The left knee injury to Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson has caused him to pull out of both the 2012 NBA All-Star Game and the Three-Point Shootout competition in Orlando over the weekend. The league previously announced that Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics would replace Johnson in the actual All-Star Game. On Wednesday, they announced that Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant would replace him in the Three-Point Shootout.
Durant participated in the 2011 Three-Point Shootout as well, but couldn't advance past the first round. He is shooting 37 percent from three-point range this season, but unlike most good three-point shooters, he takes a lot of contested shots.
James Jones of the Miami Heat will be defending his title in the competition against teammate Mario Chalmers, Ryan Anderson of the Magic, Kevin Love of the Timberwolves, Anthony Morrow of the Nets and Durant. The event will take place as part of NBA All-Star Saturday night.