Embiid, Lillard, Sabonis… The substitutes for the All-Star are already known

He All Star Game, which will be held on February 19 at the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, already has all its protagonists. The NBA announced this morning from Thursday to Friday the 14 substitutes (seven by Conference) chosen by the coaches of the 30 NBA franchises.

Those selected as replacements in the West are Lauri Markkanen (Utah Jazz), Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers), Paul George (Los Angeles Clippers), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Oklahoma City Thunder), Domantas Sabonis (Sacramento Kings) and Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. (Memphis Grizzlies ).

While in the East they are Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics), Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat), DeMar DeRozan (Chicago Bulls), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers), Tyrese Haliburton (Indiana Pacers), Julius Randle (New York Knicks) and Jrue Holiday (Milwaukee Bucks).

The most notable absences are those of James Harden (Sixers), Pascal Siakam (Toronto Raptors), Jalen Brunson (New York Knicks), for the East; and Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers) and Anthony Edwards (Minnesota Timberwolves), in the West.

Headlines

A week ago the ten headlines were known through the votes cast by fans (50% of the total), press (25%) and players (25%). For the West, the most supported were LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers), Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets), Zion Williamson (New Orleans Pelicans), Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks) and Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors).

In the East, meanwhile, were Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks), Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics), Donovan Mitchell (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving (Brooklyn Nets).

LeBron and Anteto were designated as captains being the players with the most votes in their respective Conferences.

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Once the 24 players who will play the All Star GameThe next step is the formation of the Team LeBronDirected by Michael Malone, Denver Nuggets coach; and of the Team Giannistrained by Joe Mazzullafrom Boston Celtics. The King and the Greek will choose their companions in turns. And unlike the five previous editions, this draft It will take place hours before the game starts.

Format

The duel will also keep the revolutionary elam ending successfully tested in 2020 in Chicago. The game will not last the usual 48 minutes, but will proceed with the system that gave it spice and competitiveness: the first three quarters start 0-0 and the winner of each one gets a financial prize for a local NGO. Before the last set, the scores of the other three are added up and a number of points is added to the highest number (24, in homage to Kobe Bryant). And it is played without a time limit until one of the teams reaches that figure that gives victory.

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