CLEVELAND – Kyle Lowry, the guardian of the Toronto Raptors, said he was hit by a fan when he jumped on the stands after a loose ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night.
The game took place at the end of the fourth quarter of Toronto's 115-109 win. Lowry missed teammate Pascal Siakam, who got out of hand.
The video showed that Lowry had landed on two fans in the front row of seats and one seemed to press his hand on the six-time All-Star's back when he returned to the floor. Lowry turned and looked at the fan as the game continued.
"I was pushed and this is the second time it has happened to me," said Lowry. "Next time it happens, I don't know if I can control myself. Fans like this shouldn't be able to lay hands on you and shouldn't be part of our game."
The Cleveland Cavaliers are aware of the incident and investigate it, according to cleveland.com, before deciding on a discipline.
Lowry was pushed by Mark Stevens, a minority owner of the Golden State Warriors during last season's NBA finals, when he similarly jumped onto the stands after a loose ball. The NBA and warriors beat Stevens with a one-year ban on all NBA games and warrior team activities, in addition to a $ 500,000 fine.
This time Lowry saved possession for the Raptors and Serge Ibaka hit a 3-pointer that put Toronto 105-101 in the lead. Lowry, selected earlier in the day for next month's All Star game, went on the defensive after the basket.