Sports Kyle Lowry struggling with Raptors’ new approach

04:05  07 november  2017
04:05  07 november  2017 Source:   Toronto Star

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All-star guard is taking fewer shots as he tries to get teammates more involved.

And right now Kyle Lowry ’s game is at least hinting at a key fact for the Raptors as they try to navigate a very difficult six-game road swing that Lowry ’s struggles are curious because as the Raptors ushered in their new approach , the thinking was that among their all-star backcourt, it would be

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, leaving the court after being ejected Sunday, has had a slow start to the season. © Frank Gunn Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, leaving the court after being ejected Sunday, has had a slow start to the season.

It has been a slow process and a frustrating one for Kyle Lowry as he tries to figure out just what the Raptors need from him and how he can provide it, a transition that hasn’t gone nearly as well as the team’s point guard would like.

He has not had one of those Lowry games where he takes over and goes off for 30-something points or a dozen or so assists, dominating the play and doing things that have made him a three time all-star.

Instead, he is kind of muddling along, figuring things out on the fly, fully expecting it to come together at some point, even if that point hasn’t presented itself in the first nine games of the regular season.

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The Raptors are on a three game losing streak, are 5-5 in their last ten, and are only one game over .500 (13-12) since the New Year. It isn’t a coincidence that the team’s struggles coincide with Kyle Lowry playing some of his worst basketball since donning the Raptors uniform.

“We’re not doing as many pick-and-roll plays — we’re running a few, some drags in transition — but when other teams score we’re in our open series and it’s about getting off the ball and moving and cutting and reading,” Lowry said after the Raptors’ practice Monday afternoon. “Right now I’m just trying to figure it out and trying to work within the offence. I’m not trying to force anything. I’m just trying to find my way through it.”

Lowry didn’t want to discuss his two-technical ejection in Sunday’s loss to Washington — “You know I ain’t going to say nothing about it because I’m not getting fined . . . simple as that,” he said — but he was more than willing to chat about his place in an offence that has moved away from a pick-and-roll-dominated system centred on Lowry and DeMar DeRozan to a more free-flowing, read-and-react style.

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For Lowry , the Raptors just might not be enough, but his free agency market doesn’t have much to offer. Are Kyle Lowry ’s days in the North numbered? On the other hand, the Raptors struggle in the playoffs and are dominated by players like LeBron James who crush their dreams year after year.

The 31-year-old veteran remains a bit mystified about why it hasn’t clicked for him yet.

“I don’t know, man, honestly,” he said. “I think the way we’re moving the ball, the ball’s not in my hands as much. They want me to just try to get everyone involved and, for me, I’ve been used to having the ball in my hands . . . (If) I don’t have the ball I can’t read the defence as much as I usually could before.

“Last couple years, Coach would give me the game for the first five, six, seven minutes. I could feel out the game and get passes off and get everyone involved and now it’s like everyone has to be involved from the jump. For me, it’s getting off the ball, moving and cutting, and it just hasn’t been there for me yet.​”

Raptors coach Dwane Casey understands he’s asking a lot of his two all-star guards. Lowry and DeRozan, more than anyone on the team, are being asked to sacrifice touches and stretches of dominance in search of a more fluid style. Nine games is a small sample size but Lowry’s field goal attempts are at a five-year low (11.2 per game) and he is only shooting 37.6 per cent from the field and 32.7 per cent from three-point range.

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“I appreciate their patience,” Casey said. “They’re working with it, they’re trying, but it has taken them out of their comfort level where they’ve been productive. We’ve got to stick with it, we’re going to stick with it because in the long run — and I know it’s hard to see now (because) it’s not equating to wins — but in the long run it’s going to help them.”

With Lowry and, to a lesser degree, DeRozan still finding their way, the team’s starting unit has struggled. They were brutal in Sunday’s loss to Washington and as bad during a thrashing in Denver last week. They’ve had some good games but also too many bad ones and the search for consistency goes on.

“I think we’ve just got to come out with more energy, more passion,” Lowry said. “I think our first unit we’ve got to figure out how to play together. I know we’re trying to play a certain way but we’ve got to figure out a way to play together and have everyone on the same page from jump street.”

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