Celtics starters Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen were all named to represent the Eastern Conference in this year’s All-Star game, which is set to take place on Sunday, February 20th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Their appearance will mark the first time since 1975 that Boston has showcased four All-Stars (John Havlicek, Dave Cowens, Paul Silas, Jo Jo White).
“I think we’ve all been very valuable to the team this first half of the season,” said Allen. “Especially between the starting five — the four of us that have been in there the majority of the time — we’ve been catalysts at some point where we’ve helped win games. It is difficult to say, ‘Well, Rondo was out,’ or, ‘If Paul was out,’ or, ‘I was out’ or ‘KG was out,’ you could make a case for all four of us.”
Al Horford and Joe Johnson of the Atlanta Hawks and Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat were the other reserves selected to play for the East. Western Conference reserves include Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs, Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks, Paul Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers, Deron Williams of the Utah Jazz, Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers. Purchase your NBA All-Star tickets right here at Ace!
Dwayne Wade represented his Miami Heat well, earning MVP rights with 28 points, 11 assists and six rebounds to help lead the Eastern Conference to a 141-139 NBA All-Star victory in front of the 108,713 in attendance at Cowboy Stadium. “To be able to perform in front of a crowd like that, I know that. I know I can do it, I’ve done it before,” said Wade. “So just to be able to put on a show like that and to get the win, and to make key plays down the stretch was what I like.”
LeBron James and Chris Bosh enhanced yesterday’s entertainment with a pair of flashy 25 and 23 point performances. Carmelo Anthony posted a game-high 27 despite the West coming up short in the final minute. Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki impressed his hometown crowd with 22 points. This year’s All-Star spectacular was certainly special in light of the record breaking attendance. “You could look up in the stands, and there was not a seat open,” said James. “To be part of history is something that you always wish and dream for.”
Denver Nuggets coach George Karl recently announced that Dirk Nowitzki will start in place of the injured Kobe Bryant in Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game. Dirk was extremely close to earn a starting spot until Spurs forward Tim Duncan beat him out in the last week of fan voting. The Mavericks longtime franchise player has made a total of nine NBA All-Star appearances with 2010 marking his first start.
Veteran PG Jason Kidd will also represent the Mavs on the big stage, as he was just named to fill Bryant’s roster spot. Sixers guard Allen Iverson will tend to his ill daughter this weekend, thus not being able to partake in any All-Star festivities. It is likely that Boston’s Rajon Rondo or Atlanta’s Joe Johnson will step up to start for Iverson. Purchase your 2010 NBA All-Star tickets with us at Aceticket.com!
Seven of the 14 reserves representing their respective teams are making their first ever All-Star appearance in this year’s events at Cowboy Stadium in Dallas, TX. Chicago fans haven’t seen an All-Star since Michael Jordan in 1998, at least until PG Derrick Rose takes the floor in 2010 to represent the East. Jordan took the time to offer his congratulations, saying “I’m very happy for him. The Bulls deserve an All-Star. Rose is a very special player.”
Players featured from the Eastern Conference include Allen Iverson, Dwayne Wade, LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh, Rajon Rondo, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, Paul Pierce, Derrick Rose and Al Horford. The West consists of Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Tim Duncan, Amare Stoudemire, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Dirk Nowitzki, Brandon Roy, Zach Randolph, Deron Williams and Pau Gasol.
The rookie-sophomore matchup, three-point and dunk contest are set for Friday and Saturday to lead up to the main event. The official All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, February 14th at 7:00 PM. NBA All-Star tickets are now available!
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