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Robert Covington expected to participate in NBA Skills Challenge

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Damian Lillard will not be the only reason for Rip City to watch the All-Star festivities next weekend.

Robert Covington is expected to participate in the 2021 Taco Bell Skills Challenge according to ESPN’s Marc Spears. 

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Covington has the chance to be the second Trail Blazer in franchise history to win the event, joining Lillard who won back-to-back in 2013 and 2014. The event has been held annually since 2003. 

As a rookie, Covington was named MVP of the 2014 NBA D-League All-Star game scoring 33 points, 22 of which came in the final six minutes of action. 

Boston Celtics starting small forward Jayson Tatum told the media last week he's contemplating participating in either the Skills Challenge or the Three-Point Contest. 

“I’m trying to decide which one I’ll be a part of,” Tatum said last Sunday per MassLive. “Definitely not doing both. I think I’m sure I’ll participate in one of them - not the dunk contest.”

The 2021 Taco Bell Skills Challenge will occur on Sunday, March 7th prior to the NBA All-Star game in Atlanta at 3:30 p.m. PT. 

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