Raptors’ Kyle Lowry doubles down on ‘best two-way player’ comment on Kawhi Leonard
Earlier this postseason, Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said that his teammate, Kawhi Leonard, was the best two-way player in the NBA.
Well, Lowry doubled down on his assertion on Wednesday, once again proclaiming that Leonard is the game’s best two-way player:
“I think he’s the best two-way basketball player in the NBA,” Lowry told Mark Schwartz of ESPN. “…I’ve seen some stuff from him this year that you just say ‘wow.’ You appreciate the work that he’s put in. He works extremely hard at his game and works extremely hard on his body, and he loves this basketball thing. Loves it.”
I don’t think anyone is going to jump and disagree with Lowry at this point.
Leonard has probably been the league’s best two-way player for a couple of years running now, and this season, you can make a very good argument that he has established himself as the best player in the NBA, period.
Through the first five games of the NBA Finals, the 27-year-old is averaging 29.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists, two steals and 1.2 blocks over 40.4 minutes per game while shooting 43.3 percent from the floor, 37.8 percent from three-point range and 91.1 percent from the free-throw line.
Leonard nearly single-handedly delivered the Raptors the title in Game 5 on Monday night, pouring in 10 straight points in the fourth quarter to give Toronto a six-point lead with just over three minutes to go.
However, the Golden State Warriors responded with a 9-0 run of their own to take a three-point lead that they would never relinquish.
The Raptors lead the finals 3-2. Game 6 is on Thursday evening.