Raptors' Kyle Lowry to miss third-straight game with thumb injury

Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse talks how he's considering going with a smaller lineup in order to contain Philadelphia 76ers centre Joel Embiid.

The Toronto Raptors will take on the top team in the Eastern Conference Sunday without their best player.

The team confirmed that veteran guard Kyle Lowry will miss his third straight game with a thumb injury, keeping him out of the lineup against his hometown Philadelphia 76ers.

The Raptors, winners of three-straight, have relied on Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam to carry the team in Lowry's absence and enter Sunday sixth in the conference with a 15-15 record. The 76ers have a 20-10 record and have won two-straight.

Lowry is averaging 17.7 points in 25 games this season.

Sixers guard Ben Simmons, whose status for the game was initially unclear due to an illness, has been cleared to play.

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