Again, the end is nigh. Tonight, Kawhi Leonard debuts his new line of New Balance performance basketball sneakers, Kyle Lowry plays in his fifth straight all-star game and we finally get to think about the return of regular season basketball.
As a Raptors fan though, it’s been a fun weekend when you think about all that’s happened. Danny Green suddenly became a broadcast star — first hosting the Rising Stars Challenge, and then interviewing nearly every player in attendance on Saturday afternoon, much to Josh Lewenberg’s quiet dismay — before scoring a 23 in the 3-point contest. What a legend.
But now here we are: Team LeBron and Team Giannis pitted against one another. Team LeBron is loudly made up of upcoming free agents mostly, including Kawhi Leonard — making rooting for Kawhi’s victory tough for many fans. Lowry on the other hand will look to put up a record number of assists off the bench, which would need to be 23 since Magic Johnson holds the record of 22.
I for one hope and believe in our guy.
Mitch Orsatti detailed both rosters, and his preview can be found here.
A little update, which is strange for an All-Star game: Anthony Davis is actually a game-time decision (not a joke). He’ll test his shoulder out in warmups and if he can’t play I guess Team LeBron won’t have a full roster. Bizarre move by Davis.
The plan with Anthony Davis tonight, I'm told, is for Davis to test his injured left shoulder out in pre-game warmups in hopes of playing in the 68th NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 17, 2019
The fact that I had to post a lineup update that doesn’t involve Vince Carter sitting out for Michael Jeffrey Jordan is just absurd.
But anyway, here are the details from tonight’s game, and enjoy the show!
Where to Watch:
Sportsnet One, 8 p.m.
Starters: Stephen Curry, Kemba Walker, Paul George, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid
Reserves: Khris Middleton, Nikola Jokic, Russell Westbrook (via trade, hilariously), Blake Griffin, D’Angelo Russell, Nikola Vucevic, Kyle Lowry, Dirk Nowitzki (legacy)
Starters: Kyrie Irving (collusion), James Harden, Kawhi Leonard (stay away!), Kevin Durant, LeBron James
Reserves: Anthony Davis (COLLUSION), Klay Thompson (lol, collusion), Damian Lillard, Ben Simmons (via trade and collusion), LaMarcus Aldridge, Bradley Beal, Dwyane Wade (legacy)
Victor Oladipo (ruptured left quadriceps tendon - OUT), Anthony Davis (bruised left shoulder - QUESTIONABLE)