Heading into Game 2 of Raptors vs. Magic, the one thing everyone wants to know is: what will Kyle Lowry do?
If you’re a Magic fan, presumably you’re wondering about the scoring of Nikola Vucevic and Terrence Ross. And you’re thinking about the wild Game 1 performance of D.J. Augustin and whether it is repeatable. You may even be worrying about Kawhi Leonard, or at least more Kawhi Leonard. (He played a mere 33 minutes in Game 1.) These are all fair things to think about.
If you’re a Raptors fan, it is all Lowry, all the time. The Raptors’ leader is the one player still in Toronto from the beginning of the We the North era. And in many (all?) ways, he’s been the bellwether for the team. As Lowry goes — on the court, in his head, pre-game, post-game, whatever-game — so go the Raptors. In Game 1? We got a zero, albeit with some rebounds, assists, and, yes, an attendant +11. Toronto was also served with an L, so it’s clear something is not quite working yet.
Will things change for Lowry in Game 2? Will they change for the Raptors? One assumes the former will inform the latter, that a strong game from Lowry will produce a powerful game from the Raptors. That’s the theory, anyway.
For now, get up to speed on Game 2 with the updated details below, and the full Raptors-Magic preview here from Dylan Litman. Now, let’s watch.
Where to Watch:
TSN, 8:00pm EST
Toronto – Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol
Orlando – D.J. Augustin, Evan Fournier, Jonathan Isaac, Aaron Gordon, Nikola Vucevic
Toronto – OG Anunoby (appendix – out), Patrick McCaw ([Updated:] thumb – out)
Orlando – Markelle Fultz (shoulder – out), Mo Bamba (leg – out), Timofey Mozgov (finger – out)