Kyle Lowry is the starting point guard for the Eastern Conference champion Toronto Raptors. One prerequisite for point guards starting in the NBA finals is the ability to be at least a proficient shooter and a solid passer.
Well, if the report that Lowry cannot feel his thumb is indeed true, those actions would be hard to complete in Thursday's NBA Finals opener.
Lowry is having a decent postseason as one of the many role players behind playoff sensation Kawhi Leonard. He is averaging 14.7 points per game, shooting 44 percent from the field, 35 percent from three and 81 percent from the free throw line.
All those numbers have been solid enough for the Raptors thus far, and they'll need all hands on deck (no pun intended) to adequately challenge the defending champion Golden State Warriors. So Lowry kind of needs to regain feeling in his thumb by then...
The fact that he was the last one on the court the night before the Finals is certainly a good sign. Hopefully the reason for his extended stay is unrelated to his thumb.