Even following the offseason changes that brought Kawhi Leonard to the Toronto Raptors, the case can be made that the team's catalyst is still Kyle Lowry. But after a scorching start to the season, the veteran point guard has come back down to earth.
Toronto lost its third straight game Friday - 123-116 in overtime to the Boston Celtics - and Lowry shouldered some of the blame.
"I've been playing pretty bad lately," Lowry said, according to TSN's Josh Lewenberg. "Rather, shooting the ball pretty bad lately. I've gotta find a way to get a rhythm and get it back going."
Lowry has shot just 10-for-31 - including 2-for-15 from deep - in the Raptors' three consecutive defeats, including a 1-for-6 performance from beyond the arc Friday. It's a problem that goes beyond the floor general, however. As a team, Toronto has shot a woeful 25.5 percent from 3-point territory during the losing streak.
"That's the ups and downs of the season," Lowry added. "Me personally, I take it really seriously. It bothers me when I don't play well."