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NBA All-Star Saturday Night Open Thread

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Sabonis is set to compete in the Skills Challenge before joining Team LeBron in the main event on Sunday.

2020 NBA All-Star - Practice and Media Availability presented by AT&T Photo by Tyler Kaufman/NBAE via Getty Images

After dropping six-consecutive games, the Pacers closed the unofficial “first half” of the season on a better note by staving off the Giannis-less Milwaukee Bucks at home before going their separate ways for some much needed down-time. Having also stared down the bogeyman of late-game, press-break in the process, Domantas Sabonis can now take center stage as the team’s lone representative at All-Star weekend.

Before the main event tomorrow night, Sabonis will have a chance to show what he can do in the Skills Competition, which is a three-round, bracket-style obstacle course that tests competitors head-to-head in ball-handling, passing, agility, and shooting.

The pairings for the event haven’t been released yet, but last season’s field saw Nikola Jokic pitted against Nikola Vucevic in the first round, so perhaps there will be another center vs. center clash this go-around with Sabonis battling Miami’s Bam Adebayo?

Sabonis is no stranger to finding his teammates with slick bounce passes and occasionally pushing the ball up the floor off a rebound, so he shouldn’t have much trouble dribbling up-and-down the court and passing the ball through a series of stationary targets, but he’s going to have to knockdown a three faster than his competitor to advance.

In 52 games played, Sabonis has attempted three times as many threes as he did last season, but he’s still just 13-of-58 from deep. Adebayo, meanwhile, is 1-of-11.

Is it too late to get the final 3-point shot replaced by a hand-off?

Here’s a look at the full list of participants for All-Star Saturday Night.

Skills Competition

Three-Point Contest

Dunk Contest

Share your picks and/or thoughts and observations from the All-Star events scheduled to air live on TNT at 8:00 PM EST as well as anything else Pacers-related in the comments section.