Title: Seven thoughts ahead of Game 7: ‘Elimination Game Lowry,’ evaluating Nick Nurse and more
Date: May 12, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic, I answered some reader questions after the Raptors dropped an ugly Game 6 to the 76ers, trying to help settle anxieties ahead of Game 7.
To paraphrase Dante Hicks, I wasn’t even supposed to write any more ahead of Game 7.
Eric Koreen wrote a great column Saturday, Mike O’Connor and I went over some of the adjustments we’re anticipating for Sunday and, in theory, there are other things a person could do on a beautiful spring day in Toronto. I didn’t really know what else to do with myself before 7 p.m. Sunday, so here are seven thoughts that have been kicking around in my head as I failed to unplug by reading, walking around on a beautiful day, singing about how the bones are their money or tweaking my Best of the Super Juniors pick-’em bracket.
“Elimination Game Lowry”
It probably won’t surprise readers to learn that I’ve always had an issue with the general discourse around Kyle Lowry. For six years now, he has played at something resembling the level of a fringe-All-NBA guard. With those days probably dwindling at age 33, and following a season with yet another drop in usage rate, I’ve found myself appreciating the finer points of Lowry’s game more than I have lamented that he has started hitting the downward part of his aging curve.