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Friday, February 4, 2011
Kevin Love gets nod over Tyson Chandler

By By Jeff Caplan

BOSTON -- Tyson Chandler's slim hope of making his first All-Star team were dashed by the commissioner's quick selection of Minnesota Timberwovles double-double machine Kevin Love.

Love will replace the injured Yao Ming to fill out the Western Conference's 12-man roster for the 2011 All-Star game in Los Angeles.

Reserves were announced Thursday night and Love, Chandler, LaMarcus Aldridge and Steve Nash were among those deserving, but left off the team.

Following the announcement of the reserves, Love received a huge outpouring of support, which might or might not have influenced not only David Stern's decision to pick Love, but the speed in which he did so.

While Yao was the fans' choice to start at center, Love's appointment to the team does not put him in the starting lineup. Head coach Gregg Popovich will make that call. Just guessing, but Popovich is not the kind of guy that will just stick reserve Tim Duncan in as the starter because it's his guy. Popovich is more likely to give that spot to Pau Gasol in front of the home-town crowd.

Dirk Nowitzki, picked to his 10th consecutive All-Star team Thursday, will be the lone representative for the Dallas Mavericks.