This story, by Michael Grange, appeared first at Sportsnet.ca.
So, define ‘special?’
That was the question put to Kyle Lowry a few days ago. The Toronto Raptors had just lost Jonas Valanciunas. They were mired in an ugly, tight, second-round series against the Miami Heat, and he and his all-star backcourt mate, DeMar DeRozan had played most of the post-season like the basket was moving.
What would happen if he and DeRozan could ever return to their regular season form, if they could shed their own decidedly so-so playoff pasts?
“I think we’d have an opportunity to do something special,” said Lowry. “We’re not playing well and I think we still have an opportunity to do something special. And that’s the scary thing.”
And special? What did he mean?
“Finals,” he said.
Well, that seems a little hard to imagine, but the dream remains alive and should be savoured.
In the meantime Lowry, DeRozan, the Raptors and every hardscrabble Raptors fan who dared to believe for the past 21 years are on a ride that’s not over yet.