Boston's Allen named All-Star replacement for Washington's Butler

Updated: February 13, 2008, 10:36 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Ray Allen was added to the Eastern Conference All-Star roster by commissioner David Stern on Wednesday, replacing injured Washington forward Caron Butler.

Caron Butler


Ray Allen


Allen's eighth All-Star selection means the NBA-leading Boston Celtics will again have two players in Sunday's game in New Orleans. Kevin Garnett was the top vote-getter in fan balloting, but had to pull out because of an abdominal strain.

Celtics forward Paul Pierce is going as a reserve. The East will be coached by Boston's Doc Rivers.

Butler has a left hip flexor. He would have been playing in his second straight All-Star game.

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