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Eric Spoelstra to coach Team Durant in All-Star Game

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MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 29: Head Coach Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat looks on and smiles during the game against the Toronto Raptors on January 29, 2022 at FTX Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

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When LeBron James and his talents were in South Beach, Erik Spoelstra served as the head coach of the Eastern Conference All-Stars (2013).

Spoelstra will be coaching in the All-Star Game again this year, but this time against LeBron. Spoelstra will coach Team Durant — and go against Team LeBron — on Feb. 20 in Cleveland.

When the 76ers beat the Bulls on Sunday, it meant the Heat had the best record in the Eastern Conference (by half a game) on Feb. 6, the cutoff date to choose an All-Star coach. If Chicago had won that game, Billy Donovan would have coached Team Durant.

Monty Williams of the Phoenix Suns will coach Team LeBron. Neither coach knows their roster beyond the captains (Spoelstra will not even have that as Durant will not play due to a sprained knee), the teams will be chosen in a playground-style, alternating-pick draft this Thursday, Feb. 10, on TNT. LeBron and Durant will choose from a pool of All-Star starters (voted in largely by the fans) and reserves (selected by the league’s coaches).

The All-Star Game is at 8 p.m. Eastern on Feb. 20 and broadcast on TNT.