NBA All-Star Game 2015 Rosters: Starters, Reserves, Injury Updates on Top Stars

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistFebruary 13, 2015

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The 2015 NBA All-Star Game is scheduled for Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden, and the excitement for many basketball fans has shifted focus from the festivities to the actual on-court matchups.

With two stacked rosters full of offensive depth and skill, the battle between the Eastern and Western Conference stars should yield an intense matchup. The biggest winners on Sunday night will be the NBA fans who witness the marquee All-Star Game.

Here are the starters and reserves for both teams and injury updates on the top names in the 2015 NBA All-Star Game.

Eastern and Western Conference All-Star Rosters
East Starters Team Position
Pau Gasol Chicago Bulls FC
LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers FC
Carmelo Anthony New York Knicks FC
John Wall Washington Wizards BC
Kyle Lowry Toronto Raptors BC
East ReservesTeam Position
Paul MillsapAtlanta Hawks FC
Al Horford Atlanta Hawks FC
Chris Bosh Miami Heat FC
Kyrie Irving Cleveland Cavaliers BC
Jimmy Butler Chicago Bulls BC
Dwyane Wade Miami Heat BC
Jeff Teague Atlanta Hawks BC
West Starters Team Position
Marc Gasol Memphis Grizzlies FC
Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans FC
Blake Griffin Los Angeles Clippers FC
Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers BC
Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors BC
West Reserves Team Position
LaMarcus Aldridge Portland Trail Blazers FC
Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder FC
Tim Duncan San Antonio SpursFC
DeMarcus CousinsSacramento KingsFC
Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors BC
James Harden Houston Rockets BC
Chris Paul Los Angeles Clippers BC
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City ThunderBC
Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers BC
Source: NBA.com

All-Star Game Injury Updates

The All-Star Game is meant to be a time of celebration for the league, but several key injuries will impact the outcome.

On the Eastern Conference side, Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade is dealing with a hamstring injury and has been replaced on the team by Atlanta Hawks three-point specialist Kyle Korver, according to NBA.com.

The news wasn’t all bad for the East, though, as New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony is listed as probable for the All-Star Game despite suffering from a left knee injury, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.

“As of right now, I’ll be there,” Anthony told Berman. “I’ll be at the game. I’ll probably participate in the game. Unless something happens in the course of me rehabbing the next couple of days.”

While injuries haven’t been a huge issue for the Eastern Conference, the West has lost several key pieces in an All-Star format.

Right off the jump, the Western Conference roster was without two of the most recognizable players in the NBA, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin.

Bryant is out for the season with a shoulder injury and was replaced by Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, via Dan Feldman of ProBasketballTalk.com. While many felt Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard should have been Bryant’s replacement, NBA officials chose Lillard to replace Griffin instead, according to Sean Highkin of ProBasketballTalk.com.

As if losing Bryant and Griffin wasn’t enough, the low post was dealt a serious blow defensively when New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis announced that he would not participate in the All-Star Game in order to rest his ailing shoulder, according to Adi Joseph of USA Today.

Losing Davis is a step back on the defensive end, but he is being replaced by Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki. With the All-Star Game being dominated primarily by the best offensive players in the league, Nowitzki’s inclusion could be a blessing in this format.

Both teams are dealing with injuries, but the Western Conference lost three big-name players. While the East may not be perfect, they should be able to pull out a victory Sunday in the 2015 All-Star Game.

Predicted Final Score: East 130, West 120

*Stats via NBA.com.

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