Toronto Raptors star point guard Kyle Lowry injured his ankle in Game 2, attempted to get up for Game 3 and likely hurt his chances to play in Game 4 because of it.
“It was close [Friday], but I think I made it worse by trying to work out a few times,” Lowry said, per Brian Windhorst of ESPN. “I aggravated it a little bit more trying to out there and trying to do things, turn and jump and run. So it’s more sore today.”
It’s a very frustrating development for Lowry personally and the Raptors, who are in danger of being swept out of the playoffs, already down 3-0 to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
“I’m probably doubtful, honestly,” Lowry said. “I don’t think I’ll be able to play. … It’s not looking great, but I’m not giving up on it.”
Without Lowry in the lineup Friday night, Toronto scrapped its way to a two-point deficit entering the fourth quarter. Then, LeBron James took the game over (something that had Lowry somewhat in awe) once again, putting the game away en route to a 21-point victory.
As noted by Windhorst, this upcoming game, which Lowry is likely not going to be able to compete in, could be his last in a Raptors uniform. He has the ability to opt out of his deal after the season and intends to do so.
Needless to say, it would be a bitter way to end his career with Toronto.