Facebook with Latestnigeriannews  Twieet with latestnigeriannews  RSS Page Feed
Home  |  All Headlines  |  Punch  |  Thisday  |  Daily Sun  |  Vanguard   |  Guardian  |  The Nation  |  Daily Times  |  Daily Trust  |  Daily Independent
World  |  Sports  |  Technology  |  Entertainment  |  Business  |  Politics  |  Tribune  |  Leadership  |  National Mirror  |  BusinessDay  |  More Channels...

Viewing Mode:


  1.     Tool Tips    
  2.    Collapsible   
  3.    Collapsed     
Click to view all Entertainment headlines today

Click to view all World headlines today

NBA All-Star Game 2015: Rosters, Injury News and Latest Predictions

Published by Bleacher Report on Thu, 12 Feb 2015

The ever-changing NBA All-Star Game lineups appear to be pretty much set in stone with the weekend in the Big Apple rapidly approaching.After a couple of key switches in both the East and West rosters due to injury, once-snubbed players like DeMarcus Cousins, Damian Lillard and Kyle Korver are now heading to New York for the festivities. They're only the start of the mass influx of players to join the fold, stemming from some of the league's best going down in recent days and weeks.Needless to say, the All-Star rosters look quite different than they did just back on Jan. 29 when the full 12-man lineups were released. Let's take a look at how they look on Thursday morning, and the latest injury news for all of the All-Stars involved.All-Star Game Injury UpdatesFor all of the talk about All-Star snubs this year, most of the surprising absences from the initial 12-man rosters didn't take long to see their names thrown into the mix.Back on Jan. 29, Cousins andLillard were staring yet another snub in the face. But with recent injuries from two Los Angeles superstarsthe Lakers' Kobe Bryant and Clippers' Blake Griffinboth up-and-coming stars made it into the West roster as late additions.Neither of those absences seemed to shake up the hype level of this Sunday's spectacle like the latest, however.That came early on Thursday, when the NBA announced New Orleans big man Anthony Davis would miss the game with his recent shoulder injury. Replacing him is Dirk Nowitzki, who is making his 13th All-Star appearance, which pushes him higher on an all-time list, per ESPN Stats and Info:It had to be a bittersweet invitation for Nowitzki, a chiseled veteran gearing up for a playoff push with the Dallas Mavericks. But few players understand the responsibility of the weekend more than Dirk, as told by ESPNDallas.com's Tim MacMahon:While Nowitzki will feel right at home under the spotlight, it will be a first-ever appearance for Kyle Korverwho is replacing Heat guard Dwyane Wade. Despite carving out a big role in each of his four NBA stops, this is Korver's first time being named to an All-Star team.No matter what Korver says, it has to feel special to be invited, perThe Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Chris Vivlamore:What makes the invite even sweeter for Korver is that he can share it with his teammates, like he's done with so much of the Hawks' success in 2014-15. He's one of a whopping four Atlanta Hawks playersalong with Jeff Teague, Al Horford and Paul Millsapto make the cut.When the lights come on and the ball goes up on Sunday evening, so much of the focus will inevitably be on stars like LeBron James and Kevin Durant. But some late injuries have thrown a couple of deserving names into the mix, and that should only peak the already-high level of competition.Prediction: East Wins, 141-133In the world's most glorified pickup game, the nod should go to the squad with the most star power and the most chemistry. While the first is a toss-up, there's no doubt about that second part.It was questioned whether the East-leading Hawks would even get one or two All-Stars in the mix, but they now have four. It's inevitable that at some point, most of them will be on the floor together and should supply some serious offense.The West will stay neck-and-neck with the East with scorers like Durant, James Harden and Steph Curry, but All-Star weekend is much more of a vacation for those West contenders who have months of slugfests ahead. When the fourth quarter arrives, they won't be able to match the intensity from James, Korver and Co. as the East pulls away.
Click here to read full news..

All Channels Nigerian Dailies: Punch  |  Vanguard   |  The Nation  |  Thisday  |  Daily Sun  |  Guardian  |  Daily Times  |  Daily Trust  |  Daily Independent  |   The Herald  |  Tribune  |  Leadership  |  National Mirror  |  BusinessDay  |  New Telegraph  |  Peoples Daily  |  Blueprint  |  Nigerian Pilot  |  Sahara Reporters  |  Premium Times  |  The Cable  |  PM News  |  APO Africa Newsroom

Categories Today: World  |  Sports  |  Technology  |  Entertainment  |  Business  |  Politics  |  Columns  |  All Headlines Today

Entertainment (Local): Linda Ikeji  |  Bella Naija  |  Tori  |  Pulse  |  The NET  |  DailyPost  |  Information Nigeria  |  Gistlover  |  Lailas Blog  |  Miss Petite  |  Olufamous  |  Stella Dimoko Korkus Blog  |  Ynaija  |  All Entertainment News Today

Entertainment (World): TMZ  |  Daily Mail  |  Huffington Post

Sports: Goal  |  African Football  |  Bleacher Report  |  FTBpro  |  Kickoff  |  All Sports Headlines Today

Business & Finance: Nairametrics  |  Nigerian Tenders  |  Business Insider  |  Forbes  |  Entrepreneur  |  The Economist  |  BusinessTech  |  Financial Watch  |  BusinessDay  |  All Business News Headlines Today

Technology (Local): Techpoint  |  TechMoran  |  TechCity  |  Innovation Village  |  IT News Africa  |  Technology Times  |  Technext  |  Techcabal  |  All Technology News Headlines Today

Technology (World): Techcrunch  |  Techmeme  |  Slashdot  |  Wired  |  Hackers News  |  Engadget  |  Pocket Lint  |  The Verge

International Networks:   |  CNN  |  BBC  |  Al Jazeera  |  Yahoo

Forum:   |  Nairaland  |  Naij

Other Links: Home   |  Nigerian Jobs