Despite playing 14 seasons in the NBA, Kyle Lowry had never played in a Christmas day game until this season. The opportunity was “cool” for the Toronto Raptors guard because his kids were able to see him play.
“Just having an opportunity to have my kids see me play on Christmas, it's cool, man,” Lowry told Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports. “It was something that took 14 years to get to, I got to it, unsuccessful but it was a fun, great time.”
Against the Boston Celtics, Lowry struggled in his performance. He ended with 14 points, four rebounds and eight assists while going 4-of-13 (30.8 percent) from the field and committing five turnovers. While he struggled in the scoring department, Fred VanVleet (27) and Chris Boucher (24) combined for 51 points for the Raptors to pick up some of the slack.
With more of a need to shoulder a heavier scoring load, Lowry is averaging 20.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 7.6 assists on the season. The departure of Kawhi Leonard to the Los Angeles Clippers during the offseason required Lowry to become more of a focus in the offense.
The indefinite absence of Pascal Siakam due to injury will surely add to the responsibility Lowry faces in the scoring department. It will be important that the five-time All-Star can continue to lead the way for the 21-10 Raptors for them to continue to hold a favorable placement in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Raptors face the Celtics again on Saturday, with this matchup taking place at TD Garden.