NBA Announces All-Star Game Starters

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The NBA Announced the starting lineups for the Eastern and Western Conference for the 2014 All-Star Game during Thursday’s Inside the NBA pregame on TNT.

For the Eastern Conference LeBron James, who led the overall votes with more than 1.4 million, will be joined in the frontcourt by the Indiana Pacers’ Paul George and the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony. The East’s backcourt is made up of James’ Miami Heat teammate, shooting guard Dwyane Wade, and Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving.

The Western Conference starters feature Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry in his first career All-Star appearance, starting alongside Kobe Bryant in the backcourt. The West frontcourt consists of Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant, Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin and Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love.

Though Bryant was voted into the starting lineup for the All-Star game for the 16th time, it seems that he may sit this one out. The Lakers fan favorite has been limited to six games this season due to injuries and is expected to be out until at least early next month.

“With all due respect to the fans that voted me in, I certainly appreciate that, they know how much I appreciate that, but you got to do the right thing as well,” Bryant said before the Lakers’ 109-102 loss to the Heat on Thursday. “My fans know you got to reward these young guys for the work that they’ve been putting in.”

If Bryant is unable to play, the NBA league office will appoint a replacement player.

The reserves will be announced next Thursday.

The 2014 All-Star Game is set for Sunday, Feb. 16 in New Orleans.

 

The final All-Star Voting tallies are below.

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