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Lowry must look to score with Raptors' playoff urgency setting in

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05.05.2019

PHILADELPHIA – The Toronto Raptors have enjoyed some of their biggest successes with Kyle Lowry as a ball-dominant, high-scoring, do-everything point guard.

But then came ‘culture reset’ – the notion that for the Raptors to reach even greater heights they would have to get more people involved offensively than Lowry and his partner in crime, DeMar DeRozan.

‘Hero ball’ was out; five-as-one was the new mantra.

But maybe it’s time to reach back into a bag of old tricks.

The situation: The Raptors trail their second-round series against the Philadelphia 76ers 2-1 and play Game 4 here on Sunday. Lose that one and history shows Toronto’s chances of winning the series plummet – teams trailing 3-1 advance only about four per cent of the time.

Oh, and it was announced shortly before the Raptors practiced on Saturday that Pascal Siakam was doubtful for Game 4 with a bruised right calf that he may or may not have sustained leg-whipping Sixers center Joel Embiid in Game 3.

And all of this is happening even with Kawhi Leonard playing about as well as playoff basketball can be played.

Remember how things around Raptor-land felt a week ago when Toronto had easily shredded the Sixers in Game 1 for their fifth-straight playoff win?

Things change, but the Raptors are in the familiar position of having their season and the direction of........

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