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NBA All-Star Game thoughts?

Say what you will about the NBA All-Star Game, but this year it wasn't anonymous. The New Orleans 2014 version set the record for most combined points (318), most by a team (163 by the victorious Eastern Conference), most in a half (89 by the Western Conference in the first half) and many, many more. The final was 163-155, with Kyrie Irving taking MVP honors. Meanwhile, the dunk contest didn't exactly earn rave reviews for its East vs. West format. What did you make of the weekend?

? More: Your NBA second half predictions?

  • How much of NBA All-Star Weekend did you watch?

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  • How do you feel about all the shooting, dunks and overall scoring at the NBA All-Star Game?

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  • Who was your All-Star Game MVP?

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  • Was John Wall the right choice as dunk contest winner?

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  • What is your favorite part of NBA All-Star Weekend?

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  • What do you make of the new NBA dunk contest formant?

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  • Should the NBA attach stakes to the All-Star Game a la MLB and World Series home-field advantage?

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  • Which league has the best All-Star Game?

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Love, Curry, Kobe All-Star starters

It will be a contest for the young -- and, in a couple of cases, the old -- when the 2014 All-Star Game tips off in New Orleans on Feb. 16. Or it could be, if everyone is healthy by then. The starters have been unveiled, with four first-time starters -- the Western Conference's Stephen Curry and Kevin Love and the Eastern Conference's Paul George and Kyrie Irving -- joining regulars such as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and, yes, Kobe Bryant. (Blake Griffin was the other.) Wade and, especially, Bryant earned votes despite fighting through injuries this season. Who didn't deserve the call? Who did but must wait until next Thursday, when the reserves are announced? Cast your votes below!

  • Which would win a game of five-on-five (with all healthy)?

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  • Which All-Star starter was the weakest choice?

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  • Who was the biggest All-Star starter snub?

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  • Who should start the All-Star Game in Kobe Bryant's absence?

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  • Which first-time starter will have the best NBA career?

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  • In general, what grade would you give the fans in selecting the 2014 All-Star Game starters?

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NBA 5-on-5: Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron who? OK, we won't go that far. But things are looking up for the Cleveland Cavaliers, with Kyrie Irving nearing elite status and his supporting cast growing (No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett!) and growing (talented-but-injury-prone center Andrew Bynum!). Can the Cavs take the next step? The NBA 5-on-5 guys had their say and now it's time for SportsNation to weigh in.

What grade would you give the Cavaliers' offseason?

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  • What is the biggest question facing the Cavaliers in 2013-14?

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  • Who is the Cavaliers' most intriguing player this season?

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  • Which of these bold predictions by the 5-on-5 panel is most likely to come true?

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  • Prediction time: How far will the Cavaliers go next season?

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Kyrie Irving showed he is a serious threat with the ball in his hands, having upped his average in points and assists from his rookie year to his sophomore season. Now that the Cavaliers added Anthony Bennett and Andrew Bynum to the roster, that should give Irving the room he needs to be even more explosive on the offensive end. Will Irving be the league's biggest breakout star? Are second-year players Bradley Beal and Andre Drummond poised to up there production as well? NBA Insider Bradford Doolittle had his say, and now it's time for SportsNation to weigh in! Click the images below to set your rankings!

2013-14 NBA breakout players

Bradley Beal

Bradley Beal

Wizards G
2012-13: 13.9 PPG, 2.4 APG, 3.8 RPG

Patrick Beverley

Patrick Beverley

Rockets G
2012-13: 5.6 PPG, 2.9 APG, 2.7 RPG

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis

Pelicans F
2012-13: 13.5 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 1.75 BPG

Andre Drummond

Andre Drummond

Pistons C
2012-13: 7.9 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 1.58 BPG

Evan Fournier

Evan Fournier

Nuggets G
2012-13: 5.3 PPG, 1.2 APG, 0.9 RPG

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving

Cavaliers G
2012-13: 22.5 PPG, 5.9 APG, 3.7 RPG

Enes Kanter

Enes Kanter

Jazz C
2012-13: 7.2 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 0.46 BPG

Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard

Spurs F
2012-13: 11.9 PPG, 1.6 APG, 6.0 RPG

JaVale McGee

JaVale McGee

Nuggets C
2012-13: 9.1 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.99 BPG

Austin Rivers

Austin Rivers

Pelicans G
2012-13: 6.2 PPG, 2.1 APG, 1.8 RPG

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LeBron James has won four of the past five NBA Most Valuable Player awards -- Kevin Durant has placed second in three of those four years. Will this be the season Durant finally takes the crown as the league's best player, or is LeBron the favorite to become just the fourth player in NBA history to win three consecutive MVP awards? Where does the reigning scoring champion Carmelo Anthony fit in? Is young Kyrie Irving on your radar?

The NBA ESPN Forecast panel had their say, and now it's time for SportsNation to weigh in. Set your rankings below, then head to Twitter to join the discussion via #ESPNForecast.

NBA MVP candidates

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

Knicks, F
2012-13: 28.7 PPG, 2.6 APG, 6.9 RPG

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry

Warriors, G
2012-13: 22.9 PPG, 6.9 APG, 4.0 RPG

Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan

Spurs, F
2012-13: 17.8 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 2.7 BPG

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

Thunder, F
2012-13: 28.1 PPG, 4.6 APG, 7.9 RPG

Paul George

Paul George

Pacers, F
2012-13: 17.4 PPG, 4.1 APG, 7.6 RPG

James Harden

James Harden

Rockets, G
2012-13: 25.9 PPG, 5.8 APG, 4.9 RPG

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard

Rockets, C
2012-13: 17.1 PPG, 12.4 RPG, 2.4 BPG

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving

Cavaliers, G
2012-13: 22.5 PPG, 5.9 APG, 3.7 RPG

LeBron James

LeBron James

Heat, F
2012-13: 26.8 PPG, 7.3 APG, 8.0 RPG

Tony Parker

Tony Parker

Spurs, G
2012-13: 20.3 PPG, 7.6 APG, 3.0 RPG

Chris Paul

Chris Paul

Clippers, G
2012-13: 16.9 PPG, 9.7 APG, 3.7 RPG

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose

Bulls, G
2011-12: 21.8 PPG, 7.9 APG, 3.4 RPG

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