Lowry rolled his ankle on the final play of regulation, but gutted it out and played an incredible 54 minutes in the Raptors’ heartbreaking loss. He finished one rebounds shy of a triple-double, putting up 18 points, 10 assists, and nine boards. While he was able to play all three overtimes, he scored just two points in the extra frames.
Lowry admitted he hurt his ankle pretty “badly” so it’s quite possible it will swell overnight. The Raptors play the Golden State Warriors on Sunday, but won’t play again till the following Friday when they’ll host the Sacramento Kings at the Air Canada Centre.
Kyle Lowry is having an MVP-caliber season, averaging 16.9 points, 7.6 assists, 4.5 rebounds, 1.6 steals, and 2.4 3-pointers per game.
While Lowry was able to finish the game, his teammate Terrence Ross was unable to return after sustaining a sprained ankle in the second quarter.
Ross had been on a roll of late, scoring 18.3 points over his last three games. He played 16 minutes on Thursday, finishing with 11 points (3-5 3PT), two rebounds, and one assist. John Salmons replaced him, but is a fantasy non-factor.
The player fantasy owners should be running to add is Greivis Vasquez. The fourth-year player out of Maryland is averaging just 7.3 points and 3.7 assists since arriving in Toronto in the Rudy Gay trade, but has lots of potential if given quality minutes. Vasquez finished third in the NBA last season in assists (9.0).
If either Lowry or Ross has to miss extended time, Vasquez will most likely start. Coach Dwane Casey has played both Lowry and Vasquez in the starting lineup before when Ross was hurt. After Ross went down on Thursday, Vasquez went on to score 26 points and dished out eight assists.
Greivis Vasquez is owned in 31.5 percent of ESPN.com fantasy basketball leagues.