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Nightly Grades: Grizzlies get a big win in Gasol's return

By Matt Moore | 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.


After the Knicks' win Monday, Carmelo Anthony said "We got another game tomorrow? S--t."

And that's how the Knicks played vs. the Bobcats. They had opportunities to win but fell apart defensively in a very "2013 Knicks" kind of way. They simply could not find their way to a stop. Their pick and roll defense was a nightmare and they couldn't stick with Kemba Walker at all, for the third time in the season series.

It's just a back-to-back, but it seemed awully early-season Knicks.

Oh, and the J.R. Smith drama is back.

But hey, Amar'e did this.


They had a better gameplan, and you could tell the impact that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist made on the defensive end in his first game back.

Their defense wasn't great overall (104.3 per 100 possessions) but they lit up the Knicks. Al Jefferson dominated with 35 points. The road trip is over.Can the Cats get back to the moderate success they had?


Your typical dominant Pacers win. Paul George was fantastic and they abused the Kings' lack of execution.

Lance Stephenson Razzle Dazzle alert!


DeMarcus Cousins was great. They couldn't stop anyone. The defense is still a trainwreck and they get exploited by teams like Indiana.


The Grizzlies needed this win. It was Marc Gasol's first game back, at home, vs. a semi-rival. Courtney Lee keeps hitting shots, which spaces the floor and opens up the inside for the Grizzlies' bigs. They have problems with backup point guard after trading Jerryd Bayless, but they also got back to their defensive ways.

It was cool having Marc Gasol back.


They didn't have Westbrook. They still could have won. Kevin Durant made a great pass late to Serge Ibaka in the corner. It's a good shot, he just didn't hit it. Reggie Jackson's turnovers were a bit much. Steven Adams' and Kendrick Perkins' foul trouble was a huge problem.

They didn't have Westbrook. No big deal. The Thunder are fine.


Well, they hung tough. With Cleveland. At home. Because the Cavs kept doing stupid things late.

Nick Young AKA Swaggy P had 28 points. The more he scores, the worse the team is. I refuse to consider this a coincidence. One of these days he's going to score 40 and the Lakers will lose by 100.


Not exactly an encouraging win. Kyrie Irving was awful. Dion Waiters was not good overall. Tristan Thompson missed late free throws, and Anderson Varejao gave up a wide open dunk going for a steal late for no reason.

But Luol Deng was great. Good trade, there.

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