Steph Curry, Jordan Poole graded in Warriors vs. Grizzlies

The Golden State Warriors won a thrilling game over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night, swapping leads for 48 minutes with a team that may or may not be their rival.

It was pretty wild, pretty dramatic, and pretty fun. So let’s grade the players, weighting for our expectations of each player. As always, a “B” grade represents the average performance for the player.

Note: True-shooting percentage (TS) is a scoring efficiency metric that accounts for threes and free throws. Entering Wednesday’s game, league average was 57.9%.

Draymond Green

32 minutes, 8 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal, 3 blocks, 5 turnovers, 5 fouls, 3-for-3 shooting, 2-for-4 free throws, 84.0% TS, +2

Something tells me that if the Warriors are able to turn their season around, it will start on defense. And wow, what a defensive showing it was from Green, who was an absolute monster on that end of the court.

Green really showed off the entire package in this game, rebounding like a menace which was necessary with the team’s smaller lineup, scoring efficiently, and dishing out some dreamy dimes. He was certainly a part of the team’s massive turnover issue, but other than that, Green was spectacular.

Grade: A-

Post-game bonus: Led the team in rebounds, tied for the team lead in assists.

Jonathan Kuminga

24 minutes, 13 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, 4 turnovers, 4 fouls, 5-for-6 shooting, 1-for-1 threes, 2-for-2 free throws, 94.5% TS, -16

Efficiency notwithstanding, Kuminga’s statline doesn’t look very good, but I don’t think it tells the story. Despite the turnovers and fouls, I thought he had good composure in this game. It’s stunning to see how much the action has slowed down for him compared to earlier in the season.

Still, the turnovers and fouls were inexcusably high, and the rebounding total inexcusably low. But despite the bad plus/minus, I thought he did a lot to help the team win, and the efficiency is phenomenal.

Grade: B

Post-game bonus: Worst plus/minus on the team.

Steph Curry

35 minutes, 34 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 3 turnovers, 3 fouls, 10-for-19 shooting, 4-for-8 threes, 10-for-11 free throws, 71.3% TS, -3

Curry’s game started out horribly, with the two-time MVP picking up a pair of fouls in the first 59 seconds, and then committing an awful turnover. It also ended horribly, with Curry getting ejected from a tied game. Say what you want about the ref’s decision to eject Curry (very weak), but he’s been thrown out twice before, and each time it was for throwing his mouthguard. So it’s not like he should have been blindsided here.

But in between? Brilliance, pure brilliance, and nothing but brilliance. His passing was special, despite the low assist totals. His efficiency was absurd, and that’s before we get to the fact that at least four of his nine missed shots should have been whistled as fouls.

The plus/minus may be a negative, but this is a blowout loss without Curry,…

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