TORONTO (February 11, 2015) – The NBA’s brightest stars take centre stage in the Big Apple this weekend, and TSN has fans covered as Toronto Raptors’ guard Kyle Lowry becomes the first Raptor to start an NBA ALL-STAR GAME since 2008. TSN delivers all the action from the Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden for the league’s annual showcase of skill, speed, and slam dunks during NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND, from Feb. 13-15 (see below for broadcast schedule).
SPORTSCENTRE, Canada’s most-watched sports news and information show, is on-site in New York City all weekend long to deliver insight and analysis from NBA ON TSN host Rod Black, NBA Insider Jack Armstrong, and TSN’s newest NBA analyst and beloved former Toronto Raptors player Morris ‘Mo Pete’ Peterson. SPORTSCENTRE reporter Jermain Franklin also contributes frequent reports from the Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden throughout the weekend.
Coverage begins Friday, Feb. 13 at 9 p.m. ET on TSN with the BBVA COMPASS RISING STARS CHALLENGE. This year’s competition features a new format that pits first- and second-year NBA players from the United States against the top first- and second-year NBA players from around the world. This year’s World Team features two Canadians: Minnesota Timberwolves rookie and 2014 #1 NBA draft pick Andrew Wiggins and Boston Celtics second-year forward Kelly Olynyk.
NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND continues Saturday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. ET on TSN2 with STATE FARM ALL-STAR SATURDAY NIGHT, featuring a test of skill and showmanship in four All-Star Skills Competitions: Degree Shooting Stars, Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, and the fan-favourite Sprite Slam Dunk contest. Lowry will represent the Raptors in the Skills Challenge, where eight players compete in a three-round, bracket-style tournament obstacle-course competition that tests dribbling, passing, agility, and shooting skills.
The weekend culminates with the NBA ALL-STAR GAME on Sunday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. ET on TSN, with Lowry in the starting lineup for an Eastern Conference squad highlighted by 11-time All-Star LeBron James going against top vote-getter Stephen Curry of Golden State and his Western Conference team. The game also marks the first time in NBA history that two brothers will start against each other when Chicago forward Pau Gasol and Memphis forward Marc Gasol take to the court at Madison Square Garden.