By Marty Burns
February 18, 2008
Eastern Conference All-Star Grades's Marty Burns grades each of the players on the Eastern Conference team
Jason Kidd
Grade: B+
Stats: 25 min., 2 points (1-2 FG, 0-1 3PT, 0-0 FT), 4 rebounds, 10 assists, 4 steals
Analysis: Celebrated his revived trade to Mavs by leading East in assists and steals while helping keep offense settled during frantic fourth-quarter minutes. But shouldn't he technically have been playing for the West?
Dwyane Wade
Grade: B+
Stats: 22 min., 14 points (7-12 FG, 0-1 3PT, 0-2 FT), 4 rebounds, 3 assists
Analysis: Heat superstar must have felt rejuvenated playing alongside good players again. Scored on several dazzling plays, including huge drive and layup to put East ahead 129-125, and blocked Nowitzki's final attempt to help seal victory.
LeBron James
Grade: A
Stats: 30 min., 27 points (12-22 FG, 2-7 3PT, 1-1 FT), 8 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals
Analysis: Cavs superstar won second All-Star MVP in three years, tying him with Kobe Bryant and Allen Iverson for most among active players. Looked like Jim Brown on drive and dunk that gave East lead for good at 127-125.
Chris Bosh
Grade: B+
Stats: 22 min., 14 points (7-15 FG, 0-0 3PT, 0-2 FT), 7 rebounds, 1 assist
Analysis: YouTube comedian was no laughing matter to West, especially in first quarter when he had four dunks to help East to early 18-7 lead. With strong overall showing, he probably won't need another video to make team next season.
Dwight Howard
Grade: A-
Stats: 31 min., 16 points (7-7 FG, 0-0 3PT, 2-3 FT), 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals
Analysis: Slam Dunk champ didn't get to wear his red cape, but still played like Man of Steel. Led East with nine boards and put on another dunk display, including highlight throwdown off volleyball-style set up from Kidd/LeBron.
Chauncey Billups
Grade: C
Stats: 18 min., 6 points (3-10 FG, 0-6 3PT, 0-1 FT), 1 rebound, 4 assists
Analysis: Mr. Big Shot failed to live up to nickname in this one. Missed all six of his three-point attempts to lead a dismal 5-of-27 effort from downtown for East players not named Ray Allen.
Ray Allen
Grade: A
Stats: 19 min., 28 points (10-14 FG, 5-9 3PT, 3-5 FT), 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals
Analysis: Injury replacement for Caron Butler nearly took home MVP honors. Tallied 14 of his game-high 28 in the fourth quarter, and his clutch three-point barrage at the end to lift East to victory was one for the time capsule.
Richard Hamilton
Grade: B
Stats: 18 min., 9 points (4-9 FG, 1-1 3PT, 0-0 FT), 2 assists
Analysis: Followed up that disappointing showing in Saturday's Three Point Shootout by sinking his only three of the evening. Otherwise, a nondescript performance for the Pistons shooting guard.
Antawn Jamison
Grade: B-
Stats: 12 min., 2 points (1-3 FG, 0-2 3PT, 0-0 FT), 1 rebound
Analysis: Wizards veteran played fewest minutes of any player not named Kobe Bryant. But he did draw ire of New Orleans crowd by teaming with Wallace to block shot attempt by Hornets forward David West.
Rasheed Wallace
Grade: C
Stats: 18 min., 3 points (1-5 FG, 1-5 3PT, 0-0 FT), 5 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 blocks
Analysis: Injury replacement for Kevin Garnett made just one of his five field goal attempts, but it was a beauty: a left-handed three-pointer.
Paul Pierce
Grade: B
Stats: 13 min., 10 points (5-9 FG, 0-3 3PT, 0-0 FT), 4 rebounds, 2 assists
Analysis: Played it like a typical Celtics game this season. Scored all 10 of his points over the first three quarters to help East build 13-point lead, then turned it over to Allen for the finishing touch.
Joe Johnson
Grade: B-
Stats: 13 min., 3 points (1-2 FG, 1-1 3PT, 0-0 FT), 2 assists
Analysis: Quiet night for Hawks shooting guard, who played more minutes (17) and had more points (12) in last year's All-Star debut. At least he's got Mike Bibby waiting for him back home.

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