NBA.com: No looking back for Kyle Lowry
Old 11-01-2013, 02:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ATLANTA – Kyle Lowry doesn’t believe in looking back or wasting his time on what could have or should have been. The Toronto Raptors’ point guard has been through too much to fret about the past.

He’s focused on one thing and one thing only these days — leading the Raptors to a playoff bid and quenching the thirst of a devoted fan base that has suffered far too long without postseason hoops. It helps that Lowry, a player that Raptors coach Dwane Casey referred to as the “key to his team,” finally feels like he’s found a home.

In Memphis he was a fiery reserve but never handed the keys to the operation. And in Houston, where he started 109 games in three and half seasons, he was still trying to find his way in the league with an organization that was in flux.

“It’s not about what happened then,” Lowry said Friday morning before the Raptors faced the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena (7:30 p.m. ET, League Pass). “I think I was absolutely in a great situation, the right situation in Houston. I got into that situation, unfortunately, with an injury to Aaron Brooks. But I think it was a great situation for me. And I feel like I’m in the same kind of place now. This is an opportunity league. To be effective, to flourish and do well, it has to be the right fit.”

And that’s exactly what Lowry believes he has with the Raptors’ current group. With he, Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan as headliners and the supporting cast filled out with Jonas Valanciunas, Amir Johnson, Tyler Hansbrough, Terrence Ross, Steve Novak, Quincy Acy and others, Lowry insists the Raptors’ depth and balance is as good as ever.

“I think the playoffs is much more of a realistic goal for us this year,” said Lowry, a seven-year NBA veteran. “Last year we got off to such a bad start that it set us back and we were never really able to recover from that. But we’ve added some toughness this year with Hansbrough and we’ve added a shooter in Novak. We’ve had a full training camp with Rudy and DeMar. Jonas is year older and the core guys have been together and playing next to each other for four of five months. We’re all feeling better about things now and I think we have a chance to do some things that people don’t expect us to do.”

Casey is counting on Lowry to continue doing what he’s been doing all along in Toronto: serve as the Raptors’ on-and off-court leader. Casey recognizes a distinct difference in the Lowry we all see now and the one he was from afar years ago.

“Everybody thinks they are the player they’re going to be from the first month they are in the league, and that’s just not the case,” Casey said. “I think Kyle has learned some really valuable lessons over the years from his previous experiences in Memphis and Houston. He has grown into who he is as a player. He has really matured in so many ways. He’s slowed his game down and sees things in ways he probably did not early on in his career. He’s not that same, run-up-a-wall type of player he was. He’s much more cerebral now and understands the game more. He’s the key to our team.”

Lowry, 27, is also a player that Casey trusts implicitly. Lowry’s poise and leadership is definitely a commodity on the floor in today’s NBA.

“Bottom line is this is the perfect system for him,” Casey said. “He’s our quarterback and he has the freedom to run different plays and direct based on what he sees on the court. He can identify the matchups and go wherever he needs to go with the ball on that end of the floor. When he doesn’t do that he’ll defer to me and we’ll get together during time outs and evaluate what’s going on in dead ball situations and things like that and make our adjustments. But he’s doing an excellent job on the floor being a quarterback and understanding who needs touches and when they need them. He’s doing a heck of a job defensively and hawking the ball the way he has. But yes, the system fits him tremendously.
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Gotta look for JV tho
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Gotta look for JV tho
agreed, I wish JV wasn't just labeled as supporting cast. We need more inside-out play.
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I wish lowry would get into the paint more and use the draw and kick more

and just generally be more aggressive, he is to passive and it doesn't look like himself
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I wish lowry would get into the paint more and use the draw and kick more

and just generally be more aggressive, he is to passive and it doesn't look like himself
He got to the line 12 times last game
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I wish lowry would get into the paint more and use the draw and kick more

and just generally be more aggressive, he is to passive and it doesn't look like himself
that could be partly getting used to his injured hand.... but he does need to assert himself as more of a scorer, which I would think might help his P&R play as well.
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He'd also be more effective in the pick and roll if we had any shooters in the starting lineup to pass out to. He'll end up passing it out to DD/Gay and they'll hold the ball to reset and try to take their man off of the dribble. Our 1-3 positions are so mismatched and flawed. I still cant believe BC thought DD/Gay was a good idea when they both play the exact same style. It's like the NY Melo/Amare situation but with a lot less talented players.
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I'm very happy to see him as a distributor. When he's pressing and trying to so too much on his own the team generally suffers. He's got more balance in his game, the team has more balance in the roster. Makes me pretty optimistic.
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He got to the line 12 times last game
Ya but I'm talking about getting easier shots for teammates , if you watched the game against Boston you would notice their was no easy baskets

I want to see lowry survey the paint more, it causes disruption,
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Ya but I'm talking about getting easier shots for teammates , if you watched the game against Boston you would notice their was no easy baskets

I want to see lowry survey the paint more, it causes disruption,
When he penetrated and kicked it out to Ross for his 3..........that is what I want to see more.
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I'm not impressed with JV. He has 1 or 2 post moves that he can't do consistently. What happened to his mid range jumper? He hasn't taken enough. If he wants to pumpfake every play maybe he should start sinking shots?
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When he penetrated and kicked it out to Ross for his 3..........that is what I want to see more.
that would be fantastic.... if we can get Ross to focus on that catch and shoot as a major aspect of his game, would be a thing of beauty.
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When he penetrated and kicked it out to Ross for his 3..........that is what I want to see more.
That was a great play
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JV rushes to much he needs to calm down, he has some post moves which he proved in summer league but you can tell he is uncomfortable and still rushing his moves, I just chalk it up to being young and 2nd year player and plus he is a big in the nba which takes 4 or 5 years to develop

it took Bosh almost tell year 3 to get going

if Jonas averages 11 and 10 this season that would be amazing
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When he penetrated and kicked it out to Ross for his 3..........that is what I want to see more.
Agreed. But it would require Casey to let Lowry actually run the team/plays instead of just handing the ball off to Demar or Rudy.
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Agreed. But it would require Casey to let Lowry actually run the team/plays instead of just handing the ball off to Demar or Rudy.
The problem isn't Lowry passing to Gay and DD. The problem is Casey not putting the collar on Gay and DD about cutting down on the iso bullshit. Don't blame Lowry for the short-comings of Gay and DD.
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Gotta look for JV tho
Agreed, but that's not just on KL
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He'd also be more effective in the pick and roll if we had any shooters in the starting lineup to pass out to. He'll end up passing it out to DD/Gay and they'll hold the ball to reset and try to take their man off of the dribble. Our 1-3 positions are so mismatched and flawed. I still cant believe BC thought DD/Gay was a good idea when they both play the exact same style. It's like the NY Melo/Amare situation but with a lot less talented players.
Agreed. Also, I've seen KL as a drive and kick guy (at least the natural Lowry) - but who's he going to kick it out to-our ridiculously awesome 3 point shooters.Like you said a very mismatched trio.
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When he penetrated and kicked it out to Ross for his 3..........that is what I want to see more.
Like I've noted and others, who in the starting 5 going to kick it out to?
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Agreed. But it would require Casey to let Lowry actually run the team/plays instead of just handing the ball off to Demar or Rudy.
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The problem isn't Lowry passing to Gay and DD. The problem is Casey not putting the collar on Gay and DD about cutting down on the iso bullshit. Don't blame Lowry for the short-comings of Gay and DD.
Well said.
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