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NBA All-Star Game: Game thread, lineups, TV info and more

Paul George steps on the big stage as a reserve for the Eastern Conference All-Stars on Sunday night.

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2012-13 NBA Regular Season
February 17, 2013 - 8:30 p.m. ET
Toyota Center - Houston, TX
TV: TNT ---- Radio: AM 1070 The Fan
Probable Starters
Dwyane Wade PG Chris Paul
LeBron James SG Kobe Bryant
Carmelo Anthony SF Kevin Durant
Kevin Garnett PF Blake Griffin
Chris Bosh C Dwight Howard

It's not about the game.

There's nothing technical worth breaking down for the actual NBA All-Star game on Sunday night in Houston. The hope is that the game remains close and then the competitive juices of the best players on the planet start flowing for a fun finish once personal pride is in play.

What the All-Star game does is celebrate the process, the hard work and the talent that players combine to play at an All-Star level. This fact always makes the game anticlimactic as far as a competition. But it remains fun to watch the best players gather as new young players join the ranks.

That's where Paul George comes in. George will likely play a few minutes off the bench in each half, although Carmelo Anthony's arm injury may free up a few more minutes. Regardless, PG probably won't be making a run at MVP honors but he will be running around as one of the elite players in the 22 years of a Pacers uniform.

Yep, that's what will make the All-Star game so enjoyable tonight.

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