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Tuesday night NBA grades: LeBron would like to remind you he is good at basketball

Feb 21, 2014, 4:12 AM EST

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Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while freaking out that their are flying snakes (and not just those aboard a plane with Samuel L. Jackson)….

source:   LeBron James, Miami Heat. LeBron James does bleed — we have now all seen it — blowing up the alien conspiracy theories out there. He also remains the best player on the planet and he showed that early and often Thursday night. He came out with a Durant-sized chip on his shoulder and scored Miami’s first 12 point and LeBron finished the first quarter with 16 points. He pushed Miami out to a lead on a 22-4 run that they would not surrender. He showed every shot in the arsenal — he drove and dunked, he hit threes, he posted up, he showed a little floater. As LeBron started to distribute more later in the game vintage Dwyane Wade showed up to seal the deal. LeBron finished with 33 points and could have had more if it had been motivation late in the game. Instead he’ll take an easy win.

source:   Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets. The book on Faried is to force him to his left, make him use his left hand. The Bucks ignored the conventional wisdom and paid a serious price for that. Faried had 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting and all but one of his shots came on the block and within 8 feet of the rim. I wouldn’t go around expecting consistency from Faried now, but this was one his better games ever and Denver picked up a win because of it.

source:   Golden State’s defense. Just a reminder that Golden State may have the sexy shooters and All-Star starting point guard, but their offense is pedestrian — 104.2 points per 100 possessions, 12th in the NBA this season. Against the Rockets Thursday night they scored barely over a point a possession. What the Warriors are winning with is defense — they held the Rockets to 36.6 percent shooting and some good shooters struggled (Chandler Parsons 8-of-24, Terrence Jones 1-7, Patrick Beverly 1-of-6, Dwight Howard 4-of-14). They did it without Andrew Bogut. This is why to me it seems Golden State could make a playoff push — they defend well when Andre Iguodala is on the court and they have guys who can score in the half court. They could take a series from a team like Houston based on defense alone.

  1. cantonbound13 - Feb 21, 2014 at 5:02 AM

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    • leahcima1 - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:23 AM

      Must be awful to be cantonjerk0 in Lebon world. Just think, – Lebron 4 MVPs, 2 NBA championship, COMPLETE domination of the weak western conference, Olympic champ and all the while Mount Rushmore quietly waits his arrive. And cantonjerk0’s Knicks? Simply put, embarrassing just like sewer breath cantonjerk0. Jerko, the gift that keeps on giving. LOL

    • elcapitanfiscal - Feb 21, 2014 at 8:49 AM

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      • cantonbound13 - Feb 21, 2014 at 9:47 AM

        How original. Leave it to a Heat fan to follow.

      • casualcommenter - Feb 21, 2014 at 10:53 AM

        Remember how cantonbound spent the entire 2012 season insisting the Knicks were a championship contender built to defeat the Heat?

        I’m not even a Heat fan, but that was funny. And that explains his current bitterness.

      • zeedoubleyou - Feb 21, 2014 at 12:28 PM

        How about the fact that Carmelo and LeBron have almost the exact same body type, except CA is a little softer?

        Maybe, just maybe, one guy outworks the other.

      • aboogy123456 - Feb 21, 2014 at 1:28 PM

        almost exact same body type? lebron is the greatest athlete of all time. Just because they are the same height doesn’t mean they have the same body type.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Feb 21, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        LeBron & Carmelo looked pretty similar when they were 18. Now they look nothing alike. That’s because LeBron has a gym in his bedroom and works out constantly.

      • aboogy123456 - Feb 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM

        Lebron works really hard but there’s only so much you can do, he was a man among men at age 18. He can fly when he jumps and he’s bigger, faster, and more agile than everybody. I can’t think of a better athlete in any sport than lebron, and I think it makes the game easy for him. I would actually argue that Carmelo is more skilled, but Lebron is so much more athletic and that’s why he’s the best.

    • heat256 - Feb 21, 2014 at 1:55 PM

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      • cantonbound13 - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:24 PM

        Follower. Come up with something original. Pathetic follower & bandwagon fan. It comes with being a cowardly Heat fan.

      • heat256 - Feb 24, 2014 at 10:21 AM

        Quite rich coming from someone who, when called out to meet other Heat fans to mock them, refused and said you were in your “house” in “Aventura”, and when I said I know the area and would have no problem meeting you around there to enjoy your childish rants face to face, you responded with silence. You, my little friend, are the coward. And everyone here knows it.

      • cantonbound13 - Feb 24, 2014 at 3:23 PM

        Get a life, keyboard warrior. Does your mommy know you’re on the internet again?

      • heat256 - Feb 24, 2014 at 4:22 PM

        Again, no response. What a joke you are. I show your posts to people I work with and they can’t stop laughing at you. Does everyone else do the same to you too? Is that why you come on here, to inflate the utter lack of self-esteem you have? Knowing that you’re safe? Maybe you should spend your time actually doing something – say, for starters, actually learning how to discuss sports with some minor degree of knowledge. We will all still mock you for being a one note tool, but at least we won’t call you stupid.

      • cantonbound13 - Feb 24, 2014 at 7:45 PM

        No response? I responded, keyboard warrior.
        I’m glad I can entertain you and your fellow high school drop outs. Maybe if you weren’t so pathetic, wasting time at work of all places, with pitiful, fake threats on here maybe you’d have moved up to fry cook. It worked for Princess Leaha.
        I find it hilarious that you actually talk to co workers about comments on here. Even more sad is you actually try to threaten people. How pathetic is your life?

      • heat256 - Feb 25, 2014 at 8:50 AM

        You sure didn’t respond, playground bully. The fact that you can’t even handle being called out and making your lame jokes shows you’re a child pretending to be a man. You shouldn’t. You don’t know how. I imagine that with your lack of class and intelligence you have probably gotten your fat behind beaten more than most of us with common sense. We all know you are utterly afraid to come out and actually stand up for the trash you talk, but are content to hide, lie about anything and everything you are. That’s why you will be a joke in cyberspace as well as real life. Kudos, tool. And the same, stale “insults” you hurl at everyone here about being some sort of food service worker? Get new material. The internet can actually help enlighten you with knowledge rather than cruise animal porn sites featuring your mother.

  2. nickjackalson - Feb 21, 2014 at 7:00 AM

    then go, take em yourself and start a career as professional athlete

    not as easy as trolling on the web, is it?

    You and me and at minimum 90% of the good people on this planet would basketballwise gain almost nothing out of PEDs..because we can´t ball at that level, and no PED intake in the world ever would help me fix my shot..I probably could shoot the ball for longer periods of time on end, it just wouldn´t fix my jumper, I would have to do it myself..

    so either you take em early and often, planning on a sports career way in advance or..PEDs just won´t do a whole lot to improve your play
    sure you grow big and strong..you´ll just never be able to grow a three-point shot or a skyhook or any type of skill for that matter
    (and being big isn´t really a skill, since you can´t teach it, no?)

    • borderline1988 - Feb 21, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      I have zero opinion on Lebron and PEDs (you cant just blindly accuse people; Lebron had that crazy athletiscm and size since the beginning of high school, why now do we accuse him?).

      That being said, your argument is fundamentally flawed.
      No one is saying that PEDs can make you an NBA player (or any type of sports player for that matter). Lebron always had the skills to be an NBA star, regardless of PEDs. But there’s no doubt that PEDs can give you an extra edge, which could be the difference between being a top-10 NBA player and the best player.

      Think about Jose Calderon. If he took all the latest PEDs, you’d have to imagine he’d be so much better because he’d be faster and stronger. He may turn into a top-10 PG overnight. He’s already a great shooter, dribbler and passer, but the extra athletiscm would take his game to a whole new level. He’d be a better defender as well.

  3. bp305 - Feb 21, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    here he is trolling again, he aint got anything else to do other than to hate on the heat cuz the knicks are garbage lol

  4. patsfan92 - Feb 21, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    did you call the warriors shooters “sexy”?

    • Kurt Helin - Feb 22, 2014 at 12:04 PM

      If you check the dictionary, you will notice multiple definitions of the word.

  5. aboogy123456 - Feb 21, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    NBA fans tend to be prisoners of the moment. A week ago everyone wanted to proclaim Durant as the best player in the league, the new king, etc.., but there is a big gap between him and lebron. It’s not a Durant and Lebron league, Durant and Chris paul are more of a competition for second best player right now.

    • loungefly74 - Feb 21, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      thank you. Lebron is alone at the top. and he likes it like that.

  6. bp305 - Feb 21, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    I think Durant is #2 and CP #3. Also like someone said in another post, Durant plays better w/o Westbrook imo.

  7. dstroi - Feb 21, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    It’s about time someone writes an article about Lebron James!! #SMH

  8. southbeachtalent - Feb 21, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    You guys don’t have an A+ on your scale?

  9. jbeagles23 - Feb 21, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Remember in October when cantonbound was talking about the Knicks being contenders? Lost all his credibility on this site.

    • southbeachtalent - Feb 21, 2014 at 10:48 AM

      It wasn’t the other 100 or so ridiculous posts? CantonBound is a frustrated transplanted New Yorker, Miami is littered with them.

  10. atlbrave5 - Feb 21, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    I have to stand up and give LBJ credit for his performance last night! Let’s be honest, love him or hate him, he is at the top of his game right now…MVPs, Championship rings..etc. He is best in the league right now..and everybody else is looking up at him. Like the great Ric Flair once said, “TO BE THE MAN….YOU GOTTA BEAT THE MAN” I love KD, but right now he has to fall in line behind LBJ until he actually beats LBJ and i’m not just talking about a reg season game!

  11. jzone954 - Feb 21, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Canton bound had credibility ?

  12. golfrangeman - Feb 21, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Cantonbound posting at 5:00 a.m. Your obsession with LBJ is beyond scary. GET A LIFE !!!

  13. golfrangeman - Feb 21, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Original? How many times have you mentioned ped’s? More or less then 1000 times

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