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Butler, Jamison Await All-Star Vote

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By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, January 31, 2008

TORONTO, Jan. 30 -- Forwards Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison will learn Thursday if they will be reserves on the Eastern Conference all-star team in the Feb. 17 game in New Orleans.

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The seven reserves for each conference are voted in by coaches, who submitted their ballots on Monday. Butler, who was an all-star last year, figures to be a virtual lock based on the fact that he's played even better this season, while Jamison, who was an all-star during the 2004-05 season, has made a strong case for himself as well.

Jamison played like an all-star on Tuesday night when he posted 24 points and 20 rebounds in an 108-104 overtime win over Toronto at Verizon Center.

He entered Wednesday's game at Toronto averaging 21.4 points and a career-high 10.6 rebounds and led all East forwards with 26 double-doubles. Also, Jamison has history on his side. In the last 10 years, no player who averaged at least 20 points and 10 rebounds on a team with a winning record at the midway point of the season failed to make an all-star squad.

"Those opportunities don't come around too often so if it were to happen, it would be great," Jamison said. "Not too many people have had a chance to experience it and I've had a chance to experience it once. I would love to have an opportunity to make it again."

Being an all-star could only help Jamison, considering that he's in the final year of his contract.

"No, that doesn't hurt at all," Jamison said with a smile and a laugh. "That's a good point."

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