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NBA All-Star winners and losers: Team LeBron triumphs under new game format; Aaron Gordon robbed at Dunk Contest


CHICAGO– The 2020 NBA All-Star break had a bit of whatever: touching homages, amazing games and a questionable ending.

Each night was certainly amusing for the United Center crowds, and the environment was regularly electrical in the “Windy City.” Nevertheless, a couple of individuals absolutely didn’t leave the league’s yearly display with All-Star smiles on their faces.

Prior To NBA teams return to typical routine season schedules, let’s break down the greatest winners and losers from All-Star weekend.

MORE: Best highlights from 2020 All-Star Game

NBA All-Star weekend winners

New All-Star Game format

There was some preliminary pushback– Mathematics is for geeks!– however the new format worked.

Team LeBron and Team Giannis called up the strength and truly appreciated the result of thegame Defense really mattered. Kyle Lowry took MULTIPLE charges. This felt various.

Anthony Davis’ game- winning totally free toss was rather anticlimactic, however it didn’t entirely remove from the pleasure. The NBA must keep these guidelines in location for 2021 and beyond.

“I didn’t know what to expect because it was a new format, new year. None of us knew what to expect,” LeBron James stated. “But throughout the whole fourth quarter and at the end of the game, everybody was like, ‘That was pretty damn fun.'”

Kawhi Leonard

Mentioning enjoyable, the “Fun Guy” wins once again.

Leonard added more hardware to his trophy case with the first- ever Kobe Bryant MVPaward He scored a game- high 30 points and drained pipes 8 3-pointers for Team LeBron.

So Leonard owns 2 NBA Finals MVPs and an All-Star Game MVP. Any ideas about winning the only MVP award left?

“My mindset is always just to try to make my team the best team at the end of the season, and if I’m fortunate enough to win a regular season MVP, then I’ll be happy with it,” Leonard stated. “I always just want to win championships. I’m not really concerned with the personal goal. So I always just want to play on an MVP level so my team can win.”

Yep, sounds about.

LeBron James

“General manager LeBron” jokes aside, the man sure understands how to choose an All-Star team.

James is now 3-0 as an All-Star captain with one win over Stephen Curry and 2 success over Giannis Antetokounmpo. He likewise moved into second put on the all-time list of All-Star Game begins with 16, leaping ahead of Kobe Bryant, the late legend who implied a lot to James.

Chris Paul

Yo, we got a CP3 alley-oop slam? In this economy?!

“I ain’t Russ (Westbrook),” Paul stated. “It’s got to be the perfect throw, everything. So it was cool.”

Really cool.

Basketball fans

Once again, every night we saw something unique.

The Trae Young-Luka Doncic viral minute in the Increasing Stars Obstacle, Pal Hield’s 3-point Contest walkoff, the back-and- forth in between Aaron Gordon and Derrick Jones Jr. in the Slam Dunk Contest, the awesome All-Star 4th quarter, Jennifer Hudson’s homage to Bryant– Chicago used a fantastic well-rounded experience.

NBA All-Star weekend losers

Aaron Gordon

OK, it wasn’t terrific for everybody.

The Magic forward discovered himself in second location as soon as again at completion of the Slam Dunk Contest in spite of scoring 297 out of a possible 300 points and tossing down the very best dunk of the night.

After losing to Jones on Saturday and Zach LaVine in 2016, Gordon states he won’ t be going back to the contest.

“No, it’s a wrap, bro. It’s a wrap,” Gordon stated. “I feel like I should have two trophies, you know what I mean? It’s over for that. My next goal is going to be trying to win the 3-point Contest.”

This simply indicates Gordon is in some way going to be the runner- up in the 3-point Contest, too.

Slam Dunk Contest judges

We can’t discuss Gordon without pointing out the evaluating debate.

Gordon had actually made just 50 s prior to his final dunk, a two-handed rim-rocker over 7-5 Celtics center Tacko Fall. Obviously that slam was just worth47 ( The person scores from each judge on Gordon’s last dunk: Dwyane Wade, 9; Common, 10; Candace Parker, 10; Chadwick Boseman, 9; Scottie Pippen, 9.)

“Jumping over somebody 7-5 and dunking is no easy feat,” Gordon stated. “What did I get, like a 47? Come on, man. What are we doing?”

Players around the league revealed shock and anger on Twitter, stating Gordon got “robbed” after another great efficiency. A few of the judges didn’t even comprehend what occurred.

“We thought it was going to be tied. We were like, ‘This is a tie!'” Typical informed ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. “But somebody didn’t do it right. I don’t know who it is.”

Hey Adam Silver, time to examine. Start with the Black Panther.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Look, Antetokounmpo is most likely going to win another MVPaward The Dollars are damaging the remainder of theNBA He had 25 points, 11 rebounds and 4 helps in the All-Star Game.

He has actually lost to James in back-to-back years, however, so he needs to fall under this classification. Still, offer him credit for the very best defensive play of the night. This was excellent.

Chaka Khan

She … did not get rave evaluations for this performance of the national anthem.

The Slam Dunk Contest judges provided it a 48 anyhow to irritate Gordon.

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