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Paul Pierce left off Eastern Conference All-Star squad
Posted By Mike Petraglia On January 24, 2013 @ 7:43 pm In General | 7 Comments
For just the second time in 13 seasons, Paul Pierce  did not earn a spot on the Eastern Conference All-Star squad as the reserves were announced Thursday night on national television prior to the Celtics ‘ game vs. the Knicks .
Pierce is leading the Celtics in scoring at 18.9 points per game and has started all 41 games for the Celtics, but that wasn’t enough to win a spot on the team. Pierce didn’t make it in 2007 when his season was shortened due to a stress reaction in his foot. The last time a healthy Pierce was left off the All-Star team was 2001, just his third season in the NBA.
Joining starters Rajon Rondo , Dwyane Wade , LeBron James , Kevin Garnett  and Carmelo Anthony are five first-time All-Stars, including Tyson Chandler  (Knicks), Paul George (Pacers), Jrue Holiday (76ers), Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers ) and Joakim Noah  (Bulls). Miami’s Chris Bosh and Chicago’s Luol Deng, making his second consecutive All-Star appearance, round out the East reserves.
Joining Duncan as reserves in the West are LaMarcus Aldridge (Trail Blazers), James Harden  (Rockets), David Lee  (Warriors), Tony Parker  (Spurs), Zach Randolph  (Grizzlies ) and Russell Westbrook  (Thunder). It’s the first selection for Harden, in his first season with the Rockets. It’s the second All-Star nod for Lee, Randolph and Aldridge, while Westbrook earns his third consecutive trip to the All-Star Game. Parker is an All-Star for the fifth time in his career.
The 62nd NBA All-Star Game will be played at the Toyota Center in Houston on Feb. 17.
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