The Toronto Raptors closed out their series against the Brooklyn Nets with a clean sweep, but they suffered a potentially major blow in Game 4.
All-Star guard and veteran leader Kyle Lowry suffered what was originally reported as a left ankle injury in the first quarter and did not return to the game. Shortly thereafter, Lowry would leave the arena to have imaging done on the injury elsewhere in the bubble.
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After the game, head coach Nick Nurse addressed the media, announcing that Lowry would be having an MRI on the arch of his left foot, not his ankle.
"I would imagine it would have to be a hell of an injury to keep him off the floor... I mean he played I don't know how many playoff games last year with a totally messed up thumb," Nurse preached to the media.
"It's gonna take something pretty serious to keep him out. You know how tough he is"
Lowry is known for his passion and intensity on the floor and there isn't much that he wouldn't play through to keep fighting for his team.
"I would not be very comfortable without Kyle (Lowry) out there," Nurse stated.
"You guys know how big a cog he is to this whole thing. He's our most experienced, toughest leader. I don't want to speculate and answer a million questions on whether he's playing or not until we know whether he's playing or not, and we've got a few days."
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The schedule for the Raptors' second-round schedule was announced just after they advanced past Brooklyn.
The first game isn't until Thursday, Aug. 27, with the time of the game still to be determined. That gives Toronto four days to figure out what's going on with their star point guard and if they'll have to start the series without him or not.
Sixth man Norman Powell did a fantastic job filling in for Lowry, scoring a franchise playoff-record 29 points off the bench in the Game 4 win. It's likely that he'll slide into the starting lineup at shooting guard with Fred VanVleet moving over to point guard should Lowry be sidelined.
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