Feb 16, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward/center Matt Bonner (15) shoots during the 2013 NBA All-Star three-point contest at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Twitter was exploding Saturday with #RedMamba tweets. Matt Bonner definitely did not disappoint after lobbying for a spot in this year’s Three-Point Contest. However, the ultimate prize did not go home with the Red Mamba.
In the Foot Locker Three Point Contest, Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers took first with an impressive performance. The field was stacked with names like Steve Novak and Stephen Curry, but it was Irving who claimed the 2013 crown.
Irving and Bonner met in the final round of the competition after killing it in the opening round. Bonner edged out Ryan Anderson and Irving beat out Novak for the two spots in the finals.
No one saw Kyrie Irving as a favorite, but he showed up in Houston. He tallied 23 points in the final round, which would be a tall order for anyone. Bonner could not find the same rhythm he got in to in the first round, and gave Irving a scare. However, in the end, Bonner came up short with a score of 20.
The #LetBonnerShoot did not come in vain. It was still a solid performance by the Red Rocket. And while the New Balances and their magical three-point powers could not help San Antonio leave a better impression on All-Star Saturday Night, Bonner should definitely be invited back. He looked right at home in the contest, and should be given a shot at redemption.
However, until next All-Star weekend comes, Kyrie Irving is your 2013 Foot Locker Three-Point Champion.