Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors won the do-or-die Game 7 against the Miami Heat on Sunday and immediately the Raptors starting point guard sent a message to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, their opponents in the next round, the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2016 NBA Playoffs.
“LeBron’s probably one of the best players in the league, besides Steph (Curry),” Lowry said. “Kyrie (Irving)’s a tough matchup, and Kevin Love’s always a tough matchup. But we’re going to go in there and play our game and try to go out there and do our job and see what happens.”
The seemingly innocent post-game interview is now being dissected with Lowry apparently taking a shot at LeBron James in calling him the second best player in the league, just next to league Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry from the Golden State Warriors.
In recent weeks, LeBron James was criticized by NBA fans and observers for sounding bitter and jealous after Curry won his back-to-back MVPs this year. Curry’s popularity rose the past two years because of the Warriors’ success and LeBron James is not the clear best player in the league anymore after Curry put up record-breaking numbers this season.
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The Raptors vs. Cavaliers series begins on Monday and here’s the full schedule for the best-of-seven series:
May 16 – Game 1: Toronto Raptors at Cleveland Cavaliers
May 18 – Game 2: Toronto Raptors at Cleveland Cavaliers
May 20 – Game 3: Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors
May 22 – Game 4: Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors
May 24 – Game 5: Toronto Raptors at Cleveland Cavaliers
May 26 – Game 6: Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors
May 28 – Game 7: Toronto Raptors at Cleveland Cavaliers
Was it the right strategy for Lowry to call out LeBron James days before the East Finals start? Will LeBron James prove that he is the MVP and better than Stephen Curry?
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