I called the NBA Rising Stars game a "glorified scrimmage" in a post for SB Nation today, but really, it's not even that. It's the very last game you play at the rec center when everyone's too tired to run up and down the court and the gym's closing in 10 minutes and it's just too many opportunities of 3-on-2 or 2-on-1 and nobody even cares.
So yeah, eh, not great television. But hey, it leads to some pretty gaudy stat lines. Dwight Powell, the Mavericks' only representative at All-Star weekend, scored 12 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in 16 minutes on Friday, doing it on a very nice 6-of-9 shooting. He even recorded a couple assists, but did not, unfortunately, take any shots behind the arc.
Powell, a Canadian, joined Team World, along with Andrew Wiggins, Kristaps Porzingis and a ton of other internationally born rookies and sophomores. Porzingis and Mudiay led the team in scoring with 30 apiece in the 157-154 loss.
Here's video of Powell putting back a dunk, just to prove he was, in fact, present in the game and that the box score isn't fabricated or something.
Good for Dwight. Good job not getting hurt. Glad the Mavericks weren't totally shut out from All-Star weekend, I guess. Alright. That's all.