Nightly Grades 12.4.12: Blake Griffin carries the Clips

Blake Griffin Blake Griffin'd some Monday. (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.

Blake Griffin
It's been a dirty little secret early this season that Blake Griffin hasn't played all that great. He's hitting that mid-range jumper more, but his averages were all down across the board and he wasn't really dominating games at all. But against the excellent interior focused Jazz bigs, Griffin played huge, scoring 30 with 11 rebounds. He started looking like the star he is.
Detroit Pistons Beating the Cavaliers is nothing to get too pumped about, but did you know the Pistons have won five straight home games? They're still 6-13 overall and definitely aren't good by any stretch, but there are signs of life with this team, which no one thought was the case when they started 0-8.
Charlotte Bobcats In all truth, they played a nice game against the Blazers. But this is a loss that stings a young team. Dropping on in overtime, at home, after having a double-digit fourth quarter lead really hurts. Not that the Bobcats are headed for the postseason or anything, but this is the kind of game that they'll certainly learn from. Young teams go through these kinds of games where they don't close, don't finish. In the long run, this might be good for Charlotte.

Utah Jazz
The Jazz have been moderately decent this season, but have slipped as of late. And it appeared they were about to put together a positive performance in Los Angeles to get back on track. Instead, they were outscored 32-21 in the fourth, blowing an 83-73 lead heading into the final quarter. These are the type of losses that can deflate you entirely.
Milwaukee Bucks They got blown out by the New Orleans Hornets, who are without Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon. The Bucks are pretty much the most infuriating, frustrating team this season. Are they good? Average? Terrible? It really just depends on the night.
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