Update #1, Aug. 24: Kyle Lowry has been diagnosed with a sprained ankle after all, the team has announced. Head coach Nick Nurse said previously that the team was looking at the arch of Lowry’s foot and not his ankle.
The Toronto Raptors have revealed that Kyle Lowry has injured the arch of his left foot, not his ankle as was originally speculated when he suffered the setback in the team’s Sunday game against the Brooklyn Nets.
Lowry stepped on the foot of Nets defender Chris Chiozza in the final minutes of the first quarter. He initially attempted to return to action but promptly stopped play and went to the locker room.
The severity of the foot injury is currently unclear, Lowry is expected to get an MRI on the injury which should provide clarity.
A silver lining for the Raptors is that the injury comes just as the team is set to enjoy a few days rest. Toronto dispatched the Nets in their first-round matchup and will now await the second round.
According to Andrew Lopez of ESPN, the Raptors went 12-2 without their veteran point guard but that’s not something that head coach Nick Nurse is particularly eager to push his luck with.
“You certainly want your best players out there — without question,” Nurse said after the game. “But sometimes you don’t have much choice.”