Kyle Lowry‘s first-round struggles continued in Saturday’s Game 1.
The Raptors point guard scored just four points, his fewest in a playoff game since being a Rockets backup in 2009, on 2-for-11 shooting while missing all six of his 3-point attempts.
In the first round last season, Lowry shot 32 percent from the field and 16 percent on 3-pointers in Toronto’s seven-game series victory against the Pacers.
Lowry is now shooting 25.6 percent on 3-pointers in the first round in his career, which is the second-worst 3-point FG percentage in that round in NBA history (min. 100 attempts), ahead of only Lou Williams.
Lowry has made seven 3-pointers on 49 attempts in the first round the past two postseasons. Among players to make exactly seven 3-pointers in the first round over the 2016 and 2017 postseasons, Jeff Teague has the next-most attempts with 26.
The Raptors point guard particularly struggled when defended by Malcolm Brogdon or Matthew Dellavedova, as he missed all eight shots (including six 3-pointers) against them. Brogdon and Dellavedova shut down Lowry’s teammates as well, as they missed 20 of 23 shots when defended by one of those players.