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NBA All-Star Game 2017: Was Russell Westbrook the biggest snub among starters?

NBA All-Star Game 2017: Was Russell Westbrook the biggest snub among starters?

It would be impossible to please everyone in determining the 2017 NBA All-Star Game starting lineups.

Fans in Washington are going to be clamoring over John Wall's exclusion from the Eastern Conference's starting five, a result of a poor showing among fan voting, which contribute to 50 percent of the final tally.

But the biggest snub from Thursday's announced lineups most will point out is that of Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook, who was left out in favor of Stephen Curry and James Harden. Nothing against those guys, but what Westbrook is doing this season so far is extremely rare.

Through 44 games, Westbrook is averaging a triple-double with 30.6 points, 10.6 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game. His 30.6 scoring average leads the NBA.

Westbrook is on pace to be only the second player in NBA history to average a triple-double for a full season. The other was Oscar Robertson, who accomplished the historic feat back in 1961-62. That's a span of 55 years.

Westbrook has led his Thunder team to a 25-19 record, which ranks seventh in the West. That's impressive considering his running mate, Kevin Durant, departed in free agency this past summer to join the Golden State Warriors. 

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Harden and Curry are also having very good seasons. Harden may very well win the MVP award with his Rockets team currently surprising everyone at 33-12 and third in the West. But what Westbrook is doing could put him in extremely selective company.

The NBA All-Star voting for starters included a 50 percent share of fan voting, 25 percent from media votes and another 25 percent from players. The All-Star reserves will be released next Thursday, Jan. 26.

Here are the full starting lineups for the 2017 All-Star Game:

EAST

PG Kyrie Irving, Cavaliers
SG DeMar DeRozan, Raptors
SF Jimmy Butler, Bulls
SF LeBron James, Cavaliers
PG/SF Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks

WEST

PG Stephen Curry, Warriors
PG James Harden, Rockets
SF Kevin Durant, Warriors
SF Kawhi Leonard, Spurs
PF/C Anthony Davis, Pelicans

[RELATED: Possible silver lining to Wizards' Wall, Beal not making All-Star starters]

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Ben Simmons leaves Wizards matchup early with a knee injury

Ben Simmons leaves Wizards matchup early with a knee injury

Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons left Wednesday’s game against the Wizards late in the third quarter with an apparent left knee injury. Reports say he will not return for the remainder of the matchup.

In 23 minutes, he recorded eight points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals against Washington before leaving for the locker room early.

Simmons has been an instrumental piece of the 76ers’ success this season and would be a major loss should the injury sideline him from the remainder of play in the bubble. This season, he has averaged 16.6 points, 8.1 assists and 7.8 rebounds.

In the Sixers’ loss to Indiana on Saturday, he recorded a 19-point, 13-rebound double-double and added eight points and five assists in the win over San Antonio on Monday.

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NBA reports zero positive coronavirus test results in latest release

NBA reports zero positive coronavirus test results in latest release

The NBA's bubble is still working.

The league released its latest results Wednesday for coronavirus tests performed on players participating in the restarted season at Walt Disney World, and the numbers are still perfect. Of the 343 players tested since results were last announced July 29, none has been confirmed positive.

That means no player has tested positive since entering the so-called bubble last month. There were two players who tested positive on arrival at Disney, with neither of those making it out of quarantine and potentially exposing anyone inside the bubble.

"The NBA has done an amazing job, right? They've been great," Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "They're on us. They're making us wear our masks. ... We get tested every day. We have to do a health app every day. The NBA is doing all the things that we need to do.

"This whole virus, it's a lot about self-control, self-discipline as well," Rivers added. "I think not only has the league, but I think the players and everyone, they've followed through. We got to just keep trying to do that."

Everyone inside the bubble must fill out a questionnaire on their mobile device each morning, plus measure their temperature and level of oxygen in their bloodstream. Social distancing rules are in place and mask usage -- mandated since the start of the rebooted season -- has been an even higher priority this week, with the league stiffening some standards and requiring teams to hold meetings with players so they can be reminded to be vigilant.

"There's absolutely no doubt that the NBA, under the leadership of (Commissioner) Adam Silver, has done a magnificent job of being visionaries in the sense of looking at the big picture and trying to figure out what unintended consequences may appear," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said.

He said players also deserve credit for showing self-discipline.

"I think it's a great example for the country," Popovich said.

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