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NBA All-Star Weekend Preview

Rachel Geiger

NBA All-Star Weekend

This weekend is obviously Valentine’s Day but it’s also NBA All-Star weekend as well! The event is going to be held in New York City this year. There have been several players that have already had to drop out due to injuries. But it’ll still be a fun weekend filled with tons of different events that aren’t always all that exciting, but there’s definitely some things to look out for.

• The Foot Locker Three-Point Contest
This will happen Saturday night. Some of the big contenders to look for are: Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving, James Harden, and Stephen Curry. I will confess that I’m not all that familiar with the other players besides Mario Belinelli from the Spurs. I think one of the big three players that I named are going to take the title but one of the lesser known names could easily take it as well.

• Sprite Slam Dunk Contest
This is always one of the biggest contests to look for during All-Star weekend. They used to have really big named players but this year they don’t have very many of those. There’s only four contestants in it this year and it’s guaranteed to be a first time winner. One of the players is a rookie and the other three are second year players. The only name I recognize is Mason Plumlee who played at Duke University in college. He had some sick dunks back in college and I’d say he’s only improved since then so definitely look out to see what he’s capable of in this contest!

• The All-Star Game
The big names playing for the Eastern Conference are: LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, John Wall, Chris Bosh, and Kyrie Irving. The big names for the Western Conference are: Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Tim Duncan, Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Russell Westbrook. I think both conferences have many good players and although the West has some key players missing, (Kobe and Blake Griffin) I think the West will end up winning the game.

• Degree Shooting Stars
This isn’t really a big one but I figured I’d note it anyway. One star NBA player teams up with another WNBA player and a legendary player and they take on other teams. The four big NBA stars are: Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis, and Chris Bosh. Although I’m pretty sure someone is replacing Davis since he’s hurt but we’ll see who the replacement is. It should be fun to watch!

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