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Monday NBA grades: Goodbye Bobcats, it was still a good season

Apr 29, 2014, 2:59 AM EDT

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Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while wondering anyone would take a “shelfie”…

source:  Steve Clifford/Al Jefferson, Charlotte Bobcats. This is a season-long grade, not for getting swept by the Heat. Charlotte was expected to be a lottery team, a continued punch line. Two things changed that. One was Steve Clifford as coach — he got a team of guys not exactly known as defensive stalwarts to play committed, hard nosed defense every game. As the Heat saw in this playoff series, the Bobcats just are not easy to play against. The second thing was Al Jefferson, who had a monster 21 and 10 season and gave the Bobcats a consistent, quality scoring option inside. They missed the real him in these playoffs. Together they made the Bobcats respectable this season. That is a big step forward for the franchise.

source:  Mike Scott, Atlanta Hawks. The Atlanta Hawks are on the verge of eliminating the East’s top seed and Mike Scott was a key reason — he came off the bench to drain four straight threes in second, and he went on to hit 5-of-6 from three, score 17 points and lead the hot shooting Hawks to the win.

source:  Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs. He has been the Spurs best player this series, he is the guy driving their offense. The Mavericks have no good answer for him. He had 23 points, 5 assists and was +11 in this game, not to mention he knocked key free throws late. He generally was the guy driving the Mavs crazy. Has been all series. If the Spurs win this series, he’s their MVP.

  1. wwttww - Apr 29, 2014 at 3:07 AM

    A- for Mike? What u want him to do? Sink 9 treys off the bench?

  2. mrlitl - Apr 29, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    I was thinking that too.

  3. thatstinks - Apr 29, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Yeah I feel like he getting a deduction for being ugly . Is there a better 2nd round draft pick out there right now ? I hope he keeps it up . The Hawks 3 and D type play is so dependent on games like that .

  4. thekingdave - Apr 29, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Oh great you’re backing to constantly using “he is the guy that, he’s the guy who etc” ad nauseum. I thought perhaps you’d turned a new leaf but I was wrong.

  5. ranfan12 - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Hawks one game away from booting the pacers. Make it happen!

  6. ranfan12 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Glad to see the fans cheer for the bobcats at the end of the game. Bobcats might be one or two decent players from making some noise in the east

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