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Midseason Report Card: You Know Who Has the Lowest Grade, But Guess Who Has the Highest?

I’ll kill the surprise for you. I gave out four As. Three of them were to bench players. The other one: David Lee.

I’ll wait while you finish your rant/laughter.

You done? Good.

Yes, I gave David Lee an A. The explanation is below, but before you indulge, I must point out that context is critical. History is factored in. Salary. Injury. All that. But a key ingredient is expectation. I don’t believe in penalizing a guy for not doing something he shouldn’t be expected to do. With that said, have at me. And, please, post your grades.

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Kobe Takes (Indirect) Shot at Warriors Management for Jeremy Lin Gaffe

It seems Kobe Bryant thinks GM Larry Riley, Assistant GM Bob Myers and the rest of the Warriors’ staff should be axed for letting Jeremy Lin go. At least that’s what he told the Associated Press
KOBE: “The biggest thing to me is how everybody missed that. They all would be fired if I was owning a team. I hear this stuff about it coming out of nowhere, and I think it’s (wrong). You can’t play that well and just come out of nowhere. There has to be something there, and everybody missed it, so heads would roll.”
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Stephen Curry’s MRI Results Has Him “Hopeful” He Can Play Tuesday

Warriors point guard Stephen Curry got the results back Sunday from the MRI on his right foot. He said he has a sprained right deltoid ligament.

“I’m hopeful I can play Tuesday,” Curry said. “It feels better. Rehab is going well. Just have to see how it responds the next couple of days. I’m confident I won’t miss won’t miss much time, if any.”

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Warriors to Send Jeremy Tyler to D-League

Warriors rookie big man Jeremy Tyler is headed to the NBA Development League.

A team source confirmed the Yahoo! Sports report that Golden State is planning to send Tyler to the Dakota Wizards, the Warriors’ D-League team, to start the second half of the season.

Tyler has appeared in 14 games, averaging 1.9 points and 1.0 rebounds in 4.6 minutes. He last played Feb. 17 at Oklahoma City, when he totaled eight points and three rebounds in nine minutes.

The move will be announced Monday, the team source.

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Warriors PG Stephen Curry Skipping Orlando to Rest His Ailing Right Foot

Warriors point guard Stephen Curry won’t be headed to Orlando. He is skipping the All-Star Weekend festivities, including Saturday’s Skills Challenge, to rest his ailing right foot, which he injured in Wednesday’a win at Phoenix.

Young said the decision was much more precautionary and the strained tendon in his foot has nothing to do with the right ankle that’s already cost Curry nine games.

“Doctors told him he needs to stay off it as much as possible,” Young said in a phone interview Thursday. “He feels like it will be fine in three or four days. He’s very optimistic he will play in Indianapolis.”
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Monta Ellis’ Game-Winner Lifts Warriors Over Suns 106-104; Warriors Enter All-Star Break Having Won 5 of 8

Game Story for Tomorrow

PHOENIX — As usual, the ball was in the hands of Monta Ellis with the game on the line. But this time, Ellis was matched up against his nemesis, Phoenix small forward Grant Hill.

Ellis dribbled hard down the right side of the lane, pivoted away from the basket and pulled up for a turn-around fade-away over Hill. Nailed it.

Ellis’ game-winner lifted Golden State to a 106-104 win at Phoenix, saving the Warriors from another heart-breaking defeat as they blew a 21-point lead.  Ellis’ game-winner, the most timely of several clutch baskets late, was the highlight of the night. But  the Warriors won the game thanks to defense, grit and a stubborn refusal to lose.

Down the stretch, the Warriors were without point guard Stephen Curry, who left the game after playing just 10 minutes thanks to a right foot injury. They also didn’t have big man Ekpe Udoh, who banged his left knee again and was limited enough for coach Mark Jackson to keep him on the bench.

Still, the Warriors  hung on. Even after their lead dwindled to nine, to five, to two, and eventually to a 98-96 deficit, the Warriors hung on.

“If I had to design a win,“ Jackson said, “I would have designed it this way. Itw as much better for our future to grind out a win. … We buckled and were disciplined enough on both sides of the basketball to come out of here with a win. It was a great victory, absolutely a great victory.”

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