Toronto Raptors fans woke up to some great news on the morning of Game 1.
All-Star guard Kyle Lowry, who suffered a sprained left ankle in the Raptors' Game 4 against the Brooklyn Nets last Sunday, has officially been listed as available for their Eastern Conference Semifinals opener against the Boston Celtics.
To further his availability, head coach Nick Nurse does not believe Lowry will need any sort of mintues restriction in Game 1.
As we know, Kyle Lowry (ankle) will play in today's Game 1. Nick Nurse doesn't think he'll be under any restrictions in terms of minutes or usage.- Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) August 30, 2020
Toronto took a careful approach with their captain, stating that his "condition will be updated as appropriate," followed by a report earlier this week that he is considered to be "day-to-day."
Lowry had practiced throughout the week, with Nurse's relaying that the floor general "looked OK," following Saturday's practice. He has since been upgraded to available and will be ready to take the floor in Game 1.
Lowry averaged 16.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.0 blocks through the first three games of the Raptors' first round series against the Nets. While he struggled with consistency, shooting 37.1% from the field, he still knocked down 38.1% of his 3-pointers.
The Raptors will need every bit of his energy on both ends of the floor when they take on the Celtics for Game 1 at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 30.
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