Adrian Wojnarowski: Kyle Lowry will miss Toronto's game at Portland with thigh bruise -- Kawhi Leonard will play, per Raptors.
Eric Koreen: I asked Lowry how his back was. "It's great. I'm alive." Funny, same way I woke up this morning. (This is not an official injury update.)
Josh Lewenberg: Looks like Lowry will play tonight after all. He's starting with the usuals (Green, Leonard, Siakam, Ibaka).
Eric Smith: OG Anunoby, CJ Miles, Norman Powell are out, according to Nick Nurse. Kyle Lowry is a game time decision.
Eric Koreen: Here was Nurse’s full explanation for why Lowry was in when he hurt his ankle pic.twitter.com/AXGsP9y2rA
Adrian Wojnarowski: Toronto guard Kyle Lowry is day-to-day on a return from a bone bruise on his tailbone, league source tells ESPN.
Marc J. Spears: Raptors say All-Star guard Kyle Lowry (left ankle sprain) is out for tonight's game versus Cavs. Center Lucas Nogueira will be active.
The Raptors are going to be without All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry for Game 4 against the Cavs because of the same sprained left ankle that cost him Game 3. "I don't think he's going to go," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.
Michael Grange: Lowry says he's doubtful for G4, ankle sore, may have made it worse trying to get ready for G3.
Michael Grange: Lowry (ankle) did a light workout just after 4; in some pain but view is he is going to try to play in G3 vs. Cavs, nothing official yet.
All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry didn't participate in the Toronto Raptors' shootaround Friday morning and will be a game-time decision for Game 3 against the Cleveland Cavaliers due to a left ankle sprain.
"It's still pretty sore," Lowry said. "I have to be able [to] play defense, run up and down, make cuts, and I think the making cuts part will be most important. Going straight forward will be OK." If Lowry can't play, Cory Joseph likely would start in his place.
Marla Ridenour: No structural damage in left ankle of #Raptors Kyle Lowry. Will be game time decision tonight vs #Cavs
Eric Smith: Lowry: "I'm alright. We'll see how it feels later." Game time decision. Says he hasn't tested it or really tried anything
Adrian Wojnarowski: Toronto All-Star Kyle Lowry still getting treatment on ankle injury, uncertain on his status for Game 3 tonight, he tells @The Vertical.
Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry exited Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Cavaliers after spraining his left ankle on the first possession of the second half when his teammate Norman Powell collided with him. Lowry returned to action but exited again with 2:40 remaining in the third quarter, with the Cavs up by 24 points, to go to the locker room. He spent the fourth quarter in the locker room icing his ankle. "It's pretty sore right now," Lowry said after the game. "Honestly, I'm pretty sore but -- it's whatever."
Payal Doshi: “Ain’t no minutes restrictions for me,” - Kyle Lowry on being back to help the Raptors execute the win with 27 points & 10 assists!
Neither he nor his head coach had any intention of letting anyone in the media, or by extension the Raptors fan base, know exactly what the plan is for his return. Lowry said the call, when it is made, will be made by him. “It will be me, Kyle Lowry, who is going to clear me,” Lowry said.
“I’m not going to go into a daily ‘When is Kyle coming back’ (interrogation),” Casey said. “This is about the Toronto Raptors, us getting ready for the next game and if you have questions about that, then that’s fine. But all the other questions I’m not going to get into specifics about when is Kyle coming back, when he’s not coming back, what did he do today, did he use the bathroom this morning, did he have breakfast this morning — no, I’m not getting into all that.”
Michael Grange: Casey says Lowry (wrist) would not need a practice before he returned to play a regular season game ... but he's not playing vs. Sixers.
Josh Lewenberg: No news on Lowry. He didn't practice today. Raptors next practice is on Monday then they don't practice again until next Saturday
Four weeks and a day following wrist surgery, Raptors star Kyle Lowry has returned to the court to shoot with his right hand. Lowry had been waiting until he could shoot without pain before ramping up his work, so his return date should now be coming soon. The team would prefer some practice time so that Lowry can get used to newcomers Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker (they have not yet practised together), but they might only get one or two in before the end of the regular season, at most. The time has come to speculate on Lowry’s return date. This corner figures the home date against Miami a week Friday is a good bet, but we could see Lowry pushing for one of the mid-week road tilts.
Eric Smith: Lowry has begun some shooting ...but otherwise no update according to Casey. No timeline. #rtz
Paul Jones: Per @RaptorsMR we were informed that Kyle Lowry is in New York for his 2 week post surgery check up #raptors #rtz
Kyle Lowry confirmed something we suspected since he underwent surgery: The wrist problem that eventually resulted in surgery was not something that happened at once. It was a problem he had been dealing with over time and it got to the point where he was no longer able to be effective playing.
“From what I’ve been told, it’s a 10-year process,” Lowry said. “It’s a long process of wear and tear, and bumping and grinding, and hitting guys. It’s a little bit of wear and tear. It was just at the point where it got a little bit worse to the point where I couldn’t play. If it’s that serious for me, I knew it was something that needed to be checked on.”
Lowry says he has an idea of when he would like to be back in order to be at his best for when the playoffs roll around, but he wasn’t willing to share that date with the writers and broadcasters on hand. “I have, not a target date, but I know what I would like to do,” Lowry said. “Hopefully we can get it done and we’ll go from there. For me it’s making sure I’m completely healthy. I don’t want to have to be not full Kyle going into any situation. I want to be able to go out and play and not have any hold-back.”
Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry surgery moved to late afternoon. No complications. Expected to begin range of motion within a few days. #WeTheNorth @Raptors
Josh Lewenberg: Masai says Raptors arent in the market for a veteran PG, at least not at the moment, happy with their young guards. "We believe in them"
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Kyle Lowry could return within four-to-five weeks, play regular season games prior to playoffs.
Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry to undergo surgery Tuesday morning to remove loose bodies from right wrist. Aim to return for playoffs. #WeTheNorth
Jay Allen: Kyle Lowry (right wrist) has just officially been ruled OUT for today's game vs. the @Portland Trail Blazers.
Eric Koreen: Kyle Lowry (dental procedure) is not at today’s practice. Practice is for imperfect players, anyway.
May 21, 2022 | 6:32 am EDT Update
The Lakers may be willing to take that leap of faith because Ham spent two years with the organization. His personality isn’t easily forgotten. Ham brings a lot of energy to a gym. He’s arguably the best fit for the locker room, with veterans like LeBron James, Anthony Davis and possibly Russell Westbrook in need of a coach they can relate to and respect. “He’s the guy LeBron wants,” a competing source said. It will be up to Ham to spell out his basketball vision, in general and in context to the Lakers’ roster makeup. He could be the hire if he can sell that side to the team’s front office.
Stotts may be the opposite of Vogel, a high-level defensive coach with a limited offensive repertoire. If Stotts is the hire, the Lakers should pair him with a high-level lead defensive assistant. Some sources wondered if Stotts would struggle, like Vogel, to command the locker room’s respect, although he worked well with Lillard for a long stretch.
He also has a reputation for being a bit headstrong or rigid in personality. He’s going to demand respect, but he’s going to need to clarify precisely why he and the Nets divorced in-season. Is he the right coach for star players with strong personalities like James? Atkinson may have the most outside-the-box style of the three finalists. Per a competing source, he’s similar to Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse, willing to experiment with unconventional strategies to win by whatever means necessary.
Donatas Urbonas: Vasilije Micic on the possibility to go to the NBA next season: “I’m in a situation where I have two more years of the contract no matter what happens. But of course, I like to look at all kinds of challenges. If this option comes out, I would be ready to risk.”
The Warriors came back from a 19-point deficit to beat the Dallas Mavericks 126-117 in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. The Warriors now have a 2-0 advantage in the series. The first two quarters of the game were owned by the Mavericks. They hit 15 3-pointers in the first half, setting a new franchise record for 3s made in a playoff half. Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson became the second pair of starting guards to each score 20 points in the first half of a playoff game in the past 25 seasons. “I told them that if we developed some poise in the second half, the game would come to us,” Kerr said. “But I thought we were so scattered in the first half. Maybe emotionally more so than anything. Dallas came out and just punched us. We felt confident that if we [got poised], they wouldn’t make 15 3s in the second half.”
On defense, Looney held the Mavericks to 1-of-11 shooting from the field as the primary defender, including holding Doncic to 0-of-3. He also grabbed 12 rebounds. Looney is accustomed to being switched onto guards like Doncic. During the Warriors’ dynastic runs, he was switched onto James Harden when Golden State faced Houston multiple times during the postseason. “I take kind of the same approach,” Looney said. “I’m just a little bit more battle-tested. That was my first time playing on a big stage like this. I don’t know if even my teammates had the most faith in me, but they put me out there and I handled it pretty well.
Clutch Points: The Golden State Warriors are 14-1 in playoff series under Steve Kerr when they take a 2-0 lead. Their lone series loss came vs. the Cavs in the 2016 NBA Finals. pic.twitter.com/f4Yq6h6zoN