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East is least: NBA changes All-Star format for 2018

The game needs a shot of adrenaline; will this do the trick?

NBA: All Star Game Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports

Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Kawhi Leonard on the same team in the all-star game? Despite being in different conferences, all four players have a chance to play with each other under the new NBA all-star rule, just announced, for the 2018 All-Star game in Los Angeles.

According to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today, the East vs West format is no more. With the writing on the wall, and four All-Stars — Jimmy Butler, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George, and Paul Millsap switching conferences — the league took action to avoid the perennial event from turning into a snooze-fest.

In the new format, there will be two captains. Those two captains that are selected will choose their squad.

Instead, two captains – the leading fan vote-getter from the East and leading fan vote-getter from the West – will select players for their squad regardless of conference affiliation. The captains will select from a pool of 22 other All-Stars. In total, there will still be 12 All-Stars from each conference.

Selection of the all-stars is kept constant, it is only the team composition that will change. In addition, the winner will donate to a national charity in LA to help the Los Angeles area.

Last year, the Golden State Warriors featured four out of their five starters in the All-Star game on the same team. This year, the Thunder might have presented a similar scenario with three potential all-stars, but now that likelihood is reduced.

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