Adios, All-Star Weekend 2014

Kyrie Irving was named the All-Star Game MVP, finishing the game with 31 points and 14 assists. (Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)

The NBA All-Star Game started last night at around 8 PM ET, so you can probably guess what I was up to.

That’s right, I spent last night watching ‘The Walking Dead’.

From my point-of-view, the NBA All-Star Game is pretty much the same as corralling the league’s best players and telling them to go crazy. Unlike an actual game, the ASG is nothing but alley-oops, rushed possessions, and crazy three point shots, and that’s exactly why I didn’t tune in.

Yes, I am a basketball fan; I love watching serious, high-intensity matchups that go down to the wire. Games between evenly-matched teams? Awesome. NBA Playoffs? Love it. Just a classic game between two basketball teams is great because of the fact that it is an actual game.

318 points were scored in last night’s game.

There’s no need to wipe your glasses or re-adjust your contact lenses, you read that number correctly. 318 points were recorded — an All-Star Game record — and I’m not surprised one bit. Because defense is virtually nonexistent in the game, spectators are practically watching a collaboration of the Slam Dunk Contest and 3-point Contest.

Basketball is fantastic, but the All-Star Game isn’t. There should not be four players scoring 30+ points in the same game. There should not be over three hundred points scored in total. There should not be players walking to get back on defense. Saturday night’s events were somewhat entertaining, but the All-Star Game is just a joke.

Wake me up when the Finals start.


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