Kyle Lowry's shooting struggles are starting to get concerning for the Toronto Raptors, especially after their loss against the Milwaukee Bucks this past Sunday.
The Raptors dropped that game by a score of 104 to 99, with Lowry shooting zero-of-five from the field and not recording a single point. This game continued a stretch where he has struggled offensively.
This also was the first time in his career when he has played at least 30 minutes and been held scoreless. After the game, Lowry spoke to the media about his shooting woes. He spoke about his frustrations with his shooting.
25 of Lowry's 28 FGA over the last 4 games have been 3s. Kyle, asked if he needs to get to the rim more: "Yeah, I've gotta, I was thinking about that tonight, and I just didn't get an opportunity, or just didn't do it, rather. I've gotta be more aggressive inside the paint."— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) December 10, 2018
Over the last four games, Lowry has shot four-for-28 from the field. While also shooting three-for-25 from the three-point line during that time. Lowry also spoke about his lack of shots coming inside the arch.
25 out of his last 28 FGA have come from the three-point line. Lowry even admitted after the game that he needs to create more shots in the paint. But, he said the Bucks did a very good job at taking those lanes away from him, forcing him to shoot a three-pointer.
Kawhi Leonard also spoke to the media following their loss to the Bucks. But for the most part, the two-time All-Star didn't sound worried about Lowry's struggles. He talked about how their offense allows them to be themselves and take their respective shots.
He also spoke about how he's confident that Lowry will get out of this funk that he's in. Leonard said that this is just a test for the upcoming playoffs. The Raptors begin their four-game west coast trip Tuesday night, which will give Lowry the opportunity to bounce back against the top teams in the Western Conference.
The Raptors first game of their upcoming four-game road trip comes against the surging Los Angeles Clippers. Lowry will be leaned on during this road trip because of their back-to-back games against the Clippers and Warriors.
Leonard will likely be sat for one of those upcoming back-to-back games. Which will mean the Raptors offense will need to lean on Lowry to snap out of this slump he's been in. The Raptors still own the best record in the NBA, but they will need Lowry to get back to his normal self if they're going to continue to led the league.
What This Means
Lowry is a key reason why the Raptors own a record of 21-7 and sit at top of the NBA. This scoring slump he's been on over the last four games has really diminished the Raptors offense.
They desperately need him to get back to his normal form so that their offense won't solely have to rely on Leonard to produce all the points. The key for that success is for him to create more shots in the paint and at the rim. If he can do that, then the Raptors should have a very successful road trip.