Certainty that Toronto will keep him has vanished. Trade-deadline day – also Lowry’s 35th birthday – brings plenty plenty of unpredictability.
Which made Wednesday strange. Maybe a farewell game. Maybe not.
For whatever it’s worth, Lowry threw up deuces after helping the Raptors to a 135-111 win over the Nuggets:
Fittingly for a player who makes so many subtle contributions, Lowry finished +42 against Denver. That’s the highest plus-minus of his career, highest by anyone in the NBA this season and second-highest in Raptors history (behind Mark Jackson’s +46).
After the game, Lowry had a lengthy and enjoyable press conference that included plenty of reflection, a touch of endearing combativeness and even a call from Drake: