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Thursday night NBA grades: Gerald Green just couldn’t seem to miss

Mar 7, 2014, 3:35 AM EDT

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Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while wondering how you could read a novel in 90 minutes, well, there’s an app for that…

source:  Gerald Green, Phoenix Suns. If all you think Gerald Green can do is dunk, you need to watch the tape from Thursday night. It may have been true a couple years back but against the Thunder Green scored a career high 41 points on 12-of-22 shooting overall, 8-of-13 from three. All night long the Thunder played poor perimeter defense as the Suns got looks, and to their credit they knocked down their jumpers — Phoenix shot 20-of-36 (55.6 percent) beyond 16 feet. Green was sticking with what the stats guys told him to do — 19 of his 22 shots (and all his makes) were either at the rim or threes, no midrange jumpers for him.

source:  Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs. Like his team was all night, Duncan was an efficient assassin against the Heat — 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting, plus he pulled down 11 boards. This game was classic Spurs, where following the Gregg Popovich mantra their ball movement led to the one extra pass and great not good shots. Duncan was consistent all game — Tony Parker, Boris Diaw, other guys made some plays at points during the game, but Duncan was just a consistent force. A rock in the middle. One the Heat could not contain.

source:  Los Angeles Lakers defense. That. Was. Ugly. The Clippers undoubtedly have a good offense but this looked like they were playing a high school defensive team — and not a good high school team like Mater Dei (in Orange County). I mean one of those high school teams where the tallest guy is 6’3”. The Clippers simply did whatever they wanted on their way to a true shooting percentage of 63 and an offensive rating of 123.8 (points per 100 possessions). Worst news for the Lakers? They now face the toughest back-to-back in the NBA having to fly to Denver to play the Nuggets Friday night at altitude.

  1. killermoney - Mar 7, 2014 at 4:31 AM

    The Lakers should clean house, from the coach to the ball boys.. looks like they’re playing hot potatoes..whoever get the ball shoot it. totally embarrassing..

  2. thevikesarebest - Mar 7, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    Hahaha the Lakers Blow.i enjoy every min of it.

  3. bucrightoff - Mar 7, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    Signing Kobe to that extension is really pointless when the team around him is a bunch of D-Leaguers (at best). Lakers have a lot of building to do to get to the level of the San Antonio’s and OKCs and Houston’s of the world.

    • borderline1988 - Mar 7, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      They’re rebuilding, there’s nothing more to it. The championship window closed once the Howard fiasco didnt work out, soon Gasol will be gone, and the Lakers will suck for a couple of years. Kobe is not nearly as good as Lebron is (at least in his ability to take a crappy team on a playoff run).

      The good thing about the Lakers is that LA is a destination city that could attract a star player 2 or 3 years down the road, especially once Kobe retires. So they’re always ahead of the game when it comes to rebuilding. A team like Charlotte or New Orleans has to mire at the bottom for many years before they have a chance of contending.

  4. timb12 - Mar 7, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    I don’t know if Denver is still the toughest back to back. They were last year with their pace and the altitude, but now all they have is the altitude and a couple hundred empty seats.

  5. reesesteel23 - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Lakers definitely deserve an F. Doesn’t get any worse than that

  6. sluggo65 - Mar 7, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Suns; The funnest young team to watch in the NBA, and 4 first round draft choices.

    • petey1999 - Mar 7, 2014 at 7:22 PM

      Last night was awesome.

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