|This was not the outburst OKC was expecting. (@jose3030)|
Each night, Eye on Basketball brings you what you need to know about the games of the NBA. From great performances to terrible clock management the report card evaluates and eviscerates the good, the bad, and the ugly from the night that was.
|Kevin Durant||You know what's scary? (Besides clowns, of course.) What's scary is Durant had an effortless 27 points, seven rebounds, and six assists in the Thunder's win over the Grizzlies while shooting 10 of 16 from the field and being defended often by Tony Allen. And I didn't walk away from the game thinking he was that impressive. It's just kind of what he does now. Because he's a human flamethrower.|
|Russell Westbrook||This was a really weird game for Westbrook. He had 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists through about 23 minutes in the first three quarters. He was just dominating the Grizzlies. Then he was called for a five-second back to the basket violation and had an outburst at Thabo Sefolosha because he wouldn't cut through on the play. This caused him to lose his cool completely on the bench and he had to be escorted to the locker room. He eventually returned but it seemed like he had something deeper than that play going on.|
|Klay Thompson||Thompson shot the ball incredibly well in Golden State's win over the Dallas Mavericks. He used his silky smooth jumper to drop 27 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the field. He was also 3 of 7 from 3-point range. However, he did almost nothing else in this game. Just one rebound and no assists. Zero assists. Zero turnovers, too. He did commit five fouls but for the most part, he simply shot and did nothing else.|
|Vince Carter||Aside from faking an injury to get a dunk and making a few 3-pointers, Carter was pretty terrible for the Mavericks. He did have 22 points off the bench but he needed 6-of-18 shooting to get it done. He also let Draymond Green take him out of the game mentally for a bit and getting a technical foul. In a close game in which Carter missed the game-tying 3-pointer, that one point helped loom largely.|
|Zach Randolph||This was quite the rough game for the Grizzlies' franchise player. Randolph missed his first 10 shots and didn't make a single basket in the fourth quarter. He managed to grab 19 rebounds with nine on the offensive boards, but he shot just 4 of 17 on his way to only nine points. The Grizzlies needed him to dominate this game and he didn't come close.|