Thursday, February 17, 2011
Updated: February 19, 11:44 PM ET
2011 NBA All-Star Game Scorecard: 3-point shootout
By By TBD
Grades by Kevin Arnovitz
2011 NBA All-Star
The all-time leader in 3-points made, Allen ran off 10 straight in the first round. His silky smooth stroke vaulted him to the top of the leaderboard. But in the finals, Allen couldn't keep pace, despite draining five in a row at the top of the arc. He was finished before reaching the final rack.
You get the sense Durant could've bettered his putrid 6-point performance had there been a defender closing out on him. Durant might be one of the game's most lethal assassins in five-on-five play, but working in an empty half court, the touch just wasn't there.
We'll avoid the low-hanging fruit and not make mention of the wine and gold. And as merely the fifth-place finisher, we'll also spare him a failing grade. Gibson missed his first nine shots and never got on track. Truth be told, Gibson's haircut alone should've disqualified him.
Jones has attempted 259 field goals this season -- 220 of them from beyond the arc. The well-prepared Jones caught fire in the final round. He hit four of his five moneyballs and burned up the racks after the turn. Heaters have now won three of the last five crowns.
The returning champ provided the most dramatic moment of the first round when he drained the decisive moneyball at the buzzer on his final rack, bumping Dorell Wright from the competition. In the finals, Pierce was consistent, but was bested by James' moneyball barrage.
Wright has tightened his mechanics and become a prolific threat from downtown. He had spurts on Saturday night when he looked like he might find his groove, but never fully locked in. In the end, he was bumped out at the Round 1 buzzer by Pierce.