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Zach LaVine Wins Dunk Contest While Keeping 'Some Tricks In Bag' For Next Year

Feb 15, 2015 2:40 PM

Zach LaVine comfortably won the 2015 Slam Dunk Contest by wowing the Barclays Center crowd and he claims to have left out his best dunks.

"That's the funny thing," LaVine said of his best dunk. "I didn't do that one. I got some tricks in the bag still."

LaVine sounded very open to the idea of returning next season to defend his crown.

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Tags: Zach Lavine, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA All-Star

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Kerr To Start Klay Thompson, James Harden For ASG

Feb 12, 2015 10:50 AM

Steve Kerr will start Klay Thompson and James Harden for the injured Blake Griffin and Kobe Bryant.

Thompson is averaging 22.1 points and shooting 44 percent from 3-point range, while Harden has been a legitimate MVP candidate.

Anthony Davis is also out for the game, which leaves Steve Kerr with another decision to make for his starting lineup.


Tags: Klay Thompson, James Harden, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA All-Star

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Anthony Davis Replaced By Dirk Nowitzki On West All-Star Team

Feb 12, 2015 12:42 AM

Anthony Davis has been replaced by Dirk Nowitzki for the NBA's Western Conference All-Star reserve team, the league announced on Wednesday.

Davis is sidelined with a shoulder injury.

Nowitzki will make his 13th appearance in the NBA All-Star Game.

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Tags: Dirk Nowitzki, Anthony Davis, Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA All-Star

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Kyle Korver Named To All-Star Game

Feb 10, 2015 9:11 PM

Kyle Korver has been named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team as an injury replacement for Dwyane Wade.

“We would like to thank Commissioner Silver for selecting Kyle as an All-Star. He is an integral part of our team and we are extremely proud that Kyle will be able to join his teammates Al, Paul and Jeff in being recognized this weekend,” said Mike Budenholzer. “This is a positive reflection on all of the work the entire team, coaching staff and organization has put in this season.”

Korver is averaging 12.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 33.2 minutes (52 starts), and is second in the NBA in effective FG% (.707) and fourth in +/- ratio (+461). He has scored in double-figures 37 times, including six 20-point outings. He has made four-or-more three’s in a game 22 times.

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Tags: Kyle Korver, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA All-Star

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Dwyane Wade Pulls Out Of All-Star Game

Feb 10, 2015 3:11 PM

Dwyane Wade will not participate in the 2015 NBA All-Star Game due to a strained right hamstring.

Wade has been out of the past six games for the Miami Heat.

Adam Silver will select Wade's replacement on the Eastern Conference.

Wade will still go to New York this weekend for some off-court events.


Tags: Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA All-Star

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Jusuf Nurkic Replaces Steven Adams In Rising Stars Game

Feb 10, 2015 12:29 AM

Jusuf Nurkic will replace Steven Adam in the Rising Stars Game at All-Star weekend, the NBA announced Monday.

Adams will miss the next three weeks due to a hand injury.

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Tags: Jusuf Nurkic, Steven Adams, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA All-Star

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Damian Lillard Replaces Blake Griffin In All-Star Game

Feb 8, 2015 2:13 PM

Damian Lillard has replaced Blake Griffin on the Western Conference All-Star team, the NBA announced on Sunday.

Griffin is out indefinitely while Lillard was a notable omission from the All-Star team.

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Tags: Damian Lillard, Blake Griffin, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA All-Star

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Durant: Whoever Wants My ASG Spot Can Play Me One-On-One For It

Feb 6, 2015 6:08 PM

Kevin Durant was a somewhat controversial All-Star selection due to how many games he's missed because of injury.

Durant was the MVP of the NBA last season and remains confident in his game.

"Whoever wants my spot can play me one-on-one for it," said Durant.

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA All-Star

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Curry, Thompson, Belinelli, Korver Headline Eight-Man Three-Point Contest

Feb 5, 2015 8:16 PM

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors headline the 2015 Three-Point Contest.

Also participating is last year's winner Marco Bellinelli and 2013 Champion Kyrie Irving, along with Kyly Korver, James Harden, Wesley Matthews and J.J. Redick.

Korver hasn't participated in the contest since 2005.

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Butler, Lowry, Wall, Knight, MCW, I. Thomas To Participate In Skills Challenge

Feb 5, 2015 7:06 PM

Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry will participate in the All-Star Skills Challenge during All-Star Weekend, league sources tell RealGM.

Butler and Lowry are each first-time All-Stars.

League sources also say John Wall, Michael Carter-Williams and Brandon Knight have accepted invitations to participate.

Also participating is Jeff Teague.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA All-Star

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James Harden Added To Three-Point Contest
James Harden is fifth in the NBA in 3-pointers made per game while shooting at a 38.7 percent clip.

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Damian Lillard Not Defending Back-To-Back Titles In Skills Challenge
Damian Lillard has decided not to defend his reigning two-time championship in the Skills Challenge at All-Star Weekend, a league source told RealGM.

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