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Wednesday night NBA grades: Another night, another Joakim Noah triple-double

Mar 6, 2014, 3:31 AM EDT

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Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while suing a casino for letting you bet big while drunk….

source:  Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls. Friend of this site Coach Nick called watching Noah play “coach porn” — he plays with a high IQ, he is focused on defense, he can pass, he moves off the ball, and the energy is always there. Wednesday night he scored eight points, added five assists and three rebounds in the fourth quarter to get his third triple double of the season. Noah finished with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Bulls got a 105-94 win over the Pistons. Noah is playing maybe the best ball of his career right now.

source:  Al Jefferson, Charlotte Bobcats. He just went out and dropped 34 points on 16-of-25 points on the best defense in the NBA. Jefferson completely outplayed future Defensive Player of the Year Roy Hibbert. Jefferson has had a monster season for the Bobcats and they are not playoff bound without him, and they don’t beat the Pacers Wednesday without him.

source:  Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks. The Knicks win. Theeeee Knicks win. Of course Carmelo Anthony was at the heart of that with 33 points on 14-of-27 shooting. He was attacking off the dribble and abusing Corey Brewer much of the night. The difference was it wasn’t just Anthony — Tyson Chandler was defending, even Raymond Felton played well for a night. Mike Woodson went big and that worked, too. Just that kind of night for the Knicks.

source:  James Harden, Houston Rockets. The Rockets were sloppy in the first half against the Magic. James Harden led the charge in the second half, when he scored 25 of his 31 points on the night, shot 8-of-11 and Houston pulled away for the win. The Rockets are now 21-6 in 2014.

source:  Kyle Korver, Atlanta Hawks. Round of applause for the man who knocked down a three in 127 consecutive games before Wednesday. He was 0-of-5 in this game despite getting some good looks, then in a blowout he didn’t get back in for the fourth quarter. This streak was pretty impressive, every night in that streak the opposing scouting report said “do not help off Kyle Korver at the arc, do not lose him” and every game he found a way to get space and get off his shot. Good on ya, Kyle.

  1. jhuck92 - Mar 6, 2014 at 3:41 AM

    Just business as usual for Noah

    • chicagosports2014 - Mar 6, 2014 at 1:03 PM

      .. Yea and if he keeps it up, he’s MY favorite to win MVP!

      • jhuck92 - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:25 AM

        If there’s a silver lining to the Deng trade, it’s the fact that the ball is in Noah’s hands more often. Like Kurt said, he’s playing maybe the best basketball of his career right now, and I don’t see him slowing down.

  2. supremekingz - Mar 6, 2014 at 4:31 AM

    Hooray Bulls!

  3. antistratfordian - Mar 6, 2014 at 4:44 AM

    How about an F for Paul George? That Pacers offense… yikes.

    • davidly - Mar 6, 2014 at 6:38 AM

      I hear ya. But look at the source: if we were grading on a curve — with Korver getting an A+ on a night he went 1 of 9 — George deserves at least a C for having had a good November.

      Also, Kurt, would it kill ya to use the third conditional once in a while?

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 6, 2014 at 6:50 AM

      That’s why they were only -4.5 against the “lowly” Bobcats.

      #Catscoverspreads

    • gmsingh123 - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:31 AM

      I couldn’t believe the box score when I saw George had 2 points in 34 minutes. That’s definitely an “F”.

  4. tjmac95 - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    Cant wait til Noah records a quadruple double, not many guys that have the ability to do that, but he does

    • Kevin S. - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:37 AM

      Does Noah have a 5×5 in his career? I was always kind of surprised AK-47 never dropped a quad-dub.

  5. golfrangeman - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    I know this sounds crazy but Noah’s is a top 5 player right now. The numbers might not say that but are there really 5 guys that are going to give your team a better chance to win then him.

    • jimsjam33 - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:44 AM

      Let’s see ,

      Is he better than ,

      LeBron James , Kevin Durant , Blake Griffin , LeMarcus Alridge , Kevin Love ,
      Carmelo Anthony , Marc Gasol , Dirk Novitski , Chris Bosh , Zac Randolph , Tim Duncan , Dwight Howard , Serge Ibaka , DeAndre Jordan
      The answer is a resounding NO !
      I didn’t even bother to name any guards . Noah is not a top 30 player in the NBA

      • jimsjam33 - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        Anthony Davis , Roy Hibbert , Al Jefferson , Paul Millsap , Paul George ,
        Shall i go on ?

      • Kurt Helin - Mar 8, 2014 at 12:10 PM

        I would take him in front of Randolph, Ibaka and Jordan on your list in a heartbeat.

  6. jaydm84 - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Was a student at UF while Noah was playing. I knew he would be better than mist people thought when he came out of college, but I had no idea he would be this good. All hustle, no quit. Plus, he used to drive other schools fans crazy, it was awesome.

  7. azarkhan - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Despite playing on the 26th ranked offense, Al Jefferson has been amazing. It’s because of him that the Bobcats have a shot at the playoffs. I realize that the MVP will go to either James or Durant, but at the very least Jefferson deserves an honorable mention.

  8. bucrightoff - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    So the other night Al Jefferson goes for 38 pts and 19 rebs and gets a B…but last night goes for 34 and 8 and gets an A. Hmmm…..

    • gmsingh123 - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      Is he grading on a curve?

    • cruzan80 - Mar 6, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      You expected Kurt to take away some shine from his boy Bron Bron???? Don’t hold your breath buddy.

  9. golfrangeman - Mar 6, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    Yes go on, you haven’t named anyone yet.

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