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Shot chart for Kyrie Irving (left) and Blake Griffin, who shot a combined 33-for-40 in tonight’s All-Star Game. Advanced metrics guys were very disappointed by Blake’s decision to take those two highly-inefficient three-pointers.

Shot chart for Kyrie Irving (left) and Blake Griffin, who shot a combined 33-for-40 in tonight’s All-Star Game. Advanced metrics guys were very disappointed by Blake’s decision to take those two highly-inefficient three-pointers.

(via @charliewiddoes)
Recruiting season.

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Recruiting season.

Quite a field for the Slam Dunk Contest this weekend. The West squad includes defending champ Jeremy Evans, plus super-athletes Eric Bledsoe and the Manimal, Kenneth Faried, while the East team has 2007 champ Gerald Green, plus rookie Terrence Ross, and dunk legend James “Flight” White. No one’s ever questioned White’s slam dunk ability, but this is the first year he’s been on an NBA roster long enough to be selected.

It’s anyone’s contest, but the most intriguing matchup is between Green and White, who have met before in the 2010 Russian Cup, pictured above. If those two brought it that hard for a Russian slam dunk contest where the prize was apparently a framed certificate and a bowl of hot soup, imagine what they’re going to do for All-Star Saturday.

Kevin Durant speaks the truth. 

Kevin Durant speaks the truth. 

In other All Star Saturday night news, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade dress like they’re in a LMFAO cover band.

In other All Star Saturday night news, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade dress like they’re in a LMFAO cover band.

Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz won the 2012 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest tonight. 
The less said about tonight’s “dunk” contest the better. That’s not taking anything away from Evans’ double fisted dunk over a seated Gordon “Olive Garden” Hayward, it’s just that the contest wasn’t fun or that interesting. 
As many have said on Twitter tonight in the aftermath of the colossal snooze fest, new rules for the 2013 Slam Dunk contest. Bring back the judges, eliminate props, create stricter attempt limits, cash prizes, etc. Maybe David Stern should suspense LeBron James for five games if he bails out on the dunk contest next year. 
Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz won the 2012 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest tonight. 

The less said about tonight’s “dunk” contest the better. That’s not taking anything away from Evans’ double fisted dunk over a seated Gordon “Olive Garden” Hayward, it’s just that the contest wasn’t fun or that interesting. 

As many have said on Twitter tonight in the aftermath of the colossal snooze fest, new rules for the 2013 Slam Dunk contest. Bring back the judges, eliminate props, create stricter attempt limits, cash prizes, etc. Maybe David Stern should suspense LeBron James for five games if he bails out on the dunk contest next year. 

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The official Twitter account of the 2012 All Star Game has announced the participants in this year’s Slam Dunk contest: 

  • Derrick Williams, Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Iman Shumpert, New York Knicks
  • Paul George, Indiana Pacers
  • Chase “Ginger Balls” Budinger, Houston Rockets 

If this was the best that the Association could do, then they should’ve canceled the slam dunk contest all together. 

Your 2012 Eastern Conference All Star Reserves: 

  • Chris Bosh, Miami Heat
  • Luol Deng, Chicago Bulls
  • Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers
  • Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia 76ers 
  • Joe Johnson, Atlanta Hawks 
  • Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics 
  • Deron Williams, New Jersey Nets 

Your Western Conference All Star Reserves: 

  • LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trailblazers
  • Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies 
  • Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns
  • Dirk Nowitzki, Dalas Mavericks 
  • Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs
  • Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
Just A Friendly Programming Reminder…
The 2012 All Star Reserves will be announced on TNT at 7pm/4pm tonight. 
Will Minnesota’s dynamic duo: Kevin Love & Ricky Rubio make the cut? Will LaMarcus Aldridge finally get the credit he deserves? What about Orlando’s Ryan Anderson? Roy Hibbert?
Who do you think should make the reserves this year?

Just A Friendly Programming Reminder…

The 2012 All Star Reserves will be announced on TNT at 7pm/4pm tonight. 

Will Minnesota’s dynamic duo: Kevin Love & Ricky Rubio make the cut? Will LaMarcus Aldridge finally get the credit he deserves? What about Orlando’s Ryan Anderson? Roy Hibbert?

Who do you think should make the reserves this year?

The starters for the 2012 All Star Game will be unveiled tonight on TNT at 7pm/4pm. 
They may be counting a few last minute votes over at NBA headquarters, but I believe we can safely assume the following people will be starting.
Eastern Conference: 
Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic 
Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks 
LeBron James, Miami Heat
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat 
Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls 
Western Conference: 
Andrew Bynum, Los Angeles Lakers 
Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers,
Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
It’s almost a shame that the All Star Game isn’t in Los Angeles this year with the amount of local favorites in the starting line up. 
The game will take place on Sunday, February 26th at the Amway Center. 
More as the story develops. 

The starters for the 2012 All Star Game will be unveiled tonight on TNT at 7pm/4pm. 

They may be counting a few last minute votes over at NBA headquarters, but I believe we can safely assume the following people will be starting.

Eastern Conference: 

  • Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic 
  • Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks 
  • LeBron James, Miami Heat
  • Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat 
  • Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls 

Western Conference: 

  • Andrew Bynum, Los Angeles Lakers 
  • Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
  • Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers,
  • Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers

It’s almost a shame that the All Star Game isn’t in Los Angeles this year with the amount of local favorites in the starting line up. 

The game will take place on Sunday, February 26th at the Amway Center. 

More as the story develops. 

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