Nightly Grades: Nets handle the short-handed Spurs

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.

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AGood job? I mean, I guess good job. Beating a worn out, short-handed Spurs team is much better than the alternative. The Nets didn't do it in all that impressiv fashion, but Alan Anderson popped in 22 with Deron Williams adding 16. The Nets move to 22-25, inching closer to getting back to the Mendoza line of respectability.
AThe Warriors have been painfully inconsistent at home, and in a game playing short-handed without Andrew Bogut or David Lee, they put in a quality effort, despite another concerning slow start. Stephen Curry was brilliant, Klay Thompson appeared to find his stroke a bit and with a bunch of different lineups and matchups, the Warriors dictated flow. But they were always supposed to win this game, and the only thing notable coming from this one would've been an opposite result.
D+They were essentially playing with eight healthy bodies on the second night of a back-to-back. The fact they were playing the Nets meant all bets were off and they might be able to pull a Popovichian classic stunner, winning behind 28 from Patty Mills or something, but instead they just didn't have the necessary firepower to keep up. Not a bad effort, but still, another loss and another game further behind OKC in the West.
DAny time the Bulls lose, I just feel sad for them. Because the reasons why are obvious. They tried, they competed and they were in the game. But they just don't have the horses anymore
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