NBA All-Star Weekend 2014 has come and gone.
There were multiple members of the Oklahoma City Thunder participating in various events over the weekend.
Let’s start with the Thunder’s biggest star, Kevin Durant.
Durant and the West (coached by Scott Brooks and the Thunder coaching staff) lost last night in the All-Star Game. They were leading for most of the game but Kyrie Irving and the East would come back in the final quarter to win 163-155 in what was the highest scoring All-Star Game in the history of the league.
Durant seemed like he was trying to get the MVP as much as anyone. He scored 38 points to go with 10 rebounds and six assists. He played 34 minutes, more than anyone else in the game. He shot 14-for-27 from the field and was 6-for-17 from three.
Maybe the sleeved jerseys bothered Durant (they sure did bother Stephen Curry, who shot just 2-for-11 from three in the game).
The best parts of the game were when Durant and LeBron James were matched up. Durant went at LeBron every chance he got while LeBron passed off most of the time (I don’t think he scored on Durant once). The best moment was late in the fourth when Durant crossed up LeBron and then hit a stepback three. I’m not sure why LeBron wasn’t as up for the challenge. Maybe he didn’t want to get embarrassed or maybe he just didn’t want to try too much since it was an exhibition game. Either way, you had to be disappointed with LeBron and very satisfied with Durant’s effort and mentality.
Durant also participated in the Sears Shooting Stars Challenge, where he was teammates with Karl Malone and Skylar Diggins.
Durant and his team made it to the finals. Durant hit the halfcourt shot for the team in the first round and Diggins made it in the finals. Chris Bosh’s team came out on top though, beating Team Durant in the finals.
The first event of the weekend was the Rookie-Sophomore Challenge, in which Steven Adams played in.
Adams was on the losing end of the game as Team Webber lost to Team Hill 142-136. Andre Drummond was the MVP with 30 points and 25 rebounds.
Adams played 17 minutes, the least of any player on Team Webber, and scored six points, grabbed two rebounds, blocked four shots and committed three fouls. This is not the type of game where Adams thrives.
Reggie Jackson was the final OKC member to participate in the weekend. He was teamed up with Goran Dragic in the Skills Competition Saturday night.
Jackson and Dragic lost to Damian Lillard and Trey Burke in the first round by a tenth of a second. A lot of the blame for losing has to go on Jackson’s shoulders as he was clearly going half-speed.
Overall, the weekend was kind of a disappointment. The dunk contest format was weird and not too fun to watch. The players continue to play less and less defense each year in the All-Star Game and Rookie Game. A little more effort by everyone would be nice.