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.
Washington had a lot of trouble with the for three quarters, especially with .
But they locked down eventually and ran away in the fourth quarter 29-16. The saving grace? Nene, recently returned, with 17 points.
And hey, had nine points and nine boards. No, seriously, he did.
I’m going to keep saying this as many times as necessary. Why in the hell is only playing 16 minutes at this point in the season? What’s the value in taking those minutes?
Is there blackmail involved? Is there some sort of rift in the universe that will open if the Magic play their best young player more than 30 minutes?
He tweaked an ankle and banged knees, so maybe that was it. But if he wasn’t hurt, it’s awfully weird.
Anyway, Dewayne Dedmon started and took seven shots, so the Magic are ultra-serious about winning.
don’t die, they multiply.
The had energy early, but the Knicks hung in there and kept at it. made plays ofnchester United have completed the shock loan signing of Odion Ighalo from Shanghai Shenhua.United worked up until the final minute on transfer deadline day in a desperate attempt to secure the forward on a temporary deal from Shanghai Shenhua.And, afensively and absolutely locked down in the second half. Throw in doing his cooking thing and the Knicks prolong the sweet relief of death for another game.
The Knicks’ tragic number is one.
They kept going for the home run ball, even though that’s not at all their real strength. was great early but by the end was getting outworked and outsmarted.
They could have used some offensive balance. It was basically DeRozan, Lowry, and Ross, and Ross wasn’t hitting. They needed more even distribution. was winded coming back from injury and that didn’t help.
It is concerning that they were outworked by a team in a playoff mindset. They’re about to see a lot more of that.
Big continued his All- campaign with 32 points and 10 rebounds, but he didn’t get much help from his supporting cast as the Bobcats lost a pretty crucial game. This was supposed to be an easy victory to help secure the sixth seed, but they lost ground on a night the won. Charlotte is currently in the seventh seed after tonight.
No on deck wasn’t a problem for the as they managed to outlast the at home. had 10 points and 13 assists and led the team with 22 points. Boston is the 28th worst 3-point shooting team in the NBA but they managed to hit 47.8 percent from downtown against the Bobs.
On the road, Atlanta could have just bailed on this game, but they maintained some disciplined and captured the lead.
Most impressvie? This was defense. Teague and Millsap carried them, but was 0-5. That doesn’t happen, ever. But Teague took care of business, especially late with a huge floater.
They were helped out by having some sort of basketball seizure late, but all in all, an impressive win for the to cut their magic number to one.
Brooklyn didn’t have it Friday. They were just short Manchester United are weighing up a summer raid on Benfica’s academy.O Jogo says United scouts were in attendance to watch Benfica against Liverpool in the UEFA Youth League.A United official was watching players from both sides, it is claimed.Benfica won 4-1 to knock Liverpool out of the competition.on focus. They managed to pull themselves back into the game, but then Paul Pierce missed free throws, and several big threes on bad shots. didn’t have it going either and that’s a huge chunk of their offense.
and were both out for the .
Indiana came out blistering from the field but eventually their spacing went back to the mess it has been for two months. They couldn’t turn the over and Miami kept hammering them in the post inside and out.
Their transition defense was pretty good except for a six minute stretch to start the tihird which decided the game.
has got to get whatever demon is stuck in his body out or the aren’t going to make it out of the first round.
had 36-5-6 and it seemed pedestrian. That’s what LeBron James is. He makes the remarkable common.
Meanwhile, the Heat’s guards were fantastic, especially . No, seriously, Toney Douglas.
got the call in the post vs. Hibbert and shut him down while scoring. The veteran has come on strong recently and it makes a huge difference in what they do.
There was a brief moment in time when was hitting shots, the were sharing the ball, and everything was rainbows and light.
Then, you know the Pistons remembered they’re the Pistons.
Going down early by double digits was weird, but they seemed to see the Rapon at Juventus.The defender pulled out of a move to Arsenal in the final week of the Premier League’s summer transfer window. David Luiz eventually signed for £8m from Premier League Arrivals Chelsea, but the Gunners are still leaking goals.Whoever tors score at halftime and wake up from their slumber.
D.J. Augustin had 24 points, so that’s a thing that keeps happening.
They ran plays for in the post vs. .
I tink we’re done here.
It takes a pretty bad team to make the ‘ offense look high-powered. The Sixers dare to be that team.
Memphis is back in the 8th seed.
This was a barn burner but it also shows the central problem with the . They can get back but their perimeter defense is so bad they’re going to get lit up. It’s inevitable.
They can find ways to score to stay in games but can’t get stops wen they need it.
Oh, and did I mention they let score 51 points?
Corey Brewer scored 51 points. FIFTY. ONE. POINTS.
Nothing else matters about the Wolves season. Not making the playoffs, massive disappointment, may leave, who cares. Corey Brewer scored fifty-one points!
was out. . was out. was out. was out. got hurt.
I love it when teams just take care of business. No messing around. No confusion or debate. Just stomp them down, put the foot on the throat, and be done with it.
The had this thing done in a quarter.A forfeit would have been more work due to paperwork.
led the Cavs with 23 points and scored 21 off the bench in a game in which neither team really cared about playing defense. Like the Bucks in this game, the Cavs lived at the free throw line while not turning the ball over. Their 28 made free throws were the fifth time they’ve made at least that many this season and the first time they lost one of those games..
The will not go quietly into the night. 24 points from and 20 points from led the Bucks’ attack as they dropped 119 on the . Their 52.4 percent from the field was just the ninth time this season they made half of their shots or better. They’re 6-3 in those games, 9-61 when they don’t.
The had a lead on the road in San Antonio without . That should count for something. But the way the deconstructed the Suns’ usually efficient players like Marcus and and the way they just diced them in spurts was so Spurs like.
Phoenix needed this game, espeically since they were ahead. They have lost control of their destiny for the 8th seed.
The Spurs Spur better than any Spurs team of all time. They just did all those things that you wish your team did and did them better than you would expect a team on a back to back to do. Another huge win and guess what?
The Sprus have clinched home court advantage throughout the playoffs.
The have a recipe for success: bombard you from 3-point range and don’t turn the ball over. That’s exactly what they did to complete their season sweep of the . led them with 21 points as they shot 50.0 percent from 3-point range and only turned the ball over eight times, giving up seven points off of them.
The Utah Jazz didn’t necessarily play a poor game against Portland. The starters all played pretty well, the team shot well, led them with 21 points, and they outrebounded the Blazers. But they just don’t have enough firepower to hang with Portland. This was the third defeat by the hands of the Blazers this season which ended in a double-digit loss. There’s always next year.
The came out with something to prove after blowing Thursday night’s game against the . was not losing this game and in the interim, the Warriors got their ball movement going a little more.
The Warriors have clinched a playoff berth.
took 20 shots. That worked out about how you’d expect. This season is almost, mercifully over for the .