NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Love will be going to the NBA All-Star game.

The NBA’s leading rebounder was added to the Western Conference roster on Friday night by Commissioner David Stern as the injury replacement for Houston center Yao Ming.

Love was arguably the biggest snub when reserves were announced Thursday night. He entered play Friday averaging 21.4 points and 15.5 rebounds, and shooting 43.9 percent from 3-point range. He has 34 straight double-doubles, but was undoubtedly hurt by his Minnesota Timberwolves’ 11-37 record when West coaches voted.

West coach Gregg Popovich will determine who will start the Feb. 20 game for Yao, who is out for the season with a stress fracture in his left ankle.

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  1. No Love says:

    I’m willing to bet that Popovich plays no favors in letting Tim Duncan start in Yao’s place. Those 13.5 ppg and 9.3 rpg are outstanding all star numbers!!!! *sarcasm*

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