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Thursday night NBA grades: Stephen Curry looks ready for Three Point Shooting Contest

Feb 7, 2014, 3:34 AM EDT

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Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while reading about how strange the 1904 Olympic marathon in St. Louis was….

source:  Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors. After a decent shooting first quarter (but one the Warriors as a team would like to forget) Curry got hot — 10-of-14 shooting, 4-of-5 from three, 28 points, nine assists and he was a +25 as the Warriors earned a win over the always-tough Bulls. Curry shot the rock like a guy looking to win the All-Star Weekend three-point contest.

source:  Taj Gibson, Chicago Bulls. He has been thrust in the role of a top scorer (when he’d really thrive as option No. 3) and he responded Thursday night with a career-high 26 points, plus he had 13 rebounds. It wasn’t enough, but we should acknowledge that he is playing well.

source:  Alan Anderson, Brooklyn Nets. Usually this is the Joe Johnson role for the Nets, but like the understudy stepping up for a night on Broadway Anderson took over the role for the All-Star. Anderson scored 17 of the Nets 21 points in the stretch late in the third into the fourth when the Nets pulled away, and he finished with 22 points on the night to key the Nets come-from-behind win over the Spurs.

  1. borderline1988 - Feb 7, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Alan Anderson – after watching him play on the Raptors, I cannot understand why teams never really gave him a chance before. His FG% is a bit low and he sometimes shoots too much. But he’s a good 3-pt shooter, an above-average perimeter defender, and can give you 10 ppg in 25 minutes coming off the bench. He’s also a playmaker who can create offense with the ball in his hands, which is a good thing for a sixth or seventh man off the bench.

    He’s a guy you can bust out late in the 3rd quarter, and ride into the 4th if he’s shooting well.

    He’d be perfect for a team like the Bulls…a cheap scorer off the bench who can also play D.

    • obmig - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      Another thing to like about him is that he’s never shy with the ball. He knows his strength and plays to it. I think you are right, he would be a great 6th man in the right rotation.

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