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NBA All-Star Game in Review

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The GIST: We watched the NBA All-Star Game (ASG) so you could watch the Harry and Meghan interview with Oprah instead. Youโ€™re welcome.

March 08, 2021
Source: Sportscenter/Twitter
Source: Sportscenter/Twitter

Pre-game drama: Many players (and us) werenโ€™t stoked about an ASG in the middle of a pandemic, and what happened on Sunday shows exactly why. Just hours before the event began, All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons were ruled out of the dayโ€™s competitions due to COVID-19 contact tracing, which may also affect their eligibility to play for their team, the Philadelphia 76ers, in the coming days.

  • On top of that, the NBA also sent out over 200 cease-and-desist orders to organizers around Atlanta for using NBA and ASG logos for unsanctioned parties planned over the weekend. 

The festivities: Instead of a full weekend, like usual, the NBA condensed all the fun into a few hours yesterday. They started with the skills competition โ€” won by Indiana Pacer Domantas Sabonis โ€” then moved to the always-exciting three-point contest, where Golden State Warrior Steph Curry reclaimed his 2015 title.

Team LeBron won the ASG itself, 170โ€“150, over Team Durant, and Portland Trail Blazer Anfernee Simons took home the title for best dunker. Fun times with a great purpose, but letโ€™s get back to the real stuff now, shall we?