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Heat’s Dragic Named To All-Star Team For Injured Love

Having garnered support of being a snub for the 2018 NBA All-Star game, Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic will be headed to Los Angeles in a couple weeks.

Dragic, the Heat’s leader in points (17) and assists (4.8) per game, was named an injury replacement for Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love – who suffered a broken left hand.

“The Dragon” will play for Team LeBron during the February 18 game – earning the first NBA All-Star selection of his 10-year career.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced it Thursday, saying that Dragic was “next in line” – based on the number of voting points he received from NBA coaches among Eastern Conference players not already selected as a reserve or injury replacement.

The NBA said Dragic is the first Slovenian player to make an All-Star team.

Dragic’s snub wasn’t rooted in his individual numbers as much as it was a slight on Miami’s success this season. The Heat currently sit atop the Southeast Division and are fourth in the Eastern Conference – just a game and a half behind Cleveland.

Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra said he’s glad Dragic – and the team – has received some recognition.

“Hopefully this shows that it’s a by-product of winning and being recognized for winning,” Spoelstra told the Associated Press. “Goran, we feel, is an All-Star. We’re just thrilled that he got recognized by the other coaches.”

Dragic is the eighth player to be selected to the All-Star Game as a member of the Heat, joining Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway, Anthony Mason, Shaquille O’Neal, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James.

J.T. Wilcox
J.T. Wilcox is an award-winning sports journalist who has worked in South Florida for more than a decade. He authors "The Bald Predictions" blog and "The Baldcast" podcast.

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