The Toronto Raptors lost to the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, 102-101. Toronto blew a 16-point lead, and it was the fourth loss for Toronto in their last six games. Suddenly the team that looked sure to lock up the No. 2 seed in the East at the beginning of the season doesn’t look so hot.
That’s not sitting right with Raptors PG Kyle Lowry.
After the game, Lowry told reporters that he thinks Toronto needs a change.
We’re now less than two weeks away from the trade deadline, and Toronto has been rumored landing spots for big name players like Paul Millsap and Serge Ibaka. It’s not explicitly clear what Lowry is suggesting — and he recognized as much — but given the fast approaching Feb. 23 deadline it’s understandable to make some kind of assumption.
The Raptors are just 9-13 since the beginning of the new year, and it hasn’t helped that star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan has missed significant time in 2017. But it would be too easy to pin the Raptors’ troubles on DeRozan’s absences. He’s been present for nine of Toronto’s 13 losses, and for the most part he’s been his new old self in those games — a high scorer with a pleasant field goal percentage.
Instead, the Raptors have struggled with consistency, defending breakout performances, and scoring in the second half of games. Who might Lowry want to bring in?
Again, the picture remains muddy with Ibaka’s value unclear and Millsap’s trade status supposedly off-market. But fans in Toronto, who have been expecting to challenge for an Eastern Conference Finals spot, will be wanting a change just as much as Lowry is.