What Happens To Kyle Lowry Now?

Ruben Hill
May 19, 2017

"Give credit to (Raptors coach Dwane) Casey, he had them ready to play, they came out and competed".

"It was a tough game for us". Since the last time he was eliminated by an intra-Conference opponent - 2010, in his first stint with the Cavs - he's 80-20 in playoff games against the East, 32-4 since his return to Ohio. For having the confidence and belief that we can get on track once we get healthy, once we get our rotation set. once we put in our defensive schemes that we can be a good team.

"It's one of those things people ask, but you don't know, you don't know", Tucker said of playing the hindsight game. "And that's all I've thought about right now". And while the Raptors played great on offense for much of the season, their playoff struggles are nothing new.

"You're going to have to have very flexible defenders", Casey said, "and you're going to have score 117, 118 points a night".

It looks like the Toronto Raptors will be taking a huge step back next year.

And when push came to shove Sunday, with Toronto finally leading at 93-92 with 6:38 remaining, the Raptors could not stop Kyrie Irving from reeling off 11 straight points and James sinking a dagger of a three-pointer then shaking his head at what was suddenly a 106-95 Cleveland lead. "You've got to go two blocks, but if there's traffic, it'll take you an hour to get somewhere that's two minutes away".

"If we had LeBron on our team, too, we would have won", DeRozan said.

Whether Lowry chooses to stay or leave, DeMar DeRozan said he'll support whatever decision his friend and teammate makes.

"I don't know if we made that final click", he added.

Tucker, who has battled James since they were nine years old, took little solace in his personal battle with basketball's biggest star.

"More shooters", DeRozan said.

"I'm going to spend so much time with them that they're going to get exhausted of me, " he joked. They are a totally different team defensively and definitely offensively [since the end of the regular season].

But the Cavs shot better because the Cavs have better shooters and the best player in the world passing them the ball (and shooting 48 percent from 3-point range himself). "It's going to be a long summer". His fourth three of the quarter gave the Cavs a 14-point lead just under a minute before halftime, and Cleveland had a 61-49 advantage at the break.

Technical Fouls: Defensive three second, 1:41 first; team, 1:41 first; Thompson, 9:47 second; Shumpert, 8:07 second.

The second, though, belonged to Kyle Korver, who had 16 of the Cavs points in the frame, hitting 4-of-6 from distance as the Cavs once again owned the three-point line. Kyrie Irving had 27 points, while Kyle Korver finished with 18.

Tucker closed out the scoring in the third quarter with a 3-pointer from the corner to cut Cleveland's lead to 85-80. The Cavs opened a five-point lead in the two-plus minutes he missed. The Raptors trimmed the lead to one point early in the fourth on a 3-point shot by Fred VanVleet but James answered with a 3-pointer.

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