The Toronto Raptors lost their last two games of 2016, and Kyle Lowry wasn¡¯t going to let 2017 start the same way. Up just two points to start the fourth quarter, Lowry dropped 20 just to put the feisty Lakers away for good in a 123-114 win in Los Angeles on New Year¡¯s Day.
It was peak Kyle Lowry Over Everything, with Lowry totaling 41 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the game. His 20-point fourth came on 5-of-6 shooting, knocking down all three treys as well as seven free throws without turning it over once. In the game as a whole, Lowry became the 10th player since at least 1983 to score at least 41 points on just 16 shots. The remarkable fourth quarter only accentuated the sparkling efficiency.
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Authentic Womens Kony Ealy Jersey That¡¯s rough news for the Sharks, particularly given how poorly the team played without their defensive leader against the Kings on New Year¡¯s Eve. The silver lining is that they get a bit of a break in the schedule before hosting the Kings on Tuesday, which should give Vlasic time to recover. The hope is that his injury isn¡¯t too serious, of course, and that he can recover quickly.
Mueller is unlikely to play and I expect we¡¯ll see a similar defensive look on Tuesday that we saw on Saturday. Brent Burns and Paul Martin will stick together while we see Brenden Dillon and David Schlemko together and Dylan DeMelo and Justin Braun paired off. This is where the Sharks¡¯ defensive depth comes very much in handy.
You can¡¯t replace Vlasic, but San Jose¡¯s depth will keep them afloat without Vlasic and Tomas Hertl for now. Hang in there!