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Thursday, September 27th, 2012 at 9:40 am  |  92 responses

Kyle Lowry Believes the Raptors Can Make the Playoffs


According to new Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry, they have enough talent to qualify for the postseason. Per the Toronto Sun: “Lowry, 26, has heard the talk about how he is a step away from establishing himself as a tier-one NBA point guard and how he probably needs an entire season like the start of last year (when he averaged 15.6 points and 7.6 assists) to reach that lofty destination. But he’s up for the challenge. ‘Just play,’ he said, when asked what it will take to become an NBA all-star. ‘Just do what I’m allowed to do and to prove to (the Raptors organization) that they’re right for making the decision to bring me up here and believing in me.’ As for his suggestion that the Raptors may surprise some people, Lowry, like [Jose] Calderon and others on the team who has been properly briefed, Lowry believes Toronto can make the playoffs. ‘We’ve got great players who can score, who can shoot, who can get to spots, and my job is to make sure they get to their spots much easier and get easier shots, open shots,’ he said. ‘Be aggressive, attack, push the ball, push the tempo, make sure we always get a good possession, make sure the game’s under control and we’re playing the way we want to play … To be the head of the snake,’ he added, when asked what he hopes to accomplish in Toronto. ‘Just be up there. It starts with the point guard and as long as I’m doing what I’m supposed to do — getting up, pressuring, being talkative, loud, and being aggressive, my teammates got my back. And I know that if they see I’m up there working hard, they’re going to work hard for me, behind me.’”

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  • BRAVO

    ME TO! Lets go Raptors!

  • zogs19994

    I MISS CHRIS BOSH, LOOK AT HIM DUNKING…..

  • RKJ92

    LOL!! I JUST DIEDDDD!!!

  • RKJ92

    416!!!! TORONTO RAPTORS 416!!!! ALL DAY MY NIGGGGG!!!!

  • spit hot fiyah

    they have a legit shot at the playoffs, a lot will depend on how quick valnciunas can become effective

  • danpowers

    kyle lowry believes the raptors can make the playoffs, jason terry believes in god, some kids believe in santa clause and unicorns, *yawn*

  • RKJ92

    Dog go FUCK yourself.. Raptors are NICE, show some respect.

  • The Fury

    Nail in the coffin!!! LOL

  • RKJ92

    I’m happy he has international experiance it should bode well.. hopefully his injury isnt a huge set back because I think this kid has bigtime star potential if he fills out his frame a bit more to get stronger in the post; I heard he’s somewhere around 240-45lb now after hitting weights which isnt as bad as I had thought.. Pau seems to hold HIS own around 250lb so we’ll see what happens.

  • danpowers

    i wont like them too soon since they stole fields from the knicks

  • RKJ92

    They didn’t steal him they fairly offered him a contract. YOUR team wouldn’t match and he became a Raptor on MY team, you can thank Dolan for that.. Doesn’t mean you talk ish bout My Raptors aiight!?

  • nick

    Out of all the articles that you all talk crap, this one no one is talking, well ima say it, Kyle lowry is nasty, but he is clearly delusional….

  • RKJ92

    Do you even realize the talent on our team right now?? I’d actually be shocked if we didn’t get the 8th seed in the east.. He’s deff not delusional he’s being realistic..

  • zogs19994

    OK
    SO WHAT YOUR SAYING IS
    - RAPTORS ARE SHIT…….ok
    - GOD IS FAKE….ok
    - SANTA CLAUSE IS FAKE……WHAAT!!! YOU SNAPPED!!!!

  • nick

    do you see the talent on the wizards, nets, Knicks, Philly, Miami, Chicago, Indy, Milwaukee, Boston, and that’s more than 8…. but hey, if they make it, I’ll be happy, ol derozan deserves something…dude is most underrated and overlooked player in the nba

  • RKJ92

    LOL ITS OKAY HE JUST DOESNT KNOW YET.. TORONTO’S LEGITTTTT!!! LEGGOOOOO!!!!

  • RKJ92

    LOLHAHA The WIZARDS!? Ooooo somebody help us duck for cover.. They’re naaaasstttyyy.. They’re best player can’t even shoot 44% or a 3 pointer LOL they’re team is essentially John wall, undersized bbeal, and Nene who’s injured I SMELL A PLAYOFF BERTH LOL!! Toronto’s 8 spot seed is all relying on whether the Nets stay the Nets and are still shit.. And to be honest I’m not buying into any of that hype I’m hearing until I start watching them play.. Talk is cheap actions will show how nice they will be.

  • RKJ92

    Aswell Milwaukee is shit too Toronto is most DEFINITELY better then a Monte Ellis and Jennings backcourt ANYDAY.. that’s possibly one of the worst combinations I’ve ever seen they’re defense is atrocious..

  • RKJ92

    Monta*

  • Chinadian

    that killed me hahaha!

  • danpowers

    i dont talk ish when i say they aint playoff caliber. they didnt want to get fields in the first place, they just wanted it to make harder for the knicks to get nash. not really a bad thing to do but in my world this is a bitchmove. dont want to get too sore about the raps as we got a nice replacement in brewer and there is no such a thing as a rivalry between our two teams

  • danpowers

    lol shit, got me on this one

  • nick

    Lol you guys are cracking me up! Thanks! Lol look out for the raptors, lmao

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    wait….you think the Raptors have a chance to be better than the Nets……..

  • nick

    Oh yah you guys resigned maglore, you’re good then, yeah I was wrong, lmao

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    Yea maybe the Raptors have a shot at an 8 or 7 seed….but ill believe it when i see that they can field the same lineup for more than a week.

  • MUBWAR

    all day everyday

  • zogs19994

    Except tuesday’s….toonie tuesdays

  • RKJ92

    I never said that Mike DURDUR Gilbert who thinks the Nuggets are better then the Lakers and Heat from your post yesterday LOL, WHAT I SAID Mike DURDUR Gilbert was that i’m not buying into any hype for a team that gets back brook lopez (a center that cant rebound and only shoots 49% from the floor), joe johnson (nice player but not gonna change a whole teams record overnight like LeBron) and Andray Blatch (who can barely stay in shape) im not saying theyre gonna be bad but im not saying theyre contending until they prove it just remember that with deron williams, marshon brooks, gerald wallace, kris hump, and theyre 5 man I cannot remember at the moment they finished with one win less then the raptors…. and we didnt even have Bargnani… lol

  • RKJ92

    Yo where y’all from just wondering?? im from the victoria park strip, on cataraqui.

  • Francis

    It seems like every team is gonna make the playoffs this year…

  • RKJ92

    KYLE LOWRY, TERRENCE ROSS, DEMAR DEROZEN, ANDREA BARGNANI, AND JONAS VALACIUNAS — WITH JOSE CALDERON, LANDRY FIELDS, LINAS KLEIZA, ED DAVIS, AND AARON GREY OFF THE BENCH — WE SOLID NIGGA!!!

  • RKJ92

    NOT MILWAUKEE AND WASHINGTON RIGHT NICK!? LOL

  • RKJ92

    SIGNING MAGLOIRE WAS TO HELP OUR YOUNG BIGS OUT YOU IGNORANT FUCK! OBVIOUSLY HES NOT GONNA PLAY HES OLD AS SHIT..

  • MUBWAR

    dude you’re a knicks fan. the joke of the league for a few years now. your blabbering about the raptors means nothing

  • RKJ92

    WHO WOULD VOTE DOWN THAT HONESTLY!? LOL EVEN CHRIS BOSH VOTED IT UP…

  • James aka…

    Did you go to Warden P.S.?

  • RKJ92

    That was my homeschool I was there in grade 2 but I punched some kid in the face in my first week and they transferred me to JG.Workman on Birchmount and Danforth lmaoo.. I shoulda went to Warden then Oakridge though.. eventually I ended up in birchmount (y)

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Toronto is not making the playoffs guys. But Kyle Lowry has to say this, he has no other choice.

  • RKJ92

    nbk, I know you know your shit about basketball but do you seriously think the raptors would get beat in the 8th spot to either the wizards or bucks? cuz i just really dont ever see that happening man..

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Miami, Boston, Brooklyn, Indiana, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta, should be the top 8 teams in the East.
    .
    The only teams I see supplanting one of them are
    - Washington (assuming all these veteran pieces allow Wall to make a big jump)
    - Cleveland (if that team is healthy, Kyrie could lead them to the playoffs, but i doubt it)
    .
    Toronto is atleast another year out, they have to figure out their big man rotation, they have to find a way to feature Bargagni on offense while hiding him on defense – to the tune of winning more than they lose. Valunciunas needs at least a year to acclimate himself with the speed of the game. Demar DeRozan is still a couple years from being a player that helps your team win games as a top 3 player on the court. They have a roadblock of wings with, DeRozan, Fields, Kleiza, & Acy. It’s going to be a rough year in Toronto, too young, too much change, not enough balance.
    .
    in my opinion.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULAvG4WxQp0 CubicleDunker

    I figure Orlando’s playoff spot is up for grabs this year, Nets should be taking that. There may be another spot due to Bulls or even Hawks falling off. Toronto should be in the mix if everybody stays healthy and Lowry makes that next leap. Of Course if Lowry and DeRozan make that next leap they have a really strong chance of getting in. I’m not sure the Wizards are there yet, Milwaukee has no chance but people are forgetting about Cleveland who I would consider giving a slight edge over Toronto.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    See my reply to RKJ just below this.

  • RKJ92

    I actually completely agree with everything you just said from the top 7 teams (I know you mentioned the 8 just hear me out) to your analysis on the Raptors, though I will say Bargs has been a little bit better defensively this year then he was in previous years, I agree with your comments on Vala, DeMar, the defense, the wings, but even with all that I still think that the 8th spot is a complete toss-up because this depends how Atlanta copes with a completely new roster and horford coming back from injury AND without joe johnson now, plus exactly what you said about washington, and cleveland IMO is completely dependant on how well waiters pans out in the league before they even sniff the 8th seed.

  • RKJ92

    because as of right NOW cleveland needs a 2nd scoring option and if waiters cannot score at least 16-18ppg at decent fg%’s from the floor and 3pg, you can completely count cleveland out from the 8th seed

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Playoffs may be a reach, but I think the Raptors will definitely be in the race. They’ll be either 8th or 9th by the end.

  • floe

    leyton in da house!

  • Guest

    Are you the guy that thinks the Raptors are better than the Nets? smh

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Regarding Cleveland, that is why i said, i doubt they make the playoffs.
    .
    Atlanta is still good, I don’t think losing Johnson will hurt them very much at all. And it certainly doesn’t put them behind Toronto. Horford is 100%, he wouldn’t have played in the Olympics (qualifying i mean) if he wasn’t. They have Devin Harris playing with Teague, so their PG rotation is definitely improved. Josh Smith will have an increased role offensively, which to me indicates, he will probably be more effective everywhere else. Plus, I just feel an offense running through Horford will be more effective than the one running through Joe Johnson.
    .
    Washington is who is dangerous, with a starting lineup of John Wall, Bradley Beal, Trevor Ariza, Nene, & Emeka Okafor. That team is very very improved over last season.
    .

  • RKJ92

    Yeeeeee!!! leytons dope!!

  • Redd

    Lmfao oh god that’s funny, he should bring that act on the road.

  • RKJ92

    EAT A DICK, HATER.

  • RKJ92

    wtf I never said that?

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    dream on brother. & the warriors are contenders

  • Redd

    You’re very annoying. It’s the Raptors, you guys field a team that can occasionally potentially upset a top 5 team but not hit the playoffs & all a sudden you guys are good. Canadians are arrogant yet want to be accepted badly by the mainstream. Mad pathetic, really.

  • danpowers

    both teams were pretty shitty during most of the last decade. fighting over which team was less shitty would be absurd.

  • RKJ92

    I NEVER ASKED FOR YOUR OPINION. I SAID EAT A DICK. ARROGANT HATER.

  • Bravo

    Your comment dose not make sense at all. Why would we try to be accepted when we are already on top.

  • RKJ92

    RAPTORS WERE THE LESS SHITTY TEAM

  • daBIZ

    That is a solid roster. But the top 6 seeds in the east are sewed up — Heat, Celts, Nets, Pacers, Sixers, and Knicks. Are the Raptors, as constructed, really better than the Hawks, Bucks, Wizards, Pistons, or even Kyrie’s Cavs??? I don’t know the answer to that question but I do know the battle for those last 2 seeds will be a street fight. Kyle Lowry better bring his knife.

  • danpowers

    thats what she said

  • RKJ92

    YO KYLE LOWRY IS G-MOVEMENTS BRO.. DONT LET THAT BABY FACE FOOL YOU!!

  • RKJ92

    THAT MAKES NO SENSE.

  • MUBWAR

    at least our shity team wasn;t expensive but i guess you have a point

  • danpowers

    on top of what?

  • LakeShow

    Name 3 Shooting guards that Brad Beal’s size is going to be a problem for him… Kobe is on the decline. Beal is taller than Wade. Eric Gordon is smaller. Joe Johnson can take any player to the block… I don’t see your point.

  • danpowers

    its a new yorker team. what do you expect a team representing a city that features the wall street to be? cheap? i dont say that is a good thing, just an obvious thing not necessary to be mentioned. also a nice thing about our sport and life in general: you cant buy success like you cant buy happyness. money can make both easier tho

  • RKJ92

    thats so easy LOL Paul George, Evan Turner, Manu Ginobli, Andre Igoudala, Tyreke Evans, James Harden, can I have a challenge please?

  • RKJ92

    Can I just say you make more sense then anybody on this site… lololol

  • danpowers

    youre acting like a little spoiled girl that went mad for things just not going her way. some basketball fans are just expressing that lowrys prediction was a bit bold and youre telling ppl to fuck themselves and eat dick. chill man, its just basketball

  • Bravo

    of the world

  • danpowers

    which world?

  • LakeShow

    No to Manu. He’s never been a dominant post guy.
    Tyreke Evans is BS. He doesn’t post ever. James Harden isn’t great on the post. Paul George will be playing Small Forward since he is a… small forward. Evan Turner hasn’t scored in double figures yet in his career.
    Really nice try though. Good effort…
    Your argument is not valid though.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you can say that, but i’m sure there are people that would disagree 8^p

  • bravo

    The one that we live on….we rotate around the sun and the moon, common now.

  • RKJ92

    LOL OKAY LAKESHOW THESE GUYS ARE ALL LISTED AS SG’S GRANTED PAUL GEORGE AND IGGY “CAN” PLAY SMALL FORWARD IT DOESNT MEAN THEY ALWAYS DO BECAUSE IM PRETTY SURE IN INDIANA PAUL GEORGE WAS PLAYING SG WHILE GRANGER PLAYED SF AND AS FOR IGGY PREEEETTYYY SURE HE PLAYED SG WHILE THADDEUS YOUNG PLAYED THE SF THX FOR TRYING TO BELITTLE MY POINTS THOUGH.. AS FOR MANU, TYREKE, AND HARDEN WTH DID THEY HAVE TO DO WITH THE POST? IM TALKING BOUT MANZ WHO WOULD BODY BBEAL AND CREATE PROBLEMS FOR HIM WHY ARE YOU CREATING A FALSE ARGUEMENT.. AND AGAIN WE WERE TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE THAT WOULD FRUSTRATE BBEAL WITH SIZE ON DEFENSE, NOT EVAN TURNERS OFFENSIVE SKILLS.. NICE TRY ON “YOUR PART THOUGH” MY ARGUEMENT WAS VERY VALID AND FORCED YOU TO CREATE A “DIVERSION ARGUEMENT” THX FOR COMING OUT TO PLAY THOUGH!!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    They still need to trade Andrea Bargnani as soon as fucking possible. And find some sucker to take on that $10 mil a year they’re paying Calderon. Only Brian Colangelo and the Raptors would offer $10 mil a year to those two guys… Meogrrh (Sideshow Bob stepping on rakes voice)

  • RKJ92

    LOL if only bargnani could play defense and rebound… ahlie!?

  • danpowers

    ^^

  • bravo

    i get it, you have no comment.

  • Redd

    I’ma laugh, cause even if Raptors reach the playoffs, mostly all American fans would not notice. Only Canadians care about the Raptors, snoozeville.

  • danpowers

    ill just give up, that shit is too much for me lol

  • Bravo

    Lmao that’s jokes. Yeah I’m just messing around

  • Ltron

    I disagree, sixers and knicks aren’t “locked up” for anything. Sixers might actually take a step back and if one or both of Carmelo and Amare go down, or if Felton doesn’t work out, Knicks could be fighting for that 8 spot too. Also, Raps are better than hawks, bucks, wiz, pistons and cavs.

  • Datkid

    you’re being quite the troll right now bro. just shut up and accept that the raptors have as much chance as the wizards, and cavs in terms of making the playoffs

  • RKJ92

    I’m not being a troll I’m simply responding to comments people send me like you just did RIGHT now! Maybe you should get SUMMA DAT EDU-MA-CATIONNNZZ “KID”…

  • KBM

    Jonas and Ross are the x factors in my opinion. We know what everyone else is gonna bring to the table, if JV is a solid defensive presence who boards and Ross can muster up double digit scoring we mite be nice this year. A team w Derozan as our number 1 scorer is not gonna make any playoff noise, sry but its true.

  • nick

    RKJ92, the only person you are fooling is yourself, i mean im glad you support your team thats good i respect that, but i’ll just say it now, there is no way they are making the post-season…….i am a magic fan, but im not gonna be an idiot and say that getting aaron afflalo and al harrington are gonna make us make the play-offs……come on…….

  • Max

    Not even only the fans?

  • Max

    ……..
    This is one of the worst comment sections ever.

  • Datkid

    that was the dumbest possible way to answer that question. Just because you said that I hope the raptors don’t make the playoffs so i can laugh at you even harder than I am now

  • http://www.facebook.com/samael.maclaren Samael Maclaren

    I don’t know what if the heat gets a head start?

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