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Los Angeles, CA – Once a year the NBA travels across the states to find one city to host the NBA All-Star. This year was different, while the city of Los Angeles got the bid, the format of picking teams was a new idea many didn’t know how to embrace.
No more East vs West. The anticipation was high, the top two voters (LeBron James and Stephen Curry) choose teams, Team LeBron vs Team Steph. Ideally, both players represent the West and the East but picking teams was very similar to that of dodge ball. Tonight, it was Team LeBron with the 148-145 victory over Team Steph.
Sunday night at the Staples Center was more than entertainment. It was a spectacular show by all. A competitive game amongst the best in the league proved the change was necessary. Not your typical boring game that had been traditional since the birth of the All-Star game back March 2, 1951.
This year, there was a mix of three-point shooters on Team Steph while Team LeBron had the Bigs. But it was the double team of both James and Durant who forced Curry miss the final shot of the game that may have given Team Steph the win.
James was named MVP for the third time in his career and the first time since 2008 NBA All-Star game in New Orleans. It wasn’t the three-point shooting that kept Team LeBron one step ahead of Team Steph, it was the suffocating defense in the final minutes that kept both Curry and Klay Thompson from any three-point attempts.
“The great thing about our commissioner (Adam Silver), he’s absolutely OK with trying something new, to change the format, and it definitely worked out for everybody,” James said. “It worked out not only for the players, not only for the league, but for our fans, for everybody. It was a great weekend, and we capped it off the right way.”
Sunday’s night game was probably the best in years, Team Steph opened up their lead before Team LeBron made a comeback late in the fourth. It was James three-point shot that tied the game 144-144. While the game was competitive it was still fun for all players.
The loss goes in the history books for Team Steph and the players will return to basketball this Thursday. But this time, this second half proves to me more exciting as the race for the playoffs will be underway. So, Team Steph lost, he’ll get Durant back as the Golden State Warriors will push to win back-to-back championships.
It was a great time-out for all but now let’s get back to basketball! The Warriors will host the Los Angeles Clippers Thursday night at Oracle Arena on TNT.