Under normal circumstances, the Mavericks stand a good chance of beating Toronto Wednesday night but the outlook may be a little brighter.
Point guard Kyle Lowry, is literally doing it all for Toronto. He leads the Raptors with 23.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7.0 assists plus almost 4 steals.
Lowry sprained his right ankle just before halftime of a 108-88 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder and did not return to the game. He is listed as day-to-day.
Rick Carlisle praised Lowry, as Dwain Price reports via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
“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 an advantage, although his likely replacement, Jose Calderon, has been one of the league’s better playmakers, hovering around 10-12 points and 8+ assists for the last 5 years. After Calderon, the backcourt gets a little thin.
There were discussions regarding Calderon coming to Dallas after Lowry’s arrival in Toronto but the Mavs traded for Darren Collison instead.