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Monday night NBA grades: Masked LeBron James is a bad mutha (Shut your mouth)

Mar 4, 2014, 3:37 AM EDT

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Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while watching Lionel Messi be Lionel Messi….

source:  Masked LeBron James, Miami Heat. The rest of the teams may petition the NBA asking that LeBron not be allowed to wear any mask again. In the three games since coming back and wearing a mask he is shooting 67.1 percent and has scored 31, 20 and on Monday night 61 against the Bobcats. And that’s a good defensive team in Charlotte — seventh best in the league this season (in points allowed per possession) and a couple nights ago Kevin Durant shot just 8-of-24 against them. LeBron hit 22-of-33 and had eight three pointers in a vintage efficient night. This was just his night.

source:  Al Jefferson, Charlotte Bobcats. He had a really good game against LeBron and company — 38 points on 18-of-24 shooting plus 19 rebounds. It just got overshadowed. Jefferson scored 26 points in the first half and completely worked Chris Bosh and others. Jefferson has played well for much of the season, but like this game it just got overshadowed.

source:  Mike D’Antoni, Los Angeles Lakers coach. He takes an unholy amount of abuse from Lakers fans — and he deserves some of it, but he’s also the coach of what was not a great roster to start with then has lost more man games to injury than any other team. He deserves a pat on the back for the Lakers win in Portland — down one with six seconds left he drew up the inbounds play that won the game. It’s a play the Lakers have used before (in Detroit) where Jordan Farmar runs a little misdirection then sets a back pick that freed Wesley Johnson to sprint to the rim. LaMarcus Aldridge got hung up on Farmar’s pick just enough that he was a step behind and Johnson was able to catch the lob and lay it in. Portland’s response (they had six seconds left) was to run a Damian Lillard isolation that led to a contested 24-foot shot that had no chance. D’Antoni had the better late play — the Lakers ran an actual play.

source:  Ersan Ilyasova, Milwaukee Bucks. Ilyasova had complained lately about the way the Bucks had a playoff team last season but rather than build on it they tore it down (they needed to, the Brandon Jennings/Monta Ellis combo didn’t work). He took those frustrations out on the court Monday night and dominated the Utah Jazz, dropping 31 on 13-of-14 shooting to lead a blowout Bucks win. He was doing it all, driving the lane and knocking down threes. He tends to have strong second halves to the season, this seems to be a sign of another one.

source:  Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves. It was a vintage Minnesota win — they didn’t play a lick of defense but were able to get the win with a flood of offense. Love led the way with 33 points on 10-of-21 shooting, plus pulling down 19 rebounds. It’s amazing how numbers like this can seem unremarkable from him; he just does it so often. With the win Minnesota went 4-1 on its road trip, they continue to make a late (but likely futile) push to make the playoffs.

  1. chris3141084 - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:31 AM

    How does Jefferson get a B and Love get an A?? Just because LBJ had a career night. Although he was on the defensive end on some of those, still deserves an A for.

  2. antistratfordian - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:43 AM

    How many players hold the single-game scoring record for two franchises? Just LeBron and Wilt?

    • zoomy123 - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:19 AM

      That’s actually a good question. I’m interesting in knowing as well.

    • calkinsrob - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:37 AM

      Maybe Kareem?

      • asimonetti88 - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:50 AM

        Kobe holds the Lakers single game scoring record.

      • calkinsrob - Mar 4, 2014 at 11:10 AM

        Ah, yea stupid how could i forget that. what about vince carter? isnt he the overall lead scorer of the nets and raptors?

      • asimonetti88 - Mar 4, 2014 at 11:24 AM

        Looks like Deron Williams has the Nets record with 57 points in 2012

      • antistratfordian - Mar 4, 2014 at 7:44 PM

        Can’t be Kareem. Kobe has the Lakers record.

    • asimonetti88 - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:54 AM

      Bernard King or Julius Erving might, but I don’t know.

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 4, 2014 at 7:18 AM

    I’m reading the posts on previous articles and I think I’m done with PBT. Except for very few (Miamatt & Southbeachtalent come to mind. There are others too), the majority of contributors here are just idiots adding nothing.

    Think I’m done here. #Heattwitter has much better/smarter/funnier commentary than here does.

    • miamatt - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:05 AM

      Damn, are you really gonna make me start tweeting on the regular? I just hit a new high score in Pong, and I’ve gotta whole lotta other tech to catch up on lol…

    • bucrightoff - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:40 AM

      So, to summarize, other than people who share the same views as me (hello confirmation bias), other people’s opinions don’t matter…

      But what if someone hates the Heat and loves Pearl Jam? What then?

      • miamatt - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:36 AM

        Sure, we’re all Heat fans, but I don’t share all his views. I’ve written counters to his comments many times over the past few years.

        Shout-out to @blueintown: there’s a Bulls fan who keeps everything in perspective. There’s others, like @loungefly74 and @maltliquor who have their moments as well.

      • southbeachtalent - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:24 PM

        It’s not the hate, I love the hate.. quite normal really. It’s the ridiculous lengths “analysts” and fans go through to hate on certain players. LBJ is not the only player to ever be hated for no good reason, MJ was hated.

        I just don’t understand how you can hate someone for doing their job at the highest level. Hell I hate the Knicks but I don’t hate Melo. For me to say Melo sucks or that he chucks up bricks would be down right ignorant. But plenty of people do that.

        Just sit back and witness, after all you’ll be telling your children how great he was..

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:35 PM

        Okay, you got me in with the Pearl Jam reference. If anyone truly gets what PJ is all about, then there’s no way they can possibly feel any ill will toward what the Heat is all about. Especially after kicking the Thunder’s tail in 2012.

        It’s just after all these years, games, and successes; for the same old blah blah blah blah negativity toward LeBron and the Heat. I’ve had enough.

        As sports fans, all of us are truly lucky to be able to watch and enjoy this team and most specifically, this player. I mean, how can anybody find anything negative to say at this point? So I’m going to take my talents away from PBT.

  4. jtoro176 - Mar 4, 2014 at 7:19 AM

    Im so tired of hearing about queen james 61 points tell him to score 81 or better or have we forgotten who did that

    • ranfan12 - Mar 4, 2014 at 7:02 PM

      Then when he does that, people will say he won’t be crap until he scores 100 lol.

  5. 6thsense10 - Mar 4, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    Jefferson shot 18/24 (75%) from the floor, pulled down 19 rebounds and only got a B grade? Really. If there were deficiencies in other parts of his game such as defense that lead you to give him a B you should have mentioned it but just looking at what you posted about Jefferson that looks like a n brained A game. And then you turn around and give Love who shot less than 50% and himself isn’t a great defender an A-. Puzzling to say the least.

  6. jbeagles23 - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    Jefferson was unstoppable

  7. themagicfanguy - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Heat bandwagon fan claims only other Heat bandwagon fans aren’t idiots. Whole world gasps in shock.

    • miamatt - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:38 AM

      The amount of heat “bandwagoners” is only equaled by the “I hate the Heat” bandwagoners.

      • ranfan12 - Mar 4, 2014 at 7:10 PM

        now it is probably, but it was severely lopsided to the former in 2011 and 2012 lol

  8. bucrightoff - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Giving Al Jefferson a B confirms what anyone who has ever visited this site already knew: Kurt Helin loves LeBron more than his first crush.

  9. babyfarkmcgeezax - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Heat fans actually think their recent titles were legitimate and not rigged by the NBA so its superstar could get some rings, and they are here calling OTHERS idiots? Good riddance, you won’t be missed.

  10. dolphindubs - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:51 AM


    “Bandwagon” fans? I’m pretty sure there are a TON more Heat haters than Heat fans, most of which didnt start hating the Heat until very recently. Hmmm…

  11. dolphindubs - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:55 AM


    Theres a difference between having a different view that is presented in a mature manner, and the nonsensical immature random trolling that most bandwagon Heat haters use to voice their views on here.

  12. unxpexted1 - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    How Al Jefferson only got a B is ridiculous. C’mon Kurt. I never call you out cause this site is on your opinion. But a B? There is no circumstance in this earth where 38 and 19 is a B effort and 33 and 19 os a A-. And he did it against one of the best teams in the NBA.

    • Kurt Helin - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      I pretty much always give Bs to the guy with the big game on the team that lost, even though obviously that was not Jefferson’s fault.

  13. jzone954 - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    People still using the term “heat bandwagon fans” still?

  14. davidtmp - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Do you people actually writing these articles watch the games?? Jefferson was unstoppable in the first half….he schooled Bosh and Oden for 26pts in the first half. The only reason he didn’t score 50 was because Miami sent 2 guys over to help when he touched the ball in the 2nd half. If the Bobcats had consistent shooters like Ray Allen to make teams pay for that, it wouldn’t have been as effective. LBJ was on last night, but that doesn’t trump another players performance on the other side. And just that love scored 33 & 19, he shot 10-21. How many of his rebounds were from his own missed shots?

  15. themagicfanguy - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    I don’t hate the Heat, I dislike their supposed fans that suddenly appeared a few years ago. I actually like a lot of the Heat players.
    There goes your theory, try again.

  16. dolphindubs - Mar 4, 2014 at 1:51 PM


    No one said you in particular hated the Heat. And shouldnt you stay consistent and hate on all the haters that suddenly appeared a few years ago as well? Why single out one group?

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