We were up, that’s what’s funny about this. The Raptors had finally executed the radical idea of playing their five best players at the same time to start a game, and despite still being in Milwaukee after a huge win on Tuesday night, they are now likely going to have to re-jig their starting lineup and rotations once again. This is a long way of saying: Kyle Lowry is out tonight against the Bucks. He was listed as injured this morning due to a sore ankle — and is now suffering from a pained thumb.
You have to laugh. The Raptors are bounding back to life, which feels like it will be their season’s mission this time around, and now standing at 13-15, good for seventh in the Eastern Conference. Toronto hasn’t really been in this position since they became a playoff team back in 2013-14. The team has a lot more experience and know-how now, but they’ve also had to struggle to piece together their team’s talent — and maintain some sort of consistent with their lineups and approach. If not Lowry’s absence, it’s been OG Anunoby out, or Pascal Siakam, or some wild Nick Nurse-led changes to the reserve rotation that have forced Toronto to remake itself anew on any given night.
On Tuesday against the Bucks, the Raptors looked good, pushing Milwaukee further along into a four-game losing streak. With or without Lowry, the question is still fair to ask: can the Raptors do it all again and get another solid win against a top-line opponent? They’ve maybe turned some kind of a corner as of late, but we’ve said that before too.
In any case, John Gaudes has the full Raptors-Bucks preview here. Below are the modestly updated details. Now, let’s watch.
Where to Watch
TSN, 7:30 PM ET
Toronto — Fred VanVleet, Norman Powell, DeAndre’ Bembry, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam
Milwaukee — Bryn Forbes, Donte DiVincenzo, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez
Toronto — Kyle Lowry (out - thumb), Yuta Watanabe (questionable - ankle), Patrick McCaw (out - knee)
Milwaukee — Jrue Holiday (out - health and safety protocols), Jordan Nwora (out)