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Sunday NBA grades: Golden State’s Curry, Thompson put on a show

Mar 17, 2014, 2:57 AM EDT

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source:  Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors. Early in the third quarter Houston took an 18 point lead over Golden State and seemed to be in complete control. Then the shots from Warriors backcourt started to fall and they combined for 30 points in the fourth quarter— the pair were 6-of-9 from three and their midrange shots were falling in the final 12 minutes (the pair didn’t get one basket at the rim in the fourth quarter). This is what’s scary about the Warriors in the playoffs, if they can get these looks and knock them down they can beat anybody on a given night. They just need to find some consistency. But when they get in trouble, they can do this.

source:  Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans. 40 points and 21 rebounds. That, my friends, is a monster night. Nobody else in the NBA has done that this season. Most importantly he did it down the stretch of a tight game — he hit a couple key shots late in the fourth quarter to help force OT. Then in the extra period he pulled down six boards and owned the glass. Davis is a beast… by the way, it is second year in the league and he is 21 years old. He’s just starting to figure out how good he can be.

source:  Dallas Mavericks’ depth. Monta Ellis struggled (2-of-7 shooting) and Dirk Nowitzki was not special by his standards (17 points on 12 shots). Still the Mavericks started to pull away from the Thunder in the second period and never looked back. Yes, the Thunder were without Russell Westbrook (and Thabo Sefalosha and Kendrick Perkins) but the Kevin Durant led Thunder knocked off a lot of teams without Westbrook. Not this time, it was Dallas’ depth that was the story.

source:  Gerald Green, Phoenix Suns. Phoenix needs wins and to spark a slumping team coach Jeff Hornacek put Eric Bledsoe back in the starting lineup and slid Gerald Green to the bench. Seems to have sparked Green. He knocked down his first five shots and scored 13 points off the bench in the first quarter, then added 10 in the fourth quarter when the Suns pulled away from the Raptors (then the Suns held on for the win). We’ve talked at this site about Green’s long journey — through China — to NBA stardom, but he has found his groove now and is a real weapon for the Suns.

  1. prareedoggin - Mar 17, 2014 at 3:14 AM

    Houston lost to Miami and played Golden State? That’s a tuff dbl header

  2. elcapitanfiscal - Mar 17, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    Anthony Davis kind of reminds me of a young Tim Duncan

    • savvybynature - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:13 PM

      Except he doesn’t have a post game yet, but yeah that’d be a great person for him to try and emulate.

  3. saint1997 - Mar 17, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    I know these grades are kind of superfluous and just a talking point but just so we have it on the record what was it that Anthony Davis did that warranted him only being graded an A as opposed to A+?

  4. jcmeyer10 - Mar 17, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Davis did work, but let’s not forget what Hump had to do to get that game to overtime.

  5. pbtunpaidwriter - Mar 17, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    I agree with your grades for the most part but I still don’t get what you grade.

    You give out A-s but no A+s? If the Brow doesn’t get an A+ after his career night, I don’t know if there is an A+.

    • savvybynature - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:18 PM

      You gotta save the +s for the incredibly rare stuff. Yeah Davis had a great game but it was against the Celtics who don’t even have a real center to defend the rim. Remember when Kobe put up 81? Remember when Duncan nearly put up a quadruple-double, in the Finals?
      Davis’ game was great but hardly once-in-a-lifetime stuff. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if Davis does this a couple more times himself before all is said and done.

      • sportsfan18 - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:56 PM

        Once in a lifetime for A+’s? Incredibly rare stuff?

        Too stringent.

        What Davis did was only the 2nd time it’s happened in the last 10 NBA seasons…

        That’s and A PLUS right there…

        If you can go 5 yrs on average and NOT see something in an NBA game, it IS rare.

        5 yrs of NBA games is 12,300 games and he did something that’s only happened twice in the past 10 seasons…

  6. nomad57 - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    40 points, 20+ rebounds and 3 blocks-
    Anthony Davis is just the 8th player ever to do that. A + on my book.

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