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2021 NBA All-Star Game Open Thread

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Basketball is back (kind of).

70th NBA All-Star Game Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

Despite the ongoing concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 NBA All-Star weekend is well underway down in Atlanta, Georgia. Due to health and safety concerns related to the pandemic, Adam Silver and the NBA have attempted to modify things by combining all of the weekend’s usual events into one night, while simultaneously trying to curtail the usual chaos that comes with hosting a large-scale event like this in a major city:

While speaking to the media earlier this weekend, Silver stressed that he believed it was too early to discuss whether or not it was a good decision to move forward with All-Star weekend, despite the vocal concerns of some of the league’s most high-profile players. Regardless of what you or I may think on the topic, the NBA is pushing forward with Sunday’s event(s), even after the latest news about two All-Star selections being in close-contact with a positive test:

With Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid both ruled out, the league decided against inviting any other players last minute, and announced that Zion Williamson will replace Joel Embiid as a starter on Team Durant.

All-Star Sunday tips off later today at 4:00pm CST, with all events being broadcast on TNT. A list of the events as well as the participants can be found below:

Skills Challenge

  • Robert Covington
  • Luka Doncic
  • Chris Paul
  • Julius Randle
  • Domantas Sabonis
  • Nikola Vucevic

3-Point Contest

  • Mike Conley
  • Jaylen Brown
  • Stephen Curry
  • Zach LaVine
  • Donovan Mitchell
  • Jayson Tatum

Dunk Contest

  • Anfernee Simons
  • Cassius Stanley
  • Obi Toppin

All-Star Game

  • Team Durant
  • Team LeBron

Have a great rest of your Sunday, everyone!