NBA All Star Games

NBA All Star Games

Tiernan Duffy, Writer

After deciding the COVID risk was small, the NBA decided to host the All Star Game in Atlanta on March 7th at 6:30 p.m. where the NBA Dunk contest, three point contest, skills challenge and all star game would be hosted at.

 

The Dunk contest is where usually 4 players have two dunks to see how many points they can get from the judges who score from 0 – 10. There are only 5 judges. There are two rounds of dunks to eliminate 2 players, If you and another player have the highest scores then you will go against each other for a third round and whoever gets the most points wins. This year a lot was the same except this year they only had 3 players and also most of the dunks have been from past years so there was not a lot of original dunks. The players who was in this event was  Obi Toppin, Anfernee Simons and  Cassius Stanley this was their first year ever and Anfernee Simons won.

 

The Three Point contest might be the fans favorite and the rules are that there 5 racks of basketballs with each one having 5 balls – 4 of them count as 1 point but the money ball counts as 2 points. The racks are placed around the 3 oint line. One rack which the player is allowed to choose is only money balls and that is the rack you do not want to miss. 10 people go against each other to get a higher amount of points than the others. This year Mike Conley was the Fan favorite to win the three point contest because it was his first time there and he was a great player but Stephen Curry won by 1 point and Stephen Curry is now with Larry Bird, Craig Hodges, Mark Price, Jeff Hornacek, Peja Stojakovic and Kapono to win multiply three point contests.

 

The Skills challenge might not be the fan favorite but it would get you on the edge of your seat because it has some challenging things you have to do like running past obstacles and then you have to throw a perfect pass through a hole and then you go down to the other side of the court do a layup or a dunk run back then make a three point shot before your opponent does. 6 players played this year which is also less players because they usually have 8 players doing it. The players are Domantas Sabonis, Julius Randle, Luka Dončić, Nikola Vučević,  Robert Covington and Chris Paul. Domantas won and showed a very good performance.

 

Now the fan favorite game of the hole event the All Star Game! The All Star Game has taken a few changes through the years but something they added was if your team would the quarter then your points would go to the a different scoreboard and you get money to give it to a charity. Past years there has been close games like last year like how Team LeBron won by 2 points but others are like this year when Team LeBron won by 20. There has been some amazing games and records and LeBron James has been a captain for the past 4 years and he is also the only one who has won as a captain because they changed it from Western Conference vs. the Eastern but now it is captains. The starters for Team LeBron is Stephen Curry, Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic, Kawhi Leonard and final himself LeBron James. The starters for Team Durant is Kyrie Irving, Bradley Beal, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embid but he came in contact with Covid so Jason Tatum took over his spot and finally not Kevin Durant because he is injured so Zion Williamson starts and this is his first time ever playing in a NBA All Star Game. The Game was entertaining but Team LeBron pulled it out and won. The score was 170 – 150 Giannis won MVP of the Game.