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Wednesday NBA grades: Dynamic duo looks good in Oklahoma City

May 8, 2014, 3:19 AM EDT

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Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while trying to set up your own prom date draft…

source:  Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder. This is what an aggressive Russell Westbrook gets you. I don’t just mean the triple-double — 31 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. I mean his play from the start took the star of Game 1, Chris Paul, and knocked him back on his heels. On the first play of the game Westbrook jumped a passing lane and set the tone with his defense. Westbrook attacked CP3, got a couple early fouls on him and largely took Paul out of the game. This wasn’t a simple matter of “good” or “bad” Westbrook because they are part of the same package — the aggressive Westbrook that dominated Paul can be the same one that goes out of control for a stretch. There is just far more good than bad with him and we saw it in Game 2.

source:   Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder. That is your MVP, ladies and gentlemen. He’s on an emotional high, he knows his team needs a win and he comes out and splashes a three 40 seconds in the game. In the first quarter he drops 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting. He goes on to score 32 points and be one assist shy of also having a triple-double. It was vintage KD — just like his acceptance speech.

source:   Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers. Hey Roy, good to see you again. We missed you. Hope you enjoyed you’re mental walkabout for the last couple months, are you back to stay for a while? First and foremost he was back as the defensive anchor in the paint that the Pacers need — they are always going to win starting on that end of the court. Then he also dropped 28 points. Here’s the big thing — he’s had some other good games during his slump, only to revert to his bad form. Do that in this series and the Pacers go home (they played much better and this game was still close). He has to be consistent. That said, every journey starts with one step.

  1. ranfan12 - May 8, 2014 at 3:45 AM

    Don’t knock the fishing anti.

  2. saint1997 - May 8, 2014 at 5:37 AM

    I’m sorry but I don’t see this game as a reversion to the ‘good’ Hibbert – I see it as a fluke

    • fanofthegame79 - May 8, 2014 at 8:03 AM

      I saw it similarly. The Pacers still didn’t look good, and they needed Hibbert to pretty much have a 30-point game to get a 4-point win…at home….against the lower seed (again). I still think the Wizards have to feel good about their chances: tied at one, going back home for a pair of games. We could be looking at a 3-1 series lead for the Wiz. Should be a great and interesting weekend of basketball!!

      • john242322 - May 8, 2014 at 9:58 AM

        Pacers will steal 1 away just like they always do. 28, 9, and 2 is no fluke. Come on son, this isn’t high school ball. He did that in the playoffs verse a very good wizards team. Pacers will pull through in this series…I was hearing these same exact arguments in round 1 when we lost 1 at home to the Hawks, and yet here the Pacers are, still alive….

      • fanofthegame79 - May 8, 2014 at 11:02 AM

        Yes but no thanks to Hibbert. At this point you can absolutley say that 28, 9 and 2 is a fluke – that’s more than double his career scoring average. The dude averages 13 and 9 (that’s points and rebounds, respectively).

    • bougin89 - May 8, 2014 at 10:04 AM

      Hibbert has played really well in 2 out of the last 3 games. Game 7 against the Hawks is exactly what they need from Hibbert. I still cannot figure out how Hibbert can just disappear and go for 0 and 0 inbetween those two games though. I mean 0 and 0 is bad. Real, real bad.

  3. davidly - May 8, 2014 at 5:52 AM

    George Hill deserves an A+ for having the hardest job, yet putting in most solid all-around effort from a player on either team.

  4. phillyguyindc - May 8, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    I still think Paul George is a media dubbed superstar. A pretty good player, but I think the media just wanted to create a rivalry between LeBron and someone else to make the East somewhat watchable during the regular season.

    • bougin89 - May 8, 2014 at 9:59 AM

      Their aren’t that many really good two way players in the NBA as good as Paul George. The media isn’t making George average 21.8, 9.7, 4.6, 2.2 in the playoffs. How many other players can do that while winning playoff series? To me that qualifies as a star. He’s not Lebron level but who is?

      • john242322 - May 8, 2014 at 10:08 AM

        Well said bougin89

      • sportsfan18 - May 8, 2014 at 2:00 PM

        KD is AT LeBron’s level… LBJ is the best basketball player in the league but KD is ON his level.

        LBJ”s penthouse is the bigger one, but KD is on the penthouse too, just in the smaller, 18,000 sq foot one vs. LBJ’s 22,000 sq foot one…

  5. dgbk - May 8, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    I wouldn’t say that, George played great in the playoffs last yr and early in the season . he just fell off like everyone else on this team. Media didn’t create the numbers he put up and how great the pacers played for most of the yr. I don’t believe this is like when Reuben Patterson was the dubbed the Kobe stopper. When the lakers and blazers had a small rivalry, George can actually play.

  6. azarkhan - May 8, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    So where are all the dolts who think Westbrook (or is it Westbrick?) sucks?

    • jimeejohnson - May 8, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      If they think Westbrook sucks they’re drooling all over themselves and will continue most of their lives.

  7. kb2408 - May 8, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    All I want to know is can I “finally” get some credit?! Who correctly predicted that CP3 would score half as many pts as he did in gm 1? 32 in gm 1, 17 in gm 2…I was “slightly” off by one point! Who also predicted OKC would win big? Uhh, yeah, that would also be ME!! Thumbs up for me, gents!!

    • jimeejohnson - May 8, 2014 at 4:27 PM


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