Kyle Lowry, Raptors took off the bubble wrap to compete vs. Lakers

First sport within the NBA bubble. Playoff berth clinched way back. Neither truth mattered to Kyle Lowry and the Raptors on Saturday.

Ease into the postseason like their trainer desires? Nope. They knew who was once at the different finish of the ground. They knew they could not cross half-speed.

And so the protecting league champs exerted themselves towards the tip staff within the West, the Lakers. Toronto left with a 107-92 win after outscoring LA 24-Nine within the ultimate six mins.

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”(Raptors trainer) Nick (Nurse) says he’ll roughly ease us again in and use it as an exhibition,” Lowry instructed newshounds, according to The Related Press, after Toronto’s 11th win in a row over the Lakers. “We have were given too many aggressive guys that wish to cross in the market and play and hoop and win video games, particularly towards the fellows just like the Lakers and with the staff that is No. 1 within the West. The aggressive juices get going.”

Lowry competed to the music of 33 issues, 14 forums and 6 assists in 35 mins. His six issues in a 30-second span (a three and 3 unfastened throws on a three-shot foul) helped to near out the win. 

The Raptors were given further assist from Los Angeles, which shot 35.four % from the sector and 10 for 40 from three in its moment sport in 3 nights. LeBron James nonetheless made certain to mention excellent issues about them. 

“That is a super staff,” he instructed newshounds, according to the Los Angeles Occasions (subscription required). “No ifs, ands or buts. Exceptionally neatly coached and championship DNA, you’ll by no means take that clear of a ballclub in case you win a championship. Or even sooner than that, they only were given playoff-tested guys.”

Guys like Lowry, Serge Ibaka, Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet and Marc Gasol, the remainder core of closing yr’s Finals-winning squad. Kawhi Leonard is now with the Clippers and Danny Inexperienced is now a Laker, however that does not appear to subject to James. 

“The media would possibly not discuss them a lot or give them a lot credit score as a result of Kawhi is long past, however gamers within the league unquestionably know what form of staff they’re,” he mentioned.

The Raptors (47-18) have clinched a minimum of a top-four seed, however certainly they would like to go into the playoffs as No. 2 within the East and lengthen a possible matchup with the top-seeded Greenbacks till the convention finals. If they are able to succeed in that function of their 3 video games this week, then possibly Lowry and his teammates can tools down — even for his or her assembly with the ones Greenbacks in 8 days.

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