We all know the selection of the All-Star starters is a popularity contest. John Wall knows this. Kyrie Irving knows this. But that fact hasn’t sat well with John Wall, who is trailing Kyrie Irving in votes for the upcoming All-Star game, over the past couple of weeks.
On Wednesday, Wall had a chance to gain a few more votes by putting on a show against everybody’s favorite uncle but what ended up happening was Kyrie showing why he is worthy of those votes: Irving scored 19 of his 32 points in the 4th quarter and showed no effects of a player still recovering from a season-ending injury.
“It was nuts,” J.R. Smith said. “To do what he’s doing nine or 10 months to get back and still be able to come out there and shake and bake like he’s doing it’s remarkable.”
Teammate LeBron also had some kind words for Irving and explained why the votes are valid for the “best point guard in the league.”
“He’s the best point guard in the league,” James said after the game. “At the end of the day, he’s much more than an All-Star, that’s small peanuts on his plate.
He’s 23 years old, and he hasn’t even scratched the surface yet.”
John Wall finished the game with 20 points and 12 assists but 8 of those points came in the final meaningless minute and he also had 7 turnovers.