Houston Rockets: Patrick Beverley Replaces John Wall in All-Star Skills Competition
We knew John Wall had been nursing an injured ankle and migraines lately, but news yesterday he was pulling out of the State Farm All Star Saturday Night event was a surprise.
Jan 31, 2015; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley (2) dribbles the ball during the second quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Wall is still scheduled to play in the Sunday All-Star Game which is great given he is a starter, but his cancellation from the Saturday night meant a spot opened up in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge.
The opposite side features a round one of:
Both of these players are also in the Sunday All Star Game, Lowry as a starter and Butler as a reserve. However, Butler’s presence wasn’t guaranteed given he hurt his shoulder this week but an MRI today revealed it was just a strain. For now he remains slated to appear in both the skills competition and Sunday’s game.
Made me wonder with three Hawks already on the team why they wouldn’t consider adding DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors, but hey I don’t make the picks.
In essence each side of the bracket will play rounds one and two and the winners will face off in the final round to determine the winner.
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Beverley will have his hands full as Thomas is likely the fastest player on the court so he’ll need to make sure he hits his passes. The most critical part will be at the end of the race when the players will run back to the start and have 3 balls available to hit a 3-point shot.
The night begins at 8:30 Eastern with the Shooting Stars competition which features a current NBA player with a retired player and a female WNBA player. The Taco Bell Skills Challenge is the second event of the night.
In a twist the event expected to un-seed the usual highlight event (Sprite Slam Dunk) is the Foot Locker Three-Point competition which features arguably the best line-up of 3-point shooters ever. James Harden will join the Splash Brothers (Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson), last years’ winner Marco Belinelli, Kyle Korver, J.J. Redick, Wesley Matthews and Kyrie Irving.