Title: Kyle Lowry injury threatens last glimmer of hope at Raptors overcoming Cavaliers
Date: May 4, 2017
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Kyle Lowry’s ankle injury and what it would mean for the Raptors if he was forced to miss time.
Late in the first half of Game 2 on Wednesday, the Cleveland Cavaliers went on a mini-run. It extended what had been trimmed to a single-digit lead to 14 at the half, and it was about as demoralizing a 98-second stretch as could be imagined. The Toronto Raptors’ process had been much improved over the course of the half, at least compared to Game 1, and yet the Cavaliers hit a litany of ludicrous shots, with the closing minute-plus proving an unnecessary exclamation point in their declaration that the Raptors would not be hanging around.
Coming out of the locker room at half, the Raptors quickly surrendered a bucket on a goaltend. Before the whistle, though, Tristan Thompson bumped Norman Powell while getting into a rebound position. Powell fell, landing on the left leg of Kyle Lowry, who was in obvious and immediate pain.
“Couldn’t get no worse,” DeMar DeRozan recalled thinking at the time. “How things was going, see him down there, just hoping for the best. Just sucks to see anybody go down, no matter who it was. Just one of them things, when it rains it pours at this point. It was one of them.”
To the chagrin of DeRozan and the Raptors, it can get worse, and it might. If it does, it will likely seal their fate, ensuring a second-round exit.