The Raptors had a great season last year, and nearly came out above the Cleveland Cavaliers by the time it was done. When it came to the playoffs, however, the Raptors couldn’t get it done. Kyle Lowry thinks he has the solution for this year.
When speaking to NBA.com’s David Aldridge, Lowry laid out a very simple plan to beat the Cavs in a playoff series:
Stop LeBron. Stop Kyrie.
Easier said than done. The plan makes sense though. The Cavs have a lot of solid players, like J.R. Smith, Kevin Love and Richard Jefferson. But the Raptors could beat a team featuring those guys. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, however, are a different beast. In the Eastern Conference finals last year, LeBron went full MVP mode with 26.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 2.0 steals, and 1.0 block per game, while Kyrie Irving kept pace with 24.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.8 steals. The two were completely dominant, and the Raptors didn’t have an answer. Lowry wants to do better in the regular season to get the crucial number one seed and the home court advantage that comes along with it:
We couldn’t win a game (in Cleveland) in the playoffs, couldn’t get close. We have to find a way to win a game on the road, especially them having the one seed. But maybe our chance is to get that one seed. That would help, to have home court advantage. But for us even to get to that point, we have to start somewhere, and it starts in Detroit on opening night.
Both teams look to dominate the East, just like last year. It’ll be interesting to see where the two stand come mid-April.