The brightest stars in professional basketball converge on Minneapolis for one of the most exciting events in all of sport: the All-Star Game. But it’s not just any All-Star Game, in just any year. It’s the 2018 WNBA All-Star Game in a season where the first-place Seattle Storm and eighth-place Connecticut Sun are separated by a measly five games, and solid, championship-capable teams occupy spots two through seven.
These are the festivities you can look forward to beginning Friday night:
Catch your first glimpse of the teams.
When: Friday July 27 from 2-4 p.m. ET
How to watch: Live streaming
All-Star Friday Night special
All-Star captains Candace Parker and Elena Delle Donne will discuss their starting lineups.
When: Friday July 27 at 9 p.m. ET
How to watch: ESPN2 (nationally)
2018 WNBA All-Star Game
Team Parker tips off against Team Delle Donne at Target Center in Minneapolis.
When: Saturday July 28 at 3:30 p.m. ET
How to watch: Live on ABC (nationally)
Allie Quigley of the Chicago Sky defends her title against some of the sharpest shooters in the game.
When: During halftime at the 2018 WNBA All-Star Game
How to watch: Live on ABC (nationally)
Wall-to-wall coverage from Swish Appeal
Stay in the All-Star conversation as we bring you:
- Team previews
- Three-point contest coverage
- All-Star Game preview
- Coverage of select All-Star players
- Swish Appeal contest (!!!)
- All-Star Game recap
The Ogwumike sisters will have to wait another year for a chance to compete together in a WNBA All-Star Game. Nneka, of the LA Sparks, will miss the game due to illness. In her place, WNBA President Lisa Border selected a worthy candidate to fill her shoes: 15-year veteran and five-time WNBA All-Star Rebekkah Brunson. Brunson joins teammates Maya Moore, Sylvia Fowles and Seimone Augustus as All-Stars representing the hometown Minnesota Lynx.
Updated All-Star rosters
Three-point contest contenders
Reigning three-point champ Allie Quigley faces off against fellow All-Stars Jewell Loyd (Storm), Kayla McBride (Aces) and Kristi Toliver (Mystics). Plus, Kelsey Mitchell (Fever) and Renee Montgomery (Dream) round out the battle field.
Related All-Star coverage:
- Swish Appeal Roundtable: 2018 WNBA All-Star selections
- For Allie Quigley, deserved recognition in a tough season
- Living in the age of McBuckets: Kayla McBride from threeeeeeeee
- Sue Bird remains an impact player at 500+ games into storied career
- The case for Courtney Vandersloot
- Atlanta’s Tiffany Hayes should have been an All-Star, too
Scorching the status quo
This 2018 WNBA season, thanks to competitive play and depth of competition, has made it impossible for people to resist watching. Joining the diehards is a new legion of fans filling up — and even selling out — arenas. Now, there are more numbers to prove it. According to the league, viewership is up 38% on ESPN over this time last year and this is the most-watched season in the last six years. Thus, here is all the more reason ESPN should commit to airing more WNBA games and fewer cornhole competitions.
Drink up, link lush!
- If there isn’t a law about food manufacturers tampering with a star player’s favorite snack, here should be. A’ja ain’t happy about the salmonella goldfish.
- Michelle Smith takes readers Inside the W to discuss why the All-Star game is worth watching.
- Last night in the WNBA, Diamond DeShields sparkled in a big Sky win over a short-staffed Mercury team in Phoenix.
- MVP race is tight, but Breanna Stewart continues to lead the way.
- Rookie Victoria Vivians is grateful for the opportunity to learn from veteran teammates Candice Dupree and Cappie Pondexter.
- And ... some dude made the mistake of lamenting Pondexter’s entry into the Fever’s starting lineup, sparking the ire of the two-time WNBA champ and 2007 WNBA Finals MVP.
- Sue Bird and Tamika Catchings bow down — to each other.
- And the mommy force in Phoenix just got bigger — Leilani Mitchell and partner, Mikaela, had a baby. The workplace Coachella just got a new member.
- Can we fast-forward 15 years to see where this future broadcaster/hoopster will end up? And for such a testy player on the court, isn’t Taurasi’s patience with this kid just adorbs?
- Chamique Holdsclaw does broadcasting duties and comes with the LOLZ on Twitter.
- DeMar DeRozan attended a late-night hoops study group.
- Say her name: Evelyn Magley, the first African-American female owner of a professional basketball league. Not team, league.
- Any chance Seimone Augustus will sport Care Bears kicks at the All-Star Game? Any chance Powerpuff Girls are an option?
- Claressa Shields’ letter to boxing fans must be read because it is everything the world needs at this time.
- Megan Rapinoe and six Lyons are up for FIFA’s Best Women’s Player award.
- Greatest tennis player of all time Serena Williams sounds off against so-called random piss test. I guess bouncing back from pregnancy is a suspicious act who don’t understand the true powers of women.
- But much ado is also being made about Jenny Boucek couching while pregnant.
How to #WatchThemWork all season
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