Blake Griffin ‘humbled’ by All-Star nod; Chris Paul not yet in
Blake Griffin learned Thursday that he will be starting for the West team in the All-Star Game, but will Chris Paul be joining him?
The starters are voted on by fans, and coaches select all of the reserves for the All-Star Game roster.
Griffin, 25, will be making his fifth consecutive All-Star appearance.
The All-Star Game is Feb. 13-15 in New York.
"It’s something I don’t take for granted. I’m very thankful for the fan votes and humbled by it," Griffin said. "It’s a cool weekend to get together and kind of play a relaxed game but at the same time try to put on a show. It’s for the fans.
Paul has made seven All-Star appearances and can still make the All-Star team as a coach’s selection. But because the Western Conference is loaded with star players, an All-Star spot isn’t a guarantee for anyone.
"… At the end of the day, all I can do is play," Paul said.
Joining Griffin as the West starters are: Marc Gasol, Anthony Davis, Kobe Bryant and Steph Curry. Bryant’s status for the All-Star Game is in question since an MRI Wednesday revealed that he has a tear in the rotator cuff of his right shoulder. The severity is yet to be determined.
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This season, Griffin is 23 points per game, 7.6 rebounds and 5 assists.
Griffin is certainly popular among fans and his All-Star status rose with that leap over the Kia to win the dunk contest at Staples Center in 2011. That was his first All-Star appearance, and he hasn’t missed one since.
Paul has made every All-Star Game since 2008, and he said he usually brings a lot of his family members to the event.
Paul had 17 assists to lead the Clippers to a 123-84 blowout win over Brooklyn. It was the most assists by a player in 25 minutes or less since Doc Rivers did it in 1987.
"This is the one thing I’ll say on Chris’s behalf for All-Star," Doc Rivers said. "He’s the only point guard, him and (Russell) Westbrook, they guard the best guy every night. Those two guys do. A lot of the other guys don’t. That’s always stood out to me with Chris. Chris not only does, but he guards them well."
DeAndre Jordan is having a banner year as well, but he might be on the outside looking in when it comes to coach’s selections. He said recently that Griffin usually sends him pictures and Facetimes with him, so it’s almost like he’s there.
The Clippers could have two players in the game with Paul and Griffin, but Griffin seemed a virtual lock with the fan vote and his all-around game.
"You get out what you put in a lot of times in life," Rivers said. "Sometimes you don’t sometimes you do. In Blake’s case, he does. He works. He deserves it. You see him in the gym every day. You saw him in the summer every day. He’s committed to being a better player. He wants to be one of the best to ever play the game, and he’s committed to that.
"A lot of people say that but a lot of people don’t put the work in. Blake’s put the work in."