Toronto Raptors: Whose stock is rising/falling, plus Kyle Lowry heats up

TORONTO, CANADA - MARCH 5: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors looks on during the national anthem prior to the game against the Houston Rockets on March 5, 2019 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Mark Blinch/NBAE via Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - MARCH 5: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors looks on during the national anthem prior to the game against the Houston Rockets on March 5, 2019 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Mark Blinch/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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Toronto Raptors – Jeremy Lin (Photo by Anatoliy Cherkasov/NurPhoto via Getty Images) /

Jeremy Lin

Uhm, this wasn’t a great week for Jeremy Lin, who really struggled the past two games against Detroit and Houston.

Which is a shame, because Lin was fantastic against the Portland Trail Blazers in his best game for the Raptors so far. It went downhill immediately after.

Firstly, let’s give him the credit he deserves for the game on Friday night. Lin had to carry the bulk of the offense for the bench unit, which is exactly why the Raptors brought him in, especially since Fred VanVleet.

Lin didn’t stuff the stat sheet, he had eight points on 4-8 shooting, and a few of his makes were an array of nice midrange shots and floaters in the lane, making them look effortless.

Things took a turn for the worse against the Detroit Pistons though, as Lin was pushed into the starting line-up due to the absence of Kawhi Leonard. It was completely the wrong choice from Nick Nurse.

Jeremy Lin had one single point in the game, with a terrible 0-8 performance from the field. Add in one rebound and two assists and it was an uneventful, disastrous performance from Lin. There isn’t really much more to say, except Lin finished with a team-worst -13 and was replaced by OG Anunoby later on in the game. An unsuccessful experiment.

Lin didn’t do himself any favors against the Rockets a few nights later, with another poor performance, this time from the bench. As the lead guard of the bench, Lin is really struggling and the reemergence from Fred VanVleet will really take a lot of the load off him.

There’s definitely a lot to be pleased about with Jeremy Lin, but this week wasn’t it.

The hunt for his first three-pointer goes on.