EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Chris Bosh didn't need to put on a cowboy hat or make a video to stump for All-Star votes this time around. He still wants to be included in the festivities when All-Star reserves are announced Thursday.
"That's one thing that I don't take for granted," Bosh said Wednesday night after the Toronto Raptors nearly squandered a 13-point lead with 4:46 left and survived Devin Harris' missed pullup jumper at the buzzer to beat the Nets 107-106. "I want to play like an All-Star every year. I feel I am one in my heart, but unfortunately it's not up to me. I just have to let things happen, sit back and watch and enjoy the show."
There's little doubt Bosh will be named to his fourth All-Star team Thursday (he started the last two) in voting by all 30 head coaches. But it's refreshing to see how much one of the stars of the game values the honor, even after winning the gold medal with Team USA in Beijing last summer.
"It means a lot," Bosh said. "The starters are well-deserved. They're All Stars. For the guys who make it, it's a big accomplishment. It's something I look forward to. Hopefully (Thursday) I'll get some good news."
Some better news: The Raptors have won three in a row following a seven-game losing streak to stay two games out of the eighth playoff spot in the East. Maybe -- just maybe -- the Raptors are gaining momentum heading into next week, when they face Orlando, Cleveland, the Lakers, and New Orleans.
"Next week is a tough week for us, so we have to win the games we're supposed to win," Bosh said.