The NBA All-Star Game’s current format offers a unique experience for those players deemed worthy of earning a spot on one of the two teams that played on Sunday. Because captains get to pick teams, fans get to see some fun roster mashups that can lead to some really fun moments in what’s an extremely meaningless basketball game.
Steph Curry setting up a massive dunk from Giannis Antetokounmpo is a good example of the fun All-Star Games in the NBA can give us. And later in the game Curry delivered another one of those moments. Kevin Durant may have won the game’s MVP award, but Curry andfellow Golden State Warriors teammate Klay Thompson were on opposite teams and matched up head to head throughout the night.
And in the fourth quarter, with Thompson defending Curry, the point guard stepped back and launched a three that went in as Thompson fouled him.
Curry made the free throw for the 4-point play against his teammate, a particularly brutal own in an All-Star Game against a good friend and teammate. After the game, Thompson was interviewed and admitted he didn’t like how the other 29 teams in the NBA feel when they have to defend Curry.
“The only thing that hurt was when Steph hit that 4-pointer on me, that hurt,” Thompson said. “That’s what the opposition feels like, that didn’t feel good. That hurt.”
Thompson will be happy to go back to being teammates with the Curry and the other Warriors, and perhaps Sunday night’s incident might keep the Warriors dynasty together for a bit longer. That’s the only way he’ll keep Curry from hitting shots like that for a long time.