It was another Game 1 performance to forget for Lowry against the Magic at the weekend.
As well as the Raptors continuing their own dismal record in Game 1s, Lowry couldn’t get anything to drop for himself.
He finished the game with zero points from seven attempts, including six from the three-point line.
His performance was not a one-off though when it comes to Game 1s.
In 12 career Game 1 appearances, Lowry averages just 9.7 points, shooting 33 per cent from the floor and 19 from three-point range.
It’s a bizarre stat for the five-time All-Star, who has been with the Raptors since being traded there in 2012.
Toronto have established themselves as one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference in recent years during the regular season, but have come unstuck in the playoffs.
A large part of that is due to the fact they have faced a LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers in the last two postseasons.
But against Toronto went into the series against the Magic as heavy favourites to come away with a sweep.
Now they face the potential of losing homecourt advantage, and Boston Celtics legend Pierce has put a lot of pressure on Lowry to step up.
“12 career games, nine points on 33 per cent shooting from your franchise point guard?
“A lot of that has to do with Kyle and that’s why people say they don’t respect Toronto in the playoffs.
“They get these high seeds and records and I’ve gone on record while I was at Washington/ Brooklyn: ‘They don’t have it’.
“Part of the reason is what Kyle Lowry brings to the table.
“If you’re putting so much dependency on this guy and he hasn’t shown up year-after-year-after-year in the playoffs, how do you give them the respect?
“There’s regular season players and there’s playoff players.
“Some have both, some have only one.
“He’s showing that he’s a regular season player because when playoffs come, we’re yet to see him really step up and really give you that All-Star performance and that’s just what I see.”