NBA All-Star Reserves named
Blake Griffin is going to his first All-Star game, and Kevin Garnett matched an NBA record Thursday with his 14th straight selection as one of a record-tying four Boston Celtics headed for the midseason event. The NBA All-Star game is set for Feb 19 at the Staples Center in L.A.
Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen will accompany Garnett, who equaled Jerry West, Shaquille O’Neal, and Karl Malone for the most consecutive selections. The Celtics joined the 2006 Detroit Pistons as the only teams to have four players picked as reserves by the coaches.
Griffin, the Rookie of the Year favorite of the Clippers, will be playing on his home floor in the Feb. 20 game at Staples Center. Joining him on the Western Conference team were Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobli of the NBA-leading Spurs; forwards Dirk Nowitzki of Dallas and Pau Gasol of the Lakers; and guards Deron Williams of Utah and Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City, who joins Griffin as the lone first-time selections.
**Update: Minnesota Timberwolves Kevin Love was chosen to replace injured Yao Ming for the Western All-Stars, full article**
Chris Bosh will go to Los Angeles with Miami teammates Lebron James and Dwayne Wade, who were elected as starters. The other East reserves picked were Atlanta’s Joe Johnson and Al Horford.
The reserves were selected in voting by the head coaches in each conference, who had to vote for two forwards, two guards, a center and two players regardless of position.
They went for the winning teams in the East, whose reserves are represented by just three teams.
“There hasn’t been too many times where you’ve had this kind of competition at the top of the Eastern Conference with such good teams,” Wade said. “So looking at the All-Star team, you understand that most guys are going to be from a few teams. That’s how it should be in the Eastern Conference. The Western Conference is a different argument.”
(word for word full article courtesy msn.com, foxsports)
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