Nightly Grades: Nets make it three straight

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 Give it up to the Nets. They're doing what they can to hang in there. That's three straight wins, tonight's coming against the Hawks, who are officially the East's third-best team. Joe Johnson had 23, Kevin Garnett had 10 rebounds and the Nets played a little defense, something that's escaped them for most of the season. Not that they're turning it around or anything, but they are at least showing a little fortitude finally.
B+ Sometimes, the Timberwolves look downright viscious. The first three quarters against the 76ers: 32, 38 and 35 points, before they chilled out with just 21 for a total of *only* 126. 
B+ The Clippers needed this. They looked downright awful without Chris Paul in their first outing sans their point guard, but bounced back nicely against a weak Magic team. Darren Collison led them with 21 points and they played their fun, transition style of basketball, scoring easy buckets in bunches. 
C-  The Sixers got whipped by the Wolves, but let's face the facts here: Every night in Philly is a win-win situation. Either you literally win the game, or you potentially win more ping-pong balls.
D They had a chance coming in because the Clippers were hurting, but they dropped a dud from tipoff. They were down 60-34 at the half and while they cut the lead down to 16 at one point in the second half, they never had a chance. Another one in the loss column, to which the Magic say, "Whatever."
D The Hawks are up against it right now. They miss Al Horford dearly and it doesn't seem possible that they'll be able to maintain their pace. Still, these are the games they have to take advantage of. On the road against the Nets, the Hawks couldn't score in the second half (34 total points) and dropped their third straight. 
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