Good morning, folks. 2020 All-Star weekend in Chicago kicks off on Friday night with the Celebrity and Rising Stars games. Let’s talk NBA.
“Pain doesn’t tell you when you ought to stop. Pain is the little voice in your head that tries to hold you back because it knows if you continue you will change.” — Kobe Bryant
First off, Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone! And for those of you that are enjoying today by yourself… Thank God it’s Friday!
With the All-Star weekend running from Friday through Sunday, it provides a much-needed break from the players and staff all the way down to the media. Thursday night in the Association wasn’t terribly exciting, as only four teams were in action while everyone else got a head start on the mid-season break. Let’s quickly cover them before we dive into what to look forward to this weekend.
- The Boston Celtics took down the Los Angeles Clippers in double overtime, 141-133, thanks to a special performance from third-year wing Jayson Tatum. Not only was the former Duke standout putting up buckets on the best of the best (Kawhi Leonard), scoring 39 points on 14-23 shooting, but he also locked down the best of the best (Kawhi Leonard, once again!) down the stretch to secure a MASSIVE win for the Celtics. Enes Kanter appeared in 19 minutes for Boston, posting eight points, eight rebounds, and two assists.
- The Oklahoma City Thunder managed to brush aside Zion Williamson’s (latest) career-high of 32 points to earn a 123-118 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added a BBNBA-high of 17 points, three boards, and seven dimes for OKC while Nerlens Noel contributed two points and three rebounds in 10 minutes. Hamidou Diallo was a DNP-Coaches Decision for the third time in the last five games.
As for this weekend’s festivities, it starts Friday night with the Celebrity Game, which will be followed by the Rising Stars Challenge. If you’re interested in the celeb game (and you might be the only one), the rosters are loaded with names of people I’m still not sure actually exist. ESPN personalities Michael Wilbon and Stephen A. Smith are the head coaches for each team, so that should provide some meme-worthy clips throughout the night as Stephen A. screams at Chance the Rapper to break out a counter move in the post.
One thing I will say, as a big fan of Hannibal Burress, I am extremely interested to watch him try to play basketball. The rest of them? Meh…
Here’s the full rosters.
The real excitement begins at the conclusion of the celeb game. Moving over to TNT, the Rising Stars Challenge featuring Team World and Team USA will tipoff at 9 p.m.
While Tyler Herro won’t be on the USA team due to a minor ankle injury, we still get P.J. Washington Jr. representing his home country while Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will represent Canada on the World team. It will also be the first unofficial matchup between Zion Williamson and Luka Doncic. These rosters are LOADED with other future stars, too; Trae Young, Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr., and Rui Hachimura are among the especially talented youngsters.
As the weekend rolls on, we’ll see the Skills Challenge, 3-Point Shootout, and the Dunk Contest complete Saturday night with the actual 69th (nice) All-Star game capping things off on Sunday.
Remember, SGA and Bam Adebayo will both participate in the Skills Challenge while Devin Booker was a late addition to the 3-Point Shootout. On Sunday, we’ll see more from Adebayo (Team Giannis) and Booker (Team LeBron) along with Anthony Davis (Team LeBron) in the All-Star game. It’s going to be a busy BBNBA weekend, so make sure to check back with us periodically as we enjoy the festivities together.
Here’s a complete schedule for the weekend. Mark your calendars.
|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC)||123-118 W @ NOP||17||6-13 (2-6)||3||7||1||0||0||+5||37|
|Enes Kanter (BOS)||141-133 (2OT) W vs. LAC||8||3-6 (0-0)||8||2||0||1||2||-3||19|
|Nerlens Noel (OKC)||123-118 W @ NOP||2||1-4 (0-0)||3||0||0||0||0||-3||10|
|Hamidou Diallo (OKC)||123-118 W @ NOP||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Patrick Patterson (LAC)||133-141 (2OT) L @ BOS||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Darius Miller (NOP)||118-123 L vs. OKC||DNP-Achilles||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00 (ESPN): All-Star Celebrity Game
9:00 (TNT): NBA Rising Stars Challenge (Washington, Gilgeous-Alexander)