Much like the regular season, the Detroit Pistons participating in the Rising Stars Challenge found themselves on the losing side of things on Friday night in Orlando, Fla. Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight, teammates on Team Shaq, lost to Team Chuck, 146-133, in the Rising Stars Challenge.
In what has been a fast-paced, highlight-filled game, as expected, Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight have been able to hold their own against some of the NBA's best rising stars. Monroe had seven points, three steals, and three rebounds. Brandon Knight has nine points and a team-high five assists, including a fast break pass to Monroe for an easy bucket and a pass between his legs for another assist. Team Shaq shot 62-percent in the first half, but Knight shot a team-worst 3-for-7.
Kyrie Irving has been the game's best player by far, recording 18 points on 7-for-8 shooting (4-for-4 from beyond the arc). Irving is a big reason why Team Chuck is shooting 69-percent.
The NBA All-Star Rising Stars Challenge is now good to go following the drafts for Team Shaq and Team Chuck on Thursday. Shaq and Charles Barkley, operating as the general managers of the two teams for the Rising Stars challenge, took to drafting from a pool of rookies and sophomores to set the rosters for the game to be part of the All-Star weekend festivities.
For the first round, Shaq seemed to get the better of it all, drafting Blake Griffin, Jeremy Lin and Ricky Rubio with his first three picks. The Detroit Pistons will be represented in the game by Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight, and they both ended up on Team Shaq. Monroe was taken in the fourth round while Knight went to Shaq as part of a draw for the final four players.
The reserves for the 2012 NBA All-Star game were announced on Thursday evening minus second-year center Greg Monroe or any other player for the Detroit Pistons.
Monroe figured to have the best chance at a reserve role thanks to his position and the big numbers he has put up to start the season, averaging 16.4 points and 10 rebounds per game. Instead, the coaches chose Indiana's Roy Hibbert who is averaging 13.6 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, showing that winning plays a factor since Hibbert will be the only player from the 17-8 Pacers.
Here are all of the reserve selections for the All-Star game:
EAST: Joe Johnson G, Deron Williams G, Paul Pierce F, Andre Iguodala F, Chris Bosh F, Luol Deng F, Roy Hibbert F
WEST: Kevin Love F, LaMarcus Aldridge F, Russell Westbrook G, Dirk Nowitzki F, Tony Parker G, Steve Nash G, Marc Gasol C