Team LeBron Wins 2018 All-Star Game, James Named MVP

by Leon Thompson February 20, 2018, 19:09
Team LeBron Wins 2018 All-Star Game, James Named MVP

But more on that later.

That was just one of the many exciting surprises created by a big change to the league's midseason showcase.

Team James had nine players score in double figures, while Team Stephen saw eight players reach double figures. James was, fittingly, named MVP, after his team beat Team Stephen 148 to 145.

Durant declined to give the Warriors a grade through this point in the season, but he did say that the team understands that it's a long season and that they're going to have some ups and downs.

The game, then, ended with defense. But after Sunday's game, he continued to reflect on his journey. But it certainly fits nicely into the storyline.

With just over a minute remaining, there was also a refereeing controversy as the ball appeared to go off Joel Embiid, but after a review, Team Stephen kept the ball but failed to convert on the possession.

From the tip-off, the game kept fans engaged. If James made it clear to Dan Gilbert that he was leaving Cleveland, he could opt in to the final year of his deal, allowing the Cavs to trade him to Houston (likely for a package centered around Ryan Anderson, Eric Gordon and future draft assets). There was no defense for it, let alone in it. The players, though, see things much differently. Team LeBron also had two blocks, while both teams recorded three steals. It'll have to make a couple of small moves to get to James' full max salary, but that'd be a much easier process than the one the Sixers used to get Embiid and Simmons in the first place. And even, gasp, trapping!

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When next season's all-star game gets here, changes will be made but exactly how is to be determined.

Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving, who played on Team LeBron, said he hoped that this game would serve as a building block.

Sunday's contest felt far from last year's All-Star Game, when the two teams combined for 374 points and Stephen Curry lay flat on the court to avoid being victimised by Giannis Antetokounmpo's dunk.

On a weekend that's typically about trivialities and whimsy, James arrived in Los Angeles in the National Basketball Association spotlight for the second consecutive week. The audience barely stirred when George checked into the game in the first quarter and offered only a tepid response when he hit a 3-pointer shortly before halftime. It is for shoe companies and broadcast partners and millionaires. All Hollywood without a lick of Los Angeles.

Comedian Kevin Hart introduced the players before the tip-off. That would be like calling "Avatar" a quintessential L.A. movie because it was filmed on a soundstage in Playa Vista. Players on the winning team received $100,000 each. How the Warriors could make it work Adding James would certainly involve breaking up the Warriors' core in some form. And we know the traffic. "We understand that, but traffic is traffic". James sees past those. "It's built for stars".

Read into that what you will.

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