Raptors news: Fred VanVleet isn't worried about Kyle Lowry
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Raptors guard Fred VanVleet isn’t worried about Kyle Lowry heading into Game 2 vs. Magic

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Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry was held scoreless in their 104-101 Game 1 loss against the Orlando Magic. The veteran guard played 34 minutes but missed all of his seven shots from the field, six of which came from beyond the arc. Despite his struggles, Lowry’s teammates don’t seem to be worried about him.

Raptors guard Fred VanVleet said¬†that Toronto doesn’t rely on Lowry’s scoring alone because he’s capable of doing more than just that.

“As long as he’s still leading, still talking, still taking charges and yelling at the refs and scratching and fighting then he’s doing his job. Obviously he does a lot more than just score. He’ll make shots. He’s done it. He’s proven it,” VanVleet said, per Josh Lewenberg of The Sport Network.

Kyle Lowry did have seven rebounds, eight assists and two steals in the game, proving that he can still contribute in a lot of ways for his team.

Even with Lowry’s offensive struggles, the Raptors managed to control the game for the majority of the second half. They managed to erase Orlando’s 16-point lead in the second quarter and were up 11 heading into the fourth.

However, Toronto was unable to hold onto their double-digit lead, allowing Orlando to make a 10-2 run in the final six minutes. It gave the Magic the opportunity to steal the game, which they did.

Just like Lowry, the Raptors are expected to play better in Game 2 at Toronto on Tuesday, as they look to even the series at one game apiece.