Raymond Felton, PG, Knicks: B
So many people are going to hate me, but I am not impressed with Raymond Felton.
The point man finished with 10 points, nine assists and one steal, but I find myself cringing every time he touches the ball.
Felton can get to the rim, I'll give him that. He's even a deft passer when he wants to be. But the man holds onto the ball for too long, and when he attacks, he's reckless. Not the good kind of reckless, but eyes-closed, ball-exposed kind of reckless.
He coughed the rock up four times and missed all three of his three-point attempts, every single one of which was a wide open look.
People continue to assert that Felton is a barometer for this Knicks team, but I disagree. He's of significance, but not as important as he was expected to be.
Norris Cole, PG, Heat: B-
I wanted to give Norris Cole a better grade, I really did, but he had seven turnovers. He made Felton look like Ball Protector of the Year.
Outside of those miscues, however, Cole played extremely well. He shot 6-of-12 from the floor and finished with 14 points.
He forced two steals as well and continued to hassle the Knicks on the perimeter; he, for one, was not the reason New York hit on 14-of-27 treys.
Even with Cole knocking down some shots, you could tell the Heat definitely missed the playmaking abilities of LeBron James and even Mario Chalmers. Cole had just three assists, and again, those seven turnovers.
You know you're in need of a primary distributor when you're turning to Ray Allen to run the offense down the stretch.