NBA Slam Dunk Contest 2011: Time, Competitors, And More

Tonight's NBA Slam Dunk Contest is one of the most anticipated in recent memory. Why? Blake Griffin. So what time will Quake Griffin (or the Rim Reaper, or any one of the many fantastic nicknames Griffin's acquired) be throwing down tonight? And where can you find it on TV? That's what we're here for.

Time: Around, and likely after, 10:00 p.m. Eastern. The Slam Dunk Contest is the last event of All-Star Saturday Night.
TV broadcast: TNT, which will begin its All-Star Saturday night telecast at 8 p.m. Eastern.
Location: Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Defending champion: Nate Robinson, whose Lilliputian reign of terror comes to an end this year.
Competitors: Griffin's the prohibitive favorite as the hometown entrant and the best-known player in the field, but DeMar DeRozan finished second in last year's Dunk Contest, and JaVale McGee and Serge Ibaka are both bringing lanky frames and pogo stick ups to the court.
Why it matters: Um, Blake Griffin may be jumping over a car.
Prediction: Griffin wows the fans early, then fends off a challenge from McGee in the finals.
Further reading: You can find a quick history of the Slam Dunk Contest and highlight reels from all the competitors in our StoryStream, which will have updates from All-Star Weekend's Saturday night events as they occur.

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