I'm not gonna lie. I loved this All-Star game. After all the injuries and with such a disappointing dunk contest, I wasn't expected miracles, but miracles are exactly what I got. Chris Paul MVP? Check. The game ending with LeBron getting dramatically blocked twice? Check.
Chris Bosh shooting at least 3 airballs and getting nutmeged twice? You bet your ass that's a check. CP3 and Tony Parker had no problem providing that particular item from my make a wish list.
The beautiful thing about the nutmegs, besides the fact they happened and gave me an excuse for saying nutmeg, was how fully the broadcast focused on them. The audience was treated to numerous replays of the ball being thrown through the Boshtridge's thin arching legs, bolstered by shots of players laughing on the bench.
After that, Marv and crew debated the proper term for this maneuver before a producer informed them it was 'nutmeg' (nutmeg), then we were treated to a sideline interview about it with CP3. When asked why he did Bosh like that, CP3 responded that he and Tony Parker had been discussing the idea on the bench.
It was also a night where a lot of people got to shine. First time All-Stars Joakim Noah, Paul George, James Harden, Tyson Chandler and Jrue Hill all got moments to show their stuff (but not in a way that would get them arrested), while Kyrie Irving spent the whole weekend transitioning into super-stardom.
How good was the game? I didn't even mind that Reggie Miller was announcing. That's right, I said it.
* Bonus Notes: Another victory for Team Chuck in the Rookie-Sophomore game neatly complements Kenneth Faried being an absolute monster. Terrible dunk contest, just terrible. But still better than last year.
What the hell was Gerald Green thinking with that 2nd dunk? This could've been his night. Faried with the dunk of the night.
I also enjoyed Ross as Carter and Green's first one.