Toronto Raptors

The internet wasn't kind to Kyle Lowry following his Game 1 performance vs. Orlando Magic

With the NBA season being suspended, TSN and Sportsnet will re-air every game from the Toronto Raptors' 2019 championship run.

Starting with Game 1 of Toronto's first-round matchup with the Orlando Magic on Friday, you get to re-live the "Kyle Lowry game."

When the Magic upset the Raptors at home in the first game of the postseason, it brought back many unpleasant memories for Raptors fans. History hasn't been kind to Toronto in Game 1s, and the team's All-Star guard Lowry hadn't been much better.

MORE: Myth busting Kyle Lowry's Game 1 performance

Lowry failed to score a single point in this Game 1, going 0-for-7 from the field while being outplayed by Orlando's journeyman and veteran D.J. Augustin. When Augustin's game-winner sunk the Raptors, Lowry took all of the heat for his performance.

Take a look at some headlines and clips following the loss.

From Yahoo Sports: Kyle Lowry scores zero points in Raptors' Game 1 loss to Magic

Lowry eventually overcame his shooting woes, but he wasn't great the entire first round. Averaging only 11.4 points on 43.8% shooting from the field and 32.0% from 3, Lowry wouldn't start to turn things on until a few games into the next round against the Philadelphia 76ers.

From The Globe and Mail: Toronto Raptors' Game 1 loss to Orlando Magic sets a terrible first impression - one that will last

Harsh, but very true in this instance. Luckily for the Raptors, Lowry would get things up and running for good after the first round.

From SBNation: Toronto went from New Raptors to Same Old Raptors all over again

This is brutally honest. To the point of this performance, Lowry had averaged 9.7 points on 33% shooting from the field and 19% from 3 in 12 Game 1 appearances. That's not exactly a small sample size.

From ESPN's The Jump segment on Raptors-Magic Game 1

To transcribe Paul Pierce for you...

"There's regular season players and there's playoff players. Some have both, some have only one. He's showing that he's a regular season player. When playoffs come, we have yet to see him really step up and give that All-Star performance and that's just what I see."

Pierce wasn't completely wrong on the date he made these comments, but I'm sure his opinion has changed a bit following the way Lowry closed the Raptors' title run.

And even our own site! From NBA Canada's Game 1 takeaways

It's a fair question. He wasn't anywhere to be found in the scoring column, at least.

From CBC Sports: Held pointless in Game 1, Lowry's history indicates big rebound upcoming

There was one positive headline!

And it was accurate. Lowry bounced back in Game 2, going for 22 points and seven assists on 8-for-13 shooting from the field and 2-for-4 from beyond the arc.


The internet had a field day with Lowry's Game 1 performance, but it was the six-time All-Star who would get the last laugh, stepping up his play significantly to lead the Raptors to their first NBA title in franchise history.

With a handful of big games and clutch shots down the stretch, it's safe to say that Lowry's playoff narrative has changed significantly since this moment in history.

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