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Carter Likely to Start in Houston

Flip Saunders, coach of the Eastern Conference All-Stars, told anyone who would listen Tuesday that he is leaning towards starting Vince Carter in Houston. Saunders has the right to pick a replacement for Jermaine O'Neal who was voted to the team by the fans but is unable to play because of injury. Saunders listed a number of reasons why he thought Carter was the smart choice. Some believe Saunders has an ulterior motive: being able to mass substitute his four Piston reserves.