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Tim Reynolds: Expect De’Aaron Fox to get a big look from the powers that be at USA Basketball when camp opens tomorrow in Las Vegas. Also, Kyle Lowry is planning to meet his docs in the next few days and hopes to practice with USAB in Los Angeles next week. He wants to play World Cup.
The injury dates to Game 7 of the conference semis, and he’s has been playing with it heavily taped. Sources told me the injury, specifically, is a ligament, and Lowry has said publicly that whatever the injury is, it can’t be addressed until the offseason. When he isn’t playing, Lowry has his hands stuffed into a blue, oversized oven mitt for compression to help with circulation. He looks like Cookie Monster with that thing.
“It’s about passing. I’m a big passer,” Lowry said during an appearance on ESPN’s The Jump. “It’s about passing. I’m a big passer,” Lowry said during an appearance on ESPN’s The Jump. “You know, the flicking of the passing, the kind of — the ball movement, handling the ball. During the game, honestly, I can’t feel my thumb,” he said, alluding to the treatment he is receiving to numb the pain in his non-shooting hand.
“I’ll have to take care of it after the season but I don’t want to talk about it as much,” he said on The Jump as his Raptors prepare to face the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the Finals on Thursday in Toronto. “I haven’t complained about it, I won’t complain about it, I don’t care about it; I’m going to continue to do the things I need to do to make sure I can play at a high level. And that’s it.”
“Kyle’s hand is not great,” Nurse said. “You know, he’s — it’s hurt and it’s sore and it causes him a lot of pain. But he seems to be able to manage it through the game and do what he can do. “He’s obviously scoring and playing great on top of the other things he always does, and we’re really [seeing] a heck of a lot of toughness and again, the spirit that he just wants to be out there and help his team any way he can.”
“Kyle’s hand is not great,” Nurse said. “You know, he’s — it’s hurt and it’s sore and it causes him a lot of pain. But he seems to be able to manage it through the game and do what he can do.”
Josh Lewenberg: Lowry said he’s had some trouble gripping the ball because of his injured thumb, but insisted he’ll be fine. He was wearing what looked like an oven mitt to help with circulation. “I was learning how to cook so it comes in handy too.”
Josh Lewenberg: Lowry says his ankle is OK, but still sore. “It’s going to be a process but I’ll get there, hopefully. It’s not going to be 100% the whole season I can tell you that right now… It takes time. It’s a work in progress. This is a good first step for me.”
Josh Lewenberg: Lowry: “I just wanted to get out there. I could sit out until the playoffs with the type of injury I have but I want to play, keep a rhythm, get out there with the guys and play some basketball. If I can get out there and play I’m going to go play.”
Michael Grange: Lowry will play tonight vs. Hornets. First time Raps have post deadline group intact, I believe.
Eric Koreen: As of 1:30, Lowry is the only Raptors on the injury report, questionable with a sprained ankle. Leonard not listed. This would be his first time playing three games in five days since Dec. 30-Jan 3.
Josh Lewenberg: Lowry is listed as questionable for tomorrow’s game vs Charlotte, though Nurse had indicated he’s expected back sometime next week.
Ryan Wolstat: Lowry expected back “next week sometime” per Nick Nurse
Josh Lewenberg: Raptors rule Lowry OUT for tomorrow’s game vs OKC.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Raptors guard Kyle Lowry is undergoing testing on right ankle injury that caused him to leave game, but belief is that it’s not serious, league sources tell ESPN.
Doug Smith: Raptors PR: Kyle Lowry, right ankle soreness, will not return. Duh
Doug Smith: Words matter Lowry now “probable” for tonight vs. Knicks as opposed to “questionable” earlier in the day
Doug Smith: Couple of injury report changes for the Raptors today in Detroit Kyle Lowry goes to “doubtful” from “questionable” Fred VanVleet goes to “probable” from “questionable” And, both, really, are day-to-day in the grand scheme of things, as we all are
Doug Smith: Raptors list Lowry and VanVleet as questionable for Sunday in Detroit but nary a word about “load management” going into the start of the back-to-back. It’s early, though
Tim Bontemps: Kyle Lowry won’t play tonight against the Lakers because of a sore ankle. Danny Green will. Jeremy Lin will start in Lowry’s place.
Josh Lewenberg: Lowry and Green are both listed as questionable for tonight’s game vs the Lakers with left ankle sprains. VanVleet is still out but Nurse hopes to have him back in the next week. Ibaka begins serving his 3-game suspension.
Josh Lewenberg: Lowry twisted his left ankle, per Raptors. He won’t return tonight, which probably goes without saying considering there’s 2 minutes left in a 20-point game.
Eric Smith: Kyle Lowry will not play today (back)
Eric Smith: Kyle Lowry working out with Raptors staff/cosches (& Alex McKechnie) before Toronto’s shootaround officially begins this morning. His status still TBA
Ryan Wolstat: Nurse said he still thinks Lowry’s getting closer to a return. Will get some shots up today and see how he’s feeling.
Tim Bontemps: “I think it’s now into a pain management stage a little bit,” Nurse said. He added Lowry was scheduled to get shots up pregame, and that the team will be monitoring him each day to see how he progresses.
Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry has received pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory injections for lower-back soreness, the team announced Tuesday. The four-time all-star has been dealing with back and hip ailments that have kept him out of seven of Toronto’s last eight games.
The Raptors said Lowry met with Dr. Patrick O’Leary at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York for the injections last Friday. Coach Nick Nurse was optimistic about Lowry’s improvement on Monday. “I think things are progressing really well,” Nurse said. “Shouldn’t be too long.”
Tim Bontemps: The Raptors announce Kyle Lowry had pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory injections in his back last week at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. pic.twitter.com/RKhm5vV5mP
Eric Koreen: Lowry will be out vs. Utah again.
Raptors coach Nick Nurse admitted he has been concerned that point guard Kyle Lowry has been sidelined for virtually all of the past two weeks with quad and back issues that have limited him to playing in just one of Toronto’s past eight games. “Yeah, I think a little bit,” Nurse said before the Raptors faced the Chicago Bulls here at Scotiabank Arena on Sunday evening. “You’re always concerned. You want an All-Star player back as soon as possible. “Any of our guys, we want them back as soon as possible … I think we’re positive and hopeful that it’s going in the right direction, and we’ll see him back soon.”
Eric Smith: Kyle Lowry (back) did not practice today on Orlando.
Tim Reynolds: Kyle Lowry downgraded to out.
Doug Smith: Raptors PR reports from Miami this morning that Lowry is doubtful for tonight vs. Heat, Ibaka is probable and Valanciunas is out.
Leonard and Lowry have only been in the lineup together for four of the 12 Raptors games this month, though the expectation ahead of a late Christmas practice was that both would be in to face the Heat on Boxing Day in Miami. Rotating starting centres Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas have also been banged up, with Valanciunas still out for a while due to his thumb injury, with only shooting guard and Pascal Siakam reliably good to go just about every night.
Tim Bontemps: Kyle Lowry and Danny Green are playing tonight.
Tim Bontemps: Nick Nurse admits he’s a little surprised Kyle Lowry is able to play today in his native Philadelphia, but that Lowry was “aggressively treated” this week and was deemed ready to go for tonight’s game.
Josh Lewenberg: For the second straight game, the Raptors will be without Lowry, Ibaka and Valanciunas tonight.
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: Lowry (back) went through shootaround today and will play tonight.
Ryan Wolstat: Kyle Lowry out. Sore back for Raptor
Ryan Wolstat: VanVleet starts for Lowry
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
Tim Bontemps: No Kyle Lowry tonight for the Raptors.
Joe Vardon: As expected, Kyle Lowry won’t play tonight for the Raptors
Adrian Wojnarowski: Toronto guard Kyle Lowry is day-to-day on a return from a bone bruise on his tailbone, league source tells ESPN.
Dave McMenamin: Kyle Lowry on if he’s going to play today: “Nope.”
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.
Eric Koreen: Lowry worked out. No decision made. Will know something definitive in next hour.
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!
Michael Grange: Lowry playing tonight vs. Pistons … no minutes limit.
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.”
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August 21, 2019 | 8:07 am EDT Update
Ekpe Udoh has officially signed a deal with Beijing Ducks of the Chinese League for the upcoming season, confirming Eurohoops’ prior reports.
Donatas Urbonas: Mindaugas Kuzminskas on Blatt’s open letter: “I think he did a right move. There was a lot of speculation on his situation. I hope it’s gonna be an example for everyone how to fight the problems and encourage others to follow the same path.”
More than 30 years after his last visit to the White House, Bob Cousy will return on Thursday so President Trump can present him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The 91-year-old Holy Cross and Celtics basketball legend will be the sole recipient during a ceremony scheduled to begin at the Oval Office at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Trump called Cousy in December to inform him that he planned to present him the honor and Cousy received the official notification from the White House last month. “I’ve thought so much about it,” he said. “For me, it closes my life circle. It’s a completion for me. I will be a happy camper. I’m already the luckiest SOB on the face of the planet and this simply certifies that.”
August 21, 2019 | 4:06 am EDT Update
The best advice RJ Hampton ever got came via DM, courtesy of Kyrie Irving. The NBA All-Star followed the high school All-American on Instagram a while back, and once they got to talking, Kyrie dropped a gem. As Hampton remembers, “He basically said, ‘Be you—don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do something. You’re the one that’s going to define your game.’”