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All-Star Weekend Recap

by Photo of Ross Bernhardt

Durantula walked out with the MVP, Kobe got a broken nose, and a surprisingly tight game in Orlando.

All-Star Weekend Recap

All-Star Weekend has come and gone, we have more meaningless basketball to talk about before actual games start up.  I probably watched more of the Academy Awards last night than the All-Star Game, and I barely watched any of All-Star Saturday.  But I did get some brief glimpses of the action over the last three days.  Here's what I saw:

Doug Gottlieb Tried WAY Too Hard Friday Night

The Celebrity Game featured "celebrities" and some former NBA players, but one man stole the show.  Former Oklahoma State player and current ESPN college hoops analyst Doug Gottlieb came out like a man possessed, and was playing at a level above everybody else on the court.  He was actually playing defense and getting steals in the back court.  He looked like he wanted to prove something, and he proved to me that he can beat "celebrities" at basketball.  Congrats, Doug.

John Wall Went Behind-the-Back for a Dunk

I didn't see the Dunk Contest (but my pick, Jeremy Evans, did take the title) but apparently they could have used Wall to spice things up.  During the Rising Stars Challenge, with the game out of reach, Wall pulled off a behind-the-back dunk that opened my eyes when I saw it.  Kyrie Irving won MVP honors, but Wall did this:

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The Shooting Stars Competition

This was the only event that I watched in full on Saturday night, and I enjoyed it a lot.  It's simple, it's fast, and when they guys make shots, it's pretty fun.  Team New York, comprised of Landry Fields, former Knick Allan Houston, and New York Liberty player Cappie Pondexter, beat Team Texas because Chandler Parsons couldn't hit an elbow jumper.  

LeBron James Catching Fire

The King put on an incredible show in the second half.  He was unconscious from the perimeter, tying an All-Star record with six threes for the game.  He was hitting from everywhere, and he kept the East in the game after the West dropped 88 points in the first half (also an ASG record).  James also threw down some ridiculous dunks, as per usual, but really impressed me with his long-range shooting.  Maybe this will compel James to fire up more threes during the second half, since he's only attempted 63 this season.

But of course, the only thing people want to talk about in regards to LeBron today is his decision to pass up a potential game-winning shot late in the fourth.  Does that really have any bearing on whether he's a clutch player or not?  Sure Kobe Bryant laughed at him afterwards, but I don't read into this at all.  It's an exhibition game for Pete's sake.  If you want to talk about a lack of clutch, talk about Dwayne Wade dropping a wide open pass and fumbled it out of bounds when he had an opportunity for a breakaway layup.

Dwayne Wade Breaking Kobe Bryant's Nose

The most surprising incident of the ASG had to be Dwayne Wade giving a hard foul in the third quarter on Kobe Bryant that ended up breaking his nose.  Even more surprising was TNT commentator Reggie Miller calling it "a good foul" although I shouldn't be expecting good commentary from Miller in the first place.  Wade didn't look apologetic or remorseful afterwards, and Bryant suffered a mild concussion.

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Kevin Durant Wins the MVP

Durant and LeBron were both deserving of the honor, but the Durantula prevailed.  He dropped 36 points and grabbed seven points, and did it in a variety of ways.  He was hitting from the outside.  He got to the free throw line.  He hit from mid-range.  And he threw down some vicious dunks as well, including probably the highlight of the night:

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Durant is going to be a prominent figure in All-Star games for the rest of his career, and if he keeps playing like this, ASG's will continue to entertain.

So what was your favorite moment from All-Star Weekend?

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