This one is going to hurt. And when you’re 1-4, you don’t need more things that hurt.
Kyle Lowry — the Raptors leading scorer, assist man and best player this season, is out Saturday against the 76ers with a sprained right ankle, the team announced. He turned the ankle in the Raptors loss to Oklahoma City Tuesday. That would be the same ankle he sprained this summer and he said he was going to take time in coming back to make sure it is right. Don’t be shocked if he misses more games.
The Raptors also will be without Landry Fields for the game with a sore wrist. He is thinking of getting a second opinion on the wrist next week.
Lowry is averaging 18.3 points a game on 54.5 percent shooting (44.4 percent from three), 6.3 assists and 5.8 rebounds a game. He has a ridiculous PER of 31.3 in this young season. Those are monster numbers.
Jose Calderon will start for Lowry, and while Calderon has been solid he has not been spectacular like Lowry.
If you believe there is a difference between being dunked on and being dunked around, this definitely falls in the latter category.
Still, it’s an impressive move by Toronto’s Anthony Bennett to make the move and dunk around Lakers’ big man Robert Upshaw during the Raptors’ 105-97 preseason win over the Lakers Thursday night.
Bennett only had four points, but Kyle Lowry had another impressive preseason outing with 25. He has looked sharp. Julius Randle had 17 for the Lakers on 7-of-10 shooting.
The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:
In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.