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

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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."

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Raptors end regular season with 120-100 win over T-Wolves MINNEAPOLIS — Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points and the Toronto Raptors closed their regular season with a 120-100 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night. Fred VanVleet scored 16 points, and Chris Boucher had a career-high 15 points and 13 rebounds off the bench for the Raptors, who finished the regular season at 58-24. Andrew Wiggins and Gorgui Dieng each scored 16 points for the Timberwolves, who played without All-Star centre Karl-Anthony Towns. Toronto went on a 20-5 run over the final 5:16 of the second quarter and led 69-47 at halftime. Boucher scored 11 points in 10 minutes in the second quarter.

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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For Raptors, guard Kyle Lowry might be as valuable as ever.
The biggest play Kyle Lowry made in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs might have been overlooked. Game 3 in Orlando, time winding down, Toronto clinging to a three-point lead. Kawhi Leonard's jumper was well short, barely grazing the front of the rim. The rebound hits the floor and ricochets between Orlando's Terrence Ross and D.J. Augustin. They lunged for the ball, and they never had a chance. Out of nowhere, Lowry swooped in between the Magic guards, grabbed the rebound and extended the possession. Seconds later, game over, Raptors win. Orlando's chance at a tie never came, because Lowry knew exactly what was required in the ultimate moment.

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