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Tuesday night NBA grades: Westbrook with a triple-double in 21 minutes

Mar 5, 2014, 3:09 AM EDT

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Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while watching Jimmy Fallon, Idina Menzel (or Adele Dazeem if you prefer) and The Roots sing “Let It Go”

source:  Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder. Tell me again how this team is better off without him? Westbrook had a triple double — 13 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists — in less than 21 minutes. Yes, it was against the hapless 76ers, still. That is the fastest anyone has done that since Jim Tucker did it in 17 minutes in 1955 (hat tip to Royce Young at DailyThunder for that one). Kevin Durant dropped 42 and the Thunder got the blowout win and what Westbrook did was more impressive.

source:   Klay Thomson, Golden State Warriors. Basketball is a game of matchups. Indiana chose to stick Paul George on Stephen Curry and it worked as he shot just 7-of-18 on the night. But that meant George Hill had to cover Klay Thompson — that gave Thompson a five inch advantage and he could get his shot off whenever he wanted and he finished with 25 points, including this little bucket to win the game.

source:   Houston Rockets starting five (Patrick Beverley, James Harden, Chandler Parsons, Terrence Jones, Dwight Howard). Houston played a real team game in beating Miami… well a starting five game. Their bench was pretty bad. But the starting five each scored in double figures, plus they did a good job attacking the Heat inside with Howard (22 points) and with point guard Patrick Beverley (19). They exploited the mismatches and they got a couple stops when they needed it (not many, this was not a defensive game) and generally looked like a five that could go somewhere in the playoffs… if they get some help from the bench.

source:   Los Angeles Lakers defense. The Pelicans were on the last day of and eight-day road trip and had lost eight in a row, they are without their starting point guard and their key floor spacing power forward, yet the Lakers let the Pelicans shoot 59.7 percent on their way to 132 points. The Pelicans had an offensive rating of 131 points per 100 possessions. Part of that is the talent (or lack thereof) the Lakers put on the court, part of it is the coaching and the system, but a lot of it is the Lakers just not putting out the effort. It’s good for tanking, I guess. But it’s hard to watch.


  1. campcouch - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:00 AM

    Sixers. That triple double should have an asterix next to it.

    • davidly - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:21 AM

      You mean this?

    • st7007 - Mar 5, 2014 at 9:28 AM

      And so should Lebron James 61 against the BobCats

      • shaner329 - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:25 PM

        You’re definitely right! Considering the Bobcats are tied for 5th best defense in the NBA…

  2. davidly - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:24 AM

    You gotta put Granger on Klay T. in that situation. Turner had a great game, though.

    • pacers24 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:44 AM

      Granger? lol

    • socalgal64 - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:25 AM

      Yeah, the Clippers probably wouldn’t allow that, but you can always ask.

    • davidly - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:20 PM

      I wonder how many of the thumbs down are from people who don’t take kindly to implications of what might turn out to be a fatal trade, or those who just didn’t get the irony.

  3. apkyletexas - Mar 5, 2014 at 7:25 AM

    Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard. Welcome back to the NBA to these two, who have been missing in action since the last game of the finals last season. They combined for 42 points on 16 of 25 shooting, including 5 for 9 from downtown, in a 122-101 Spurs blowout at Cleveland.

    And they told Duncan and Parker – “sit your butts down, old-timers, we don’t need your combined 14 points”.

    Just in time to gear up for the playoffs? If so – look out, NBA.

  4. ryanrockzzz - Mar 5, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    I would have put the Spurs dominance of a weak Cavs team on here as well. They were unstoppable at the end of the 2nd Quarter and early on in the 3rd Quarter of that game last night. On fire from beyond the arc. The best part was seeing them make a mockery of the Cavs “D.” They didn’t know what to do with all the screens and cuts they were seeing, and the Spurs saw a ton of wide open shots. Kyrie Irving has to be labeled a disappointment after how he has played this year.

    • savvybynature - Mar 5, 2014 at 9:18 AM

      Assists on 39 of 43 made field goals for the Spurs, 24 on 25 in the second half. That’s pretty darn good team basketball there.

    • azarkhan - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:06 PM

      The Spurs are professionals so they don’t rate many mentions in PBT. PBT would rather cover the soap opera that is the Knicks.

    • spursareold - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:11 PM

      39 assist on 43 baskets, including 29 in a row, and they don’t rate a mention.

      • Kurt Helin - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:51 PM

        Maybe the most ridiculous comments on this site daily are the ones from people who feel slighted because their team didn’t get mentioned in one of the 4-5 nightly grade paragraphs. As if we just hate and ignore your team and don’t just think something else is a better storyline that night. Fools.

  5. bucrightoff - Mar 5, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    A triple double in less than half a game is some mighty good efficiency.

  6. unxpexted1 - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    If RW only takes 13 shots a game then yes they are better with him. But if he’s going to insist on shooting more shots then KD like he has in the past then I’d beg to differ.

    • bougin89 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      They really are just better with him. In the playoffs they will need Westbrook in order to advance.

      • unxpexted1 - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:32 PM

        They are better with him when he’s the second best player on the team.

      • bougin89 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        The last time they were both healthy in the playoffs they made it to the finals when they were both only 24 years old. Hopefully they’re both healthy again.

  7. chunkala - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Two things:
    1) So, whats the record for achieving a triple double in the fewest minutes played?
    2) Lakers performance was pathetic but whats the point of winning now. Every loss now is a victory next year.

    • bougin89 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:39 AM

      1) That is the fastest anyone has done that since Jim Tucker did it in 17 minutes in 1955.

      That’s in the paragraph about Russell Westbrook’s triple double.

  8. eagles512 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    The video starting automatically is not conducive to me reading on my phone at work.

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