The Toronto Raptors' game one playoff curse struck again earlier this week as they lost to the Miami Heat in the opening encounter of their Eastern Conference semi-finals series.
Erik Spoelstra's team recovered from buzzer beater heartbreak to win by six in overtime after Kyle Lowry's hail mary from half-court sent the game past regulation.
The point guard chucked up an all or nothing effort that was money as the crowd inside the Air Canada Centre exploded into rapturous celebrations.
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However, their joy was short-lived as Dwyane Wade came up trumps in the added five minutes to take the game away from Toronto.
The Raptors have a huge problem on their hands in the form of Lowry despite his incredible game-tying shot. While they were able to squeeze past the Indiana Pacers, Miami will be a much less forgiving opponent if the two-time All-Star can't find his form.
After producing his best regular season in the NBA as he averaged 21.2 points, 6.4 assists and 2.1 steals, his production has dropped off dramatically, but this is not the first time Lowry has struggled in the playoffs.
The guard was captured on video after the game one defeat shooting jumpers on his own at 1am, trying to put his finger on the problem that is seriously threatening the Raptors' playoff future.
It is unclear what the problem is for Lowry, whether it be his action, his rhythm or simply his confidence, but many people have come forward to give their thoughts on the issue.
Raptors teammate DeMarre Carroll is the latest in that list and he believes it might simply be a case of Lowry looking in the mirror and 'manning up' to the situation.
As per the Toronto Sun, he said: “You can (offer encouragement), but you know, sometimes you just have to look yourself in the mirror. You have to man up.
“You have to be like, ‘I’m the Kyle Lowry that played the 82 games, All-star.’ You can say a lot to encourage him, but I feel like Kyle as the individual and a competitor, who he is, he has to look in the mirror and say ‘I’m Kyle Lowry.’”
Toronto's backcourt star was restricted to just seven points in game one. That was not due to lockdown defending from the Heat, it was due to a combination of Lowry's inability to find the target and his reluctance to unleash at times.
He openly admitted that he passed up a number of good looks, and that is not what the Raptors need having reached the semis for the first time since 2001. After finally banishing their first round hoodoo it seems the demons are still there for Toronto and Lowry, in particular.