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Star power in reserve?

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  February 3, 2011 12:06 AM

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The league will announce the rest of the all-stars tomorrow night, and the Celtics are hoping their core four will join Doc Rivers in Los Angeles.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The fans already voted in the starters for the All-Star Game Feb. 20 in Los Angeles. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and Celtics coach Doc Rivers can already plan on packing their clipboards. Now, it's just a matter of filling out the rosters in each conference. The All-Star reserves will be announced tonight on TNT, and it's hard not to picture a scenario where the Celtics don't send four starters for the East, making them the third team in nearly 30 years to send so many and only the eighth team to do it in All-Star history.

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Ray Allen is looking to make his10th all-star appearance.

After being leapfrogged by Derrick Rose in the last two rounds of balloting, Rajon Rondo is practically a lock for one of the two guard spots. Ray Allen makes a strong case for the other, shooting the 3-point shot better than any other shooting guard in the league (45.8 percent) and on the whole, shooting it better than every two-guard besides Knicks rookie Landry Fields (50.8 percent). Kevin Garnett was right behind LeBron James for Eastern Conference forwards until his injury sidelined him in December. Paul Pierce is scoring more points (19.2 a night) and shooting the ball far better (51.2 percent from the floor, 42.0 percent from 3-point range) than he did a year ago when he made his eighth all-star appearance.

Chris Bosh, Al Horford, Carlos Boozer and Josh Smith are all clear candidates. But unlike in the West -- where Clippers' rookie Blake Griffin's going to be the reason for a lot of hanging chads, Tim Duncan's going to become a case-study in the lifetime achievement vote, and all of Kevin Love's double-doubles still might not get him in -- the East doesn't have a long list of obvious snubs.

The coaches are asked to vote in this format: two guards, two forwards, one center, two players from any position. Pundits around the web have made made their own picks, and the majority of them have Rondo, Allen, Pierce and Garnett booking flights for Los Angeles.

Some of the ballots:

Ken Berger, CBS Sportsline: Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Chris Bosh, Al Horford, Kevin Garnett, Joe Johnson.
His snubs: Raymond Felton, Carlos Boozer, Josh Smith, Andrew Bogut, Joakim Noah.

Kelly Dwyer, Ball Don't Lie: Rondo, Allen, Pierce, Garnett, Horford, Boozer, Bosh.
His snubs: Felton, Noah, Smith, Bogut, Devin Harris, Andre Iguodala.

John Schuhmann, NBA.com: Rondo, Allen, Pierce, Bosh, Horford, Garnett, Smith.
His snubs: Felton, Boozer, Noah, Johnson, Bogut, Jrue Holiday, Wilson Chandler, Luol Deng, Shaquille O'Neal.

Marc Stein, ESPN: (He fudges positions, so Pierce isn't the wildcard) Rondo, Pierce, Bosh, Garnett, Allen, Boozer.
His snubs: Noah, Felton, Johnson, Bogut, Smith.

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