Uncle Drew didn’t silence his critics last night, but he made them at least think about their opinions about him. Kyrie Irving led the Eastern NBA All-Stars to a 163-155 victory over the Western squad in one of the more entertaining all-star exhibitions in quite some time. Irving finished with 31 points, 14 assists, and five board, scoring 15 of those points in the 4th quarter, helping him snag MVP honors. He looked like he was playing a bit harder than many of his colleagues, but that should not take away from his performance.
I will gladly pat myself on the back and mention how I was most looking forward to watch Irving play more than anyone else this weekend. He had a schoolyard moments against Dwight Howard, but his game was more substance than flash on Sunday. A player who handles the ball as well as Irving is always going to make an impression in an all-star game, much like he did in his first try last season. And of course this brings up more conversation about “Why is Cleveland so bad this year?” with a player like Irving.
Don’t worry. That will all blow over in about a week when the season continues and everyone forgets Irving was even the MVP. The other aspects of the game were very entertaining, as the younger faces of the game wanted to show off their skills. From the West, Blake Griffin hit about 20 dunks and looked like he was trying to make a YouTube video montage on his own. Kevin Durant came out firing, but unfortunately for him, he got cold towards the end of the game. James Harden looked half asleep, so it was another day at the office for him.
From the Eastern Conference, LeBron James threw down a nasty dunk in the first quarter and played a really solid game. Carmelo Anthony hit an all-star game record eight three-pointers and didn’t pass, so nothing new here. And Roy Hibbert took an all-time ugly three that made the night really come full circle.
If you want to see the a top 10 countdown of the game’s plays, just look below: