Title: On a night about DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry regains authorship of their story
Date: February 20, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Kyle Lowry coming up big to steal a win from the returning DeMar DeRozan.
The big moments were exactly what they were supposed to be. On a night with a considerable amount of scenery and background and some tremendously fun supporting performances, the high drama of DeMar DeRozan’s return was settled between the pieces who are most central to the story.
There was, of course, DeRozan, the ball in his hands often late, the crowd teetering, unsure of whether the hero’s welcome they showered him with throughout the night should persist into the depths of the fourth quarter. There was Kawhi Leonard, too, the superstar alluring enough for Masai Ujiri to upset the balance with DeRozan and shift the Raptors toward a new course, largely absent in the first half and picking it up as the leverage increased. There maybe should have been Nick Nurse, but since Dwane Casey couldn’t be there, either, Nurse appropriately removed himself by getting ejected.
It’s sometimes easy to forget – since he wasn’t a part of the actual trade and recused himself from the discourse around it out of respect for his best friend (and perhaps the general pettiness that makes up a large part of his persona) — that Kyle Lowry is as central a figure to all of this as anyone.