Toronto Raptors star Kyle Lowry has his sights set on the NBA Championship.
Kyle Lowry says the Toronto Raptors are in a good place although he admits the season will only be classified as a success if they win the 2019 NBA Championship. (Toronto 10/1 – NBA Championship outright)
Eastern Conference outfit Toronto have clinched a place in the playoffs for the sixth straight season and they will be hoping to go all the way for the first time in the franchise’s history.
Over the past three years LeBron James has proven to be the stumbling block for the Raptors, who lost to the Cavaliers in the Conference Finals in 2015/16 and then back-to-back semi-finals against Cleveland in the two seasons that followed.
However, with LeBron now playing for the LA Lakers, who have missed out on the playoffs, Toronto will be feeling more positive about their chances of putting together a strong challenge for glory.
Nick Nurse’s men defeated the Brooklyn Nets 115-105 last time out to extend their winning streak to five matches and leave the Ontario outfit second in the EC, behind only the Milwaukee Bucks.
Lowry, who arrived at the Scotiabank Arena in 2012 from the Houston Rockets, has once again been integral to Toronto this season and he insists lifting that trophy come the end of the campaign is the only goal.
“We’ve got Kawhi [Leonard]. We’ve got Marc [Gasol]. We’ve got a good team. We’ve got good individuals,” he told ESPN. “I think it’s going to be one of those years where we know what we are. We’re not trying … we know what it is [we are after].
“Nothing else matters. Nothing else matters but the trophy.”
Odds subject to change.