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Sixers' Holiday, Bucks' Ellis and Jennings make all-star bid tonight

MILWAUKEE - We’ll find out Thursday whom the coaches select as reserves for the Eastern Conference All-Star Team and, you can be sure, coaches will be taking a close look at what happens on the floor in Milwaukee tonight.

Sixers' Holiday, Bucks' Ellis and Jennings make all-star bid tonight

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Philadelphia 76ers´ Jrue Holiday in action during an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Hornets, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Philadelphia 76ers' Jrue Holiday in action during an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Hornets, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

MILWAUKEE - We’ll find out Thursday whom the coaches select as reserves for the Eastern Conference All-Star Team and, you can be sure, coaches will be taking a close look at what happens on the floor in Milwaukee tonight.

With the 76ers’ Jrue Holiday and the Bucks’ Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis all staking a claim to make the team, the outcome of Tuesday’s game will see all three players on the floor at the same time.

Halfway through his fourth season, Holiday is averaging career highs in points (19.2), assists (8.9) and turnovers (league-high 3.9).  Ellis averages 18.8 points, 5.4 assists and 3.0 assists; and Jennings, who roasted the Sixers for 33 points in a Bucks win in Philly last year, averages 18.6 points, 5.8 assists and 2.6 turnovers.

It’s hard to tell what the deciding factor will be. However, coaches tend to place added emphasis on winning (see Andre Iguodala last season) and right now the advantage goes to Jennings and Ellis.  

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Does Jrue Holiday deserve to be an all-star?
Yes. He’s become one of the NBA’s top point guards.
No. But he’s getting close to that level.
No. He’s good, but not that good.

Earlier this month the Bucks (21-18) decided that they weren’t going anywhere with Scott Skiles at the helm so they replaced him with assistant Jim Boylan and things have gone much better. Since making the move the Bucks have won five of seven games.  They last played on Friday, concluding a 3-1 road trip with a victory Saturday at Portland.

Conversely, the Sixers (17-24) have lost 15 of their last 20. They are winless in their last four road games and they are 2-12 on the road in their last 14 games.

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Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004 and took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering Temple basketball and football for the previous three years.

Marc Narducci has served in a variety of roles with the Inquirer since beginning in 1983. He has covered the 76ers as a backup and a beat writer. In addition, Narducci has covered everything from the Super Bowl to the World Series and a lot in between.

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