Raptors Lose Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka in Blowout Win Over the Pelicans
The Toronto Raptors improve to 6-2, but the story of the night revolved around Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka.
A dominant first half was overshadowed by the loss Lowry and Ibaka who were ruled out for the remainder of the game at half time. Initial news on both men are concerning as it appears that Lowry has fractured his left thumb, an injury believed to be unrelated to the nagging thumb injuries of last postseason, while Ibaka suffered a severe ankle sprain. At this time, there is no timetable for their returns.
Lowry hurt it swiping at ball after Favors offensive rebound. Thought it was a nail issue because it was black and blue immediately. Further testing tomorrow. No timetable yet.
— (((Eric Koreen))) (@ekoreen) November 9, 2019
For a team that has been questioned for it’s lack of rotational depth, the Raptors will be in tough, especially as they are set to take on both Los Angeles on a back-to-back on Sunday and Monday night. Something will have to give and Head Coach Nick Nurse will now be forced to expand his rotation and give other players more shine.
“You know what? I think we got a good team with some special players and we’re trying to figure out how to play to the best of our abilities right now,” said Nurse before the game. “I don’t feel like we’re trying to make any statements whatsoever. Do we want to win? Yes. Do we want (to win) tonight? Yes. Do we want to win both in LA? Yes. I just think we’re a growing team with some really special players and we’re tough to beat. It takes a lot to beat us. That’s who we are.”
On a positive note, the Raptors were able to secure their sixth win of the season despite the two crucial injuries. Led by a career-high tying 44 point and 10 rebound performance from Pascal Siakam who continues to amaze with his ever-growing offensive game, the Raptors held onto a 122-104 victory. OG Anunoby stepped up yet again with a 21 point performance.
Next up, a huge test for the Raptors begins as they hope to salvage the road trip against four elite Western Conference teams.