From Isaiah Thomas attempting a dunk to a beautiful Craig Sager tribute to the long-awaited Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook reunion here’s everything you need to know
- The ‘Little Guy’ has hops?
Isaiah Thomas, also known as “The Little Guy” got the whole East bench off their seats Sunday night when he attempted a slam dunk. The 5’ 9” Boston Celtics point guard broke away on a fast break when he hopped up, but unfortunately missed the dunk. However, he got his own rebound and effortlessly made a sideline 3-pointer. Nonetheless the two-time all-star stunned his teammates, the fans in the Smoothie King Center and the rest of the 7.8 million viewers. Thomas finished with 20 points, 1 rebound and 3 assists to conclude his time in NOLA.
- The Knicks can finally talk about winning something
The New York Knicks have something to celebrate after Kristaps Porzingis was crowned the 2017 Skills Challenge champion on Saturday night. It came down to Porzingis and Utah Jazz’s Gordon Hayward who knocked out the favored winner Isaiah Thomas. It was neck and neck the whole time, but Porzingis was able to put it away when he drained his first three-point attempt. For two years in a row a big guy has taken home the victory. Karl Anthony-Towns won the title last year.
- Glenn Robinson III takes home the victory in a mediocre Dunk Contest
Indiana Pacer’s small forward Glenn Robinson III outlasted the anticipated winner Aaron Gordon, along with Derrick Jones Jr. and DeAndre Jordan to win the 2017 Verizon Slam Dunk Contest. In an overall “we’ve seen that before” or “that’s OK” performance, Robinson III beat the Phoenix Sun’s rookie Jones Jr.
Robinson effortlessly jumped over his two assistants. Side note, one assistant was on top of the other’s shoulders. His second dunk, a 360-degree windmill, was impressive with a dab. In his third dunk Robinson III slammed it over teammate Paul George. In his final dunk of the competition, Robinson brought George back out and two assistants. Robinson jumped over all three with a two-handed slam. Overall, an unimpressive show this year, but a nice win for the young Pacer.
- No Golden State victory in the 3 Point Contest
Surprise, surprise for the first time in two years a Golden State Warrior was not crowned the winner of the 3 Point Contest. Actually, a Warrior player did not even make it to the final of the event…
Anyways, Houston Rockets shooting guard Eric Gordon took home the victory as the first Rocket to ever win the competition. After three rounds of competition, Gordon and Cleveland Cavalier point guard Kyrie Irving were the last two standing. The two outshot defending champion Klay Thompson, Kyle Lowry, C.J. McCollum, Wes Matthews and Nick Young. Gordon, Irving and Kemba Walker made it to round two with Walker coming up 3 shots short to tie the finalists. Irving shot first in the finals and posted a respectable 18 points, but Gordon was money down the stretch hitting 4 of 5 money balls in rack 3 to win with a total of 21 points.
- Together again
The long awaited, overly talked about reunion between Golden State Warrior Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook happened on Sunday night. The two avoided questions regarding one another all weekend. When asked about Durant, Westbrook would talk about New York Fashion Week. However, with 6:07 left in the first quarter head coach Steve Kerr subbed Westbrook in with Durant already on the floor.
Westbrook passed the ball to a posted-up Durant, who then tossed the ball over his shoulder to Westbrook for a colossal slam dunk. And everything seemed alright in the world. The two have already faced each other twice this season with the Warriors winning both games, but this was the first time the two shared the same uniform since May 26, 2015.
- Davis’s Record Breaking Night
New Orleans Pelicans big guy Anthony Davis felt right at home Sunday night during the 66th All-Star Game. Davis broke Wilt Chamberlain’s record with a 52-point showcase. Chamberlain previously held the record of 42 points. Rightfully so, Davis was named the Most Valuable Player in front of his home crowd. In 32 minutes of play Davis posted a double-double with 52 points and 10 rebounds. “That’s who I wanted to do it for, the city of New Orleans and the Pelicans organization,” Davis said of winning MVP, per Jim Eichenhofer of NBA.com.
1. Sager Strong Donation
The best moment from All-Star Weekend did not have to do with who had the best dunk, or most points, but an important reminder of why we love sports. Saturday night, NBA stars and celebrities came together to honor the late Craig Sager. Sager passed away in December 2016 after a long battle with acute myeloid leukemia. Sager was most known for his loud and outrageous suits that he would wear for every broadcast.
Following the 3 Point Contest, TNT hosted its own 3-point contest where each three made, $10,000 would be donated to the Sager Strong Foundation. Well, 3-point legend Reggie Miller got involved and invited other NBA stars and celebrities up to raise a total of $130,000. But it did not end there. Steph Curry was called up to attempt a half-court shot to raise the donation to $500,000. Although Curry came up short, Sager’s son Ryan came in to close the deal. With help from Shaquille O’Neal, Ryan dunked the ball in a moment he will never forget for the rest of his life.