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Chris Paul Edges Out Jeremy Lin in All-Star Voting; That Helps Warriors

The first domino dropped Thursday in the Warriors’ bid to get their first All-Star selection since 1997. Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul was voting in as a starter for the Western Conference.

That means Houston guard Jeremy Lin, a global celebrity who finished 45,000 votes behind Paul in the voting, does not take up a potential spot from one of the Warriors hopefuls, point guard Stephen Curry or forward David Lee.

With the starters for each conference set, the coaches in each conference will now vote on the seven reserves. They received their ballots on Thursday. TNT will announce the reserves on Jan. 24.

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David Lee is having a typically product year, averaging 19.7 points, 10.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists. And unlike in year’s past, Lee is doing it for a winning team. Golden State is nine games above .500. With two All-Star regulars at his position (Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Love) likely out of the mix, Lee’s chances look much better.

Curry is shooting just 43.7 percent, on pace for a career low. But he’s putting up career numbers: 20.2 points, 6.6 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals. And he’s done it with opposing defenses gearing up to stop him.

Still, the Warriors stars aren’t locks. Many of the seven spots are all but secure. Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook, Memphis forward Zach Randolph and at least one San Antonio Spur are locks to make the team (either guard Tony Parker or big man Tim Duncan).

That leaves a maximum of four spots available. Lee and Curry are contending with Houston’s James Harden, Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge (throw rookie point guard Damian Lillard in there), Memphis center Marc Gasol, one of the Spurs’ stars and even Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford.

It’s looking good for the Warriors. Lee has the numbers. When you compare him to the remaining front court players, only Duncan is having a season that rivals Lee’s.

Curry is the one opposing coaches fear the most. So if it comes down to one Warrior making it, coaches may be more impressed with what Curry has accomplished.

Marcus Thompson

  • commish

    Well, one bit of bright news amidst the devastating ass kicking we took last night not to mention what will happen with Curry.

  • Niners in 2012

    I read the tweets, MSteinmetz is out of his mind. Arguing that Jack is the MVP, really? His 5 TOs per game these last two games killed us. When Curry gets back its time to take off the training wheels(Jack) and let Curry handle in the 4thQ.

    DLee can put up stats with the best of them. But I think its obvious how important Curry is right now. I remember the question before the year is who we could live without more, Bogut or Curry? Well, Curry answered that question.

  • autoprt

    curry won’t be able to play he got ankle problems again.

  • TMCer

    Who cares? I never get what the big deal about being an all-star is.. I’d rather Curry not get selected and get some extra rest for that ankle. By the way, any news on the ankle?? Same old Warriors, every time I get my hopes up, they disappoint me.

  • Stan

    Comments are on again?

  • Stan

    You know MT2..they were off a couple days? One good one I took time to write out..lost in the ether..lol.

  • Thewarriorsrule

    I would rather curry and lee rest for the all star game

    I would rather Lin start to show stern how flawed the voting system is and how it should be corrected

    I would rather the coaches pick the starters and bench and play this game seriously to decide who gets home court during the finals

  • Stan

    Radnich had a maniacal smile when he told the world Paul edged Lin. My God,can he make it more obvious he hates Asian people?..just over and over he bashes Asian people.

  • Young

    This team has proven a few things:

    1. It’s terrible without LEE or Curry

    2. Mark Jackson is a great motivator

    3. Klay Thompson needs to be traded (Jerry West hinted at this during the draft by pushing for Waiters)

    4. Without bogut, we are a 5-7 team in the west

  • earl monroe

    The best thing for the warriors is that neither Lee nor Curry make the all star game, both can use the rest, its a meaningless game, its just a beauty contest. I never watch it. As a fan there is no feeling of pride for me to see a warrior make the all star team