The stars come out in Toronto
A look at All-Star weekend played in Canada for the first time, from Friday to Sunday:
The Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns and Zach LaVine will play for the U.S. team, and Andrew Wiggins will join with New York’s Kristaps Porzingis on the World team in the Rising Stars Challenge. The World team won a year ago 121-112, and Wiggins won MVP. TNT coverage starts at 8 p.m. A celebrity game starts at 6 p.m. on ESPN, and Rising Stars postgame interviews will be on NBA.com.
LaVine will be center stage, defending his slam-dunk title during All-Star Saturday Night. Towns and fellow big men Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and Draymond Green compete against the guards this year in a revamped skills challenge. Stephen Curry defends his three-point contest title in between the opening skills competition and the dunk finale, starting at 7 p.m. on TNT.
The Wolves haven’t had an All-Star Game rep since Kevin Love started in 2014. That will soon change, but not this year when Kobe Bryant starts – and plays – for his 18th and final time. That’s one year shy of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record. Curry, Green and Klay Thompson represent a Golden State that’s 48-4 at the break. TNT coverage starts at 7 p.m.