Title: ‘We ain’t finished’: 24 years in the making, here are 24 thoughts from the Raptors making the NBA Finals
Date: May 26, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the Raptors making the NBA Finals, going through a mess of moments and thoughts still in my head the next morning.
Most of my thoughts in the immediate aftermath of Game 6 centered on Kyle Lowry.
It was the acquisition of Lowry and then the non-trade of Lowry that started this entire Raptors run, and over the past seven years, he has laid plain why something like “heartbeat of the team” has become a necessary cliche in sports. His reputation has not always lived up to his actual performance and value, and that is changing over the course of this run. He deserved the “Lowry” chants he was serenaded with and a number of other moments-within-the-moment Saturday. This run might very well cement him as having the best career in Raptors history, and he’s one series away from becoming an unassailable Toronto sports icon.
Lowry carries most of the sweat equity and the weight of previous playoff failures on his shoulders. He is not alone. Raptors president Masai Ujiri has been the other stalwart throughout this era, and Ujiri had maybe even more on the line this postseason with the risks he took to try to bring the team to this point. It’s beyond fitting, then, that my favorite moment from the postgame celebration was one shared between Lowry and Ujiri. It was a culmination of their relationship to date, and a window into their thinking with the opportunity in front of them.
“We ain’t finished,” Lowry said as he embraced Ujiri.