Video: Watch Kyle Lowry Explain What Real Pressure Is Ahead of NBA Finals Game 5

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 10, 2019

TORONTO, ON -  JUNE 9: Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors addresses the media during practice and media availability as part of the 2019 NBA Finals on June 9, 2019 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Sometimes, we get carried away discussing sports, but Kyle Lowry reminded people that real-life circumstances matter most.

The Toronto Raptors star was asked to define pressure during Sunday's press conference ahead of Game 5 of the NBA Finals. While he could have addressed what it feels like to be one game away from closing out the series with the Golden State Warriors, he instead discussed his upbringing:


“What my mom had to go through, what my grandma had to go through … that’s pressure.” - Kyle Lowry on how he defines pressure #NBAFinals https://t.co/OJRRas43LG

Lowry noted the sacrifices his mother and grandmother made to give his younger brother and cousins a better life. 

"People like that are heroes to me," the All-Star said. "Just going to work and grinding and doing whatever it takes to provide for your family and protect who you have to protect."

While Lowry is seeking his first NBA championship this week, stories like this help put things in perspective.

The Warriors have a must-win game Monday to keep their season alive, but their lives will go on regardless of the result.