After Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry suffered a sprained left ankle in the first quarter of the team's Game 4 win over the Brooklyn Nets, questions began to loom surrounding his availability for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Boston Celtics.
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According to former Raptors guard and Sportsnet analyst Alvin Williams, there is no question - Lowry's playing.
"I actually talked to Kyle this morning, he was feeling - he didn't say he was feeling good - but he was like 'I'm alright,'" Williams said on Sportsnet Monday. "You know Kyle - 'I'm alright, I'll be ready to go.'"
"So, that was the biggest thing," Williams added. "We all know Kyle and how he gets down and his pedigree and that drive and his pain tolerance. All of the things that make him a champion and makes him who he is. I'm 99.9% sure he'll be ready to play, as he expressed when I talked to him earlier today."
Williams essentially echoed the sentiment of head coach Nick Nurse, who told reporters after Game 4 that "it's gonna take something pretty serious to keep him out. You know how tough he is."
Per the team's official release, Lowry's "condition will be updated as appropriate," meaning we'll get a better idea of his status for Game 1 once injury reports are made available.
Stick with NBA.com for updates on Lowry's injury as well as his status for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Toronto and Boston open up the second round on Thursday, Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. ET.
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