At the 72nd NBA All-Star game, which will take place in Salt Lake City this Sunday, February 19th, Team LeBron and Team Giannis will square off against one another for the fourth time. Who will come out on top, where’s the value, and will the defense be able to outplay the offense?
Let’s take a closer look.
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Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis
Put on your seatbelts because you’re in for a wild night filled with incredible dunks, insane dribbling, and a severe lack of defense. Yes, we are We are, without a doubt, referring to the All-Star game in 2023.
The NBA has, on five separate occasions in the past, elected to postpone the selection of the teams until the very end of the planning process. This had typically been the period of time beginning a few days before the actual game.
They have made the decision to take things one step further this year. Not only are they going to wait until the night of the game to make a decision about teams, but LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo will also be the ones to make the decision, and it will be the very last thing they do before the game begins.
As a member of the team’s roster, this is the point at which things start to become interesting. The worry of getting selected last for a ball game at school, or even worse, of not being picked at all, is something that many of us are familiar with. Even if you are playing at the highest level in the most prestigious basketball league in the world, you will never be able to shake that sensation. Kevin Durant stated as much just a year ago.
When you put James, Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic, Giannis, Jayson Tatum, and Donovan Mitchell all on the same court, what do you get? A lot of offense and very little, if any defense.
This year in the league there has been a record number of 40 and 50-point performances. In every way possible the offense has been the main event, and it’s clear that the pre-season rule change that saw referees lock down on fouls on the counter has played a pivotal role.
Consequently, regardless of whether it is Jokic notching his 20th triple-double of the season or Mitchell landing a 70-point game in a performance that took its place among the game’s most memorable, you can anticipate that despite the arid climate of Utah, the game will not at all be dry.
While it’s nearly impossible to handicap without seeing the lineups, I expect this one to mean more for LeBron, and for buckets to be at a discount on both teams.
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