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Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh trails Boston Celtics’ Kevin Garnett for final frontcourt All-Star spot
With statistics significantly better than Kevin Garnett, Chris Bosh trails the Celtics center by nearly 30,000 votes for the Eastern Conference’s third frontcourt position among projected All-Star starters.
The third batch of All-Star voting returns was released Thursday, and Garnett had 390,751 votes. Bosh was fourth among Eastern Conference frontcourt players with 362,973 votes.
Garnett is averaging 14.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 0.71 blocks per game. Bosh is averaging 18.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.55 assists and 1.27 blocks per game.
“I don’t care about voting,” Bosh said.
“It’s a popularity contest. I’m not running for president – just trying to win basketball games. You know, that doesn’t always mean you’re going to be the winning vote-getter or something like that.”
The Heat led the Eastern Conference with a record of 22-8 entering Friday’s game against the Bulls. Boston, ninth in the Eastern Conference, was 14-17 entering Friday’s game against Indiana.
“I know [Garnett] is a very popular player, and I am not as popular, obviously,” Bosh said. “I don’t really look at it as a whole. I’ve had some good games. I just try to improve as a player every day.”
This is the first season for the fans to vote for three “frontcourt” starters in the All-Star voting rather than two forwards and a center.
Bosh, a six-time All-Star, hasn’t started in the game since the 2007-08 season. Coaches select the All-Star reserves.
BY JOSEPH GOODMAN