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.
|Oklahoma City Thunder||A classic run-out by OKC, dominating the Mavericks. Jumped on them from the start and never let up. It was a crushing performance which left no doubt. The Thunder have not forgotten about the Mavericks eliminating them two years ago, and continuing to take it to them at every opportunity.|
|Indiana Pacers||Hit a nice groove vs. the Bulls and survived their counter-punch, which is always the hard-part. Paul George came up big and the Pacers are getting contributions from multiple members of the team. They can hit you with different things, and their defense anchors it all.|
|Orlando Magic||Simply got trounced without most of their best players. Hard to grade them that harshly with so many injuries, but just 61 points for any NBA team is a nightmare. Not a good look.|
|Miami Heat||They let the Bobcats hang around, but when LeBron James plays like this (31 points on 13-for-14 shooting, eight rebounds, eight assists) it feels more like playing with your food than anything. Closed the door rapidly when things got tight for a win on a back to back.|
|Los Angeles Clippers||This team without Chris Paul is an absolute mess. All the things that lifted them even when Paul sat early in the season are gone, and their execution is just flawed. Particularly, they're having a horrible time trying to maintain defensive spacing, and it showed against the Wizards.|
|DeMarcus Cousins||Kid got ejected at halftime. Halftime! How do you get ejected at halftime?!|