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1.15 The Cooler

Kevin Durant Unleashes The Monster In The Desert; The Grizzlies Get Exposed

By 01.15.13

Eric Bledsoe

If the Grizzlies wanted a lot for Rudy Gay before last night, then now they probably want a future All-Star, at least a few first rounders, and new producers for Justin Timberlake because Memphis was exposed by the Clippers without their best shot-maker, 99-73. Gay missed the game to attend his grandmother’s funeral, and even with Chris Paul sitting out as well, L.A. jumped out by 15 and never looked back. Eric Bledsoe (14 points) drew six fouls on Memphis’ two point guards in the first half, and his energy sparked his whole team – somehow, the Clippers were sending four guys to the glass and they still got back on defense. On the other side, the Grizzlies couldn’t make a shot (barely 30 percent shooting) and Lionel Hollins looked like someone had just killed his puppy … It’s only been two games, but we can already see one specific area John Wall will help the Wizards in: transition points. In their 120-91 domination of Orlando, Washington had 26 points off the break by the middle of the third quarter, many of them coming during a stretch where Wall (12 points, six assists) danced all over the Magic. Wall ended Washington’s 37-point third quarter by hitting two pull-up Js and finding Bradley Beal for a fast-break dunk. After that, he had the play of the night: crossing over and then going behind-the-back to put Ish Smith on his ass before dropping another dime (he’d start the fourth quarter with another perfect lob to Jan Vesely) … Orlando did have one highlight when Andrew Nicholson dropped a one-handed facial on Martell Webster. The dunk was bad enough, but Webster went after the ball hard, missed completely and damn near fell flat on his face. That’s like getting rejected by a girl, and then sneezing all over your clothes in the process … In other scores from last night: Atlanta officially discredited themselves forever against Chicago and Carlos Boozer (20 points, 13 rebounds) by scoring an incredible 20 points in the first half before losing by nearly 40; Darren Collison‘s 23 points and nine assists powered the Mavs past Minnesota, 113-86; and Sacramento beat Cleveland by six as DeMarcus Cousins went off (26 points, 14 rebounds, six assists) … And if you missed the moment this weekend where C.J. Leslie might’ve saved a kid’s life, it’s a pretty cool story. They have photo evidence now too … We’re out like McGrady interviews.

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