The defending champion Raptors were all set to sweep in their opening series against the Nets. They now have to do it without star point guard Kyle Lowry who left the court in Sunday’s Game 4 with an ankle injury.
With a little over three minutes left in the first quarter, Lowry was heading up the floor when Chris Chiozza went to defend him. Lowry’s left foot stepped on the Nets’ point guard’s foot and he twisted his ankle. He fell down and was then limping and appeared to be in a considerable amount of pain after the contact.
Toronto took a timeout and while Lowry returned to the floor after the break, he still looked to be in discomfort. The Raptors continued their possession and Norman Powell hit a three to give the Raptors a 30-25 lead; however, Lowry had trouble getting back on defense and after fouling Chiozza, he immediately left the floor and headed to the locker room.
The team initially announced that his return was to be determined with a turned left ankle. Five minutes later they said he would not return. During the second half, Raptors PR tweeted that, “Lowry has left The Field House for diagnostic imaging elsewhere on the NBA campus. That equipment is not available at this facility. Updates will be provided when available.”
With Lowry out, it leaves a big hole in the Raptors lineup. He netted two points before leaving and was averaging 16 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists in the first three games of the 2020 postseason. During the regular season, he posted 19.4 points-per-game, 5.0 rebounds-per-game and 7.5 assists-per-game.
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