Title: How Kyle Lowry stood tall against a giant, did all the little things and put the Raptors in position to win Game 7
Date: May 12, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic, I wrote about an incredible, historic Game 7 victory for the Raptors and how Kyle Lowry made everything, even Kawhi Leonard’s heroics, possible.
In a game defined by a Raptor doing something no NBA player has ever done, it was another Raptor doing everything he’s always done that put them in that position in the first place.
Shortly before Kawhi Leonard became the first player to walk-off a Game 7 with a buzzer-beater in what will come to be known as the greatest shot in franchise history, it looked as if Kyle Lowry had rendered the need for such heroics moot.
Caught on a switch in the post defending Joel Embiid, Lowry engaged in a dance that has come to represent everything unexpected and overreaching about his game. First, he leaned all 196 pounds of himself into Embiid, three-quartering him outside the paint and making the post-entry difficult. When the entry pass came, Embiid took one hard dribble toward the middle of the floor, a shoulder into Lowry’s chest. Lowry postured up straight and on his toes, for a moment measuring as tall as his 6-foot-1 listing. As Embiid went for a second dribble, Lowry’s hand caught just enough ball to cause a scramble.