Warriors hit All-Star trifecta

Warriors coach Steve Kerr didn’t feel compelled to make a public case for his players in regard to the Western Conference All-Star roster.

Then again, Kerr didn’t have to say much if anything on their behalf. His team’s 42-4 record said it for him.

Helped in no small way by their roles in team success, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson were added to the squad Thursday as expected. They joined Stephen Curry, who was second to the Los Angeles Lakers’ outgoing Kobe Bryant in the fan vote.

The Warriors are the only team with as many as three players on the 12-member team. The game is Feb. 14 in Toronto.

Green was in the midst of a television interview at the team practice facility when his mother, Mary, surprised him with the news on the telephone. She and family members were at her Saginaw, Mich., residence to celebrate the honor, the first in his career.

“Once the interview started, I started talking and I heard my mom’s voice,” Green said. “So when I heard her voice, I didn’t know what was going on and I said, ‘Ma?’ She just kept yelling my name and then she told me I was an All-Star — congratulations.

“It was amazing. I had to keep from crying.”

Thompson made another case for himself against the Dallas Mavericks one night earlier, when he scored 45 points in a 127-107 victory. The All-Star selection was the second of his career.

“I wasn’t really nervous,” Thompson said. “I was just sort of like, if I make it, great. If I don’t, we’re still having a great year.

“It’s really special to go a second year because I’m going with my teammates and [can] share the experience with them. It took a lot of hard work, but it’s still kind of surreal. It’s hard to explain.”

Thompson could compete against Curry in the annual 3-Point Contest for the second time in as many years. Curry won the event last season.

“I’d love to go against Steph,” Thompson said. “It’s the only time we really get to compete against each other, so hopefully we can give the fans an entertaining show like last year.”

The last time the Warriors had three All-Stars was in 1976, when Rick Barry, Phil Smith and Jamal Wilkes were chosen. They also were defending league champs at the time.

LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio Spurs), DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings), James Harden (Houston Rockets) and Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers) round out the Western reserves.

Bryant, Curry, Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Kawhi Leonard (Spurs) and Russell Westbrook (Thunder) are the starters.

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