Even before this evening I'm pretty sure Toronto Raptors' fans knew how important Kyle Lowry was to this club's playoff hopes.
After tonight, there can be no doubt.
Lowry rolled his right ankle in the second quarter of tonight's match versus the Oklahoma City Thunder, and had to be helped off the court by his teammates. He did not return and while it doesn't sound super serious, it's not a great feeling for sure.
Here's the vid:
So minus Mr. Lowry...eeeeeh...it wasn't pretty.
The Raptors were pounded into submission before the fourth quarter started, losing 108 to 88 in the end, and really not having much to talk about in terms of highlights.
Without their key creator, the offence fell to pieces, shooting an abysmal 36 per cent from the field, and at the other end, well, things weren't much better. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant had only 34 points combined, but guys like Serge Ibaka and Thabo Sefolosha also had double digits, and when Hasheem Thabeet hits 10 points, well...
The good news is, the Raptors are back at it tomorrow night against the Mavericks with a chance to put this behind them.
The bad news, they're back at it tomorrow...and it's highly unlikely they'll be going to battle with Kyle Lowry in tow.