After watching the NBA All-Star game are people actually surprised that the game set a record for points scored? The new strategy in the NBA isn't "Me stopping you. It's me scoring more than you" and there is a difference between the two. This style of play tends to lay on the side of offensive players like Carmelo Anthony (who set a record for three pointers in last night's All-Star game). Just think of the rosters of both teams how many players are actually known for playing defense? There was no Tyson Chandler in the paint, there was no full court press. Sure, Joakim Noah plays defense, but that wasn't going to happen in this game which is also why he didn't play that many minutes in the ASG.
The game is soft. The players are soft. Their motto is I'll see your two points and raise you three. I'm surprised refs even brought whistles to the game. Watching the game it quickly turned into a track meet. When one team scored the opposing team got the ball to half court in under a second and the race was on. I understand that it's an All-Star game and since it doesn't mean anything (in terms of overall season success) the players have a right to try plays that aren't usually allowed in an actual game like big men shooting three pointers or point guards tossing alley oops from any part of the court. Many viewers didn't have a problem with the lack of defense since they enjoy all the crazy alley oops and stuff like that, but there is another side of the game that isn't promoted by all the events during the All-Star weekend and it definitely showed last night.