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February 14, 2015 Updates

After initially planning to start Kevin Durant in place of the injured Anthony Davis in Sunday's All-Star Game, Western Conference coach Steve Kerr called an audible Saturday afternoon and decided to make LaMarcus Aldridge his fifth starter. Aldridge, a Portland Trail Blazers forward, is taking the place of Davis in the starting lineup because of a shoulder sprain that caused the New Orleans Pelicans star to miss his team's last two games before the All-Star break. ESPN.com

Western Conference coach Steve Kerr plans to start Kevin Durant for the injured Anthony Davis in Sunday's All-Star Game, according to sources. Davis hurt his shoulder on Feb. 7 in the New Orleans Pelicans' loss at the Chicago Bulls when he lost his grip on the rim while completing an alley-oop dunk, falling about 7 feet horizontally to the hardwood. ESPN.com

Mike Richman: Sounds like Tim Duncan will start for the west. LaMarcus Aldridge said "I'm not starting, but I can't say" while glancing at TD. Twitter @mikegrich

“I have done the dunk contest before, but I’m just trying to do new stuff [that’s different] from the dunk contest I did in high school,” Plumlee said. “I can’t really tell you [what I’ll do] because I don’t even know all the dunks I’m going to do, but I have about two in my mind already that I’m for sure on.” When asked if he’s feeling any pressure or nerves, Plumlee admits that he’s not sure what to expect since the stage is so much bigger than any other dunk contests he’s competed in. “Man, I don’t know because I’ve never really been there before,” Plumlee said. “The McDonald’s dunk contest arena was about a quarter full, so we will see how the NBA one is.” Basketball Insiders

“Dark horse, I’d probably say, how do you say his name?” said Williams. “Antepoko? Is that how you say it? Greek Freek, that’s what they call him. So he’s a dark horse, but I’ll probably say Zach LaVine will win it. I’ve seen him jump and I think he’s going to bring some excitement." Cowbell Kingdom

Julius Erving doesn't think the slam dunk contest is going away any time soon, but admits the competition has lost a step. Not because LeBron James has stayed out of it or because every dunk has seemingly been done, but because of furry creatures. "The mascots messed it up," Erving said, referring to the stunts pulled during regular-season games as part of crowd entertainment. "It was great seeing regular human beings, even though they were 6-foot-6, 250 pounds, running and dunking a basketball. When mascots started doing it with all the trampolines and all the crazy stuff and falling on the floor, then it became more like the X Games. The players can't live up to that." ESPN.com

The defense-void, dunk-filled exhibition served as a glimpse into the coming years for the T'wolves. Spoiler: It looks exciting, flashy and — just maybe — successful. "The future is bright for us," Wiggins said after his 22-point showing. "I think (four is) the most people (from one team) in a rookie-sophomore game. So it just shows a lot for the team. It shows us rising." USA Today Sports

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