Updated Postseason Report Card Grades for Superstars Still in the NBA Playoffs

Jonathan Wasserman@@NBADraftWassNBA Lead WriterMay 11, 2013

Updated Postseason Report Card Grades for Superstars Still in the NBA Playoffs

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    It's report card time.

    We've expanded the field by stretching the term "superstar" to include more players who deserve a mention.

    Stories are beginning to unfold, and reputations are being built now that we're nearly midway through Round 2. The cast of characters consists of veterans who have been here before and newcomers who haven't.

    The stats and grades reflect everyone's full body of work during the 2013 NBA playoffs so far.

Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

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    Points: 25.3

    Rebounds: 4.0

    Assists: 8.8

    Steals: 2.0

    Blocks: 0.1

    Field-Goal Percentage: .448

    Free-Throw Percentage: .914

    Three-Point Percentage: .420

    After dropping 44 on the Spurs in Game 1 of Round 2, Stephen Curry fell back to earth in Games 2 and 3, where he shot a combined 12-of-37 from the floor.

    To make matters worse, his evil ankle turned on him late in the fourth quarter of Game 3, although X-rays came back negative.

    Even when Curry finds his zone, keeping the ball moving has to be a priority. Somehow I have a feeling the ball will end up finding its way to Curry, but 10 dribbles before a shot can kill the offense's rhythm.

    However, Curry's overall body of work this postseason has landed him in superstar waters. His last two games might have hurt his grade, but he's still passing with flying colors.

    Playoff Grade: A

Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs

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    Points: 19.3

    Rebounds: 8.6

    Assists: 1.6

    Steals: 1.0

    Blocks: 1.0

    Field-Goal Percentage: .482

    Free-Throw Percentage: .893

    He just makes it look so easy. Tim Duncan has used the same formula for 16 years, and nobody has figured out a way to take him off his game.

    Duncan is a tough mismatch for Golden State, which is probably one of the reasons he's taken at least 20 shots in Games 2 and 3 of Round 2.

    He went for 23 and 10 to help reclaim home-court advantage against the Warriors. There isn't much for Duncan to fix, as he's even nailing his foul shots at a 89.3 percent clip.

    Playoff Grade: A-

Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs

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    Points: 24.1

    Rebounds: 4.6

    Assists: 6.0

    Steals: 1.0

    Blocks: 0.1

    Field-Goal Percentage: .482

    Free-Throw Percentage: .786

    Three-Point Percentage: .40

    Tony Parker is playing some of his best ball of his career right now. He's been torching the Warriors in the second round, making a total of 31 field goals in three games.

    He ran circles around Golden State in Game 3, going for 32 points, five rebounds and five assists.

    With Parker in the zone and Tim Duncan on top of his game, the Warriors and the rest of the field are going to have trouble keeping the Spurs out of the NBA Finals.

    Playoff Grade: A+

LeBron James, Miami Heat

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    Points: 23.7

    Rebounds: 7.4

    Assists: 7.1

    Steals: 1.6

    Blocks: 0.3

    Field-Goal Percentage: .552

    Free-Throw Percentage: .741

    Three-Point Percentage: .333

    It's a bad sign for the Chicago Bulls when LeBron James has his worst shooting night of the playoffs (6-of-17 in Game 3) yet still goes for 25 points, eight boards and seven assists.

    As usual, James is controlling each game as a power point forward. He hasn't finished a playoff game with fewer than six dimes.

    Chicago's bigs make it tough for him to score in the paint, although nobody can prevent him from getting there.

    As long as James is healthy, Miami shouldn't have anything to worry about in the rest of Round 2 (or Round 3, realistically).

    Playoff Grade: A

Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

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    Points: 13.3

    Rebounds: 5.0

    Assists: 5.5

    Steals: 2.0

    Blocks: 0.7

    Field-Goal Percentage: .458

    Free-Throw Percentage: .70

    Three-Point Percentage: .000

    Something's not right. Dwyane Wade took only seven shots in 36 minutes in Game 3 against the Bulls, and he's only attempted two free throws in the entire series.

    Are we supposed to blame it on the knee?

    Either way, Wade is not at the top of his game right now, and although it might not hurt the Heat in Round 2, they'll need him healthy and assertive in Rounds 3 and 4.

    Playoff Grade: B-

Chris Bosh, Miami Heat

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    Points: 13.3

    Rebounds: 8.9

    Assists: 1.7

    Steals: 0.6

    Blocks: 1.7

    Field-Goal Percentage: .493

    Free-Throw Percentage: .737

    Three-Point Percentage: .417

    Up until Game 3 of Round 2, Chris Bosh had taken a backseat offensively. Then he went for 20 points and 19 boards.

    His rebounding in Game 3 was huge when you consider Chicago's physical presence on the boards and Miami's lack of glass-crashing big men.

    Bosh has been quiet otherwise. He's always much more effective when he's confident, so maybe that 20-and-19 performance will give him a boost moving forward.

    The Heat will be a lot tougher to dethrone if Bosh is putting up big numbers.

    Playoff Grade: B

Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

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    Points: 28.3

    Rebounds: 6.3

    Assists: 1.8

    Steals: 1.2

    Blocks: 0.1

    Field-Goal Percentage: .391

    Free-Throw Percentage: .886

    Three-Point Percentage: .295

    Carmelo Anthony saved his report card grade after a strong second half against the Indiana Pacers in Game 2. He finished with 32 points on 13-of-26 shooting, marking the first time that he shot at least 50 percent in a game in these playoffs. 

    Anthony's jumper has been off, and considering how much of his offense comes from pull-ups and step-backs, his efficiency level has been horrendous. A 39.1 percent field-goal clip can be a lot more detrimental when it's on a ridiculous 25.6 shot attempts per game, which is how many Melo is taking in the playoffs.

    For the Knicks to climb out of a 2-1 hole, they'll need the same Carmelo Anthony who closed the regular season.

    Playoff Grade: B

Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

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    Points: 32.3

    Rebounds: 9.3

    Assists: 6.2

    Steals: 1.4

    Blocks: 1.0

    Field-Goal Percentage: .490

    Free-Throw Percentage: .851

    Three-Point Percentage: .288

    There's only so much one guy can do. Without Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant is forced to star as a one-man show, and everyone in the building knows it. That is why it's incredible he's found a way to average 32.3 points on an efficient 49 percent shooting.

    Durant's 36 points, 11 boards and nine assists weren't enough in Game 2 against the Memphis Grizzlies. And his 25 points, 11 rebounds and five assists didn't cut it in Game 3, either.

    The only area where Durant is struggling is from downtown. If he's able to catch fire from deep, we could be looking at astronomical scoring numbers from here on out.

    Playoff Grade: A+

Zach Randolph, Memphis Grizzlies

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    Points: 18.4

    Rebounds: 8.4

    Assists: 1.8

    Steals: 0.7

    Blocks: 0.2

    Field-Goal Percentage: .523

    Free-Throw Percentage: .696

    Working in tandem with center Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph has earned his place on this list. Thanks to his presence inside, his Grizzlies currently hold a 2-1 advantage over the defending Western Conference champions.

    He only registered eight points on 4-of-12 shooting in a 87-81 Game 3 win, but he still managed to record double-digit rebounds (10) for the fourth time this postseason. 

    He'll need to continue to be a load inside for the Grizzlies to upend the Thunder.

    Playoff Grade: B+

Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies

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    Points: 18.7

    Rebounds: 7.7

    Assists: 3.6

    Steals: 0.8

    Blocks: 1.7

    Field-Goal Percentage: .491

    Free-Throw Percentage: .806

    The 7'1'' Spanish center is having a very strong postseason alongside Z-Bo for the Memphis Grizzlies.

    In addition to putting up impressive point and rebound totals, the versatile big man continues to stuff the stat sheet, registering close to four assists and two blocks per game. He's even shooting over 80 percent from the line.

    While Randolph struggled offensively in Game 3, Gasol had another stellar outing, notching 20 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two blocks.

    Gasol has put up at least 20 points in each playoff game against the Thunder.

    Playoff Grade: A-

Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls

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    Points: 12.0

    Rebounds: 9.7

    Assists: 2.6

    Steals: 0.9

    Blocks: 2.5

    Field-Goal Percentage: .463

    Free-Throw Percentage: .606

    Joakim Noah might never be considered a superstar, but his impact in the playoffs suggests otherwise.

    The Bulls would be chipping out of a sand trap about now had it not been for Noah in Round 1. His motor is just relentless, and his toughness is invaluable.

    Noah has gone for six double-doubles so far this postseason, one of which came in a win over Miami. His physical style of play and fearlessness as a rim-protector have helped keep Miami's stars in check heading into Game 4.

    You can throw out the statistics with Noah. His impact in the playoffs can't be measured by numbers.

    Playoff Grade: B+

Paul George, Indiana Pacers

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    Points: 18.3

    Rebounds: 8.2

    Assists: 4.8

    Steals: 1.9

    Blocks: 0.6

    Field-Goal Percentage: .397

    Free-Throw Percentage: .773

    Three-Point Percentage: .269

    Indiana's only legitimate go-to option, Paul George has been somewhat inconsistent throughout the playoffs, shooting below 40 percent in six games thus far.

    While he turned the ball over seven times in Game 2 and five in Game 3, he's been putting points on the board for a team that desperately needs some offense.

    George is also crashing the boards and creating for teammates, showcasing his versatility on a routine basis.

    The Pacers will have to hope George's three-ball comes around, because he's the only player who's capable of carrying them offensively.

    Playoff Grade: B+


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