There's NBA All-Star Weekend 2014 live stream and televised coverage on Saturday night as many of the league's superstars will be on the court showing off their skills. There's at least four big events on the schedule for tonight including the 3-point Shootout and the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest as the crowning moments. It all leads into Sunday's NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans. The latest of the TV and live stream NBA All-Star Weekend events will be shown to fans courtesy of TNT.
According to an SBNation.com report from Feb. 15, 2014 NBA All-Stars Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, as well as Damian Lillard and Stephen Curry will be among the eight competitors in this year’s NBA 3-point contest. The event is normally second-to-last during the Saturday night scheduled events and features players going head-to-head in a timed event.
There will be two teams of four players each from the Eastern and Western Conferences. Arron Afflalo of the Magic, Joe Johnson of the Nets and Bradley Beal of the Wizards join 2013 champion Kyrie Irving on the East side. The West side features 2012 champion Kevin Love, along with Curry and Lillard, as well as Marco Belinelli of the Spurs.
Shooters try to hit as many 3-point shots from each rack around the arc in succession as they possibly can. Regular basketballs count as a point with the colored “Money Ball” counting as 2. However, this year there’s a new twist: Players have an option to make one rack around that arc a full rack of “money balls” worth two points each. Tell that to former champions like Larry Bird and Craig Hodges!
Of course the Three-Point Contest arrives after two other events during All-Star Saturday night with the Skills Challenge and Shooting Stars. The The Sears Shooting Stars contest might be the “low event on the totem pole” for some, as it involves four teams comprised of a current NBA star, legendary NBA star and WNBA star. They’ll attempt to hit shots from around the various spots marked on the court in succession, culminating with a half-court heave that is always fun to watch to see which player hits it first. Here’s this year’s teams:
> Team 1: Tim Hardaway Jr. (NYK); Tim Hardaway Sr. (Legend); Elena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky)
> Team 2: Chris Bosh (MIA); Dominique Wilkins (Legend); Swin Cash (Chicago Sky)
> Team 1: Stephen Curry (GS); Dell Curry (Legend); Becky Hammon (San Antonio Stars)
> Team 2: Kevin Durant (OKC); Karl Malone (Legend); Skylar Diggins (Tulsa Shock)
For the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, where players try to swiftly navigate through an obstacle course on the court. It involves dribbling agility, passing accuracy, and of course hitting shots or layups. The players also try to get through all that quicker than their opponents. Competing this year are two teams for each conference.
On team one in the East is Giannis Antekokounmpo of the Bucks and DeMar DeRozan of the Raptors. On team two in the East will be rookies Michael Carter-Williams of the 76ers and Victor Oladipo of the Magic. Over for the West team one will be Trey Burke of the Jazz along with Damian Lillard of the Blazers. Team two contains Goran Dragic of the Suns and Reggie Jackson of the Thunder. Lillard is the reigning champion, and is looking to not only win this event, but several other. He's looking to become the first-ever to compete in all five events during All-Star weekend including the All-Star Game on Sunday night.
That includes this year's 2014 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, where Lillard takes on an exciting field including defending champion Terrence Ross and Indiana Pacers star Paul George. See more info about the matchup and this year's participants here.
State Farm All-Star Saturday Night Schedule (8:30 p.m. EST):
-- Sears Shooting Stars (1st Event)
-- Taco Bell Skills Challenge (2nd Event)
-- Foot Locker Three-Point Contest (3rd Event)
-- Sprite Slam Dunk (4th Event)
Saturday night's All-Star Weekend coverage on TNT has a scheduled start time of 8:30 p.m. EST. TNT will televise this event to cable or satellite viewers in standard and hi-definition formats. In addition, the TNT Overtime site is scheduled to show a live stream online version of the event. This free site features multiple camera angles from around the court, which were part of last night's Rising Stars live stream coverage as well.