NBA All Stars Selected and Set for Action

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The full list of players that made the all star team rosters

With the All Star game just around the corner, the NBA finally released the all star game starters and reserves. The all star game and all the events will take place on March 7th starting at 6:30 p.m. ET. The first event that will take place is the Taco Bell Skills Challenge. Second is the Mountain Dew 3 Point Contest. After those two the 70th annual all star game will take place at 8 p.m. ET. During halftime of the all star game there will be the AT&T Dunk Contest.

All Star Game Starters

The NBA released the all star game starters with Lebron James leading the way for the west. Then the east has Kevin Durant leading the way. The four starters alongside Lebron James are Stephen Curry, Kawhi Leonard, Luka Doncic and Nikola Jokic. The other four players with Kevin Durant are Kyrie Irving, Bradley Beal, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid. In addition, it was just announced that Kevin Durant will miss the all star game due to injury so taking his spot will be Domantas Sabonis from the Indiana Pacers.

All Star Game Reserves

The NBA recently announced who the reserves would be for the all star game from the western and the eastern conference. The western conference reserves consist of players like Anthony Davis, Paul George and Damian Lillard. However, Anthony Davis willl be out due to injury, therefore Devin Booker from the Phoenix Suns will take his place. On the eastern conference side of the reserves, they have superstars like James Harden, Ben Simmons and Jayson Tatum.

How Teams Will be Picked

Equally important, instead of the traditional eastern versus western conference games. The NBA will continue what they started last year with a snake draft for the teams.This means the two team captains will go back and forth picking players until they have their lineups. The only thing is the players who were announced starters have to start no matter what captain picks them.

All Star Game Format

Each of the first three quarters will last 12 minutes and all start at 0-0. The team who scores more in that quarter will be the winner of that quarter. At the start of the fourth quarter the game clock will be turned off and a target score will be set. Therefore they will take the teams combined points from the first three quarters and combine them. The team with the most points will add 24 points and that will be the final target score. For example, if Team A has 126 points and Team B has 120 points. The final target score will be the 150, as a result the first team to 150 will win the game.