Raptors star Kyle Lowry thinks Mitchell Robinson falling on his ankle was a ‘bit dirty’
Kyle Lowry had no qualms speaking out when asked about his second-half injury against the New York Knicks that forced him to miss the remainder of the game. The Toronto Raptors point guard said center Mitchell Robinson made a dirty play on the ball after impeding his way from behind and causing an ankle injury in the process.
Robinson was battling for a rebound, then chasing after it like a loose ball, even though Lowry already had possession of it, hoping to ignite the fast break. As a result, Robinson lost control and barreled through Lowry’s leg, resulting in the injury:
Kyle Lowry is down and heading to the locker room after Robinson lands on his right ankle pic.twitter.com/DQwQzlyDKp
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“I think it was a little bit dirty,” said Lowry, according to Josh Lewenberg of TSN. “He grabbed me, pulled me down. He’s a young kid so I don’t know if he did it on purpose or not, but I think he’ll learn his lesson next time and be a little bit more careful.”
Lowry’s play was considered not too serious, but knowing the state of the stakes for the Raptors, it’s likely he will miss a game or more as the organization evaluates a potential return, hoping to minimize the risk for re-injury.
Teammate Marc Gasol called the play merely accidental, giving the energetic Robinson the benefit of the doubt:
“I was battling for the rebound with Robinson. It got a little out of control. I thought if they called a foul early, the over-the-back it probably wouldn’t have happened. But shoulda, coulda, woulda. You cant replay those things. It happens. Its an accident.”
Robinson is still an unpolished rookie who makes his living through his hustle plays and athletic ability. Monday’s incident was a case in which his passion for making plays turned into an unfortunate incident.
Others questioned why Lowry was even on the floor with a 34-point lead at hand, but those are all circumstantial instances we’ll probably never know the answers to.