The All-Star game festivities began with a Cirque du Soleil performance rivaling those seen at the opening ceremony of the Olympics. Backed by led projectors, a befuddled kid watched acrobatics dancing in a symbolic metaphor of Canadian culture. At the close, the wide-eyed boy lifted a glowing orb Tron-style and the crowd lost their marbles. The reaction is likely that of the Toronto crowd watching Kawhi Leonard's performance so far.
After being selected a Western Conference Starters with 782,339 votes, Leonard is currently the highest scorer on the Western conference with 13 points on 6/9 shooting. In the highest scoring half in All-Star history, the stars of the hardwood completely disregarded all defensive schemes, and opted instead for a high profile scoring extravaganza. The West leads the East 92-90.
Western Conference squad coach Gregg Popovich seems to be enjoying himself. Besides actually smiling on camera, the Spurs coach was spotted giving DeMarcus Cousins the clipboard in a timeout to draw up a play.
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#KawhiLeonard completes the the alley-pop for his second dunk of the night. https://t.co/6hyYFFdRo7— J.R. Wilco (@jollyrogerwilco) February 15, 2016
Hey, Coach Pop...you're not allowed to smile on TV. Remember? pic.twitter.com/L2P6y85iPH— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 15, 2016
Kawhi Leonard put back #NBAAllStarTO pic.twitter.com/ElijagjXxR— ZombieProphet (@ZProphet_MMA) February 15, 2016
Kawhi Leonard watching this defense pic.twitter.com/nDluEdwokr— protein papi (@TjSoChildish) February 15, 2016
#KawhiLeonard gets the crowd going with a putback slam that puts the West ahead for the first time. https://t.co/Sw7Q94lFnp— J.R. Wilco (@jollyrogerwilco) February 15, 2016