Melo: 1/4 – 25% 
    Kobe: 3/14 – 21% 
    Durant: 1/5 – 20%

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