The NBA All-Star 2014 live stream and TV coverage continues for All-Star Weekend with the NBA Slam Dunk Contest 2014 edition. Fans may be wondering “what time does the dunk contest start?” or “who is in it this year?” among other questions. The competition’s rules have changed, once again, but this year’s competitors could make for a fun night. The latest televised and live stream NBA All-Star coverage arrives via TNT on Saturday night.
According to an SI.com report on Feb. 15, tonight’s annual dunk contest will feature a total of six NBA stars, including three who will participate in Sunday’s All-Star game. Those three are John Wall (Wizards), Damian Lillard (Blazers) and Paul George (Pacers), two of whom look to be involved in the playoffs as of this point in the season. Joining them are Harrison Barnes (Warriors), rookie Ben McLemore (Kings) and the 2013 defending dunk champion, Terrence Ross (Raptors).
The rules format has changed for this year’s edition, which continues to be a sticking point for fans. In this year’s competition, there won’t be any 1-to-10 scorecards of the 0-to-50 scoring system. The six dunkers are also participating as two teams of three players each, with three respectively from each NBA conference. That makes it George, Wall and Ross against McLemore, Barnes and Lillard.
There’s two rounds for the contest this year, beginning with a freestyle round to warm up, and then a second “battle” round. The freestyle round involves 90 seconds for each conference’s team to dunk as many times as they want. Dunks can’t be solo or collaborative efforts in this round. The battle round will have a dunker from each of the conference teams “battling” head-to-head. The judges will determine the loser from that head-to-head battle, and they’re officially eliminated from the contest.
Of course, the fans will reign supreme at the end of the contest. They get to vote, likely by text or online, for the “Dunker of the Night.” Should all of the players pull off exciting enough dunks, one would have to think the All-Star caliber players such as Paul George or John Wall, could get the edge just in terms of popularity. That could be a problem with this year’s format, but for now, fans will let it play out to see if this will jumpstart a contest with a rich history featuring the likes of Dr. J, Dominique, MJ, Spudd Webb and Vince Carter.
Saturday’s 2014 NBA Slam Dunk Contest by Sprite has a scheduled start time after 8:30 p.m. EST, which is when the Saturday night All-Star contests begin. It will be the last of the events, following the three-point contest, Skills challenge and Shooting Stars events, all of which should make for some entertaining TV. Basketball fans can watch it live on TNT, or live streaming online through the TNT Overtime website, beginning at 8:30 p.m. EST, with the dunk contest likely to start after 10 p.m. EST.