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

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.