The NBA has implemented a format change for this year’s All-Star Game, going from East vs. West to a pick-up style draft by the respective top vote-getters from each conference. Stephen Curry and LeBron James have chosen their teammates (you can see the full rosters here), and immediately after doing so, the debate began over which superstar ended up with the stronger squad.
Curry finished as the MVP with 31 points and eight assists for his victorious team. James Harden added 24 points and 11 assists, and Giannis Antetokounmpo put up 19 points and 11 assists.
On the other side, James finished with 25 points and 13 assists. Former Thunder teammates Russell Westbrook (27 points) and Kevin Durant (26 points) had impressive outings in the loss.
Most of the statistical categories were practically even, except for possession control and presence down low. Team Stephen had more steals, rebounds and second-chance points than Team LeBron in the win.
“We can’t knock facts,” he said. “The fact of it is we haven’t been producing the way we know we’re capable of producing. People are going to critique us and criticize us to a T, and we do the same to ourselves.”
Beal is averaging career highs in points (23.6), rebounds (4.3) and assists (3.7), but the Wizards are currently 26-21 on the year and just 14-13 against teams with records below .500.
Fellow Wizards guard John Wall called out his team’s performance against sub-.500 teams after a loss to the Hawks in December, but the team continues to struggle against opponents who are simply not the caliber of Washington.
Beal and the Wizards know this and they are as upset about it as anyone.