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2013 NBA All-Star Weekend Special!

With the busy personal schedule I have been having over the past few weeks, I was unable to write the NBA weekly blog for the past few weeks. Well, today here is a special edition of the NBA weekly blog, the 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend Special!

The West defeat the East 143-138 in 2013 All-Star Game.
Chris Paul crowned All-Star Game MVP
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For the third straight season, the Western Conference All-Stars defeat the Eastern Conference All-Stars at the 2013 NBA All-Star Game held at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas with the score of 143-138.  
Leading the way for the West was Clippers point guard Chris Paul who came up with a double-double 20 pointsand 15 assists, together with 4 steals. Paul was also crowned the All-Star Game MVP. Thunder forward Kevin Durant led all scorers with 30 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals. Paul’s Clipper teammate Blake Griffin added 19 pointswhile James Harden of the host team the Houston Rockets scored 15 points off the bench.
The East were led by the Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony who finished with a double-double 26 points and 12 rebounds. Heat guard Dwayne Wade added 21 points, 7 assists and 2 steals. While his teammate LeBron James added 19 points and 5 assists. Pacers guard Paul George came off the bench and scored 17 points.
Box Score:
WEST 143 – Durant 30, Paul 20, Griffin 19, Harden 15, Westbrook 14, Parker 13, Bryant 9, Howard 9, Randolph 6, Lee 6, Duncan 2, Aldridge 0
EAST 138 – Anthony 26, Wade 21, James 19, George 17, Irving 15, Deng 10, Noah 8, Chandler 7, Bosh 6, Holiday 6, Lopez 3, Garnett 0
Meanwhile, on a revamped All-Star Saturday Night festivities, the West led by captain Chris Paul also knocked off the East led by captain Dwayne Wade 140-125 and came home with US$350,000 for their chosen charities, the East came home with US$150,000 for their chosen charities.
In the Sears Shooting Stars, Team Bosh composed of Chris Bosh, Swin Cash and Dominique Wilkins defeated Team Westbrook composed of Russell Westbrook, Maya Moorand Robert Horry with the time of 1:29 in the Championship Round which gave the East 10 points. However, the Westcomposed of Team Westbrook and Team Hardencomposed of James Harden, Tina Thompson and Sam Cassell won the Team Round which gave them 20 points over the East teams of Team Bosh and Team Lopez which was composed of Brook Lopez, Tamika Catchings and Muggsy Bogues.
SCORE AFTER THE Sears Shooting Stars: WEST 20, EAST 10
In the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Trail Blazers rookie guard Damian Lillard defeated 76ers guard Jrue Holiday in the Championship Round with the time of 29.8 seconds to give the West 10 points. However the East team composed of Holiday, Pistons guard Brandon Knight and Hawks guard Jeff Teague defeated the West team of Lillard, defending champion Tony Parker and Rockets guard Jeremy Lin to give the East 30 points in the Team Round.
SCORE AFTER THE Taco Bell Skills Challenge: WEST 30, EAST 40
In the Foot Locker Three Point Shootout, Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving defeated Spurs forward Matt Bonner 23-20 in the Championship Roundto give the East 10 points. However the West team composed of Bonner, Hornets forward Ryan Anderson and Warriors guard Stephen Curry defeated the East team of Irving, Knicks forward Steve Novak and Pacers guard Paul George to give the West 40 points in the Team Round.
SCORE AFTER THE Foot Locker Three Point Shootout: WEST 70, EAST 50 
In the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, Raptors guard Terrence Ross got 58% of the vote as he defeated defending champion Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz which gave the East 55 points for the championship round. However The West dunkers of Evans, Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe and Nuggets forward Kenneth Fariedhowever came up on top in the Team Round as they defeat the East dunkers of Ross, Pacers guard Gerald Green and Knicks guard James White to score 50 points in the Team Round.
FINAL SCORE: WEST 140-125 EAST
*Faried and Bledsoe who scored two 50 dunks for the West gave the West 20 bonus points
*Ross and Green who scored two 50 dunks for the East gave the East 20 bonus points.
Lastly, in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, Team Chuck defeats Team Shaq for the second straight season with the score 163-135.  
Nuggets sophomore Kenneth Faried led Team Chuck with a double-double 40 points and 10 rebounds and was crowned the game MVP. Spurs sophomore Kawhi Leonard and Cavaliers sophomore Tristan Thompsoneach scored 20points for Team Chuck while Kings sophomore Isaiah Thomas added 18 points and 10 assists.
Cavaliers sophomore and last year’s game MVP Kyrie Irving led Team Shaq with 32 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Irving’s rookie teammate Dion Waiters added 23 points. Trail Blazers rookie Damian Lillard added 18 points while Rockets sophomore Chandler Parsons added 13 points.
Box Score:
TEAM CHUCK 163 – Faried 40, Leonard 20, T. Thompson 20, Thomas 18, Vucevic 15, Beal 12, Shved 12, Davis 11, Knight 10, Rubio 5
TEAM SHAQ 135 – Irving 32, Waiters 23, Lillard 18, Parsons 13, Barnes 12, K. Thompson 11, Walker 8, Kidd-Gilchrist 8, Nicholson 6, Zeller 4
Before the season resumes tomorrow, here are the standings from across the association after the All-Star break:
Western Conference:
1. Spurs (42-12), 2. Thunder (39-14), 3. Clippers (39-17), 4. Grizzlies (34-18), 5. Nuggets (33-21), 6. Warriors (30-22), 7. Jazz (30-24), 8. Rockets (29-26), 9. Trail Blazers (25-28), 10. Lakers (25-29), 11. Mavericks (23-29), 12. Timberwolves (19-31), 13. Hornets (19-34), 14. Kings (19-35), 15. Suns (17-36)
Eastern Conference:
1. Heat (36-14), 2. Knicks (32-18), 3. Pacers (32-21), 4. Nets (31-22), 5. Bulls (30-22), 6. Hawks (29-22), 7. Celtics (28-24), 8. Bucks (26-25), 9. 76ers (22-29), 10. Rapotrs (21-32), 11. Pistons (21-33), 12. Cavaliers (16-37), 13. Wizards (15-36), 14. Magic (15-37), 15. Bobcats (12-40)
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Rajon Rondo’s season is over after ACL injury. Rudy Gay sent to Toronto. Popovich to coach the West at the All-Star Game. Award winners for January.

Another point guard suffers the ACL injury, a big trade where every team involved wins, and one coach for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game has been named, here are some of the highlights from Week 14 of the 2012-13 NBA season:

Rajon Rondo’s season ends with ACL injury.
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Last season, two point guards had their seasons end with the ACL injury. First it was the Timberwolves’ Ricky Rubio in which the injury derailed Minnesota’s chances of making the playoffs that season, then it was the Bulls‘ Derrick Rose who suffered the injury on the 1st game of the NBA Playoffs, and derailed Chicago‘s title pursuit as they got eliminated in the 1st round by the Philadelphia 76ers. This season, another point guard‘s season is derailed by a torn ACL in the Boston Celtics star point guard Rajon Rondo. Rondo’s ACL injury was confirmed before their battle against the Miami Heat at home as they stated Rondoplayed hurt during their loss against the Hawks in Atlanta. The Celtics however have won 3 straight after the loss of Rondo as well as the season-ending back injury of rookie forward Jared Sullinger. Rondo, in 38 games played this season finished with averages of 13.7 points per game, a league-leading 11.1 assists per game, 5.6 rebounds per game and 1.8 steals per game. Losing the man who will be the face of the franchise in the future is indeed a huge blow on any team, now the question is how will the Celtics respond with this adversity they are facing right now. That we will have to find out soon.
Also with Rondo‘s injury, he will also sit out the 2013 NBA All-Star Game in Houston this month where he was voted in as a starter for the Eastern Conference. Replacing Rondo will be Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez who will make his All-Star Game debut.
Rudy Gay sent to Toronto in three-team trade.
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In a radical franchise move, the Memphis Grizzlies dealt their star swingman Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors as part of big changes the new ownership of the Grizzlies franchise has brought in town. The Grizzlies then got Ed Davis and Jose Calderon from the Raptors. They would eventually send Calderon to the Detroit Pistons for Tayshaun Prince, the last guy from the Pistons’ championship team in 2004 and Austin Daye. 
Gay would make an instant impact with his new team as he led the Raptors to a 98-73 victory against the Los Angeles Clippers at home. Coming off the bench, Gay scored 20 points in his debut with the Raptors. Prince also made his presence felt in Memphis as he scored 14 points off the bench in the Grizzlies’ 85-76 victory against the Washington Wizards. While Calderon was in attendance for the Pistons-Cavaliers game in Detroit, but did not play due to visa issues.
In a dubbed win-win trade for all three teams involved in the trade, there are questions on how these players will make an impact to their teams. Like how will the Grizzlies continue to contend in the West with the radical lineup change? Can Gay lead the Raptors to the playoffs? and how will the trade help the Pistons as they go along with the season. That we will find in the days to come.
Popovich named West coach in 2013 NBA All-Star Game.
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For the third time in his coaching career, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovichwill call the shots for the Western Conference at the 2013 NBA All-Star Game in Houston thanks in part to the Spurs’ league leading performance in the first half of the season as they are riding a 10 game winning streak, Popovich coached the West at the All-Star game on two separate occassions, one was in 2005 in Denver, while the other was in Los Angeles, 2 years back.  
The head coach of the Eastern Conference at the All-Star Gamewill be determined in the game between the Miami Heat and the Toronto Raptors in Toronto. If the Heat win, head coach Erik Spolstera will coach the East, while if the Raptors win, New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson will call the shots.
Meanwhile, here are the award winners for the month of January:
LeBron James of the Miami Heat wins his 3rd consecutive Eastern Conference Player of the Month Awardwhile Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs wins in the Western Conference.
Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers wins his 3rd consecutive Western Conference Rookie of the Month Award while Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards wins in the Eastern Conference for the 2nd consecutive mark.
Meanwhile for Coach of the Month we have 2 new winnerswith George Karl of the Denver Nuggets taking the honors in the Western Conference, while Tom Thibodeau of the Chicago Bulls took the honors in the Eastern Conference.
Also Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers took home the Eastern Conference Player of the Week Award in Week 13, while Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs took the honors in the Western Conference.
Here are the standings from across the association:

Western Conference:
1. Spurs (38-11), 2. Thunder (35-12), 3. Clippers (34-14), 4. Grizzlies (30-16), 5. Warriors (30-17), 6. Nuggets (30-18), 7. Jazz (26-22), 8. Rockets (26-23), 9. Trail Blazers (24-23), 10. Lakers (21-26), 11. Mavericks (20-27), 12. Timberwolves (18-26), 13. Kings (17-32), 14. Suns (16-32), 15. Hornets (15-33)
Eastern Conference: 
1. Heat (29-14), 2. Knicks (30-15), 3. Bulls (29-18), 4. Nets (28-19), 5. Pacers (28-19), 6. Hawks (26-20), 7. Bucks (25-21), 8. Celtics (23-23), 9. 76ers (20-26), 10. Pistons (18-29), 11. Raptors (17-30), 12. Magic (14-33), 13. Cavaliers (14-34), 14. Bobcats (11-35), 15. Wizards (11-35)
Stay tuned as another edition of the NBA weekly blog comes your way next week!
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2013 NBA All-Star Game Reserves announced. Spurs cookin’ at home. Celtics in a slide.

Who will come off the bench for both the West and East. One team is in a groove, especially on their home floor. While one team is in a slide and have put their playoff hopes in serious jeopardy. Here are the highlights from Week 13 of the 2012-13 NBA season:

2013 NBA All-Star Game reserves announced.
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The lineups for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game in Houston, Texas has been filled up with the announcement of the reserves for both the Western Conference and the Eastern Conference this week as voted by the 30 coaches of the NBA. So here are the reserves from both sides of the association:
 
In the Western Conference, we start off with James Harden of the home team the Houston Rockets who makes his very 1st All-Star Game appearance and is the only player in the Western Conference who will make his All-Star debut as the rest of the reserves for the West will make their return trips to the All-Star Game. Joining Harden will be his former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook who makes his 3rd All-Star game appearance, the San Antonio Spurs tandem of Tim Duncan and Tony Parker who are making their 14th and 5th All-Star game appearance respectively. To wrap up the reserves for the West, it will be Zach Randolph of the Memphis Grizzlies, David Lee of the Golden State Warriors and LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers who will make their 2nd All-Star game appearance.
 
Meanwhile in the Eastern Conference, five players will make their All-Star game debuts this year in Houston, namely Tyson Chandler of the New York Knicks, Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls, Paul George of the Indiana Pacers, Jrue Holiday of the Philadelphia 76ers and Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers. To complete the reserves for the East it will be Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat who will make his 8th All-Star game appearance and Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls who is in the All-Star game for the 2nd time in his career.
 
The coaches for both the West and the East will be determined on January 30 (January 31 Manila time), and it will depend on the standings at the end of the night. Oklahoma City’s Scott Brooks and Chicago’s Tom Thibodeau are ineligible to coach in the All-Star Game this season after coaching the West and East respectively at the last All-Star Game in Orlando.
 
Spurs cookin’ at home. Aiming for the top out West.
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It is no secret that the San Antonio Spurs, despite having a veteran-filled lineup have managed to still compete among with the best and the up and coming teams across the NBA over the past couple of seasons. As the San Antonio Spurs are riding a 8 game winning streak as well as a 16 game home winning streak which makes the AT&T Center one of the toughest places in the NBA for visiting teams. The Spurs are knocking on the door of the West leading Oklahoma City Thunder and have overtaken the Los Angeles Clippers for 2nd place, as the Clippers have been struggling since the loss of Chris Paul to the lineup. Led by their penultimate future Hall of Famer trio of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili as well as the consistent coaching of Gregg Popovich, the Spurs are just finding ways to keep themselves competitive each year. It’s on them however if they can end a six year title drought and bring the title back to the Alamo City.
 
Celtics in a slide down the standings.
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Things have not been well in Beantown the past couple of days, aside from the fact the NFL’s New England Patriots losing in the AFC Championship Game at home against the Baltimore Ravens. The Boston Celtics have struggled recently and are now in a six game losing streak, their last loss came in double overtime against the Atlanta Hawks on the road. The Celtics are at below .500 at 20-23 and holding on to the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference and are behind Atlantic Division rivals the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Net. For a team that made it last year to the Eastern Conference Finals, they have mightily struggled this season as head coach Doc Rivers has been vocal and animated about the C’s recent struggles this season. With a big game coming up tomorrow against the defending champions Miami Heat at home on Ray Allen’s first trip to Boston since taking his talents to South Beach, this game has a significant importance which will determine the fate of the season for these guys from Beantown.
 
Meanwhile, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder wins his 4th Western Conference Player of the Week (2nd in a row) of the season in Week 12, while Carlos Boozer of the Chicago Bulls becomes the 8th person this season to win the Eastern Conference Player of the Week Award in Week 12.
 
Now here are the standings from across the association:
 
Western Conference:
1. Thunder (34-10), 2. Spurs (36-11), 3. Clippers (32-13), 4. Grizzlies (28-14), 5. Warriors (26-17), 6. Nuggets (27-18), 7. Jazz (24-20), 8. Rockets (24-22), 9. Trail Blazers (22-21), 10. Lakers (18-25), 11. Mavericks (18-25), 12. Timberwolves (17-24), 13. Kings (16-29), 14. Suns (15-29), 15. Hornets (14-29)
 
Eastern Conference:
1. Heat (28-12), 2. Knicks (26-15), 3. Bulls (26-17), 4. Nets (26-18), 5. Pacers (26-18), 6. Hawks (25-18), 7. Bucks (23-19), 8. Celtics (20-23), 9. 76ers (18-25), 10. Pistons (16-27), 11. Raptors (16-28), 12. Magic (14-28), 13. Cavaliers (13-32), 14. Wizards (11-31), 12. Bobcats (11-32)
 
Keep in touch as a brand new edition of my NBA Weekly Blog comes your way next week!
 
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2013 NBA All-Star Game Starters announced. LeBron reaches 20,000 points. Alvin Gentry part ways with Suns.

The starters for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game has been announced. One player makes history, while another coach gets the boot. Here are the highlights from Week 12 of the 2012-13 NBA season.

2013 NBA All-Star Game starters announced.
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The starters for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game to be held at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas has been announced over the week. Here are the starters from both conferences.In the Western Conference, four of the five starters came from teams playing at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers will be joined in the backcourt by Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers  In the frontcourt, it will be Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers, Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
 
Bryant, who was also the lead vote-getter for the All-Star Game at 1,591,437 will make his 15th straight All-Star appearance. Paul meanwhile will make his 6th All-Star appearance. Howard will make his 7th All-Star appearance and his 1st for the Western Conference. Griffin will make his 3rd All-Star appearance while Durant who finish 3rd overall in voting at 1,504,047 will make his 4th All-Star appearance.
 
In the Eastern Conference, four of the five starters also came from two teams, LeBron James of the Miami Heat will be joined in the frontcourt by Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks and Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics. In the backourt it will be Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat together with Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics.
 
James, who finished 2nd in overall voting at 1,583,646 will make his 9th All-Star appearance. Anthony who finished 4th in overall voting at 1,460,950 will make his 6th All-Star appearance. Garnett will make his 15th All-Star appearance (ties the record with Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal for 2nd most All-Star appearances). Wade who finished 5th overall in voting at 1,052,310 will make his 9th All-star appearance while Rondo will make his 4th All-star appearance and his 1st as a starter.
 
The reserves for the All-Star game will be announced next week and it will be determined by the 30 head coaches of the NBA. As for the head coach of both conferences, it will also be determined in the standings after January 30, 2013. Chicago’s Tom Thibodeau and Oklahoma City’s Scott Brooks are not eligible to coach the East and West respectively as they were the head coach from last year’s All-Star game in Orlando.
 
LeBron James reaches 20,000 career points.
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In their 92-75 victory against the Golden State Warriors at the Oracle Arena in Oakland last January 16 (January 17 Manila time). LeBron James of the Miami Heat made history as he became the youngest player in NBA history to reach the 20,000 point mark for his career. James achieved the feat at 28 years and 17 days old when he made a 12 foot jumper with 2:45 left in the 1st half, he surpassed the feat set by Lakers guard Kobe Bryant who achieved the feat at 29 years and 122 days old. LeBron also surpassed the 5,000 assist mark for his career in the victory. Love him or hate him, LeBron James has proven himself worthy of a future Hall of Famer at the same time, he is in contention as one of the greatest basketball players of all-time.
 
Alvin Gentry part ways with the Suns.
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Another coach has been relieved of duty during the season as Alvin Gentry part ways with the Phoenix Suns after the Suns have dropped to a West-worst 13-28 record. Gentry becomes the fourth coach during this season to step down after Mike Brown of the Lakers, Avery Johnson of the Nets and Scott Skiles of the Bucks. Gentry who took over as head coach of the Suns in the middle of the 2008-09 season from Terry Porter finishes his near 4 season tenure with the Suns with an overall record of 158-144 (.543), He also led the Suns to one playoff appearance in 2010 where he led them all the way to the Western Conference Finals before falling in 6 games against the eventual champions and their Pacific rivals the Los Angeles Lakers. The Suns will determine the interim head coach soon, but they have to play better as their season could be over early and miss the playoffs once again.
 
Meanwhile, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder wins his third Western Conference Player of the Week Award for Week 11, while Brandon Jennings of the Milwaukee Bucks wins his second Eastern Conference Player of the Week Award for Week 11 after winning on the 1st week of the season.
 
Here are the standings from across the association:
 
Western Conference:
1. Thunder (32-8), 2. Clippers (32-9), 3. Spurs (32-11), 4. Grizzlies (26-13), 5. Warriors (24-15), 6. Nuggets (24-18), 7. Jazz (22-19), 8. Trail Blazers (20-20), 9. Rockets (21-21), 10. Timberwolves (17-20), 11. Lakers (17-22), 12. Mavericks (17-24), 13. Kings (16-25), 14. Hornets (13-27), 15. Suns (13-28)

Eastern Conference:
1. Heat (26-12), 2. Knicks (25-13), 3. Pacers (25-16), 4. Nets (24-16), 5. Bulls (23-16), 6. Hawks (22-18), 7. Bucks (21-18), 8. Celtics (20-19), 9. 76ers (17-23), 10. Magic (14-25), 11. Pistons (14-25), 13. Bobcats (10-30), 14. Cavaliers (10-32), 15. Wizards (8-30)

Stay tuned as a brand new edition of the NBA Weekly Blog comes your way next week.

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