Do you want the good news, or the bad news?
The good news?
The Raptors have taken a 2-1 lead in their 2nd round NBA playoff series against Miami, thanks to a 95-91 win over the Heat on Saturday.
And, oh yah, Kyle Lowry finally found his game, scoring a team high 33 points in the win.
And now you want the bad news.
Well, Toronto may hold a 2-1 series lead, but centre Jonas Valanciunas is going to miss the rest of the series after suffering a sprained right ankle in the 3rd quarter of Game 3.
JV has averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds a game in this series and losing him is a big blow.
Yes, Heat centre Hassan Whiteside sustained a sprained MCL in his right knee on Saturday — leaving his status for the remainder of the series as iffy.
But without Valanciunas, Toronto’s game plan has to change.
They can’t count on Bismack Biyombo to provide much offense, so Toronto has to get more consistent scoring from Lowry.
I don’t think head coach Dwane Casey is expecting Lowry to score 33 points every game.
But he can’t score 7, like he did in Game 1, and hope for success.
Win Game 4 tonight in Miami and the bad news will fade away into the background.
Lose tonight, and I’m sure Raps fans will be focused on JV’s absense.