Kyle Lowry returning from injuries after ‘trash’ self-assessment

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Kyle Lowry described his game as “trash.”

The game after that, he shot 1-for-7 with two turnovers and no assists.

So the Raptors sat him.

Josh Rubin of thestar.com:

After three games of rest and recuperation, Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry is returning to action Friday against the Charlotte Hornets.

“I’m feeling like a million bucks,” said Lowry, grinning from ear to ear.

Toronto went 1-2 without Lowry, beating the 76ers and losing to the Knicks and Cavaliers. It wasn’t a pretty stretch, but things weren’t going swimmingly otherwise.

Not long ago, the Raptors looked like a credible threat to win the Eastern Conference. Their defense had yet to click, but it seemed like only a matter of time until it matched last year’s success.

Since, the Hawks have proven their dominance, and Cleveland has found its stride. Toronto is now a longshot.

The Raptors have a shot though – if Lowry plays well. Their playoff hopes start with him, and they certainly hope his week off jumpstarts him.