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2011 NBA All-Star Game Superlatives

Posted on: February 20, 2011 11:33 pm
Edited on: February 21, 2011 12:22 am
 

Highlights and lowlights from the 2011 NBA All-Star Game. Posted by Ben Golliver.

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The Western Conference prevailed over the Eastern Conference, 148-143, in Sunday’s 2011 NBA All-Star Game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. Here’s a look at some of the highlights and lowlights from the evening.

Most Valuable Player – Kobe Bryant

From the opening tip, Kobe Bryant was playing just a touch harder than everyone else in the game and clearly looked like he was gunning for his 4th NBA All-Star MVP. Truth be told, he didn’t have much competition. He had the most points, the best dunks and the home court advantage. The West’s second half force-feeding of Bryant got a quiet Staples Center crowd going and the win sealed the deal. Bryant finished with a game-high 37 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and three steals in 29 minutes. He received a standing ovation when West coach Gregg Popovich pulled him from the game with less than a minute to play. He was voted MVP immediately following the game, tying him with Bob Pettit for most career NBA All-Star Game MVPs.

Least Valuable Player – Kevin Love

Kevin Love might be the most valuable player on the Minnesota Timberwolves, but on Sunday night he was better as a towel waiver and hand clapper than as a scorer or impact rebounder. His limitations – athleticism, lift, height for his position – will never be more glaring than in an NBA All-Star Game. Love finished with two points, four rebounds and one assist in 11 minutes.

Best Moment – Kobe Bryant dunks on LeBron James in transition

As the West looked to pull away in the third quarter, LeBron James tried to shift the momentum by foolishly attempting a chasedown block from behind as Bryant coasted in for a transition dunk. 'Bron got up, but Bryant got up higher, throwing down a two-handed dunk with force to many oohs and aahs from the Lakers fans in attendance. (The dunk is pictured above.)

Worst Moment – Dwight Howard hard fouls Kevin Durant

I get that the paint has to be protected and nobody wants to be in a post, but a third quarter drive from Kevin Durant ended in a massive collision when Dwight Howard met him high off the ground with full force. The resulting crash to the ground had people gasping, but Durant shook off the hit and headed quietly to the free throw line.

Most Thoughtful -- Drake

During a halftime show cameo, rapper Drake joined Rihanna on stage for a rendition of their hit “What’s My Name?” Drake flipped up the lyrics to wish Rihanna a happy birthday as Sunday was her 23rd birthday. Rihanna was later joined by an energetic Kanye West as well, making for a memorable and well-received halftime show. 

Most Historic – Bill Russell

During a first half break in action, legendary Boston Celtics center Bill Russell was recognized for winning the President Medal of Freedom this week. Russell, who was wearing the medal, was cheered loudly by the crowd, a nice gesture considering the current Celtics were roundly booed when they entered the game.

Best Coaching Move – Doc Rivers

In the first half, East coach Doc Rivers subbed all four of his Boston Celtics – Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett-- into the game simultaneously. What better way for a coach to show his appreciation for as team-first and ego-free group of All-Stars as you’ll find?

Second Best Coaching Move – Gregg Popovich

During the fourth quarter, the Staples Center crowd started a chant of “We want Blake!” West coach Gregg Poppovich immediately obliged their demands. If Bryant is King of L.A., Griffin is surely first in line to take the throne.

Biggest Disappointment – Blake Griffin

In relative terms of course. After showing out big time in the rookie/sophomore game and making history in the Dunk Contest, Blake Griffin was a bit player on Sunday, looking a little bit tentative on offense and managing only a few moments of jaw-dropping glory. Griffin finished with eight points, five rebounds and five assists in 14 minutes.

Best Potential – Russell Westbrook

Of the first time All-Stars, few looked like they belong as much as Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, who threw down a vicious dunk in transition, yanked his defenders around with crossovers and finished one move in the paint with an acrobatic lefty hanging flip shot. He will be a staple of future All-Star Games for years to come. Westbrook finished with 12 points, five rebounds and two assists in 14 minutes.

Most Overlooked -- LeBron James

Because his night slowly built up over the course of the game, LeBron James got lost in the early Bryant flurry and wasn't the game's headliner. But his supporting performance was still jaw-dropping and thunderous, his relentless drives to the rim ending with one monster dunk and a number of trips to the free throw line. When all was said and done, he finished with a gigantic triple double: 29 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in 32 minutes.  

Best Technology – Mics

The in-arena sound was excellent throughout the night, but the best touch was the on-court microphones, which allowed everyone – even those in the upper deck – to hear scattered player conversations. Guys yelling “same” when two teammates went for the same rebound, “help” when someone didn’t get back in transition and, of course, “come on” when a perceived foul wasn’t called. The sound, combined with the stage lighting, made for an unforgettable live experience.

Star Tracker

Here’s a nearly complete list of celebrities that were shown on the big screen during the game.

Gene Simmons, Justin Bieber, Stevie Wonder, P. Diddy, Spike Lee, George Lopez, Bruno Mars, John Legend, Mark Curry, Keri Hilson, Dustin Hoffman, Steven Tyler, Nick Cannon, Neyo, Warren Beatty, Julius Erving, James Worthy, David Robinson, Clyde Drexler, Darryl Dawkins, Dominique Wilkins, Rick Fox, Kanye West, Ellen Pompeo, Jack Nicholson, Derek Fisher, Shawn Stockman, Piers Morgan, Jason Sudeikis, Will Forte, Chris Tucker, Snoop Dogg, Noah Wyle, Ciara, Terrell Owens, Rihanna, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Robert Horry, Forest Whitaker.

Comments

Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2011 7:57 pm
 

2011 NBA All-Star Game Superlatives

Wow. This generation is even more dumbed-down than I thought. I had at least some hope that people would see that I was merely illustrating the absurdity of today's casual charges of racism at every turn.



Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2011 4:00 pm
 

2011 NBA All-Star Game Superlatives

In the first half, East coach Doc Rivers subbed all four of his Boston Celtics – , , and -- into the game simultaneously. What better way for a coach to show his appreciation for as team-first and ego-free group of All-Stars as you’ll find
are you really saying that KG is EGO-FREE? rofl 

'Bron got up, but Bryant got up higher, throwing down a two-handed dunk with force
are you watching your imaginary TV again...the pic is in your article, with LeBrons head a foot up higher that Kobe's. KB just got there first.



Since: Jan 17, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2011 10:04 am
 

2011 NBA All-Star Game Superlatives

291--sorry for the math. I was just more concerned about the 91 about 200.



Since: Jan 17, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2011 9:40 am
 

2011 NBA All-Star Game Superlatives

Beside all the comments--The NBA should be ashamed that the refs are fixing games and Stern is ignoring it. Also, 191 points scored is a stupid joke of ANY game. I did not watch and never will. I am so glad that Bryant is NOT a celtic, this whole season -he saved his best game so far for the All-fag game. Try winning some games u over inflated douche-bag. Instructions: to inflate your new kolby doll-just become a sports writer, then blow into his penis.



Since: Jan 17, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2011 9:29 am
 

2011 NBA All-Star Game Superlatives

I agree with u completely.  When I read that I stopped and read again and wondered where and why those comments were coming. Also, on a reverse note, I'm wondering why everyone is blowing Bryant. They gave him the time and apparently they all kept giving him the ball and what do u expect him to do in a joke of a game. Look at what  he's done all season--not in a stupid non-defense game. Now bryant can go back to disaapearing the rest of the year.



Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2011 8:31 am
 

2011 NBA All-Star Game Superlatives

"His limitations – athleticism, lift, height for his position – will never be more glaring than in an NBA All-Star Game."

This is the line that I have a problem with.  I mean really?  The guy is on the verge of breaking the NBA record for consecutive double doubles, already broke the team record that was held by KEVIN GARNETT (athletic freak), and the writer has the nerve to say that he has these limitations all the time, but they REALLY stick out in the All-Star game?  I mean come on, he only played 11 minutes.  Even though nobody has had over 30 points or 30 rebounds in a game for over 20 years until K-Love did it this year I guess that's a fair thing to say.  I mean, who has been in the NBA the last 20 years... oh wait, Michael Jordan, Kobe, Lebron, KG, Shaq, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, and 100 other of some of the greatest players ever.  Maybe I am biased and being a baby about this, but I am also right.  Just an unfair thing to say about a great player, and shows the incompetence of the writer.




Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2011 8:24 am
 

2011 NBA All-Star Game Superlatives

Biggest Disappointment - The NBA



Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2011 8:24 am
 

2011 NBA All-Star Game Superlatives

I'll tell you why you and the writer are wrong.  In the scoring category, I could see where you could bloat your stats on a mediocre team by taking all the shots, not passing, etc.  But in rebounding, especially defensively, it doesn't really matter what team you're on.  Basically in rebounding 10 guys are all on their own.  It doesn't matter what team you play for, I guarantee Love would be getting the same monster stats if he started for the Lakers because rebounding is a different aspect than scoring.  Love isn't blocking out his own guys or whatever else idiocy you can think of to get rebounds.  I don't think the writer is racist, but his lack of knowledge about the game as well as your own, shows.



Since: May 4, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2011 7:41 am
 

2011 NBA All-Star Game Superlatives

Love is just a mediocre player that looks good on a terrible team.

I wouldn't say that.  He's just a defensive and rebounding monster playing in a game where defence and rebounding is frowned on.  Any team would love Love.  Dennis Rodman type talent who can score.  Money.



Since: Jun 16, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2011 5:47 am
 

2011 NBA All-Star Game Superlatives

The writer is clearly a racist.

You are clearly an idiot. Where does racism come into anything he said? Get a life


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