While we don't yet know the official list of NBA All-Star Reserves (and won't until Thursday at 7 p.m.), Yahoo!'s Marc Spears is reporting that the Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo has been selected as an Eastern Conference All-Star Reserve.
The point guard was third in the fan voting, finishing behind the Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade and the Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose.
The NBA's coaches select the seven players for their respective conference with voting that was completed on Monday. The reserves -- two guards, two forwards, one center, and two "wild cards" who can be of any position -- are announced Thursday night at 7 p.m. EST on TNT.
Rondo was widely considered a guarantee to make it -- he leagues the league with 12.5 assists per game. Now the question becomes which of his Celtics' teammates will join him? It's likely that both Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce will be named as reserves, which then leaves the attention focused on Ray Allen, who is expected to battle the Atlanta Hawks' Joe Johnson for the second East guard spot.
On Thursday, Doc Rivers, the head coach of the Eastern Conference team, made his case for the Celtics getting four players on the All-Star roster -- something that has only happened twice since 1983, the last time being the Detroit Pistons in 2006.
"I think I should get four guys on the roster," Rivers said following practice Thursday. "If I don't, I'd be very disappointed and if I do, I'll just play them all together. That way we can run offense in the All-Star Game. That'd be a first." [...]
"I think it should happen. It's clear. It'd be nice. You look at the four guys, all of them have really sacrificed their individual numbers for team wins and sometimes that's held against them and I hope it's not in this case."
FInd out just how many of the Boston Celtics will be selected as NBA All-Star Game reserves Thursday night at 7 p.m. on TNT. And read more at CelticsBlog.