The 2021 NBA All-Star Game is tonight and we can already confidently say that it will be unlike any All-Star event we’ve seen before.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NBA decided to hold all of its main All-Star events — the dunk contest, the 3-point contest, the Skills Challenge and, of course, the game — in one night. In a normal year, All-Star festivities start on Friday and end with the big game on Sunday.
All-Star Weekend also typically includes a celebrity All-Star game and a Rising Stars game, but not this year. Here’s when and where everything will happen this year:
3:30 p.m. PT: Skills Challenge and 3-point contest (TNT)
5 p.m. PT: The 2021 NBA All-Star Game (TNT)
Halftime: The Dunk Contest (TNT)
LeBron James had another successful All-Star draft earlier this week and was arguably the favorite going into tonight’s game, but things took a turn for the worst for both him and Kevin Durant earlier today.
The NBA is ruling out Embiid and Simmons for All-Star Game, source tells ESPN. https://t.co/PSiQ8xiOMo— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 7, 2021
Embiid was set to be the starting center for Team Durant and Simmons was expected to be a key reserve for Team LeBron. Zion Williamson will start in place of Embiid, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Here’s how both teams’ starting lineups will look tonight barring any other last-minute updates:
Team LeBron: Stephen Curry, Luka Doncic, LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nikola Jokic
Team Durant: Kyrie Irving, Bradley Beal, Kawhi Leonard, Jayson Tatum, Zion Williamson
Anthony Davis was set to make his eighth All-Star appearance, but he will be sidelined with a calf strain and Achilles tendinosis. His replacement, Devin Booker, will also be inactive. Mike Conley will play in their place.
This year’s All-Star game might not feel the same due to the timing of it all and the injuries, but it should still be an entertaining one.