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NBA: No positive tests for COVID-19 at All-Star Game weekend

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No players, coaches or game officials tested positive for COVID-19 while in Atlanta, the NBA said Monday after the final tests were processed and results were returned to the league and the teams involved.

“All players, coaches, and game officials were tested for COVID three times after arriving in Atlanta, including a final test immediately prior to last night’s All-Star Game,” the league said in a statement Monday. Team LeBron, captained and selected by LeBron James, defeated Kevin Durant’s Team Durant 170-150.

Some players questioned why the game needed to be played during the pandemic, and those questions persisted Sunday after it was revealed Embiid and Simmons could not participate.

“Big shoutout to everybody that made this happen, to the players for coming down and participating, playing,” Phoenix All-Star Chris Paul, president of the National Basketball Players Association, said after the game.

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