Lillard or Doncic: only one will start with Curry in the All Star

With Curry's presence in the starting lineup almost assured, Lillard is hot on Doncic's heels. The vote of the players will be decisive. In a few hours, the headlines.

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Within a few hours the result of the third wave of the All Star 2021 will be known, as well as the starting quintets. It will be less than a month after the NBA opened the voting and announced that the All-Star Game would be played, something that not all the players liked and that it will be done with the same format as last year (two captains who will distribute to the selected ones), and with Contest of Mates, Triples and Skills Challenge. All this will be held on the same day, on March 7, and the League is already studying how to transfer the players to Atlanta, where the event will be played, something that they will have to do with the utmost care due to the existing restrictions by the global pandemic of the coronavirus, which has caused strong measures in the North American competition during this season.

The doubts in the quintets are fired. Recall that, according to the regulations, three interiors and two exteriors are voted, so competitiveness soars in the latter case. In the East, Kevin Durant was, in the second wave published a few days ago, the most voted player (and in the entire NBA). And, except for a capital surprise, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid will accompany him in the interior positions. The doubt, of course, is in the guards: Bradley Beal, the league's leading scorer (more than 33 points per game), leads the voting, but with little advantage over Kyrie Irving and James Harden, both of the Nets. If they surpassed Beal, the whole big three of Brooklyn would jump from the start to the track, although it is difficult for this to happen.

In the West, the fight is more discussed, and the debate is served. LeBron James and Nikola Jokic will be, a priori, starters in the inside game. And, abroad, Stephen Curry will almost certainly start, but the other position will be divided between Luka Doncic and Damian Lillard, who went back to the Slovenian in the last wave. Moreover, in this case, the vote of the press and the players themselves will be decisive, who account for 25% of the votes each (the other 50% are from the public) and will have the power to tip the balance in this case, just as they may end up doing in the Eastern Conference, where the situation is not the same but it is similar.

The decision is not easy and it will be unfair if one or the other is left out, but you have to choose. Lillard is at more than 29 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists per game, and he comes from signing a game of 43 points and 16 assists against the Pelicans, with the voting already closed (something that happened on the 16th). Doncic, for his part, has more than 29 points, 8.6 rebounds and 9.1 assists. The difference? That the Blazers are 18-10 and are in fourth place in the West, while the Mavericks are 13-15, in tenth and out of the playoffs. Whoever does not go will surely be a substitute in the match, but ownership is always something that the players like. Who will accompany Curry from the start to the All Star? We'll find out soon.



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