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NBA Studs and Duds

Tuesday Jan 21st

With five games on the NBA slate today and over, I’ll take a quick look at today’s best and worst.

Kevin Durant-Stud. Durant really has been on a hot-streak. Averaging 36.1 points in the month of January, Durant decided to turn it up a notch against fellow Western Conference foe Portland Trailblazers. Durant went off for 46 points on 17-25 shooting (6-7 3pt). He scored 46 points on 25 shots! 25! It’s really becoming difficult to be surprised by his scoring totals.

Nicolas Batum-Dud. I’m probably being harsh on a guy playing with a broken finger, but this is the second straight game he’s gotten lit up. After allowing Chandler Parsons to go off for  31 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists, he was on the wrong side of KD’s 46 tonight. To top it off, he went 1-4 for just 3 points and was a (-16) on the court.

Rudy Gay-Stud. 41 points on 16-25 shooting in a Sacramento Kings win. Gay has seen his shot percentage drastically raise since being traded from the Toronto Raptors.

Eric Gordon-Dud. With Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson out, you’d expect Gordon to pick up the slack. He finished with just 7 points. Gordon doesn’t offer much else besides scoring, so if he’s not scoring, it’s safe to say he’s a non-factor.

Rajon Rondo-Dud. Missed 2 big free throws when the Boston Celtics were down 4 with about 30 seconds to go to the Miami Heat. Rust of course is still a factor. Was 0-8 from the floor and 1-4 from the ft line.

LeBron James-Stud. 29 points and 8 rebounds against the Celtics. Seems like a normal day for the King, but hit big free throws to ice the game.

LaMarcus Aldridge-Stud. Followed his 27 points and 20 rebounds in last night’s loss with 29 and 16. If Aldridge can continue to rebound at this rate, he may really be the best power forward in the game.

Gordon Hayword-Stud. Dropped 27 points in his first game back, still wasn’t enough for a Utah Jazz win.

Utah Jazz Starting Forwards-Duds. Marvin Williams, Enes Kantar, and Richard Jefferson each scored just 4 points and shot a combined 6-19 from the floor. Oh, all three were out-rebounded by Kevin Love alone (13-12).

Honorable Mention

Kendrick Perkins-Stud. Box score won’t show much, but had a huge block at the end then followed it up with a baseline jumper to give OKC a 4 point lead with a minute to go.



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