The NBA’s star-studded midseason showpiece is here, so grab your telescope and strap yourself in for some of the best B-ball action on telly
NBA All-Star Game, Saturday 16 February, 1am, Sky Sports Arena/HD (CH 518/508)
For one week midway through the NBA season, the chase for the fabled play-offs and the race for the coveted NBA title is put on hold as the league celebrates its current and future stars in a cracking week of glittering match-ups.
Once the NBA’s crop of up-and-coming stars have gone head to head in the All-Star Rising Stars Challenge (also available to watch on Sky Sports), the sport’s big guns take to the court in North Carolina’s Spectrum Center.
Read on to find out everything you need to know to get your head in the game before it all goes down.
What is the All-Star Game?
The All-Star Game is, along with the end-of-season play-offs, one of the showpiece events in the NBA calendar. Put simply, the league’s best players from the Eastern and Western Conferences combine into two ridiculously talented teams in the grand finale of a brilliant, week-long celebration of all things basketball.
Who’s taking part?
Superstars LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo are this year’s captains, with each selecting their teammates from a roster voted for by fans, the media and fellow NBA players. As such, for the first time ever, fans the world over will have the chance to see LeBron James and fellow modern-day great Stephen Curry combine their wizard-like skills on the same side when they line up for the Western Conference.
Who are this year’s ones to watch?
As well as the aforementioned superstars in James, Gianni and Curry, a host of other incredible players will take to the court in the early hours of Sunday morning. Golden State’s Kevin Durant lines up alongside James and Curry in a line-up that could draw tears from even the most hardened centre. That said, with Boston Celtic’s Kyrie Irving consistently sending people to the shadow realm with ball-handling skills, Gianni’s side still packs a serious punch.
Whatever the outcome, this is one fixture you won’t want to miss (even if it does mean staying up slightly past your bedtime to tune in).
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