Apologies for not getting a post up about this last night, but I had two games of my own and then was as dead as you’d expect a 30-year-old with foot issues to be after playing two games. Anyway.
Kyle Lowry will participate in the 3-Point Contest as a part of NBA All-Star Saturday Night on Feb. 18.
The three-time All-Star will be participating in his second 3-point shootout after also doing so at home in Toronto last year. He had previously told reporters he would not participate this year, but clearly changed his mind. He’ll face off against Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, Eric Gordon, Wesley Matthews, C.J. McCollum, and Swaggy P. It’s going to be hilarious when Lowry and Irving decide to shoot nothing but pull-up 30-footers in transition, and when Nick Young steals balls from other people’s racks to get even more shots up.
Barring a late change, no other Raptor will be participating. Norman Powell did not get a berth in the Slam Dunk Contest, and nobody is trying to be in the Skills Competition, anyway. The Dunk Contest field is awesome with Aaron Gordon, DeAndre Jordan, Glenn Robinson III, and Derrick Jones Jr., one of the best in-game dunkers I’ve ever seen. The skills competition, meanwhile, involves Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Gordon Hayward, Isaiah Thomas, John Wall, Devin Booker, Kristaps Porzingis, and Joel Embiid. Trust the Process.
With no Raptors in the rookie-sophomore (or whatever iteration of it) this year and only Lowry participating Saturday night, it’s going to be a pretty light weekend for Raptors fans. The D-League All-Star Game, Lowry’s triples, and then Lowry and DeMar DeRozan in the big game Sunday.