Toronto Raptors breakout star Pascal Siakam speaks a lot of languages. But after a Game 2 round one playoff win, Siakam showed he also speaks NBA playoffs language — otherwise known as “be aggressive.” The subject? Teammate Kyle Lowry, who didn’t make a shot in the Raptors unexpected Game 1 loss to the Orlando Magic. A big time turnaround for Lowry in Game 2 — along with Kawhi Leonard’s 37 points — catapulted the Raptors to a big 29-point victory, the biggest in the team’s playoff history. Lowry went 8-of-13 from the field and scored 22 points. Lowry had looked at the game film from the opener and saw he “wasn’t as aggressive as I could have been,” he said.
Siakam was clear about Lowry’s change and impact: “For me what I liked is that fact that [Lowry] was just aggressive. He was looking to drive. I feel like the first game he was more passive. This game from the jump he had the fire in his eyes and was driving, kicking, doing all the dirty work, taking charges. And that’s the Kyle we know for sure.”