It's been a rough season so far for the Miami Heat with the injuries and inconsistent play. But tonight, we've learned that both Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade were voted in by the coaches to be Eastern Conference All-Star reserves.
The announcement comes a week after we learned that Dwyane Wade would not be an All-Star starter for the first time in 10 years. Kyle Lowry passed him late in fan voting. Wade, now an 11-time All-Star will come off the bench along with Chris Bosh, a ten-time All-Star. Wade is the Heat's leading scorer and Bosh is right behind him.
Wade and Bosh are 13th and 14th in the league at scoring at 21.4 PPG and 21.3 PPG.
The coaches had to select 7 players to be reserves after John Wall, Kyle Lowry, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Pau Gasol were all voted in as starters by the fans. The coaches had to select two guards, and three front court players and then they could vote for two players of any position.
Wade and Bosh were selected and will be joined by Al Horford, Jeff Teague, Paul Millsap, Jimmy Butler, and Kyrie Irving.
The reports were coming in slowly on Twitter, either through Y! Sports (some guy named Woj) and Marc Stein of ESPN. Stein was the first to report that Bosh made it. Despite the injuries, Wade and Bosh were both valuable enough to win out over Marcin Gortat of the Washington Wizards.
Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer will coach the East team.
The NBA All-Star game is on February 15th at 8:00 PM EST.