Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry.

Kyle Lowry made his second consecutive All-Star team in 2016 while solidifying his standing as one of the league’s elite point guards. The Toronto Raptors won 56 games in the improved Eastern Conference due to his exploits, just one victory off the pace set by the top-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Raps suffered first round playoff exits in 2014 and 2015, but this season felt like it yielded new promise. Lowry’s play oozed confidence on a nightly basis. He finished the season averaging a career-high 21.2 points, 2.1 steals and matching a career-best 4.7 rebounds.

All the while, the 30-year-old’s outside shooting touch thrived. Not only did Lowry attempt a career-high 7.1 treys per contest, but he hit a personal-best 38.8 percent of those triples.

Everything was clicking for Lowry during the regular season, but the postseason atmosphere has proved much tougher to champion for the bulldog floor general. Though he played well in the 2014 playoffs — averaging 21.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists during a hard-fought seven-game series against the Brooklyn Nets — he hasn’t experienced the same individual success since.

Quite the contrary, in fact, as Lowry was an absolute eyesore in the playoff setting a season ago. During the course of getting swept by John Wall and the Washington Wizards, the Villanova product shot a ghastly 31.6 percent from the field and an ugly 21.7 percent from beyond the arc. He failed to reach double-digit scoring in two of Toronto’s four games.

Toronto has turned its fortunes around in terms of wins and losses this year by jumping out to a 2-1 series lead over the Indiana Pacers. But while the Raptors are finally winning games in the playoff setting again, Lowry’s shooting efficiency remains elusive.

Through the first three games of the first-round series, the former first-round pick has shot 31.9 percent from the field and 22.7 percent from three-point range. He’s dished out eight assists per contest to compensate, but the persistent shooting woes in the playoffs have to be a concern for head coach Dwane Casey.

Lowry seems a surefire bet to make it onto one of the All-NBA teams this year for his stellar regular season performance. That being said, he needs to re-establish that standing if Toronto is going to have any hope of a deep playoff run in 2016.

The scorching-hot Miami Heat are lurking.