A 2013 All-Star announcement sets up a Knicks-Nets death battle over 2015

Tyson Chandler dunks. (NBA.com)
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It was not the kind of All-Star weekend that either the New York Knicks or the Brooklyn Nets had in mind.

In the leadup to Sunday night's event of the game itself, the Knicks deployed odds-on favorite James White in the dunk contest, and Steve Novak, last season's long-distance accuracy leader, in the three-point contest. Neither player made it to the final.

White's hyped freethrow-line takeoff, complete with flight attendants, fell short of expectations. The Novak faltered in the middle rounds of his turn during the three-point contest.

During the game itself, the two Knicks who participated, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler, did manage to outshine the Nets' only participant, Brook Lopez.

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While Lopez put up totals of three points, five rebounds and three assists in 11 minutes, both Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler were fundamentally the same players they've been for the Knicks all season.

Chandler, a first-timer like Lopez, managed seven points and eight rebounds in 17 minutes. Anthony was, often, the best player on the court. He led the Eastern Conference in scoring with 26 points. Only Kobe Bryant had more of anyone in the game, but he scored his 30 on 24 shots; Anthony scored his 26 on 14 shots. Anthony also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds, and one of his three assists was a feed of LeBron James for a one-handed dunk.

Still, Anthony's presence on the court late wasn't enough to allow the East to defeat the West, and Bryant's side managed a 143-138 win.

The most relevant data to come out of the weekend for either team was actually the N.B.A.'s announcement that the 2015 weekend will have one of two hosts: Madison Square Garden or the Barclays Center. The jockeying over this gem, with M.S.G. touting its renovations, and the Barclays Center touting its existence, will be intense.

As the retiring N.B.A. commissioner David Stern said, smiling, about the task ahead of his successor Adam Silver, "And I really think that Commissioner Silver is going to have a great time with those applications, I really do, and I asked him to send me a postcard to tell me how they go."

In the grander scheme, the matters of James White's limitations and Brook Lopez's brief court time will pale in comparison to the battle ahead.

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