2014 NBA All-Star Weekend from Duke’s perspective
Tonight caps off the NBA All-Star Weekend, but it actually started on Friday night with both the Celebrity Game and the Rising Stars Challenge. Former Duke players were scattered throughout the entire weekend (including guard Kyrie Irving who will be starting his first All-Star Game tonight for the Eastern Conference).
There were two former Blue Devils playing in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night, with former great Grant Hill coaching one of the teams (which happened to be the winning team). Miles and Mason Plumlee played on separate teams and came off the bench, having to go up against each other many times.
Mason won the battle, scoring 20 points on 10-of-13 shooting. He also hauled in seven rebounds and had four steals. However, Miles‘ team (Team Hill) won the game,142-136 over little brother Mason and Team Webber. Miles scored four points on a perfect 2-for-2 from the floor. He also hauled in three rebounds.
On Saturday, there was the Skills Competition, with Irving competing in the Three-Point Contest. The defending champion was knocked out in the first round.
The D-League also held their All-Star Game, and former Blue Devil Seth Curry represented the Santa Cruz Warriors. He came off the bench to score 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting (2-of-3 from beyond the arc). He also had four rebounds and seven assists (though he committed four turnovers). In 30 games for the Warriors, Curry is averaging 19.8 points, 6.5 assists, and 3.4 rebounds.
*Former Blue Devil Kyle Singler’s brother EJ won the D-League Three-Point Contest.
**Curry’s older brother Stephen will be starting tonight’s All-Star Game for the first time in his very first game (he will represent the West). He also had a chance to participate in the Three-Point Contest and Shooting Stars Challenge with father Dell on Saturday.