Giannis Antetokounmpo, Team LeBron search for NBA All-Star Game win

Feb 16, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)
Feb 16, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports) /

After some controversy and backtracking by the NBA itself, Giannis Antetokounmpo will be taking in his fifth straight All-Star Game Sunday night at State Farm Arena.

Antetokounmpo will be playing alongside Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James this year after James took Antetokounmpo with the first pick in this year’s All-Star Draft. Along with those two, Team LeBron features Steph Curry, Luka Doncic and Nikola Jokic filling out the starting lineup.

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It’s safe to say that Antetokounmpo that likes being a part of that starting five after declaring that it’s over upon hearing who James picked in the draft following the Bucks’ 112-111 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday night.

The reserves for Team LeBron include Jaylen Brown, Paul George, Rudy Gobert, Damian Lillard, Chirs Paul, Domantas Sabonis and Ben Simmons.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is searching for his first NBA All-Star Game victory.

Over his previous four All-Star appearances going into Sunday night’s event, Antetokounmpo has  yet to win an All-Star Game.

Of course, the last two games had Antetokounmpo picking his own team against James and he suffered back-to-back defeats, including last year’s 157-155 nailbiter down in Chicago. We can only hope for such fireworks and thrills this year as the Elam Ending will be used once again, which will implement a target score over the untimed fourth quarter.

Now Antetokounmpo finds himself as the supporting player this time around, rather than the leader of his own squad. But by no means does that portend to Antetokounmpo straying away from the action. That’s far from the case as Antetokounmpo has dazzled in past All-Star outings have shown as he’s averaging 27.2 points on .653/.231/.667 shooting, 8.7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1.2 steals and a block.

Antetokounmpo has elevated his play when going against the league’s best and his contemporaries, all while rattling off highlights that only Antetokounmpo can do. Who can forget this towering alley-oop slam that NAtetokounmpo threw down off a bounce pass from Curry a couple of years ago when the All-Star Game was held in Charlotte?

With Antetokounmpo and Curry joining forces again with Team LeBron, perhaps we see the two look to recreate another show-stopping highlight midway through tonight’s game.

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All Bucks fans can tune in to see Antetokounmpo’s exploits when the 70th NBA All-Star Game tips off at 7 p.m. CST and you can catch the action exclusively on TNT where it will be nationally broadcasted.