Toronto Raptors get back on Track, but Lose Kyle Lowry to Ankle Injury
A matchup agains the New York Knicks, what can go wrong?
Not a lot did on Monday night for the Toronto Raptors, fresh off being swept by the Detroit Pistons. But despite a dominating effort against the lonely Knicks, the night’s win was overshadowed by a nasty ankle injury sustained by Kyle Lowry.
After missing the previous two games nursing an ankle injury, it appeared as though the Raptors all-star sustained an ankle sprain on a play involving Knicks’ big man Mitchell Robinson. With just over five minutes remaining in the third quarter, Lowry went down hard in a heap of pain and would not return for the remainder of the night.
Preliminary tests taken immediately after the play would go onto calm the nerves of Raptors fans as the injury was deemed to be not serious.
“It is what it is, it’s an injury. It happens,” Lowry said following the Raptors 128-92 blowout victory. “It’s unfortunate, injuries can come at any point in the season, at any point in the game … (Robinson) grabbed me and pulled me down. I don’t think he did it on purpose. I know he didn’t think he was going to hurt me, I think he was trying to stop the play. Little bit dirty in a sense, but I don’t think he did it on purpose.
“But it happens, this game, injuries happen, it’s a part of it … It’s pretty tender right now.”
Outside of Lowry’s injury, the Raptors had no trouble disposing of the Knicks.
In a game in which Jeremy Lin shined with 20 points, Pascal Siakam added 19 points and eight rebounds of his own, while Fred VanVleet logged in a second straight solid effort since his return from his injury. Eight Raptors players finished the night in double-digit points, while both Marc Gasol and VanVleet accumulated double-doubles.
Playing without Kawhi Leonard, this is the last back-to-back of the season.
The win marks the fourth straight season the Raptors have reached the 50-win plateau.