Report: Raptors to make strong early push in free agency to keep Kyle Lowry

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The Toronto Raptors do not want to lose Kyle Lowry — he was their second leading scorer at 17.9 points a game, he dished out 7.4 assists a game, grabbed almost five rebounds, and he did it all very efficiently (true shooting percentage of .567 and a team-high PER of 20.1). Plus he played good defense and his attitude in the locker room was improved (at least for a contract year).

A number of other teams want him for those same reasons — Miami, Houston, the Los Angeles Lakers and others are reportedly targeting him.

So the Raptors are going to make an early run when free agency opens at midnight to head those other teams off, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports.

Of course, this all comes down to money — Toronto is expected to offer more than other teams, in the $12 million a year for four or five years range.

If other teams come in at $10 million would Lowry take less to move stateside (particularly to states with no state taxes such as Florida or Texas.

Lowry has played his way into options, but he’s a good fit on a pretty good team up in Toronto.

Kevin Durant blocks Dejounte Murray twice on one shot (VIDEO)

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Kevin Durant was doing it all in the first half — he had 18 points to lead the Warriors (tied with Stephen Curry) and was making plays all over the court.

That includes racing back on this play and blocking Dejounte Murray‘s layup. Twice. On one shot.

The Warriors have led by 20 and been in control through the start of the third quarter. KD was at the heart of that.

Draymond Green flops to sell call, Gregg Popovich just laughs

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That was a foul. Jonathan Simmons caught Draymond Green in the face as he reached in.

But the delayed then overly-dramatic reaction by Green is a classic flop.

We’ll see if the NBA fined Green for this, but Spurs’ coach Gregg Popovich was amused.

Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge nails three from one knee during warmups (VIDEO)

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Take that Stephen Curry.

Gregg Popovich would pull him so fast he’d look like a fidget spinner if he tried this in a game, but during warmups before Game 4 Monday night LaMarcus Aldridge knocked down a deep three from one knee.

If Aldridge is taking a lot of threes that’s not a good sign for the Spurs, but we’ll see if he can have a big night and keep the Spurs alive in this series.

Stephen Curry drains shots from near half court during warmups like they’re layups

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Stephen Curry‘s pregame warmups draw people into the arena early, it’s a show in and of itself.

Before Game 4 Monday night, Curry was taking a couple shots from the center-court logo. And draining them. Like layups. Because he can.

We’ll see if he can put on that kind of show when the game tips off.