The NBA officially announced its plans to hold All-Star Weekend in Atlanta on March 7. The All-Star Game will take place on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET with the Skills Competitions taking place before and after the game. The 3-point contest and skills challenge will be held prior to the game at 6:30 p.m. ET. The dunk contest will take place at halftime of the NBA All-Star Game. Coverage will begin on TNT at 5 p.m. ET.
The NBA and NBPA also announced it will be donating $2.5 million to HBCUs and awareness around equity and access to Covid-19 relief and vaccines. There has already been some backlash from players and the city of Atlanta toward the NBA holding All-Star weekend amid the pandemic. Players have also become hesitant about getting vaccines, which has been a hot topic this week. The League is doing everything in its power to make the All-Star Game happen and we’ll see how the players respond. Voting has been going on for about a month now for fans.
The NBA will follow the same format as it did last season in honor of the late Kobe Bryant. It was one of the more exciting finishes to an All-Star Game in the history of the NBA. Each quarter will begin at 0-0 with 12 minutes. Whoever scores more points will be the winner of that quarter. The fourth quarter will be untimed and teams will play to 24, taking the cumulative score from each of the first three quarters of the leading team and adding 24 points. The format is explained in detail here.