Toronto Raptors to face Chicago Bulls without all star guard Kyle Lowry

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Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) celebrates defeating the Indiana Pacers in NBA basketball action in Toronto on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

The Toronto Raptors will be missing Kyle Lowry when they face the Chicago Bulls.

The all-star point guard will be sidelined for the seventh time in his last eight games on Sunday with a sore lower back.

Lowry is averaging 14.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 9.8 assists in 30 games this season.

His absence was bad news for a Raptors team already missing centre Jonas Valanciunas, who had surgery for a dislocated thumb on Dec. 13 and was expected to miss at least four weeks.