Heading into their second-round matchup against the Boston Celtics, it appears Toronto Raptors All-Star Kyle Lowry’s status is up in the air.
After downing the Philadelphia 76ers in sweep-fashion in round-one of the 2020 postseason, the Boston Celtics officially have their sights set on a date with the defending champions, the Toronto Raptors, for round-two.
A historic matchup indeed, as this marks the first time in both franchise’s existence that they will be going head-to-head in a playoff series.
With both teams having coasted through the quarterfinals with ease — Toronto swept the injury-riddled Brooklyn Nets — this second-round matchup seemingly has the makings to be quite a competitive series that could find itself going the distance.
Unfortunately for the Raptors, however, they could realistically find themselves starting things off without their All-Star Kyle Lowry.
After exiting Thursday’s series-wrapping victory over Brooklyn Sunday in just nine-minutes of play, it has been revealed that the point guard sustained a left-ankle sprain. As of right now, there appears to be no news on when a return might be possible.
The Raptors say Kyle Lowry has a sprained left ankle … with no specific timetable released yet on his status as Thursday’s Game 1 against Boston approaches
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) August 24, 2020
While no one should ever wish injury upon a player, Lowry’s absence does even the score a bit in regard to each team’s respective rotation, as Boston’s own Gordon Hayward will be out with an ankle-sprain himself.
The 14-year-veteran is finding himself in the midst of one of his best seasons to date. Through 58 games played, Lowry saw himself boasting averages of 19.4 points, 7.5 assists, five rebounds, and 1.4 steals per game on 42 percent shooting from the floor and 35 percent shooting from deep.
Though nothing has yet to be reported as to when he may return, should Toronto find themselves without their six-time All-Star in the lineup to start the series, it could wind up being a real blow.
We’ll be monitoring his status closely as we approach Thursday evening’s 6:30 PM (ET) tip-off.