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Three Stars of the Night: A lot of Durant. And Boozer.

Apr 5, 2013, 7:59 AM EDT

Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard AP

Three games on Thursday night, three teams picked up wins, we’re going to honor one guy from each team. It’s just that simple.

Third Star: Andre Miller (23 points, 7 assists)

More responsibility falls on him with Ty Lawson out and he was up to it on Thursday night. He was the guy providing offense during the dry stretches when other guys weren’t plus he hit key shots late. The veteran even played some defense.

Second Star: Carlos Boozer (29 points, 18 rebounds)

Carlos Boozer takes some grief from Bulls fans, and if you’re going to argue he’s overpaid ($15 million this season) you won’t get a lot of resistance here, but you have to admit the guy can play and has flat out brought it recently. He had as good a game as a Bull as he ever has had, scoring plus picking up five offensive rebounds, and he was strong on the defensive end as well. This was a big win for the Bulls and it doesn’t happen without Boozer.

First star: Kevin Durant (25 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists)

This could have gone to Durant or Russell Westbrook (27 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists) because they both had monster nights — and when both are clicking like this the Thunder can beat anyone. Especially when the supporting cast is efficient. They become almost impossible to defend. Durant has his 25 points on 10-of-20 shooting and had a dagger three late in the game. He played every minute from the start of the second quarter on — this was a big game for the Thunder who now control their own destiny in getting the top seed in the West (which matters to them more than the Spurs) and coach Scott Brooks leaned on Durant to get him that win. He simply is as good as they come on the court.

  1. pudgalvin - Apr 5, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Again I say no way the Bulls amnesty Boozer. Not only would Reinsdorf rather die than pay someone 15 million to play somewhere else, he’s the only other viable offensive option the Bulls have besides Rose when he gets back. Taj Gibson isn’t going to get 20 points a night, or any night for that option. And Boozer’s defense has been fine this year, as long as he’s not playing next to Nazr.

  2. jimeejohnson - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Boozer has been disparaged on these blogs more than once. Just proves there will always be more stupid than smart people. I’m one of the stupid who turned this game off with the Nets up by 16. You can say Brooklyn choked, or you could say the Bulls came through. Neither happens without Carlos Boozer playing great basketball. Love to see what a healthy Bulls team could do.

    • LilTmac2003 - Apr 5, 2013 at 5:06 PM

      Longtime Bulls fan right here fellas, and I can tell you that Boozer has had his ups & downs.

      He’s usually a legit #4 in all the average games that the Bulls play — but the guy disappears when it comes to big important games.

      To be honest, even after all the grief I’ve given him, he’s stepped up this season. In a game where Rose, Noah, Belinelli, Hamilton, and Gibson were out, on the road, being down by 16, Boozer took it to another level.

      Thing is, he should play like that on a consistent basis. A healthy Bulls squad would be a legit contender.

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