Since the playoffs have begun, Derozan and Lowry have been heavily criticized for not playing at their all-star level that we witnessed in the regular season. Kyle is only averaging 16 points and 7 assists while DeRozan a mere 19 points and 4 rebounds. Certainly a far cry from their impressive regular season campaign.
DeRozan's shot at 34.6% from the field, while attempting the most shots this postseason. And he hasn’t found any rhythm in the Miami series, missing 6 crucial free throws in game 2. Game 3 didn’t come an easier, but thanks to Lowry’s 33 point game they triumphed over Miami.
Lowry wasn’t finding his own rhythm either throughout the majority of the Raptors playoff run, struggling mightily in the Indiana series.
Finally, he exploded in the aforementioned game 3 against Miami for 33 points, but once again fell in a scoring slump in game 4 (10 points, 2-11 from the field). He did, however, dish out nine assists, grab seven rebounds, and pick four pockets in the overtime loss.
Finally, the Raptors duo returned to their all-star level in a crucial game 5 to take a 3-2 lead in the series. Derozan’s dry spell combusted into a beautiful scoring exhibition, scoring 34 points (11-22) while Lowry tallied a cool double-double (25 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists).
Have the Raptors returned to All-Star form? Or will they experience another lapse when their teams need them most? And, facing elimination at home, how will the Miami Heat react?