Chris Bosh and four members of the Boston Celtics have been chosen as NBA All-Star reserves for the Eastern Conference, Yahoo! Sports reported on Thursday. The NBA was set to announce the reserves, as voted by the head coaches of the Eastern Conference, at 7 PM ET, but the results leaked early.
Joining the Miami Heat's Bosh in the frontcourt will be Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce of the East-leading Celtics, as well as Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks. Boston guards Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen and the Atlanta Hawks' Joe Johnson make up the bench backcourt. The East All-Stars' starting five includes LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Amar'e Stoudemire, Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard. Boston's Doc Rivers will coach the team.
There are no real snubs to speak of, though the fact that the Heat received three All-Star nods while the Bulls -- tied with Miami in the standings -- received just one will receive some attention. Carlos Boozer, who missed a third of the Bulls' season due to injury, had been mentioned as a potential selection, and Luol Deng was a subversive choice among those who enjoy defense and a good mid-range jumper. The New York Knicks' Raymond Felton was also considered a possibility over Allen at guard.
The NBA All-Star Game will be held Feb. 20 in Los Angeles.