NBA Notebook

Zeller picked for Rising Stars

Associated PressJanuary 31, 2013 

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Tyler Zeller of the Cleveland Cavaliers takes a shot over Jason Collins (98) of the Boston Celtics during the game on December 19, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

JARED WICKERHAM — Getty Images

— Tyler Zeller was selected along with Cavaliers teammates Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters to play in next month’s Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star activities in Houston.

Irving has already been picked as an All-Star reserve, and he could start for the Eastern Conference because of a season-ending injury to Boston’s Rajon Rondo.

Irving was named MVP of the Rising Stars game last season, scoring 34 points and making all eight 3-pointers. The game features rookies and second-year players.

• Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez has been chosen to replace the injured Rajon Rondo on the Eastern Conference All-Star team.

Rondo has a torn ACL. The East head coach, likely Erik Spoelstra of Miami, will decide who replaces Rondo in the starting lineup.

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