Boston Celtics Big Four Leads 2011 NBA All-Star ReservesCategory: Basketball
After the fans have voted for the 2011 NBA All-Star Game starters, it’s now the coaches’ turn to vote for the reserves.
The Boston Celtics became just the second team in history to have four players picked as reserves by the coaches with it’s Big Four of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo. The 2006 Detroit Pistons were the other with Wallace, Billups, Hamilton and Wallace.
Coach Doc Rivers is also coming as the coach for the East squad by virtue of his team having the best record in the Eastern Conference through games of February 6. Sadly, The Big Shamrock can’t join the fun.
Garnett tied an NBA record with his 14th straight selection joining Jerry West, Shaquille O’Neal and Karl Malone.
Chris Bosh also joins his team mates Lebron James and Dwyane Wade who were already selected as starters to complete the Miami Thrice.
Super rookie Blake “High Griffinition” Griffin was selected too becoming the first rookie All-Star since Yao Ming in 2003.
This is the complete list of reserves for the 2011 NBA All-Star Game:
Eastern Conference All-Stars
Ray Allen, Boston Celtics
Joe Johnson, Atlanta Hawks
Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics
Chris Bosh, Miami Heat
Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics
Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics
Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks
Western Conference All-Stars
Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs
Deron Williams, Utah Jazz
Russell Westbrook, OKC Thunder
Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
Pau Gasol, L.A. Lakers
Of course, there are other noteworthy players who were having All-Star seasons but failed to make it.
Notable All-Star snubs are Raymond Felton, Carlos Boozer, Josh Smith, Monta Ellis, LaMarcus Aldridge, Steve Nash, Lamar Odom, Andrew Bogut, Zach Randolph and Kevin Love.
Among them, Love is the most probable choice to be picked by NBA Commissioner David Stern as starter Yao Ming’s replacement who is already out for the season due to injuries.
Watch the 60th All-Star Game online free LIVE from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 20, 2011.
UPDATE February 5, 2011: Kevin Love is picked today as Yao’s replacement.
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