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Carmelo Anthony to get Kevin Love’s spot in All-Star Game Sunday

Chicago Bulls v New York Knicks

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 12: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks reacts after he is called for a foul in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden on January 12, 2017 in New York City. 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 (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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Kevin Love earned a spot in the All-Star Game this Sunday in New Orleans with his strongest season as a Cavalier, averaging 20 points and 11 boards a game. But the knee surgery he underwent Tuesday killed that weekend in the Big Easy.

Carmelo Anthony has been named his replacement, something first reported by Marc Stein of ESPN and since confirmed by the league.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver gets to name the replacement, and traditionally he has followed the coaches vote — which is not public — to award the slot. Anthony finished eighth in the fan/player/media voting overall, he was sixth with the fans and other players but 12th with the media. Anthony finished behind teammate Kristaps Porzingis on that metric overall, but he was the highest voted player by the fans not in the game (save for Love and Joel Embiid, both of whom are out injured and will not participate in the weekend).

Anthony is averaging 23.2 points and 6.1 rebounds a game for the Knicks this season, but he has torn it up since learning he would not be an All-Star after the team announcement a few weeks back.