Lowry Faces Criticism for Leaving Game to “Decompress”


Raptors coach Dwane Casey told reporters Friday that Kyle Lowry didn’t quit on his team when the two-time All-Star point guard went back to the locker room briefly to “decompress” and use the bathroom late in the first half of Toronto’s 108-89 Game 2 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night. “Kyle did not walk out on his team,” Casey said. “He and Cory Joseph use the bathroom more than any two human beings I know during the game. … I don’t think he quit on his team.”

Lowry faced criticism after he left the bench with 2½ minutes remaining in the second quarter “just to kind of decompress.” At the time, he was 0-for-4 from 3-point range and had committed five turnovers. Cleveland closed the first half on a 16-2 run to take a 14-point halftime lead.

Source: Mike Mazzeo of ESPN

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