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TORONTO - While the NBA recently recognized Kyle Lowry, naming him Eastern Conference Player of the Month for his standout work in December, Dwane Casey remains disappointed to see that the fans havent exactly followed suit. Jarrad Davis Womens Jersey . When the league released its latest All-Star voting update on Thursday, Lowry was slotted fourth among Eastern Conference guards, behind Washingtons John Wall, Miamis Dwyane Wade and Clevelands Kyrie Irving. Fans are responsible for selecting the starters for the NBAs annual All-Star Game, which will take place in New York City on Feb. 15, voting in two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference before the leagues coaches fill out the rosters. At the time of the last update, Lowry trailed Wade by 122,016 votes for second at the position, with Irving slotted in between. [Im] very surprised, Casey admitted after the Raptors Tuesday morning practice. I hope our fans get out and vote and dont put it in the hands of the coaches. And if the coaches dont do it Im probably going to get into a physical fight with those guys. One way or another the Raptors guard, in his ninth NBA season, is poised to become a first-time All-Star. In 34 games this season, Lowry is averaging a career-best 20.6 points (17th in the NBA and second among East guards, behind Wade) and 7.6 assists (tied for seventh in the NBA and ranked second among East guards, behind Wall). He ranks ninth in PER (player efficiency rating), third among Eastern Conference players at any position (behind LeBron James and Wade), and is seventh overall in win shares (estimated number of wins a player produces for his team), second in the East behind only Jimmy Butler of the Bulls. He has been the best player, by far, on a Raptors team that has led the East for most of the seasons first two months. Caseys frustration stems from last season, when Lowry became the leagues most notable omission from the team - during a similarly impressive campaign - after the coaches failed to vote him in. They will not make that same mistake again this time around but, as Casey points out, it probably shouldnt even come down to that. [The All-Star Game is] for the fans, but sometimes fans have their favourites and it has nothing to do with basketball, said the Raptors coach. I would challenge anyone to say that Kyle Lowry or Jimmy Butler are not two of the best players in the league right now. In the middle of his own breakout campaign, Butler - who beat Lowry out for Novembers Player of the Month honours - was fifth in voting at the guard position in the latest update. Thats sometimes where fantasy basketball, fans, or whatever it is may not recognize the contributions these players are making to their team or to this league, Casey continued. So its not fair but its the system we have right now. The only thing we can do, Kyle can do is go out and continue to compete and play with that chip on his shoulder to show the league, to embarrass the fans and let them know that they made a mistake or are making a mistake in their voting. DeMar DeRozan represented the upstart Raptors on last years team - his first career selection, voted in as a reserve by the coaches - but is unlikely to make a second appearance this season, having missed six weeks-worth of games with a groin injury. Lowry has taken his game to another level in the absence of his injured teammate, averaging 22.5 points and 8.7 assists in 18 games without DeRozan. The fans get to vote, coaches, whoever else gets to vote but at the end of the day its about how you perform, said Raptors forward Patrick Patterson. A lot of fans just vote for their favourite players, whether theyre playing or not, and they get into an All-Star game. So I feel like it should be the guys who have the best records and guys who are leading their teams and right now thats Kyle. Hes leading us [and] were in a positive position right now. Were one of the top teams in the East, top team in our division and when all is said and done I definitely feel like Kyle is an All-Star. Hes not the only one to lend his support of Lowry. Canadian basketball fans should get behind [Kyle Lowry], who deserves to be an NBA All Star, tweeted Prime Minister Stephen Harper with the hashtag #NBABallot on Tuesday evening. Three hours later, Harpers plea had garnered over 2,900 retweets, all of which will count towards Lowrys vote total. As Patterson noted, fan voting is often a popularity contest, making Lowry a long shot to jump those currently ahead of him. Wade is a 10-time All-Star and three-time NBA champion, while Wall and Irving - both former first-overall picks - are two of the leagues flashiest young point guards. Thats the unfortunate reality and some would argue - and have argued - that its perfectly reasonable. The game is a celebration of the sport and a showcase for the fans, so shouldnt they have their say? Of course, thats where the coaches come in - to reward deserving players that may have been left out of the starting lineups. But even that is not a foolproof system. Lowrys controversial omission a year ago serves as the latest of many examples. In 2013 Golden States Stephen Curry was snubbed by both fans and coaches despite averaging 21.6 points for the 47-win Warriors. Just a few days later, the point guard joked that he was getting more attention without making the team than he would have if they had voted him in. The same can be said for Lowry, who is finally starting to turn heads around the association. Lowry captured his third career Player of the Week award in the East early in December before taking home the monthly prize on Monday for the first time. The point guard joins Chris Bosh as the only Raptor players to ever win Player of the Month honours. Thats the only recognition I care about [for him], Patterson said. Of course hell get Player of the Weeks, hell get Player of the Months, but the only recognition I care [about] for Kyle is that he makes All-Star. We all know hes an All-Star on this team and we want the rest of the world to know that. So hopefully before its all said and done, he will be an All-Star and get the recognition he deserves. Fan voting concludes on Monday, Jan. 19 and starters will be announced on Thursday of that same week. Jarrad Davis Youth Jersey . -- The Jacksonville Jaguars are bringing back quarterback Chad Henne -- and making him the starter. Michael Roberts Youth Jersey . Mitchell first announced on Twitter that he has signed with the Steelers and his agent Brian Hamilton confirmed the signing to The Associated Press. Financial terms were not released. The Steelers have not announced the addition of Mitchell. http://www.lionsauthoritystore.com/Authentic-Jarrad-Davis-Lions-Jersey/ . - The Baltimore Ravens and tight end Dennis Pitta reached agreement on a five-year contract Friday.ARLINGTON, Texas -- Pitching with a chip on his shoulder, Garrett Richards succeeded Friday night in displaying what the American League All-Star team will be missing next Tuesday in Minneapolis. The right-hander allowed five hits over seven innings to extend his personal winning streak to seven decisions as the Los Angeles Angels handed the Texas Rangers their sixth consecutive loss, 3-0. Richards (11-2) is unbeaten in his last eight starts and he has an ERA of 1.27 during that span. His last loss was May 30, at Oakland. Mike Trout provided Richards all the run support he needed with a solo home run in the fourth inning, his 22nd of the season. After not being chosen initially for the AL All-Star squad, Richards was one of the five players nominated for the final, vote-in slot that went to Chicago White Sox left-hander Chris Sale. "Its some motivation for the whole year," Richards said of not making the All-Star team. "Ill probably end up carrying that with me the whole year." "Hes an All-Star in our mind; no doubt about it," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Hes having an incredible first half, and hopefully hell pick it right up after the break." Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus said the key with Richards is "You dont know whats coming. He can sink. He can cut the ball. Hes controlling his breaking pitch the way he wants to, to keep the ball down." Albert Pujols and Erick Aybar had two hits each for Los Angeles, and Alex Rios had two for Texas. Rangers right-hander Nick Tepesch (3-5) retired the first 10 batters he faced before Trout sent a 1-0 sinker 418 feet to centre field for the games first run. Tepesch allowed two runs in the seventh. The Rangers left eight men on base and went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position, each of the lattter coming with two outs. Jarrad Davis Lions Jersey. . The Angels have won eight of their last nine games and 17 of their last 21. Their record of 24-9 since June 6 is the best in the majors during that span. "The team chemistry is unbelievable," Trout said. "We have to keep thinking one game at a time. We cant look too far ahead." The Rangers (38-55) have lost 12 of their last 13 games and 20 of their last 23, saddling them with the worst record in the major leagues. Texas manager Ron Washington delivered a passionate, 30-minute talk to his players after their 15-6 loss to Los Angeles on Thursday night and said he saw progress from his team in Fridays defeat. "We played a much crisper game," Washington said. "Its tough when you have to face a guy like Richards." Pujols opened the Angels seventh with a shot that went under Andrus glove and was ruled a single. Josh Hamilton pulled a liner to the right side that skimmed off the glove of second baseman Rougned Odour, sending Pujols to third. Aybar hit an opposite-field flare to left that scored Pujols and ended Tepeschs night. David Freese greeted reliever Neftali Feliz with a single up the middle to score Hamilton. Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre, one of the clubs two All-Stars, extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a third-inning single. NOTES: The Rangers signed RHP Jerome Williams, released by Houston in June, to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Round Rock. Williams was 1-4 with a 6.04 ERA in 26 appearances. ... Angels RHP Jared Weaver said he will be ready to start Saturday after leaving Mondays game after two innings with a stiff back. ... 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