The excitement and activity sparked by the trade deadline finally calmed down, but there is not enough time to rest in the NBA. We head straight for the All-Star weekend, which begins on Friday, February 15th with the Celebrity Game and the Rising Stars Challenge.
From there we will go to the All-Star Saturday Night, which includes the Skills Challenge, the Three-Point Competition and the Dunk Competition. Finally, Sunday night is the all-star game between the LeBron team and the Giannis team.
We have listed all dates, times, and locations of each event, as well as display information for TV and streaming options. Now, there is no reason to miss any of the weekend's actions.
Friday, February 15
How to watch the NBA All-Star celebrity match
The Celebrity Game will be back again this year and will be the first official All-Star weekend event. The local game team includes celebrities with ties to the Carolinas, including recording artist Daughtry, WNBA star A'ja Wilson and the great Steve Smith of the NFL. The Away team is represented by Migos' most valuable player, Quavo, as well as actor and comedian Hasan Minhaj and Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry.
How to watch the NBA Rising Stars Challenge
After the celebrity match, the Friday night action will be held at the Spectrum Center for Rising Stars Challenge. Once again, the game will be played in US vs. World format, with rookies and sophomores in each team. Trae Young, Jayson Tatum and Donovan Mitchell are the alternative in the United States. Meanwhile, the world team will be led by Ben Simmons, Luka Doncic and Deandre Ayton. For complete alignments, go here.
Saturday February 16th
How to watch the NBA Skills Challenge
The All-Star Saturday Night is one of the biggest nights in the NBA calendar and, once again, it will kick off with the skill challenge. The event features a number of players on an obstacle course that requires them to show every aspect of their game, from the most accurate 3-point shooter passes. Trae Young, Luka Doncic and Nikola Jokic are among the competitors. For a complete list of participants, go here.
How to watch the contest in three points of the NBA
Once the challenge is over, we will move on to one of the flagship events, the three-point competition. This is the 33rd edition and the field has been extended to 10 shooters this year. As usual, five five-ball baskets will be installed around the three-point line and shooters will have one minute to shoot as many shots as possible. The top three scores will qualify for the championship round. Attendees include Dirk Nowitzki, Steph Curry and his brother Seth Curry, as well as reigning champion Devin Booker. For a complete list of shooters, go here.
How to watch the NBA Slam Dunk Contest
Finally, we will have the main event of the evening, and all weekend: the Slam Dunk Contest. This is the 34th edition, and again, there will be four dunkers. Like the three-point contest, it's a two-round event. Each dunker will receive two dunks in the first round, with five judges scoring on a scale of 6 to 10. The two dunkers with the highest combined score will advance to the championship round where they will again have two dunks. Dennis Smith Jr. will participate for the second consecutive year, while the rest of the group is composed of new faces. For a complete list of dunkers, go here:
Sunday February 17th
How to watch the NBA star game
To end the weekend, we will have the actual game of stars on Sunday night at the Spectrum Center. This is the second year of the new format, which features two lead lines led by captains instead of the traditional match between East and West. LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee Bucks are the two captains this season. They recently completed their draft on the field of play, which was televised this year. The first player selected for the LeBron team was Kevin Durant, while the first pick for the Giannis team was Steph Curry. For a complete list of lists, go here: