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Cavs forward Kevin Love named All-Star for fifth time

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Although a boat load of Twitter GMs would trade him for a one-year supply of Barrio or Swensons, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love has officially been named an All-Star Reserve by NBA coaches, the league announced Tuesday night prior to the Cavs losing to the Spurs in San Antonio.

This will mark the fifth time Love has been named an All-Star, his second time in his four seasons as a Cavalier. It will be the first time he plays in the game as a member of the wine and gold after missing the 2017 All-Star Game due to injury.

Before being named an All-Star reserve Tuesday night, Love was averaging 18.6 points and a team-high 9.4 rebounds (14th in NBA) 28.4 minutes per game while shooting 45.9 percent from the field and 40.1 percent from beyond the arc in 44 games. The 6-foot-10-inch big man is shooting a career-high 88.2 percent from the free-three throw line and has recorded 24 double-doubles thus far. According to cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon, Love has also been invited to take place in the three-point contest set to take place on All-Star Saturday Night.

For the first time in the game’s history, the All-Star Game won’t be the traditional East vs. West matchup. Instead, each conference’s leading vote-getters—Cleveland’s LeBron James and Golden State’s Steph Curry—will be team captains. Because No. 23 had the most votes in the league, he will get the first pick. They will have a snake draft until both rosters are filled and all players are selected, with the 10 players who were voted as starters1 selected first. After the starters are determined for each team, the same process will then take place for the reserves.

This will lead to plenty of story lines. Will James be forced to team up with Kyrie Irving? Will Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant be on the same team? Will No. 23 keep the Warriors from playing together for one game this season? If anything, this new format will add plenty of intrigue, entertainment, and fun to the All-Star Game. Unfortunately,  the draft that will take place between James and Curry will not be televised.

The 67th All-Star Game is on Sunday, February 18, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

Complete teams that James and Curry can choose from:

East starters:

LeBron James, Cavs*
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks
DeMar DeRozan, Raptors
Joel Embiid, 76ers
Kyrie Irving, Celtics

East reserves:

Bradley Beal, Wizards
Al Horford, Celtics
Kevin Love, Cavs
Kyle Lowry, Raptors
Victor Oladipo, Pacers
Kristaps Porzingis, Knicks
John Wall, Wizards

West starters:

Steph Curry, Warriors*
DeMarcus Cousins, Pelicans
Anthony Davis, Pelicans
Kevin Durant, Warriors
James Harden, Rockets

West reserves:

LaMarcus Aldridge, Spurs
Jimmy Butler, Timberwolves
Draymond Green, Warriors
Damian Lillard, Trailblazers
Klay Thompson, Warriors
Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves
Russell Westbrook. Thunder

  1. Along with James and Curry, Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, Boston’s Kyrie Irving, and Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan, who were also selected as starters from the East. The West’s five are Golden State’s Steph Curry and Kevin Durant, Houston’s James Harden, and New Orleans’ Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are the other starters. []