By Marty Burns
February 18, 2008
Western Conference All-Star Grades's Marty Burns grades each of the players on the Western Conference team
Allen Iverson
Grade: B-
Stats: 21 min., 7 points (3-7 FG, 0-0 3PT, 1-2 FT), 2 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals
Analysis: Two-time All-Star MVP was catalyst early and tied Paul for West lead in steals (four) while racking up six assists. But he also committed game-high six turnovers, and joined Nuggets teammate Anthony on the pine for the fourth.
Kobe Bryant
Grade: Inc.
Stats: 3 min., 0 points (0-0 FG, 0-0 3PT, 0-0 FT), 1 rebound
Analysis: Forced to play by Commish despite injured pinkie, reigning MVP made token appearance as starter before taking seat for good. At least he didn't break record for fewest minutes ever in an All-Star Game (Connie Hawkins, one, in '71).
Carmelo Anthony
Grade: B+
Stats: 22 min., 18 points (8-17 FG, 0-0 3PT, 2-3 FT), 7 rebounds, 1 assist
Analysis: Nuggets scoring machine had solid overall outing, tying for team lead in scoring and chipping in on backboards. But did not play in fourth quarter as West coach Byron Scott stuck with Stoudemire/Nowitzki frontcourt.
Tim Duncan
Grade: B-
Stats: 22 min., 4 points (2-7 FG, 0-1 3PT, 0-0 FT), 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block
Analysis: Spurs' normally stoic big man showed playful side, hoisting three-pointer and another long jumper. But he took care of business on the boards all night, joining with Boozer to spearhead a 59-45 edge for West in rebounds.
Yao Ming
Grade: B-
Stats: 13 min., 6 points (2-5 FG, 0-2 3PT, 2-2 FT), 5 rebounds, 1 assist
Analysis: One-upped fellow starter Duncan in let's-have-fun department, jacking up two three-pointers (including one airball). Also stole show on video board by having no clue on answers to New Orleans trivia questions during breaks in action.
Steve Nash
Grade: C
Stats: 20 min., 8 points (4-8 FG, 0-1 3PT, 0-0 FT), 6 assists
Analysis: Surprisingly low-key effort for Suns' maestro, though he was efficient with six dimes and just one turnover. Maybe he didn't want to steal the spotlight from Paul.
David West
Grade: B-
Stats: 16 min., 6 points (3-6 FG, 0-0 3PT, 0-0 FT), 4 rebounds, 1 assist
Analysis: Didn't shine as bright as Paul, but held his own in All-Star debut before home crowd. Had a nice two-handed dunk on a feed from Nash, and teamed with CP3 to help his team get back in game after falling behind early.
Chris Paul
Grade: A-
Stats: 27 min., 16 points (7-14 FG, 2-6 3PT, 0-0 FT), 3 rebounds, 14 assists, 4 steals
Analysis: Hometown hero nearly made for storybook finish, leading West in assists and steals while quarterbacking second-half rally. Misfired on two big three-pointers and committed costly offensive foul in frantic final minutes.
Amaré Stoudemire
Grade: A-
Stats: 23 min., 18 points (8-11 FG, 1-2 3PT, 1-3 FT), 5 rebounds
Analysis: Shaq's new running mate did Diesel proud, scoring eight of his team-high 18 points to fuel West's late surge. Also produced one of night's highlight plays, wheeling around Howard for facial dunk early in fourth quarter.
Carlos Boozer
Grade: B+
Stats: 19 min., 14 points (7-15 FG, 0-0 3PT, 0-2 FT), 10 rebounds
Analysis: Jazz forward was just glad to play after sitting out last year's game with injury. Still, he made large contribution with several buckets inside while leading all West players in rebounding.
Dirk Nowitzki
Grade: B
Stats: 26 min., 13 points (5-14 FG, 1-4 3PT, 2-2 FT), 4 rebounds, 2 assists
Analysis: Up and down night for 7-foot German. Sank a few big shots during West comeback, but also shot an airball, got hit in back of head with pass, and had crucial final shot blocked by Wade.
Brandon Roy
Grade: A-
Stats: 29 min., 18 points (8-10 FG, 2-3 3PT, 0-0 FT), 9 rebounds, 5 assists
Analysis: Sterling All-Star debut for Blazers second-year guard. Tied for team lead in scoring while playing big role in fourth-quarter comeback. Even snuffed the 6-foot-10 Bosh underneath on key possession late.

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