After a stunning and exciting Game 1 victory for the underdog, the first round series between the Orlando Magic and the Toronto Raptors ended with a thud. Lowry, like the rest of the Raptors, decided enough was enough, and came out firing in Game 2 and didn't let up for the rest of the series.
In their Game 1 loss to the Magic, Kyle Lowry didn't score a single point and was 0-of-7 from the field and 0-of-6 from the 3-point country. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 28 points and 6.5 rebounds while Pascal Siakam is averaging 22.3 points and nine rebounds. Lowry finished with 14 points and nine assists. "If you lose this one, you're back in Orlando, you're adding miles, adding stress, whatever it is, to your team", said Raptors coach Nick Nurse. Back home after a pair of victories on the Magic's Amway Center court, the five-time all-star quarterbacked a spectacular start.
Raptors: Toronto had 10 assists on 13 made baskets in the first quarter, and 19 on 23 baskets in the first half.
"I think he relishes this time of year and I think it shows", Nurse said after the game.
When the Raptors are as locked in on the defensive end as they've been, the ceiling for what the team is capable of rises accordingly, and it's left us watching the best version of the team yet. They gave Leonard close to a quarter of the season off as he rested a wonky quad, they played with a full lineup for only a handful of games, and when the playoffs began it was unclear what, exactly, the Raptors had. This series ranks ahead of only the Western Conference Quarterfinals between the San Antonio Spurs and Denver Nuggets in pace through the first four games. We're not getting too down. "Their coaching staff are making really good adjustments and we're having to think really hard about what they possibly might do to counter what we've been doing". Toronto's ability to move the ball in the second round against a tough opponent will be a critical component to the team's success.
"Closeout games are probably the hardest ones", said Danny Green, who has been on the winning end of more than a few during his ten-year career. "Star power on every team, guys you can go to in the fourth quarter with the game on the line, guys that you can't guard one-on-one and that's what makes the fourth quarter of playoff basketball so interesting". And the chemistry is increasing between starters who didn't get a lot of time together during the regular season because of injuries and roster changes.
Nurse was not bluffing when he said that it's the best version of Lowry he's seen. Got a couple days to get it back and recover, and hopefully it will be better by Game 1. Toronto led by as many as 37 in the clincher, their biggest-ever margin in a playoff game.
In a scene eerily familiar to the collapses of Raptors past, the Orlando Magic were utterly steamrolled on Tuesday night, losing balls, missing shots, committing fouls and just generally looking like a team that knew they were beaten.
Ross did end up coming into the game early when the Magic were in a deep hole, and the Raptors promptly broke out the shovels and made the hole deeper. They've held Orlando to fewer than 95 points in each of their three wins in the series. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 84.7 percent from the free throw line. "We still want to have that same sense of urgency we had in Game 2 because we were down 0-1".