The Toronto Raptors have won just three of their past 12 games after losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games on Wednesday.
And while the Raptors are trying to salvage their playoff hopes, they’ve also been forced to make some tough decisions this season.
Here are five storylines to watch: 1.
How does Lowry’s injury impact the Raptors?
Lowry was sidelined for two games this season with an ankle injury.
He was expected to return this season, but he missed five of the first six games and only played eight minutes in Sunday’s loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.
He didn’t play again in the first game of the season after spraining his ankle in the season opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
He missed the Raptors’ first four games.
Toronto’s injury woes have gotten worse over the past few months, and it’s clear Lowry won’t be back in the lineup until he’s healthy.
That means the Raptors have a lot of work to do if they’re to make the playoffs.
And the injury to Lowry doesn’t bode well for the team’s playoff hopes.
Lowry’s status for this season is up in the air, and the team could use another player to step up and take on the burden of scoring more.
Will the Raptors still be in the postseason?
The Raptors are in the playoffs for the third straight season and have a chance to claim the Eastern Conference crown this season after their disappointing start to the season.
But if Lowry is out for the entire season, Toronto will need to figure out a way to win a few games on the road to make it to the postseason.
The Raptors have only won two of their last 14 games on home court.
The NBA regular season ends on Sunday.
How many games does Lowry miss?
Lowry’s ankle injury could force the Raptors to change their lineup this season to get more games.
In the past two seasons, the Raptors were able to play a lot more minutes and keep their starters fresh.
But it could also be that the Raptors need to move up in order to play more games with Lowry on the floor.
They have already been eliminated from playoff contention, but there are still four games left to play.
Can the Raptors make the Eastern conference playoffs?
The playoffs are a big ask for the Raptors this season because of the way they’re playing and the amount of time it will take to get to the conference finals.
But the Raptors might be able to get into the playoffs if they can play well enough on the back end to make up for their poor start to this season and get back to the East semifinals.
The team has played just two games against teams in the East this season — the Atlanta Hawks and the Miami Heat.
The Heat won both games in Miami.
How do you keep Lowry healthy?
Lowry is coming off a serious injury, but the Raptors aren’t ruling out the possibility that he could return for this weekend’s game against the Washington Wizards.
He’s expected to play in the second half of Wednesday’s game, but Toronto hasn’t ruled out a return.
The only question is how much longer he’ll be sidelined.
Lowry had ankle surgery last season.