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Tuesday night NBA Grades: San Antonio with another impressive statement

Mar 12, 2014, 2:33 AM EDT

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Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while thinking I never had teachers like that…

source:  San Antonio Spurs offense. The Bulls defense has forced everyone they have faced lately into an ugly, grappling fight on the ground that favors Chicago. Even Miami fell victim to it. San Antonio rose above it with an efficient night following the Popovich maxim of great not good (pass on a good shot if you can get a teammate a great one). San Antonio had an offensive rating of 112.3 points on the night with a team true shooting percentage of 60.7. They cut, they passed, and even the Bulls could not keep up. Tony Parker did most of his damage early and had 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting, more importantly he had nine assists and no turnovers. Manu Ginobili looked like a Sixth Man of the Year award candidate with 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting. No team is playing better than the Spurs right now.

source:  Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder. In the fourth quarter the Thunder had the lead but the Rockets kept trying to open the door and walk on through, and each time it seemed Durant was slamming it in their face. Durant had 12 points in the fourth, 42 for the game on 12-of-22 shooting. Also, thanks to Patrick Beverly clearly waking up Russell Westbrook, there was the old Westbrook/Durant chemistry. Now we’ll see if the Thunder can carry this over to the next game.

source:  Andrew Bynum, Indiana Pacers. He looked good — eight points on 3-of-4 shooting, plus 10 rebounds. He brought some real energy to the Pacers reserves, throwing down a dunk, making a slick bounce pass in the paint, making plays over the top of the smaller Jared Sullinger, just generally providing a spark. More of a spark than we’ve seen from Evan Turner so far. We’ve all seen good games from Bynum before to be followed by him mentally checking out. Still a lot to prove here. But his debut in Pacers gold was impressive.

source:  Detroit Pistons’ defense. For one night (and likely one night only) the Pistons defended, holding the Sacramento Kings to 88 points per 100 possessions and picking up the win — a win that moved them ahead of the Knicks into the No. 9 seed in the East, three games back of the Atlanta Hawks. In the second half in particular Detroit played the kind of defense we kind of expected from them this season, and if they have playoff dreams what they need to do the rest of the season

  1. aboogy123456 - Mar 12, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Being a laker fan I’ve grown up hating Tim Duncan and the Spurs, but this is the team I’m rooting for to win it all. They play great team basketball and the type of basketball that kids should look up to. If they are healthy, I don’t see anybody stopping them, including miami. I’m just hoping that they can stay healthy throughout the postseason because they are so entertaining and I want to see them win.

    • alfiemonstaa - Mar 12, 2014 at 9:42 AM

      LOL! this has been happening for the past 6-7 seasons, the spurs are a good season team, but cant finish for the championship. it happens over and over again.

      championships are won in the playoffs not during in the season.

      • aboogy123456 - Mar 12, 2014 at 10:22 AM

        They are still built to win a championship. They would have on it all last year had Tony Parker not pulled his hamstring and become ineffective against Miami.

      • savvybynature - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:22 AM

        The Spurs have actually won a championship over the last 7 years, and were seconds away from winning a second one (5th of the Duncan-era, second in your arbitrary time frame).
        So….. you clearly have no idea what your talking about.

  2. alfiemonstaa - Mar 12, 2014 at 10:35 AM


    sure guy, but you lemme know when they actually win a championship.

    til then its the same story, just different season

    • aboogy123456 - Mar 12, 2014 at 10:38 AM

      The last championship they won was only 7 years ago..learn your history

      • alfiemonstaa - Mar 12, 2014 at 10:53 AM

        Mavs won it in 2011 and previous to that were in playoffs for 12 straight seasons, didnt mean anything til they actually won the championship

        learn what actually matters, ROOKIE

      • kinggw - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        7 years is an eternity in the NBA. To put things in perspective, the Spurs won their last title of the Lebron led Cavs.

        Any way you slice it alfiemonstaa is right. The Spurs are a good team, but they have been here before. Since their last championship they’ve been a 3 seed twice, a seven seed, a two seed, and the top seed twice. Every one of those years they’ve had over 50 wins. So we’ve seen them be impressive during the regular season and clearly it has no bearing on their post season performance.

      • alfiemonstaa - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:57 AM

        No one is taking anything away from the spurs, idk why you guys are getting all sensative for, clearly pop is a top 3 coach in the league and the spurs system is one of the most desired systems to play in, but when it comes down to it in the playoffs, they just run out of gas. facts dont lie. check em thooo

      • malby65 - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        OK sure they have not been able to finish the whole thing for 7 years. But is that even an argument for them not to be made of absolute greatness? They have been in the mix every year. They have almost reached the finals two years ago leading OKC 4-1 in the west finals. Then reached the finals the year after and came just 5 second short of killing Miami’s superstars. Please don’t tell me this is not a great team because they are back once again this year. And don’t forget that they come back with the same core over and over again! This is BIG!

      • malby65 - Mar 12, 2014 at 12:00 PM

        oh and by the way please give me the name of a franchise that has been better than the spurs for all those years. Name just one…

      • malby65 - Mar 12, 2014 at 1:02 PM

        meant leading OKC 3-1 of course

      • alfiemonstaa - Mar 12, 2014 at 1:05 PM

        LMAO clearly im talking to a SA fan base not a nba fan.

        you win, but just so you know the Spurs havent won anything in a while.

        again, check the facts and youll see.

        the best league record and even wcf trophies dont matter if you cant win it all


      • aboogy123456 - Mar 12, 2014 at 1:22 PM

        haven’t won anything?? how about the western conference last year, or the championship 7 years ago? They are constantly one of the best and they have even won championships recently, yet you make up this story that they are only good in the regular season without backing up your point. Real NBA fans like watching the spurs, and I said I’m a lakers fan anyway. I’m not sure why you brought up the mavs either, do you have a point? you should go ahead and check some facts yourself.

  3. bucrightoff - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Kawhi Leonard might be the Spurs most important player. They were a bit shaky when he went down but they’ve been rock solid since he’s been back. One of the best all around players in the NBA.

    • alfiemonstaa - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:55 AM


  4. zerole00 - Mar 12, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    I don’t get why the Spurs get all this pointless hate. 7 years since they’ve won their LAST championship? Big whoop, do you realize only 8 teams have won the championship in the last 30 years? The Spurs (with largely the same core) have won multiple ones in the last decade or so. The bounce of a ball on the rim can decide a championship, but the Spurs have put themselves in the position to be there since what, ’98?

    • azarkhan - Mar 13, 2014 at 5:59 PM

      People who hate the Spurs are imbeciles and don’t appreciate beautiful, team basketball. It’s their loss.

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