Raptors' Kyle Lowry undergoes surgery on his injured thumb

Jul 18 2019, 5:11 pm

Kyle Lowry had surgery to repair a tendon in his left thumb, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The five-time All-Star injured his thumb during Game 7 of the Toronto Raptors’ second-round series against the Philadelphia 76ers. He played through pain for the next 12 playoff games against the Milwaukee Bucks and Golden State Warriors en route to the Raptors first-ever NBA championship.

Playing with his thumb wrapped for the remainder of the playoffs, Lowry described the pain as “pretty bad.” He said initially that it “hurts on everything” but medication allowed it to feel numb during the game.

“During the game, I can’t feel my thumb,” he told ESPN.

The 33-year-old had trouble gripping the ball at times, but that didn’t seem to affect him. Lowry scored 30 points in the first game he played following the injury. He averaged 19.2 points, 5.2 assists, and 5.5 rebounds per game in the Milwaukee series, and 16.2 points, 7.2 assists, and 4.0 rebounds per game in the NBA Finals.

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