Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry remains optimistic despite eight-game losing streak | NBA.com Canada

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It’s been a struggle for the Toronto Raptors over the last couple of weeks.

After bouncing back from a slow start to the season, the Raptors are currently riding the second-longest losing streak in the NBA, having lost their last eight games.

With a 17-25 record, the Raptors now sit at 11th in the Eastern Conference standings, trailing the Chicago Bulls in 10th place and the Indiana Pacers in ninth place by 2.5 games each.

Following Toronto’s loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, Kyle Lowry was asked about how he’s dealing with the team’s losing streak.

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“Fellas, y’all might think I’m happy – sorry, I’m going to curse – but I’m really pissed right now,” Lowry responded.

“We should be better than we are, but I just have to keep the high spirit and positive attitude because I know what we can do. I want to continue to push my teammates, I want to continue to watch Freddy grow, Pascal, OG, Norm, I want to continue so I’m going to keep positive. I’m not really happy right now, but I have to keep a positive spirit.

“Right now, it’s a tough time, weird times for us. Like you said, Doug [Smith], I haven’t been like this in eight years. But I’m never going to give up on us. I think we have an opportunity to still make a run and chip at it game by game, we just gotta get one win. It’s like the first win of the season, it’s like the hardest thing to do is get that first win.

“I just feel like we need that one win and then we can get rolling.”

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The Raptors were without Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam for five of the eight games in this losing streak, as well as OG Anunoby for six of them due to the NBA’s Health and Safety Protocols. VanVleet and Siakam returned in Toronto’s loss to the Detroit Pistons on March 17 while Anunoby returned in its loss to the Utah Jazz on March 19.

The Raptors have 30 games remaining this season. According to Tankathon, they have the seventh-hardest remaining schedule, with their opponents having a combined .512 winning percentage.

The Raptors are back in action on Monday, March 22 when they take on the Houston Rockets (11-30), who are on a 20-game losing streak.

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