Raptors' Kyle Lowry Will Undergo MRI on Foot Injury Suffered vs. Nets

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 23, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 09:  Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors in action during a game against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 9, 2020 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
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Toronto Raptors star Kyle Lowry will undergo an MRI after suffering an injury to the arch of his foot late in the first quarter of Game 4 against the Brooklyn Nets, Raptors coach Nick Nurse revealed after a 150-122 victory.

The club had initially announced Lowry suffered a left ankle injury.

Lowry recorded two points on 1-of-3 shooting with three assists and two rebounds in nine minutes of action before exiting. Toronto completed the sweep of Brooklyn with the win.

Though the full extent of the injury is not yet known, Nurse knows Lowry will do everything in his power to play when the Raptors meet the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

"I know this: It's gonna [have to] be a hell of an injury to keep him off the floor," Nurse noted, per The Athletic's Eric Koreen.

Per Koreen, the series will open Thursday, giving the team four days to evaluate the injury.

Many expected the reigning champion Raptors to slip down the Eastern Conference standings following the offseason departures of Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard. Instead, Toronto clinched the second seed for the postseason.

Lowry deserves plenty of credit for the team's performance. He averaged 19.7 points and 7.7 assists while shooting 41.7 percent from the field and 35.4 percent from three-point range before the Raptors headed to Florida for the NBA's restart.

Those numbers helped Lowry reach the All-Star Game for the sixth straight season.

Injuries have been a headache for the 34-year-old throughout his career. He missed 17 games in 2018-19 and 22 games in 2016-17. His physical style, coupled with his 6-foot frame, increases the odds he's forced out for a stretch of the season. 

Fred VanVleet will likely move over to point guard to compensate for Lowry's absence. The Raptors will be in good hands for the time being with him running the offense.

The depth and continuity Toronto has built over the years will be invaluable, as well.