Blazers guard Damian Lillard leads list of All-Star snubs

Damian Lillard scored a career-high 43 points in a road win against the San Antonio Spurs this season. The Portland Trail Blazers guard also is averaging 21.8 points, 6.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds playing alongside All-Star reserve LaMarcus Aldridge as the Blazers are tied for the Western Conference’s third-best record at 32-14.

But that wasn’t enough to get Lillard to New York for the Feb. 15 All-Star Game as he was one of the most notable snubs after the All-Star reserves were announced Thursday.

When contacted via text about not making the All-Star team, Lillard told Yahoo Sports: “No comment.”

The guards the Western Conference coaches selected as reserves were the Houston Rockets’ James Harden, the Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook and the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul. The starting All-Star guards in the West, voted in by the fans, were Golden State’s Stephen Curry and the Los Angeles LakersKobe Bryant, who will miss the game after undergoing shoulder surgery this week.
Lillard was a first-time All-Star last year and will be a candidate to replace Bryant. NBA commissioner Adam Silver selects the All-Star injury replacements. Aldridge is the only Blazer to earn All-Star honors, while the injury-plagued Oklahoma City Thunder have two in Westbrook and fellow reserve Kevin Durant despite a 23-23 record that has them outside of the playoffs right now.

Written by Catfish Hughes

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