Lillard, Covington, Simons Selected To Compete In All-Star Game, Skills Challenge, Dunk Contest

Like most things these days, the 2021 NBA All-Star Game, scheduled for March 7 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, won’t be all that close to the event that we’ve become accustomed to seeing every season. The location changed from Indianapolis to Atlanta, some of the usual events won’t take place and all of the festivities will be held on one night rather than over the course of a weekend.

And while fans will be in attendance for the game, the number in arena will be limited and none of the events and activations that are usually held at All-Star Weekend for fans will take place. Perhaps next year.

But while it won’t be the same, there are plenty of reasons for Trail Blazers fans to tune into TNT’s coverage Sunday afternoon.

First and foremost, Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard was one of the seven Western Conference players selected as an All-Star reserve via coaches vote and will participate in the All-Star Game Sunday night. The 6-3 point guard in his ninth season out of Weber State tied with Mavericks guard Luka Doncic in the vote to determine the second starting spot among West guards, but was beaten out for the honor due to losing the fan vote and despite garnering double the amount of votes among players and media.

But either way, Lillard will one on one of the two rosters, which will be selected on Thursday by…

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