NBA: Booker to replace ailing Lillard in All-Star Game

first_img The nod from Silver gives Booker his first NBA All-Star selection in his fifth season, although he competed in and won the three-point contest that is part of the exhibition weekend’s festivities in 2018. Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker will take the place of injured Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard in the NBA All-Star Game and the three-point contest, league commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday.Advertisement Lillard, whose recent red-hot scoring has him fourth in the league at an average of 29.5 points per game, suffered a right groin strain in the Trail Blazers’ loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.“When it happened, I just felt it,” said Lillard, who finished the game with 20 points, 10 assists and five rebounds in 37 minutes.“I knew I pulled it, it made no sense to be out there for the last few minutes of the game and risk trying to play through it and making it worse,” said Lillard, who was hurt with 3:22 to play in the fourth quarter.Lillard drove through the lane and rose for a layup that was blocked by Memphis big man Jonas Valanciunas, and when Lillard came down he immediately grabbed his right groin.Lillard’s injury is a heavy blow to the Blazers. His recent scoring surge has seen him climb to fourth in the league in scoring with 29.5 points per game.Portland are ninth in the Western Conference, trying to battle into one of the eight playoff spots.Booker to replace ailing Lillard in All-Star Gamehttps://t.co/[email protected] @Dame_Lillard @trailblazers @Suns @AFP #AllStarWeekend2020 #FastBreakNews pic.twitter.com/IjieadtEov— fastbreak (@FastBreakPHNews) February 14, 2020Read Also: NBA: Williamson firing on all cylinders puts away Trail BlazersLillard said he would still travel to Chicago for All-Star weekend, which is capped by the showcase game on Sunday.“I’ll still be there and be a part of it but I’m not going to be able to play,” he said.Booker will take his place on Team LeBron, the team led by Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James that will be going up against the team captained by Milwaukee’s reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentThe 10 Most Irresistible Asian ActressesA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value40 Child Actors Who Turned Into Gorgeous AdultsYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too SoonHow Most Popular Food In The World Came To BeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?last_img read more

White House denounces Rep. King’s white supremacy remarks

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is describing comments by Republican Rep. Steve King about white supremacy as “abhorrent.”Presidential press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is praising the move by House Republicans to strip the nine-term Iowa lawmaker of his committee assignments.King was quoted last week by The New York Times as saying: “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”Those comments were widely denounced as racist.The House on Tuesday approved a Democratic measure rebuking King. In addition, a member of the Republican leadership suggested that King leave Congress.At the White House, Sanders says King’s comments were, in her words, “abhorrent.”When President Donald Trump was asked on Monday about King’s remarks, he said: “I haven’t been following it.”last_img read more