So, Game 1 of the Raptors' conference semi-finals series against the Heat was, in a word, madness. The only reason it has not reached the heights of, say, The Bat Flip, is because the Raptors ultimately lost the game in overtime. It sucks, is what I'm saying.
Anyway, one of the biggest reasons Toronto was able to feel both the abject sadness of defeat, the joyous relief of almost victory, and then that damned sadness again, was Kyle Lowry. As you may have heard, he did not play particularly well. Sure the on/off numbers suggest the team was generally in the positive when Lowry was on the court, but his motor, the relentless and reckless force with which he plays, was not quite there. And his shot? Forget about it.
Kyle Lowry, right now pic.twitter.com/zwRrKcUAb5— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) May 4, 2016
That video was taken after Game 1, after midnight, after most everyone had gone home. Today, the media caught up with the Raptors and Kyle Lowry and they had questions.
First, the obvious question: Is Lowry's elbow bothering him?
Clad in a Maple Leafs cap, Lowry says elbow is not an issue. "There's nothing to be made of it. It's all me." Not mechanical, he says.— Ryan Wolstat (@WolstatSun) May 4, 2016
On his late night shooting session:
Kyle on his late-night shooting session pic.twitter.com/Fh4mMMZD4p— James Herbert (@outsidethenba) May 4, 2016
Kyle said he got off the court around 1:15 AM last night. "countless nights i've done that back in north philly"— Holly MacKenzie (@stackmack) May 4, 2016
Lowry: "After a while I was so tired. That's why I left"— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) May 4, 2016
Lowry says his late night solo shooting session was as much about mental as it was physical. "Being a kid" pic.twitter.com/HN2l33GMlv— Eric Smith (@Eric__Smith) May 4, 2016
And here's Lowry being peak Kyle Lowry:
"I'm always truthful with you guys... for the most part... except for when I'm injured," Lowry says with a smile.— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) May 4, 2016
Meanwhile, there were other questions. Dwane Casey was asked about LeBron's comments and the Cavaliers looking ahead to playing the Heat.
Casey on LeBron looking ahead to Heat/Cavs: "I saw that and that's fine. Hopefully our guys take that to heart and take offense to that"— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) May 4, 2016
DeMarre Carroll, who played some strong defense on Joe Johnson last night and hit a couple 3s, had some things to say about Game 2:
Carroll: "There's no sugarcoating, no sympathy, we sucked Game 1. We sucked, basically. Game 2, I guarantee you won't question our effort"— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) May 4, 2016
And here's Carroll on Lowry's slump:
Carroll with some strong words on Lowry's slump. "Sometimes you just have to look at yourself in the mirror and you have to man up"— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) May 4, 2016
Carroll on Lowry: "He has to look in the mirror and say 'I'm Kyle Lowry' and if he can do that he can help us tremendously"— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) May 4, 2016
So that's it. It's not the elbow. It's mental. The Raptors and Kyle Lowry need to man up. We can get through this.
Game 2 is tomorrow at 8pm. Plenty of time to get everything together.