Boston, MA - All-Star Weekend is an annual event in the NBA that can be a lot of fun between the numerous exhibitions and contests that the best players in the league partake in. From Larry Bird in the three-point contest to Gerald Green in the slam dunk contest, the Boston Celtics are no strangers to all of the fun that comes with the midway point of the NBA season. And this year, the Celtics bolstered their All-Star history through the talents of Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum.
The weekend ended with the All-Star Game on Sunday night and this was when Irving had his chance to shine during the game. A starting guard on Team LeBron, Irving played a big role in the victory for his side of the game. While Kevin Durant dropped thirty-one and came away with the MVP of the 178-164 game, Irving led Team LeBron in rebounds with nine and was second in assists with six while also adding 13 points to the affair including one three-pointer. He also attempted four threes, which contributed to the record-setting 167 three point attempts taken by the two teams.
Tatum also did his part during the two events he participated in during All-Star Weekend as he helped lead Team USA to victory over Team World in the Rising Stars Challenge by a score of 161-144. Coached by Irving, Tatum led his squad with nine rebounds.
However, the shining moment for the Celtics came during the Skills Challenge, which was the first event on All-Star Saturday Night. While Joe Harris of the Brooklyn Nets won the Three Point Contest and the Oklahoma City Thunder's Hamidou Diallo was the champion of the Slam Dunk Contest, Tatum came away as victorious during the Skills Challenge.
In the bracket, Tatum defeated Mike Conley and Nikola Jokic to face Trae Young in the finals. Young got an advantage on Tatum going into the final three point shot so Tatum heaved up a prayer from half court and buried the shot before Young even realized what happened. It was the first Skills Challenge win for the Celtics in the history of the franchise. Tatum topped it all off with a guarantee that Boston will win the finals this year. Looking forward to seeing that!