It will be Kyle Lowry’s day, but Fred Vanfleet will also spend his time with the Raptors

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Re-enacting Kyle Lowry upon his return to Toronto is not something anyone wants or plans to do.

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But there will be a moment between the applause that Laurie deserves both as he gave and probably every time, he touches the ball based on how this fandom feels about him, which would belong to Laurie’s student now filling his big shoes.

Fred Vanfleet needs only three three-pointers to overtake Lowry and become #1 on the list of the best three-pointers per season in team history.

He still has a long way to go to catch Laurie all along. In the nine seasons he spent in Toronto where he and Demar DeRozan were the driving force of the NBA championship, Lowry amassed 1,518 successful three-pointers.

VanVleet is currently third on the list behind Lowry and only 14 behind Morris Peterson who sits second behind Lowry’s with a score of 801.

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“It’s an amazing achievement,” VanVleet said of the team’s outstanding record. “Obviously any time you’re in conversation with Cale and the things he’s done for the privilege, it’s an honor.

“It’s been a whole year so far,” Vanfleet said. “Being able to get that means a lot. I think it speaks to the way the game is going and obviously improving as a player.”

It’s no surprise that VanVleet gives Laurie so much of the credit for the player he has become. We’re not saying VanVleet wasn’t going to get to where he is anyway. Both players are cut from the same cloth. They have a work ethic and determination to do whatever is necessary to be among the elite in their positions. But Laurie certainly had a role in showing Vanfleet on the road.

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“I really think just getting to know you, hanging on to him at the hip and incorporating myself into the drills a little early on,” VanVleet said when asked what he learned from Lowry about three-point shooting specifically. “In my freshman year, I turned myself into a good three-point corner kick and the next step was above the second half. So, at that point, I think he had 11, 12, 13 year old league delegates under his belt, so just finding little things It can help whether it’s balance or movement of the feet or just repetition and staying by his side and seeing how he’s putting them down, seeing how he’s catching them, when he’s catching them and finding a rhythm”

But the truth is, there’s more to learning than just seeing how Lowry works.

“I just stand by him and try to be a sponge and learn as much as possible,” VanVleet said. “But, that’s a loaded question. There are a million different things I can give you that I’ve learned from him. But I think the best thing I did was just start jumping into his workouts, and act out like that.”

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Behind the winning game

A five-game winning streak doesn’t just happen. There is a lot to do to win five times in a row, especially at a time of the year, and this year in particular, when so many teams are fighting for position.

At the top of the Eastern Conference, you have Miami, Milwaukee, Boston and Philadelphia separated by 21/2 games with a stadium on the playoff line.

Behind that group you have Chicago, Toronto and possibly Cleveland, although they seem to have settled into seventh place, all vying for position. Behind them are Brooklyn, Atlanta and Charlotte, all vying to finish the match before the others to host the playoff game.

All this is indicated to say that the Raptors’ winning streak does not come against teams that are no longer interested in winning.

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VanVleet sees the Raptors team so mature that they are talking about and building on what they’ve learned in gaming now.

“I think for the past two weeks we’ve been really locked into the game plans and our attention to detail has been fantastic,” he said. “So that’s one thing you’re looking for, especially with a young team is how to shift from walkthrough, shooting and practices to the game, and we’ve taken what we’ve been talking about and apply it to the games, and it’s going to continue, whether it’s now or in the playoffs. We’ve come up with a plan. No plan is perfect, sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad. But as long as we’re all on the same page, we get out there, give ourselves a chance and stick together and play together. I think that’s something that can go a long way for a young team.”

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quick beats

Pascal Siakam is about to do something the Raptor hasn’t done before. With five games remaining, Sicam is averaging 22.3 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per night. The Raptor has never averaged better than 22/8/5 in one season… VanVleet isn’t the only Raptor to climb the three point charts. Gary Trent Jr. owns. 194 under his belt this year and he needs just 18 over his last five games to give him his third best mark for a season behind Lowry and VanVleet.


Tonight, Miami Heat (49-28) at Toronto Raptors (45-32), 7 p.m. Scotiabank Arena, TV: SNET; Radio: FAN590

Scout Report: The Heat arrived straight from Chicago where it was hoped they would do the Raptors a favor Saturday night and put a loss on the bulls who are neck and neck with the Raptors now for fifth place in the East. Miami won twice in a row after losing four times in a row and had the one-game lead over Milwaukee to take the top spot in the conference.

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Marquee Matchup: Kyle Lowry vs. Fred Vanfleet. From also all eyes will be on Laurie returning for the first time to place He called home and the city he loved and returned his love for nine seasons. VanVleet and Lowry are still close but don’t expect anything less than their best from two of the biggest competitors this franchise has ever known.

did you know: Caleb Martin, Max Strauss and Gabriel Vincent were all under question Saturday A match with various bruises… Toronto has a 2-1 lead in the Miami series this season but has yet to face the Heat with Laurie in uniform… Scoring against the Heat is no easy feat with Pam Adebayo protecting the edge. The Heat give up 105 points per game, and Adebayo is looking a lot for DPOY in the league.

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