Raptors’ Kyle Lowry not making a big deal of Ben Simmons’ elbow to the groin
Lowry took a Ben Simmons elbow to the groin in the second quarter of the Raptors’ Game 3 showdown with the Philadelphia 76ers. The two got tangled during a rebound, and when Simmons fell, he appeared to deliberately hit Lowry with the low blow.
The Raptors’ All-Star guard then crumpled to the ground, obviously in pain after the unexpected cheap shot from the Sixers playmaker. Unfortunately, the referees didn’t see it and no foul was called — which could (or should) have been a Flagrant 1 had the officials seen it.
Simmons and Lowry get tangled up under the basket … 🤔 pic.twitter.com/Ntl1HGHKAw
— ESPN (@espn) May 3, 2019
After the game, Lowry spoke out about the incident and played it down. According to the 33-year-old guard, there’s no use making a big deal about the matter and even cited that Simmons already told him that it was unintentional.
“It’s nothing. He said he didn’t mean to do it. I’m not gonna dwell on something that wasn’t called. It is what it is. It’s not a big deal,” Lowry said, per Josh Lewenberg of The Sports Network.
While Kyle Lowry and the Raps would have benefited from a Ben Simmons Flagrant foul, it’s easy to see why they don’t want to blow it up. After losing Game 3 and falling 1-2 in the series, Toronto certainly has bigger issues to address.
For his part, Lowry knows he needs to focus in the upcoming game instead of living in the past. He was largely ineffective in their latest outing, finishing with just seven points, five rebounds and five assists in almost 38 minutes of action. The 13-year NBA veteran also shot 2-of-20 from the field, including 0-of-4 from 3-point land.