Around the time of the 2019 NBA Finals, the Toronto Raptors faced off and won against the Golden State Warriors. However, what many were unaware of, was the fact that Raptors player, Kyle Lowry was playing in the wake of a personal tragedy.

Recently, his teammate, shooting guard Danny Green revealed that All-Star point guard lost his grandmother around the 2019 NBA Finals. According to Green, Kyle Lowry kept quiet about the news and continued to play, helping guide the Toronto Raptors to victory.

Speaking to Yahoo Sports Canada, Green said, “The crazy thing is – nobody knew this – he kind of did it, he kept it under wraps and nobody knew but I think his grandmother had passed,”.

“I meant to send him a text to send him my condolences. Nobody knew about it and he continued to play, and play really well with that probably on his mind, on his back, or whatever. He came out aggressive in the way we needed him to.”

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Afterwards, Kyle Lowry confirmed the tragic news to Green that his grandmother had died. Without a doubt, the loss affected Kyle Lowry deeply and it showed on the court during the Finals.

The Raptors’ floor general averaged 16.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 7.2 assists in the Finals while shooting 42.5 percent from the field, 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the free-throw line.

In wake of the tragedy, Kyle Lowry had a point to prove to critics and his performance shut them up. In Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, he scored 26 points to go with 10 assists and seven rebounds. Lowry had been receiving a lot of praise off late, especially from his Toronto Raptors teammates.

According to Marc Gasol, Lowry is a talented player, but he usually exceeds their expectations whenever he’s on the floor.

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