Kyle Lowry tallied 35 points, 9 assists, 7 rebounds and 4 steals Sunday as Toronto Raptors crushed the Miami Heat 116-89 in Game 7 of their series to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. After the win, Lowry appeared to take pot shots at LeBron James ahead of the Raptors-Cavaliers series.
“LeBron’s probably one of the best players in the league, besides Steph (Curry). Kyrie (Irving)’s a tough matchup, and Kevin Love’s always a tough matchup. But we’re going to go in there and play our game and try to go out there and do our job and see what happens,” Lowry told ESPN’s Doris Burke after the Raptors advanced to their first conference finals in franchise history.
Kyle Lowry fires up LeBron?
According to Sportingnews reporter Jordan Greer, Lowry’s comments may irk James – who still believes that he is the best player in the game. “There’s a very good chance Lowry didn’t mean anything negative toward James when he said “besides Steph.” But given LeBron’s comments about “MVP” not necessarily meaning “best in the league,” James may not take it that way.”
Indeed. James is still not convinced that Curry is “the MVP” of the league. Last week, James questioned the interpretation of the award and whether it belonged to the best player in the league or the most valuable. “When you talk about most ‘valuable’ then you can have a different conversation, so, take nothing away from him, he’s definitely deserving of that award, for sure,” James said.
A few days later, Curry fired back at James with this retort: “I’ve gotten really good at ignoring people. So that is the theme of the last two years.”
Kyle Lowry finished 10th in the MVP voting to cap off the greatest season in Toronto Raptors history. Now, Lowry and his backcourt partner DeMar DeRozan look to challenge the formidable Cleveland Cavaliers. Game 1 is on Tuesday.