Raptors’ Lowry, Leonard questionable to play vs. Trail Blazers


Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry. (Nathan Denette/CP)

Both Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry are listed as questionable for the Toronto Raptors‘ game against the Portland Trailblazers Friday night.

Leonard’s status was announced earlier this afternoon and was attributed to a sore hip that has caused him to miss the first two games of the Raptors’ four-game road trip, while Lowry’s update came this evening and is being described as due to a left thigh contusion.

This season the Raptors are 7-1 without their big off-season acquisition, Leonard, in the lineup and have an NBA-best 23-7 record overall.

In 22 games so far, Leonard is averaging 26.1 points and 8.3 rebounds while shooting 48.8 percent from the field. Lowry on the other hand has posted a career-best 10 assists per game to this point this year, to go along with 14.2 points on 43.6 percent shooting from the field.

The Raptors will also be without centre Jonas Valanciunas, who had surgery Thursday after dislocating his thumb in Wednesday’s win over the Golden State Warriors. Valanciunas is expected to miss a minimum of four weeks, so the Raptors have recalled Canadian forward Chris Boucher to take his place in the lineup.

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