Lauri Markkanen finds his first All-Star Game ‘pretty surreal’

In his first All-Star game, "The Finnisher" gets off to a quick start before becoming Jayson Tatum.

The first-ever Lauri Markkanen All-Star Game was not off to a good start.

When he was the final player selected in the live draught that took place before the game on Sunday evening at Vivint Arena.

By some stroke of luck, he scored his first-ever ASG points on an alley-oop after receiving a lob pass from — who else?

Donovan Mitchell was the counterpart to the deal that brought him to Utah.

Just one of those times, I suppose. It's strange how things turn out, Mitchell remarked following the game.

The temporary comrades ultimately prevailed, as Team Giannis defeated Team LeBron 184–175 in the final.

Following Mitchell's lob, Markkanen continued his strong start by setting up another alley-oop, this time for Jayson Tatum of the Celtics.

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