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Kawhi Leonard says Kyle Lowry is ‘definitely going to play better’ in Game 2

Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry

Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry endured perhaps the worst performance of his career on Saturday. Regardless, it appears forward Kawhi Leonard is still optimistic that his team’s point guard will figure it out sooner rather than later.

Lowry was virtually non-existent during Toronto’s 104-101 loss to the Orlando Magic in Game 1. According to Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports, Leonard feels Lowry will fare much better in Game 2.

“Just encourage him to keep shooting. He had some good looks tonight, they just didn’t fall. He’s gonna get in a rhythm. He’s been sitting for the last 5 games after missing the Minnesota game, so I think next game he’s definitely going to play better.”

Lowry finished the game with zero points on 0-for-7 shooting, which included six misses from deep. The veteran did his best to help make an impact in other ways, finishing with eight assists, seven rebounds, and two steals. Unfortunately, it was his inability to score that ultimately proved to make the difference in the outcome.

It’s safe to say that there is plenty of truth to Leonard’s comments. Lowry must play better next game since it cannot get much worse than going scoreless in a playoff game. Although Toronto has been pegged as one of the favorites to win the East, they will not get very far if their All-Star point guard is unable to find any kind of rhythm on offense.

The Raptors relied heavily on Leonard down the stretch, and he was mostly able to oblige. However, Lowry will also need to find a way to contribute in order to take some pressure off his star teammate’s shoulders moving forward.