Title: Breaking down how the Raptors’ offence is surviving without Kyle Lowry…so far
Date: March 8, 2017
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I looked at how the Raptors’ offense has been surviving without injured star Kyle Lowry.
It hasn’t been pretty. There have been double-digit comebacks, ugly losses and long stretches of offensive stagnancy. It’s required heroics, well-timed stepping up and previously uncharacteristic defensive intensity. It’s just been a few weeks, and there’s a long road ahead.
But the Raptors have stayed afloat with Kyle Lowry on the shelf following surgery on his right wrist. The Raptors are 4-2 since the all-star break and 5-2 without Lowry on the season overall – he sat one game for rest against Brooklyn earlier in the year – and while their defence has improved thanks in large part to deadline acquisitions P.J. Tucker and Serge Ibaka, the success has also come because the offence hasn’t fallen off as much as anticipated.
It has certainly changed, though.