As reported by Adrian Wojnarowski (who else?), the Raptors’ Kyle Lowry is indeed injured. The good news here: it’s apparently not as serious at it most definitely looked. What a relief.
Here’s the tweet report:
Toronto guard Kyle Lowry is day-to-day on a return from a bone bruise on his tailbone, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 9, 2018
As a refresher — as if you wanted to see/read this again — here’s what happened last night in Brooklyn. Lowry was going up for a rebound, got body-checked in the air by the Nets’ Joe Harris, and due to the presence of Quincy Acy nearby, took a hard fall on his lower back. It looked extremely painful and Lowry could not walk off the court under his own power. (Still, we’ll always be able to laugh at his “x-rays on my ass” line after the game.)
There’s some good news and bad news embedded here.
The good: Lowry is listed as day-to-day, which means the injury is manageable. There’s no serious structural damage, no surgery needed, no long lay-off (presumably). Day-to-day is a notoriously vague assessment, but it sounds much better than something like “out indefinitely,” you know what I mean?
The bad: it’s his tailbone. There’s nothing to be done with tailbones really. You can put a cast or wrap on it, you can’t stretch it, you can’t even really compress it. It just feels sore, and makes it hard to move around — which is an important thing for a basketball player to be able to do. I assume the Raptors will give Lowry all the best medical treatment they can, but the best medicine here may just be to rest. Again, not the worst, but not the best — more annoying, if anything.
Other than that, there’s been no official word as to how much time Lowry will miss. He’s definitely out tonight against the Heat. As for the big time match-ups against the Cavs (on Thursday), and the Warriors (on Saturday), time will tell.
All we have, officially, is this:
Kyle Lowry was examined Tuesday and was diagnosed with a bruised tailbone and back spasms. X-Rays were negative. Lowry will be treated by the Raptors medical team, and his condition will be reevaluated daily. Lowry will not play Tuesday vs. the Heat.— RaptorsMR (@RaptorsMR) January 9, 2018