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Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell and Kyle Kuzma will all take part in the NBA All-Star weekend festivities.

SALT LAKE CITY — Riding an 11-game win streak and a somewhat healthy roster, the Utah Jazz are back to having fun again.

“Just never too much fun,” said Jazz center Rudy Gobert.

Now it’s time for some much-needed rest as NBA All-Star weekend has arrived.

No Jazz players will be competing in the 67th annual NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, but the team will certainly be represented with rookie Donovan Mitchell participating in a couple events.

Damian Lillard (Weber State) and Kyle Kuzma (University of Utah) will also be in the spotlight at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. The star-studded showcase has all the makings to be memorable.

Here is a fan’s guide for Jazz fans on how to pay attention to the guys with local ties.


  • EVENT: Mtn. Dew Kickstart Rising Stars Challenge
  • TIME: 7 p.m. MT (TNT)
  • WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH: Rookies Donovan Mitchell and Kyle Kuzma will team up for the U.S. Team against the World Team in an annual showcase of the league’s premier young talent, made up of first- and second-year players. NBA TV will also televise the U.S. Team practice at 11:15 a.m.


  • TIME: 6 p.m. MT (TNT)
  • WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH: Star rookie Donovan Mitchell will be competing in his first-ever NBA dunk contest against Victor Oladipo (Pacers) Larry Nance Jr. (Cavaliers) and Dennis Smith Jr. (Dallas). The dunk contest is the third event of the All-Star Saturday night.


  • TIME: 6 p.m. MT (TNT)
  • WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH: The biggest stars in basketball will hit the hardwood as Team LeBron faces Team Stephen. Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard is making his third All-Star appearance for Team Stephen. He is just the sixth player in franchise history to earn three berths, joining Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge, Clyde Drexler, Sidney Wicks and Maurice Lucas. He’s averaging 26.1 points, 6.6 assists and 4.5 rebounds in his sixth season out of Weber State. He lit up Golden State for 44 points and eight assists in a 123-117 victory Wednesday to close the first half of the season.