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Three Stars of the Night: Not Enough Help Edition

Feb 27, 2013, 1:44 AM EDT

Golden State's Curry chews his mouthpiece against Indiana during an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis Reuters

No one really remembers the numbers guys get in losing efforts. Those numbers usually seem hollow; they come off as not worthy of mention. Tonight, though, we honor those guys who put up big numbers in a losing effort. Because as those guys showed out and did their best to help their team win, they didn’t get enough help to make it happen.

So, a sincere apology to LeBron James (40 points, 16 assists, 8 rebounds), Dwyane Wade (39 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists), and Deron Williams (33 points, 8 assists), but tonight we’re going in a different direction for Three Stars. Tonight, we’re looking at the guys who didn’t get enough help and had great nights in losing efforts. Let’s get to it…

Third Star: Marcus Thornton (36 points, 8 made three pointers, 3 assists)

There’s a reason this guy’s nickname is buckets. When Thornton has it going, he can knock down shots from all over the floor and light up the scoreboard in the process. Against the Heat, Thornton did just that, hitting long range shot after long range shot to help keep the Kings close throughout the game. Without his 30 points in regulation there’s no way this game even goes to overtime, much less a 2nd OT. So, while LeBron and Wade will get the big honors in all the highlights, bravo to Thornton who carried a Kings bench that only managed 6 additional points to his 36 on the night.

Second Star: Dirk Nowitzki (21 points, 20 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals)

Lately Dirk has really been playing well. In fact, this is his 2nd straight excellent game in a losing effort (his 30 and 13 against the Lakers was fantastic). Against the Bucks, Dirk did everything he could to lead his team to the win. He hit shots from all over the floor against very good defense, got the foul line, and was a beast on the boards. It just wasn’t in the cards for the big German, however, as the Bucks proved to be too much to overcome down the stretch of the game. Dirk did get some good help from O.J. Mayo and Elton Brand, but the rest of the team was a bit too inconsistent, especially on defense.

First Star: Stephen Curry (38 points, 7 made three pointers, 4 assists, 3 steals)

Curry’s night will likely be remembered for how he rushed Roy Hibbert as part of the Warriors/Pacers scuffle and that’s a shame considering how well he was playing before that all went down. Curry played like the best player on the floor in this game, shaking free from every defender the Pacers sent his way and hitting some fantastic shots in the process. Long range bombs, mid range pull ups, and even a nice finish at the basket were all part of his arsenal tonight, but it just wasn’t enough. It made for some great highlight’s though.

  1. saint1997 - Feb 27, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    I love the future of this league at the point guard position. Guys like Irving and Curry, Rose and Westbrook, Holiday and Wall, Lillard and Jennings are all serving as beacons that when we get 5 years down the track, there is likely to be an impressive battle on almost every night

    • broncobeta - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      Don’t forget Ty Lawson.

  2. baymac408 - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:21 AM

    Shout out to Steph Curry!!! WARRIORS are young and talented.. I love the direction we are going!!! I agree with saint1997 the league is stacked with young dope point guards they will make basketball exciting for years..

    • saint1997 - Feb 27, 2013 at 6:28 AM

      thanks man, and GSW is just stacked with young talent that will make them contenders for years!

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 27, 2013 at 6:30 AM

    Marcus Thornton, welcome to the Jamal Crawford Heat Killer All-Star Team!

  4. pack93z - Feb 27, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    I thought it took some stones from Jim Boylan to sit Jennings for the final minutes.. a guy that will be on the market at the end of the year and one in which the Bucks have stated as untouchable as a core.

    It will be interesting how this plays out.. but last night, it was the right call. Personally, I think Redick should be on the floor as much as possible.. I enjoy the effort and way he plays the game coupled with a pretty stroke.

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