Devin Booker replaces Damian Lillard in All-Star Game & 3-point contest
Posted on February 14, 2020
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker will replace the injured Damian Lillard in this weekend's NBA All-Star Game and 3-point contest.
The NBA named Booker as Lillard's replacement Thursday, one day after the Portland Trail Blazers star suffered a right groin strain.
Booker, 23, will make his first career All-Star appearance in his fifth season. The former Kentucky star is the NBA's 10th-leading scorer, averaging 26.4 points per game, and is the Suns' first All-Star since Steve Nash in 2011-12, reporter by iSports basketball data.
Booker will play for Team LeBron -- the team selected by LeBron James, one of the captains alongside Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo. James welcomed Booker to the team with a tweet Thursday.
Booker was among the more notable snubs when the NBA announced its initial All-Star reserves last month. He acknowledged being disappointed.
Lillard was injured in the second half of Portland's 111-104 loss to Memphis on Wednesday night. He said after the game that he would not compete in either the All-Star Game or the 3-point contest.
Lillard also noted that he hoped Booker or "someone like that" would fill his spot.
Although this is his first All-Star Game, Booker has been part of All-Star Weekend in each of his five NBA seasons. He has been in the 3-point contest three other times, winning the title in 2018 and also competing in 2016 and 2019, as per iSports basketball API. He was a finalist in that event as a 19-year-old in 2016, alongside Golden State's sharpshooting duo of Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry.
Booker still holds the 3-point contest records for most points in any round and most points in a final round -- he had 28 points in the finals to win the title two years ago. Booker took part in the skills challenge in 2017, according to iSports basketball data api.
He also scored 25 points in the 2016 Rising Stars game and 17 points when he returned to that game for first- and second-year players the following season.
Karl-Anthony Towns out again with injured wrist
The Minnesota Timberwolves say Karl-Anthony Towns will miss Wednesday night's game against the Charlotte Hornets due to a left wrist injury. Towns had an MRI on the wrist Tuesday, which revealed the injury. He will be further evaluated over the All-Star break, according to the team. Towns is averaging a career-best 26.5 points and 10.8 rebounds in 35 games this season. He missed 15 games earlier this season with a sprained left knee, as per iSports NBA API. （iSports API covers almost all ranges of sports games with livescore, standings, events, line-ups, pre-match odds, statistics） Wednesday's game is the Timberwolves' final game before the break. Minnesota's next game is Feb. 21 against Boston. Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders said prior to Wednesday's game that he did not know when or how Towns was injured. Towns had 23 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists in 37 minutes in Monday night's loss to Toronto, according to iSports basketball livescore data. "He's a guy who takes a lot of contact," Saunders said. "He's a guy who attacks the rim with force. There's been times where he's getting knocked to the floor. So we know that there is wear in that sense but no specific action." (Start free trail with you long-term sports data partner with reliable football livescore data provider, click iSports API)
Chiellini named in Juventus' Champions League squad
Giorgio Chiellini has been named in Juventus' squad for the Champions League knockout stage as he nears a return from a knee injury. Chiellini, 35, has made just one appearance for Juve this season and underwent surgery on his knee in September, as per iSports football API. (Start free trail with you long-term sports data partner with reliable football data, click iSports API) The Juve captain was targeting a return this month or in March and was included in Juve's 22-man squad for the Champions League knockout stage. Juventus will face Lyon in the last 16, with the first leg to be played in France on February 26. They are top of Serie A by three points ahead of a trip to Hellas Verona on Saturday. According to iSports football data, Juventus latest squad: Gianluigi Buffon, Carlo Pinsoglio, Wojciech Szczesny; Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Danilo, Matthijs de Ligt, Mattia De Sciglio, Daniele Rugani, Alex Sandro; Rodrigo Bentancur, Juan Cuadrado, Sami Khedira, Blaise Matuidi, Miralem Pjanic, Adrien Rabiot, Aaron Ramsey; Federico Bernardeschi, Douglas Costa, Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain, Cristiano Ronaldo. Reading more latest articles and news, please follow iSports API blog.
Raptors tie team record with 11th straight win
Terence Davis hasn't forgotten about being passed over for a spot in the Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend. Even so, the Toronto Raptors' rookie is just happy he's playing for a contender. Davis came off the bench to score a career-high 31 points and the Raptors tied a team record with their 11th straight win, beating the Chicago Bulls 129-102. Toronto also won 11 straight in January 2016 and again Feb. 26-March 16, 2018, as per iSports NBA API. (Start free trial with one of the toppest sports data povider in all sports API, visit iSports API.) Pascal Siakam added 17 points, Serge Ibaka had 16, Chris Boucher 15 and Kyle Lowry 14 for the reigning NBA champions. The Raptors outscored the Bulls 69-39 in the second half to win their 12th consecutive meeting with Chicago. Davis made a career-high 12 of his 15 field goal attempts, including 6 of 7 attempts from 3-point range. Davis is the sixth rookie in Raptors history to score at least 30 in a game and the first to do it as a reserve. An undrafted rookie from the University of Mississippi, Davis had scored 23 points twice this season, most recently against Washington on Jan. 17. He surpassed that mark with a 13-point fourth quarter and received a hug from Lowry when he checked out with 3:12 remaining. Thaddeus Young fouled out with 21 points, and Zach LaVine had 18 as Toronto swept Chicago for the third straight season, according to iSports reliable basketball API. Chandler Hutchison scored 17 points, and Ryan Arcidiacono and Coby Whiteeach had 12 for the Bulls, who are 8-18 on the road. The Raptors were without guard Norman Powell, who broke the ring finger on his left hand in Friday's win at Detroit. Center March Gasol missed his third straight game because of a sore left hamstring. Both players are out indefinitely. Bulls guard Kris Dunn missed his first game of the season, with Hutchison starting in his place. Coach Jim Boylen said Dunn has been diagnosed with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee. Dunn was injured on the first possession of Friday's loss at Brooklyn. He flew back to Chicago on Saturday to be evaluated by team doctors. Bulls forward Daniel Gafford didn't return after suffering an apparent injury on an awkward fall in the first quarter, but Boylen said afterward that Gafford was OK. Gafford had missed the previous nine games because of a dislocated right thumb. Chicago led 63-60 at halftime, but Toronto reclaimed the lead with a 17-4 run over the first five minutes of the third. Siakam scored nine points in the third, and Ibaka had eight as the Raptors took a 95-85 lead to the fourth. For reading more latest articles and news, please followiSports API blog.