Raptors scrimmage: Kyle Lowry sets a Lowry-ish tone, Serge Ibaka shines and more

Title: Raptors scrimmage: Kyle Lowry sets a Lowry-ish tone, Serge Ibaka shines and more
Date: July 24, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the Raptors’ first relaunch scrimmage, in notebook format.

As a rule of thumb moving forward, if you want a meaningless scrimmage game to feel like a playoff game, put Kyle Lowry and Russell Westbrook in a two-for-one situation.

Late in the second quarter of the Raptors’ 94-83 scrimmage victory against the Rockets on Friday, Lowry sensed an opportunity to tilt a close game in his team’s favour. Lowry taking advantage of every such opportunity in an exhibition is hardly new. He almost single-handedly made this year’s All-Star Game a chaotic, must-watch affair with his charge-taking and general competitiveness. On Friday, he was checking most of the boxes on the “KLOE BINGO” card, drawing a charge, arguing with the officials, delivering beautiful hit-ahead passes in transition and, to nobody’s surprise, not getting the favourable whistle in a continuation scenario.

Meanwhile, there might not be a player better suited for the “glorified pick-up run” style of play these scrimmages have invited so far than Westbrook. Restricted to only the first half of play because of his late arrival in Orlando, Westbrook didn’t look like he was behind anyone else at all, aggressively driving to the rim and crashing the glass at both ends.

Continue reading at The Athletic.

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