It’s finally here: the 2018 NBA All-Star Game. We’ve made it through the Friday night shenanigans — the celebrity and Rising Stars game — and we’ve witnessed the party of Saturday night. But now, it’s the big show: the 24 biggest/best players in the NBA, playing in a relative meaningless game for the benefit of the fans (and some bonus money).
To remind: here are the All-Star rosters (as tweeted on January 25th).
Sadly, since then Kristaps Porzingis, Kevin Love, and DeMarcus Cousins got injured and are sitting out the night. As a result: Andre Drummond, Kemba Walker, and Goran Dragic are playing in their stead.
For Toronto fans, we’re here to celebrate the achievements of DeMar DeRozan, All-Star starter and son of Los Angeles, plus Kyle Lowry, and of course Dwane Casey, head coach of Team Curry, and the first Raptors coach to ever be at an NBA All-Star Game. This is DeRozan’s fourth time in the All-Star Game (his second time as a starter). Meanwhile, Lowry also joins the team for the fourth (straight) time. There are a lot of good feelings to go around here.
At the risk of sounding like Clive Anderson, we know in the All-Star Game everything is made up and the points don’t matter, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be a few noteworthy things to watch for, like:
- How will LeBron and Kyrie operate together?
- Will DeRozan and Lowry go out of their way to try and dunk all over Casey’s squad?
- Is anyone going to get pissed off at Dragic?
- How seriously will Giannis take the proceedings?
- And, naturally, at some point, we’ll wonder: hey, who’s going to win this thing?
Anyway, let’s settle in and watch. Here are your details for the night:
Where to Watch
TNT and TSN 1, 4, and 5 at 7pm EST (Game starts at 8pm)