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Kyle Lowry leaves with leg injury late in Raptors’ Game 2 loss to Wizards (VIDEO)

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Kyle Lowry suffered a shin contusion after colliding with Paul Pierce with six minutes remaining in Toronto’s Game 2 loss to the Wizards on Tuesday.

The game had already been decided; the Raptors were trailing by 15 points at the time, and Lowry had been largely ineffective, finishing with just six points on 3-of-10 shooting to go along with four assists in 27 minutes of action. But he left the game and did not return, which has his status for Game 3 at least a little bit in doubt.

From Brian Windhorst of

The Raptors said Lowry will be re-evaluated Wednesday and it’s possible he could get some tests to determine whether there is any damage.

“It’s a little left knee, left shin contusion,” Lowry said. “But I’ll be OK.” …

“He’s trying to get back from the time that he’s had off from his back, when you’re trying to get back into the groove and he struggles,” coach Dwane Casey said. “I know Kyle; he isn’t going to say “it’s my back,” but that’s the difference.”

Toronto’s problem on this night was on the defensive end of the floor, where Bradley Beal and John Wall combined for 54 points and 19 assists during a game where Washington built a lead of as many as 23 points.

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It didn’t look too bad, and Lowry may ultimately be fine with a couple of days rest. But the Raptors need his mobility and playmaking on the floor if they’re going to begin to climb back into this series.

LeBron’s 30-point performance leads Cavaliers to hard-fought Game 2 win over Celtics

Boston Celtics v Cleveland Cavaliers - Game Two

The Cavaliers took Game 2 from the Celtics, but they needed plenty of heroics from both LeBron James and Kyrie Irving to get the job done.

James finished with 30 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, while Irving added 26 points of his own to secure the 99-91 victory, and the 2-0 series lead that came along with it.

Boston outworked Cleveland for much of the first half to lead by as many as nine points, despite shooting just 38.3 percent from the field over the first two periods. The Celtics used offensive rebounds and Cavaliers turnovers to earn eight additional shot attempts, and got contributions from everyone to keep the game close.

But despite an early measure of success, Boston trailed by one at the intermission. The Cavaliers then went up by 14 points midway through the third, thanks to a 15-2 run that featured not one, but two incredible alley-oop slams — the first on a half-court pass from James to Kevin Love, and the second on a fast break where Irving found James for one of the game’s more thunderous finishes.

But the Celtics didn’t quit. They were able to slowly and steadily battle back, behind the offense of Isaiah Thomas and a defense which forced seven fourth-quarter Cavaliers turnovers. Boston was back within two with just under seven minutes to play, and was within four with a little over three minutes left before Irving and James — who combined to score all 24 of Cleveland’s fourth-quarter points — were able to close the game out.

The Celtics may have finished the regular season with a record of just 40-42, but they ended it on a tear, winning 23 of their last 35 games. They’re better than their record would indicate, they’re capable of causing problems for their opponent for extended stretches, and they made the Cavaliers work for everything they got in this one.

But in the end, the elite level of talent on the Cleveland roster was too much to overcome, and that will almost certainly be the case for the final two (or perhaps three) games that remain in this first-round series.

Nets list Mirza Teletovic as ‘probable’ for Game 2 vs. Hawks

Brooklyn Nets v Sacramento Kings

The Nets ruled Mirza Teletovic out for the season back on Jan. 23, after he was diagnosed with bilateral pulmonary embolus (multiple blood clots in the lungs).

Perhaps they meant the regular season.

Teletovic was back on the court and went through a full practice with his team in advance of the Game 1 loss to the Hawks, but the Nets said at the time that he would continue to be listed as “out” for games, and that his status would be updated as appropriate.

The Nets announced that Teletovic is listed as “probable” now for Wednesday’s Game 2.

From Rod Boone of Newsday:

Hollins adds that doesn’t mean Mirza will get into the game. Just that he’s probable to be on the roster. Whatever that means.

Teletovic has proven to be a capable outside shooter at times, and against a Hawks team that toyed with them for the bulk of Game 1, the Nets will obviously take all the help they can get.

Teletovic appeared in 44 games for Brooklyn this season, and averaged 8.5 points and 4.9 rebounds in 22.3 minutes per contest.

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