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2012 NBA Skills Challenge: Kyrie Irving Tries To Continue Hot All-Star Run

The 2012 NBA All-Star festivities are well under way, and the Cleveland Cavaliers have had solid representation thus far. Kyrie Irving won the MVP in the Rising Stars Challenge, and will try and shine again on Saturday night for the Taco Bell Skills Challenge. Irving had a whopping 34 points for the Rising Stars challenge, while teammate Tristan Thompson helped the two combine for a total of 22-for-24 shooting. That's up there.

Now, Irving will compete against Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs, John Wall of the Washington Wizards, Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Deron Williams of the New Jersey Nets in the skills competition. Stephen Curry is injured and won't be able to defend his title that he won last year, so Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics will take his place.

For the skills competition, the players will compete in a two-round timed obstacle course of sorts. They'll have to observe all normal NBA ball-handling rules as they go through stations for dribbling, passing and shooting. There's plenty of coverage for all of the activities at SB Nation, and be sure to tune in for the event at 8:30 p.m. ET on TNT.

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