Aside from a couple of performances here and there, Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry has not had a great postseason, as he is averaging 13.7 points, 6.4 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 steals over 37.2 minutes per game while shooting 43.4 percent from the floor, 34.1 percent from 3-point range and 73.8 percent from the free-throw line.
Lowry is dealing with a thumb injury he suffered in Game 7 of the Raptors’ second-round series win over the Philadelphia 76ers, and in Toronto’s Game 3 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday night, Lowry was clearly in pain, wincing throughout the game.
According to Eric Koreen of The Athletic, Lowry says his thumb is bothering him all the time, and the injury is keeping him from digging in on steals. He added that it’s “mind over matter.”
This has been an up-and-down season for Lowry in general, who has dealt with back issues throughout the year and is clearly in decline.
Over 65 regular-season contests, the 33-year-old registered 14.2 points, 8.7 assists, 4.8 boards and 1.4 steals across 34.0 minutes a night while making 41.1 percent of his field goal attempts, 34.7 percent of his long-distance tries and 83.0 percent of his foul shots.
Lowry is now in his seventh season with the Raptors and has made six All-Star appearances during his tenure with the club. He began his career with the Memphis Grizzlies back in 2006 and spent two and a half seasons with the team before being dealt to the Houston Rockets, where he resided three and a half years. He then signed with Toronto during the summer of 2012.