Kyle Lowry and Demar DeRozan. The two important backcourt players have been the center of attraction even after their team Toronto Raptors defeated Indiana Pacers 98-87 in a crucial game two. The reason is that these two important players had a low performance level in the game.
DeRozan was almost off from his best for a major part of the match. And Lowry looked being compelled to try out for alternative methods outside regular scoring. And despite the fact that Raptures leveled the series 1-1 with the victory, the team management does not seem satisfied with these players’ performance.
And the team management’s frustration on these players seem to have increased after both of them had excellent show in the Game One where they shoot a combined 8 of 32 from field goal range. But in the Game Two they altogether scored 28 points on 9 of 31 from shooting. And the difference in their performance has raised doubts whether Raptors will be able to achieve long term play-off success, carrying with this inconsistency.
Lowry struck four of 13. But he contributed nine assists, seven rebounds and scored 10 of his 18 points from the free throw line. DeRozan however was far off the mark. He let off five of 15 for 10 points. He had to seat out the entire fourth quarter. In a more disappointment DeRozan also failed to reach the free throw line for the first time this season.
However, Lowry, while talking to media, tried to defend his partner. He said, “It does not matter whether me or DeRozan are not at his best. The ultimate thing which matters is that we needed the victory badly and we have won it. I would like to thank Rozan also as even after being placed on the bench he never hesitated to cheer us. And that is the spirit he has maintained throughout the match. That is why he is important for any team.”