Erik Spoelstra said Coach Kyle might be taking things past the point of comfort for Kyle Lowry. But, yes, the Miami Heat coach said he is particularly comfortable having the veteran point guard alongside while sidelined by a hamstring strain. 630 more wordsWith no other option, Heat turn to Coach Kyle in Game 6 vs. 76ers — Boston Herald
Kyle Lowry was back, and back home. The next step for the Miami Heat point guard and Philadelphia native is getting back to being himself. Sidelined for two weeks with a hamstring strain, Lowry clearly was less than himself in the 99-79 Friday night road loss to the Philadelphia 76ers that trimmed the Heat’s lead…Hamstrung in initial return, Heat’s Kyle Lowry vows to be better Sunday — Boston Herald
TORONTO & MIAMI POSTGAME VIDEO: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2j8fgl17gig3szo/AAB_ze09Pd9gbmQ4iXZXs3URa?dl=0
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FINAL SCORE: MIAMI HEAT 114, TORONTO RAPTORS 109
DATE: SUNDAY APRIL 3, 2022 ATTENDACE: 19,800 (Sellout)
|FINAL SCORE||RECORD||HIGH POINTS||HIGH REBOUNDS||HIGH ASSISTS|
|Miami||114||51-28||Strus – 23||Adebayo/Herro – 9||Lowry – 10|
|Toronto||109||45-33||Siakam/VanVleet – 29||Siakam – 8||VanVleet – 7|
Tied at 93 with 5:38 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Heat went on a 14-4 run to push its lead to 107-97 with 2:22 left in the game … Miami led for the rest of the contest.
Miami shot .474 (18-38) from beyond the arc, including 75 percent (6-8) in the final quarter … The Heat improve to 27-2 when shooting 40 percent from three-point range.
- With the loss, Toronto falls to 45-33 this season and 21-17 at home … The Raptors continue a four-game homestand (Apr. 3-8) Tuesday vs. Philadelphia.
- Fred VanVleet finished with 29 points, a team-high seven assists and three steals in 41 minutes … VanVleet connected on four three-point field goals tonight and has now set a single-season franchise record with 240 three-pointers this year.
- Pascal Siakam recorded 29 points, eight rebounds and five assists in 43 minutes … Siakam has now scored 20+ points in 14 of the last 17 games (Mar. 3 – Apr. 3), averaging 26.0 points and shooting .525 (168-320) during this stretch … Siakam has tallied 20+ points, 5+ rebounds and 5+ assists in a single-season franchise record 25 games this year.
- Scottie Barnes scored 19 points and added seven rebounds in 35 minutes … Barnes has tallied 15+ points in 39 games this season, ranking second All-time among Raptors rookies behind only Damon Stoudamire (52) during the 1995-96 season.
- With the win, Miami improves to 51-28, including 24-16 on the road … The Heat have now won four consecutive games (Mar. 28 – April 3) for the first time since Feb. 17-28, 2021 … Miami will return home to play Charlotte Tuesday night.
- Max Strus scored a team-high 23 points and went seven-for-nine from three-point range tonight … Strus has scored 20+ points 10 times in his career, including in eight games this season.
- Victor Oladipo recorded a season-best 21 points, including a career high-tying six three-point field goals … Oladipo has appeared in seven games for Miami this season after undergoing surgery on his right quadriceps tendon in May 2021.
- Kyle Lowry finished with 16 points, 10 assists and six rebounds in 34 minutes for his 16th double-double of the season … The Heat are 11-5 this season when Lowry records a double-double.
- Bam Adebayo tallied 16 points and nine rebounds in 36 minutes … Adebayo went 6-for-12 from the field and has now shot 50 percent in a career-best 14 consecutive games (Mar. 7 – Apr. 3).
- The Heat’s bench outscored Toronto’s 45-to-13 … Miami’s reserves have totaled 3,183 points this year, the third most in franchise history behind just the 2018-19 reserves (3,564) and 2017-18 bench (3,313).
|2021-22 SEASON-SERIES||ALL-TIME RECORDS|
|DATE||SITE||RESULT||RAPTORS WINS||HEAT WINS|
|01/29/2022||Miami||W 124-120 (3OT)||at Toronto:||23||24|
|02/01/2022||Toronto||W 110-106||at Miami:||15||34|
The NBA is investigating the Raptors signing-and-trading Kyle Lowry to the Heat, a deal revealed just as free agency began.Raptors’ Masai Ujiri: ‘It’s incredible how every NBA team has a deal done by 6:02’ — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports
In 2000, the NBA voided Joe Smith’s contract with the Timberwolves.Report: Heat will almost certainly be allowed to keep Kyle Lowry — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports
This adds to the mounting evidence Toronto won’t trade Lowry.Report: Raptors telling teams they won’t trade Kyle Lowry — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports
• Kyle Lowry has 17 career triple-doubles, including 15 with Toronto. Lowry’s 15
triple-doubles are more than all other Raptors combined (13). With 22 points, 13
rebounds, and 10 assists Jan. 11 at Portland, Pascal Siakam became the first
Raptor other than Lowry to record a triple-double since Jose Calderon (Dec. 16,
2012 vs. Houston).
Kyle Lowry recorded a season-best 15 assists Jan. 31 vs. Orlando. Lowry is the only player to total 15 or more assists in a game for the Raptors since Jose Calderon in 2012. Lowry has dished out 15+ assists six times during his nine seasons in Toronto (Last: Jan. 12, 2020 vs. Sacramento) and a total of eight times during his career. Lowry’s career high is 18 assists, which he accomplished twice with the Houston Rockets. Lowry is Toronto’s franchise leader with 4,056 total assists.
If the first two games of the NBA pre-season were all about getting a good look at some of the lesser-known Raptors, the third and final tune-up was all about getting the regulars their legs under them. Read MoreRaptors drop final tune-up but Lowry looks to be in mid-season form — Toronto Sun
Following a hard-fought Game 7 loss to the Boston Celtics that ended the Toronto Raptors‘ postseason in the second round, Kyle Lowry spoke candidly his team’s nearly 15-month run as defending NBA champions. “I enjoyed this year. The emergence of Pascal (Siakam). The emergence of Freddy (VanVleet). Just being around these guys, these young guys,” […]Lowry reflects on memorable Raptors season: ‘I enjoyed this year’ — Portal4News
Following a hard-fought Game 7 loss to the Boston Celtics that ended the Toronto Raptors‘ postseason in the second round, Kyle Lowry spoke candidly his team’s nearly 15-month run as defending NBA champions.
“I enjoyed this year. The emergence of Pascal (Siakam). The emergence of Freddy (VanVleet). Just being around these guys, these young guys,” Lowry told reporters moments after the 92-87 defeat. “Now we got a couple free agents, I’m going to be really happy for these guys that’s going out into free agency and going to get paid.”
The Raptors’ roster could look considerably different entering the 2020-21 season, with key rotation pieces VanVleet, Serge Ibaka, and Marc Gasol all set to hit unrestricted free agency. VanVleet, in particular, is expected to garner significant interest and a hefty payday on the open market.
Though Lowry is disappointed his team is leaving Orlando despite having “more to give,” the floor general expressed bittersweet emotions about finally flying home.
“I get to go see my babies, man. I’ve been going damn near three months without seeing my kids,” Lowry said. “I don’t want to be going home, I really don’t, and I know my kids don’t want me to be home because they want their daddy to win another championship, but I get to go see my babies.”
The All-Star point guard finished his 14th NBA season with averages of 19.4 points, 7.5 assists, and five rebounds across 58 regular-season games. The 34-year-old went on to average 17 points, 5.6 assists, and 6.3 rebounds in 11 postseason contests.
Lowry is under contract with the Raptors through the 2020-21 campaign.Tags:
It’s a best of three now. The Celtics were a half second away from taking a 3-0 stranglehold on the Raptors in Game 3. Kyle Lowry and OG Anunoby said ‘Not just yet’ stealing Game 3 and a completely different looking Raptors unit took the floor for Game 4. This time there was no buzzer-beater […]GANTER: Raptors have their swagger back now — Toronto Sun
It’s a best of three now.
The Celtics were a half second away from taking a 3-0 stranglehold on the Raptors in Game 3.
Kyle Lowry and OG Anunoby said ‘Not just yet’ stealing Game 3 and a completely different looking Raptors unit took the floor for Game 4.
This time there was no buzzer-beater needed as the Raptors pulled away for a 100-93 win to even up the series.
The Raptors were the clear aggressors in this game continually building leads but to the Celtics credit continually having to re-establish those leads after the Celts response.
But there was a different look in Toronto from the very outset.
No one between games was willing to say the Raptor swagger was definitively back given how little of Game 3 they actually controlled but it’s a much safer statement following Game 4.
The three-point game, a staple of their offence was back led by that stellar backfourt of Fred VanVleet and Kyle Lowry who were a combined 9-for-20 from distance. Serge Ibaka off the bench was a perfect 4-for-4 from behind the arc.
Were it not for Pascal Siakam’s 2-for-13 from distance, the team average would have been other worldly.
HOW ABOUT SERGE
Ibaka really isn’t getting the credit he deserves in this series.
With Gasol not quite himself until about Game 3, it was Ibaka who was so important just to give the Raptors a chance in Game 2.
With Gasol looking more like himself in Game 3 and again in Game 4 (despite the foul trouble) Ibaka has ccontinued to play big minutes as Nurse’s first or second man off the bench.
Nurse has been talking up Ibaka’s shooting since the re-start began and for good reason. Ibaka has been averaging just under 16 points a game in the playoffs for the Raptors in just over 24 minutes.
“Serge plays like that, we’re always a better team,” Lowry said afterwards. “When our bigs played the way they did tonight — Marc (Gasol) hit a big shot for us, Serge does like he did tonight, it gives us a big lift.”
NOT CELTICS’ NIGHT
The Celtics have been so good through three games it was almost unbelievable watching them shooting makeable three after makeable three Saturday night and missing.
The Celtics were just 7-for-35 from three in the game with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, their two big gunners going a combined 3-for-17.
Obviously credit the Raptors defence but sometimes the ball just isn’t falling and it seemed like that was the case for a good portion of the night for
the Celtics, but Brown in particular.
The Raptors on the other hand hit 17 threes in the game and while they weren’t real happy about their mid-range game – “We shot like crap from two” was how Fred VanVleet put it, they had a decent night from behind the arc. Lowry still thinks they can be better overall.
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“I still think we’re not close to where we could be shooting it at but we made some threes in a good stretch in the third quarter, made some big ones in the fourth,” Lowry said. “You know, the way they play defence is: they contest really, really hard, but we’ve just got to shoot the ball with confidence and continue to shoot the ball with confidence and keep getting better. If we get one of those games where we get really, really hot, it makes a big difference.”
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens was rather adamant that the Celtics did carry a bit of a grudge into Saturday’s game after the way Game 3 ended.
“I don’t think there’s any question that we were (angry) and guys played exceptionally hard and did a lot of good things,” he said defending his team. “But the other team is out there, too. And they made it very tough on us. When you miss, as we know, it can kinda cascade on you, and that’s what happened tonight. We gotta handle that better. I was pretty encouraged at halftime. We were shooting awful and it was 49-49. But it’s part of it. Gotta play better, gotta shoot better, gotta feel better. Gotta be ready to go on Monday night.”
Pre-game Stevens revealed injured forward/guard Gordon Hayward was due back on the NBA campus on Sunday at which point he will have to undergo a four-day quarantine. But as for a return, Stevens tamped down expectations. “He’s not going to play any time soon,” he said … The Miami Heat are a win away from sending the East’s No. 1 seeded Milwaukee Bucks home from the bubble. News yesterday had Giannis Antetokounmpo questionable for Game 4 with an ankle sprain which makes things infinintely tougher for the Bucks who would be without their leading scorer and leading rebounder … Speaking of the Heat, and we only bring this to your attention to start stoking the fire in case the matchup eventually comes to pass. But long-time Heat beat writer Ira Winderman was asked in his daily exchange with readers who he thought the Heat would rather face in an Eastern Final should they eventually finish off the Bucks. Winderman who knows better than most not to mess with the basketball gods, began by reminding his reader the Heat had not yet qualified for the Conference Final. Only after that did he finally admit the Heat would probably prefer to see the Raptors who they handled better in the regular season than they fared against the Celtics. But don’t let that stop you from starting your Miami-doesn’t respect-Toronto file.