NBA All-Star Game 2012: When and Where to Watch NBA's Star Event

Paul GrossingerAnalyst IIFebruary 26, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 25:  Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder competes during the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest part of 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend at Amway Center on February 25, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The NBA All Star Weekend will close with the big event tonight: the NBA All-Star Game.


When and Where

The main event will begin tonight at 7 p.m. in Orlando's Amway Center.  Coverage will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET and the event will be broadcast live on TNT. Make sure to tune in and check it out.


Recapping the Rising Stars Game and Skills Competitions

The preliminary events were a fun success and NBA fans got a chance to watch some of the league's emerging stars.  Kyrie Irving was the MVP of the Rising Stars Game, which showed fans why he was the top pick in the 2011 draft.  

Kevin Love, now the NBA's best power forward, showed off his range when he won the three-point contest. It's pretty amazing: The guy can rebound 15 times per game and crush you from long range? WOW.


Previewing the Game

The All-Star Game will also have its own stars.  Watch out for Kevin Durant.  The usually laid-back Oklahoma City star is the best player on the Western Conference team and he will want to show that he is the league's best player.  

If he shows up East star LeBron James and leads the West to victory, that will be a major statement.

Of course, that does not mean you should count out King James.  The NBA's top MVP candidate headed into the All-Star break, James is the East's best player.  Look for him to show off his scoring and distribution skills and remind everyone that he is still the league's alpha dog.

Plus, there are plenty of dark horse All-Star MVP candidates this year.  With Derrick Rose injured, East reserve guards Rajon Rondo and Deron Williams will get a ton of minutes.  On the West side, never, ever count out Kobe.  

Russell Westbrook, appearing in his first All-Star Game, may look to steal the show from his teammate Kevin Durant.  And, of course, don't forget about Love and his ability to put up threes and rebound at the same time.

There is plenty to watch for this year, so be sure to tune in and see it for yourself.  Plus, if you have any other thoughts on the game, be sure to leave a comment and discuss!