If the Toronto Raptors are going to get their season back on track against the Sacramento Kings on Friday night, it will have to be without All-Star guard Kyle Lowry.
The Raptors have listed Lowry as OUT versus the Kings due to personal reasons.
The Raptors are listing Kyle Lowry as OUT (personal reasons) for tonight's game in Sacramento.- Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) January 8, 2021
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According to Sportsnet's Steven Loung, Lowry is expected to return to action on Sunday against the Golden State Warriors.
This is Lowry's first missed contest of the season, averaging 19.4 points, 7.4 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 steals while shooting 43.4% from the field and 35.7% from beyond the arc over the team's seven games.
The Raptors have used the same starting lineup - Lowry, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam and Aron Baynes - in all seven games so far, which will change in this game.
Head coach Nick Nurse announced that Norman Powell, who was the typical fill-in starter last season, will resume that role and fill Lowry's void in the starting lineup. The catch: Nurse also said that there will be another starting lineup change tonight but did not further comment on the situation.
Powell will start for Lowry. Nurse says there's another change coming to the starting lineup (Baynes?) tonight, as well.- Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) January 9, 2021
Toronto will take on Sacramento at 10 p.m. Eastern Time on TSN.
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