Wall will wait to be named to All-Star Game

Wall will wait to be named to All-Star Game
January 23, 2014, 7:30 pm
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There's no true center in the NBA-All Star Game, on either side, among the starters announced by the popular vote by fans, and Wizards point guard John Wall will have to wait until next week to find out if he'll be a reserve for the Feb. 16 showcase at New Orleans Arena. 

The West will have Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) and Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves).

Love beat out Dwight Howard (Houston Rockets) in the final week of voting after trailing by about 26,000 votes. Howard is a center and playing on a team with a better record, but Love's numbers are phenomenal: 25 points, 13 rebounds and four assists per game. It'll be the third appearance for Love but the first time he will start. 

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Curry makes his first appearance. He'll be the first starter for the Warriors since Latrell Sprewell in 1995. Durant, the three-time scoring champion who leads the NBA in at 31 points per game, will play in his fifth All-Star game. Griffin is making his third consecutive start and his fourth appearance. It was the 16th selection for Bryant, who only played six games this season because of injuries. 

Other names to make a case for starting: Chris Paul (Clippers), LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers), Damian Lillard (Blazers), Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs), James Harden (Rockets), David Lee (Warriors), Tim Duncan (Spurs), Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans) and DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings). 

For the East, Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat) is making his ninth consecutive starter, 10th overall; Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) is appearing for the second time and making his first start; LeBron James (Heat) is starting for the 10th consecutive time and led all vote-getters with 1.4 million-plus; Paul George (Indiana Pacers) is the best player on the best team in the conference and Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) is starting for the sixth time in his seventh showing. 

Others to make a case for starting: Wall, Roy Hibbert (Pacers), Chris Bosh (Heat), Joakim Noah (Bulls), Lance Stephenson (Pacers), DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors), Kyle Lowry (Raptors) and Joe Johnson (Brooklyn Nets). 

NBA coaches will vote on the reserves for each conference. That grouping, in which Wall is expected to be named, will be announced next Thursday on TNT at 7 p.m. ET. 

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