(By: Stephanie Liu)
Toronto Raptors players DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry will take part in the 67th annual NBA All-Star Game this Sunday, Feb. 18.
The power duo were drafted by Golden State Warriors’ point guard Stephen Curry, and will be playing alongside James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo to name a few. Curry’s team will face off against the team assembled by Cleveland Cavaliers’ star LeBron James.
This will be DeRozan’s fourth time playing in the All-Star Game, and his second year in a row playing as a starter. The game will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., serving as a homecoming of sorts for DeRozan, having grown up in Compton. DeRozan told Sportsnet that playing in LA for this year’s game is particularly special because he’ll be able to visit his ill grandfather, who first sparked his interest in basketball and watched All-Star Games with him when he was a child.
Lowry was selected as a reserve for this year’s game, but this will be his fourth consecutive NBA All-Star Game. Lowry has been shooting an average of 16.7 points per game with a field goal percentage of 41.8 this season. DeRozan has been averaging 24.2 points per game with a 46.5 per cent shooting average from the field.
Another Toronto twist was thrown into the mixture when Raptors’ head coach Dwane Casey was selected to coach James’ team. Casey has lead the Raptors into four consecutive postseasons, a franchise-record in Toronto. He has also coached the Raptors through three Atlantic division titles, and has received a franchise-best five Coach of the Month awards.
Tune in on Feb. 18 to watch Dwane Casey coach against fan favourites DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game.
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