With excitement building ahead of the 2019 All-Star game, now would be the perfect time to check out the behind-the-scenes footage of last year’s event, which saw Team Stephen take on Team LeBron in the first edition of the revamped format.
In a change from the traditional East v West match-up, the league changed to the draft-style format where the two captains picked their teams from a pool of players.
In the video, you’ll see Giannis Antetokounmpo thanking Curry for his pick – with Steph admitting he just didn’t want the giant Milwaukee Buck dunking on him – while Kevin Hart gives his prediction for the game.
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And while it may be All-Star weekend and a chance to show off the skills to the fans, from on-court chatter to sideline speeches it’s clear that both teams were taking it very seriously.
Curry dishes up a floating three-pointer right over LeBron, whose monster bounce pass to Anthony Davis then sets up a huge slam.
Meanwhile Giannis breezes past Kevin Durant for what has become one of his trademark wide-arm dunks.
And the change to the format worked. A thrilling game in Los Angeles saw Team LeBron run out 148-145 winners, with Curry unable to land a game-tying three-pointer in the final seconds as three of LeBron’s team-mates pushed him into the corner.
LeBron James celebrates as Steph Curry looks on at the end of the 2018 All-Star Game
LeBron’s whoop of delight – accompanied by Curry’s visible frustration – is clear at the final buzzer. These guys came to win and we can expect more of the same this weekend.
Click on the video above for the perfect warm-up to the 2019 All-Star Weekend, then check out the most outrageous dunks from last year below.
Dennis Smith Jr features plenty, while Victor Oladipo engages in some cosplay with a Black Panther mask before throwing it down and Donovan Mitchell channels Vince Carter with a reverse 360 slam that is enough for him to win the Dunk Competition.
Click on the video below to see the best dunks from the 2018 Weekend…
Relive the most thunderous slams from the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend
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