Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors has had what you could call an up and down post season up to this point. Make no mistake though, the Raptors along with the other teams in the NBA know what Lowry is capable of. The fact that the Raptors are in the Eastern Conference Finals without Lowry Performing at his best is a great accomplishment. People also must remember that Toronto has never made it this far in the post season in their team’s history. Despite being down 0-2 to the Cleveland Cavaliers, it seems like the Raptors would have a better chance in the series if Lowry was playing how he did during the regular season.
The Raptors really let Lowry run the team. During the regular season he was known for setting teammates up to score, setting himself up to score, and he got a good number of rebounds for his position at point guard. During the regular season Lowry averaged 21.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 6.4 assists per game. He did that while shooting 42% from the field. Since the playoffs have started, Lowry is averaging 17.4 points, 3 turnovers, and is shooting 35% from the field. His numbers haven’t dropped dramatically, but his effect on the game and the ability to get his teammates involved have began to look shaky.
With 2 minutes and 35 seconds left in the second quarter of Thursday’s game 2, Lowry went to the locker room because he needed to blow off some steam due to his poor play. That’s what he told an ESPN reporter. He didn’t feel like himself.
The Raptors still do not believe this series is over. They know what the task ahead of them is. They also know that the task isn’t accomplishable without their point guard playing like his usual self.