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Six seasons in, people are still waiting for the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) to go the way of the XFL. I know the complaints—low TV ratings, poor attendance, no dunks—but I still enjoy watching the ladies get down for theirs. Besides, I can finally concentrate on the game without being distracted by Chris Webber’s smile or Vince Carter’s…Vince Carter. My only beef with the league is the vast range in skill level: Some of the women are undeniably prime-time players, while others stink up the court as if they’d been drafted straight out of grade school. The WNBA All-Star Game will close that divide by featuring only the brightest ballers and leaving the rest to play their best positions—cheering from the stands or their living-room couches. The festivities surrounding the game aren’t as flashy as those for the NBA All-Star Weekend—no 3-point shootout, no slam-dunk contest, no groupies—but the event proves—as if it were necessary—that the guys aren’t the only ones who got game. Tipoff’s at 7:30 p.m. at the MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. $10-$75. (202) 432-7328. (Sarah Godfrey)