Celtics players Jeff Green, Rajon Rondo, and Gerald Wallace were among the 120 NBA players on the 2014 All-Star ballot that the league released Friday.
Entering Friday night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers at TD Garden, Green, a forward in his sixth season out of Georgetown, was averaging a team-high 17.1 points. Green had 14 in Friday night’s 109-96 loss.
Wallace, a veteran swingman in his 13th NBA season and first with the Celtics, was averaging 5.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 3.4 assists. The 31-year-old Wallace was voted an All-Star once, in 2010.
And Rondo, a four-time All-Star (2010-2013), has yet to play this season while recovering from knee surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
There are 60 players from each conference with 36 from the frontcourt and 24 from the backcourt.
The players were selected by a panel of media who regularly cover the NBA: Greg Anthony (NBA Digital), Mary Schmitt Boyer (Cleveland Plain Dealer), Zach Lowe (Grantland), and John Reid (New Orleans Times Picayune).
Balloting concludes Jan. 20, and there are several ways for fans to vote, including using social media such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
With Instagram, fans can post an original photo with the #NBABallot hashtag that incudes the player’s first name and last name in the caption.
Twitter allows fans to tweet a vote using the player’s first and last name, along with the hashtag #NBABallot.
Facebook allows fans to comment on official league, team or international NBA All-Star Facebook pages by commenting below the post with the player’s first and last name and the hashtag #NBABallot.
With all three social networks, fans can vote for 10 unique players per day until balloting concludes.
Fans can also access the ballot and fill out one per day on the NBA Game Time.
And fans can also vote by texting the player’s last name to 69622 (MYNBA).
The starters for the 63d All-Star Game, which will be held Feb. 16, 2014, in New Orleans, will be announced Jan. 23.
Schedule heats up
The Celtics hit the road to play at Minnesota Saturday on the second game of a home-road back-to-back. And the schedule doesn’t get any easier.
Counting Friday’s game against Portland, the Celtics will play seven games in 11 days, with six of those against teams expected to make the playoffs.
Those potential postseason contenders are the Trail Blazers, Timberwolves, Rockets, Spurs, Pacers, and Hawks
The quick turnaround leaves little time to prepare.
“Through our first 10 games we’ve only played one team twice and one other team that we had played in the preseason,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said before the game. “So you didn’t have much — you don’t know a lot about these teams prior to the first time you view them. So yeah, it’s a learning curve. But it’s been good.”
The former Butler coach added that in college, he had more time to prepare for games because there wasn’t such a quick turnaround, but he credited his staff.
“And they’ve done a great job of preparing me as well as I can be,” he said. “We just try to all simplify it as much as possible to get the meat of what we need to know going into each game.”
On Saturday, former Celtics coach Doc Rivers will face former Celtics legends Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, as Rivers’s Los Angeles Clippers host Garnett, Pierce, and the Brooklyn Nets.
Rivers, Garnett, and Pierce were with the Celtics last season, and each left in the offseason via trades.
The Nets have been struggling and are 3-5 after a 100-98 victory at Phoenix Friday night. The Clippers are 6-3.
Green said he didn’t even know his former coach and former All-Star teammates were playing each other Saturday.
“So be it,” he said.
Who does he think will win?
“I could care less,” he said.
Former training camp invitees Chris Babb and Damen Bell-Holter attended the game. They were released from the Celtics’ training camp roster, along with Kammron Taylor and DeShawn Sims. However, Babb, Bell-Holter, and Taylor were included on the roster of the Maine Red Claws, the Celtics’ D-League affiliate.
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