DeMar DeRozan was always confident Kyle Lowry would bounce back

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Kyle Lowry burst into life at the American Airlines Arena to hand the Toronto Raptors a 2-1 series lead over the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference semi-finals.

Much of the talk following game one was about the poor playoff form shown by the point guard. Game two, whilst there was some improvement, was still not vintage Lowry.

However, the latest encounter saw the 2016 All-Star return to his best with a 33-point game and his first night of the 2015-16 playoffs shooting over 50 percent from the field.

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It proved to be crucial for the Raptors as they won by four points and took a slender advantage in the series. But his good friend and backcourt partner DeMar DeRozan was in no doubt Lowry would come to the party at some point.

Speaking in his post-game press conference, the shooting guard said: "A lot of people act like I ain't ever seen it [Lowry bounce back] before, like this my first time seeing it. That's the Kyle I know and I'm gonna support him the same way even if he [is] having a rough time. 

"I'm going to still look at him the same way. We all go through ups and downs and I'm never going to be like 'he finally got it', I knew it was going to come at this point. As long as we got games, we still go out there and play, we still have an opportunity to better whatever we haven't been doing."

Lowry's return to form can only be a good thing for Toronto. Having enjoyed his best ever regular season, where he averaged 21.2 points and 6.4 assists per game, his output had plummeted in the playoffs.

Having scraped past the Indiana Pacers in the first round, it was clear to see Lowry had to get over his crisis of confidence somehow if the franchise from north of the border were to extend their season.

Lithuanian big man Jonas Valanciunas has stepped up to the plate and the blow of his right ankle injury that forced him to sit out the remainder of Saturday's game has been softened somewhat by Lowry's display.

DeMar DeRozan
Toronto Raptors
Atlantic Division
Eastern Conference
Kyle Lowry

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