It was very frustrating to watch Kyle Lowry go down with another injury. The Raptors’ undisputed leader had gradually played himself back into superlative form after some back issues waylaid a chunk of his season, and Toronto finally had the entire roster healthy for the first time all year. (Serge Ibaka was absent due to suspension, and will be good to go for tomorrow.)
That the injury came in a blowout against the freakin’ Knicks because Mitchell Robinson couldn’t quite control himself, just adds insult to, well, you know how the rest of this statement goes. Here’s the replay, if you’re curious:
Kyle Lowry is down and heading to the locker room after Robinson lands on his right ankle pic.twitter.com/DQwQzlyDKp— The Render (@TheRenderNBA) March 19, 2019
In any case, we’ve waited with bated breath since Lowry limped off the court last night. First there was the update from Woj claiming that it was not believed to be a serious injury.
Raptors guard Kyle Lowry is undergoing testing on right ankle injury that caused him to leave game, but belief is that it’s not serious, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 19, 2019
Then there was some chatter from Nick Nurse and jinxes, which, all things considered, doesn’t feel entirely out of place for this Raptors season.
"I never should have said that," Nurse joked re: his pre-game comments about finally getting healthy, asked for the plastic podium in the room to be replaced with a wooden one so he can knock on it. He's hopeful Lowry will be able to play later this week.— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) March 19, 2019
Then Lowry too commented on the situation. This is a bit of a rarity for the Raptors, as injured players don’t always open up post-game to discuss what’s going on with their medical situation, especially if it is in fact serious. That Lowry was let near a live mic suggests the initial Woj report is generally correct, and that it’s not a season-threatening injury.
Lowry said his ankle is "pretty sore", "pretty tender". He's limping a bit but walking on his own power. "I'll be all right, man. I ain't going to complain". He's hopeful he won't have to miss much time.— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) March 19, 2019
As for what Lowry thought of the play itself and Robinson’s wild careening, well... he extremely diplomatically didn’t much care for it.
Lowry on the Mitchell Robinson play: "I think it was a little bit dirty. He grabbed me, pulled me down. He's a young kid so I don't know if he did it on purpose or not, but I think he'll learn his lesson next time and be a little bit more careful."— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) March 19, 2019
In any case, this Tuesday afternoon, we’ve received the official update from Raptors: Kyle Lowry is listed as questionable for tomorrow night with a sprained right ankle.
Now, me personally, I’d list him as out and let him take the night off to rest. It feels likely that will indeed be the case. But the bright side is obvious: Lowry is listed as questionable, which means he’ll soon be probable, which means he’ll be back on the court before we know it. This, my friends, is a relief.
Get well soon, Kyle.