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Raptors’ Nick Nurse says Kyle Lowry is ‘tailor-made’ for playmaker role

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For Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse, Kyle Lowry is ‘tailor-made’ for the playmaker role. He’s no longer the number one or two scoring option for a team. And it’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Per LWOS Toronto Raptors, Nurse commented on how he adjusted Lowry to be a playmaker from being a primary scoring option.

“I don’t think he feels the weight of the world on his shoulders anymore. His natural instincts have been to lead a team, play his guts out…and I love him in this role. I think he’s tailor-made for it.”

So far, the 32-year-old Lowry is averaging 11.3 points in the playoffs. This is his second lowest-career average, the first one is his playoff debut in the 2008-2009 playoffs where he averaged 5.3 points. However, Lowry is currently logging in 8.3 assists per game — his second-highest average. Last year, he dished out 8.5 assists per game.

The statistics, as well as Nurse’s words, prove that Lowry is doing just fine. Raptors fans panicked for a bit after the guard finished with 0 points in Game 1 against the Orlando Magic. Though he picked up the slack in Game 2 and 3, Lowry finished with just nine points in Game 4. But as Nurse said, he has shifted Lowry’s role to a scoring guard to a playmaker. And being that they hold a 3-1 lead over the Magic, it seems that his strategy has been working to perfection.