Toronto Raptors: Stock Take, plus Pascal Siakam hits his stride

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Kyle Lowry

Back in the Stock Take limelight is our man, the greatest player in Toronto Raptors history: Kyle Lowry. It’s been a while since Lowry has been here, partly due to his 11-game absence earlier on in the season. Before then, Lowry was playing like the best point guard in the Eastern Conference – a milestone he can still reach most nights.

Since returning, Lowry has been a little inconsistent. His shooting has looked streaky during the last eight games, but he’s averaged 8.0 assists per game during that stretch. Like he always does, Lowry finds a way to impact the game.

This past week, we saw Lowry at his most consistent for some time now and played a pivotal role in the Raptors moving past a poor stretch of games by winning all three contests this week. Just like that, Lowry is beginning to look like himself again.

Averaging 19.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 9.0 assists per game, Lowry helped lead the Raptors to wins over the Brooklyn Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Detroit Pistons. Sure, the field-goal percentage could be a little higher – Lowry is shooting a less-than-mediocre 36-percent from the field during that time – his three-point percentage has been credible, knocking down 38-percent of his triples on seven attempts per game.

To top it all off; Lowry notched the 13th triple-double of his career with a 20-point, 10-rebound, and 10-assist performance against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. Just as tantalisingly, Lowry is a combined plus-35 on the court across his last three games.