Kyle Lowry is a huge part of what got the Toronto Raptors to the NBA Playoffs this season. His play along with DeMar DeRozan have place the Canadian club in the position they were in as the third seed in the Eastern Conference.
Toronto acquired Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker at the trade deadline in an effort to go all-in and hopefully dethrone the Cleveland Cavaliers as the Eastern Conference Champions this year. The experiment has not worked out so far in this postseason.
Raptors fans piled into the Air Canada Centre in the hopes of seeing their team gut out a win and make this a series. Their first home game ended up being a 115-94 loss, all of that early optimism had faded as Lowry missed the game with an ankle injury.
There is some soul searching going on in the locker room right now as observers are starting to ask if they could rally to take a single game. Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical spoke to the point guard after Friday’s beating and Lowry said there is one big factor in Cleveland’s favour.
K-Low explained: “They’ve got LeBron james. Nobody’s closing the gap on him. I mean, that’s it right there: They’ve got LeBron James and nobody’s closing the gap on him...I don’t know when his prime is going to stop. I don’t think it’s going to stop anytime soon.
“I think he’ll be able to continue what he’s doing for a long time. But that’s basketball. You’ve got to find a way to beat the best.”
Fans might not want to hear it, but there is some real truth in those statements from their floor general. In the past seven years, no one has been able to disrupt LeBron’s collision course with the Finals and that looks unlikely this year too.
Sometimes things are just beyond your control as a unit. LeBron James has averaged 34 points, nine rebounds and seven assists through his seven victories. There has been a palpable air of superiority in every one of his performances as the opposition has struggled to contain him.
With their leader in tow, it was going to be a tough ask to have the Raptors claim a few games. With him out of the lineup, there is not much in the way to stop LeBron James and if you listen to Lowry, it might not have mattered anyway.