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Wednesday NBA grades: Brooklyn is all about The Truth

Mar 13, 2014, 3:53 AM EDT

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Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while playing table tennis against a robot

source:  Paul Pierce, Brooklyn Nets. In a game against LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, The Truth was the best player on the court. He couldn’t seem to miss on his way to 29 points on 9-of-12 shooting including 5-of-7 from three. He did most of his damage in the third quarter, but with the game on the line he did hit a driving lay-up that broke a 92-92 tie. Early on in the game the Heat played back daring Pierce to shoot a jump shot, then he started to nail them. Miami adjusted and closed out, so Pierce went the fake and it opened up drives and more. Since going to the four he has sparked the Nets and he was key to them getting their biggest win of the year.

source:  Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks. Drama swirls around the Knicks — Phil Jackson will be in, which means Carmelo Anthony will be in or out, depending on who you ask — yet through it all Carmelo Anthony busts it hard on the court. He did that again Wednesday with 34 points on 25 shots to lead the Knicks to their fifth straight win, doing a lot of his work early in the game. It says a lot about Anthony that he has brought this effort and played this well through it all. To quote Kipling:

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you…

source:   Philadelphia 76ers. They have lost 18 straight games — they sent the Sacramento Kings to the free throw line 50 times Wednesday, which is a good way to extend a losing streak. The NBA record is 26 and if the Sixers were going to avoid tying that they needed to beat the Jazz, Knicks or Kings this week. They didn’t. Now their schedule goes Pacers, Grizzlies, at Pacers, Bulls, Knicks, at Bulls, at Spurs, at Rockets. Hard to see a win in that stretch. Lose those games and the Sixers are at 26 having tied the league record for consecutive losses. That could make March 29 against the Pistons (potential loss 27) very interesting.

source:   Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies. Remember those people who said “who is going to take the last shot, the big shot” when the Grizzlies traded Rudy Gay? Meet Mike Conley. He led Memphis with 16 points in a key win over New Orleans that puts the Grizzlies two clear of the Suns in the race for the final playoff spot in the West. Oh, and he also did this to get the win.

  1. davidly - Mar 13, 2014 at 5:22 AM

    A+
    Danny Granger & Willie Green, LA Clippers.
    While Lob City notice should be given to the trio of Paul & Griffin & Jordan leading their team to their ninth straight while placing them atop the league in point differential — G&G’s combined 31 points on 12-17, 5-8 downtown, with 7 boards and 3 blocks in 24 and 22 respective minutes off the bench got it done versus Golden State’s subs, the real difference in this game.

  2. knightrider1755 - Mar 13, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    Paul Pierce is a “LeBron killer”. Realistically, he ain’t nothin’ but “the Truth”, so help me God.

  3. sisisisisisisi - Mar 13, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Where is the Big German?

    • jjared1101 - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:16 AM

      Go 12-14 fg (4-4 3fg)….Pass Havlicek on all time scoring list….. ho-hum.. Dirk just does Dirk things with no notice.

  4. whoisrdymlz - Mar 13, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    A+++:

    The Charlotte Bobcats in the 4th quarter.

    And

    Al Jefferson making every big man he plays against just throw their hands up in disbelief when he makes shots from behind the backboard (which is becoming a once per game certainty).

  5. notinmyhouse56 - Mar 13, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    I am so so so happy that Miami lost 4 out of 5 and LeBron is choking in the final quaters like in the good old times… The sun is shining, the Heat are losing, LeBron is choking – I feel so great right now.
    I LOVE THIS GAME

  6. srr1175 - Mar 13, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    You gave the 76ers and F??? They should get an A+ for perfect execution of the game plan…..

    • Professor Fate - Mar 13, 2014 at 10:37 AM

      Philly fan A: “So, what do you think of the Sixers’ execution?”
      Philly fan B: “I’m in favor of it.”

      • azarkhan - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:59 PM

        When you paraphrase John McKay, you should give him credit.

  7. shuttaman1990 - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    The truth? nah
    We gon keep calling her Paula Pierce.
    Lakers all day.

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