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NBA All-Star game: Blake Griffin almost matches Kobe Bryant in pregame introductions

February 20, 2011 |  5:40 pm


Make room Kobe, it's Blake's town too.

Clippers rookie Blake Griffin almost matched 13-time All-Star Kobe Bryant in fan reaction during the  introduction of the West team before Sunday's All-Star game at Staples Center.

They were the two most popular players during the introduction ceremony.

On the opposite end of the popularity scale, Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce, an Inglewood native, was heartily booed by fans when he was introduced.

The game will start at about 5:45 p.m. Pacific.

--Barry Stavro

Photo: Western Conference All-Stars blake Griffin, left, and Kobe Bryant at practice on Saturday. Credit: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters