September 17, 2020, 12:38 pmKyle LowryPG, Toronto Raptors
Marc Stein is reporting that we could see new long-term deals for Raptors POBO Masai Ujiri and GM Bobby Webster shortly.
Apparently, talk of such extensions was a "strong rumble" in the Orlando bubble, where both Ujiri and Webster stayed with the Raptors for the duration of their stay. Toronto had to get to Florida two weeks before any other team and it had been reported that Ujiri and Webster's constant presence with the team was both unique and appreciated by the players. The duo have been the architects of the Raptors' rise to legitimacy and hopefully these eventual extensions will stop the rumors that pop up whenever another franchise has a top job open up. Coach Nick Nurse was also without an extension until just a few days ago, which suggests that Raptors ownership is going to move quickly to secure the rest of the organization's brain trust. In his end-of-season press conference, Ujiri said that he had not begun negotiating with ownership yet while a deal with Webster is "getting close."
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
September 12, 2020, 12:26 amKyle LowryPG, Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry fouled out down the stretch in Friday's Game 7 loss to the Celtics but not before chipping 16 points in a rough shooting night (5-of-15 FG).
Lowry connected on only 1-of-6 shots from deep and did not register a steal or a block tonight. He did manage to chip in six rebounds and three assists, but clearly those were not enough for the Raptors to overcome the young and hungry Celtics. Lowy was coming off an impressive 33-point outing in Game 6 which went to double-OT, so fatigue could have played a factor in his lackluster showing in this crucial game.
September 9, 2020, 9:52 pmKyle LowryPG, Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry capped off a clutch performance with a dagger shot to go along with 33 points (12-of-20 FG, 6-of-10 3PT), eight rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block in Wednesday’s thrilling 125-122 double-OT win.
Lowry stepped up big time in the second half and hit multiple deep threes to keep the Raptors’ championship defense alive. His 3-point shooting was key in this game as the Celtics have stifled the Raptors on the offensive end and taken away almost every shot except those beyond the arc. He played 53 minutes through both overtime periods and, as expected, didn’t let up until the buzzer. He hit a clutch turnaround jumper to plunge the dagger into the Celtics’ chances in the final minutes. If Lowry’s identity as a playoff choker wasn’t already dead, it certainly is now.
September 7, 2020, 10:35 pmKyle LowryPG, Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry ended Monday's Game 5 loss with 10 points, two rebounds, five assists and two steals in 34 minutes.
Lowry shot 3-for-8 from the field while making one of his three attempts from behind the arc. It was his lowest point total of the series, which the Celtics now lead 3-2. Thanks to the lopsided score, Matt Thomas came off the bench to score 10 points in 19 minutes.
September 5, 2020, 9:21 pmKyle LowryPG, Toronto Raptors
Playoff Kyle Lowry was in full force on Saturday, leading his pack of Raptors passed the Celtics to a 100-93 in Game 3 on the shoulders of an amazing, well-rounded effort, highlighted by 22 points (5-of-16 FG, 8-of-8 FT), 11 rebounds and seven assists.
Lowry played tonight like his life depended on it and his sense of urgency was electrifying. He added four triples, two steals and two blocks as well as five turnovers in what was considered a crucial game. His experience and savvy came into play as he show the young Celtics players how to leave it all on the line. At this point, Game 5 is anybody's game, but should be won by the team that wants it the most.
September 3, 2020, 9:44 pmKyle LowryPG, Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry willed the Raptors to a critical victory on Thursday, playing a game-high 46 minutes and scoring 31 points (13-of-23 from the floor) to go with six rebounds, eight assists and two steals.
Lowry shows no quit on the court and he's a great leader. He kept his composure when lobbing a perfect pass to OG Anunoby for the game-winning shot and his tenacious attitude permeates throughout this Raptors team. Expect more of this from Lowry in Game 4.
August 30, 2020, 3:58 pmKyle LowryPG, Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry (left ankle sprain) looked no worse for wear in Sunday's loss, dropping 17 points (5-for-12 FG), six rebounds, eight assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in 35 minutes of action.
It was Lowry's first game since injuring his ankle last Sunday and he was easily Toronto's best player in a disappointing performance. He was an uncharacteristic 6-of-9 at the free throw line (the Raptors went 22-of-29 as a whole) but was the only member of the starters who finished better than minus-18 (he was minus-5) as the Celtics led wire-to-wire. Serge Ibaka (15 & 9 with three triples) and OG Anunoby (12 points, seven rebounds, two blocks and a 3-pointer) were the only other Raptors to really show up in this one.
August 30, 2020, 11:58 amKyle LowryPG, Toronto Raptors
Nick Nurse doesn't anticipate any kind of minutes or usage limit for Kyle Lowry, who is returning from a left ankle sprain, on Sunday.
Lowry injured his ankle in last Sunday's Game 4 victory over the Nets and was limping pretty good, but the week off appears to have him back at full strength. He's good to play in DFS today if you were leaning that way and will play a vital role, as always, in a hotly anticipated matchup with the Celtics.
Source: Josh Lewenberg on Twitter
August 30, 2020, 11:09 amKyle LowryPG, Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry (left ankle sprain) will be available to play in Game 1 on Sunday.
It's huge news for the Raptors, who upgraded Lowry to probable yesterday. They played coy about his status after he was injured in Game 4 against the Nets, but it looks like the extra days off have helped him heal up. Lowry's safe to plug into DFS lineups today.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
August 29, 2020, 2:33 pmKyle LowryPG, Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry (left ankle sprain) has been upgraded to probable for Sunday's Game 1 against the Celtics.
This falls in line with Lowry's return to practice on Saturday as he prepares for an exciting showdown with the Celtics. He played a big role in the Raptors' sweep of the Nets with 16.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.0 blocks and 2.7 triples in 36.7 minutes over the first three games before being removed early from Game 4 due to the ankle sprain.
August 29, 2020, 12:21 pmKyle LowryPG, Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry (left ankle sprain) participated in practice on Saturday but remains tagged as questionable ahead of Game 1 on the Raptors' injury report.
This is a good sign that Lowry should be ready for Game 1 against the Celtics on Sunday. He left Game 4 against the Nets in the second quarter but played great in the first three of that series with 36.7 minutes, 16.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.0 blocks and 2.7 triples. If Lowry cannot go on Sunday, expect Norman Powell to slide into the starting lineup.
Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter
August 26, 2020, 5:34 pmKyle LowryPG, Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry (left ankle sprain) is questionable for Thursday's Game 1 against the Celtics.
In light of the players' wildcat strike on Wednesday, it remains to be seen if this game will even take place. Lowry's missed practice the last two days.
Source: NBA Injury Report
August 26, 2020, 12:52 pmKyle LowryPG, Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry (left ankle sprain) was unable to practice on Wednesday.
Lowry also sat out on Tuesday despite his MRI showing just a sprain. It makes sense for the Raptors to be cautious with him, but it also would not be surprising if Lowry missed the start of the series with the Celtics. Norman Powell, who averaged 17.5 points per game in the first round, would have an expanded role if Lowry is held out.
Source: Marc J. Spears on Twitter
August 25, 2020, 2:10 pmKyle LowryPG, Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry (left ankle sprain) did not participate in Tuesday's practice and is considered day-to-day.
The Raptors have merely said that Lowry's condition will be updated as necessary, which seems like some gamesmanship ahead of their second round series with the Celtics. That tips off on Thursday, so for now consider Lowry questionable for Game 1. Fred VanVleet would likely shift over to PG with Norman Powell sliding into the starting five if Lowry can't go. It would also open up extra minutes for Terence Davis off the bench.
Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter
August 24, 2020, 12:36 pmKyle LowryPG, Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry’s (left ankle) MRI seemingly came back clean on Monday as he's just been diagnosed with a sprain.
There was concern Lowry’s injury would be more significant so this is good news for the Raptors as they head into a hotly anticipated semifinals matchup with the Celtics. His per game numbers have seen a slight tick down over the last month, but Lowry is still the heart and soul of everything the Raptors do right. His health is critical if the Raps hope to continue their title defense. Keep an eye out for a more thorough update soon.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter