2011 NBA All-Star Reserves: Celtics Dominate Eastern Conference Reserves, Carlos Boozer Out

The Boston Celtics grabbed four of the seven All-Star reserve spots for the Eastern Conference team, followed closely behind by two from Atlanta. Carlos Boozer found himself snubbed...

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Blake Griffin Is A Western Conference Reserve, Kevin Love Left Out

The reserve list for the Western Conference All-Star team was a bit more diversified than the Eastern Conference list, with six different teams represented to the Eastern Conference reserve list’s three. However, some notable names were snubbed including Kevin Love of the Timberwolves and Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns. The Western Conference list includes:

Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs (Double-double in 45/48 games)

Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks (No. 10 in the league in shooting)

Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers (Averaging 18 PPG and 11 rebounds)

Deron Williams, Utah Jazz (21 double-doubles)

Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder (First time All-Star, averaging 22 PPG)

Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers (Rookie of the Year fav, 23 PPG and13 boards)

Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs

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Four Boston Players Named All-Star Reserves, While Chris Bosh Rounds Out The LIst

The All-Star reserve lists are being announced on TNT’s NBA pre-game show as I write this. The Eastern Conference reserve list was just announced, and it was heavily dominated by players from Boston and Atlanta, including:

Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics (averaging 15 PPG and 9 rebounds per game)

Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics (Celtics’ leading scorer, averaging 19 PPG)

Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics (No. 2 in steals in the league, averaging 12.5 assists / game)

Ray Allen, Boston Celtics (Third in the league in 3PT %)

Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks (Averaging 16 PPG with a 57 FG%)

Joe Johnson, Atlanta Hawks

Chris Bosh, Miami Heat

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2011 NBA All-Star Reserves: Will Carlos Boozer Make The Team?

Yesterday, the Bulls' Carlos Boozer made the case that he should be selected as one of the 2011 NBA All-Star reserves to be revealed tonight:

"I hope so," Boozer said. "I know I missed some games with my broken hand, but I feel like I am deserving of an All-Star appearance. If not, I'm not going to be disappointed. There are a lot of guys who feel they are deserving. If I am there, I will be extremely happy."

Boozer went on to say that he would be "honored" to join Derrick Rose on the team; Rose will be the first Bulls player to be an All-Star starter since Michael Jordan in 1998. Boozer has played in 30 games so far this season; the Bulls have gone 23-7 in those games and he has averaged a double double, with 19.8 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.

Also a possible consideration for a reserve spot on the Eastern Conference team would be forward Luol Deng, who has quietly averaged 17.8 points and 6.2 rebounds and may be having his best overall season.

The league's coaches name seven players for their respective conference on a ballot: two guards, two forwards, one center, and two "wild cards" who can be of any position. They cannot vote for players on their own team, and they must assign each player on the ballot with a numerical ranking, one through seven, in case a tiebreaker is necessary. Their ballots were due on Monday.

The NBA All-Star reserves will be announced tonight on TNT at 6 p.m., just before their Heat/Magic and Spurs/Lakers doubleheader.

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