Clippers point guard Chris Paul selected as an All-Star reserve

Clippers point guard Chris Paul is selected to his eighth consecutive All-Star game

Clippers point guard Chris Paul made the All-Star team for the eighth consecutive year, it was announced Thursday.

The other Western Conference All-Star reserves, as selected by coaches, are Houston Rockets guard James Harden, Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge and San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan.

The West starters, as selected in fan voting, are Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, Clippers forward Blake Griffin and Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol.

The East reserves are Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague, Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh, Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford and Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap. The starters are Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, Washington Wizards guard John Wall, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol.

Paul was voted into the game by the coaches as a reserve for the second consecutive year. He missed being a starter after receiving 551,167 fan votes, which put him behind Curry (1,513,324), Bryant (1,152,402) and Harden (1,069,368).

Paul is averaging nearly a double-double with 17.5 points on 47.1% shooting from the field and 9.7 assists.

Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said he called the other coaches to try to get Paul and Clippers center DeAndre Jordan voted into the game as reserves.

"With CP, just look at his body of work," Rivers said Monday, "and same thing with DJ."

Jordan, who has never been an All-Star, is leading the league in rebounding with 13.3 a game, is second in the league in blocked shots with 2.4 a game and is averaging 10.2 points on 73% shooting.

Jordan tweeted: "Congrats to both my teammates ... well deserved fellas!"

 

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