By Marty Burns
February 21, 2005
Eastern Conference All-Star Grades's Marty Burns grades each of the players on the Eastern Conference team
Gilbert Arenas, Wizards
Grade: C
Stats: 15 min., 7 points (3-11 FG, 1-3 3PT, 0-0 FT), 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 0 steals
Analysis: Missed his first five shots before settling down over the final 14 minutes. Blame it on first-time All-Star jitters -- or those hideous red sneakers.
Vince Carter, Nets
Grade: B+
Stats: 18 min., 11 points (4-8 FG, 3-5 3PT, 0-0 FT), 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 0 steals
Analysis: Borrowed a page from his cousin T-Mac's All-Star book and rammed home an off-the-backboard pass-to-himself for a dunk. Easily the game's signature play.
Grant Hill, Magic
Grade: B
Stats: 18 min., 6 points (3-6 FG, 0-0 3PT, 0-0 FT), 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steals
Analysis: Sentimental favorite didn't disappoint with solid all-around showing, even driving past McGrady for a two-handed dunk. Obviously didn't forget his contact lenses this time.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Cavaliers
Grade: B+
Stats: 17 min., 12 points (5-8 FG, 0-0 3PT, 1-2 FT), 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 0 steals
Analysis: One of his shots got stuck in the side of the rim, but otherwise a much better performance than his previous All-Star trip in 2003. Of course he only played four minutes that game.
Allen Iverson, 76ers
Grade: A-
Stats: 32 min., 15 points (4-13 FG, 0-0 3PT, 7-7 FT), 4 rebounds, 9 assists, 5 steals
Analysis: Not the most dominant MVP (seven turnovers and 4-of-13 shooting). But he led his team in scoring and assists, and his pace-setting made the difference.
LeBron James, Cavaliers
Grade: A-
Stats: 31 min., 13 points (6-13 FG, 1-4 3PT, 0-1 FT), 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals
Analysis: Impressive All-Star debut for the King, replete with the customary dunks, drives and dishes -- all in the flow of the game. But did we expect anything less?
Antawn Jamison, Wizards
Grade: C
Stats: 13 min., 5 points (2-5 FG, 1-1 3PT, 0-0 FT), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 0 steals
Analysis: Played the fewest minutes (13) of anybody on either team, but it didn't matter. Last year at this time he was just hoping for the Sixth Man award.
Jermaine O'Neal, Pacers
Grade: B+
Stats: 19 min., 15 points (6-10 FG, 0-0 3PT, 3-4 FT), 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal
Analysis: Tied Iverson for East scoring honors despite playing only 19 minutes. His 10 points (on 4-of-4 shooting) in the third helped swing the game to the East.
Shaquille O'Neal, Heat
Grade: A-
Stats: 25 min., 12 points (6-11 FG, 0-1 3PT, 0-3 FT), 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals
Analysis: Provided comic relief to go with his usual dominance inside. But he might soon be hearing from SI's lawyers about that giant sneaker phone.
Paul Pierce, Celtics
Grade: B
Stats: 14 min., 9 points (4-7 FG, 0-2 3PT, 1-1 FT), 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal
Analysis: Despite limited playing time, made his presence felt with a strong all-around effort. Also showed love for Boston by holding up jersey during pre-game introductions.
Dwyane Wade, Heat
Grade: B
Stats: 23 min., 14 points (6-13 FG, 0-1 3PT, 2-2 FT), 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals
Analysis: Scored 10 of his 14 in the fourth quarter to help East stave off West rally. His steal and breakaway reverse jam was among the night's highlights.
Ben Wallace, Pistons
Grade: B-
Stats: 15 min., 6 points (3-7 FG, 0-0 3PT, 0-0 FT), 7 rebounds, 0 assists, 0 steals
Analysis: No reason to fear 'fro on this night, unless you were almost hit by that one errant pass into the crowd. But he did have a big put-back in the fourth quarter.

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