Let's just be honest... Let's just be real.... All-Star Weekend 2018 has been bit underwhelming so far. Friday's Rising Stars game had its moments, but last night's slate of events generated little buzz in the NBA world at-large.
Hopefully, that all changes tonight. Joel Embiid (who may or may not still have the tags on his shorts) will suit up for Team Stephen and square off against Team LeBron in the highly-anticipated 2018 NBA All-Star Game. Embiid's appearance will mark the first time a member of the Philadelphia 76ers has participated in basketball's mid-season showcase since 2013 (Jrue Holiday).
Get familiar with the #TeamLeBron and #TeamStephen rosters! #NBAAllStar— 2018 NBA All-Star (@NBAAllStar) February 18, 2018
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This is the first year that the NBA has instituted the "playground" style format when it comes to selecting teams, so we'll get a chance to watch The Process run the break alongside Chef Curry, Giannis and James Harden. Hopefully, the new format will see an increase in defensive intensity as compared to past All-Star games (last year's contest was a 192-182 affair).
Coverage of tonight's game (which will include a halftime performance by N.E.R.D) will kickoff on TNT at 7PM ET. Join us in the comment section below as we will spent most of the evening trying to one-up each other with Al Horford jokes.