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22:10  15 april  2019
22:10  15 april  2019 Source:   thescore.com

Dave Feschuk: Kyle Lowry’s offence goes missing in Raptors’ series-opening loss

Dave Feschuk: Kyle Lowry’s offence goes missing in Raptors’ series-opening loss The other day, before the Raptors’ shocking 104-101 loss to the Orlando Magic in Saturday’s playoff opener, first-year head coach Nick Nurse spent a few minutes describing the evolving nature of Kyle Lowry’s role on the most promising team in the history of the franchise. The Raptors can win, Nurse said, without the 33-year-old Lowry doing the kind of heavy lifting that was once expected of him. They can win, he insisted, with Lowry scoring four points or 34 points. But as for Saturday’s glaring total of zero points — Lowry’s inaugural playoff goose egg as a Raptor — well, that clearly wasn’t in the grand plan.

Nurse says he's partly to blame for Lowry's scoreless Game 1© Ned Dishman / National Basketball Association / Getty

Kyle Lowry didn't have his finest performance in Saturday's series-opening loss to the Orlando Magic.

The Toronto Raptors guard was scoreless in 34 minutes played, but head coach Nick Nurse believes he's partly to blame for not putting Lowry in more favorable positions.

"I've gotta take some responsibility for this, too," Nurse told reporters, including The Athletic's Blake Murphy. "I thought we had Kyle in a really good place all the last half of the season ... and obviously he wasn't in a good enough place to impact the scoreboard. I've gotta do everything I can to help him succeed."

Leonard has 37 points, Lowry adds 22 and the Raptors even series with 111-82 win

Leonard has 37 points, Lowry adds 22 and the Raptors even series with 111-82 win TORONTO — Kawhi Leonard scored 17 of his 37 points in the third quarter and Kyle Lowry added 22 to bounce back from his scoreless performance in Game 1 as the Toronto Raptors throttled the Orlando Magic 111-82 on Tuesday. Toronto's victory sends the best-of-seven opening-round playoff series to Orlando tied at one game apiece. Three nights after a 104-101 upset by Orlando in Game 1, the Raptors roared back with a vengeance, controlling the game  from the get-go.

The 33-year-old Lowry missed plenty of open looks and was 0-for-7 from the field, including 0-for-6 from downtown. However, Nurse wasn't deterred by those struggles and even considered drawing up a late play for him.

"Kyle’s a great shooter, great release, great mechanics," Nurse added, according to The Athletic's Eric Koreen. "I believe every time he shoots it, it’s going in."

Despite Lowry's lack of scoring, he found ways to positively impact Game 1. The five-time All-Star had eight assists, seven boards, and two steals while posting a team-high plus-11 rating.

For his postseason career, Lowry has averaged 15 points, 5.4 assists, 4.2 boards, and 1.3 steals across 63 appearances.

Game 2 will tip off Tuesday in Toronto.

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Dave Feschuk: Raptors will need points from point guard Kyle Lowry to hold off Magic.
Now that we’ve had what seems like a week to digest it, let’s dispense with the bizarro-world nonsense about Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry putting in a “terrific” performance in a Game 1 loss to the Magic. “Terrific” was the word used Monday by Orlando coach Steve Clifford, who waxed deferentially about all the great things Lowry did for Toronto’s NBA team. You know the numbers now — eight assists, seven rebounds, just two turnovers. And it should be said with sincerity: All those numbers were terrific.

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