Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry not expected to miss any games

Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors looks on during the second half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)
Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors looks on during the second half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images) /

The early indications are that Kyle Lowry’s right ankle injury is nothing serious, and he shouldn’t miss any playing time for the Toronto Raptors.

The Toronto Raptors managed to overcome their first adversity of the season on Saturday, against the Chicago Bulls. Entering the night on a three-game losing streak, they dominated the Bulls and came away with a 122-83 win.

However, even in the midst of an important victory, the Raptors still had to contend with some potentially bad news. More specifically, Kyle Lowry was forced to leave the action with an injury in the third quarter and did not return.

After the game, it was confirmed that Lowry had suffered a twisted right ankle. Understandably, there was some concern about how serious the injury was, and if he would have to miss any playing time.

However, the initial indication is there is nothing to be concerned about, as the four-time All-Star wasn’t limping when he left the arena. As reported by TSN‘s Josh Lewenberg, Raptors coach Nick Nurse said:

"“I just saw him and he said that he twisted it. But he was pretty lively in the locker room.”More from Toronto RaptorsToronto Raptors: Christian Koloko Highlights 2022 Summer League rosterToronto Raptors re-sign Chris Boucher, add Otto Porter JrToronto Raptors should not enter the Kevin Durant sweepstakesToronto Raptors reportedly closing on extensions with VanVleet and YoungToronto Raptors get what they need in drafting Christian Koloko"

We are still awaiting official confirmation, but all indications are that Lowry should be good to go on Tuesday night, against the Orlando Magic. However, the Raptors could well decide to take a cautious approach and give him the night off regardless, with it being the first of a back-to-back.

The 2006 first round draft pick has been on fire since the start of the season, specifically with his assists. He is averaging 10.4 dimes per game entering Monday’s slate of games, to lead the NBA.

For context, Lowry’s season best was 7.4 assists per game, achieved during the 2013-14 campaign. Certainly, Nurse’s coaching and the addition of Kawhi Leonard have contributed to his success.

Lowry’s shooting has been a bit off target in recent games, which might be another reason why the Raptors could decide to give him a game off, to recuperate. Including the Bulls game, he has shot just 13-42 (31 percent) from the field during his last four contests.

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If you were in the Toronto Raptors’ position, would you give Lowry Tuesday night off regardless, given his injury and recent shooting woes? Overall, how would you evaluate the point guard’s performance, so far this season? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.