There’s a bit of gambler in Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry.

He likes to sneak around after a Raptors shot goes up, gamble that he’ll get a steal or disrupt the opponent; it’s a chance he takes a handful of times a game.

Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t and if coach Dwane Casey had his druthers, it’s not something that would happen at all because of the trickle-down impact it has on his team’s defence.

If Lowry’s lurking around under the basket, the Raptors are already defending four-on-five in transition and that’s never a good thing.

Lowry eventually catches up to the play but the pressure it puts on the team’s wings is huge.

Casey has seen too many instances where two guards and a small forward are attacking the Raptors while Lowry’s trying to get back on defence and the team’s wings are a step behind as well.

“What happens is we’ve got to compensate for Kyle — that’s a habit of his, going into get the boards — we’ve got to get guys out of the corner,” said Casey. “Once that shots goes up, the corners have to get out and start getting back to the paint.

“That’s something we’ve been working on because we know that’s a habit of Kyle’s, we’ve been trying to break him of it, it’s a hard habit to break and he’s been successful with it.”