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Wednesday NBA grades: Pacers’ reserves, Bobcats deserve praise

Apr 10, 2014, 2:35 AM EDT

Chris Copeland Chris Copeland

Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while realizing just how far down in the ocean that missing Malaysian flight 370 really is

source:  Indiana Pacers reserves. Wednesday night Frank Vogel benched Paul George, David West, Roy Hibbert, three of the Pacemates dancers, George Hill, two boys that mop the floor and Lance Stephenson. He sent a message, he got them some rest. He trusted his reserves to get the job done — yes, against the lowly Bucks, but still an NBA team. And it worked. Indiana won. It wasn’t pretty, but the reserves played hard and won. Frank Vogel didn’t solve the enigma that is the Pacers starting five right now, but he got them some rest and the Pacers got a victory — and thanks to the Grizzlies beating the Heat the Pacers are in first place in the East again with a big showdown Friday vs. Miami.

source:  Charlotte Bobcats. I don’t care how much they have slumped of late you do not want to draw the Heat or Pacers in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The 7 and 8 seeds are a sparring partner for the East’s elite. However, any of the East’s 3-6 seeds has a shot to advance (some more than others, but you have a chance). The Bobcats went into Washington and beat the Wizards and moved into a tie with them for the six seed (Charlotte has the tiebreaker now). Al Jefferson in the post and Steve Clifford coaching defense makes this an interesting team.

source:   Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls. This is your first team All-NBA center. Name another center better than him at both ends of the court this season. On defense Wednesday night Noah held Kevin Love to 17 points on 20 shots. On offense Noah remains the fulcrum of what the Bulls do and he’s more than a jump shooter, he will put the ball on the floor and get to the rim. He ended up with 15 points (to go with his 13 rebounds and 10 assists). Noah just seemed to do it all. Again.

source:   Randy Foye, Denver Nuggets. With injuries keeping some of their top scorers down, the Nuggets have turned to Randy Foye at points this season to carry the offense — and there are nights like Wednesday when he drops 30 and adds 15 assists that he shows he can do it for a stretch.

source:   Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder. The Clippers turned their defensive attention to Kevin Durant and Westbrook made them pay the price — he got into the lane at will and started out shooting 7-of-8 on his way to 30 points, plus he pulled down 11 rebounds and had 6 assists. Westbrook’s athleticism was hard for even the Clippers to deal with and by the time the Clippers did adjust they were trying to dig out of a hole that turned out to be too deep.

  1. yomarianob - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:12 AM

    Wow, I didn’t know that Garnett was traded to the Thunder.. Perkins and Garnett together again! So crear!

    • yomarianob - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:13 AM

      I wanted to write “so great”

      • davidly - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:04 AM

        Both Kevins are having a great crear.

      • bucrightoff - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:39 AM

        I’d say getting great wrong as crear barely rates when Kevin Garnett is apparently playing for the Thunder. How does this happen so often? Like every couple days you’ll see someone attributed to the wrong team.

  2. nate21prince - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:43 AM

    I don’t understand how these errors come remotely close to actually getting published

    • pacers24 - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:15 AM

      story was posted at 2:35am. It’s clear these guys are drunk as hell when they type this stuff up lol

  3. unxpexted1 - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    I really had higher hopes for the Wizards this year, but they can’t seem to win any game that appears to “matter” or is a big game. Every time they wanted to break .500 for the first time in 4 years, they kept losing. Took them like 4 tries before getting over the hump. Now this, another big game that changes seeding and they just can’t pull it out.

  4. unxpexted1 - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    Honestly, this Pacers vs Bucks games shows why there should be contraction. There is just not enough talent to go around in the NBA right now. Not just superstar talent, there is a lack of average NBA talent to go around period overall in the NBA

  5. haaaaasoooooo - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Was that an attempt at humor Helin? Making fun of an assumed loss of life in a plane crash? Impressive. I’m available to proofread your articles whenever you want.

    • Kurt Helin - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:11 PM

      Did you click the link? It’s a graphic illustrating how far down the the ocean the missing jet liner appears to be. How is that making fun of anything? Reading comprehension seems a lost art with some of you.

  6. chiadam - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    The 76ers lost 26 games in a row. That’s essentially one third of the season without a win. And they’re still ahead of the putrid Bucks.

  7. timberwolvesbrisin - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    This site is D grade. Do you even proof read bro?

  8. bobmcbigballs - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Suns and Gizz kept their playoff hopes alive…but the real stories last night were the Pacers reserves and Randy Foye

  9. gostlcards5 - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    I thought benching the dancers was unfair, Kurt….no real reason for it…..UNLESS…..Maybe they’re the ones that sent the pics of PG’s privates….? 😛

  10. ericreives - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    The Pacers need to play Copeland more often. He provides the spacing necessary for a non-shooter like Evans to operate. Vogel kept him glued the bench and drove George into the ground along with a few other starters. Trying to sprint to the finish line in a 82 game schedule does more harm than good.

  11. dacapt704 - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Nice to see the Bobcats gettin some luv…games in Charlotte at the “Cable Box” is no longer a guaranteed ‘W’ for the visitor. Big Al and Coach Clifford should be talked about more

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