• The change to this year’s All-Star game certainly seemed to have all the intended effects the NBA was hoping for. Instead of the strict East-West matchup, LeBron James and Stephen Curry were voted captains and drafted their own teams. The game ended up being competitive through the final buzzer, and there was even some defensive intensity in the end.

    Outside of the…. questionable…. pre-game show, the game couldn’t have gone much better for the NBA and the fans who tuned in. Team LeBron ended up coming out on top 148-145 over Team Steph, despite having a chance to tie it as time ran out.

    Participating in his first All-Star game and on Team Steph, Karl-Anthony Towns was clearly excited upon entering the game midway through the first quarter. At the time he was one of the few players hustling and playing hard, and he came out of the gates hot, hitting his first three shot attempts, including a 3-pointer.

    Towns leads the NBA in double-doubles by a wide margin, and he was in regular form tonight finishing with 17 points and 10 rebounds. He shot 7-of-11 from the floor and 1-of-4 from 3-point range in 18 minutes.

    Meanwhile Jimmy Butler, participating in his fourth All-Star game, seemed content on riding the bench. LA nightlife remains undefeated, even in All-Star weekend.

    Typically players of Butler’s play style aren’t as suited for All-Star games, and in previous years Butler has asked to play limited minutes in these exhibition matchups. Though given the intensity late in this game, perhaps Team Steph could have used some of Butler’s talents.

    Towns and Butler were the first Wolves’ All-Star participants since Kevin Love in 2014 and the first pair of All-Stars since 2004. Wolves get back to action on Friday in Houston.

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