So much for being a must-win game.
The Toronto Raptors have decided to give Kyle Lowry the night off Thursday night in what was previously considered a must-win game against the Washington Wizards.
“I would say that’s probably our last chance saloon a little bit,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said Tuesday night. “I think them getting that one against us would be awful tough for us to recover from.”
Fred VanVleet called it a “big game” saying on Tuesday that the team still had a chance to do something special and sneak into the play-in tournament.
Instead of going for it though, the Raptors will be without Lowry, OG Anunoby, Chris Boucher, Paul Watson Jr., and now Yuta Watanabe who popped up on the injury report with a right ankle sprain.
Toronto will, however, have Gary Trent Jr. back in the lineup having recovered from his left leg injury.
With a win, the Raptors would pull to within two games of the Wizards for the 10th seed in the Eastern Conference. It would still be tough for Toronto to sneak in, but considering Toronto holds the tie-breaker with Washington it wouldn’t be impossible. A loss, however, might just end any hope of a comeback.