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2011 NBA All-Star Game Reserves: Joe Johnson, Al Horford Named; Josh Smith Snubbed

Two Atlanta Hawks will be starring in Tinseltown.  The league announced the reserves for the 60th NBA All-Star Game and the home team will be well represented in the game, which will take place on Feb. 20 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

C/F Al Horford and G Joe Johnson will return to the NBA's showcase of the best-of-the-best in basketball.  They were named as reserves to an Eastern Conference team that also will include Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics and Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat.

"It means a great deal to me to be selected as an All-Star again," said Johnson, who will be making his fifth straight All-Star Game appearance.  "I can’t thank my coaches and teammates, as well as the organization, enough for helping to put me in this position."

Johnson made the squad thanks to a sensational January. The Atlanta forward averaged 26 points and 4.8 assists in 13 games in the first month of 2011 to push his points-per-game average to 20.6 PPG.

It will be the second straight appearance for Horford, who has been one of the steadiest Hawks this season, nearly averaging a double-double with 16.1 points and 9.9 rebounds per contest.

"I'm thrilled to be going back to the All-Star Game and I am proud to represent the entire Atlanta Hawks organization," Horford said. "Last year was an unbelievable experience and it's an honor for me to be selected again."

Snubbed once again for the Hawks was Josh Smith.  

The Atlanta forward, who was also passed over last season, has similar numbers to his teammate Horford.  But he was stuck  behind Pierce, Garnett and Bosh on a crowded Eastern Conference depth chart at the forward position.

The reserves will join LeBron James and  Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat, Amare Stoudemire of the New York Knicks, Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls and Josh Howard of the Orlando Magic on the Eastern Conference team.

Your Western Conference All-Star reserves include super rookie Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers. However, there was no love for Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves, who was left off the squad.  The entire Western Conference roster can be seen here.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.