NBA All-Star Game: 8 Things You Can Expect To See In Tonight's Clash
Everyone's talents will be at the Staples Center for the 2011 NBA All-Star Game, and it will be an intense display of offensive skills.
The All-Star Game is year after year an event that only the best are invited to, and the numbers put up in the games are sky high, just like the talent and entertainment.
This is the list of the eight things you can expect to see in tonight's battle between the West and the East.
With that in mind, I hope you enjoy and thanks for reading!
8. Me Changing the Channel at the Mention of Justin Bieber
The person that grinds my gears in the pop culture world is Justin Bieber.
The guy sang like two songs and now is apparently America's most popular adolescent.
You can bet I'll be changing the channel faster than the speed of light if they bring him up, or show him in the crowd, or anything related to the teenager.
The reason I turn on the All-Star Game in the first place is for entertainment.
If I wanted to watch Bieber instead, I would've turned on the girly channel. I mean, look at her, er, I mean him.
7. Blake Griffin's Encore From Saturday Night's Dunk Contest
You can bet that the first (or maybe only) time Blake Griffin has a fastbreak of some sort that he will throw the ball down hard, effectively electrifying the crowd at the Staples Center.
The voters wanted entertainment, and with Blake in the lineup, you can bet he's going to try to slam it home every time he gets a chance.
All of us watching at home are hoping this occurs more than once throughout the game.
6. Kevin Garnett Laughing and Smiling
Is it just me, or does Kevin Garnett have a twin that suits up every February for the big game, playfully chatting it up with players or cheering on his teammates?
During the regular season, this KG is nowhere to be found. He is known for having one of the dirtiest mouths in the league and he literally presses the "off" switch whenever the All-Star Game goes on.
Makes you wonder, huh?
5. Charles Barkley to Say Something Hilarious
I can't lie, Bleacher Report: I like Charles Barkley.
Sir Charles always has a way of speaking his mind, even when it is not a popular opinion.
I can see him coming out of the gate hot and making jokes about things like Dwight Howard's optimism, as he did last night at the dunk contest.
Or he might mention the fact that Shaquille O'Neal isn't playing for the Eastern squad.
4. Shaq to Talk with Reporters at Some Time
Speaking of the Diesel, what would an NBA All-Star Game be without Big Shaq giving his input about something completely unrelated to the game?
The best pure center in the last 20 seasons will undoubtedly mention Dwight Howard like Sir Charles will.
The reason I say this is that Shaq is a big fan of his, and like Barkley, he is not afraid to speak his mind.
Shaq is a media target, and he will be approached by reporters at some point in time.
3. Kevin Love to Have Jitters But Still Get 10 Rebounds
Kevin Love was rightfully selected to the NBA All-Star Game by David Stern as a replacement for the injured Yao Ming.
K-Love's 15.5 rebounding average would be the highest since Ben Wallace's total eight seasons ago, and is on pace for the first 20-15 season since Moses Malone did it 28 years ago.
As a T'Wolves fan, I can see Love coming out of the gate as one of the more serious players. Once he realizes how much fun he is having, though, he will tone down his competitive nature.
Oh yeah, and he'll grab 10 boards.
2. A Dwyane Wade and LeBron James Alley-Oop
Expect this one, folks. You know the Staples Center will be cheering hard for the West, and as soon as King James and Flash pull off something crazy, it will quiet the crowd.
I could foresee an alley-oop in their future, or maybe a behind-the-back pass from Wade.
Whatever it is, be ready for it when the game's on.
1. The West to Win the Game and Kevin Durant The MVP
Alright, there you have it.
The West, led by Kobe, 'Melo and the crew will win the game tonight for a few reasons.
For one, they will have an undeniable home-court advantage with Kobe and Pau Gasol from the Lakers and Blake Griffin from the Clippers.
The East's superstars won't be able to finish them off, and in a high-scoring rout, the kings of the West will win this game.
Kevin Durant will win the MVP of the game with 24 points.
Prediction: West 140, East 135
MVP: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
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