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Team USA vs. Team WNBA: Key storylines, how to watch/stream the 2021 WNBA All-Star Game

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 7/14/2021 Emily Adams, USA TODAY
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The WNBA is taking a unique approach to the 2021 All-Star Game in honor of the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games. The U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team will face off against the WNBA's team of non-Olympic All-Stars Wednesday in Las Vegas.

Team USA is headlined by A'ja Wilson, the Las Vegas Aces star and 2020 WNBA MVP, and Breanna Stewart, the WNBA finals MVP from the Seattle Storm. Five-time Olympian Sue Bird (Storm) will play in her league-record 12th All-Star Game. Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury) — in her 10th All-Star appearance — likely will not compete due to a lingering hip injury, but she will play alongside Bird in Tokyo as they attempt to become the first basketball players — female or male — to win five Olympic gold medals. The WNBA's current leading scorer, Tina Charles, is also competing for Team USA.

Candace Parker et al. on a court: Chicago Sky forward Candace Parker, center, and Connecticut Sun players DeWanna Bonner, left, and Brionna Jones, right, will lead the WNBA All-Star team against Team USA. © Sean D. Elliot, The Day via AP Chicago Sky forward Candace Parker, center, and Connecticut Sun players DeWanna Bonner, left, and Brionna Jones, right, will lead the WNBA All-Star team against Team USA.

"I've learned how to be selfless," Charles said of playing for Team USA. "You check who you are on your WNBA team at the door. You sacrifice the me for the we. I think that's the biggest thing that has helped my career."

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On the WNBA All-Star team, the Chicago Sky and Connecticut Sun are well-represented with three players apiece. Two-time MVP Candace Parker is joined by Sky teammates Courtney Vandersloot and Kahleah Copper, and Jonquel Jones, Dewanna Bonner and Brionna Jones will compete from the Sun. Another notable team member is Liz Cambage (Aces), who will be competing against Team USA in the All-Star Game and in the Olympics as a member of Team Australia.

Basketball Hall of Famers and retired stars Lisa Leslie and Tina Thompson will serve as co-head coaches of Team WNBA. Leslie, a four-time Olympic gold medalist, and Thompson, who won two Olympic golds, still rank among the WNBA career leaders in points and rebounds. Former WNBA star and current South Carolina coach Dawn Staley guides the U.S. team. The Basketball Hall of Famer won three Olympic gold medals as a player before being named head coach in 2018.

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When is the All-Star Game?

The 2021 WNBA All-Star Game will tip off July 14 at 7 p.m. ET. It is being played at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

How to watch on television

The All-Star Game will be live on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET. In 2018 and 2019, the game was broadcast on ABC, but this year it was moved to ESPN because it is competing with Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

How to stream

The game can be streamed on ESPN.com and the ESPN app, both of which require a subscription or cable login. It will also be on fuboTV.

Three-point contest

Jonquel Jones, Jewell Loyd, Allie Quigley and Sami Whitcomb compete in the three-point contest. Whitcomb is currently the league leader in three-pointers made this season with 56, while Lloyd is tied for eighth with 40. Jones is ranked sixth in three-point percentage at .437. Quigley is the most experienced of the group, having won the three-point shootout twice in the past.

Contact Emily Adams at eaadams@gannett.com or on Twitter @eaadams6.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Team USA vs. Team WNBA: Key storylines, how to watch/stream the 2021 WNBA All-Star Game

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