We expected Stephen Curry to win the Shooting Stars contest on Saturday along with his father and Becky Hammon. They came in fourth.
We then expected him to win the Three-Point contest. He didn’t make it past the first round.
So, the only thing left for Golden State Warriors’ fans to root for on Sunday was for Curry to put on a show in the All-Star game in New Orleans.
He didn’t, scoring just 12 points on 4-of-14 shooting, and was just 2-of-11 from beyond-the-arc. In a game where 318 points were scored — the East won 163-155 over the West — Curry obviously was not the star of the show.
Instead, it was the usual suspects that wowed the crowd: Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant both had 38 points for the West, and Kyrie Irving led the East with 31 points en route to winning the MVP award.
Subsequently, Curry turned into a facilitator on offense, dishing out a team-high 11 assists, including this lob to Durant on an out-of-bounds play:
He did, however, draw oohs and aahs from the crowd during the third quarter, when he went the between the legs and fooled both James and Dwyane Wade, and finished with a nifty layup:
“It was fun, man, everything I’d hoped for and more,” Curry told Monte Poole of CSN Bay Area on the experience. “There’s a lot of talent on that floor, a well put-together show, from start to finish. But, obviously, we didn’t win and I’d like to shoot the ball a little better. But, all in all, my first go-round, I felt pretty comfortable out there.”
Not to use hyperbole here, but Curry’s performance this All-Star weekend draws a parallel to how the Warriors’ season has gone thus far: just good enough and deserving to be in the hunt, but failing to earn a spot among the elites.
The Warriors are a relevant team. They have a bona fide star in Curry. They have created a winning culture by the bay.
Ultimately, they are good enough to be hanging around the fringes of the elites. Whether they join the club or fall back into mediocrity will be determined by their play in the second half of the season.
The fun and games are over. It’s time to get back to work.