The NBA All-Star weekend festivities got underway last night with the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge. Both games had representatives from the Milwaukee Bucks competing, with owner Marc Lasry playing on the East team in the celebrity game, and Malcolm Brogdon playing for Team USA in the Rising Stars game.
Up first, Marc Lasry helped the East team to a dominating 88-59 performance in the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game. This was his second consecutive year playing in the game, and he set a new career high with nine points on the night. He flashed a few rather solid finishes around the basket, but did get stuffed by Candace Parker once before Parker subsequently banged heads with him while attempting some fake dribble maneuver.
Lasry outperformed the West’s owner-player, Mark Cuban, and performed admirably alongside the standout performance from Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler (22 points, 11 rebounds). This was also humorous:
Follow through looking like me! pic.twitter.com/wmm4qXriCu— GiannisAntetokounmpo (@Giannis_An34) February 18, 2017
Afterwards, Malcolm Brogdon participated as a member of Team USA against Team World in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge. Team World won the contest 150-141 behind a terrific shooting night from Jamal Murray who finished with 36 points. As useful as Malcolm Brogdon has been to Milwaukee this year, his unselfish fundamentals aren’t quite as attuned to show out in a free-for-all game like this, and he ended up with an unsurprising three points, four rebounds, five assists and one steal line on the night.
Here’s one of those well-practiced alley-oop passes to Jonathan Simmons:
Milwaukee doesn’t have any representatives in Saturday’s festivities, so enjoy the rest of the weekend until Giannis suits up for the All-Star Game on Sunday night at 7:00PM.