Rondo Named to the NBA All-Star Game

Celtics' Rondo named All-Star replacement

      OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo got
a strange combination from the NBA on his 26th birthday.
      Rondo was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team
Wednesday night, replacing injured Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson.
However, he was out of the Celtics' lineup for a game at Oklahoma
City while serving the second game of a two-game suspension.

      Coach Doc Rivers joked that, “When you get named to the
All-star, you should take one game of suspension away.”
      Instead, he pointed out, Rondo will be paying fines to the

      Rondo averages 14.8 points and is second in the NBA with 9.5
assists per game.

      The league also announced that Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant will
compete in the 3-point contest for the first time, replacing

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