Watch the 2011 NBA All-Star Game Live Online [Live Video Stream, Updates]
NBA All-Star Game 2011 Preview: The NBA‘s best players from the Eastern Conference and Western Conference will collide in the 60th annual All-Star Game at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. Rihanna and Kanye West have been named the halftime performers, while Bruno Mars and Keri Hilson will be the entertainment for pre-show festivities.
This year’s All-Star Game features a lot of familiar faces for both sides. The starters for the West include Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant. Spurs/West coach Gregg Popovich picked Duncan as a replacement for Houston’s Yao Ming, who is injured. The 30-year-old Chinese is certainly not an All-Star by most definitions, but things like this happen when the fans vote.
Boston’s Doc Rivers, meanwhile, will lead an East team that includes Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard, LeBron James and Ama’re Stoudemire. These players have a combined 27 All-Star Game appearances between them, and James and Wade have gone seven out of their first eight years.
The East is the reigning champion, beating the West 141-139 at Cowboys Stadium last year. Wade took the MVP trophy in Dallas by scoring 28 points and handing out 11 assists.
East Reserves: Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Chris Bosh, Joe Johnson and Al Horford.
West Reserves: Pau Gasol, Manu Ginobili, Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin, Dirk Nowitzki, Deron Williams and Kevin Love.
The All-Star Game is not just a chance for these players to showcase their talents, but also a chance to set their rivalries aside. This game is going to be spectacular!
NBA All-Star Game 2011 Live Stream: The match kicks off at 8:00 p.m. Eastern and you can watch it live on TNT and online through NBA League Pass. The game will also be televised in 43 languages to 215 countries and territories, including a first-ever live stream to mobile phones. NBA’s official Facebook page will be posting photos and videos of the event.
Visit NBA.com for more info and updates.
UPDATE: Kobe Bryant scored 37 points as the West beat the East 148-143. The performance earned him MVP honors, which marked the fourth time in his career that the Lakers guard has taken home the game’s trophy.