Averaging a triple-double apparently is just not enough. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press)

The news was broken Thursday by The Post’s Tim Bontemps and soon confirmed by the NBA: the starting backcourt for the Western Conference in February’s All-Star Game will feature Steph Curry and James Harden. Or to put it another way, that backcourt will not feature Russell Westbrook.

The news caused this collective response from the Internet: Wait, what?

Isn’t Westbrook averaging a triple-double through 44 games, putting him on pace to become the only NBA player besides Oscar Robertson to do so over a full season? Isn’t he leading the NBA in scoring, at 30.6 points per game, and second in assists (10.4)? Isn’t he well ahead of the pack in player efficiency rating (29.6)? Isn’t he the front-runner to be named league MVP (give or take Harden) this season?

Just as significantly, isn’t Curry well behind in all those areas? So many vexing questions! Here is a sampling of the Internet’s reaction to the all-star news.

Under the NBA’s new formula for determining the all-star starters, in which fan voting now accounts for 50 percent, with player and media votes accounting for 25 percent each in a system using weighted average finishes in each group, Westbrook tied Curry and Harden on points. But the Thunder guard was edged out on the tiebreaker, fan votes, with Curry receiving 1,848,121 and Harden 1,771,375 to Westbrook’s 1,575,865.

That fan vote reflects the higher degrees of popularity that Curry, a two-time MVP, and Harden (don’t underestimate the fact that he dated a Kardashian) have achieved. In media balloting, Westbrook led the way with 93 votes as a starter, while Harden came in second with 91 and Curry was a very distant third at six. But that’s likely small consolation.

“Russell Westbrook should be starting,” Charles Barkley said on TNT’s pregame show Thursday. “That’s no disrespect to Steph Curry, he’s a great player, he’s on a really good team, but what Russell Westbrook is doing, he deserves to be starting, plain and simple.”

Fellow TNT analyst Kevin Garnett agreed, calling it “the league’s all-time history snub.” That network’s sideline reporter, David Aldridge, went on a mini-rant about the issue on Twitter.

Of course, Westbrook will still be named to the West’s squad as a reserve, and he’ll get plenty of opportunities to win game MVP honors for an unprecedented third straight year. In addition, as many pointed out, the snub figures to make the five-time all-star play even more angrily for the rest of this season, if that’s possible. The relentlessly athletic Westbrook already appears to perform with a major chip on his shoulder, one that only grew bigger with the defection of former teammate Kevin Durant to the rival Warriors.

Durant joined Curry as an all-star starter, which can’t be doing much to improve Westbrook’s mood but does create some intrigue for the game, given that the two likely will play together for the first time since last year’s Western Conference finals. The other West starters include Kawhi Leonard and Anthony Davis, while the East starters will be LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, DeMar DeRozan, Jimmy Butler and Giannis Antetokounmpo.