Raptors coach Nick Nurse said the team is looking at the arch and not the ankle after previously saying that Lowry left the game because of a “turned left ankle.”
Nurse wasn’t sure about Lowry’s status. The Raptors were 12-2 in games without Lowry this season, but Nurse didn’t want to look at that being the norm moving forward.
“You certainly want your best players out there — without question,” Nurse said after the game. “But sometimes you don’t have much choice. That’s something we’ve become accustomed to in this league. You have to go out there with who is healthy and who is available. You have to think there’s a good chance you can figure out a way to win. That’s what we’ll do either way.”
“He’s our leader,” Powell said. “He’s our vocal point when we’re out there, on and off the court. It’ll take more effort from the guys, knowing they’ll get an opportunity to go out and play. Hopefully, with these days off, he’ll be able to recover and go out there and play because we’re going to need him.”
With just a little more than three minutes left in the first quarter, Lowry was dribbling up the court when he was cut off by Nets guard Chris Chiozza. Lowry’s left foot stepped on Chiozza’s foot, and the Raptors point guard started limping right away.
Following a timeout, Lowry came right back into the game but immediately realized something was wrong. After limping around through an offensive possession — which ended in a 3-pointer for Toronto — Lowry committed a foul to stop the clock and sub himself out of the game.
Instead of walking to the Raptors bench, Lowry headed straight for the Toronto locker room.
Nurse said at that time that Lowry said he was fine, which is why he was cleared to go back on the floor after the timeout.
Lowry, who averaged 19.4 points, 7.5 assists and 5 rebounds in the regular season, averaged 16 points, 5.3 assists and 8.7 rebounds in the Raptors’ first three playoff games.