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Report: Raptors’ Kyle Lowry out for Saturday matchup against Bucks

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Toronto Raptors All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry is out for the Saturday night Eastern Conference heavyweight showdown against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Kyle Lowry is still dealing with a back injury. Lowry received pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory injections in his back recently, but he is still not ready to play.

Fred VanVleet will start in Lowry’s place on Saturday. VanVleet is averaging 10.2 points and 4.3 assists on the year.

A four-time All-Star, Kyle Lowry has played in 30 games this season for the Raptors. The rugged guard is averaging 14.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 9.8 assists per contest while shooting 43.3 percent from the field, 32.5 percent from beyond the arc and 84.5 percent from the free-throw line.

Toronto is coming off a loss to the San Antonio Spurs. They enter Saturday with a record of 28-12, second place in the East. The Bucks, meanwhile, are 27-10, owners of the best record in entire NBA.

It’s going to be tough for the Raptors to defeat the Bucks without Lowry. Milwaukee starting point guard Eric Bledsoe is one of the best guards in the NBA and is probably licking his chops at the idea of VanVleet trying to guard him.

Toronto is going to need an MVP-type performance from superstar forward Kawhi Leonard, who will be matched up against Giannis Antetokounmpo.