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NBA All-Star Saturday 2020: How to watch Skills Challenge, Dunk Contest, 3-point Contest

NBA All-Star Saturday 2020: How to watch Skills Challenge, Dunk Contest, 3-point Contest

The NBA's All-Star weekend is here. And before Team Giannis and Team LeBron face off in the marquee event, the league has several other contests to get through.

On Friday night, Team USA defeated Team World 151-131 in the Rising Stars Challenge. For the first time since 2017, no Boston Celtics participated in that event.

But on Saturday night, the Celtics will have someone participating in one of the All-Star events. Jayson Tatum will look to defend his title in the All-Star Skills Challenge. Tatum won last season as a 20-year-old and has stated that he's looking to win this year and then retire from participating in the event.

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Tatum, a first-time All-Star, will join Bam Adebayo (Miami), Patrick Beverley (LA Clippers), Spencer Dinwiddie (Brooklyn), Khris Middleton (Milwaukee), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Oklahoma City), Domantas Sabonis (Indiana) and Pascal Siakam (Toronto)  in the competition. Gilgeous-Alexander is an injury replacement for Derrick Rose.

The Dunk Contest and 3-point Contest will also be a part of NBA's All-Star Saturday programming. The Dunk Contest has some intrigue this year as Lakers center Dwight Howard, winner of the 2008 contest, will take on current Magic forward Aaron Gordon, who narrowly lost to Zach LaVine in an entertaining 2016 contest.

Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. is making his second appearance after being the runner up in 2017 while Bucks guard Pat Connaughton will make his first appearance and will round out the four-man field.

The 3-point contest will feature eight shooters: Trae Young (Atlanta), David Bertans (Washington), Devin Booker (Phoenix), Joe Harris (Brooklyn), Buddy Hield (Sacramento), Duncan Robinson (Miami), Zach LaVine (Chicago), and Devonte' Graham (Charlotte).

The 3-point contest is a little different this year, as the NBA has added two extra shots from six feet beyond the 3-point line to the contest. Those shots will be worth three points each if they go in.

Here's where and when to tune in to 2020 NBA All-Star Saturday:

When: Saturday, February 15, 8 p.m. ET.
TV channel: TNT
Live StreamFuboTV

Al Horford makes generous donation to Boston amid coronavirus outbreak

Al Horford makes generous donation to Boston amid coronavirus outbreak

It looks like Philadelphia 76ers big-man Al Horford has yet to cut ties with Boston, or any former cities where he played basketball for that matter.

The former Celtic has made a generous $500,000 donation to aid coronavirus relief efforts in Boston and every other city where he's played basketball, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania. 

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Horford, who was born in the Dominican Republic, played high school basketball in Michigan before attending college at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He won two national championships with the Gators and was drafted third overall in 2007 by the Atlanta Hawks. 

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The 33-year-old spent three seasons with the Celtics (2016-2019) before signing a massive contract with the 76ers as a free agent this past summer.

It's pretty generous for Horford to donate a large sum of money amid the COVID-19 outbreak, and he joins a long list of athletes who are doing their part to aid the community during this difficult time. 

Kemba Walker's ideal playoff format if the NBA makes changes

Kemba Walker's ideal playoff format if the NBA makes changes

BOSTON — Like every other professional sports league that's had its season put on standby because of the coronavirus pandemic, the NBA has been spitballing ideas of what its season would look like if and when play resumes. 

There has been some talk about a 16-team, win-or-go-home format, something that would certainly get a number of players to get behind it ... including Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker. 

For Walker and the Celtics, such a format would be an ideal way to go for a number of reasons. 

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First and foremost, such a format minimizes the importance of having a deep, statistically impactful bench — which the Celtics don’t have.

It also tends to play into the strengths of Boston’s head coach Brad Stevens as well as Walker. 

A big part of Stevens being the Celtics head coach stems from the success he had in the NCAA Tournament at Butler University, a mid-major school Stevens led to a pair of NCAA championship runner-up finishes. 

One of those oh-so-close championship losses came in 2011 at the hands of UConn, as Walker's strong tournament run propelled the Huskies to the school’s third NCAA championship. 

So it’s no surprise Walker would not have an issue if the league decided to ditch its current format and went with one that more closely resembled what we see during the NCAA Tournament. 

“I guess I wouldn’t mind it,” Walker told NBC Sports Boston. “I love to hoop. At this point it doesn’t really matter because of the way things went and suddenly the season just got postponed.”

The Celtics were in Milwaukee on March 11, preparing to play the Bucks the following night when word spread that Utah’s Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, which led to the league postponing the remainder of this season almost immediately afterwards. 

As far as an NCAA Tournament-style postseason for the NBA, Walker added, “It would be fun. It would be different.”

Especially if it ended with Banner No. 18 for the Celtics. 

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