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Clippers’ Patrick Beverley joins All-Star Skills Challenge, per report – Orange County Register

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Patrick Beverley was just saying a few days ago that he had a problem with the fact that only one Clipper – Kawhi Leonard – was due in Chicago for this season’s NBA All-Star Game.

Well, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, now Beverley will be there too, joining Detroit Pistons guard and fellow Chicagoan Derrick Rose in the Skills Challenge on Feb. 15.

Beverley will be one of the eight “most skilled players in the NBA,” per the NBA, to compete by completing an on-court obstacle course.

The Clippers’ fiery leader – whose key 3-pointer down the stretch in Monday’s 108-105 victory Monday tied the game at 102 – is averaging 7.6 points this season and shooting 36.8% from 3-point range. The 6-foot-1 guard also is grabbing 5.8 rebounds per contest, second most by a player 6-3 or shorter.

Players in the skills competition will wear a patch adorned with nine stars commemorating all of the victims pin the Jan. 26 helicopter crash that killed Kobe and Gianna Bryant – as will participants in the All-Star weekend’s other activities, including the Rising Stars game, the 3-point contest and the slam dunk contest.

Forward Kawhi Leonard was selected to be an All-Star starter for the fourth time, but Paul George. who’s missed 21 of the team’s 50 games because of injury, was left off the All-Star roster.

For what it’s worth, George said he wasn’t offended: “Fact of the matter is I didn’t deserve to be an All-Star, I didn’t play enough games and I wasn’t out there enough. Honestly, it’s nice to have three extra days. I’ll take it with a smile on my face, root Kawhi on from wherever beach we decide to go.”



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