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Bulls snubbed as NBA fills out All-Star slots

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

The Bulls were tied for the second-best record in the Eastern Conference before games were played Thursday, but apparently rival coaches still aren’t impressed.

Neither Carlos Boozer nor Luol Deng was among the seven reserves selected for the NBA All-Star Game later this month in Los Angeles when the vote of conference coaches was revealed Thursday night.

The Bulls’ lone representative will be Derrick Rose, who was voted in as a starter in fan balloting.

The Boston Celtics were awarded four of the seven reserve spots, with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen selected. Al Horford and Joe Johnson of the Atlanta Hawks and Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat were the others.

The Celtics, who have the best record in the conference, have the most players on the team w

ith four. The Heat, which was tied with the Bulls, has three players, including two starters, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. The Hawks, tied for fourth in the East, have two.

The Bulls are the only team in the top four in the conference with just one All-Star representative.

Despite constant praise from Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, Deng really never generated much All-Star buzz outside of Chicago. He wasn’t even listed in the fan poll on the TNT broadcast asking which player was the biggest snub.

Boozer was among four players named in that poll and won the voting with 37.3 percent. Boozer (19.8 ppg, 10.2 rpg) has better numbers than Bosh and might have made it if he hadn’t missed 18 games because of injury.

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