Toronto’s Kyle Lowry forced to leave game with ankle injury


This is not something the Raptors can afford to see with a series against Boston looming.

Kyle Lowry was forced to leave the game late in the first quarter after Chris Chiozza made a clumsy effort to come from behind and get in front of Lowry, their feet tangled and Lowry’s ankle rolled. The Toronto point guard went to the locker room and did not return to the game.

Lowry left the arena to get tests in other parts of the NBA campus at the Walt Disney World Resport. No details on Lowry’s condition beyond this game are yet available.

Lowry had averaged 16 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 5.3 assists a game in the first three playoff games.

The Raptors had the depth — Fred VanVleet at the point — and the overall talent disparity to complete the sweep of the Brooklyn Nets, 150-122. They are now off until the second round starts, when they will face Boston, which swept the 76ers out of the playoffs earlier in the day.

Toronto is going to need Lowry — and peak Lowry — to beat a Boston team finding its groove in the bubble.