Monday, February 27, 2012

NBA All-Star Broz of the Weekend

NBA All-Star Game: Kevin Durant

As Reggie Miller predicted, none other than Kevin Durant took the MVP at the 2012 NBA All-Star Game. Battling with LeBron all night, Durant persisted in the last.

Not to mention his NBA Mobile commericial airing every break.

"Doo Doo Jump?"

Durant and LeBron are pushing their respective conference-leading teams, and are among the scoring leaders in the league, and producing big when it counts. Both scored 36 points Sunday and therefore, the MVP rested on whose team won. Perhaps this was an intriguing prelude, then, not only for season MVP but NBA title as well. 

"I had a rhythm going," he said. "Guys were feeding me. I had an idea I could get the award but with so many great players on the floor, you never know what could happen."

The race for regular season MVP will remain tight in the second half of the short season, and if the play at ASG 2012 is foreshadowing, Kevin Durant and the OKC Thunder will be beating LeBron James and the Miami Heat in the 2012 NBA Finals.


Three-Point Contest: Kevin Love

The Great White Hope Kevin Love shined brighter than Kevin Durant from the arch to win the 3-point Shootout. It was the first time in contest history that two forwards were competing for the top sniper spot in the NBA. Congrats to Kev!

Sprite Slam Dunk Competition: Jeremy Evans

Jeremy Evans used history over flash to win his first ever NBA Slam Dunk Contest. Chase Budinger, Paul George and Derrick Williams all killed it as well, but Kevin Heart and Jeremy Evans' colab of comedy and a special delivery stole the show during what were record ratings for the NBA's Saturday Night All-Star production.


Rising Stars Game: Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving showed the world why he was deserving of the number #1 draft pick on opening night of All Star Weekend, grabbing the MVP in the Rising Stars game. Kyrie destroyed the competition Friday night going nearly perfect from the field (12-13) scoring 34 points with 9 assists and 2 steals.

"You know it's kind of unfortunate that it comes in an All-Star Game," said Irving.

Cleveland headed into the All-Star break 1.5 games behind Boston, if they want to grab that last playoff spot they're going to need Kyrie to continue to play at a high level. He is the clear shot favorite to win Rookie of the Year and has far exceeded his expectations.

Irving's ability to cut up defenders, finish at the basket, knock down the perimeter shot and dish the ball puts him in a class with the elite NBA guards. He's no Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, or Deron Williams, but he's only 19.

Remember the name people because he's not going away anytime soon.

D-League All-Star Game: Marqus Blakely

The D-Leauge All-Star Game was full of talent as always, with Gerald Green nailing the official MVP Award.

But with undeserved minimal minutes and 20 points it was none other than Marqus Blakely who earned SBz Bro of the Game with his always epic dunks and phenomenal passing which was in full form at the Orlando Convention Center.

His play of the game was the alley oop he threw to Sioux Falls teammate Charles Garcia at the end of the first half in a perfectly-executed inbounds play.

With only a month left in the D-League season, Blakely faces a decision this summer.

To go to Europe or to not go to Europe.

Rumors are swirling that none other than Blake Griffin has suggested that the LA Clippers call Blakely up to end the season in Tinseltown. Hopefully Blakely's play this weekend will result in him locking up the last spot on the Clippers' roster for their upcoming road trip.


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