Down OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet, the Toronto Raptors didn't have enough to keep up with their opponent on Wednesday night as they suffered a 129-105 loss to the Detroit Pistons.
TAKEAWAYS: Shorthanded Raptors can't keep up with Pistons
Kyle Lowry did what he could in the loss, finishing with 21 points (on 5-for-11 shooting), a team-high six assists and four rebounds in 35 minutes of action but after the game, the six-time All-Star indicated that he should have done more.
"I really could have shot a lot more," Lowry told reporters (per TSN's Josh Lewenberg). "I shot 11 times but I wanted to play the right way just to keep everybody involved.
"I take a little bit of heat on myself because I should've shot more. I should've been more aggressive."
This season, Lowry is attempting 13.0 field goals per game, a figure he has surpassed 16 times in 28 games. Since returning from the thumb injury that held him out of four games, Lowry attempted 13 shots in an eight-point loss to the Miami Heat, nine shots in an 11-point win over the Houston Rockets and 11 shots in Wednesday's loss to the Pistons.
Despite insisting that he should have been more aggressive, Lowry was one of just five Raptors to finish in double figures against the Pistons, the other being Norman Powell (33 points), Chris Boucher (18 points), Aron Baynes (13 points) and Matt Thomas (11 points).
Outside of the above five, Toronto shot a combined 2-for-21 (9.5 percent) from the field, though Lowry tried to continue to get each of them involved with his playmaking.
It gets no easier for the Raptors, who now travel to TD Garden to take on the Boston Celtics for their final game of the first half of the 2020-21 NBA season before the All-Star break. Toronto has lost eight of its last 10 in Boston but in the team's most recent road win over the Celtics (Dec. 28, 2019), Lowry stepped up to finish with 30 points and seven assists as the team was without two starters in Siakam and Marc Gasol.
A more aggressive Lowry could put forth a similar effort in Thursday night's meeting.
Toronto takes on Boston on Thursday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m. on TSN in the Bell Game of the Week .
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