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Wednesday night NBA grades: Amar’e Stoudemire played well? Yes. Yes he did.

Dec 12, 2013, 2:21 AM EDT

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Our quick look around the association on a busy Wednesday night.

source:  Amar’e Stoudemire, New York Knicks. Stoudemire played 30 minutes. Stoudemire was clutch, hitting a key jumper with less than 3 minutes to go after the Bulls had stormed from 23 points back to tie the game. Stoudemire played good interior defense. Stoudemire showed a real chemistry with Beno Udrih. Stoudemire had 10 points in the Knicks 19-0 second quarter run. Stoudemire had 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Not sure I ever expected to type any of those sentences but he was as key as Carmelo Anthony’s 30 points to the Knicks win.

source:  Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors. He’s here because he dropped 33 points, 16 in the fourth quarter. And he’s here because he does this:

source:  New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls. That grade is for sucking the beauty out of the game of basketball. Since they won maybe the Knicks get a D-, but neither the win nor the injuries to either side excuse them from subjecting us to what they did to James Naismith’s game.

source:  Jason Smith, New Orleans Hornets. The most unheralded of the Pelicans starters had a big night — 22 points, 16 rebounds — against one of the largest front lines in the league in Detroit (he was matched on Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe. He’s a good pick-and-pop guard (or pick-and-flare to the midrange really) and when they use him that way he’s dangerous (he was 4-of-4 from the midrange on the left side of the court.

source:  Utah Jazz offense. Sacramento didn’t play good defense but give credit where credit is due — Utah just could not miss. Richard Jefferson was 7-of-9, Derrick Favors 6-of-9, Alec Burke 7-of-11 and on down the line. The Jazz shot 53.9 percent, hit 13-of-23 from three and had an offensive rating of 133.2 (points per 100 possessions). After the rough start to the season Utah could use a laugher like this.

  1. cakemixa - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    FYI, the New Orleans Hornets no longer exist. They rebranded to the Pelicans.

  2. Mr. Wright 212 - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    That’s because the narrative about Bam Bam and Melo being incapable of playing together has been proven wrong time and time again, yet people repeat it so much that they believe it. Same with Bargnani playing defense, when he clearly does.

    Help defense being another story.

  3. balfe13 - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:56 AM

    Cakemixa, you must be new here. Kurt Helin has no time for things like accurate facts or proper grammar.
    And Stephen Curry is an idiot for clearly having no clue that the Mavericks had no timeouts. It would’ve been hilarious and an all-time blooper if his man would’ve hit that half court shot to win the game.

  4. jbeagles23 - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    The Knicks have been delegated to play in a Russian league next year as they are so damn awful

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:11 PM

      If they had blown that lead and lost, I would have wanted heads to roll before midnight.

  5. stephenolszewski - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Amare has been playing good basketball for the past two weeks I know that’s not long but in Amare’s standards it is. It’s sad to see such a talented athletes knees be so bad at a young age he was a lot of fun to watch

  6. davidly - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    The third time is a charm for Utah, who after the third try against the third team is now the latest lineal champ:

    Lineal Championship2013 Finals Champion Miami

    Oct 30 – Miami 110, Philadelphia 114
    Nov 01 – Philadelphia 109, Washington 102
    Nov 02 – Chicago 104, Philadelphia 107

    Nov 04 – Philadelphia 90, Golden State 110
    Nov 06 – Golden State 106, Minnesota 93

    Nov 08 – Golden State 74, San Antonio 76
    Nov 10 – San Antonio 120, New York 89
    Nov 11 – San Antonio 109, Philadelphia 85
    Nov 13 – Washington 79, San Antonio 92
    Nov 15 – San Antonio 91, Utah 82
    Nov 20 – Boston 93, San Antonio 104
    Nov 22 – San Antonio 102, Memphis 86
    Nov 23 – Cleveland 96, San Antonio 126
    Nov 25 – New Orleans 93, San Antonio 112

    Nov 27 – San Antonio 88, Oklahoma City 94
    Nov 29 – Golden State 112, Oklahoma City 113
    Dec 01 – Minnesota 103, Oklahoma City 113
    Dec 03 – Oklahoma City 97, Sacramento 95

    Dec 04 – Oklahoma City 104, Portland 111
    Dec 06 – Utah 98, Portland 130

    Dec 07 – Dallas 108, Portland 106

    Dec 09 – Dallas 97, Sacramento 112

    Dec 11 – Utah 122, Sacramento 101

    • ProBasketballPundit - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:57 AM

      That’s pretty cool. I remember seeing something like this on reddit.

      • davidly - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:57 AM

        Tnx. It occurred to me on opening night when Philly took down the Heat. It’ll be interesting to see how many different teams win it–and how long they defend it.

        I wonder if they’d play differently if they knew what was at stake 😉

    • bougin89 - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      If the Bucks can win the lineal championship for one game I will call this season a huge success, as long as we’re still at the bottom of the standings of course.

      • davidly - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:55 AM

        Well, if the last couple of champs have shown us anything, it’s there for the taking!

    • bjornreyes - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:59 PM

      So, the Nuggets are the next challengers to the lineal championship. Stay tuned.

      • davidly - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:54 AM

        My prediction is that Utah will be the third in a row to fail to defend their title.

  7. timberwolvesbrisin - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    IF the Knicks got an F, what do the Bulls get?

  8. peddealer - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Hey davidly.. Can I ask u a ?

  9. azarkhan - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    OK, so who wasted their time watching Knicks vs Bulls? (other than those who get paid to watch that dreck)

  10. cruzan80 - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Watching Amare last night made me sad. This guy is so talented & it’s a shame how his body has betrayed him. If they could get this kinda performance outta him for the rest of the season, they’ll be just fine….but the reality is I’m expecting my phone to alert me any minute now with a “BREAKING NEWS: Stoudamire out 6-8 weeks”.

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