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Nightly Grades: Nets look like they're supposed to against Clippers

By Royce Young | NBA writer

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.

A+Hey, the Nets aren't completely terrible all of a sudden. Following up a quality win against the Celtics on Tuesday, the Nets put together a quality performance against a solid Clippers team, 102-93, behind big nights from Joe Johnson, Deron Williams and Andray Blatche (21 points off the bench). That's now three straight wins and with six of their next seven games against sub-.500 teams.
AThe Trail Blazers are off to their best start in franchise history after a quality 111-104 win over the Rockets. And they did it behind LaMarcus Aldridge's massive 31-point, 25-rebound performance. He started the game 1-8 from the floor and said after the game he watched film on the bench to straighten out his shot. It worked as he finished 11-14 from the floor. The Blazers remain really, really good.
C-Not the worst loss, because the Blazers are tough, particularly in Portland. But the Rockets aren't doing much to establish themselves as a Western team to be taken seriously. They're good, and they beat most of the teams they should. There just haven't really been any impressive wins that make you think this team is capable of big things.
D-They're in the middle of a seven-game road trip, and they just look tired. On the second night of a back-to-back that started with a win in Boston on Wednesday, the Clippers were flat for 48 minutes in Brooklyn against a desperate Nets squad. A bad combination. Losing to an 8-14 team isn't good, but in this case, it's moderately forgivable.
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