Toronto Raptors PG Kyle Lowry misses shootaround, remains game-time decision for Game 3

By The Sports Xchange  |  May 5, 2017 at 2:04 PM
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Toronto Raptors All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry missed the team's morning shootaround due to his ankle injury and is a game-time decision for Friday night's Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Lowry sprained his ankle in Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers and said that he is still experiencing pain.

"I'll see how I feel a little bit later," Lowry told reporters on Friday. "It's still pretty sore, but I'll see how I feel tonight before the game and make a game-time decision. I've been doing treatment all of yesterday and today, get in early tonight, test it out and see how it goes.

"I want to be out there 100 percent with my teammates, playing and trying to win games, protecting home court. I wish I could be out there with my teammates, that's the goal. The goal is just to play. I have to wait."

The Raptors lost the first two games of the series and would like to have their standout floor leader for a game that is considered a must-win affair. The contest also is the first in the series played in Toronto after the first two were play held in Cleveland.

Toronto coach Dwane Casey said he won't be involved in the decision.

"You leave it to the doctors, and if a guy feels like he can go, he'll go, but the doctors will have something to say about it too," Casey said. "But most of all, it's the player. The player knows his pain tolerance. If there's no possibility of further injury, then I'm sure he'll try to go."

Backup Cory Joseph will move into the starting lineup if Lowry can't play.

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