The 63rd NBA All-Star Game tips off tonight at 5 p.m. on TNT when Stephen Curry will become the first Warriors player to start the game since Latrell Sprewell in 1995, and will make it two years in a row that Golden State is represented in the annual game after David Lee was selected as a reserve a year ago.
Joining Curry in the starting lineup for the Western Conference will be James Harden, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Kevin Love, while Kyrie Irving, Dwayne Wade, LeBron James, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony will start for the East.
The West has won the last three games and four of the last five between the two sides, so it will be fun to watch and see if Curry & Co. can continue that trend of recent dominance. In any case, it is sure to be a memorable event for #DubNation, who’s waited a long time to have their star player be featured among the league’s very best on the brightest stage.
The main event caps off an entertaining All-Star Weekend in which the Warriors have been well represented. Curry and Harrison Barnes put their skills on display on NBA All-Star Saturday night, but unfortunately the duo combined to go 0-for-3 in their respective competitions, which included the Shooting Stars, Three-Point, and Slam Dunk contests. Barnes also competed in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night, helping lead Team Hill to a 142-136 victory with 16 points in 24 minutes.
The breadth of the Warriors’ participation at NBA All-Star Weekend is indicative of how far the team has come in the last few seasons. Here’s hoping Curry has something special in store for tonight. The All-Star Game is designed to showcase the best individual talents the league has to offer. There’s zero doubt he’s capable of fitting in.