NEW YORK - Don’t believe for a second that Kyle Lowry doesn’t make a point of trying to prove something every time he takes on Joe Johnson and the Brooklyn Nets.
Sure, Lowry tries to prove himself every single time he takes the court, a product of his me against the world, always overlooked, always doubted attitude, but it’s personal against the Nets.
Johnson, laughably, was the final East all-star selection this season, Lowry, the most glaring snub. It was a reputation call and possibly a politically motivated selection.
Lowry showed again just how badly the East’s coaches messed up in not picking him for the mid-season showcase last month, blitzing the Nets in the second half and particularly down the stretch, a night after playing huge minutes on the way to a triple double against Minnesota, but, in the end, he was short on a pivotal three-point attempt and Brooklyn escaped with a 101-97 victory, moving within three games of the Raptors for the Atlantic Division lead.