4) Lowry is hungry – and involved everywhere
Speaking of not taking plays off, Lowry continues to be an absolute bulldog for the Raptors on both ends of the court. His stat line was not as dominant on Monday, but he was continuously involved.
Lowry still finished with 14 points, eight rebounds, five assists, one steal and two blocks. He did a little bit of everything as the engine behind the Raptors.
Lowry also passed Michael Jordan on the all-time career assists list, which is not something to look past considering it shows his value as someone who can do everything on the floor.
5) The Raptors turned the ball over – a lot
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This game saw an uncharacteristically high number of turnovers for Toronto. In the second quarter alone, the Raptors turned it over nine times.
Some were due to a scrappy Heat defence, but a lot of them were also just careless mistakes. For the whole game, the Raptors turned it over 21 times.
The team needs to clean this up going forward. This also wasn’t a one-off scenario, as it was a problem against the Lakers with another 13 turnovers.
In total, the Raptors have cough up the ball a combined 34 times since returning to action. You can bet Nick Nurse is not going to let that trend continue, as teams will eventually take advantage of it.
What were your biggest takeaways from the Raptors’ game against the Heat? How far do you think the team will go this season? Let us know in the comments below.