- Chris Forsberg, Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com
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In the third return in All-Star fan balloting released Thursday by the NBA, the Celtics' starting 5 maintained the positions yet again.
Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, and Shaquille O'Neal remain second at their respective positions, while Paul Pierce and Ray Allen are fourth at their spots. Rondo and Garnett are on pace to start for the Eastern Conference as fans vote for the five starters (two guards, two forwards, and one center).
Rondo is the team's top vote-getter thus far at 929,781 votes, followed by Garnett (850,687), O'Neal (506,621), Allen (494,489), and Pierce (465,270).
Based on last week's returns, here's how the players fared in this week's balloting: Rondo 152,471 votes; Garnett 138,132; O'Neal 95,958; Allen 102,048; and Pierce 83,922.
The 2011 All-Star Game will be played at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011.
* Forwards: LeBron James (Mia) 1,194,091; Kevin Garnett (Bos) 850,687; Amar’e Stoudemire (NYK) 826,628; Paul Pierce (Bos) 465,270; Chris Bosh (Mia) 334,921; Josh Smith (Atl) 225,951; Carlos Boozer (Chi) 222,431; Danilo Gallinari (NYK) 168,519; Danny Granger (Ind) 158,836; Andre Iguodala (Phi) 150,840.
* Guards: Dwyane Wade (Mia) 1,167,649; Rajon Rondo (Bos) 929,781; Derrick Rose (Chi) 917,753; Ray Allen (Bos) 494,489; John Wall (Was) 212,238; Gilbert Arenas (Orl) 193,056; Brandon Jennings (Mil) 172,076; Raymond Felton (NYK) 144,707; Jamal Crawford (Atl) 123,531, Joe Johnson (Atl) 119,455.
* Centers: Dwight Howard (Orl) 1,205,159; Shaquille O'Neal (Bos) 506,621; Joakim Noah (Chi) 197,407; Andrew Bogut (Mil) 159,560; Al Horford (Atl) 149,908; Roy Hibbert (Ind) 133,416; Andrea Bargnani (Tor) 126,185; Brook Lopez (NJ) 104,784; JaVale McGee (Was) 82,650; Ben Wallace (Det) 61,051.
* Forwards: Kevin Durant (OKC) 945,944; Carmelo Anthony (Den) 742,284; Pau Gasol (LAL) 702,859; Tim Duncan (SA) 551,226; Blake Griffin (LAC) 540,701; Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 518,682; Lamar Odom (LAL) 285,667; Luis Scola (Hou) 258,407; Kevin Love (Min) 233,273; Caron Butler (Dal) 186,626.
* Guards: Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,391,597; Chris Paul (NOH) 724,605; Manu Ginobili (SA) 504,123; Steve Nash (Pho) 397,975; Deron Williams (Utah) 384,515; Russell Westbrook (OKC) 327,453; Tony Parker (SA) 298,771; Jason Kidd (Dal) 260,569; Vince Carter (Pho) 228,698; Eric Gordon (LAC) 190,636.
* Centers: Yao Ming (Hou) 754,583; Andrew Bynum (LAL) 493,237; Nene (Den) 292,829; Marc Gasol 263,000; Brendan Haywood (Dal) 245,737; Emeka Okafor (NOH) 227,621; Chris Kaman (LAC) 148,389; Marcus Camby (Por) 148,322; Andris Biedrins (GS) 91,600; Robin Lopez (Pho) 81,148.
In the third return in All-Star fan balloting released Thursday by the NBA, the Celtics' starting 5 maintained the positions yet again.Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, and Shaquille O'Neal remain second at their respective positions, while Paul Pierce and Ray Allen are fourth at their spots.