Forgotten Raptors Playoffs: Kyle Lowry was clutch in the 2014 Playoffs. No, really!

Five years ago, before all the narratives were written, Kyle Lowry tried to tell a different postseason story for the Raptors. Welcome to Forgotten Raptors Playoffs! All throughout the 2019 NBA Playoffs, we’ll be looking back at past Raptors series — going all the way back to 2000 — and digging into the hidden, underrated, forgotten or straight-up wacky subplots and memories!
Let’s go back five years, to the start of this current era of Raptors success: the 2014 first round, against the Brooklyn Nets.
The Situation
Toronto Raptors (48-34, 3rd seed) vs. Brooklyn Nets (44-38, 6th seed)
The Outcome
Brooklyn defeats Toronto 4-3 in the best-of-seven series.
What Everyone Remembers
“Fuck Brooklyn”; Terrence Ross stole the ball!
What You Should Probably Remember Instead
Masai Ujiri’s “Fuck Brooklyn” in Jurassic Park and TRoss’s steal are iconic Raptor moments that you should never forget, to be honest. But we can’t let them overshadow Kyle Lowry’s play in this series.
We’re all far too familiar, now, with the “Kyle Lowry is a poor playoff performer” narrative. So let’s cast our memories way back to 2014, before the Raptors’ extended playoff run of 2016 and before their aborted playoff run of 2015 — the …

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Author: Josh Kern / Raptors HQ

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