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Saturday: NBA All-Star Saturday Night

[IMG:L]NBA All-Star Saturday Night — 8:30/7:30c on TNT

Warning: Tonight’s recommendation is sports-related and deals with basketball in a frank and detailed manner. For those averse to such discussion, now is the time to click ‘Back’–it only gets more graphic from here on out.

There’s no doubt that of the four major sports, the NBA’s all-star game is far superior to the others’.

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And furthermore, the actual game isn’t even the best part of NBA All-Star Weekend–the Saturday night before the game is!

Tonight the full-court press is on, with the Skills Challenge, Shooting Stars (OK, that’s a tad missable), Three-Point Shootout and Slam Dunk Contest all ready to go.

And yet, the true fun still might lie in the commentary provided by TNT’s hilarious trio of Ernie Johnson, Kenny “The Jet” Smith and the undisputed King of Unpredictable, Charles Barkley.

Without a doubt, of the four on-court events slated for tonight, the Dunk Contest is the climax, which is why it always takes place last and after as much commercial interruption as possible.

Dunk participants this year are the Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard, the Toronto Raptors’ Jomario Moon, the Memphis Grizzlies’ Rudy Gay and the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Gerald Green, who won last year.

The biggest story of the night, however, will be Kobe Bryant–or the lack of him.

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The Lakers superstar pulled out of Saturday night’s Three-Point Shootout after severely injuring his pinkie finger–he will be replaced by Dallas Maverick Dirk Nowitzki–which could cause him to miss a great deal of the regular season.

But here’s the kicker to that story: Kobe may be forced to play in Sunday’s All-Star Game due to league rules, despite barely being able to shoot.

Either way, Saturday night will go on as planned: a must-watch for all sports fans, but not a must-worry-about-the-results watch.

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