NBA announces All-Star 2015 reserves
MANILA, Philippines – A week after the announcement of the starters for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game in New York, the league announced the reserves that will make up the rest of the Western and Eastern Conference All-Star teams on Friday, January 30 (PH time).
A trio from the East-leading Hawks will be included: Paul Millsap, Al Horford, and Jeff Teague. From Miami, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were selected to their 11th and 10th All-Star games, respectively.
Jimmy Butler will be making his first ever All-Star game after his breakout performance so far this NBA season, while Kyrie Irving - last year's All-Star Game MVP - will be in the game for the third time in his young career.
The aforementioned names will join an Eastern starting line-up comprised of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Pau Gasol, Kyle Lowry, and John Wall.
Out West, Tim Duncan will make his 15th NBA All-Star game appearance in New York. He will be joined by other reserves LaMarcus Aldridge, Chris Paul, Klay Thompson, and James Harden.
Despite being hit by injuries that kept them out for an extended period, Oklahoma City's dynamic duo of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant will come off the bench for the West on February 15 (February 16, Monday AM PH time).
Steph Curry, Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin, Marc Gasol, and Anthony Davis were voted by the fans as starters for the Western All-Stars. With Bryant out with a torn rotator cuff, the league is expected to announce his replacement within the next few days.
Either Thompson or Harden will take Bryant's starting spot, depending on the preference of West head coach Steve Kerr. Damian Lillard is the favorite to land the now-open spot on the team.
With Wade suffering a hamstring injury this past week that will most likely keep him out for the All-Star Game, Milwaukee's Brandon Knight or Kyle Korver from the Hawks have been mentioned as potential replacements.
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