Without Lowry, Raptors respond after bad performance by routing Heat

Title: Without Lowry, Raptors respond after bad performance by routing Heat
Date: January 22, 2021
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the Raptors’ up-and-down blowout of the Heat without Kyle Lowry, a possible glimpse of the future.

In Haruki Murakami’s “After Dark,” Tetsuya Takahashi spends a good amount of time relaying a Hawaiian parable to a near-stranger, Mari Asai. The context that precedes their exchange is not particularly relevant here, and we only refer to the book because, to the best of my searching, Murakami (or Tetsuya) are fictionalizing the story to make a point.

Here’s a very brief version: Three brothers go out fishing and get caught in a storm. After a long time drifting in the ocean, they wash up on a beautiful, uninhabited island with a mountain at its centre. A god appears to them in their dreams and says that each brother must push a boulder as far as he likes; wherever he stops is where he’ll live. The higher they push, the more of the world they’ll see, but there’s no imperative to push to a certain height.

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