Lowry (thumb) withdrew Monday from his commitment to Team USA for the FIBA World Cup later in August, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Lowry posted on his personal Instagram page that he was hoping he would be ready to take part in international competition this summer, but he ultimately won't be able to do so after having yet to receive clearance for full basketball activities since undergoing surgery on his left thumb in July. The veteran expects to be 100 percent healthy or close to it when the Raptors convene for training camp in the fall.
Lowry underwent a procedure Thursday to repair a tendon in his left thumb, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Lowry battled the issue throughout the postseason, and it was always expected that he'd undergo some sort of surgery to address the damaged tendon. Overall, the procedure seems to be relatively minor, as Lowry still hopes to be available for Team USA camp -- which begins August 5 -- and the subsequent FIBA World Cup at the end of the summer.
Lowry totaled 26 points (9-16 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 4-6 FT), 10 assists, seven rebounds and three steals across 42 minutes in the Raptors' win over the Warriors on Thursday.
Lowry made up for poor performances in Games 4 and 5 with a solid effort in the Game 6 win. He scored the Raptors' first 11 points of the game and had 21 at halftime. Although quiet in the second half offensively, Lowry dished 10 dimes and pulled down seven rebounds for a well-rounded final stat line.
Lowry managed 18 points (8-16 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six assists, four rebounds, two blocks and one steal across 42 minutes during the Raptors' 106-105 loss to the Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday.
Lowry bounced back from another postseason clunker with a highly efficient shooting performance Monday, but it was his final miss of the night that looms the largest. Fittingly, given his long tenure with the franchise, Lowry found himself with the ball in his hands and the chance to drain a buzzer-beating bucket that would have given the Raptors their first NBA title. Instead, the veteran point guard missed the rim altogether on the difficult corner-three attempt, hitting the side of the backboard as time expired. It was an otherwise productive effort for Lowry, who'd shot just 25.0 percent in Game 4. The multi-time All-Star has just a 36.7 percent success rate overall thus far in the series, however, a figure he'll need to continue to improve on to give Toronto a better shot at victory in Thursday's Game 6 at Oracle Arena.
Lowry supplied 23 points (8-16 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 2-2 FT), nine assists, four rebounds, one steal and one block across 43 minutes during the Raptors' 123-109 win over the Warriors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday.
Lowry had vowed to be more aggressive in Game 3 after a relatively modest effort in last Sunday's Game 2 loss, and he made good on that promise. The veteran point guard equaled a high-water mark for this current postseason with nine attempts from behind the arc, while his five made threes qualified as his best showing in that category since Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Bucks. Lowry surpassed his combined scoring total from Games 1 and 2 of the Finals by three points Wednesday, and he'll strive to put together an equally impressive performance in Friday's pivotal Game 4.
Lowry finished with 13 points (4-11 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 2-3 FT), two assists, one rebound and one steal over 28 minutes in the Raptors' loss to the Warriors on Sunday.
Lowry put up a huge dud in Sunday's loss, scoring just 13 points and doing little else to help his teammates. Lowry's streaky shooting and overall inconsistent play from night to night has been especially apparent in the postseason throughout his career. He's come up small in the Finals thus far, with averages of 10.0 points, 5.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds over the first two games of the series.
Raptors coach Nick Nurse said Wednesday that Lowry is still playing through pain in his right hand, Raptors radio play-by-play man Eric Smith reports.
This isn't exactly breaking news, as Lowry has battled the after-effects of a dislocated right thumb for much of the postseason. It hasn't seemed impact him in this current series against Milwaukee, however, as Lowry holds averages of 20.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists, while shooting 52 percent from the field and 48 percent from three through four games.
Lowry totaled 25 points (6-11 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 10-10 FT), six assists and five rebounds across 34 minutes in the Raptors' win over the Bucks on Tuesday.
After scoring 30 in Game 1, Lowry scored just 26 points combined in Games 2 and 3, before his 25-point performance in Game 4. He has a track record of up-and-down performances in the playoffs, so forecasting his stat lines on a nightly basis will be a bit unpredictable.
Lowry totaled 30 points (10-15 FG, 7-9 3Pt, 3-4 FT), eight rebounds, two assists and a steal over 40 minutes in the Raptors' loss to the Bucks on Wednesday.
Lowry caught fire in this one, draining seven three-pointers on his way to a 30-point outing. With most of the Raptors' squad struggling to get a bucket, it was Lowry who hit some big shots in the fourth quarter to keep Toronto in the game before Milwaukee went on a late run to seal the win. Lowry has a history of inconsistent playoff performances, but he is capable of big games like this on any given night.
Lowry, who dislocated his right thumb during Game 7 against the 76ers, said he's had some trouble gripping the ball, but that he'll be fine for Wednesday's Game 1 against the Bucks, Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca reports.
Lowry insisted that he'll play and be fine for Game 1, but his issues gripping the ball are noteworthy. Lowry shot just 40.2 percent from the field and 25.6 percent from three in the series against Philly, and another poor shooting effort against a stronger team could make things difficult for the Raptors.
Lowry contributed 10 points (4-13 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 1-1 FT), six rebounds, six assists, and two steals in 39 minutes during Friday's 92-90 victory over the 76ers.
Lowry put up solid enough production Sunday but it was his impact away from the stat sheet that speaks volumes. He provides a consistent defensive presence and currently leads the playoffs in charges taken. The Raptors are now headed for the Conference Finals, a position that certainly validates some of the offseason moves. Lowry will be looking to find some rhythm on the offensive end, so as to provide support to the likes of Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam who both continue to carry the team offensively.
Lowry accumulated 19 points (5-9 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 7-8 FT), six rebounds, five assists, one steal, and one block in 34 minutes during Tuesday's 125-89 Game 5 win over the 76ers.
Lowry turned in a complete stat line, contributing across every category while amassing over twice as many points as field goal attempts. This is the first time through five second round games that Lowry has made more than 46.2 percent of his field goal attempts. Nevertheless, Lowry has been consistently compiling plenty of counting stats and will look to help his team close out the series during Thursday's Game 6.
Lowry totaled seven points (2-10 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 3-5 FT), five rebounds, five assists and a steal over 38 minutes in the Raptors' loss to the 76ers on Thursday.
Lowry had a disappearing act on Thursday, registering just seven points on 20.0 percent shooting from the floor. Unfortunately, streaky performances and coming up small in playoff games has become Lowry's reputation. He's a volatile option in daily lineups.
Lowry collected 20 points (7-17 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five rebounds, five assists, and one steal in 42 minutes during Monday's 94-89 Game 2 loss to the 76ers.
Lowry scored at least 20 points for the second time through these first seven playoff games. Moreover, this was his highest minute total during this postseason run and the second time he has earned 40-plus minutes. With OG Anunoby (abdomen) sidelined, Lowry has been among those who have seen an uptick in playing time, and while his scoring production remains somewhat inconsistent, he's averaging 8.0 assists per game here in these playoffs.
Lowry totaled 14 points (6-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt), nine assists, four rebounds and a steal across 27 minutes in the Raptors' win over the Magic on Tuesday.
Lowry finished one assist shy of a double-double on Tuesday, posting a well-rounded stat line as Toronto locked up its first-round series against Orlando. He left Game 5 briefly when his finger popped out of place, but he popped in back in and returned to the contest. Lowry noted after the contest that he'll be ready for Game 1 against the 76ers.
Lowry (hand) will return to Tuesday's Game 5 against the Magic, Jared Greenberg of NBATV reports.
Lowry's injury is apparently relatively minor. It seems unlikely he'll be hampered for the Raptors matchup next round.
Lowry went to the locker room during Tuesday's Game 5 against the Magic with an apparent right hand injury, Eric Smith of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
The seriousness of the injury is unclear. Lowry should be considered questionable to return.
Lowry totaled nine points (3-8 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), nine assists, four rebounds and four steals across 39 minutes during the Raptors' 107-85 win over the Magic in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series Sunday.
Lowry's greatest value came as a facilitator and on the defensive end Sunday, as his uneven offensive performances continued. The veteran guard now has a scoreless effort and Sunday's nine-point tally to along with 12- and 22-point performances in Games 2 and 3. He'll look to bounce back offensively in a potentially decisive Game 5 in Toronto on Tuesday.
Lowry totaled 12 points (4-10 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 assists, five rebounds, one steal and one block across 40 minutes in the Raptors' win over the Magic on Friday.
Lowry produced a big double-double in Friday's win, dishing 10 times in an ugly, low-scoring affair. Lowry has had two great games after his dud in the playoff opener, and he'll be in great position to build on his recent success at Orlando on Sunday as the Raptors look to take a 3-1 series lead.
Lowry finished with 22 points (8-13 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-5 FT), seven assists, four rebounds, two steals and a block across 38 minutes in the Raptors' win over the Magic on Tuesday.
After failing to score a single point in Game 1, Lowry posted 22 points in Tuesday's blowout win in Game 2. He added some solid numbers across the board for a big final stat line. Lowry has been inconsistent throughout his playoff career, so the dramatic difference in production over the first two games of this series shouldn't come as a surprise.
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