With the NBA All-star Weekend coming up, February 16th-18th, in Los Angeles, the stars will be out in full force to partake in the annual event. All of the players involved are ready to put on a show and take in the experience. The Boston Celtics will be well represented at the events.
The Celtics will send two players, superstar guard Kyrie Irving and star forward Al Horford, to the All-Star game and two players to the Rising Star game, rookie forward Jayson Tatum and forward/guard Jaylen Brown. Horford will also participate in the NBA Skills competition. The Celtics have no participants in the fan favorite Three Point Shootout or Slam Dunk Contest.
Tatum and Brown will represent team USA in the Rising Star game. Team USA will take on Team World.
Though the format of the All-Star Game has changed from the traditional East Vs West, the game doesn’t stray away from how exciting it can be. This year’s format will be based off of votes. Two players will be named team captains, who will do a draft to complete their teams. This year’s captains are LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors.
Each team will select a charity to play for. The winning team will receive $100,000 per player, with the losing team receiving $25,000 per player.
Houston Rockets coach Mike D’ Antoni will coach Team Lebron, while Toronto Raptors coach Dwayne Casey will coach Team Curry.
Irving, who has had a great season despite some minor injuries, was selected by LeBron and will be a starter for the team. James and Irving were teammates in Cleveland before Irving was traded to the Celtics in a one-for-four player trade in the offseason.
Horford was drafted in a reserve role to Team Curry. He also is having a stellar year, and will be busy on All-star weekend. Horford has been a major contributor since joining the Celtics as a free agent in 2016.
Team LeBron is stacked, headlined by James, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook.
Team Curry is equally loaded, countering with Curry, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokoumpo, fellow Warriors guard Klay Thompson, Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan and Houston Rockets guard James Harden, among others.
Fans will be in for an excellent game, filled with exciting play and equally exciting players to watch. Though I’d give a slight advantage to team LeBron, we will all be in for a treat when the game goes down on Feb 18th.
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