Grading Warriors' win over Jazz

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Grading Warriors' win over Jazz

Stephen Curry scored a game-high 23 points against the Jazz, earning him top marks amongst the Warriors performers Wednesday. Here is how the rest of the team graded out...

[RECAP: Warriors 94, Jazz 83]

Steph Curry
23 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, only 2 turnovers.…18 points in the first.  Curry took it up a notch in this one, looking completely dominant.  He had a couple of dribble drives straight from the And-1 tour!  Oh by the way, the Jazz point guards (minus Mo’Williams)  scored a grand total of…zero.  An all-star effort from Curry.
Grade: A+

Andris Biedrins
Biedrins entered the game 2-and-half minutes in due to Ezeli’s defensive struggles and dominated with 12 rebounds, a block and great defense on Al Jefferson.  He did everything but score in this one.
Grade: A-

David Lee
His streak of 12 straight games with at least 20 points on 50% shooting came to an end.  And even then, he came really close…scoring 18 points on 7 of 16 shooting…9 boards too, by the way.
Grade: A-

Jarret Jack
15 points on 5 of 9 shooting.  And, he got in faces of 6'10ers Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors to standup of for one of his teammates.  As usual, Jack was a leader and a producer.
Grade: A-

Klay Thompson
Only shot 5 of 13, despite taking only 3 points shots from 3 point range.  But, I thought he played heads up help defense.  He also had a nice steal late in the 1st half.  And, he had a great sequence early in the 2nd half where he was taking the ball to the hole and finishing like Latrell Sprewell in his prime!
Grade: B

Draymond Green
Again, not much scoring for Green.  But, again, he gets his hands in passing lanes.  And, he forces Hayward to step on the out of bounds line in the second half.  He always brings it defensively.
Grade: C+

Harrison Barnes
Only 16 minutes on this night.  He managed to knock down a triple en route to 7 points.
Grade: C

Carl Landry
Landry, the tough low post guy, fell in love with his jumper on this night—which does a lot to explain his 4-12 shooting.  
Grade: C

Festus Ezeli
Classic case of eager young player biting like a pit bull on the up fake.  Al Jefferson really used him in the first 2 minutes.  But, he played much smarter to start the 3rd quarter.  He even had a good finish for his only bucket of the game.
Grade: C-

John Wall commits to Wizards long term with huge contract extension

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John Wall commits to Wizards long term with huge contract extension

The Washington Wizards' long-term future is now a lot clearer, as superstar point guard John Wall agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth $170 million. David Aldridge first reported the news.

Wall, 26, re-ups with the Wizards through the 2022-23 season. By the time it expires he will be 32 years old, meaning the Wizards have locked him up for the majority if not all of his prime.

Wall was able to earn the dollar amount he did in part because of his selection to third team All-NBA for the 2016-17 season. Under the recently installed collective bargaining agreement, honors like All-NBA and Defensive Player of the Year allow players to earn more money on contract extensions.

The Wizards drafted Wall first overall in 2010 out of the University of Kentucky. In his seven NBA seasons since, Wall has blossomed into one of the NBA's best players with career averages of 18.8 points, 9.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. He has been an All-Star in each of the past four seasons and is a one-time All-Defensive team selection.

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Kevin Love closes Twitter response with 'now go kick some rocks'

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Kevin Love closes Twitter response with 'now go kick some rocks'

On Friday afternoon, news broke that Kyrie Irving reportedly requested a trade from the Cavs.

Shortly thereafter, a Twitter account with over 296,000 followers tweeted the following:

[RATTO: Kyrie Irving needs to be traded to one place, and one place only]

A little over an hour later, Kevin Love responded:

On Tuesday night, Irving told Sports Illustrated the Cavs are "in a very peculiar place."

In the weeks between Cleveland's Game 5 loss to the Warriors and the start of free agency, Love was reportedly on the trading block.

The Cavs and GM David Griffin "mutually" parted ways three days before the NBA Draft.

Cleveland is finally finalizing a deal with assistant GM Coby Altman to become the permanent general manager, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

LeBron James can opt out and become a free agent next summer, and there is already speculation about where he may go.

Man. The last six weeks in Cleveland have been wild...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller