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Paul George Named All-Star Game Replacement for Injured DeMarcus Cousins

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Commissioner Adam Silver named the Thunder forward as a replacement less than 24 hours after Cousins went down with a season-ending injury.

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George will replace the injured DeMarcus Cousins in the All-Star game, according to a press release from the league. The announcement comes less than 24 hours after Cousins tore his achilles, rendering him out for the remainder of the season.

It will be George’s fifth All-Star appearance, and his third in a row. George’s teammate Russell Westbrook made headlines after publicly voicing his support for George while seemingly taking a shot at Damian Lillard following the reveal of All-Star reserves earlier this week.

George is averaging 20.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game this season.

Cousins was set to be a starter for Team LeBron, but now the head coach of Team LeBron, yet to determined, will make the decision on a replacement. The NBA All-Star Game will take place Feb. 19 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.