Warriors-Clippers report card: Several A's to go around

HIGHLIGHTS: Curry puts on show as Warriors blow out Clippers

Warriors-Clippers report card: Several A's to go around
January 2, 2013, 11:30 pm
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DAVID LEE            A
While Blake Griffin clearly has the superior athleticism, Lee just as clearly has superior basketball skill.  Lee’s skill ate Griffin’s athleticism for lunch.  While Griffin is the more exciting player, Lee is the better player.  I know I’m going to get pilloried for saying this, but here goes:  given the choice between the two, I choose Lee.  My only quibble is that he gets himself into trouble a few times a game with those twisting, body contorting, well-defended drives to the hole. Many times on those drives, he loses the basketball trying to make a near impossible shot.  Then again, he only had two turnovers on this night vs. seven assists.

STEPHEN CURRY        A+
Wow!  Curry played about as perfect a first half of basketball as we’ve seen a Warrior point guard play…25 points on 9 of 11 shooting through the first 24 minutes.  His confidence level is clearly stratospheric right now.  He finished with 31 points on 11 of 16 shooting (6-8 from 3), eight assists and six rebounds.

HARRISON BARNES        B+
Barnes minutes followed a familiar pattern earlier in the season:
    --get off to a quick start
    --go the bench
    --play about five more minutes the rest of the game
On this night, Barnes got off to another blazing start, with 11 first half points.  Only this time coach left him in there for extended minutes (almost 26).  It paid off….not only with 13 points,  but also with nine rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block.  He’s contributing with and without the ball.  The Warriors have to be thrilled with him.  He falls just short of an “A” on this night because he missed eight of his 13 shots.

KLAY THOMPSON        A-
The shooting touch is back in a big way for Klay.  He shot 7 of 14 from the field and 5 of 8 from 3.  This team is unstoppable when he’s hitting those wide open looks he regularly gets.  And, he continues to use his length to bother people on the defensive end.

ANDRIS BIEDRINS        A-
The box score only shows 5 rebounds ... it doesn’t show the tap out to Jack for the jumper…it doesn’t show the save to keep the ball from going out of bounds..it doesn’t show how he changed shots and made others think twice about taking shots. All Biedrins does these days is make good plays while avoiding making bad plays.

FESTUS EZELI        C-
Eventful night for Festus.  Got two quick fouls in the 1st quarter, accidentally slammed Blake Griffin on his head and got a flagrant foul, and he missed an alley-oop slam.  He’s still at the point where he’s cancelling out his good plays with almost immediate bad plays.

CARL LANDRY        B
He didn’t take that many shots in this one, but was effective when he did shoot.  He worked hard on defense to slow down Griffin.  And, he pulled down seven rebounds.

JARRET JACK        B-
This was the worst game I can remember Jack playing as a Warrior—he missed a lot of shots he normally makes.  Even so, he effected the game in a positive way with 11 points and five assists.  He only shot 4 of 12 though.

CHARLES JENKINS    C
Managed to take two jump shots in five minutes of  action.  Put it this way: his shot is so pure, I’m shocked when he misses. He went 1-for-2 and once again, didn’t embarrass himself while he was out there.  I don’t know if his future is here, but I feel certain he can play in this league.

DRAYMOND GREEN    D
The only thing I can remember about his 7+ minute stint on the floor was his missed shot and his inability to stop Blake Griffin in the low post.

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