Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry cheers his team on during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio, Texas December 26, 2012. Lowry is out with an injury. (REUTERS/Joe Mitchell)
Barring a setback Friday morning at the shootaround or any ill after effects from a tough practice on Thursday, Kyle Lowry will make his return to the Raptors lineup this evening when Toronto takes on the New Orleans Hornets.
But it will be a very different Raptors team that the point guard rejoins than the one he left.
Style of play has changed although the sets remain the same. Perhaps most different of all will be the expectations from his coach and teammates. No longer will individual play be tolerated above team play.
It’s going to take some getting used to, that’s obvious. But Casey feels confident that based on the conversations he has had with Lowry and the rest of the team, Lowry’s return won’t rock the boat.
The Raptors didn’t solve all their problems in Lowry’s absence, but they did figure out a few things.