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The NBA All-Star game has been given a shake-up in 2018, but that won’t make it any less entertaining as Team LeBron goes up against Team Stephen team.
The All-Star game signifies the NBA season is getting to the pointy end and you won’t want to fall behind the eight-ball. Luckily, you don’t have to be with The Roar‘s guide to streaming the weekend online, watching it on TV and everything else you need to know.
The All-Star weekend will be broadcast exclusively by ESPN, who have all rights to NBA coverage within Australia.
To watch the coverage on ESPN, you will need to have a valid Foxtel iQ3 subscription, which includes the sports package.
Looking to stream the NBA All-Star weekend rather than watch it on the big (well, big-ish) screen? Luckily for you, there are two dedicated Foxtel streaming applications which will allow you to do so.
The first of those is the Foxtel App³, which works with for free with an existing Foxtel TV subscription’s usernmame and password.
If you don’t already have access to a Foxtel TV subscription, the best bet will be for you to purchase a subscription to Foxtel Now, again with the sports package.
The premier event of the weekend is the All-Stars match, which has taken a dramatic format twist this year.
Formerly, the match was played between an Eastern Conference and Western Conference All-Stars team.
This year though, to try and reinvigorate a game which has been played with minimal to no defence for the last two years, the players were pooled together and put into a draft.
The players with the highest votes from each conference, LeBron James and Stephen Curry, were announced as captains of either team. They then had the right to draft the rest of the players from the pool, who were split into starters and bench players.
Unfortunately, Team LeBron have suffered plenty of injuries, so their line-up has fluctuated considerably. DeMarcus Cousins has had to drop out with an achilles injury, as have John Wall (knee surgery), Kevin Love (broken hand) and Kristaps Porzingas (ACL) are also out, with Paul George, Andre Drummond, Goran Dragic and Kemba Walker coming into the side.
For some unbeknown reason, Australian star Ben Simmons was overlooked as a replacement player. Hopefully the Philadelphia 76ers phenomenon will be included in 2019.
Here is how the teams ended up for the main game of the weekend.
Guards: Kyrie Irving, TBC
Forwards: LeBron James, Kevin Durant
Centre: Anthony Davis
Bench: Bradley Beal, LaMarcus Aldridge, Russell Westbrook, Victor Oladipo, Kemba Walker, Paul George, Andre Drummond, Goran Dragic (one to start)
Guards: Stephen Curry, James Harden
Forwards: DeMar De Rozan, Giannis Antetokounmpo
Centre: Joel Embiid
Bench: Damian Lillard, Jimmy Butler, Draymond Green, Kyle Lowry, Klay Thompson, Karl-Anthony Towns, Al Horford
Make sure you don’t miss a minute of the all-new NBA All-Star game today by watching it on ESPN through Foxtel, and don’t forget to keep your finger on the US Sports pulse by regularly tuning into ESPN’s SportsCenter.
³ Access to the Foxtel App is available, while we arrange the connection of your Foxtel TV service at home, from the date you subscribed to Foxtel, changed your service address or the first day after the end of your cooling off period (if applicable). Once your Foxtel service is installed you will continue to have access to the Foxtel App as part of your package. If you unreasonably delay your install date your Foxtel App access will be disabled and will be reactivated when your Foxtel service is installed. Just connect your compatible device to the internet. Data charges may apply. Shows only available if they’re in your pack, some shows/channels not available. SD only. Sorry, Australia only.