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NBA fines Raptors for confusion over why Kyle Lowry and OG Anunoby didn’t face Magic

Miscommunication regarding the availability of Kyle Lowry and OG Anunoby for Friday’s Raptors game against the Orlando Magic has cost the franchise a $25,000 (U.S.) fine.The NBA hit the team with the penalty Saturday evening for “failing to comply with league policies governing player rest and injury reporting.” The Raptors had said as early as Thursday that both Lowry and Anunoby — along with Pascal Siakam — would sit out against Orlando for “rest,” and that’s how their status was reported on the league’s public injury report throughout Friday. However, coach Nick Nurse said before Friday’s game that Anunoby was experiencing some swelling in his knee, and a chronic foot infection was bothering Lowry. League rules require teams to get approval for simply resting players during the season, while injuries are supposed to be judged on a scale of out to doubtful to probable. The Raptors did not make clear the status of any player on Saturday’s league injury report, put out at 5:30 p.m. ET. Doug Smith is a sports reporter based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @smithraps

17th, April 2021, g:i PM

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