Kevin Durant expects to start All-Star game in place of Anthony Davis

Saturday February 14th, 2015

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant said he expects to start in the All-Star game on Sunday, according to Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman.

New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis was set to start in the game but decided to withdraw as he continues his recovery from a shoulder sprain.

Coaches voted Durant as a reserve for the Western Conference, along with the Portland Trail Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge, the San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan, the Houston RocketsJames Harden, the Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul, the Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson and the Thunder's Russell Westbrook.

This marks Durant's sixth consecutive appearance in the All-Star game. The 2013-14 MVP has averaged 25.9 points on 52 percent shooting this season.

According to Mayberry, Durant also said that his playing time will be limited because of "nagging injuries."

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