NBA All Star Weekend

February 18, 2011 by staff 

NBA All Star Weekend, There are tons of excitement around this year thanks dunk contest in Los Angeles Clippers rookie Blake Griffin. The top-flight striker is a database of highlights reels every night he’s on the ground. His power and jumping ability are the reasons why he is the favorite of the head and shoulders- (-250) to win this Saturday Sprite Slam Dunk Contest. (CP) – When asked about the handicap of a shooting contest to three points, Ray Allen has provided a thoroughanlysis of the players he will face All-Star weekend in Los Angeles and congratulated each of his opponents, their turn.

Paul Pierce just smiled and nodded. “You know,” Pierce said when asked for a prediction. The Boston Celtics will have two representatives in the competition by three points Saturday night, and soon, two members of the career top 10 in the NBA in three pointers. Allen, who is No. 1 all-time new records after Reggie Miller last week, is a thoughtful, methodical, Pierce is the offensive playmaker who has already let Allen know: It’s on.

“Paul has talked all day,” said Allen, the Wednesday before the first final half of the Celtics against the Nets in New Jersey. “He made the basket.”

In the competition, players take on a rack of balls from five different locations along the three-point arc, the last ball on each grid is called the “money ball” worth two points and. In addition to Pierce, the defending champion, and Allen, this year’s competition will include Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant, Golden State Dorell Wright, Miami, Cleveland and James Jones, Daniel Gibson.

Allen said he would not practice special event, laughing at the idea that he needed to refresh his memory with the format because the distance has changed since he won in 2001.

“I take that shot every day,” said Allen, who made the final in 2006. “I do this in my sleep – literally, I thought about it last night shooting the basketball.”

The classic shooter professional, Allen hit a record total of 2563 three points in his career and much more in the gym before and after training, perfecting his craft. Although Pierce has a game more balanced, it is still not beyond the arc: With 1542 of three points in his career, he is tied for 12th with Tim Hardaway and only 17 behind ninth place on the Glen Rice list of all time.

This is his ninth All-Star selection.

“It’s always a privilege when you make an all-star game and are recognized as one of the best players in the world,” he said. “It’ll be great to spend it with my teammates. … We’ll go out together, dinner, maybe watch a show or something.

“I’m going to enjoy these moments, especially with my career is coming to an end. You do not have too many moments like this. ”

Las Vegas odds favor a three-point contest Allen, 3-1 to 2-1 against Pierce, as most Celtics are staying out of it.

Nate Robinson, three times winner of the Slam Dunk Contest, said he is glad he has sat on this year so he could watch Pierce and Allen competing.

“This time, I enjoy all the festivities,” the guard of five feet nine inches said. “I’m rooting for a tie so they have to keep shooting and going and going and going.”

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he was rooting for both of his guys to reach the final, but would not choose a favorite to win. After all, he has bigger issues on his mind.

He will coach the East in the All-Star Game, which means it will try to keep his players happy while giving few minutes to fairly major stars like LeBron James, Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose. Rivers said he had not decided whether he would play all four together or separate.

Garnett Howard has suggested, “Because I do not want to play center.”

Pierce smiled at the thought of joining Howard Boston Big Oven for a night – and beyond.

“It would be nice in a green uniform,” said Pierce.

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