Raptors aim to improve after opening-night jitters

Kyle Lowry drives to the net past Boston Celtics guard Jordan Crawford during the Raptors'...

Kyle Lowry drives to the net past Boston Celtics guard Jordan Crawford during the Raptors' season-opening win on Wednesday night at the ACC. (USA TODAY SPORTS)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:32 PM ET

Kyle Lowry and the Raptors blamed Wednesday’s unimpressive performance, albeit in a win, on opening-night rustiness.

Toronto’s lead guard pointed out that none of the starters played more than 25 or so minutes consistently in the pre-season, so the bigger workload against Boston was an adjustment. “The extended minutes, we’ve just got to get used to it,” Lowry said after practice Thursday ahead of back-to-back tilts in Atlanta and Milwaukee.

Head coach Dwane Casey said the increase in intensity was a big reason why his club turned the ball over 17 times, leading to all kinds of easy Celtics buckets.

One thing Lowry didn’t blame for his poor shooting on the evening was his fractured left ring finger, which requires him to wear a splint.

Lowry shot 2-for-8 from the field and 7-for-12 from the line.

“Just an off shooting night. (DeMar DeRozan) missed some shots he always makes, I missed some shots I know I make,” Lowry explained.

The splint is a chan


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