Pistons' Wallace replaces gimpy Garnett in All-Star Game

BOSTON -- Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett withdrew from
the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday and was replaced on the Eastern
Conference roster by Detroit Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace.

The announcement was made by the commissioner's office after
Garnett missed his seventh consecutive game with an abdominal
strain. Celtics coach Doc Rivers, who will coach the East in the
Feb. 17 game in New Orleans, said Garnett will not play until the
team returns from the break.

"He's out until after the All-Star break," Rivers said after
the Celtics beat the San Antonio Spurs 98-90 to improve to 5-2
since Garnett was injured.

Garnett was averaging 19.2 points and 9.9 rebounds per game
before being sidelined two weeks ago after straining a stomach
muscle on Jan. 25 against the Timberwolves. He was the leading
vote-getter for the All-Star Game, but Rivers said that Garnett
would probably not play Tuesday or Wednesday, in Boston's last two
games before the break.

Rivers, who will coach the East in the game, said he hoped Ray Allen would be considered as Garnett's replacement.

"He should be [an All-Star] anyway. I wouldn't be surprised if
it wasn't Ray they use," Rivers said. "It would be nice to have
Ray on. I would take Ray."

Wallace will join teammates Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton for the All-Star Game New Orleans. It will be his fourth
All-Star appearance.

The Pistons forward will have to alter his vacation plans after being selected to replace Garnett in the game.

"This time I'll go for the kids," Wallace said, according to the Detroit Free Press. "I guess once I get older or out of the game, they can look back on it and check it out."

Wallace is averaging 12.9 points and 7.3 rebounds this season,
and leads Detroit in blocks and steals.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.