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Thursday NBA grades: The Nets need Deron Williams and…

May 9, 2014, 2:10 AM EDT

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Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while entranced watching Charles Barkley pretend to eat churros….

source:  Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets. If you are going to beat the Heat, you need to attack where they are weak — at the point or with bigs. For a Brooklyn team built with beating Miami in mind that means Deron Williams, the point guard they traded for to be their franchise cornerstone. Except he had zero points on the night. None. Zip. Zilch. He was 0-for-9 from the field — and some of those were good looks. By the fourth quarter he was hesitant… and with that performance the Nets were toast.

source:  Mirza Teletovic, Brooklyn Nets. We could continue to Deron Williams in this space. Or Kevin Garnett. But that’s like making fun of Jar Jar Binks — it’s not even a challenge and everyone has done it. Let’s find a positive for Brooklyn… Teletovic. He was knocking down threes for Brooklyn, five in the first half and 6-of-9 for the game, setting a Brooklyn record. More than that he pulls the Heat bigs out of the paint and opened things up for the Brooklyn offense.

source:  Tiago Splitter, San Antonio Spurs. In the first round he slowed down Dirk Nowitzki. In this round he gets LaMarcus Aldridge and has been crucial to the Spurs series lead. Aldridge was 6-of-23 shooting in Game 2, and with Splitter keeping Aldridge in check the other defenders can stay home on the Blazers three point shooters. Splitter is pitching in on offense, he had 10 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. But it’s his defense that is key.

  1. balfe13 - May 9, 2014 at 3:38 AM

    “We could continue to Deron Williams in this space. Or Kevin Garnett. But that’s like making fun of Jar Jar Binks — it’s not even a challenge and everyone has done it.”

    …or like continuing to… make fun of PBT’s lack of editing? The unintentional hilarity is welcome, though. So thanks for that.

    • elcapitanfiscal - May 9, 2014 at 7:46 AM

      Agreed. My brain is so used to grammar errors on this site that I dont even notice them anymore.

  2. worldbfree4me - May 9, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    Editor? Are you kidding me. Most of these articles are mashed together using a smart phone or tablet. To be able to push out 10 or sometimes 20 articles a day not only is “Above and beyond the Call of Sports writing duty” It’s insane. Sometimes I can barely keep up on a busy news day, so imagine an “Editor” at some corporate office in some cubicle trying keep up. We have a choice, real time news or yesterday’s news.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG NOTE 3

    • savvybynature - May 9, 2014 at 8:52 AM

      Are you serious? I edit more than 20 articles in a three hour period at my job and that includes long feature stories.
      You obviously have no idea what you are talking about. I edit remotely, not from some corporate office cubicle, and the results are published online immediately. Your choice is a false one, sir.

    • duhwighthoward - May 9, 2014 at 10:17 AM

      hahaha is this for real?

      Most readers comment on 10 or 20 articles a day. And they do that on their break.

      Most of these articles are just other sources’ articles being rehashed for this site. No excuse for lack of 4th grade proofreading ability.

    • biasedhomer - May 9, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      Then don’t write so many articles, quality is better than quantity

  3. jasper36 - May 9, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    I don’t understand why people always say the Heat are weak at point guard. Now Mario Chalmers, and Norris Cole are no CP3 or Tony Parker, or those elite guys for that matter. But they do play really good defense, they shoot well, and make good decisions. And occasionally they will outplay some of the best in the league. The Heat are obviously very weak in the middle, I just think their point guard play (especially in the playoffs) is a bit underrated and overlooked at times.

    • savvybynature - May 9, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      Their D is OK, but like you said, they aren’t elite. I’ve seen them get torched by better players going one-on-one, though I agree that they understand and execute the team defensive concepts well enough.
      Also, Cole is more of a two-guard. If he didn’t have Wade and James to help him with ball handling duties, he would get exposed if he tried to run point.
      So they are merely OK. In the playoffs against the best teams, average is a weakness.

    • biasedhomer - May 9, 2014 at 2:04 PM

      Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole are both decent backup PGs.
      They aren’t on the top tier obviously.

      Elites: Parker, CP3, etc
      Above average: DWill, Lawson, etc
      Average: Calderon, Nelson, etc
      Below average (bench players): Chalmers, Hinrich, etc

      • rawgator06 - May 9, 2014 at 10:05 PM

        they see me trollin’

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