The Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriors have reached the season's midpoint as perhaps two of the league's biggest surprises.
In recognition for their success, two Bulls were selected to the All-Star game while the Warriors are sending one to the showcase for the first time in 16 years. Golden State, however, probably feels it deserved two.
Two days after leading the Warriors past the NBA's top team, Stephen Curry could be poised for another big game by using his All-Star snub as motivation Friday night in Chicago.
Golden State (26-15) is in fifth place in the Western Conference and inching closer to just its second playoff appearance since 1994.
"I'm sure we're surprising people,'' Curry said after Wednesday's 104-99 win over Oklahoma City.
Curry and David Lee have been instrumental to their success, and Warriors coach Mark Jackson had been campaigning for their inclusion in the All-Star game for the last month.
"Maybe I'll hold my own game if these two guys aren't in ther...