Following a series of unfortunate misadventures, Kyle Lowry had earned a reputation for disappearing in the playoffs.
But he finally has that King Kong sized monkey off his back after a tremendous Eastern Conference finals against the Bucks.
Lowry gave the Raptors exactly what they need, exactly when they needed it.
It wasn’t a display of all-out superstardom, but more the perfect support act to the all-conquering Kawhi Leonard.
Toronto was 19 points per 100 possessions better on offence when Lowry was on the floor.
He trumped every other Raptor in that department, including Leonard.
Lowry hit 51 percent from the field and 49 percent from three and came up with more than a handful of big shots.
Of course, Lowry now has to face the NBA’s best team.
But he can take comfort in the fact he’s already overcome the NBA’s best defence.
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Warriors at Raptors, NBA Finals Game 1
Thursday 9pm (USA) / Friday 11am (AUS)
USA times: ET / Australian times: AEST