Raptors' Game 7 against the Nets holds great importance for Toronto franchise

Kyle Lowry watches one of his bombs drop. Toronto Raptors vs The Brooklyn Nets game 5  in Toronto,...

Kyle Lowry watches one of his bombs drop. Toronto Raptors vs The Brooklyn Nets game 5 in Toronto, Ont. on Wednesday April 30, 2014. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

Steve Simmons, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:15 PM ET

This isn’t just a Game 7 for the Toronto Raptors. This could be both beginning and end, depending on all the circumstances, depending on the possibilities.

Kyle Lowry will walk off the court Sunday afternoon at the Air Canada Centre, possibly for the last time as a Raptor. There is no assurance he will return next season. He has never said it is his choice to stay here.

And there is no certainty that the most important Raptor since Vince Carter will play here anymore, even if the Raptors want to maintain him, which they do.

It is not quite as uncertain with the basketball lifer, coach Dwane Casey, whose contract is up next month. He has not been extended, although the hints are he will be. He brings heart and soul and a veteran intelligence to the job, even though his head coaching resume is, oh, so thin.

Will this be his last game as a Raptor? Or will this be the game that assures him of long-term financial security in the NBA?


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