Title: Murphy: A deep dive into Kyle Lowry’s slump and its impact on the Raptors
Date: December 11, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I took a deep dive into Kyle Lowry’s slump and its impact on the Raptors.
Kyle Lowry is mired in a deep slump. There is really no way around that.
It’s been a talking point after the last several Raptors games, Eric Koreen wrote about it following Sunday’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, and it’s become difficult to have a Raptors-centric conversation that doesn’t quickly turn to questions about Lowry, his play, the state of his physical and mental health, and so on. The team’s second-best player is not playing at quite that level, with his woeful shooting masking the otherwise present parts of his game and shifting how defences are approaching a very good Raptors offence.
This is almost surely temporary. I’d grade it at concern over worry on my patented personal (overtaxed-of-late) anxiety scale. Lowry is too good a shooter to shoot like this for long, too smart a player not to figure out his place in the offence, and too established a player to lose any faith after a bad couple of weeks.
But it has been bad. Like, Hoobastank-in-2018 bad. Let’s dive in a little deeper for context on the slump.