Kyle Lowry

Philadelphia native Kyle Lowry on heckler: 'If they’ve got a problem, they can find me'

Philadelphia native Kyle Lowry on heckler: 'If they’ve got a problem, they can find me'

Kyle Lowry was in a constant dialogue with the referees during the Raptors’ 110-104 loss to the Sixers on Sunday night, complaining about everything from an air ball that he was convinced Matisse Thybulle had blocked to off-ball contact he felt wasn’t being policed tightly enough. He started another dialogue after the game with a heckling fan. 

After scoring 26 points in Toronto’s loss, the Philadelphia native, Villanova product and reigning NBA champion answered questions from reporters about the exchange.

“He’s talking too much,” Lowry said of the fan. “He talks too much. I don’t know him, but he ain’t worth my time.”

Any surprises about getting that sort of treatment in his hometown?

“I don’t care,” he said. “It’s Philadelphia — I respect it, I love it. Because when I come home, I’m going to be here. If they’ve got a problem, they can find me.”

Lowry’s Raptors, of course, bounced the Sixers in the second round of the playoffs last season in a seven-game series as close as one can possibly be. Their regular-season series this year is now tied at 1-1. The two teams play each other Jan. 22 in Toronto, and they next face off in Philadelphia on March 18.

The dynamic between Lowry and Sixers fans might not be at the top of the list, but it’s one reason why those games should be worth watching. 

“There’s a rivalry here,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse acknowledged before the game. 

At Wells Fargo Center, where the Sixers are now 12-0, the fans tend to make themselves part of any rivalry. 



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Ben Simmons fined $20,000 for low blow on Kyle Lowry in Game 3 of Sixers' series vs. Raptors

Ben Simmons fined $20,000 for low blow on Kyle Lowry in Game 3 of Sixers' series vs. Raptors

After getting away without penalty Thursday night, Ben Simmons was punished Friday for an elbow to Kyle Lowry's groin. The play occurred during a tangle under the basket in the second quarter of the Sixers' Game 3 win over Toronto (see video above). 

Though Lowry complained persistently to the officials after the incident, he downplayed it after the game. 

Simmons and Lowry have a history. The two were ejected on January 15 last year, after which Lowry invited Simmons to meet him in the tunnel after the game. Simmons later told reporters, "I'm not gonna take that s--- from anybody."

A Cardinal Dougherty and Villanova product, Lowry struggled in Game 3. The 33-year-old All-Star point guard shot 2 for 10 in the Raptors' 116-95 loss.

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What to watch for in Sixers' second-round playoff series against Raptors

What to watch for in Sixers' second-round playoff series against Raptors

The Sixers are facing the Toronto Raptors in the second round of the NBA playoffs on Saturday night.

Let’s take a look at some fun storylines to keep our eye on before the series gets started:

Joel Embiid vs. Pascal Siakam

At the opening tip of the second round of the NBA playoffs, imagine starting across from the player whose footsteps you mirrored as a child growing up in Cameroon. That’s the nature of the circumstance for Siakam, who, like Embiid, attended both Luc Mbah Moute’s camp and the Basketball Without Borders program.

Jimmy Butler vs. Kyle Lowry

Another pairing that will be fun to watch. Lowry and Butler are really good friends, dating back to Butler’s Chicago days, and that’s definitely not going to stop Butler from going at him. Butler even said he’s already told Lowry that he’ll foul him just like he’d foul anyone else. Should be fun when Butler gets matched up on Lowry.

We might also be in for some fun banter between these two ... remember when Lowry mocked Butler’s headband? Or when Butler FaceTimed Lowry in the locker room after a Timberwolves win?

Giddyup.

Kawhi Leonard vs. Sixers

You’ve all heard about the troubles the Sixers have had in Toronto. The Sixers haven’t won a game at Scotiabank Arena since Nov. 10, 2012.

But, it goes deeper than the Sixers vs. Toronto. The Sixers have never won a game against Leonard. (That’s right — dating back to his San Antonio Spurs days, Leonard is a perfect 13-0 against the Sixers). If the Sixers can take one W home while in Toronto, considerate that a victory that could really give the Sixers the confidence they need in this series. 

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