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Sunday night NBA Grades: Turns out Kevin Durant is good at basketball

Dec 2, 2013, 2:55 AM EDT

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Maybe it’s the remnants of the tryptophan talking, but I am handing out nothing but “A” grades tonight… except for the Knicks. I’m feeling generous.

source:  Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder. How about this line for KD: 32 points on 66.7 percent shooting, 10 rebounds, 12 assists, 4 steals, 4 blocks. He did pretty much everything at the Chesapeake Energy Arena except change kegs out behind the beer concession… and he may have done that too. I could gush about him here for another 3,000 words, but you know how special he is — and he was on tonight.

source:  Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors. Curry was in vintage form as the best shooter in the game: 36 points on 24 shots, 5-of-8 from three, plus he had 12 of those points in the fourth quarter including two free throws with 8.3 seconds left to give the Warriors a 115-113 win over the Kings. He was doing more than just scoring as he chipped in 10 assists, too. It was a gutty performance.

source:  Ryan Anderson, New Orleans Pelicans. No Anthony Davis, no problem. Anderson is going to get a lot more time on the court with Davis down and he looked good filling in Sunday — 31 points on 21 shots, and hitting 7-of-11 from three. He had 14 points in the third as the Pelicans took the lead in the game.

source:  The New York Knicks. Ugh. At home against a team without their best player most of the night and… ugh. The issue just isn’t how much Tyson Chandler means to this team, it’s also that management built a team where Tyson Chandler means that much.

source:  Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons. Another guy with a monster 31 points but also 19 rebounds and six assists to lead the Pistons to a win over the Sixers. Philly didn’t defend him well and every one of his makes came right at the rim. One on a devastating alley-oop. Good to see him have a breakout game.

  1. cubb1 - Dec 2, 2013 at 6:36 AM

    The Knicks have been playing for a lottery pick ever since the Pacers whipped them in the playoffs last season. Losers.

  2. dgilet1 - Dec 2, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    Unfortunately the Knicks don’t have any first round picks until 2018…crazy right…if they are in the lottery either Denver or Orlando will get their pick this year

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 2, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      It’s crazy because it is incorrect. NBA teams are not allowed to trade 1st round draft picks in consecutive years. You can thank the Cavaliers and the only owner ever worse than Donald Sterling, Ted Stepien, for that rule. The Knicks have their 2015 first round draft pick, and their 2017 first round draft pick.

      Whichever is worse this year, the Nuggets or Knicks’ pick, will go to Orlando, and then the Nuggets will keep the other pick. In 2015, the Knicks will have their 1st round pick, per the Stepien rule. In 2016, the Knicks will give whichever 1st round pick is worse, theirs or Denver’s, to Toronto, with the other pick going to Denver. In 2017, the Knicks will have their 1st round pick, per the Stepien rule.

  3. jcmeyer10 - Dec 2, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    I know this may not be the classiest thing but it’s a lot easier to handle the Celtics mediocrity when the Nets and Knicks are just as bad or worse.

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