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Antetokounmpo passes Durant to be captain in latest All-Star fan voting tally Wembanyama sits courtside, watches LaVine score 30 as Bulls beat Pistons in Paris Knicks’ center Mitchell Robinson undergoes thumb surgery, out at least three weeks Hawks reportedly find teams hesitant to take on future years of Collins contract Report: Wizards considering trade offers for Rui Hachimura

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Kevin Duran no time because Jimmy Butler fell on his knee, and this – combined with huge games from Giannis Antetokounmpo seems to have changed the minds of at least some fans.

Antetokounmpo overtook Durant to lead the East in the final fan vote report before the starting roster was announced next week. Here are the latest results.

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At the time of this vote LeBron James and Antetokounmpo will captain and select their team’s starting players from the Durant pool, Jason TatumNikola Jokic, Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving, Donovan Mitchell, Stephen Curry and Luka Doncic.

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Perhaps in the final days of fan voting, Durant will regain the east lead at Antetokounmpo, but it’s unlikely he’ll pick up just over 132,000 votes when he’s not playing. The same goes for the fiercely contested third front zone starting point in the East, where Embiid trails Tatum by more than 200,000 votes, which is a lot to make up for in a couple of days.

There’s one tight race in the West where Zion is just 77,439 behind the Lakers’ Davis for the last starting slot in fan voting. With both players out (and missing significant time this season), player and media voices may change the starting position.

All-Star fan voting continues on the NBA app and on until January 21 (no social media voting this year). All fan votes will be counted triple on January 20th.

As in recent years, fan votes will make up 50% of the total votes for each player, with NBA player votes counting as 25% and NBA media group votes making up the other 25%. Fans, the media, and players vote on the starting lineup—two defensemen, three frontcourt players in each conference—but the reserves for each team are chosen by NBA coaches (more accurately, NBA assistant coaches who couldn’t dodge) the job when she was passed down the corporate ladder).

The NBA All-Star Game will take place on February 19 in Salt Lake City. Weekend events will be broadcast on TNT.

PARIS (AP) — Victor Wembanyama sat courtside, a 19-year-old French phenom and presumed No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, watching some of the players he faces next season.

And the guy with the French surname put on a real show.

Zach LaVine — who said his great-grandfather was French — scored 30 points, and the Chicago Bulls were never behind in a 126-108 win over the Detroit Pistons at an NBA game in Paris on Thursday.

“Perhaps the air here was good for me,” LaVine said.

DeMar DeRozan added 26 points for the Bulls, while Nikola Vucevic finished with 16 points, 15 rebounds and six assists.

Bojan Bogdanovic led the Pistons with 25 points. Killian Hayesthe only French player on both lists to score four points for Detroit on 2-of-13 shooting, but had eight assists.

Hamidou Diallo scored 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting for Detroit while saddik bay and Jayden Ivey each scored 16 points for the Pistons.

“It was a little disappointing that we didn’t win tonight,” Hayes said.

It was the end of several days of NBA celebrations in France, after both teams took part in clinics, tourist activities such as a visit to the Eiffel Tower, several high-profile dinners, and even a private show for the Pistons at the Paris Opera.

And although the game was scored – Chicago (21-24) remained in 10th place in the Eastern Conference and what would be the last play-in with a win while Detroit fell to 12-36, the second-worst record in the NBA – is also wasn’t a routine mid-season regular season game.

The celebrity list included NBA greats such as Magic Johnson, Richard Hamilton, Ben Wallace and Tony Parker; Bulls legend and native French son Joaquim Noah; the rising star that everyone keeps talking about in Wembanyama; WNBA players such as Gabby Williams; even Grammy winners and Formula One drivers.

“I don’t want to compare it to the All-Star Game,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said, “but it’s the closest we’ve got to a European All-Star Game.”

It was also a celebration of the continued strength of the international presence in today’s NBA game. When the Bulls and Michael Jordan—along with B.J. Armstrong, then Bulls quarterback and now NBA agent who was at Thursday’s game—played in Paris during preseason in 1997, about 1 in every 14 NBA players born outside the USA.

Now it’s about 1 to 4.

“This is a special event because we represent not only Detroit, but the NBA,” said Pistons coach Dwayne Casey. “And we’re trying to put the brand in a good place – in a place where basketball is gaining momentum.”

Vembanyama and his family took their seats around the court about 15 minutes before the start of the match, immediately drawing a huge crowd. When the camera found him and he was shown to the French fans on the big screens of the arena in the second quarter, he applauded and smiled, as did his mother, who was sitting in the same row behind him over his right shoulder – and the crowd literally roared with delight. .

Both teams fly home on Friday.

“It’s great that here in Paris people can get up close and personal with the NBA,” said Bulls coach Billy Donovan. “It makes you realize that this sport is being watched so closely all over the world. It was wonderful. The place was sold out.”

The Knicks are eight points per 100 possessions better when Mitchell Robinson is on the court in the center this season.

It’s a problem because he will be out for at least three weeks – and likely longer – after the thumb surgery he underwent on Thursday, the Knicks announced.

Mitchell left the Knicks’ loss to the Wizards on Wednesday in the first half due to what the team then called a dislocated thumb. It’s clearly more, although without details about where the fracture occurred, it’s hard to predict the timing of the return.

Mitchell is averaging 7.2 points and 8.9 rebounds per game for New York, but his biggest impact is on defense, where he is the team’s anchor, blocking 1.8 shots per game. Expect Tom Thibodeau to draw heavily on Isaiah Hartenstein in the center and use more smallball lineups. For the Knicks, battling the Heat and Pacers (among others) for the sixth seed and avoiding play for the next three weeks could make a huge difference.


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