Things can change quickly in the NBA, huh?
Despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, and some strong objections from players, the league pushed to quickly finalize the All-Star Game plans after it was initially assumed that such festivities would not take place in 2021. Now the biggest names in the NBA have been brought to Atlanta for what should be a truly unique All-Star experience.
So brace yourselves basketball fans. Team LeBron and Team Durant will soon hit the court at State Farm Arena.
Here you will find everything you need to know about the NBA All-Star Game 2021, including the start time, the TV channel, and an explanation of this year’s format.
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What channel is the NBA All-Star Game on today?
- Television channel: TNT
- Live broadcast: See TNT
The 2021 All-Star Game will air live on TNT with coverage beginning at 5 p.m. ET. You can also stream the game through the Watch TNT app.
What time does the NBA All-Star Game start?
- Date: Sunday March 7
- Time: 8 pm ET
The 2021 NBA All-Star Game will begin at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 7. The Slam Dunk Contest will serve as halftime entertainment for those watching the All-Star Game.
NBA All-Star Game Format, Explained
Team LeBron and Team Durant will compete to win each of the first three quarters of the game. Those quarters will be the standard 12 minutes, but they will start with a 0-0 score. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the game clock will turn off and a final target score will be established based on the cumulative score of the leading team during the first three quarters. That target score will be the total score of the leading team plus 24 points.
The NBA decided to incorporate 24 points into the target score to honor Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020. The 18-time All-Star wore the number 24 from the 2006-07 season to 2015-16 .
Once the target score is finalized, Team LeBron and Team Durant will play the final quarter without time, and the first team to reach the target score will win the game.
An example: if the cumulative score over the three quarters is 100-95 in favor of Team LeBron, the target score would be 124. Team LeBron would only need to score 24 points to win, while Team Durant would need to score 29 points. . Results for the previous three quarters are simply based on individual scores for those quarters.
The winner of each of the first three quarters will receive $ 150,000 (a total of $ 450,000) to an organization that provides scholarship funds for students attending Historically African American Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The overall winning team will win $ 300,000.
Team LeBron will play for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and Team Durant will play for the United Negro College Fund. Each organization will receive an initial contribution of $ 500,000 and a total of $ 1.75 million will be shared between the two.
2021 NBA All-Star Rosters
|1.||Giannis Antetokounmpo *||Dollars|
|two.||Stephen Curry *||Warriors|
|3.||Luka Doncic *||Mavericks|
|Four.||Nikola Jokic *||Nuggets|
|5.||Damian Lillard||Trail blazers|
|9.||Paul george||Pair of scissors|
* All-Star Starters
|1.||Kyrie Irving *||Networking|
|two.||Joel Embiid *||76ers|
|3.||Kawhi Leonard *||Pair of scissors|
|Four.||Bradley Beal *||Magicians|
|5.||Jayson Tatum **||Celtics|
|7.||Devin Booker ***||Suns|
|–||Mike Conley ***||Jazz|
* All-Star Starters
** Tatum elevated to starter with Durant out (hamstring injury)
*** Conley named replacement with Booker out (knee injury)
2021 NBA All-Star Draft Complete Order
|6.||Kawhi leonard||Pair of scissors|
|eleven.||Damian Lillard||Trail blazers|
|19.||Paul george||Pair of scissors|
|2. 3.||Rudy gobert||Jazz|
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.