Here’s what is new for the 2022 NBA All-Star weekend in Cleveland


Miami Heat's Bam Adebayo participates in NBA basketball's All-Star skills challenge Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)
Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo participates in the NBA All-Star skills challenge last year in Chicago. The challenge will have a new format this weekend in Cleveland. (David Banks / Associated Press)

The NBA has revised the formats for two competitions and added two games to its lineup for the 2022 All-Star game weekend in Cleveland.

Here is what to watch for Friday and Saturday:

Rising Stars

The game Friday no longer will feature Team World vs. Team USA with rosters showcasing rookies and second-year players.

The new format will have four teams, drafted by NBA legends, compete in a two-round, single-elimination tournament. The opening-round games will be played to 50 points, while the championship game will be played to 25, the 75 target points in honor of the league’s 75th anniversary season. The 12 rookies and 12 sophomores will be joined in the pool of players by four G Leaguers.

Skills competition

The first player competition Saturday no longer will be a head-to-head, single-elimination format among eight players traversing an obstacle course. There now will be three teams of three competing in three rounds of competition while accumulating points.

The first and second rounds will feature each team member taking part individually, first shooting from different locations and then passing to a variety of targets of different sizes, some of which will be moving. The third round will be a team relay through the traditional obstacle course. The two teams accumulating the most points after three rounds will advance to the finals, which will be a half-court shooting contest.

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HBCU Classic game

The NBA has added a marquee game between historically black colleges and universities to the events Saturday. The inaugural game features Howard against Morgan State.

G League game

The inaugural Next Gem game will have the G League Ignite play the hometown Cleveland Charge at Wolstein Center, the Charge’s home arena.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.



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