The Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets each had two players picked as reserves for the NBA All-Star Game, while the Indiana Pacers had to settle for just Roy Hibbert despite the league’s best record.
LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard made it from the Trail Blazers, who have been among the Western Conference leaders all season.
Dwight Howard, who was passed late in fan voting for a starting spot, was chosen Thursday along with Houston teammate James Harden. Old reliables Chris Paul, Tony Parker and Dirk Nowitzki round out the West reserves for the Feb. 16 game in New Orleans. Nowitzki earned his 12th selection.
The rest of the East reserves are: Miami’s Chris Bosh, Washington’s John Wall, Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan, Brooklyn’s Joe Johnson, Chicago’s Joakim Noah and Atlanta’s Paul Millsap.
The Pacers hoped Lance Stephenson, who leads the NBA in triple-doubles, would also be selected to join Hibbert and Paul George, who was voted to start.
The starters were announced last week. Adam Silver, who will become commissioner Saturday, will choose replacements for the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and any other injured players.
GAME RESET — The game between the Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks that was postponed because of a winter storm Wednesday night has been rescheduled for April 8.
NO. 2 IN OFFICE — Mark Tatum will become the NBA’s new deputy commissioner when Silver succeeds David Stern. NBA owners unanimously approved the appointment of Tatum, a 15-year veteran of the league office. He will also have the title of chief operations officer. Tatum is the NBA’s executive vice president of global marketing partnerships.
THUMB SPRAIN — Grizzlies forward Mike Miller is day to day after spraining his right thumb late in Memphis’ 99-89 win over the Sacramento Kings.