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LeBron James and coach Tyronn Lue and his staff will be the Cavaliers’ lone representatives at the 2016 NBA All-Star Game, as neither Kevin Love nor Kyrie Irving were voted in as reserves by the coaches.
Reserves for both the Eastern and Western conferences were announced by the league Thursday. The starting lineups, selected by fans, were revealed last week.
While many around the league believed Irving was a long shot, given he missed the first 24 games of the season following knee surgery — many others felt Love had a chance to gain a spot on the East.
But it was not to be, as the Hawks’ Pau Millsap, Heat’s Chris Bosh and Pistons’ Andre Drummond were selected as frontcourt reserves.
Love is averaging 15.7 points and 10.8 rebounds, and has started all 44 games for the 32-12 Cavs.
James was the leading vote-getter in the Eastern Conference, while Lue was selected to coach based on the Cavs owning the best record at the end of January (they clinched it Wednesday).
Coaches cannot vote for players from their own team.
Here are the rosters for the All-Star Game, scheduled for Feb. 14 in Toronto:
STARTERS: Kyle Lowry (Raptors), Dwyane Wade (Heat), LeBron James (Cavaliers), Paul George (Pacers), Carmelo Anthony (Knicks).
RESERVES: John Wall (Wizards), Jimmy Butler (Bulls), Andre Drummond (Pistons), Paul Millsap (Hawks), Chris Bosh (Heat), Isaiah Thomas (Celtics), DeMar DeRozan (Raptors).
STARTERS: Stephen Curry (Warriors), Russell Westbrook (Thunder), Kobe Bryant (Lakers), Kevin Durant (Thunder), Kawhi Leonard (Spurs).
RESERVES: Chris Paul (Clippers), James Harden (Rockets), Draymond Green (Warriors), DeMarcus Cousins (Kings), Anthony Davis (Pelicans), LaMarcus Aldridge(Spurs), Klay Thompson (Warriors).