Long after last year’s NBA All-Star Game, the Warriors were still upset about having only one representative.
Maybe this time they get their men.
Stephen Curry, perhaps the biggest snub last season, looks like a lock. And Warriors coach Mark Jackson believes David Lee has earned a return trip to the Feb. 16 game.
“I said all along that we had an All-Star in Steph Curry, and I was wrong because we have two guys that should be in the All-Star Game,” Jackson said last week. “David, the last 15 games, has played the power forward position as well as — to me better than anybody in this league, when you look at his numbers.”
Curry, the highest-scoring player not selected in 2013, has two routes to New Orleans. He passed Chris Paul into second place among Western Conference guards in the latest returns, and will start if he holds that lead of about 26,000 votes when fan balloting ends on Jan. 20 and starters for each conference are announced on Jan. 23. If not, it’s hard to imagine coaches passing on a player who is eighth in the league in scoring and second in assists.
Lee will have it tougher in the deep West frontcourt, where he’ll have to get in line behind Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge, perhaps battling for a spot with DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis.
But he’s been on a tear lately, averaging 22.7 points and 10.1 rebounds while shooting 68 percent on the Warriors’ 6-1 road trip and winning West Player of the Week honors for the week ending Jan. 5. Plus, coaches usually favor players on winning teams, and the Warriors’ recent 10-game winning streak put them firmly among them.
“Most important thing is that we’re winning games right now and I think that’s the best way that both of us can continue to make our cases, is if we keep winning games like we are,” Lee said.
The Warriors are in the midst of a much-needed four-day break after they held on to beat the Boston Celtics 99-97 on Friday night at Oracle Arena. Golden State next hosts the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday before hitting the road again for a pair of games.All-Star GameGolden State WarriorsWarriors