“Obviously, I have steel balls”
The defending Raptors champion narrowly avoided falling behind 0–3 in their series against the Celtics on Thursday night, and Kyle Lowry was a big reason.
Lowry led all scorers with 31 points and came into the clutch with an incredible assist to find OG Anunoby for the winner of the buzzer game.
Lowry played a ridiculous 46 minutes into the game. He sat for 91 seconds at the end of the first quarter and never folded up again, even after taking a hard blow to the groin. With five seconds left in the third, Celtics guard Brad Wanamaker went to the hoop for an attempted layup and Lowry stood up to meet him. Wanamaker’s knee hit Lowry’s square crotch and Lowry was clearly in pain. (However, it was Lowry who was convicted of the misconduct.)But he never left the court. He was back on the ground when Wanamaker shot his free throw and for final possession in the quarterback in Toronto.Asked after the game about playing through the pain, Lowry had a simple explanation.
“Obviously I have steel balls,” he says. “I’m just trying to win the game. This is where you find the energy. That’s what it was, just trying to win the game. No gas at all. Steel balls, and win.
The Raptors are lucky Lowry wasn’t up to the task as there aren’t a lot of guys in the league who can do the pass he made to install Anunoby’s buzzer. Raptors coach Nick Nurse wrote a play he borrowed from Hubie Brown that featured three Toronto players serving as decoys as Anunoby slid down the endline to the corner furthest from the field. This forced Lowry to throw a perfect overhead pass that landed straight into Anunoby’s hands so he could get the shot with just 0.5 seconds on the clock.
This pitch-level angle does an incredible job of showing how Lowry’s pass paid off.
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Very cool tribute
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Definitely an improvement
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What a ridiculous cheap shot
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New trailer for upcoming James Bond film, which debuts in November
Los Angeles college chemistry professor bought Snoop Dogg’s Cameo video for help reading his syllabus
A good song
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