March 2021 Basketball Wiretap

Tobias Harris: I'm An All-Star

Mar 17, 2021 1:36 PM

Tobias Harris scored 30 points in a comeback win by the Philadelphia 76ers over the New York Knicks without Joel Embiid.

Harris was one of the All-Star omissions and he made a point of asserting he believed he should have been included.

"I'm an All-Star!" Harris was caught saying by the NBC Sports Philadelphia cameras.

"That's for sure what I said," Harris said postgame. "For me, that's just reaffirming that to myself. I know the fans know that, but reaffirming that to them and to myself, especially making those big plays. I try to just find motivation in different areas. That's one of them."

"He was pissed off,"  Ben Simmons said, referencing Harris and his omission from the All-Star team. "He should have been an All-Star. You got a few guys -- myself and Joel on this team, and then Tobias, I think people just take for granted how talented he is. If he was on the team I don't want to take anything away from any other All-Stars but if he was on a different team, he's going to be putting up those numbers. It's clear he's able to do that. But obviously it went the way it went, but he is, no matter what. To us, he's an All-Star, he's one of those guys who can get it done, go get a bucket. He's a big time player."

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NBA All-Star Game Has Record Low Viewership But Better Than Anticipated Rating

Mar 9, 2021 1:02 PM

The 2021 NBA All-Star Game was down 24 percent in ratings and 18 percent in viewership from 2020, making it the lowest rated and least-watched edition of the game.

But the All-Star Game ranks as the highest rated NBA telecast of the season and ranks as the most-watched non-football sportscast since the World Series.

The Finals, by comparison, were down 49 percent year-over-year. 

The All-Star Game was the highest rated telecast of the night for adults between 18 and 34, even beating Oprah Winfrey's interview of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on CBS.

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All-Star Game Weekend Registers No Positive COVID-19 Tests

Mar 9, 2021 2:14 AM

No players, coaches, or officials tested positive for COVID-19 over All-Star weekend.

"All players, coaches, and game officials were tested for COVID three times after arriving in Atlanta, including a final test immediately prior to last night's All-Star Game. Each of those tests returned a negative result, confirming no one on the court for last night's events was infected," released the league in a statement.

Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons left Atlanta early due to contact tracing.

Both Embiid and Simmons have continued to return negative tests, though it is unclear whether they will be available for the Sixers' game on Thursday. 

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Tags: Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA All-Star

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Team LeBron Beats Team Durant 170-150, Giannis Antetkounmpo Named MVP

Mar 7, 2021 11:04 PM

Team LeBron defeated Team Durant by a final score of 170-150.

Giannis Antetkounmpo won the All-Star Game Kobe Bryant MVP award with 35 points on 16-for-16 shooting.

Damian Lillard had 32 points and the game clinching shot from halfcourt, while Stephen Curry had 28 points. Both Lillard and Curry went 8-for-16 on three-point attempts. 

LeBron James did not play in the second half of the game.

Bradley Beal was the high scorer for Team Durant with 26 points.

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Anfernee Simons Wins 2021 Slam Dunk Contest

Mar 7, 2021 9:58 PM

Anfernee Simons has won the 2021 Slam Dunk Contest.

Simons' second dunk was a tribute to Tracy McGrady in which he wore a throwback Toronto Raptors uniform. 

Obi Toppin came in second while Cassius Stanley finished third. 

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Domantas Sabonis Wins 2021 Skills Challenge

Mar 7, 2021 7:53 PM

Domantas Sabonis has won the 2021 Skills Challenge.

Nikola Vucevic finished second in the competition. 

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Stephen Curry Wins 2021 Three-Point Contest

Mar 7, 2021 7:49 PM

Stephen Curry won the 2021 three-point contest, beating Mike Conley on his final shot attempt.

Curry previously won the contest in 2015.

Jayson Tatum was also in the three-man final with Curry and Conley.

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Zion Williamson Replaces Joel Embiid In Starting Lineup For All-Star Game

Mar 7, 2021 1:10 PM

Zion Williamson will replace Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid in the starting lineup for Team Durant in the 2021 NBA All-Star Game.

According to NBA rules, if an All-Star Game starter is unable to participate in the game after the All-Star Draft has been conducted, the head coach of his All-Star team will name a replacement starter from that team’s group of reserves. 

Team Durant head coach Doc Rivers of the 76ers selected Williamson to replace Embiid, who will not play in accordance with the NBA’s Health and Safety Protocols.

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Mike Conley Named To All-Star Game For First Time In 14-Year Career

Mar 5, 2021 11:04 PM

Mike Conley has been named to the 2021 All-Star Game as an injury replacement for Devin Booker on Team Durant.

Booker was an injury replacement for Anthony Davis.

This is the first NBA All-Star selection for Conley, who is in his 14th season. He is averaging 16.1 points and 5.7 assists and shooting a career-high 42.2 percent from three-point range in 29 games this season.

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Tags: Mike Conley, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA All-Star

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LeBron James, Kevin Durant Select All-Star Game Teams

Mar 4, 2021 9:08 PM

LeBron James and Kevin Durant selected their respective teams for the 2021 NBA All-Star Game.

James picked Giannis Antetokounmpo first overall, while Durant selected Kyrie Irving with his initial selection.

Team LeBron (Starters)
Pick 1: Giannis Antetokounmpo
Pick 3: Stephen Curry
Pick 5: Luka Doncic
Pick 7: Nikola Jokic

Team Durant (Starters)
Pick 2: Kyrie Irving
Pick 4: Joel Embiid
Pick 6: Kawhi Leonard
Pick 8: Bradley Beal
Pick 9: Jayson Tatum

Team LeBron (Reserves)
Pick 11: Damian Lillard
Pick 13: Ben Simmons
Pick 15: Chris Paul
Pick 17: Jaylen Brown
Pick 19: Paul George
Pick 21: Domantas Sabonis
Pick 23: Rudy Gobert

Team Durant
Pick 10: James Harden
Pick 12: Devin Booker
Pick 14: Zion Williamson
Pick 16: Zach LaVine
Pick 18: Julius Randle
Pick 20: Nikola Vucevic
Pick 22: Donovan Mitchell

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NBA To Require All-Star Participants To Remain In Hotel From Saturday Night Until Game

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Zion Williamson, Ja Morant Headline 2021 Rising Stars Rosters

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LeBron James To Sit Out First Game Of Season Versus Kings On Wednesday

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NBA Reveals 15 Contestants For Dunk Contest, 3-Point Shootout, Skills Challenge

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Anthony Edwards, Jaylen Brown, Miles Bridges Declined Dunk Contest Invites

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