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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.”

“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.”

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.

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.”
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