NBA All-Star Weekend is here, and it promises to provide ample entertainment, as it does every year. This year the weekend will take place in Cleveland and will feature all of the events that fans have come to enjoy. However, several of the main events have been tweaked by the league, which could confuse those unaware of the changes. Fear not, we’re here to help. Below you’ll find the dates, list of participants and a brief explanation for the weekend’s five biggest events.
From legendary draft picks to a Grammy Award-winning music lineup, the buildup to the 71st NBA All-Star game has reached a fever pitch.The game, which will air live Sunday on TNT at 8 p.m. ET, will see LeBron James and Kevin Durant face off at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio.This is the second consecutive season in which team Lebron and Team Durant will go head-to-head.
For the third straight year, the All-Star Game will feature a few different rules, which includes an untimed fourth quarter know as the “Elam Ending.” Teams led by All-Star team captains Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets (who won’t play due to a sprained MCL in his left knee) and LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers will race to be the first to reach a “final target score,” determined by taking the leading team’s cumulative score through three quarters and adding 24 points (a nod to the late Kobe Bryant).
Sixers star Joel Embiid, who has been dominant in recent weeks and is coming off yet another 40-point game, will take the court in his fifth All-Star game alongside Ja Morant, Jayson Tatum, Andrew Wiggins, and Trae Young. Embiid’s newest teammate, 10-time All-Star James Harden, won’t play tonight as he continues to rehab his left hamstring though former NBA star James McGrady doubts Harden is injured at all.
At least Embiid will see the court tonight. Last year, both he and former teammate Ben Simmons were forced out of the All-Star game after coming in contact with a barber in Philadelphia who tested positive for COVID-19. Simmons, who sat out all year before being traded to the Nets, wasn’t selected as an All-Star for the first time since his first year as a starter though he did receive two All-Star votes from NBA players.
The final countdown of All Star game
Since Friday evening, fans have been treated to a series of events, including Saturday’s star-studded performance by DJ Khaled and friends.
At 12 p.m. ET Sunday, the NBA Legends Awards will air live on NBA TV.Then, at 2 p.m. ET, fans will be treated to the NBA G League Next Gem Game, which the league describes as “an exhibition of the bright young stars of tomorrow.” G League Ignite will play Cleveland Charge. That also airs on NBA TV.
Main event of All Star game
Finally, at 8 p.m. ET, Captains LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets will compete with their high-powered rosters to raise money for their chosen beneficiaries.For Team LeBron, it’s the Kent State iPromise Scholars Program, which provides higher education opportunities for the underserved in northeastern Ohio. Team Durant is fighting for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, a member of Feeding America.According to the NBA All-Star Game format, the teams will compete to win each quarter for their chosen organizations, with a total of $750,000 in contributions.
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