Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce says Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry is a “regular-season player.”
Lowry’s playoff struggles are well-documented. The guard had a nightmare Game 1 against the Orlando Magic, as he failed to score a point in 33 minutes of action.
The Raptors lost Game 1 by a final score of 104-101. If Lowry had even scored just two baskets, the Raptors would have probably won Game 1:
"Kyle Lowry is a regular season player" – @paulpierce34 #NBATwitter #NBAPlayoffs #TheJump #WeTheNorth https://t.co/RrGWLlwN9f
— 𝐓𝐚𝐥𝐤𝐢𝐧' 𝐍𝐁𝐀 (@_Talkin_NBA) April 15, 2019
Lowry has played in 50 playoff games with the Raptors. He’s averaging 17.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.2 assists while shooting 41.5 percent from the field, 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78.8 percent from the free-throw line.
Lowry is making $31 million this season. It’s doesn’t matter that he had seven rebounds and eight assists in Game 1. You can’t be making that much money and not score a single point in a playoff game. At the end of the day, basketball has always been about putting the ball in the basket.
Magic point guard D.J. Augustin had a great Game 1. He finished with 25 points and six assists and hit the game-winning 3-pointer.
Kyle Lowry should be able to have a bounce-back Game 2. Most of his struggles in the postseason happen in Game 1s. If he doesn’t play better in Game 2, though, Lowry is going to hear it from the critics.