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|
|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|
|Paul Millsap||Atlanta 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|
|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|
|LaMarcus Aldridge||Portland Trail Blazers||FC|
|Kevin Durant||Oklahoma City Thunder||FC|
|Tim Duncan||San Antonio Spurs||FC|
|DeMarcus Cousins||Sacramento Kings||FC|
|Klay Thompson||Golden State Warriors||BC|
|James Harden||Houston Rockets||BC|
|Chris Paul||Los Angeles Clippers||BC|
|Russell Westbrook||Oklahoma City Thunder||BC|
|Damian Lillard||Portland Trail Blazers||BC|
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.