Raptors are a Kyle Lowry injury away from disaster

Raptors' Kyle Lowry (right) defends against Heat guard Ray Allen. Lowry sprained his ankle against...

Raptors' Kyle Lowry (right) defends against Heat guard Ray Allen. Lowry sprained his ankle against the Jazz on Saturday night, but should be able to go tonight against the Rockets. (USA Today)

Mike Ganter, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:04 AM ET

TORONTO - From about the start of the second half Saturday night when Kyle Lowry did not come out with his team until Dwane Casey in his post-game media scrum described Lowry’s ankle sprain as minor, we were wondering if we had just witnessed the tipping point of the Raptors’ season.

That would be the point where general manager Masai Ujiri has to decide play for now or play for later. Whether to let this team forge ahead and do what they can do or start unloading contracts with a look towards better times ahead.

The line is that fine and it rests rather precariously on the oft-injured status of Lowry.

Already this season Lowry has sprained a tendon in his finger. That turned out to be manageable. Saturday against the Utah Jazz he sprained his right ankle. Again this one was minor. Casey inferred that had the game been in any doubt Lowry could have played.

 


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