Lowry: Raptors' swagger missing amid 1-5 start

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Tim BontempsESPN

After the Toronto Raptors fell to 1-5 with a demoralizing 126-114 loss to the undermanned Boston Celtics on Monday night, All-Star guard Kyle Lowry said that in order for the Raptors to right themselves, they’ll need to get their swagger back.

“We just need to get a little bit grittier, get a little bit tougher and a little bit nastier, and have a little bit of a swagger to us,” Lowry said. “Right now, we have no swagger to us.

“We have nothing. There’s nothing to us. Teams are looking at us like, ‘All right, let’s go eat’ … That’s not a good feeling.”

There is little to feel good about around the Raptors at this point — particularly after a loss to a Boston team that was missing several players, including starting guards Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart, and was playing the second half of a road back-to-back.

But despite those disadvantages, having to start a two-way player in guard Tremont Waters because of all of their injuries and falling into a quick 18-5 hole four minutes into the game, the Celtics dominated from there. Boston got 40 points from

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