Team Giannis falters despite entertaining play

FRANK WALSH, Sports Writer

Michael Jordan’s Charlotte Hornets hosted the NBA All-Star Game at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. this past weekend.

It was a game in which Team LeBron and Team Giannis squared off against each other for a showdown pitting the world’s greatest basketball talents against one another. It was a game of hard-fought scoring effort from hoop-to-hoop as alley-oops were lobbed in the air to be thrown down and a plethora of three-point shots were made.

Even though Kevin Durant won the Most Valuable Player Award, being that he was on the winning team, I was most impressed by the performance of Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The Milwaukee Bucks were well represented by the efforts of Antetokounmpo, as he was able to put up 38 points and grab down 11 boards. His scoring abilities were on point, but his showing of being a good teammate was also showcased. Antetokounmpo was able to pass for a total of five assists.

Stephen Curry and Antetokounmpo worked well together in this game as well. The play that stood out the most to me was when Curry tossed the basketball across the full court for an easy score for Antetokounmpo.

Surprisingly, while Antetokounmpo isn’t necessarily known for his spectacular passing abilities, he was able to complete another full-court pass to Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets power forward, not too much longer after Curry’s miraculous assist. The passing for Team Giannis was certainly showcased well.

Team Giannis ended up losing this game to Team LeBron by a score of 178-164.

In terms of criticizing the All-Star Game, I was a little upset watching it.

Growing up outside Chicago, I crossed my fingers in anticipation, long hoping that Derrick Rose would make an All-Star appearance.

Considering all the injuries and adversity that Rose went through, I strongly wanted to see the returning NBA MVP get a chance to score in the All-Star Game. Rose shocked the association and its fans when he scored 50 points against the Utah Jazz and after that game, I genuinely thought Rose had a chance to make the All-Star cut.

Other than that, it was good to see the last All-Star Game for future Hall of Famers Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade.