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Kyle Lowry on Kawhi Leonard: ‘I’m not helping him enough’

The Toronto Raptors fell to the Philadelphia 76ers by a score of 116-95 on Thursday night, and Kyle Lowry knows the onus is on him to do more to help Kawhi Leonard.

If not, the Raptors’ time in the postseason will end in a hurry.

“We’ve got to help him,” Lowry told ESPN after Toronto walked off the Wells Fargo Center court down 1-2 in the semifinal series. “I was literally saying it during the game. We have to help him. He’s doing everything he can possibly do offensively and defensively to f—ing win games, and myself, I’m not helping him enough.

“I’m not putting it on nobody else but me.”

Lowry struggled mightily in Thursday’s loss, as a 2-for-10 shooting performance in 38 minutes led to an awful seven-point night in which he was a game-worst minus-28.

Leonard, on the other hand, enjoyed a phenomenal night in an otherwise underwhelming game out of the Raptors, finishing with 33 points, four rebounds and three assists.

In the Sixers series, Leonard is averaging 30.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.0 steals and 2.7 assists. Lowry, meanwhile, has not been at his best in the postseason, something illustrated by how his per-game averages in points, assists and rebounds have dropped.

Lowry, who had injury added to insult in Game 3, recognizes he has to get his game headed in the right direction, and quickly.

“I’ve got to play better,” Lowry said. “Literally that is the only thing that matters. I have to play better. Nothing else matters. Plus-minus, charges, everything. Nothing else matters. I have to score the ball and play better offensively.

“If I can get close to where I can be, it would be a different series. We might be a little better off than 2-1, but it’s been like this all year for me. It’s been an up-and-down year for me, and I can’t dwell on anything but continue to try to get better at some point.

“Hopefully it’ll be Sunday.”

Lowry will get a first shot at redemption when the Raptors hope to even up the series at two games apiece in Game 4 Sunday afternoon at Wells Fargo Center.