If you're a Cleveland Cavaliers fan you're probably scratching your head a bit this morning.
Your mess of a basketball club saw two of its much-maligned franchise cornerstones put on exceptional performances this past All-Star Weekend, capped off by guard Kyrie Irving winning last night's MVP award as the Eastern Conference All-Stars came back to beat the West 163 to 155. (Although, it would have been nice to actually see him get the award, TSN.)
Irving had 31 points, 14 assists and 5 rebounds in an epicly slow, and low-scoring affair which broke a number of All-Star Game records. As usual, defense wasn't an option in the game but last night both clubs had their offense set to kill in this ridiculously high-octane event. The West led for most of the affair before the East got things together to start the final period and eventually took the lead for good. LeBron James had 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists while Carmelo Anthony chipped in 30 points himself, including an All-Star Game record 8 made three-pointers.
For the Raptors, DeMar DeRozan was used sparingly, playing only 15 minutes in his debut. This wasn't a huge surprise considering the level of talent surrounding him and he did score 8 points on 4 of 7 shooting.
Not too shabby a showing I'd argue and overall, the weekend was a pretty solid one from a PR perspective for the Dinos. DeRozan, Terrence Ross and Jonas Valanciunas all got some global air time and while it's still ridiculous that Kyle Lowry wasn't involved in the affair, All-Star Weekend had more "Raptors involvement" than the past few years, a sign of the club's progress this season.
Speaking of which, it's back to the grind now for the club as they get set to face off against the Washington Wizards tomorrow night in Washington. This week in fact represents a nice test for Toronto as they face two foes fighting with them for a top three seed in the East (Washington and Chicago) and two foes who are headed for the lottery, and should be relatively easy victims (Orlando and Cleveland.)
52 games down for Toronto, 30 to go.
Let's hope everyone got some rest this past weekend.