Kyle Lowry took quite the fall on Monday night against the Brooklyn Nets, and the severity of the injury is still unknown.
In overtime, with the score tied at 111, Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry went up for a rebound and came crashing down like he was wearing a weighted vest. Joe Harris, while going after a rebound, collided with the six-foot guard who then tumbled over Quincy Acy before landing directly on his tailbone region.
Kyle Lowry roughhhhh fall pic.twitter.com/6SGFycMJjN
— Aaron Bruski (@aaronbruski) January 9, 2018
Lowry tried to hobble off of the court with his teammates’ help, but the pain was too much to bear and he eventually to be carried to the locker room. He was then wheeled out for testing and told reporters that he was heading for an “X-ray on my ass.” At least he was in good spirits.
The Raptors media relations team tweeted that the diagnosis was acute back spasms. A reevaluation is scheduled for today.
Toronto's Kyle Lowry sustained an acute back spasm tonight at BKN. He will be reevaluated tomorrow. @Raptors
— RaptorsMR (@RaptorsMR) January 9, 2018
Toronto narrowly escaped with the 114-113 victory. Lowry had 18 points and 11 assists in 38 minutes. DeMar DeRozan continued his hot streak and dropped 35 points on 14-of-30 shooting. For Brooklyn, Spencer Dinwiddie had the game of his life and finished with a career-high 31 points, but it was another case of suspect officiating down the stretch of a close contest.
With the win, Toronto, the East’s second seed, improved to 28-10 and are tied with the Boston Celtics in the loss column. Kyle Lowry has turned his season around after a melancholy start and is still instrumental in what they want to do. He’s averaging 16.2 points and 7.0 assists this season while shooting 39.2 percent from three.
Dwane Casey implemented a new system for this campaign, and Lowry’s ability to command an offense gives them much stability. It was a rocky beginning, but things have clicked over the last few weeks.
Fred VanVleet and Delon Wright will take turns facilitating during Kyle Lowry’s absence. Additionally, Norman Powell may also return to having a spot in the rotation. If all else fails, though, they have DeRozan and can run with him for a while.
Update – Jan. 9, 11:53 a.m.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Kyle Lowry is day-to-day with a bone bruise on his tailbone.
This article will be updated as soon as additional information is provided.
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