After a home loss to the Washington Wizards on Thursday night, the Indiana Pacers have stumbled into the NBA All-Star break mired in a six-game losing streak. Although the Pacers will not play until next Friday, three of their brightest stars will be participating under the bright lights of the NBA All-Star festivities this weekend in New Orleans.
On Friday night, second-year center Myles Turner will compete in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, an exhibition pitting 20 of the league’s best first and second-year players against each other. Turner will participate as part of the U.S. Team, which also features Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns and Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Turner comes into the All-Star break averaging career-bests in every statistical category, including 15.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. He has played in and started 56 of the 57 Pacer games thus far.
The BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge will be televised nationally on TNT at 9:00 ET.
On Saturday night, guard/forward Glenn Robinson III will compete in the Verizon Slam Dunk Contest as part of the State Farm All-Star Saturday Night. Robinson is part of a four-man field for the event, which also includes Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic, DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clipper and Derrick Jones Jr. of the Phoenix Suns.
Robinson is averaging 6.2 points and 3.7 rebounds per game so far this season. He is the eighth Pacer to compete in the dunk contest.
State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, which also includes the Taco Bell Skills Challenge and Three-Point Contest, will be televised on TNT starting at 8:00 ET.
Paul George will be participating in the All-Star Game on Sunday night for the fourth time in his career after being named a reserve for the Eastern Conference.
George is averaging 22.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game this season.
The NBA All-Star Game will be televised on TNT starting at 8:00 ET.