Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry suffered an acute back spasm late in the team’s 114-113 overtime victory against the Brooklyn Nets. Team doctors will re-evaluate the significance of the injury on Tuesday.
Following a missed layup by teammate Delon Wright, Lowry went for the rebound and collided with Nets shooting guard Joe Harris, resulting in him falling awkwardly on his back. Despite multiple efforts to stand up and walk off the court, he needed to be carried off by teammates Jonas Valanciunas and Lucas Nogueira.
In 38 minutes, Lowry finished with 18 points, 11 assists, and 5 rebounds.
The three-time All-star leads Toronto in assists, with 7.0 per game, and is second in scoring with 16.2 points game. He has been a key reason for the Raptors making four straight playoff appearance, including a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2016.
At 28-10, the Raptors are second in the Eastern conference, only 2.5 games behind first seed Boston Celtics. With the race for the first seed and home court advantage already so tight, Lowry missing any amount of time could be devastating for the Raptors.
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