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Before the NBA All-Star Game tips off in Cleveland next month, the G League will get its chance to shine. On Monday, the NBA announced that the Cleveland Charge will face the G League Ignite in the inaugural NBA G League Next Gem Game.
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The event, which aims to highlight "the G League’s next generation of talent on Ignite and the Charge," will tip-off at Cleveland's Wolstein Center at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 20. Hours later, Cleveland's Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse will host the 2022 NBA All-Star Game.
“As basketball fans turn their attention to Cleveland for All-Star 2022 to celebrate the game’s most-prized jewels, we’re thrilled that they’ll also be able to discover some of the world’s most radiant young players in this first-ever Next Gem game,” NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim said in a statement.
The Charge, which serves as the Cleveland Cavaliers' G League affiliate, features two players in Malik Newman and Tre Scott, who have earned NBA call ups at points this season. The G League Ignite, meanwhile, has five prospects who are training toward the 2022 NBA Draft, including Jaden Hardy, Michael Foster Jr., MarJon Beauchamp, Dyson Daniels and Fanbo Zeng.
Tickets for the NBA G League Next Gem Game can be purchased via seatgeek.com. Fans are also encouraged to download the NBA Events App, which is "the ultimate on-the-ground resource for everything related to Cleveland All-Star, providing fans with the most up-to-date information on event schedules, tickets and exclusive experiences."