Title: KYLE LOWRY’S TRANSFORMATION INTO ELITE LONG-RANGE ASSASSIN
Date: January 10, 2017
Original Source: Vice
Synopsis: For my latest at Vice Canada, I looked at Kyle Lowry’s ridiculous shooting stretch, the extension of his range, and where it puts him among the league’s elite pull-up marksmen.
As Lucas Nogueira came up above the 3-point arc to set a screen, Montrezl Harrell abandoned him completely. Harrell’s focus was entirely on Kyle Lowry, whom Eric Gordon chased over Nogueira’s screen. The Rockets were trapping the Raptors’ high pick-and-roll, knowing that late in the shot clock and without DeMar DeRozan on the floor, Lowry would have little choice but to trust Nogueira—a gifted passer who is occasionally a beat slow making a decision—to make a play in the resulting 4-on-3 situation.
Lowry drifted to his left, Patrick Beverley came over to tag a rolling Nogueira, but instead of things playing out like Houston hoped—Nogueira catching a tough pass on the dive—Lowry pulled up. From 24 feet. Off the dribble. Going to his left. With two defenders on him.
Naturally, the shot dropped.
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