We're just hours away from the 2011 NBA All-Star Game and the infinite joy of seeing Blake Griffin try to dunk on every member of an opposing team at once. Need to know when, exactly, you'll get to see the NBA's showcase exhibition from Los Angeles? We have you covered with the tipoff time, TV information, and other need-to-know details.
Time: 8:00 p.m. Eastern.
TV broadcast: TNT, which will begin its pregame coverage at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.
Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles
Rosters: The Eastern Conference's starters are Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, LeBron James, Amar'e Stoudemire and Dwight Howard; the Western Conference starters are Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, and Tim Duncan, who replaces the injured Yao Ming. (See the full East roster and West roster.)
Coaches: Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers is the East's coach, and Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs will coach the West. (Coaches come from the teams with the best records in each conference before the All-Star break.)
Prediction: Despite winning the Slam Dunk Contest and starring in the Rookie-Sophomore Game, Griffin underwhelms in the All-Star Game in Los Angeles, and is overshadowed by old hand Kobe Bryant, who scores more than 20 points and is named MVP. Phil Jackson's pithy whining about Popovich playing his veteran star and weakening the Lakers in the stretch run begins about three minutes after the final buzzer.
Further reading: Stay in this StoryStream for live updates on the All-Star Game, and visit our Slam Dunk Contest StoryStream for a full recap of Saturday night's fireworks.