All-Star notes: Curry's chances, fighting words for Lee, etc.

All-Star notes: Curry's chances, fighting words for Lee, etc.
February 16, 2013, 6:30 pm
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James Harden declared himself day-to-day Saturday morning before testing the right ankle he rolled Tuesday when he stepped on All-Star teammate David Lee's foot at Oracle Arena. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

HOUSTON -- For a moment, it appeared as if Stephen Curry would have a spot on the Western Conference All-Star roster.

"You know, I'm not sure," said coach Gregg Popovich when asked if his Spurs Tony Parker and Tim Duncan would play Sunday. "We're still trying to figure that out.

"One of them will sit the whole time and the other will play real limited minutes."

Then he smiled.

"I dare him to sit us," Duncan responded. "I don't think that'll go over well."

It appears as if Duncan and Parker, who was unable to defend his title in the skills competition Saturday night, will play Sunday night despite sore knees. It leaves Curry's hopes of joining the team in the hands and ankle ligaments of hometown hero James Harden.

Harden declared himself day-to-day Saturday morning before testing the right ankle he rolled Tuesday when he stepped on All-Star teammate David Lee's foot at Oracle Arena.

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Considering it is Harden's first All-Star appearance and he is the only Rockets player set to put on a show for the hometown crowd, he obviously wants to play. But he knows what's at stake.

“We still have 25-plus games left to try to make the playoffs, so that’s definitely more important,” he said.

And the Oscar goes to...

The Oscars are scheduled for Feb. 24, and one of the trophies made an appearance at the media session Saturday morning as part of the Oscar Road Trip. It's handlers offered it to players, but not all accepted it.

LeBron James wouldn't touch it out of respect for "the real actors," but his teammates had no problem. Dwyane Wade said the trophy bears strong resemblance to teammate Chris Bosh, who was sitting next to him.

Dwight Howard smiled broadly with the Oscar. Asked who was the biggest actor in the league, he looked around and said, "David Lee, because he flops."

Practice like you play

Rising Stars Challenge coach and Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer was asked when he realized he had no say in what happened on the court. His candid answer was at the team's lone practice.

Erik Spoelstra and Gregg Popovich, who will coach the East and West respectively, conducted their first and only practice Saturday. The coaches were mic'd up for their installation sessions with the opposing team on the other side of the court. Needless to say, there was little game-planning going on.

Spoelstra talked about running a "positionless" offense, and Popovich told Tony Parker to slow down so he didn't hurt himself. The practice quickly devolved into a half-court shooting contest.

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