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Tuesday NBA grades: LeBron reminds Cleveland what they’re missing

Mar 19, 2014, 2:44 AM EDT

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Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while thinking it’s crazy that “Lost” is 10 years old

source:  LeBron James, Miami Heat. Nobody likes it when their ex-girlfriend walks into the party looking smoking hot. LeBron pretty much did that to the Cavaliers on Tuesday night — he had 25 points in the first quarter on 10-of-11 shooting (4-of-4 from three) on his way to 43 for the night. He slowed a little on offense in the second half but when it mattered in the fourth he did have a couple blocked shots. Maybe after this the Cavaliers will remember how to spell his name.

source:  Cleveland Cavaliers. They deserve a shoutout here — no Kyrie Irving, no Luol Deng and yet they pushed the Heat to the very end. Jarrett Jack had 22 points, every time I watch the Cavaliers I wish they’d play Anderson Varejao more.

source:  Jeff Teague, Atlanta Hawks. A career high 34 points but what really mattered was he picked up 15 of those in the fourth quarter and overtime to help spark the Hawks to another much needed win (they are now 4.5 games up on the Knicks, 5 games in the loss column, with 15 to play). Can’t leave Paul Millsap completely out of the Hawks conversation — 19 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for a triple double. (Toronto could have used that win, too. Chicago is now just half a game back for the three seed, Brooklyn is 2.5 back for the division crown.

source:   DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings. When the Kings needed him late he was there — 19 of his 24 points came in the fourth quarter or overtime to help get the Kings a win at home over the Wizards. Cousins also had 14 rebounds. The joke is that the Kings have the “only three” (rather than the big three, because these guys have no help) and the other two guys came up big like Cousins — Rudy Gay had 24 points and hit and seemed to own the overtime; Isaiah Thomas had 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists on the night serving as his usual spark plug. (If you’re asking how the smallest guy on the court got 11 rebounds, ask the Wizards front line.)

source:   Randy Wittman, coach, Washington Wizards. Wittman is a coach who gets incensed when someone in the media questions his moves, but he should answer about how his team executed at the end against the Kings — Washington blew this as much as Sacramento forced overtime and won. Can’t blame Wittman for John Wall missing two key free throws or a few o. We can question why his team didn’t push to go for a two-for-one late. We can question why he left John Wall in the game to pick up his sixth foul in overtime, killing the comeback chances. With this loss the Wizards fall to the six seed in the East for now, which could mean the Bulls in the first round. The Wizards need to avoid that, they need to climb the standings. They need wins. Which will be rough with Portland next on the schedule, a back-to-back the next night against the Lakers, then on the road in Denver (always a tough spot to play). Washington needs to get wins fast.

  1. slystone111 - Mar 19, 2014 at 3:26 AM

    When LeBron plays well: A. When he plays poorly: No mention. Hmmmmm…

    • saint1997 - Mar 19, 2014 at 3:37 AM

      or maybe when he plays ‘poorly’ he gets like 18 points 6 rebounds and 6 assists and really that’s not that bad of a night….

    • Kevin S. - Mar 19, 2014 at 6:27 AM

      This site generally only gives out As and Fs. Considering LeBron never plays poorly enough to get an F, hmmmm… yourself.

      • cruzan80 - Mar 19, 2014 at 9:50 AM

        @ Kevin

        SLLLLUUUUUUURRRRRRRP!!!!!

      • Kevin S. - Mar 19, 2014 at 1:13 PM

        Why don’t you list all the games LeBron deserved a D or F?

      • cruzan80 - Mar 19, 2014 at 3:05 PM

        @Kevin

        2/8/14
        Jazz
        4-13 FG
        1-6 3PT
        13 PTS
        LOSS

        3/9/14
        Bulls
        8-23 FG
        1-3 3PT
        17 PTS
        LOSS

        4/6/14
        Spurs
        6-18 FG
        0-3 3PT
        19 PTS
        LOSS

        In their defense, an article about his poor play against the Spurs was indeed posted on this site……..blaming his sleeves.

      • prokilla - Mar 19, 2014 at 4:19 PM

        “Considering LeBron never plays poorly enough to get an F”

        you mean shooting 22% from 5′ out is good basketball? (according to ESPN since March 4 till previous game)

    • sportsfan18 - Mar 19, 2014 at 9:21 PM

      it’s good to be the King… the man is the best player in the NBA and I”m not a fan of his…

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 19, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    43 points on 14/19 shooting (.736). 6 rebounds. 4 Assists. And simply incredible defense, including his going Tiago Splitter on Spencer Hawes.

    You are all lucky to be able to watch this man play every night. You can tell your grandchildren. Nobody who has ever played this game can do all the the things LeBron can do. Some could do some of the things. But none could do all.

    True greatness

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 19, 2014 at 7:39 AM

    If the Heat had to play a team consisting of Jamal Crawford, Jarrett Jack, Luol Deng, Paul Millsap, and Nikola Vucevic every night, they’d probably miss the playoffs

    • unxpexted1 - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:22 AM

      the Heat killers.

  4. themagicfanguy - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    An article without Phil Jackson in the picture or headline?!? What’s going on here?!

  5. championmamba - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    How did he “remind” Cleveland what they are missing.

    He chose to leave Cleveland on his own…..lolll

    he teamed up w/2 superstars and took the greatest shortcut path to winning ever seen

  6. redbullenergydrink - Mar 19, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Complete beast!

  7. rickeye9 - Mar 19, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    did you really question playing Wall in OT??

  8. El Pollo Loco - Mar 19, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    It’s great seeing Lebron keep going back and sticking it to Gilbert and the Cavs.only thing better is Baltimore going in and kicking the Browns tail

  9. campcouch - Mar 19, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Ah the usual troll article. He left four years ago.Since then and now,we’ve been reminded any times before this game.

  10. jmart7skol - Mar 19, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Does it bother anyone else that Lebron now wears the same calf sleeve as MJ did? seems like he made an effort to pick it out considering no one else wears anything that similar. come on guy

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