NBA All-Star Game 2021: Start time, schedule, rosters and format

After initially scrapping the event during a shortened season and facing criticism at reversing course, the 70th NBA All-Star Game goes on Sunday from Atlanta.

Like the season schedule in general, All-Star weekend was severely impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Indeed, All-Star weekend isn't even an entire weekend. The festivities have been truncated — there was no Rising Stars game — and squeezed into a single day. The skills competition and 3-point shootout will take place Sunday before the game, with the dunk contest at halftime.

The All-Star Game is usually one of the marquee events on the NBA calendar, but it will be far more subdued this year with strict health and safety protocols in place (although some folks in Atlanta aren't exactly cooperating).

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Even so, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver defended the league's decision to stage the game and downplayed any safety concerns. He also touted the NBA's pledge to donate nearly $3 million from the events to groups supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Will things go off smoothly? We can only cross our fingers and wait for tip-off to find out. In the meantime, here's everything to know for Sunday's NBA All-Star Game:

How to watch

Coverage on TNT begins at 5 p.m. ET with the NBA Tip-Off Show, followed by the skills challenge and 3-point shootout at 6:30 p.m. ET. The All-Star Game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET, with the slam dunk contest at halftime.

Who are the starters?

Starting for Team LeBron will be LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Steph Curry, Luka Doncic and Nikola Jokic. The starters for Team Durant are Kawhi Leonard, Joel Embiid, Jayson Tatum, Kyrie Irving and Bradley Beal.

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