Man Crush Monday: Kyle Lowry
The old saying goes; you can’t keep a good man down. In basketball you can’t keep a good player down, no matter how long they struggle if they are good enough they will eventually right themselves. This is what finally happened on Sunday for one player during game 7 of the second round matchup between the Miami Heat and the Toronto Raptors. This week’s Man Crush Monday Kyle Lowry led his team to victory.
Lowry scored 35 points, dished out 9 assists, hauled down 7 rebounds, and got 4 steals to help the Raptors beat the Heat 116 to 89, and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history. Lowry was 5-for-7 from beyond the three-point line and shot 11-for-20 from the field overall. Less than two weeks ago he scored 7 points in Game 1 and stayed in the gym afterwards until 1 a.m. to work on his jump shot. Lowry’s inconsistency in this series was becoming the subject of all the morning sports talk shows, and it wasn’t without notice. His hard work to get back to his All-Star caliber play paid off and now his team with face Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
After 21 years in existence, the Toronto Raptors have made it past the second round. Lowry and fellow All-Star and Man Crush alum DeMar DeRozan are excited to be there, but are still hungry to do more according to their head coach Dwayne Casey. They have their work cut out for them with Cleveland who is well rested after sweeping the Atlanta Hawks. With some health concerns still keeping them from full strength, Lowry will have to continue his performance from last night as well DeRozan. Toronto visits Cleveland for Game 1 Tuesday at 7:30 pm EST.
Kevin McQuade covers the NBA for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @kmcquade9.