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NBA All-Star Weekend: No Slam Dunk Contest Repeat For Blake Griffin

The Los Angeles Clippers made history on Thursday, as Blake Griffin and Chris Paul were named starters for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game. The top two residents of Lob City are the first Clippers ever to be elected to start an All-Star Game since the franchise moved to Los Angeles, and the first starter(s) since World B. Free started the 1980 All-Star Game when the franchise was in San Diego.

However, while Griffin will make his second All-Star appearance in two years in the league - he was a reserve last season - his All-Star weekend will not be as full this season in Orlando as it was in 2011 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Dan Woike of the Orange County Register delivered the bad news after the Clippers lost 112-91 Thursday night to the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center:

Blake Griffin said he would not participate in this years dunk contest
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No KIA automobiles will be harmed in this year's All-Star festivities.

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