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Game thread: NBA Rising Stars with Domantas Sabonis

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NBA: Indiana Pacers at Chicago Bulls Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Domantas Sabonis will represent the Pacers and Lithuania as part of the World Team in the Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars game on Friday night.

Sabonis will join a long and talented World Team which includes Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid from the Sixers. Although, since Embiid is playing in the big game on Sunday, I imagine his minutes will be minimal which is a good thing for Domas.

One things sticks out after looking at both rosters — there is plenty of long, athletic talent developing quickly in the NBA. Should be fun to watch Domas and the other young guns get after it on Friday night.

The teams were put together to include at least three rookies and three second-year players on each team, voted on by the league’s assistant coaches (one vote per team). The game will consist of four ten minute quarters which should leave plenty of time for the score to surpass 120 (at least!).

Please share your thoughts on the game and/or other topics involving the Pacers at the All-Star break.

Here are the details:

What: Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars

When: Friday, Feb. 16 | 9 p.m. ET

Where: STAPLES Center

TV: TNT

Rising Stars Roster

World Team U.S. Team
World Team U.S. Team
8 | Bogdan Bogdanovic (Kings) | G 2 | *Lonzo Ball (Lakers) | G
24 | Dillon Brooks (Grizzlies) | F-G 13 | *Malcolm Brogdon (Bucks) | G
21 | Joel Embiid (76ers) | C 7 | Jaylen Brown (Celtics) | G-F
24 | Buddy Hield (Kings) | G 20 | John Collins (Hawks) | F-C
24 | Lauri Markkanen (Bulls) | F 32 | Kris Dunn (Bulls) | G
27 | Jamal Murray (Nuggets) | G 14 | Brandon Ingram (Lakers) | F
11 | Frank Ntilikina (Knicks) | G 0 | Kyle Kuzma (Lakers) | F
11 | Domantas Sabonis (Pacers) | C-F 45 | Donovan Mitchell (Jazz) | G
9 | Dario Saric (76ers) | F 1 | Dennis Smith, Jr. (Mavericks) | G
25 | Ben Simmons (76ers) | G-F 0 | Jayson Tatum (Celtics) | F
12 | Taurean Prince (Hawks) | F
5 | De'Aaron Fox (Kings) | G
* - will not play due to injury