“(Lowry) carried us,” Casey told the Toronto Sun. “He did a good job of closing it out, he kept the pace, he kept the tempo after stops.”
It may surprise some to learn that ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus metric ranks Lowry as the third most impactful player in the league this season (he’s also third in Win Shares and Value Over Replacement Player). Lowry’s not quite that quality of player, but it’s hardly an aberration – it speaks to how well Lowry’s played.
He’s averaging 20.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.4 assists, and 2.8 steal while shooting 40.4 percent from deep, and the Raptors are outscoring opponents by nine points per 100 possessions with Lowry on the court.
Losing weight during the offseason has also allowed Lowry to find his range. He ranks among the league’s elite in spot-up shooting.
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