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-

Westbrook on Pachulia's flagrant foul: 'I'm going to get his ass back'

Westbrook on Pachulia's flagrant foul: 'I'm going to get his ass back'

Late in the first half of Wednesday's game between the Warriors and Thunder, Russell Westbrook collided with Zaza Pachulia.

Pachulia appeared to hit Westbrook in the face. The Thunder guard hit the floor and rolled around for a few seconds before bouncing back up.

The officials reviewed the play and assessed a flagrant foul on Pachulia.

After the game, Westbrook was asked about his vantage point on the play and he didn't hold back.

"I don't know. He me kind of hard. But it's alright. I'm going to get his ass back. Straight up," Westbrook said.

He was then asked if he noticed Pachulai standing over him.

"I didn't see that until just now, but I don't play that game. I'm going to get his ass back. Whenever that is, I don't know, but I don't play that game," Westbrook said.

Westbrook's comments were brought to Pachulia after the game and the Warriors center offered this rebuttal.

"I can't worry about that kind of comment. I'm part of an amazing team and we have a great goal of winning a championship. I'm all in with my energy, 100 percent. So we're thinking about this team, staying healthy, moving forward, getting better, getting to the playoffs and playing for the championship. That's what I'm thinking about. I'm not thinking about those kind of comments. That team is not there, so they may be thinking about other stuff like getting me back. Okay, you can get me back. But again, it's my 14th year, we all know what my game is, to play hard, not dirty. If it was a hard foul, it was a hard foul. It wasn't dirty at all. I'm not worried about this," Pachulia told the media.

Westbrook will get that chance on February 11 when the Warriors travel to Oklahoma City.

Warriors F David West suffered fractured thumb vs Thunder

Warriors F David West suffered fractured thumb vs Thunder

The Warriors beat the Thunder Wednesday night, but they lost key role-player David West to non-displaced fracture in his left thumb.

Initially, the Warriors announced that West had suffered a contusion, but an X-ray revealed the fracture.

The team announced that West will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

Steve Kerr addressed West's injury after the game and how it might impact the Warriors' rotations.

"It's a big loss. David has been fantastic. He's been playing so well and he's really a big part of our second unit, you know, beginning of second and fourth quarters. We've been really good making a push with that group and he's a big part. We run a lot of our offense through him. So, we'll see. You may see (Kevon) Looney, you may see us change our rotation a little bit, but we'll have to talk about it and figure it out," Kerr said.

More to come...