And a Happy Ash Wednesday on the eve of the final games before the NBA All-Star break. We have some replacement news, involving those opting out of this weekend's festivities due to injury and more. Impact fantasy players are using the break to get a few extra days to heal heading into the weekend and news of some potential "hazing" of a rookie in the slam dunk competition.
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We begin with a replacement in the Sprite Slam Dunk contest during All-Star Saturday night. New York swingman Iman Shumpert due to a knee injury that also forced him to sit out Monday night's loss to New Jersey. Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz will take Shumpert's place. I imagine most of you are shrugging and don't really care, but you should. Shumpert was to have been assisted by teammate and recent Linsation Jeremy Lin. No mention of Lin, but we can only imagine he will now not be taking part as well.
A rumor out of Minneapolis suggests that T-Wolves rookie Derrick Wiliams may be wearing a pink backpack during the dunk event. Williams' veteran teammates have not yet decided if they will "suggest" Williams were the bright pink pack which is covered with Disney princesses.
We also have a change in the Rising Stars Challenge. San Antonio's Tiago Splitter is going to be sidelined for several weeks with knee tendinitis and will be replaced by Utah's Derrick Favors. Splitter, and now Favors are playing for Charles Barkley's team.
Atlanta guard Joe Johnson is considered questionable for Sunday's main event. Johnson, who is also entered in the three point competition is missing key games against the Knicks tonight and the Magic on Thursday night due to knee tendinitis. Teammate Josh Smith is a potential replacement if Johnson calls in sick.
Other's that may miss Sunday's game include Chicago guard Derek Rose, Selected as a starter, Rose will play sparingly if at all, as his East squad is coached by the Bulls Tom Thibodeaux.
With a break neck schedule following the break, expect others to opt out. Last night we saw the Spurs sit big man Tim Duncan and Tony Parker. It's hard to imagine that Parker would sit out a San Antonio game, then show up for the Skills challenge.
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