In addition to Kevin Garnett, who was voted by fans to start, the Celtics will have two additional representatives in the NBA All-Star Game as Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce were named as reserves Thursday for the Eastern Conference squad.
"There's going to come a day that they don't pick me," Pierce told The Associated Press. "So every time I get a chance to make it, it's definitely an honor."
Whether they will participate in All-Star Saturday is still up in the
air, although Pierce has indicated he wants another shot at the 3-point
contest, which he participated in during the 2002 festivities. Rondo
could be asked to play in the Skills Challenge.
Participants in All-Star Saturday should be confirmed within the next week.
This will be Rondo's first All-Star selection and Pierce's eighth.
Joining Rondo in their first All-Star game will be Atlanta's Al Horford, Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant, Charlotte's Gerald Wallace, Memphis' Zach Randolph, Chicago's Derrick Rose and Utah's Deron Williams. In total, there are seven first-time selections.
The rest of the Western Conference reserves are New Orleans' Chris Paul, Portland's Brandon Roy, the Lakers' Pau Gasol and Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki.
Chris Bosh, participating in his fifth straight All-Star game, will represent Toronto as a reserve.