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All Star Game, ça devient gênant…

Adam Silver (center) has his work cut out for him… Getty Images via AFP / JUSTIN CASTERLINE

MOOD – Despite its efforts, the NBA fails to motivate the players and restore the nobility of the “star game”. Sunday was a farce.

“You scored the most points… well… congratulations”. We may be extrapolating a little, but Adam Silver almost looked jaded, disillusioned when saluting the victory of the Eastern selection over that of the West, Sunday, during the All Star Game 73rd of the name. The big boss of the NBA has been looking for the right formula for years to relaunch this traditional mid-season meeting. This year, the commissioner wanted to return to the original format, East versus West, after several years of random selections, with two captains choosing their teammates for one day without restriction in terms of belonging to one Conference or the other. The idea is always the same: to ensure that this gala match is more or less competitive, and not a big basket fair. Failed.

Led by MVP Damian Lillard (39 pts, 11/23 to 3 pts) and the regional Tyrese Haliburton (32 pts, 10/14), the Eastern selection ‘won 211 to 186 on the floor of Gainbridge…

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