NBA All-Star Weekend 2016: Last-Minute Preview, Predictions for All-Star Game

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIFebruary 14, 2016

TORONTO, CANADA - FEBRUARY 13: Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors shoots the ball during the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest as part of 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend on February 13, 2016 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  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.  Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE  (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The 65th NBA All-Star Game will take center stage to close out the weekend's festivities on Sunday. Don't expect a ton of defense—at least not until the fourth quarter. By that time, the Western Conference All-Stars will already have a large lead on the strength of their three-point shooters.

If the Eastern Conference are to have any chance of winning this game, they will need one or more players to get uncharacteristically hot from deep. They may have the better inside players, but that doesn’t figure to be a factor in this game.

 

Early Action

TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 13:  Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors  celebrates with teammate Stephen Curry after winning the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest during NBA All-Star Weekend 2016 at Air Canada Centre on February 13, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.
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The Golden State Warriors' Splash Brothers will pick up where they left off at the Three-Point Contest when they finished one and two in Saturday's shooting showcase. Expect Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to stoke the West to an early lead with more long-range marksmanship.

LeBron James has had a low-key All-Star Weekend, but he'll be looking to make a statement in the All-Star Game. Expect him to get his early in the first half, but he'll only be able to keep the East close.

 

Closing it Out

TORONTO, CANADA - FEBRUARY 13:  Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs coaches Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors during the NBA All-Star Practice as part of 2016 All-Star Weekend at the Ricoh Coliseum on February 13, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario
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When a late push gets the East within 10 points, Thompson will again separate himself from Curry on this All-Star Weekend after taking the three-point crown.

He'll have another scoring binge to elongate the West's lead. Most fans would like to see things get a little serious down the stretch, but the prediction here is a comfortable win for the Western Conference. Expect a win by 15 or more points when the final buzzer sounds.

 

The MVP

TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 13: Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors poses for a portrait for the Foot Locker three-point contest as part of NBA All-Star 2016 on February 13, 2016 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario Canada. NOT
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Thompson will punctuate an outstanding All-Star Weekend performance by taking the MVP of Sunday's game. The record for most three-pointers made in an All-Star Game is eight by the New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony in 2014.

Don't be shocked to see Thompson break that mark as he hoists his second trophy of the weekend.

 

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