Lowry (back) collected 16 points (4-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 6-6 FT), 10 assists, three rebounds, and three steals in 36 minutes during Monday's 118-93 win over the Bucks in Game 5. Lowry's back issue didn't seem to bother him much, as he played a team-high minutes load and was superb in every aspect. Lowry may receive treatment in advance of Thursday's Game 6 if his back becomes stiff again, but it's unlikely he'll allow it to keep him out.
Lowry (back) will start at point guard for Monday's Game 5 against the Bucks, Doug Smith of the Toronto Star reports. Lowry was held out of the team's morning shootaround earlier Monday with what was listed as back stiffness, but after receiving treatment throughout the day and going through pregame warmups without issue, he's officially been given the green light to play. Barring any in-game setbacks, look for Lowry to take on a full workload while working as the team's starting point guard. In the first four games of the series, Lowry has averaged 14.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 three-pointers across 37.8 minutes.
Lowry did not participate in Monday's shootaround due to back stiffness, but he is still expected to play in Game 5 against the Bucks, Raptors radio play-by-play announcer Eric Smith reports. It looks as if Lowry's absence from shootaround is mostly precautionary, as the expectations for the All-Star point guard remains that he'll be active in a crucial Game 5. Lowry's status will likely be updated closer to tip-off, but in the event that he is unexpectedly held out of Monday's contest, Cory Joseph would be in line for a start and huge bump in minutes at point guard.
Lowry scored 18 points (8-17 FG, 2-8 3Pt) while adding four rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block in 43 minutes during Saturday's 87-76 Game 4 win over the Bucks. He's been alternating poor performances with solid ones in the series, which perhaps doesn't bode well for the Raptors in Game 5, but Lowry has also started to find his range from beyond the arc against the Bucks' tight defense, draining exactly two three-pointers in three straight games. If the point guard can heat up from downtown, Toronto might be able to avoid another early playoff exit.
Lowry scored 22 points (6-12 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 8-9 FT) while adding five assists, four rebounds, three steals and a block in 39 minutes during Tuesday's 106-100 Game 2 win over the Bucks. After a brutal 2-for-11 shooting performance in the opener Saturday, Lowry was back in form Tuesday as he led the Raptors to tie up the series. Toronto will need their point guard to continue producing at a high level if they're going to avoid another first-round postseason exit, however.
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