The Washington Wizards were featured for the whole stretch this past 2014 All-Star Weekend, from local rapper Wale in the Friday night Celebrity Game to point guard John Wall in the Sunday night All-Star Game. Here's a wrap up of how the representatives of Washington did over the break, and a look forward.
Washington, D.C. rapper Wale (Waw-lay), who can often be seen at a Wizards game, suited up for the Friday night Celebrity Game alongside eventual game MVP Arne Duncan, who finished with an amazing 20 points (a new celebrity game record), 11 rebounds, and 6 assists. Former Centreville High School graduate (Fairfax, Virginia) turned national ESPN anchor Lindsay Czarniak assisted the Wale highlight reel postgame, although Lindsay--much like Twitter during the actual event--did not seem too into Wale's play.
Rising Stars Challenge
Luckily for local basketball fans, Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal and "Team Hill" had something to play for later that night, as they took on "Team Webber," headlined by New Orleans local Anthony Davis. Beal chipped in 21 points, 4 assists, and 5 rebounds despite a shaky start from behind the perimeter, as Team Hill beat Team Webber 142-136. The highlight of the night, however, had to be about a six-minute second half (the game played as two, 20-minute halves) bout between Dion Waiters of Team Hill against Tim Hardaway, Jr., of Team Webber, as the two shot mostly three-pointers against one another.
Beal fought Marco Belinelli and forced a tie-breaker round in the Saturday night Three-Point contest but ultimately ended up in second place as he failed to make the most out of an all "Money Ball" rack (a new twist this year). Even so, it was a nice showing after going 4-for-8 in the "Rising Stars Challenge."
Wall won a kind of shortened "Slam Dunk" Saturday to give the Wizards another "W" for the weekend as he jumped over team mascot G-Man for a reverse slam. Local fans were not too upset, but most of everyone watching wanted at least one more round to the whole, East versus West setup (just not another dunks to be seen).
Wall, and Eastern Conference teammate (and non-Dunk contest enthusiast) LeBron James, added plenty more dunks during the Sunday night All-Star Game, in which the East beat the West 163-155, but it was Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving who received the MVP nod with 31 points, 14 assists, and 5 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks knocked down 8 three-pointers and finished with 30 points while Wall finished with 12 points, 4 assists, and 5 rebounds off the bench.
MOMENT OF ZEN
At the very end of the Friday night "Rising Stars Challenge," Andre Drummond was about get the MVP nod when the award dropped to the ground and broke. Without skipping a beat, Tim Hardaway, Jr. walked into the shot and said, "ESPN not Top Ten."