NBA All-Star Weekend

NBA All-Star Weekend

Jake Heuskin, Sports Editor

NBA All-Star Weekend has passed, and it was one to remember in the great city of New Orleans. Many questions were asked leading up to the game, skills challenge, dunk contest, and 3 point contest, and they were all answered: Will there actually be any sort of defense played? Not even a little bit. Will Aaron Gordon repeat as the dunk champion? Nope. Will Klay Thompson dominate the three point contest? Nope. Will Western Conference coach Steve Kerr play all four Warriors at the same time as Russell Westbrook? Thank God he didn’t..

There was absolutely zero defense played in the game, as expected. The West won the game, defeating the East by an outrageous score of 192-182. New Orleans Star Anthony Davis was named MVP of the game, setting an All Star Game record with 52 points and 10 rebounds. The New York Knicks beloved 21-year-old Kristaps Porzingis showed off his freakish skills for a 7 foot 3 inch power forward, winning the skills competition. Reigning 3 Point Champion Klay Thompson was surprisingly eliminated in the first round of the competition. Eric Gordon upset Kyrie Irving 21-18 in a tiebreaker to claim the title. And in the dunk contest, Glenn Robinson III earned a perfect score of 50 after dunking over 3 people in the final round, defeating Derrick Jones Jr.

Going into it all there was a huge question around the league. How in the world did this year’s MVP favorite, Russell Westbrook not earn a starting spot in the game? The most dominant and electrifying player in the game is currently averaging a triple-double, and is on pace to become the first player ever to do so in a season since Oscar Robertson did it in the 1960s. Westbrook has been carrying his team, averaging 31 points, 10.3 assists, and 10.6 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder currently sit in 7th place in the Western Conference with a record of 34-25, winning three straight since coming back from the All-Star Break.

 

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