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Sunday night NBA grades: Tony Parker is back and looks good

Mar 3, 2014, 2:12 AM EDT

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Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while thinking “I really should see that movie”….

source:  Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs. In case you forgot, he’s really good at basketball. He wasn’t really getting going in transition yet, but he was dominant in the half court, scoring 10 of the first 17 Spurs points. He finished the night with 22 on 10-of-15 shooting and completely orchestrated the Spurs offense as they beat the Mavericks. Everyone is healthy in San Antonio now; let’s see how they start to look.

source:  Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls. Chicago has won four in a row and the Bulls are 9-1 in their last 10 — you need to score to do that and the Bulls have broken 100 in four straight games. Noah is the heart of what the Bulls do and he had a triple double — 13 points, 12 rebounds and 14 assists. Yes, it still counts if you do it against the Knicks.

source:  Jimmer Fredette, Chicago Bulls. Well, he signed and got out there. Three minutes of garbage time but he got out there and the Chicago fans welcomed him warmly. Fredette (and his supporters) feel like he never got a real shot in a system that shoed off what he can do. The fact the Kings couldn’t get a second round pick for him at the trade deadline shows how the rest of the league felt. If he is going to prove them wrong, the Bulls and Tom Thibodeau’s system is where he has to do it.

source:  DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors. Maybe his best game of the season — 32 points with Andre Iguodala assigned to stop him. What worked in this game for him is what worked for the Raptors and made them better since the trade — he got the points in the flow of the offense. No forcing things, rather work the offense and let the game come to you. It works for the Raptors, who beat the Warriors with better execution late.

source:  Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia 76ers. He didn’t have a great game — 17 points but on 20 shots, plus 11 assists. What he did was completely outplay Victor Oladipo, the only guy in a race with him for Rookie of the year. Carter-Williams did enough to distance himself in the race tonight, the award should be his.

source:  Tobias Harris, Orlando Magic. He is the reason the Magic beat the struggling Sixers, finishing with 31 points on 20 shots. The Magic are without Aaron Afflalo and Jameer Nelson, so Harris has to carry more of the offense and he attacked from the start, scoring 8 of the first 10 from Magic. He is the biggest steal the Magic have gotten in a couple years.

  1. seattlesuperchronic - Mar 3, 2014 at 2:35 AM

    Feeder will shoe us what’s up! He sure shoed up in garbage time! I wonder what his favorite television shoe is? SHOE!

    • basketballhooper1 - Mar 3, 2014 at 2:52 AM

      LOL i get it now “he never got a real shot in a system that SHOED off what he can do.”

      • gmsingh123 - Mar 3, 2014 at 8:37 AM

        Kurt was channeling Ed Sullivan! Very timely with the Beatles’ 50 yr anniversary and all.

  2. chichi78 - Mar 3, 2014 at 5:20 AM

    “What worked in this game for him is what worked for the Raptors and made them better since the trade — he got the points in the flow of the offense.”

    I agree. Trading for DeRozan at the deadline was a brilliant move by the Raptors.

    • thegoodfight12 - Mar 3, 2014 at 2:09 PM

      Since the Gay trade…

  3. balfe13 - Mar 3, 2014 at 6:41 AM

    Chichi, that’s a fail. I mean, Kurt is absolutely terrible at proof-reading and it’s clear to anyone who had read three articles on this site. However, that wasn’t a mistake. He was clearly referencing the Rudy Gay trade that allowed DeRozan to actually excel in space.
    I’m shocked someone tried to call Kurt out for a mistake and actually found an accurate, mistake-free sentence. Obviously this means it’s the end of the world; I’m going to go prepare accordingly.

  4. gmsingh123 - Mar 3, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Perhaps we need to give Noah an A+, since he scored a career high in assists on the way to his triple double. Okay, so he sometimes thinks he’s a point guard, what of it?

  5. gmsingh123 - Mar 3, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Why was Parker gone–did Pop play him too many minutes?

  6. uscoach - Mar 3, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Trevor Ariza gets an “A” from me

  7. themagicfanguy - Mar 3, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Kurt, the Magic didn’t play the 76’rs on Sunday they played the Heat. You also forgot to mention that when the Magic and 76’rs did play a few nights earlier Oladipo completely outplayed MCW. Oladipo had 17pts11rebs, and MCW had something like 8pts6asts. Tobias Harris only had 13/7 that game, though he played a lot better against the Heat. I don’t see how the award should be MCW’s when Oladipo has been better in almost every phase of the game this season.

  8. themagicfanguy - Mar 3, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    So… We’re just pretending the Magic and Heat isn’t play Sunday night? We’re also pretending that MCW outplayed Oladipo even though when they played each other Friday night Oladipo had 17/11 while MCW had 8/6?

    • thegoodfight12 - Mar 3, 2014 at 2:15 PM

      MCW definitely is rookie of the year. I feel like Oladipo is the type of player where a lot of his success is going to be tied into how the team is doing. Oladipo will be better than MCW in the long run however.

  9. thegoodfight12 - Mar 3, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    I think if Joakim Noah retired tomorrow he would still go down as the most beloved big man in Bulls’ history. (Sorry Worm)

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