What a strange, weird All-Star Weekend it has already been - boring, yet not uneventful.
Little fanfare as both players and fans are even questioning why the NBA is even playing this game to begin with, which came a bit front and center on Sunday as the NBA announced that Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid will not be playing due to Covid tracing protocol.
The NBA's worst nightmare in Atlanta has been an outbreak among the best players in the world. Embiid and Simmons didn't have contact w/ peers there. In the instance involving the two Sixers stars, players have been kept in contact tracing and quarantine for 7 days this season.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 7, 2021
Meanwhile, in Kyrie Irving-related news:
Kyrie Irving was a no-show for his 11:10am/et media session. #NBAAllStar @NBATV @NBAonTNT #BrooklynTogether #Nets #NBA— Jared Greenberg (@JaredSGreenberg) March 7, 2021
What’s James Harden been up to?
James Harden's last 24 hours: "Get to Atlanta, get tested, stay in your room."— Alex Schiffer (@Alex__Schiffer) March 7, 2021
The 2021 NBA All-Star Game is happening on Sunday, March 7 in Atlanta. The skills challenge and three-point contest will be held before the game, beginning around 6:30 p.m. ET. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 8 p.m., with the dunk contest to be held during halftime.
All live on TNT.
So, yeah, it’s All-Star Sunday night and it feels a little weird but here we are - I’ll watch, you’ll watch, it’s going to be fun.
Let’s get your predictions below!