2. Kyle Lowry was the unsung hero in the series
The Raptors’ All-Star and vocal leader, Lowry was simply amazing Saturday night. After all the ups and downs in the playoffs, he was the aggressor and main facilitator in Game 6 and impacted the game in many areas to help his team get the win.
KLOE (Kyle Lowry Over Everything) got into the lane and disrupted the Bucks’ lengthy defenders. When driving into the lane he used his body to push away defenders for a bucket/foul or pass it to a teammate for an open look. When Lowry plays with this type of aggressiveness, he is hard to beat.
In all three matchups this postseason, he has outplayed his positional matchup, proving he is one of the best in the Eastern Conference. In this series, Lowry averaged 19.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.2 assists on 50.7 percent shooting from the field and 3.3 makes on 46.5 percent from deep. The narrative about Lowry’s postseason struggles has been vastly overstated going into this series. He stepped up big and was the unsung hero for his team.
Arguably one of the greatest players in the franchise’s history, his journey with the team this year has been spectacular. He is the longest-tenured player on the current roster and when accepting the Eastern Conference Championship, you could see his emotion from all the hard work he put in with the team paid off. The hard-nosed, pit bull style of grittiness play is what the fanbase fell in love with years ago.
Lowry’s playmaking this season has reached another level because his team has become less dependent on his scoring as they have in seasons past. He is playing at one of the highest levels going into the NBA Finals. He will have a difficult matchup in the next round against Stephen Curry, but if this playoff run taught us anything, Lowry and his Raptors love exceeding expectations and playing as the underdogs.