The Toronto Raptors will be without Kyle Lowry against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. After taking a hit from LeBron James during Toronto’s 93-83 loss to the Heat in Miami on Monday night, Lowry will be on the inactive list against Houston.
During Raptors head coach Dwane Casey’s pre-game media session he said Lowry had received treatment on his knee since returning from the team’s road trip and would go through tests to see how he felt before a decision would be made with the medical staff on his availability.
“The medical people will make that decision more than anybody else,” Casey said. “If it was up to him, he would go on one leg but we don’t want to risk his future health in the next couple of weeks for one game. If rest will help it we’ll go with the medical people’s advice.”
Shortly before game time, the team issued word that Lowry would not dress against the Rockets because of a sore left knee. Greivis Vasquez will start in his place. Both Vasquez and Nando de Colo will have to step up for the Raptors to be successful against Houston.
“If he can’t go then [Vasquez’s play will be] huge,” Casey said. “He’s going to have to run the show. He’s been a starting point guard in this league before. The other question is making sure we see Nando [de Colo] at the point. One of our young kids. It’s a good test for him.”
With nine games remaining in the season, the Raptors have clinched a playoff spot, but are still playing for home court and playoff positioning. Casey stressed the team would not risk the health of any player despite the high stakes of the remaining games.
“There’s a pride factor,” Casey said. “You want to win. You want to win a division. You want to win, try to get home court. You want to try to do that. We’re in position. There’s no use in letting off the pedal now. There’s not a desperate urgency, every game for me is desperate, but it’s not live or die, nothing like that. We’re not going to risk a kid’s health to try to do that.”
Casey said all X-Rays on Lowry’s knee came back negative.