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Nightly Grades 2.11.13: Clippers back to being all of the fun

By Zach Harper | NBA writer
"How about this for a play? I'll just be myself." (Getty Images)

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.

Chris PaulI think the Clippers are fully back to being fun again, and there's no coincidence that this started when Chris Paul returned to the lineup. In his third game back, CP3 had 21 points (9-for-11 shooting), 11 assists, five steals, and just one turnover in 25 minutes of play. The Clippers destroyed the Sixers 107-90 and the majority of the game wasn't even that close. And the highlights were all over the place. Good to have you guys back.
Byron Mullens

No, seriously. Byron Mullens was awesome Monday night. I'm not joking. This isn't a prank. I haven't been drinking. Mullens dominated the Celtics with 25 points, 18 rebounds, and four assists. He made 10 of 16 shots from the field and 4 of 5 from 3-point range. And he did all of this scoring in the first three quarters. He didn't even attempt a shot in 12 minutes of fourth quarter play. Just grabbed four rebounds. Really weird game.

Gregg PopovichNo Tony Parker, no Tim Duncan, no Manu Ginobili, and playing the Bulls in Chicago? No big deal. Gregg Popovich just keeps plugging role players into the system he's crafted and proves that his system is better than pretty much most things in the NBA. The Spurs were outrebounded by 23 and still won against one of the top defenses in the league.
Brandon Jennings Jennings is having a rough month. After scoring just seven points on 3 of 17 shooting against the Washington Wizards, the Bucks' point guard is now shooting 31.1 percent in his six February games. This is what he does in February throughout his career. In 47 career February games, he's now 217 of 666 (32.5 percent), which is far worse than any other month in his career.
Paul George None of the Pacers-Nets game was pretty, but Paul George had an especially rough game. He fouled out in 39 minutes and managed just five points on 1 of 10 shooting. If the Pacers had ended up winning this game, this F would have gone to Reggie Evans for chasing down a rebound that would have been off Indiana, trying to grab it to pad his 22-rebound total, and ending up with the ball with his foot on the sideline for the turnover. This all happened with 32 seconds left and the Nets up six in overtime.

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