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Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo will start the all-star game for the Eastern Conference
TNT announced the NBA All-Star games starters during their pregame show for their normal Thursday night double-header. Say what you want about All-Star games and the popularity contests that they have become over the years, but many of the players still see it as a great honor to get to the All-Star game and an even greater honor to be voted a starter for the All-Star game.
Perhaps its the large fan-base of the Boston Celtics or the popularity of its two All-Star starters, but it is a little shocking that a team only two games over .500 got two starters into the NBA All-Star Game. Nonetheless they are great players and both Celtics point-guard Rajon Rondo and forward/center Kevin Garnett were voted into the 2013 All-Star game as starting players.
This is nothing new for Kevin Garnett, who has now been selected to the All-Star game for the fifteenth time in his career, a number that ties him for second most all-time. His stats are down this season from a season ago, averaging only 15 points and 7 rebounds per game, but the lack of top forwards in the Eastern Conference, Kevin Garnett’s popularity with fans, and perhaps the fact that the Boston Celtics are significantly worse without Garnett on the floor is what catapulted him into his starting role for the All-Star game.
More importantly, this is Rajon Rondo’s first time being honored as a starter in the All-Star game. He is having by far his finest season, posting 13 points per game, 11 assists per game and a pretty good (for a point-guard) 5 rebounds per game. Slowly, Rondo’s role has expanded with the Celtics and he has become not only its best player, but also one of its leaders. While is scoring has not made the catapult that some Celtics fans would like to see, something to be kept in mind is that Rondo makes his money on his play in the post-season and 13 points per game would still be the second most for his career. It is an honor well-deserved for Rajon Rondo and it is exciting to see two Celtics in the Eastern Conference starting line-up.
The rest of the line-ups are announced next week. It would be cool if Paul Pierce could get in and join his teammates in Houston.
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Rajon Rondo and Kevin garnett were both on pace to start the All-Star game with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony. Rondo is basically assured of the spot, but KG was in a tight race with Chris Bosh. Would suck for Rondo to have to start with 3 Heat players and Carmelo Anthony. Hopefully Celtics fans voted a ton these final days and got KG the nod.
Videos courtesy of Chris Forsberg.
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(I was) just playing defense. Just playing sound defense, just contesting his shots. He's a helluva competitor. He's always on some bulls---. Always on some bulls---. Just trying to throw elbows...
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Tomorrow night at 7 p.m the Boston Celtics will take on the Chicago Bulls at the TD Garden. After the loss to New Orleans on Wednesday, Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett are going to try to show the world why they were voted All-Stars during the prime-time exhibition game.
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Check-out some pics & GIFs from last night’s game via Hoop China.
The Celtics have lost. This one really sucked. We had a lead with a few seconds left in both the fourth and in OT, yet we couldn't catch a break. Rondo played amazing: putting in 30 points, 2 rebounds, and 7 assists. Unfortunately, he fouled out mid-way through overtime. This one stings and I just want to move on, but I won't.
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