Jayson Tatum named All-Star starter replacing Kevin Durant

Jared Weiss: Jayson Tatum will replace Kevin Durant in the All-Star game starting lineup, the NBA announces.
Source: Twitter @JaredWeissNBA

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

JD Shaw @JShawNBA
Celtics forward Jayson Tatum will replace injured Nets forward Kevin Durant as a starter in the All-Star Game, NBA says. – 4:38 PM

Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
NBA says Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum will replace injured Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant as a starter in the All-Star Game. Tatum was named as an All-Star reserve last week. – 4:37 PM

Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Jayson Tatum, not Jimmy Butler, will replace Kevin Durant as an All-Star starter, the league just announced. – 4:35 PM

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
NBA says Jayson Tatum will start in place of Kevin Durant in the All-Star Game. – 4:35 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Jayson Tatum will replace Kevin Durant in the All-Star game starting lineup, the NBA announces. – 4:35 PM

NBA All-Star Game: LaMelo Ball, Dejounte Murray chosen as injury replacements for Kevin Durant, Draymond Green
cbssports.com/nba/news/nba-a…4:32 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
LaMelo Ball was already going to be in Cleveland for the #NBAAllStar weekend, so perhaps that helps, but Adam Silver picked him as an injury replacement for Kevin Durant. – 4:16 PM

Marla Ridenour @MRidenourABJ
No love for #Cavs center Jarrett Allen. LaMelo Ball (Hornets), Dejounte Murray (Spurs) named All-Star Game injury replacements by Commissioner Adam Silver. Ball replaces Kevin Durant, Murray subs for Draymond Green. Jayson Tatum replacing Durant as a starter. @Jarrett Allen4:15 PM

Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
Joel Embiid on @975TheFanatic trying to dodge tampering fines when asked directly about James Harden. “He plays for the Brooklyn Nets…(but) who is not a fan of Kevin Durant or Steph Curry or James Harden? They’re all top players in this league.” pic.twitter.com/34LowrSm2p4:10 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Embiid mostly side stepped a question about Harden on the radio just now, noting he’s on another team and he can’t do anything about that. Talked up his current teammates. But…
“Who’s not a fan of Kevin Durant, or 𝐒𝐓𝐄𝐏𝐇 Curry, or James Harden?” – 4:10 PM

Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
LaMelo Ball is Adam Silver’s injury replacement for KD at All-Star. Figured the league would want to get a rep from the overachieving Hornets in there, and Ball’s been great, but that closes the door on Siakam’s chances, barring another injury. Murray replaces Draymond out West. – 4:07 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Dejounte Murray (West) and LaMelo Ball (East) were named #NBAAllStar injury replacements for Draymond Green (back) and Kevin Durant (knee) for Feb. 20 game in Cleveland.
Jayson Tatum will replace Durant as a starter. – 4:04 PM

Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
LaMelo Ball and Dejounte Murray named as replacements for KD and Draymond Green in the All-Star Game – 4:04 PM

Eric Koreen @ekoreen
LaMelo Ball has been announced as the EC replacement for Kevin Durant in the All-Star Game, while Dejounte Murray is in for Draymond Green. – 4:02 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
LaMelo Ball and Dejounte Murray to the All-Star game as injury replacements for Kevin Durant and Draymond Green.
Well-deserved for both Ball and Murray, who have had outstanding seasons. – 4:02 PM

Aaron Rose @AaronBenRose
LaMelo Ball will be the injury replacement for Kevin Durant in the Eastern Conference – 4:01 PM

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Hornets guard LaMelo Ball and San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray have been named replacements for Kevin Durant and Draymond Green in the NBA All-Star Game. – 4:01 PM

Mike Ganter @Mike_Ganter
Siakam named Eastern Conference player of the Week. Maybe that sways the commish and gets him that fill-in spot for injured Kevin Durant in the All-Star Game. – 3:33 PM

Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Caitlin Clark drained two shots from 35+ feet in
@IowaWBB‘s last game.
Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard and James Harden are NBA’s most prolific 3-pt shooters.
They’ve never made two 35-footers in a single game.
They’ve played a combined 4,572 games. – 10:31 AM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Takeaways from Boston-Orlando are up for @celticsblog:
-Tatum as a passer
-Brown ends Bamba
-Getting Horford reinvolved in the offense
-Hitting the offensive glass
-Schroder’s best game in a while
-Grant being a bully
-The kids made plays to close it
celticsblog.com/2022/2/7/22921…9:44 AM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Eric Spoelstra to coach Team Durant in All-Star Game nba.nbcsports.com/2022/02/07/eri…7:31 AM

StatMuse @statmuse
The Celtics in 2022:
— 1st in net rating
— 1st in defensive rating
— 1st in opponent eFG%
— 13-6 record
— Tatum averaging 26/8/5
— Brown averaging 25/7/4 pic.twitter.com/RP6e1F0SyN8:22 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics win 116-83
Brown – 26 points, 1 murder
Schroder – 22 points
Tatum – 15/9/7
Horford – 13/11/5
Grant – 12 points
Celtics – 45.5% shooting
Suggs – 17/6/5/3
Carter – 14 points, 8 rebounds
Magic – 35.8% shooting
Magic – 5-25 three-pointers
Magic – 19 turnovers – 8:19 PM

John Karalis @John_Karalis
another 7 assists for Tatum. They tried to take the ball out of his hand all night and he made a lot of good reads – 8:05 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
24 assists on 39 baskets for the Celtics tonight.
Tatum with the 15/9/7
Horford with the 13/11/5
All eight guys who played have at least one assist. – 8:05 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Tatum is on triple-double watch, pending how long he plays:
12 points
7 rebounds
6 assists – 7:49 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics lead 78-61 after three
Brown – 21 points, 1 murder
Schroder – 16 points
Horford – 13/12/5
Tatum – 9/5/6
Celtics – 7-35 three-pointers
Celtics – 11 turnovers
Suggs – 13/5/4/3
Carter – 12 points, 8 rebounds
Magic – 35% shooting
Magic – 2-20 three-pointers – 7:47 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
I don’t think Tatum got it over before eight seconds. – 7:43 PM

Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Second game in a row where Tatum has a quiet scoring half (1-7 3 pts) but Celtics have a double-digit lead anyway. – 7:04 PM

The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
Erik Spoelstra and his Miami Heat staff will coach Team Durant in the 2022 NBA All-Star Game. pic.twitter.com/L9Ab2TUOXg6:37 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Amazing moment on the Magic broadcast. They were talking about Jayson Tatum winning a gold medal and asked Jeff Turner where his gold medal from 1984 is and Turner opened his shirt to show it was around his neck. Good stuff! – 6:31 PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
“Every team needs health, every team needs their best players…That’s not a secret. Not having KD, not having James, not having LaMarcus, not having Joe, I mean you have four starters out? That’s obviously a problem. But that’s not an excuse….”
-Blake Griffin – 6:21 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Tatum is starting to develop that chemistry with Rob on lobs that Smart has. – 6:17 PM

Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra will coach Team Durant at the NBA All-Star Game. pic.twitter.com/goKFELhSmj5:57 PM

Michael Lee @MrMichaelLee
The Nets sent Caris LeVert & Jarrett Allen to Houston for James Harden last year to build a super team with Kevin Durant & Kyrie Irving. A year later, LeVert & Allen are reunited in Cleveland & the Cavs wouldn’t think of trading them to Brooklyn for Harden. – 5:57 PM

Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
DeRozan with 45 pts, Embiid 40 and #Bulls lose to Sixers 119-108. Miami’s Erik Spoelstra will coach Team Durant and Donovan can do his version of relaxing during all-star weekend. – 5:57 PM

JD Shaw @JShawNBA
The Bulls have lost to the Sixers, meaning Erik Spoelstra and Miami’s staff will coach Team Durant in the All-Star Game. – 5:57 PM

Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Ball game … thanks for playing … enjoy the weekend off, Billy! Spo will coach Team KD. – 5:54 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
The Nets are 2-9 without Kevin Durant. – 5:53 PM

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
The Nets have lost eight in a row.
They just went 0-5 on this west coast swing. It’s unclear whether Harden/Claxton will be able to play Tuesday vs. Celtics as both players are still dealing with hamstring issues. Kyrie won’t be there. KD, Harris and Aldridge still out.
Ouch. – 5:50 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics starters tonight:
Robert Williams
Al Horford
Jayson Tatum
Jaylen Brown
Marcus Smart
Magic starters:
Mo Bamba
Wendell Carter Jr.
Franz Wagner
Jalen Suggs
Cole Anthony – 5:38 PM

Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
The Nets falling like this is awful for the Bulls. They’re one of those teams that can slip to seven and send you home in Round 1 with KD back and Kyrie able to play more on the road. – 5:24 PM

KC Johnson @KCJHoop
This is DeMar DeRozan’s 15th 30-point game, tying him with Kevin Durant and Steph Curry. – 5:00 PM

More on this storyline

Michael Scotto: LaMelo Ball and Dejounte Murray were named by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver as injury replacements for the 2022 NBA All-Star Game. Ball replaces Kevin Durant, and Murray replaces Draymond Green. Jayson Tatum, who was selected as an All-Star reserve, replaces Durant as a starter. -via Twitter @MikeAScotto / February 7, 2022

Andrew Lopez: Brandon Ingram said his biggest concern right now isn’t that he wasn’t selected for the All-Star Game this year. He said he’s more worried about making the playoffs, winning and maybe making an All-NBA team. -via Twitter @_Andrew_Lopez / February 7, 2022

Jaylen Brown: Jaylen Brown on not making the All-Star team: “I didn’t lose no sleep over it. I’m blessed, extremely. … No complaints, no lost sleep from me.” -via Twitter @ByJayKing / February 7, 2022