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Legacy Lowry leaves behind with Raptors hinges on Game 7 vs. 76ers

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TORONTO – He’s been here a long time. More than half of his long career. Long enough to play more playoff games than anyone who has ever worn a Toronto Raptors uniform; long enough to win more playoff games than any other Raptor. Long enough to lead the franchise in steals and (soon) lead it in assists.

Long enough to be acknowledged – by knowledgeable fans anyway — as the most impactful single on-court performer the franchise has ever had.

Long enough that Toronto is Lowry’s basketball home, regardless of where he’s been, where he’s from or where he goes from here.

In time, Lowry’s career with the Raptors – barring some kind of epic, messy break-up – will be properly celebrated. The 33-year-old who plays basketball in a way a traditional hockey market can easily appreciate will be recognized in some permanent way, shape or form.

For the moment the manner doesn’t matter. He’s done enough to deserve whatever he gets. Never forget: the previous No.7 for Toronto was Andrea Bargnani, the marshmallow-minded Italian who is Lowry’s opposite in every conceivable way.

For scrubbing his memory alone, Lowry deserves a medal.

But Sunday evening’s game at Scotiabank Arena will go a long way towards determining not only how Lowry is rewarded, but how he’s remembered.

Guide the Raptors to a win in their second-round, Game 7 showdown with his hometown Philadelphia 76ers and Lowry will have one more milestone on his lengthy Raptors resume.

Whether the team advances to the NBA Finals or not and whatever happens in what is likely shaping up to be a tumultuous off-season, helping the Raptors to two Eastern Conference Finals in four years is an accomplishment that should never be........

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