- - Sunday, February 17, 2019

In the 12-months-a-year soap opera known as the National Basketball Association, the NBA All-Star Game is the annual event that brings the most important characters together in the same place at the same time. The score won’t matter, but knowing this sport, the drama could become very real.

Here’s everything you need to know before the All-Star Game tips off.

Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, N.C.

When: Sunday, Feb. 17, 8:20 p.m.

Television: TNT/TBS

Radio: The Team 980 (or other ESPN Radio affiliate)

What to watch for: LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo are this year’s captains (see the full rosters below). Wizards guard Bradley Beal, playing in his second straight All-Star Game, will suit up for Team LeBron. He was picked last in the draft — after specifically requesting to be picked last … Anthony Davis left a Pelicans’ game early last week with a supposedly bruised shoulder, and it’s unclear if he’ll play Sunday … Meek Mill, who was released from prison last April after a controversial prison sentence that garnered attention from activists and the likes of Patriots owner Robert Kraft, will perform at the opening of the game and introduce the players. 

Team LeBron roster:

Starters: LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden

Reserves: Anthony Davis, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard, Ben Simmons, LaMarcus Aldridge, Karl-Anthony Towns, Bradley Beal, Dwyane Wade

Team Giannis roster:

Starters: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Stephen Curry, Joel Embiid, Paul George, Kemba Walker

Reserves: Khris Middleton, Nikola Jokic, Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin, D’Angelo Russell, Nikola Vucevic, Kyle Lowry, Dirk Nowitzki

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