The host Toronto Raptors will have one player in the All-Star Game next month for sure — fans rightfully voted Kyle Lowry in as a starter.
Can the Raptors get a second player? DeMar DeRozan is on the bubble as a reserve (battling other guards such as John Wall, Kyrie Irving, Isaiah Thomas for a slot), something the coaches are voting on this week. With that in mind, DeRozan made his case the past couple games, including dropping 33 on the Miami Heat in a comfortable Raptors win Friday night.
DeRozan had 15 in the first quarter, and he got a number of buckets with the Heat’s best defender — Justise Winslow — on him.
DeRozan and Lowry have found a natural balance, with both guys taking turns as the playmaker and working off the ball. That kind of connectivity would be fun to see in the All-Star Game. We’ll see if the coaches agree and send DeRozan to the dance.