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Kyle Lowry says Raptors not dead but “five feet under”

Nov 29, 2012, 6:27 PM EDT

Toronto Raptors' Lowry reacts after missing a free throw against the Philadelphia 76ers during their NBA basketball game in Philadelphia Reuters

So, you’re saying there’s a chance?

Off to a 3-13 start, the Raptors are not only disappointing the optimists in Toronto that thought they could sneek into the playoffs, they are disappointing the pessimists who didn’t expect them to be this bad. Their defense, which kept them competitive for much of last season, is giving up 3.2 more points per 100 possessions than last year, dropping them from average to bottom five in the league.

Add to that the Raptors are in the deepest division in the NBA — Boston, Brooklyn, New York and Philadelphia — and things are not looking good.

But the Raptors are not dead, Kyle Lowry told Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun (via twitter).

“We’re not buried, but we’re five feet under… we’ve got a team that’s going to fight and claw and chip away and get to two feet, to three feet, and get above ground.”

So, you’re saying there’s a chance?

It’s not a lot of fun right now, Raptors fans, but in the long term another trip to the lottery and another talented young player is better for this team going forward than an 8 seed and getting wiped out in the first round.

  1. legacy85 - Nov 29, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Another lottery pick would be a good thing for the Raptors except for the fact they traded their 2013 pick to the rockets for Lowry himself as long as it “Lands between 4-14 in the lottery”

  2. nagidac - Nov 29, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Toronto’s defense needs to improve, they need more productivity out of Bargnani (or trade him and get some talent back), and they need to find a way to close out close games in the 4th. If so, they should be able to get some more wins.

  3. chawbacon14 - Nov 29, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Raptors not going back to lottery, the Thunder own their pick. Its protected top 3 and 15 or lower.

    • legacy85 - Nov 29, 2012 at 9:26 PM

      Isn’t that what I said

  4. furiouslytim - Nov 29, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Dig up, you idiots! Dig up!

  5. borderline1988 - Nov 29, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    How about Bargnani for Verajao, straight up?

  6. misterdreamer119 - Nov 29, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    I love this guys outlook!

  7. dko83 - Nov 29, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    I love Kurt’s Dumb and Dumber reference! I lol’d.

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