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Kyle Lowry shares his advice for Pascal Siakam following rough playoff series

Pascal Siakam

Kyle Lowry shared what his advice would be to Pascal Siakam following the Toronto Raptors’ playoff loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 7 on Friday night.

Toronto won the NBA championship last year and got eliminated in the conference semifinals this year. Siakam had a rough series against Boston, averaging only 14.9 points per game on 39.4 percent shooting. The 26-year-old forward didn’t make more than five field goals in a game over the last three playoff games.

Lowry experienced plenty of playoff struggles during his career before changing his reputation recently and knows what to say to Siakam.

“When we got swept by the Wizards I read every single article. I read every single thing that was said about me – good, bad, evil, terrible, awesome, and I used it as motivation. And that’s what (Siakam) is going to do. That’s the advice I would give him,” Lowry said via TSN 1050’s Josh Lewenberg.

The Raptors got swept by the Wizards in 2015 and Lowry shot just 31.6 percent that series. He’s been there and experienced the highs and lows and let that help him become a better player. His advice might be able to help Siakam make the most of a tough situation.

Kyle Lowry receives praise around league after huge Game 6

Kyle Lowry

Kyle Lowry received widespread praise among his peers after putting together a big performance in the Toronto Raptors’ 125-122 double-overtime win over the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series on Wednesday night.

Lowry scored 33 points on 12-of-20 shooting with six 3-pointers. He added eight rebounds and six assists to help carry the team on a night when Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet struggled.

Lowry got hot in the fourth quarter by making three straight 3-pointers to help maintain the lead. He also had a big bucket in the second overtime to make it a two-possession game with under 20 seconds left.

Lowry left many fans and colleagues impressed by his play.

Here are some of the tweets that were sent around the NBA community about Lowry:

This was Lowry’s third time scoring 30-plus points in an elimination game. He has helped turn around his reputation of being a postseason choker when he won the championship last year. Performances like this one only enhance his reputation around the league.

Kyle Lowry says teams were prepared to leave bubble without additional social justice measures

Kyle Lowry

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said Sunday that NBA teams were prepared to leave the bubble without further action on social justice.

The Milwaukee Bucks’ strike on Wednesday made it unclear if the season would continue. In the end, players opted to continue playing after receiving promises of action from the league and its owners.

Lowry confirmed that without those actions, teams considered leaving the bubble.

Lowry’s statement isn’t surprising. George Hill felt players shouldn’t be in the bubble at all. Two top teams were reportedly ready to end the season as well.

In the end, owners agreed to use arenas as voting sites for November’s election. Dialogue will continue on other potential actions as well.

Kyle Lowry leaves arena for testing on ankle injury

Kyle Lowry

Kyle Lowry left the arena on the Disney World campus in Orlando, Fla. to get testing done on his ankle during Game 4 of the Toronto Raptors’ playoff game against the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday.

Lowry exited the game after hurting his ankle stepping on the foot of Chris Chiozza in the first quarter.

TNT later showed video of Lowry hobbling as he left the arena. The Raptors said the point guard left to go elsewhere on the campus to receive diagnostic imaging.

Lowry had 2 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists prior to leaving the game. He’s averaging 16.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.7 steals per game during the postseason. Toronto entered Game 4 with a 3-0 series lead and a chance to earn the sweep.

Warriors minority owner who pushed Kyle Lowry to return to team’s executive board

Mark Stevens

The Golden State Warriors are about to make a potentially controversial reinstatement to their executive board.

Tim Kawakami of The Athletic reported Sunday that Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens will return to full active status as a team stakeholder once the current season is over. Stevens, who gained notoriety for pushing Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry during an NBA Finals game last year, will also return to Golden State’s executive board.

The billionaire venture capitalist Stevens was involved in the incident when he was sitting courtside during Game 3 of the 2019 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Lowry went crashing into Stevens in an attempt to chase down a loose ball, and Stevens responded by shoving and screaming at the All-Star guard. The embarrassing episode led to Warriors head coach Steve Kerr personally apologizing to the Raptors, who went on to win the series in six games. Stevens was eventually suspended for the entire 2019-20 season, fined $500,000, and not allowed to attend any games or team functions.

Some may say that Stevens, who has yet to see a game at the new Chase Center, has served a fitting punishment for his actions. Others though might see Stevens’ return to full ownership privileges as somewhat problematic.

From Luka Doncic to Chris Paul: Which guards deserve to make All-NBA

Luka Doncic

Little is known about when the NBA will make its highly-anticipated return. With close to three-fourths of the regular season in the books, the leaders for end-of-season awards have distinguished themselves from the pack. All-NBA selections are meant to represent the best players at their respective positions. Quantifying what it means to be the best at one’s position is as divisive of a debate as the Michael Jordan/LeBron James G.O.A.T. argument. Selection as an All-NBA player is about not only putting up impressive statistics, but also embodying winning with play on the court.

Without further ado, here are my selections for the All-NBA guards based on this shortened season’s body of work.

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Cavs considering discipline for fan who pushed Kyle Lowry

Kyle Lowry

For the second time in less than a year, Kyle Lowry was shoved by a fan who was sitting courtside on Thursday night. As expected, that fan could be facing serious disciplinary action from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Lowry was trying to save a ball from going out of bounds late in the fourth quarter of the Toronto Raptors’ win over the Cavs. He dove into the laps of two spectators, and one of them shoved Lowry with two hands as the star point guard was getting back to his feet. Lowry expressed frustration to reporters after the game.

According to a report from Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, the Cavs and the NBA are reviewing the incident. They plan to look at multiple angles of the shove to determine if the fan acted maliciously, and it is possible the fan could be banned from attending events at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse for life.

You can’t blame Lowry for being angry. He was shoved by a fan during a similar play in the NBA Finals last year, and that “fan” ended up being Golden State Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens. Stevens was banned for the remainder of the playoffs and wrote a $500,000 check.

Report: Pacers fan told Kyle Lowry ‘stop whining’

Kyle Lowry

Kyle Lowry was set off by a fan during Monday night’s Toronto Raptors-Indiana Pacers game, and what the fan supposedly said to him is now being reported.

With 8:30 left in the second quarter, Lowry was chasing Doug McDermott on defense and went up for a block under the basket. His momentum took him towards the fans behind the basket. As Lowry began walking back towards the baseline, he turned around, walked towards a fan, and pointed a finger at the fan.

The fan was shown to have cupped his hands around his mouth to yell something. What did the fan say? According to The Athletic’s Scott Agness, the fan yelled “stop whining” at Lowry. Agness says the fan was interviewed and returned to his seat.

Fan conduct at games has become a more sensitive topic recently. Last season Russell Westbrook got into it with a Utah Jazz fan, who was later banned and has since filed a lawsuit. Over the weekend, Isaiah Thomas went into the stands to confront a fan who cursed at him. Thomas was suspended two games as punishment. Many players seem to be taking a stand against what they feel is inappropriate conduct.

What the fan did in this case to set off Lowry still seems to be in question. The Pacers ended up winning 120-115 in overtime.

Kyle Lowry out at least two weeks with left thumb fracture

Kyle Lowry

The Toronto Raptors will be without guard Kyle Lowry for at least the next two weeks after he suffered a left thumb fracture.

Lowry injured his thumb Friday against the New Orleans Pelicans. He’ll be reevaluated in two weeks, according to ESPN’s Rachel Nichols.

Lowry will miss a West Coast road trip, including games against both the Clippers and Lakers. He’ll also have to be rushed back in order to play against the Philadelphia 76ers on Nov. 25.

The point guard is a significant loss for Toronto. He was averaging 21.8 points and 6.5 assists per game this season. He underwent surgery on the same thumb during the offseason, but there is no indication that the two injuries are connected in any way.

Report: Raptors have rebuffed trade offers for veterans like Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol

Kyle Lowry

Despite Kawhi Leonard’s departure this summer, the Toronto Raptors are not about to do anything drastic with their roster.

Sean Deveney of Heavy.com reported on Friday that teams have reached out to the Raptors about potential trades for their veteran players Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol, and Serge Ibaka but have been turned down. Deveney adds that Toronto has a rebuilding plan that does not include tanking.

Amid Leonard leaving for the LA Clippers after delivering the Raptors their first-ever NBA title in June, the team went out and signed the likes of Stanley Johnson and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. They have also reportedly started talks with new franchise cornerstone Pascal Siakam about a potential extension.

Though the Raptors have been getting disrespected everywhere lately, they did go 17-5 in the 22 games that Leonard sat for load management last season, so it makes sense for them to see what they have in their remaining core.