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Tuesday night NBA grades: Anthony Davis is a force of nature

Jan 29, 2014, 1:48 AM EDT

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Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while singing “If I had a hammer” in honor of Pete Seeger….

source:  Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans. He had 8 blocks in this game, giving him 15 blocks in his last two games — he is a defensive beast. He protects the rim but his length lets him block shots all the way out to the arc. By the way, he also had 30 points on 12-of-18 shooting, and in his spare time pulled down 7 rebounds. On an injury note, he tweaked his finger in the fourth quarter and seemed to be in quite a bit of pain, but said after the game he was “good” and will play Wednesday for the Pelicans.

source:  Anthony Bennett, Cleveland Cavaliers. He had 15 points and 8 rebounds, both career highs, in the latest ugly Cavs loss. Good to see a guy who had a rough year taste a little success. Don’t read too much into one decent night, lots of players have had one decent night. But also, there are a lot of players who had slow starts to their rookie season and went on to nice, long, healthy NBA careers. Maybe not the kinds of careers that people expect of a No. 1 pick, but it’s too early to write him off completely.

source:   Portland Trail Blazers defense. Terry Stotts will not be coaching the All-Star Game for the West and Portland’s defense is why. They had played better on that end for a stretch (not great but better), however in their last five games heading into Tuesday night Portland had allowed 111.3 points per 100 possessions (almost six more than their season average) which is 29th in the NBA in that stretch. Then against the Grizzlies they allowed a team that wins with defense to put up 107.2 points per 100 possessions with a true shooting percentage of 56 percent. If they have dreams of getting out of the first round of the playoffs they have to be tighter on that end of the court.

source:  Houston Rockets defense. Lets get the caveats out of the way right up front — San Antonio was without Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, Tiago Splitter then Manu Ginobili left the game in the third quarter. The Spurs are depleted. That said the Spurs were sharp on defense, their rotations were crisp, they are athletic and can switch, Dwight Howard was moving well, as a team they were aggressive. The Spurs, even shorthanded, destroy a lot of teams with their execution and for a night the Rockets were more than up to the task. As always, the issue in Houston is consistency — can they do it again?

  1. kcoral - Jan 29, 2014 at 2:27 AM

    Man, you are an insane Cavs hater! It’s hilarious! A “C” for a guy who had 15 and 8? Who went 2 for 3 from deep? Who blocked AD in straight one-on-one low post defense? What the hell kinda game does he have to get a “B?” Lol…

    • fanofthegame79 - Jan 29, 2014 at 7:12 AM

      I think the catch with Anthony Bennett is a number 1 pick and his career highs came 40+ games into the season – and those career highs were 15 points and 8 rebounds. Hell, I’m sure players have tallied those numbers in a single quarter during their rookie seasons. Hence the C.

      • jcmeyer10 - Jan 29, 2014 at 9:21 AM

        Exactly. I went to a C’s/Cavs game and watched him come in, snag four rebounds and score 4 points in 3 minutes.

        He’s got it in him it seems but who knows if he can make it happen at the NBA level. Too bad he was a No. 1 pick. Any other pick and he’d have more realistic expectations put on him.

    • shanelsweet - Jan 29, 2014 at 8:38 AM

      At least he got a mention. John Wall Wall finished with 15 points,, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals, and hit the game winning 3 for the Wizards in the final minute or so against the Warriors. His defense on Curry was outstanding. But, no grade for him..

    • bougin89 - Jan 29, 2014 at 9:03 AM

      It’s good to see Bennett have a little success but this is just a little. I think the ‘C’ is warranted here.

  2. rickyspanish - Jan 29, 2014 at 4:13 AM

    Anthony Davis is exciting, here’s to hoping Los Pelicans can turn into a solid team so they’ll get some national tv love.

  3. saint1997 - Jan 29, 2014 at 6:30 AM

    All the advanced stats show it – Pelicans must trade Gordon. At this point surely they’d just take a first rounder (PHX?) and/or a solid 2 way small forward in the mould of a Corey Brewer type

    • ryanrockzzz - Jan 29, 2014 at 7:51 AM

      Don’t think PHX would need Gordon having both Dragic and Bledsoe at this point. Especailly at the expense of giving up a first round pick.

      Gordon, being injury prone, and also inconsistent this year in this role with the Pelicans, would look good on a team lookin to take a low risk on a two.

    • adamsjohn714 - Jan 29, 2014 at 9:49 AM

      By a Corey Brewer type do you mean someone who can’t shoot, but loves to anyways, and also gets lost on defense when he’s not awkwardly fouling people/doubling off of steph curry in the playoffs? (bit of a Denver fan, or I used to be before they decided our GM wasn’t to be retained).

  4. nomad57 - Jan 29, 2014 at 7:19 AM

    Anthony Davis has really developed his mid-range jumper. Kid plays the right way, always working. Fun to watch him.

  5. eagleseagleseagles - Jan 29, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    Hi wizards hater. Still nothing on them after they upset the warriors on the road? It’s okay I’ll do the grades….Beal earns a B because although he had 20 points, it took him 20 shots to get there. He was a major factor in the 3rd and 4th after starting out slow. Wall earns an A because he made clutch shots and knew where to pass the ball when he needed to. Also he hit the game winning 3 when the score was tied at 85.

    • Kurt Helin - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      I watched the fourth quarter of a sloppy game where nobody could make a shot, the winning team shot under 40%. It wasn’t great defense, it was bad offense. If I gave it a grade you wouldn’t like it.

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