Tonight the Raptors will host the Philadelphia 76ers at the Air Canada Centre, and two of their headline players may be sidelined.
Kyle Lowry, who suffered a sprained ankle in a loss to Oklahoma City, is a game-time decision. Lowry did not participate in practice on Friday, which is typically a clear indicator that he’ll miss Saturday’s game, but head Coach Dwayne Casey has not ruled out the possibility of his return.
“Kyle will be a game-time decision,” Casey said. “He is feeling much better. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow when he wakes up. He didn’t practice today but we’ll see what he does tomorrow with his hometown team of Philly in.”
The decision, however, will not be made by Casey but instead by the Toronto Raptors medical staff.
“The doctors and the trainers, we have one of the best training staffs in the NBA, they will know,” Casey said. “Kyle knows his body. As a coach if a guy tells me he can go and he’s in uniform, it gives me the opportunity to play him and use him as a tool, but I don’t make that judgment. If a guy says he can go and the doctors say he can go, he’ll be able to go.”
Landry Fields is also questionable after revealing to the team a hand injury that has been bothering him for quite some time.
Of late, Fields has bummed easy layups and hasn’t converted. As James Borbath, of the Dino Nation Blog, pointed out in our podcast, Fields will see a hand specialist before any type of surgery is to be conducted.
The one thing the Raptors will stress on Saturday against the Sixers is their defense. Toronto held a defense-only practice Friday prior to their matchup on Saturday. Coach Casey made it a point to show his team the defensive percentages from the previous year and compared them to this season.
“Today we got after it, man,” forward Alan Anderson said. “(Casey) posted the defensive percentages last year versus now and we could see where we let off. We want to get back to where we were at least last year and those will bring wins right there, just getting back to that.”
Linkage: Raptors’ Landry Fields, Kyle Lowry questionable for Saturday – Toronto Sun
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