CAMPBELL, Texas — For the first time since 2006, the Chicago Bulls will host the NBA All-Stars.
The All-American Game will be broadcast live on TNT starting at 6 p.m.
Here are the top storylines heading into the game, including the expected return of the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James and the rest of the Cavaliers’ elite lineup.1.
LeBron James will be the centerpiece of the game.
LeBron is the best player in the NBA, so it’s no surprise that he’s going to be the star.
He’s had a breakout year, finishing with 28.7 points, 9.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.8 steals per game.
But his defense has improved dramatically and his jumper has improved as well.
He is averaging 27.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.6 steals per contest in his last six games.
He will be up against the best in the league and will have to show up for the Cavs to even get close.2.
LeBron’s teammates will be under scrutiny.
After all, the Cavaliers are one of the top teams in the Western Conference.
They finished second to the Warriors in the West and had the league’s best record at 28-3 before LeBron’s injury.
The team had a tough start to the season but has rebounded from that disappointment.
The Cavs are in the midst of a six-game winning streak and have won their last three games.3.
LeBron will need to be more physical.
LeBron has a reputation as a great passer, but he’s often reluctant to take contested shots.
He had seven turnovers in the Cavs’ loss to the Celtics on Monday.
The Bulls have been able to force turnovers, but that’s not always a good thing.4.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been among the top scoring teams in basketball this season, so expect a high-scoring affair.
James has scored 27.1 points per game over his last five games.
They are shooting 53.6 percent from the field, but their defense is still a concern.5.
LeBron needs to take the court more.
It’s hard to tell if James will play the All-star game in his hometown of Cleveland, but if he does, he’s not the best.
In the last two All-stars games, he has not played since the second quarter of the first game.
The last time James was in attendance was for the 2015 NBA All 20.
He missed the first two games of the last All-STAR Game due to a back injury, but the Cavs are playing their best basketball of the season.6.
There will be some familiar faces on the court.
The Cavaliers’ most notable stars are Chris Paul, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving.
James will face a lot of pressure to show he’s ready to play.
But the Cavs have played a lot better defensively without Irving, who has missed seven games with a sprained left ankle.
He should play and help Cleveland to a win.7.
Who is LeBron James playing?
LeBron James has been playing in only one All-NBA game this season.
He was the MVP of the 2016 Finals and won two championships with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The rest of his career has been spent in the shadow of his former teammate, Kevin Durant, but it is not impossible to envision James playing a role in the All Stars game.
James is a star and he will play.8.
The players will play well.
The top players on both teams have had a good season, and the Cavaliers have an elite core with James and Irving.
They should be a top-five scoring team.
The Warriors have a talented core of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.
Curry is averaging 30.8 points and 10.4 assists per game while Thompson is averaging 21.4 points and 8.8 rebounds per game and Iguoda is averaging 17.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per contest.
Irving and Paul will be a fun matchup for James and his teammates.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.