NBA: Carmelo replaces injured Love in All-Star Game | Inquirer Sports

NBA: Carmelo replaces injured Love in All-Star Game

/ 01:07 PM February 16, 2017
Carmelo Anthony is in his fourth Olympics, eyeing a third gold medal in Rio. AP

Carmelo Anthony. AP

NEW YORK, United States — New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will make an eighth consecutive appearance in the NBA All-Star Game after being named Wednesday as a replacement for injured Cleveland star Kevin Love.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver selected Anthony to the Eastern Conference squad that will face its Western Conference counterparts on Sunday in New Orleans.

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Anthony, who will play in his 10th career NBA All-Star contest, is averaging 23.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists over 55 games this season for the Knicks, who are 23-33 and three games behind Detroit for the last playoff spot in the East.

Anthony, 32, has 23,775 career points to rank 25 on the NBA all-time scoring list.

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READ: NBA: Love out six weeks after knee surgery

Love had been selected for his fourth career All-Star Game but he underwent arthroscopic left knee surgery Tuesday and the defending NBA champion Cavaliers said they expect his return in about six weeks.

Other injury replacements for All-Star Game events this weekend were also announced.

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, a 21-year-old Serbian, will replace injured Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid in Saturday’s Skills Challenge while Oklahoma City Thunder guard Alex Abrines, a 23-year-old Spanish rookie, replaces Embiid on the World Team in Friday’s Rising Stars Challenge. Embiid is out with a left knee injury.

New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez, a 22-year-old Spaniard, will replace injured Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay on the World Team. Mudiay will not play due to a back injury. CBB

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