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.
|D-||It's not often this team gets beasted inside, but they were beasted Monday night. The Pistons just hammered them with Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe. Their roatations were uncharacteristically slow and Paul George was not his usual explosive self. The Pacers got away from themselves Monday.|
|A+||Best win of their season, honestly. They go on the road on the second night of a back to back after a crushing meltdown loss at home and take out the Pacers? Brandon Jennings was a big play machine, Drummond and Monroe atttacked consistently, and Josh Smith had his second great game in two nights.|
|F-||Sad. It's just sad.|
|B-||They just had more weapons than Chicago, which says a lot about where the Bulls are at. But having Nikola Vucevic back for them makes such a huge difference. They're just a much better team with what he brings down low, especially on the glass. Wins will be tough to come by but they fight for the ones they get.|
|A+||What a terrific performance all over and the Nets really do look back. Joe Johnson has been good all season but he was ridiculous Monday night with 29 third quarter points. Just an awesome performance. Brooklyn's coming together, despite all odds.|
|F||/sound of tank driving down a hill off a cliff|
|A-||Strong win for the Hawks tonight. They looked really uneven for a long while, but then kicked into gear. They got such great production from their frontcourt again, and Mike Scott came off the bench for 14 points. Really strong performance to out muscle and outwork the bigger Lakers inside.|
|B+||Bradley Beal changes everything for Washington. Giving them another scorer on and off ball changes they dynamics of their spacing irrevocably. His fearlessness in taking over late was vital with John Wall running out of steam. Even against a struggling team, this was a great win in that the Wizards found a way to win.|
|F-||They were a solid B+ for most of the game. Then they just let Bradley Beal score the winning layup and didn't take a timeout and man, this was a horrific loss. At this point, I'm impressed with Dolan's patience in not burning the building down for the insurance money.|
|B-||Really timely buckets and a commitment to execution. They made mistakes, but they also played sound basketball to force misses inside and find the open man. Jared Sullinger is quite good this season.|
|F+||They have a shooting problem right now. Which is a huge problem because they're also not great defensively. Ricky Rubio, Corey Brewer, Nikola Pekovic, they're all blowing opportunities. The result is Kevin Love having to force shots (27 points on 26 shots). They really missed Kevin Martin who was out with knee soreness.|
|D||Kobe Bryant looked back at times, but he's not. Pau Gasol had a good game, for a while. And the rest of the team isn't very good. The end.|
|F+||I really thought this team was going to hang. They've played better. But Miami just had too much firepower.|
Dwyane Wade had 27 points on 9-of-14 shooting and five rebounds and was by far the second-best player on the floor.
LeBron James had 30 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists on 13-of-17 from the field. That's insane. That's incredible.
That's not human. That's LeBron.
|D+||Tony Parker's injury in the fourth really ruined any chance of a comeback, but they also struggled with the defensive adjustments the Clippers made. Their corner 3s weren't open, neither were their backdoor cuts. They were flummoxed by CP3 and out-hustled by Blake Griffin. The Spurs lack a really good signature win this season, still.|
|A-||Their best win of the season by far, and the first time they looked like a contender. They broke the game open when Tony Parker went down and attacked the ball with vicious force. Chris Paul was brilliant, Jared Dudley got hot, and the Clippers got a fantastic win at home.|