Raptors likely to rest Lowry again

PHILADELPHIA -

The Raptors will continue to play it safe with all-star point guard Kyle Lowry, likely holding him out of Monday night's game against the Sixers.

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The team sat Lowry for Saturday's loss against the Knicks and all signs pointed to another day of rest and perhaps even for Wednesday's huge tilt at the ACC against the Cleveland Cavaliers, who entered play Monday just a game back for second in the East.

“I think I'm a little bit better, but I'm taking my time and coaches wanted me to get some rest and some time off and I think in the long run this will help me and help the team out,” Lowry said at shoot-around on Monday morning, saying he has “a few things” wrong with him.

Lowry averaged just 11.9 points on 34% shooting in February, far below his season numbers of 18 points on 41% shooting. Asked whether it was tough to sit at home and with the team mired in a five-game losing skid, Lowry was honest.

“Oh of course, yeah but at the same time, you are getting older in your career and you've got bigger plans than to try to go out there and force and force something, especially when you have bumps and bruises, where you can take some time to get healthy, the long term is the plan, the long term for our season is really the goal in mind,” he said.

Lowry said he would play if the Raptors let him, but he is fine with getting some rest.

“At the end of the day, that's what coaches and the organization are for, they are looking out for the best for the team. For me, I really respect the way they came at me. I want to be the best player I can be ... It's tough, but at the same time, my family has seen me enough (playing) this year and I think my family and friends understand the bigger plan.”



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