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NBA All-Star Weekend 2018: Big Blue Nation Edition

The Kentucky Wildcats take over the NBA All-Star festivities.

2018 NBA All-Star - Media Day & Practice Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

If the Alabama game wasn’t enough to clench your thirst for everything Kentucky Wildcats Basketball, then look no further.

The 2018 NBA All-Star weekend is full of Kentucky alumni, 10 in total. The weekend kicked off Friday night with the Celebrity and Rising Stars games. Tonight, we will see the 3-point contest, skills challenge, and dunk contest as well. Then the finale will be Sunday with the All-Star game.

The weekend kicked off with the Rising Stars Challenge on TNT. Jamal Murray and De’Aaron Fox were both in this game but on different squads. The World Team walked away with a resounding 155-124 victory in part because of Jamal Murray’s 21 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists.

Although he didn’t put up the MVP performance he did last year, this was still a very solid game from the young guard. De’Aaron Fox had a rather quiet game finishing with only 4 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists. Hopefully, next year we can see him break out of this slump. Murray will also be competing in the Skills Challenge tonight at 8 PM EST on TNT.

For the second year in a row, you can tune in to the 3-point contest (8 PM EST on TNT) and see Devin Booker highlighting his amazing outside shooting ability. Last year he did not walk away with the win, but tonight might be the night he shocks the world.

Before the All-Star game, at 4:30 PM EST on NBATV you can watch Terrence Jones and Aaron Harrison play in this years G-League International Challenge. They will be representing the G-League All-Stars against the Mexican National Team.

The All-Star game itself has four Wildcats in it: DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Karl-Anthony Towns, and John Wall. This will be Davis’s fifth straight All-Star game and was named last years All-Star game MVP after scoring a record 52 points.

All four were named to the NBA All-Star game but only Towns and Davis will be playing. Cousins and Wall were both injured and were required to miss this game due to this. Cousins, Davis, and Wall were all on “Team LeBron”.

The dream of seeing those 3 share the court as teammates will have to wait at least another year now. To top it all off “Team LeBron” will be coached by 1978 Kentucky National champ Dwane Casey. The game tips off Sunday at 8 PM EST on TNT.