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Reformed hothead Lowry shows mettle in Game 3 run-in with Stevens

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OAKLAND – Fitting that at an NBA Finals where the presenting sponsor is YouTube, we are offered a cautionary tale – maybe even a parable – about how to manage yourself in those split seconds when the global camera phone turns itself to you.

How in a blink you face the risk – or the opportunity – of revealing your true self for everyone to see. No do-overs.

Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry has had a long tail of adjectives attached to him over the course of his 13-year NBA career: Hot-headed. Stubborn. Hard-headed. Difficult.

By his own admission, Lowry didn’t always manage the frustrations and emotions of his high-stress work environment as smoothly as he could have.

A lot of those shorthand descriptors have fallen away as he’s grown and matured. Lowry, 33, credits his determination to be a proper role model for his two young boys as another factor in his personal development.

It’s that growth that has helped Lowry guide the Raptors to these previously unthinkable heights: up 2-1 over the Golden State Warriors with a chance to take a stranglehold on the NBA Finals with a win Friday night at Oracle Arena in Game 4.

Worst case they come back to Toronto with a split and a best-of-three series with two home games to bring the NBA Championship to Canada for the first time.

A Raptors title would be a major win for the little guys and a kick at the existing NBA super-team order. Lowry, a late first-round pick who cycled through two franchises before finding footing in Toronto, is the perfect representative for what would be the first NBA championship won by a team without a lottery pick on its roster.

And to do it over the Warriors? The colossus that morphed into your standard corporate overlord the minute they added Kevin Durant to a 73-9 team? The plucky tech startup that grew up........

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