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Kyle Lowry says team had a ‘wasted year’ after Raptors early playoff exit

Lowry, for his part, played well in the series, averaging 17.8 points and 8.8 assists and shot 57.1 percent in the four-game sweep by the Cavs. DeMar DeRozan, however, was largely ineffective in the series.


Kahron Spearman


Raptors guard Kyle Lowry couldn't hide his frustration Tuesday, calling Toronto's quick playoff exit to the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers a "wasted year" despite a franchise-record 59 wins.

 

"We felt like we could possibly make the NBA Finals," Lowry told ESPN. "That was our goal.

 

The Cavs have swept the Raptors in consecutive postseasons.

To be the best, you've got to beat the best. We've continuously failed against the team that made the Finals the last three years.

Lowry, for his part, played well in the series, averaging 17.8 points and 8.8 assists and shot 57.1 percent in the four games. DeMar DeRozan, however, was largely ineffective.

 

"This is probably the toughest, most frustrating, difficult, lowest feeling I've had," DeRozan said Tuesday during the season-ending exit interview with reporters. "You get to that point where you're standing firm through everything and you feel like you can't get knocked down again, and you realize you do get knocked back down again. It's kind of the worst feeling."

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