UPDATE (Sunday, Aug. 23 at 9:45 p.m. ET): Kyle Lowry will have an MRI on his left ankle.
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The Toronto Raptors will be without Kyle Lowry for the rest of Game 4 in their first round NBA playoff series versus the Brooklyn Nets.
Lowry suffered a left ankle injury during the first half of Sunday night's matchup. He tried to stay in the game but ultimately exited. A short while after, Toronto officially ruled out Lowry for the remainder of the game.
Here's a look at Lowry asking to come out after walking on the ankle for a bit:
Lowry heads to the locker room with an apparent injury pic.twitter.com/xXVSuZUn9d— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) August 23, 2020
Lowry will have imaging done on his ankle:
The Raptors say Kyle Lowry has left the building to get imaging on his ankle. Lowry left the game after turning it earlier in the first half.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) August 23, 2020
The question now is how will this injury impact Lowry's status for Toronto's second round series against the Boston Celtics?
The Celtics beat the Raptors in three of the four games during their 2019-20 season series, including an impressive 122-100 win for Boston in its fifth seeding games a few weeks ago. Lowry is arguably the Raptors' most valuable player due to his scoring, playmaking, defense, hustle and leadership. He's also one of the most experience players on Toronto's roster.
Lowry averaged 19.4 points, 7.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game in the regular season.
Losing him for any amount of games in a series versus the Celtics would be a huge setback for the Raptors. And even a less-than-100 percent Lowry would be a blow to the Raptors lineup.
Kyle Lowry injury: Latest updates on Toronto Raptors star's ankle issue originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston