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Tuesday night NBA grades: LeBron had no All-Star weekend hangover

Feb 19, 2014, 2:29 AM EDT

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Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while listening to Sir David Attenborough narrate curling for the BBC as if it were Planet Earth….

source:  LeBron James, Miami Heat. A lot of us — players and some of the media (myself included, damn Sazerac) — have been fighting off a post New Orleans hangover, but not LeBron James. He entered the game in the fourth quarter and Miami went on a16-1 run where they pulled away from the Mavericks to win 117-106. LeBron had 12 points in the fourth and 42 for the game. LeBron shot 4-of-6 from the midrange and 4-of-8 from three — when his outside shot is falling there is just nothing a defense can do. He was also 8-of-9 inside eight feet.

source:  Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors. This is why so many teams are trying to trade for him. It was a six-point lead at the half but in the third quarter Lowry scored 14 of his 24 in the quarter when the Raptors pulled away. What was really impressive is Lowry was dishing — 10 assists. He was weaving off the pick-and-roll and he found rolling bigs like Amir Johnson or finding John Salmons in the corner. Lowry looked good and that’s why Toronto is keeping him.

source:  Detroit Pistons defense. No offense intended to a very good player in Al Jefferson, but if you have the size up front of Detroit with Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith then Jefferson should not have 32 and 12 and own key stretches of the game. The Bobcats as a team shot 52 percent in this game. Detroit’s personnel is not a great defensive fit — Brandon Jennings, Kyle Singler, and Greg Monroe are not exactly plus defenders and Josh Smith struggles against threes — but they also do not play cohesively in a system. Watching them against Charlotte, who has less talent but does play hard within their system, Detroit’s flaws were obvious.

source:  Gerald Green, Phoenix Suns. He had a career high 36 points but the important part was the 10 in the fourth quarter then the eight in overtime that lifted the Suns to a needed win over Denver. Green just carried the Suns offense for a night. Oh, and he threw down a couple monster dunks.

source:  Patty Mills, San Antonio Spurs. He’s the guy thrust into the starting spot with Tony Parker out, and in his first game in that roll he gets to face off against Chris Paul. All Mills does is own the fourth quarter — he scored the first nine Spurs points of the quarter and finished the final period with 16 points (25 for the game) leading the Spurs to a win over the Clippers. It’s play like this that lets the Spurs get Parker fully healthy for the playoffs and not feel pressure to rush him back.


  1. davidly - Feb 19, 2014 at 5:17 AM

    Cleveland Cavaliers.
    You probably didn’t notice just before the break that the much-maligned Cavs took the lineal championship from the lowly Pistons. Last night they defended it against the season’s first lineal champ, the also rather lowly Sixers. So Cleveland has that and the All-Star MVP. For now.

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 19, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    Is there a grade higher than “A” you can give to LeBron?

    • dexterismyhero - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      A+ you idiot.

  3. kb2408 - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    His hangover is coming on Thursday.

    • kb2408 - Feb 19, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      Thumb me down if you may….but on Thursday night, LBJ and his Heat, are in for a royal spanking…AGAIN.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:08 PM

      Yeah, LeBron is only 8-4 against the Thunder since joining the Heat including a spanking on the world’s biggest stage. I’m sure he’s shaking in his boots.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Feb 21, 2014 at 12:38 AM

      9-4 against the Thunder.

  4. asimonetti88 - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Patrick Mills is a baller. He is quick and has a lot of range on his shot, and even though he is more of a scorer, can dish the ball. He provides excellent depth on the Spurs, and allows Parker to sit without the Spurs missing too much.

  5. golfrangeman - Feb 19, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Kb why don’t you look at LeBron’s record against Kevin and OKC then start mouthing off

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