What were you doing on a calming Sunday night in Toronto? If you weren’t watching the intense fourth quarter of the 2020 NBA all star game, you were defiantly missing out. With an all intense, jaw dropping turn of events that turned an average, easy going game into a defense battle for the ages.
The format for the 2020 All Star game has completely changed this year, with the score resetting after every quarter, for the first three quarters. The team with the highest score at the end of each quarter would receive $100,000 to donate to the charity of their choice. The teams were lead under two captains, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Lebron James. In the fourth quarter, the victory would be granted to the team who can score 24 points first, in honor of the legendary Kobe Bryant who wore the number 24.
The “Greek Freak” and “King James” have been the most dominant players this season, with both of their teams in the first seed of the of both of their conferences. LeBron James leading the West with the Los Angeles Lakers (41 wins, 12 loses) and Giannis Antetokounmpo leading the East with the Milwaukee Bucks (46 wins, 8 loses). Both players are averaging 20+ points, 5+ assists and rebounds, and multiple triple doubles (LeBron 12, Giannis 4). Both players had a chance to pick their teammates and go head to head to what was for sure a game to remember.
But it was KAWHI LEONARD WHO STOLE THE SHOW!! 30 points, eight 3 point shots made, and won the first ever Kobe Bryant All Star MVP trophy. Yes Kawhi put on a show last night, with Anthony Davis sinking the last shot to win the game for team Lebron. If you don’t know who Kawhi is, you should probably Google him before reading more into this page. In the past, the NBA All Star game has received criticism for not being as entertaining as it was in the past. While NBA players didn’t take it seriously and just used the All Star game as an opportunity to show of their skills. This time, the winner of the fourth quarter would receive $300,000 dollars towards a charity of their Choice.
This increased the stakes by a landslide. With every player aggressively moving the ball in order to score 24 points first. This lead to increased fouls, timeouts, offensive fouls and challenges on calls. Yes those are all present in a regular season or playoff game, but in an Allstar game? The intensity sharply rose which had EVERYONE off their seats.
This was quite the performance. Never have I seen NBA all stars vigorously guarding the 3 point, and contesting for every rebound. From the presentation to the competitiveness, this will definaltley be an All Star game that will be remembered for years to come. Hopefully this new format can inspire the NBA to create more intense formats which bring out the best of every all star player.
Of course, I cannot forget the two all stars representing my hometown of Toronto! Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry! Both with great performances and Pascal’s first All Star appearance. Both players had a combined total of 28 points in tonight’s game, I am looking forward to how they finish off the season and prepare for a hopefully deep run in the playoffs. It won’t be easy, but there is still a chance! If we display that raw-dog competitiveness like we did last year, we could have a chance to make a second visit to the NBA finals. Today showed that our boys can play in the big leagues, and although they made some mistakes in terms of foul trouble, there is no doubt that they will be ready.