NBA All-Star Weekend

By Jakob Bischoff

Every year the NBA’s best players come together and participate in a variety of different entertaining events. These events include the three point contest, dunk contest, and the All-Star game. The festivities this year started on Friday with the celebrity game, in which famous people are pinned against each other to show off their basketball skills. The highlight of this years celebrity game was when Jarrius Robertson, a 14 year old with liver disease, checked into the game and scored a mid range jump shot late in the fourth quarter. After the celebrity game was the Rising Stars Challenge. This event is basically an All-star game for the younger, less experienced players in the league. This year’s team World, beat team USA behind Jamal Murray’s 36 points. This concluded Friday’s events. Saturday Night started with the Skills challenge. Players had to maneuver an obstacle course while passing, shooting, and dribbling. This year it was surprisingly won by a center,  Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks. He beat Gordon Hayward in the championship after hitting a three, right before Hayward. The three point contest was the next and the best sharpshooters in the league, and were all in attendance. It ended up going into overtime after Kyrie Irving and Eric Gordon hit the same amount of threes in the championship round. In the end, Eric Godon bested Irving in overtime. The final event of the night was the Slam Dunk contest. This years Dunk contest wasn’t very exciting as many of the dunkers either could not complete the dunk, or ended up doing very uncreative slams. The bright spot in this contest was Glenn Robinson III, who won by jumping over three people and finishing with a reverse slam. The All-star game was next which is arguably one of the most anticipated events of the year. This years game was especially interesting because there was some drama. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant were forced to be to the same team again for the first time since KD had left Thunder to become a Warrior. It gave many fans another reason to watch, and it was all worth it when in the 1st quarter KD dished an alley oop to Westbrook resulting in an uproar of cheers from the crowd and both teams’ benches. All in all, this years All-star weekend was memorable and worth watching

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