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-

Kerr's message to Warriors fans who want more pick-and-roll for Curry

Kerr's message to Warriors fans who want more pick-and-roll for Curry

Are you one of the people who thinks the Warriors need to put Steph Curry in more pick-and-roll/ball screen situations? 

If you are, that's OK.

Steve Kerr -- when asked about Draymond Green's role this past season -- talked about how Golden State uses Curry.

"Before the season started, I told our staff that I thought Draymond was gonna have the biggest adjustment to make," Kerr said on the TK Show on Wednesday. "And he made it really easily. And I think a big part of that is the fact that he's a point-forward at his core offensively.

"He handles the ball and he's our leading assist guy. And all of a sudden he had another shooter and another weapon to work with. And I thought that was really important that we established early that Draymond was still gonna be an integral part of the offense.

"I was worried about that -- I thought because KD was gonna need the ball and Steph already had the ball -- I was worried that Draymond would be a little left out of the offense and that would affect his overall game and his defense.

"In fact, it's one of the things -- I think important for our fans to understand -- because one of the things I get all the time is, 'Why don't you just put Steph in a screen-and-roll every play? Why don't you give him the ball every play?' And I think what people who follow our team closely understand is that the number of playmakers we have on our team is what makes us who we are ... drive and kick and passing and moving -- it keeps everybody engaged."

For the third year in a row, the Warriors ranked nearly the bottom of the league in pick-and-rolls.

Yet, that didn't stop Golden State from posting the best offensive rating (113.2) in NBA history.

It's also important to remember that following the Warriors' loss to the Cavs on Christmas Day -- when Curry scored 15 points and took just 11 shots -- Kerr acknowledged that he needs to put Curry in a better position to succeed.

[REWIND: Steph Curry 'definitely' wants Warriors to run more pick-and-roll]

"But for the people who say, 'Just give it to Steph every time and let him go,' well now you're alienating Draymond, you're alienating Andre, you're alienating Shaun. You're basically telling them to be spotup 3-point shooters," Kerr continued. "And now I think you're losing a lot emotionally from what makes the team tick, and you're taking away the energy that Draymond gets from being a playmaker and getting 8 or 10 assists.

"So that's the balance we always try to find with our group -- get everybody involved and energized."

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

Reports: Spurs shopping LaMarcus Aldridge

Reports: Spurs shopping LaMarcus Aldridge

It appears the LaMarcus Aldridge in San Antonio could be nearing its end.

The Spurs are reportedly talking to several teams about a potential trade, according to multiple reports.

In the summer of 2015, Aldridge signed a 4-year deal worth over $84 million.

He can opt out of his deal next summer.

The 5-time All-Star will turn 32 years old in July.

His 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game this season were his lowest totals since his rookie campaign.

In Games 2 through 4 of the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors, he averaged 11.3 points and 5.3 rebounds and shot less than 39 percent from the field.

Aldridge's former team -- the Portland Trail Blazers -- would be interested in acquiring Aldridge, according to Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News.

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