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Thursday night NBA grades: Night of the power forward

Jan 24, 2014, 2:03 AM EDT

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Only power forwards make the list tonight.

source:  LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers. He’s the best power forward in the game right now. Better than Kevin Love (Aldridge is a better and more interested defender), better than Blake Griffin. I hate to agree with Reggie Miller about anything, but he’s right here. Aldridge dropped 44 points on the Nuggets Thursday — including the last 15 for Portland in the fourth quarter — plus he had 13 rebounds. He did it knocking down the midrange shots Denver gave him, knocking down 8-of-16 from there. He was also 7-of-10 in the restricted area. He can play inside and out, and he had some key blocks as well in this game.

source:  Chris Bosh, Miami Heat. For all of you who said, “Chris Bosh doesn’t deserve to be an All-Star” today, he had an answer for you. Bosh outplayed Pau Gasol on his way to 31 points on 15-of-22 shooting, scoring both at the rim and at the arc. Bosh was in a groove, he looked fluid, and we don’t see that every night from him but when we do it’s impressive.

source:  Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers. Pau Gasol has been playing well of late (which is boosting his trade value, if you think the Lakers can find someone to take on his $19.3 million contract) and that continued against the Heat — 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting, plus 11 rebounds. Defensively he struggled chasing Bosh around all night, but Gasol looked like the kind of player that could help some playoff bound team. And that is not the Lakers.

  1. antistratfordian - Jan 24, 2014 at 2:18 AM

    Not much “power” in these forwards.

  2. strictlythedanks - Jan 24, 2014 at 2:32 AM

    I dont know about better than k love, but hes better blake griffin by a country mile.

  3. peterjohnjoseph - Jan 24, 2014 at 2:33 AM

    Every other week I go back and forth over Kevin Love and LeMarcus. Love can have a bad stretch likes he’s having now, where LeMarcus takes over. A week from now Love will start dropping 30 and 15 every night again and LeMarcus will have a few stretches of single digit rebound games and I’ll sway again.

    LeMarcus obviously has the better defense. Love has this unnatural ability to get 15 points and 15 rebounds before you even realize it happened in the quarter. LeMarcus has the best midrange jumper for his size in the league. Love can hit threes while juggling, and I honestly feel like he might be the better rebounder over an entire season. Its a coin flip, but like the Oreo cookie of double double machines I’m debating right now, I guess I like the middle better.

  4. iikanji - Jan 24, 2014 at 3:07 AM

    I don’t know why you would disagree with Reggie, Kurt …
    I’d take his opinion regarding a player’s talent level (him being one of the best players to ever play the game) over yours anytime …

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