Feb 23, 2021
Zion Williamson, James Harden headline 2021 NBA All-Star Game reserves
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The 2021 NBA All-Star Game reserves have been announced.
On Tuesday, the reserves for the 2021 NBA All-Star Game were announced, and as expected, basketball fans reacted with emotions ranging from relief and joy to grief and outrage.
Last Thursday, the All-Star starters for each conference were announced, with Stephen Curry, Luka Doncic, Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James and Nikola Jokic earning the nod in the West and Kyrie Irving, Bradley Beal, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid rounding out the East.
With seven reserve spots remaining for each conference, there were a ton of deserving candidates. Making picks for those final 14 roster spots was nearly impossible, and rest assured, the conversation will immediately shift to which players got snubbed.
But for now, the reserves deserve some love.
In the Western Conference, Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell, Paul George, Anthony Davis, Rudy Gobert, Chris Paul and Zion Williamson made the list. In the East, James Harden, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Ben Simmons, Julius Randle, Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic rounded out the All-Star field.The 2021 NBA All-Star field is set
Harden will make his ninth All-Star appearance, giving the Brooklyn Nets three All-Stars for the first time in franchise history. Ben Simmons will make his third appearance, while Jayson Tatum and Nikola Vucevic have earned their second selections.
Anthony Davis, who may need an injury replacement, earned his eighth All-Star selection, while Paul George notched his seventh for the other contender in LA. Chris Paul got his 11th All-Star appearance, while Damian Lillard earned his sixth. The Utah Jazz’s two All-Stars, Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, are both appearing in their second All-Star Game.
Jaylen Brown, Zach LaVine, Julius Randle and Zion Williamson are all first-time All-Stars. Now we wait and see if anyone other than Devin Booker earns AD’s spot as an injury replacement.Next: Biggest snubs from the 2021 NBA All-Star roster
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Nets Starter Adds Insult To Injury After Win Over Kings [Watch]
Getty Bruce Brown goes up for a layup against the Sacramento Kings.
Make that seven consecutive wins for James Harden, Kyrie Irving, and the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets beat the Sacramento Kings 127-118 fresh off a five-game Western Conference road trip. This team is starting to hit their stride and the swagger of the Nets stars is starting to become infectious.Bruce Brown Shimmies in Front of Kings Bench
Nets forward Bruce Brown has replaced their star Kevin Durant in the lineup. He is starting to make big plays like KD too.
In the final moments of the fourth quarter, Bruce Brown hit his second consecutive three-pointer and put the final nail in the coffin of any hopes that the Kings had for a comeback. Brown then shimmied right in front of the Sacramento bench.
The Brooklyn Nets went ballistic after seeing what he did.
Bruce Brown hit a three and shimmied in front of the Kings bench ????
Nets were hyped pic.twitter.com/RlzEqtdJQ0
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 24, 2021
Brown said the Kings had it coming:
Bruce Brown said the Kings bench was talking smack to him. After he hit the second 3 he decided to give them the shimmy.
— Alex Schiffer (@Alex__Schiffer) February 24, 2021
Brown scored a career-high 29 points in the win. Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash talked about what Brown means to this Nets team.
“Bruce is remarkable. He mostly played point guard last year, and now he’s what? Playing our center?” Nash said to reporters after the win via SNY.
"He mostly played point guard last year and he's playing – what do you want to call him, our center?" ????
Steve Nash reflects on the effort of Bruce Brown (career-high 29 points) tonight pic.twitter.com/itZMnzaKOR
— Nets Videos (@SNYNets) February 24, 2021
Nash also alluded to Brown’s toughness despite the position that he plays and his willingness to set screens all game to free up the Nets scorers:
Nash asked about Brown's game, said a lot of guards "would laugh you out of the gym" if you asked them to set picks as much as Brown does.
— Alex Schiffer (@Alex__Schiffer) February 24, 2021James Harden Deserves MVP Consideration
Harden is slowly but surely creeping his way into the MVP conversation. “The Beard” messed around and got a triple-double on Tuesday. Harden finished with a stat line of 37 points, 11 rebounds, and 14 assists.
Harden already has six triple-doubles with the Nets this season. That is the second-most triple-doubles in Nets history. He only trails Jason Kidd who has 61 triple-doubles according to Stat Muse.
James Harden tonight:
It’s his 6th triple-double with the Nets, already the 2nd most in franchise history (Jason Kidd, 61). pic.twitter.com/38FB8qXcUI
— StatMuse (@statmuse) February 24, 2021
Kyrie Irving had a solid outing as well. The seven-time all-star finished with 21 points and 7 assists.
On the season Kyrie is averaging 27.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 5.7 assists per game. Irving is still on pace to join the 50-40-90 club this year as he is shooting 52.5% from the field, 40.9% from three, and 90.1% from the free-throw line.
The Nets losing to the lowly Detroit Pistons seems like such a long time ago. This is not that same team. The Nets are all on one accord and actually making an effort to defend. This team is in an entirely different mode than it was two weeks ago, and James Harden is loving it.James Harden Says This Is a Different Nets Team
“I think for us we can’t worry about what happened two weeks ago or our mindset. I think now we’re in a whole different mindset and we’re just going to stay that way,” Harden told reporters after the win via SNY.
"Now we're in a whole different mindset"
James Harden knows this Nets team is much different than where they were a couple weeks ago pic.twitter.com/0O0xtS2rgj
— Nets Videos (@SNYNets) February 24, 2021
“We don’t look at the names on the jersey, we look at ourselves and figure out how we can be great every single night and we prepare ourselves and much as we can, and we go out there and play our brand of basketball every single night. As of lately, we’ve been doing that at a high level and in which we’ll continue to do that,” Harden said.
Harden and the Nets will be looking for their eighth consecutive win when they take on the Orlando Magic on Tuesday.
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