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Raptors coach Nick Nurse hails Kyle Lowry’s performance in Game 1 loss to Bucks

Nick Nurse, Kyle Lowry, Raptors, Bucks

Despite the loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Toronto Raptors head coach Nick nurse hailed Kyle Lowry’s performance. Per NBA TV in a postgame conference, Nurse was confident that every shot that Lowry took would swish the net.

“Every time he let it go tonight, you were like that’s going in.”

Lowry finished the game with 30 points, eight rebounds, including seven 3-pointers. His services were critical in the fourth quarter as Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks mounted a comeback.

In fact, he was the only Raptors player who scored a field goal in the fourth. The 33-year-old was 5-of-7 from the field while the rest of the team was 0-of-15. Kawhi Leonard — the team’s best player — scored two points via free throws. He was 0-of-5 from the field. Lowry’s efforts kept the Raptors’ heads above water. Clearly, it wasn’t enough. No single player can beat a team like the Bucks.

While Nurse praised Lowry’s efforts, he knows that the rest of the team cannot put up another mediocre performance in Game 2. Given that the Bucks are the stronger team on paper, the Raptors’ short-term goal is to steal one on the road. And the only way to do this is for the whole team to show up — especially in the fourth quarter.