February 26, 2012; Orlando FL, USA; Western Conference guard Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers (3) passes the ball as Eastern Conference center Dwight Howard (12) of the Orlando Magic defends during the 2012 NBA All-Star Game at the Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

NBA All Star Game: Starters Announced, Storylines Set

The NBA All Star Game’s starting lineups have been announced.

LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnet will start in the Eastern Conference’s backcourt, and Dwayne Wade and Rajon Rondo will start in the backcourt.

The Western Conference’s lineup is bolstered by a frontcourt of Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin. Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul will be the starting backcourt for the West.

The first question I have is: How long will it take Dwayne Wade to re-brake Kobe Bryant’s nose. They will be guarding each other after all.

As far as other storylines go, the Heat and Thunder could have as many as three players each in this year’s All Star game; Chris Bosh finished just behind Garnett in frontcourt voting, and Serge Ibaka, as well as Russell Westbrook found themselves close to the top of voting for the Western Conference starters.

Also, the fans apparently want to see Jeremy Lin in this game. He received by far the most votes of any player not voted into the starting lineup of either team. At 883,809 votes, he fell just 45,346 short of starting over Chris Paul.

Will the coaches decide to add him to the roster? If they did, he’d get on the team over players having better years, like teammate James Harden, who received hundreds of thousands less votes than his teammate, Lin.

Speaking of players who might not be heading to Houston despite having good years, Joakim Noah, Kyrie Irving and Westbrook all fell well short of getting into the starting lineup, and will wait to hear from the coaches if they’ve been added to the game.

 

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