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Rondo replaces Johnson in All-Star Game

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo will take Joe Johnson's spot on the Eastern Conference roster at this year's All-Star Game after being named an injury replacement Wednesday by NBA commissioner David Stern.

For Rondo, it's his third consecutive All-Star appearance.

Rondo, who is celebrating his 26th birthday Tuesday, played in only 22 games during the first half of the season due to both a sprained right wrist injury and a two-game suspension for zipping a ball at a game official in Sunday's loss to the Pistons.

Rondo joins teammate Paul Pierce on the East roster.

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