From bad to worse to worst to ultra-worst.
Kyle Lowry, the heart of the Raptors, was carried off the court on Monday night in the dying (overtime) minutes of Toronto’s game against the Brooklyn Nets. It happened after Lowry fell hard on his lower back after getting the mid-air body check from Joe Harris, and the undercut from Quincy Acy. [Update: OK, I’ve calmed down and yes, Acy’s presence was more incidental than anything — he did not undercut Lowry.)
Here’s the play:
Damn, Kyle Lowry went down HARD on this play pic.twitter.com/5zwSV3usii— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) January 9, 2018
That the Raptors somehow ended up in OT against the woeful Nets is neither here nor there now, but it does add to the hurt. We’ll have the recap of the game coming shortly.
Obviously right now we don’t have any details on Lowry’s condition. We know he was carried off the court by Jonas Valanciunas and Lucas Nogueira. We saw that he couldn’t walk under his own power — which for Lowry means this has to be some serious pain. And while the Raptors eventually won 114-113, it now feels like the most pyrrhic of victories. Ultra-pyrrhic, really.
On the slimmest of slim bright sides, at least Lowry is still in good spirits:
Lowry being wheeled out for tests. He just yelled "x-ray on my ass."— (((Eric Koreen))) (@ekoreen) January 9, 2018
Coach Dwane Casey has confirmed it:
What part is being x-rayed? Casey: "His butt."— (((Eric Koreen))) (@ekoreen) January 9, 2018
UPDATE: It’s not much, but it’s something.
Toronto's Kyle Lowry sustained an acute back spasm tonight at BKN. He will be reevaluated tomorrow. @Raptors— RaptorsMR (@RaptorsMR) January 9, 2018
More on this story as it develops.