DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks will apparently catch a break Wednesday when they host the Toronto Raptors at American Airlines Center.
Kyle Lowry, the Raptors' all-purpose point guard, sprained his right ankle with 1:29 left in the first half of Tuesday's 108-88 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder and did not return to the game. Lowry, who entered that game averaging 23.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7.0 assists, scored just two points and collected four assists in 17 minutes against the Thunder and is listed as day-to-day.
Lowry suffered the injury when he stepped on the foot of OKC forward Serge Ibaka and was carried off the court. He also left the arena in a walking boot as a precaution.
Earlier Tuesday, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle was asked to compare Los Angeles Laker point guard Steve Nash, Portland rookie point guard Damian Lillard and Lowry.
"All of those guys have a good high motor,'' Carlisle said. "Lowry probably comes at you with a little
more raw speed.
"He’s shooting three's and he’s shooting them unbelievably well, and he’s shooting them from way outside. When you’ve got a guy that’s playing with that kind of attitude and confidence, it's real work to slow him down.''
The loss of Lowry gives the Mavs a huge advantage when the two clubs battle it out at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
-- Dwain Price
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