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NBA All-Star Weekend 2018: Recapping the Celebrity All-Star game

18 February, 2018, 03:09 | Author: Lula Armstrong
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Pop star Justin Bieber is set to compete in the annual National Basketball Association all-star celebrity game. It has also paired some old friends together in what could be an explosive, high-scoring game, writes Mark Kirwan.

BIEBS IS BACK: Bieber will return to play in the celebrity game on Friday night after winning MVP honors in the 2011 game.

The 67th All-Star Game will be held inside the Staples Center on Sunday, February 18.

Although her first layup tied the game at 23, the Clippers made a run and were able to take a 37-30 halftime lead thanks to 11 points from DeGrasse.

The Oklahoma City Thunder forward, who was selected to replace Cousins in the All-Star Game, has always been rumored to be a free agent target for the Los Angeles Lakers alongside none other than James.

The Kings came to Sacramento in 1985 and have yet to host an All-Star Game.

"I told my boy the other day, if you could do that, I would have went to Chicago and just played with Mike", O'Neal said.

Expect an entertaining show from Team Curry's first-time All-Star Joel Embiid, of the Philadelphia 76ers.

There is, however, still plenty of intrigue around the roster construction, especially on Team LeBron, where some former teamates are paired together after acrimonious break-ups. Two season-ending injuries to Demarcus Cousins (torn achilles) and Kristaps Porzingis (torn ACL) as well as a broken hand for Kevin Love and knee surgery for John Wall leaves Team Lebron four men down.

Rex Kalamian, the Toronto Raptors assistant who coached Team World, praised the play of Denver Nuggets Canadian guard Jamal Murray, who had 21 points and seven assists for Team World. The coaches decided to choose Andre Drummond, Paul George, Goran Dragic and Kemba Walker as the four replacements.

The NBA definitely put the "Star" in "All-Star".

Watson said before the game that he got some grief from his fellow golfers about taking up a second sport while in contention.

SIDELINED STARS: James' team will look much different than the one he drafted after a number of injuries. Team LeBron vs. Team Steph. In the end, the shooting of Team Curry will take over and we'll see MVP favorite James Harden showcase his skills in front of the country.



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