The Raptors were ready for a physical battle against the Grizzlies on Wednesday and they delivered with a lopsided 108-72 preseason win at ACC on Wednesday. But there’s been a toll to pay on the injury front, with a mixed bag of results.
First is Kyle Lowry. The point guard was already having his best game of the preseason in the third quarter on Wednesday before he was forced out with an injury to his left ring finger.
Kyle Lowry has injured left ring finger tendon. He’ll require splint for approx. 6 weeks, will still practice & play: http://t.co/cspoRD3wrZ
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 24, 2013
The news clearly could have been much worse for a Raptors team that needs Lowry on the floor to start this season. But this is another layer of uncertainty added to what appears to be the Raptors’ most unsettled positions right now.
We won’t see how much the injury (and the splint) affects Lowry’s game until the season opener on Wednesday against the Celtics. Lowry’s follow-up evaluation prevented him from flying with the team to Milwaukee for the Raptors’ final preseason matchup against the Bucks.
More Injury Updates
Injury update: Hansbrough practiced. JV participated in non-contact practice & Stone did not practice. JV and Stone status day-to-day.
— RaptorsMR (@RaptorsMR) October 24, 2013
So Hansbrough’s fine, Valanciunas will be too after a couple of stitches under his chin, but what about Julyan Stone, who took a knee to his injured hip on Wednesday?
The versatile guard was seeing some steady minutes on a non-guaranteed contract this preseason, despite playing at what he claimed was “60-65 per cent,” about a week ago.
Casey said Thursday that Stone was just sore and “he’s going to be OK once he gets over the soreness.” Something to keep an eye on before the Wednesday’s opener.
Valanciunas and Ross Sticking Around
Probably no surprise, but the third-year options of Terrence Ross and Jonas Valanciunas were picked up by the Raptors on Thursday.
Just a formality for two top-10 picks who still have their best basketball in front of them. As good a time as any for this…
Happy Birthday Drake
Happy Birthday to Drake, the Raptors Global Ambassador, who also performs at ACC tonight. The Raptor naturally made the cut on his Toronto-centric cake…
Let’s Stay Together…
Finally, had to share Rudy Gay and Dwight Buycks feeling “all brand new” (it’s Austin Daye with the steady camera work).