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NBA All-Star Game 2021: Damian Lillard, James Harden among reserves selected by league’s coaches, per report

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The NBA announced its All-Star Game starters last Thursday, but given the somewhat predictable nature of picking the top five players in each conference, tonight’s reveal is the more important one. On Tuesday, the league unveiled the seven All-Star reserves for each conference as selected by the coaches within those conferences. The seven slots were divided amongst two guards, three frontcourt players and two wild card slots to get rosters up to 12, with the inclusion of the five starters. Here are the 14 reserves that earned their spots on Tuesday, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic

Eastern Conference

G: James Harden

G: Jaylen Brown

FC: Jayson Tatum

FC: Julius Randle

FC: Nikola Vucevic

WC: Ben Simmons

WC: Zach LaVine

Western Conference

G: Damian Lillard

G: Chris Paul

FC: Anthony Davis

FC: Rudy Gobert

FC: Zion Williamson

WC: Donovan Mitchell

WC: Paul George

These rosters will not actually play together in the All-Star Game itself. As has been the case in the past three All-Star Games, the top vote-getter in each conference will serve as a captain in a draft to divide up this talent. LeBron James will serve as one captain, and his team will be coached by Quin Snyder. Kevin Durant will serve as the other captain, and his team will be coached by Doc Rivers. The All-Star Draft will be held on March 4, mere days before the game. 

Like last year, the All-Star Game will be played under a modified version of the Elam Ending format. In honor of Kobe Bryant, 24 points will be added to the leading team’s score after three quarters. Whoever reaches that point total first wins the game. 

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