East Out To Reclaim Dominance

Sunday, February 16, 2014
By Jaryd Wilson

Atlanta Hawks v Toronto Raptors

The East has the past five NBA MVP award winners and the past two NBA Champions, but the West has been the more dominant conference in 2013-14.  While the All-Star Game (8 ET, TNT) is largely just a show and hardly indicative of which conference is actually more talented, the East still feels they have something to prove after being dominated in the standings through the first half of the season.

Because fans voted in the starters simply by frontcourt and backcourt, the West has a distinctive size advantage.  Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Kevin Love will be towering over LeBron James, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony up front.  While I have no idea who will actually guard who, it should be amusing to watch.

In the backcourt, it’s Kyrie Irving and Dwyane Wade against Steph Curry and James Harden.  The West appears to have more firepower here, but I’m definitely excited to see Irving and Curry go at it.

Hawks forward Paul Millsap was selected as one of the reserves, and he should see some decent minutes seeing as he’s one of the biggest guys on the team.  He can stretch the floor because of his range, so hopefully he’ll be able to make an impact in his first appearance.

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