Raptors: All-Star guard Kyle Lowry is sidelined with an unspecified back injury. Lowry will miss Saturday night’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers after his back flared up earlier in the day. Raptors coach Nick Nurse did not give any details about Lowry’s injury or a timetable for when he might be back. Fred VanVleet started in place of Lowry, who started Toronto’s first 23 games. The Raptors enter riding a seven-game winning streak and are a league-best 19-4. Bulls: In an unexpected development, Lauri Markkanen made his season debut Chicago on Saturday night against the Rockets. Markkanen, who missed the first 23 games with a right elbow injury suffered during the first week of training camp, was on a minutes restriction. He was on the court for four minutes and hit a threepointer, but the Bulls trailed the Rockets 38-22 going into the second period.
“I feel good,” Markkanen told the Chicago Tribune.