The Celtics will invade once again on February 20th, minus Shaq
Less than one week after earning an emphatic win in LA, the Celtics will return four players to the Staples Center for the annual NBA All-Star game. This is only the sixth time ever four players from one team have been elected to the All-Star game. The game will take place Feb. 20.
Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo have all been named as reserves for the Eastern Conference. The other reserves for the EC include Atlanta Hawks' Joe Johnson and Al Horford, as well as Chris Bosh from the Miami Heat.
Pierce will be making his ninth appearance in the All-Star game, KG his 14th, Ray's 10th and Rondo's second-ever appearance.
The starting lineup for the Eastern Conference consists of Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat), LeBron James (Miami Heat), Amare Stoudemire (New York Knicks) and Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic).
Their reserves are San Antonio's Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks), Pau Gasol (LA Lakers), Russell Westbrook (OKC Thunder), Deron Williams (Utah Jazz) and Blake Griffin (LA Clippers).
Doc Rivers will be coaching the Eastern Conference roster, and Gregg Popovich will lead the Western Conference.
Paul Pierce will also have the chance at defending his three-point contest title. There is an outside chance that Ray Allen maybe one of the contestants as Pierce attempts to persuade the NBA in allowing the two men to compete against each other.
From Pierce's Twitter account: "I think me and Ray Allen need to have a shootout in this years 3pt contest what y'all think come on NBA make it happen."