After dropping Game 2, the Toronto Raptors have fallen into a 2-0 hole in their first-round series with the Boston Celtics.
It's not unfamiliar territory for the Raps, who overcame the same deficit in last season's Eastern Conference Finals by winning four straight games.
After Toronto's Game 2 loss, Kyle Lowry, who was a major catalyst in last year's comeback, spoke on the team's mentality.
"I mean, we're pretty pissed right now," Lowry told reporters. "We're down 0-2 but we have to go back, look at the film, understand what we've done wrong and what we could do better.
Lowry continued, adding that the fact that home court advantage is not a part of the equation, there is a different sense of desperation.
"This is not a situation we'd like to be in but it's not a normal situation in the playoffs where we lost two home games, we just lost two games.
"We got a chance to get one game - that's all we gotta do is get one game and take it one game at a time … the Celtics have been playing extremely well, so we've got to find a way to get ourselves going a little better."
Toronto's All-Star guard finished the night with 16 points, seven assists and five rebounds but shot just 5-for-16 from the field, failing to connect on any of his seven 3-point attempts.
Lowry says that for him, it's a matter of finding his rhythm: "I had a bunch of open looks tonight, I just missed them, honestly. They're challenging shots but - the shots are there, we just gotta make them."
In Games 3 through 6 of the 2019 Eastern Conference Finals, Lowry averaged 17.5 points, 6.3 assists and 5.3 rebounds on .513/.440/.950 shooting splits. Like last year, his shooting ability will be crucial for Toronto's chances to come back in this series, as Game 3 is a must-win situation.
No team in NBA history has overcome a 3-0 deficit in a seven-game series.
Lowry and the Raptors will look to get back on track in Game 3 on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 6:30 p.m. ET.
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