The 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend was filled with some incredible moments, but not all of the NBA’s cream of the crop rose to the top. Some were victims of bad luck, or inexperience. Others continued what has been a laborious crawl towards the end of the season. These five moments made you cringe, guffaw or roll your eyes as fans had to remind themselves this was still All-Star Weekend.
The Clippers’ dangerous-from-deep shooting guard and amateur poet participated in his first Three-Point Shootout on Saturday night against a hugely talented field. Redick didn’t advance to the final, but he set a record — oh sorts.
On Redick’s fourth rack of balls, he was whistled for stepping on the line, and in one case, from inside the three-point arc. He was penalized two buckets in the moment, and he was docked a third bucket on a review after a finished. He finished with a total of 17 .
Even if his long two-pointers had counted, he wouldn’t have advanced to the finals: Kyrie Irving and Stephen Curry were the cut-off with 23 first-round points.
Redick jumps forward on his three-pointers, and it takes time to go back and reset behind the arc when that’s your natural shooting motion, but he is connecting on 42.9 percent from deep this season, which is the ninth highest in the league.
We felt bad for everyone involved because the Degree Game Changer battle was something we’d been looking forward to for a few weeks. The idea was sound: let two of the game’s best point guards go at one another during the normally light All-Star practice on Saturday. No one could have predicted they’d shank almost every shot during the muddled mid-court encounter.