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Raptors’ Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet questionable vs. Pistons

Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, Raptors

The Toronto Raptors will try to get even with the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, but they might have to do it without their two key players, as Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet are listed as questionable for their Sunday match-up.

Kyle Lowry, who’s dealing with an ankle injury which he suffered last Monday in the team’s loss against the Cleveland Cavaliers, could miss his second consecutive game.

As for Fred VanVleet, he has been sidelined since Feb. 9 with a partial ligament injury to his left thumb and was not expected to play again until late next week. However, the status change from out to questionable could be a good sign for the Raptors, as this could point to him returning to the line-up earlier than expected.

If both guys will be able to play, they will boost the Raptors’ chances of winning. If not, Toronto will be three players short, as Serge Ibaka is still suspended for his altercation with Cavs forward Marquese Chriss last Monday.

The Raptors have lost two games against the Pistons this season, albeit by five points or less: a 106-104 loss at home last November 15 and a 112-107 overtime defeat last March 4.

This could a first round match-up preview, as the Raptors are currently second in the Eastern Conference while the Pistons are seventh.

Detroit has been one of the best teams post All-Star break, and if they can beat Toronto anew, they will have plenty of confidence heading into the postseason.