Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 at 9:10 am  |  7 responses

Kevin Durant Replacing Joe Johnson in Three-Point Contest

The injured Joe Johnson will be replaced by Rajon Rondo and Kevin Durant for All-Star Weekend events. Durant will take Johnson’s spot in the long-distance shootout. From the Oklahoman: “Thunder forward Kevin Durant will replace Atlanta’s Joe Johnson (injured left knee) in the Three-Point Contest on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the NBA All-Star Game in Orlando, Fla. NBA commissioner David Stern named Boston point guard Rajon Rondo as Johnson’s replacement on the Eastern Conference team.”

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  • dp

    The NBA snubs golden state again….

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Love this. These side events need more star power. I’d also like to see Westbrook in the Dunk Contest.

  • shutup

    This is gonna get ugly, scorers almost never do well in this event. But if your gonna find a replacement for Joe Johnson maybe Durant is a good stand in, dont expect to see him in the finals just like I wouldnt expect Joe to do well. I had Joe coming in last sad to say I see the same fate for Durant, but if all-star weekend had a 1-on-1 event I’d put my money on Durant without hesitation

  • http://SLAMONLINE.COM Gab

    WTF!!! Why are the warriors being snubbed. They have like at least 5 lethal 3point shooters y not pick one of them?

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    Paul Pierce is a scorer and he won it a couple of years ago. I really just think it depends on who is hot at the time. I can see Durant winning it because he shoots the 3 so effortlessly. I don’t think he’ll get fatigued as quick and he can get those jumpers off fast.

  • LA Huey

    I think spot-up shooters have the advantage in this contest. Scorers are typically at a disadvantage because they’re generally used to shooting off the dribble.

  • Heals

    I hear ya dp, but this contest needed some cache..