I have never even come remotely close to firing a gun so I can't tell describe the upcoming reference in detail, but do you know the type of bullets that fragment into pieces post-impact doing the most damage well after piercing the skin? This subtle, yet calculated comment from Kyle Lowry is the verbal equivalent of that bullet, and the target was the brain of LeBron James. There's little to no doubt in my mind that LeBron watched that clip on repeat dissecting every word. "Probably"? "One of"? "Besides Steph"? All keywords that sparked at least a couple hours worth of mental anguish, and all keywords that were carefully used by an opponent that knew exactly what he was doing.
Remember just last week when LeBron was showing his insecurities by giving back handed compliments to Steph Curry and Steve Kerr after they won their individual awards? Well he's not the only one that can pseudo-insult someone through the use of half-hearted praise, but the difference here is that Kyle Lowry's attempt actually stands a remote chance of having the desired effect.
Chances are the Raptors bow out in 4 games. Maybe Kyle Lowry gives a repeat performance from Game 7 and they last 5 games. Whatever the case may be, their odds of winning aren't exactly great. Kyle Lowry knows that, and - more importantly - he knows that the only way they do win is if LeBron implodes and starts worrying more about himself than the team. If there is anything we have learned from this season it's that LeBron becomes very insecure at the mere thought of Steph Curry's success. He's becomes a vulnerable teenager in a mutant's body at the mention of him as anything less than the best player in the league. Incepting him with the idea that his Cavaliers are inferior to the Golden State Warriors because of each team's respective leaders probably won't change the outcome against the Raptors, but desperate times call for desperate measures.