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Nightly Grades 4.4.13: Planting the seeds

By Zach Harper | NBA writer


Nate Robinson came up big again. (Getty Images)
Nate Robinson came up big again. (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.

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AThe Chicago Bulls have been teetering on the cliff of not having home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, mainly due to injuries to Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. In a big game with the Brooklyn Nets in a battle for the 4-seed, the Bulls went into Brooklyn and stole the road victory. Carlos Boozer had 29 points and 18 rebounds and Nate Robinson hit the go-ahead shot with 22 seconds left. Bulls are now 1.5 games back of the Nets.
AFelt like the Thunder really wanted to prove a point with this game against the Spurs. The win by the Thunder put them just a half game behind the Spurs for the top seed in the Western Conference. Derek Fisher somehow hit five 3-pointers. In one game. Seriously.
B-The Nuggets have won 19 straight home games and got a game-winner from Andre Iguodala with 2.8 seconds left to get their latest victory. So why did they get just a B- tonight? The Danilo Gallinari injury looked pretty bad and if he's out for a significant amount of time, it could really hurt their chances. Great win though.
C+It's not a crucial loss by the Spurs, but they're in danger of losing home court advantage throughout the West playoffs. As banged up as they are, you can't imagine Pop is very happy seeing them have so many rough stretches throughout a game against a potential Western Conference Finals opponent.
CA win over the Bulls at the Barclays Center would have all but guaranteed the Nets home court advantage for the first round. They had a 28-point effort from Brook Lopez and a 30-10 game from Deron Williams. Unfortunately, they got very little support and Chicago was able to stay alive for the 4-seed.
DThe loss by Dallas puts them three games out of the 8-seed and it's really more like four games because of the tie-breaker. They only have seven games left. Looks like Dirk can get away this summer a lot earlier than usual.
 
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