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Raptors’ Kyle Lowry has surgery on thumb injured in playoffs

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) looks at his thumb as he heads to the bench after fouling out of the game during the second half of Game 3 NBA Eastern Conference finals basketball action against the Milwaukee Bucks in Toronto on Sunday, May 19, 2019.
Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) looks at his thumb as he heads to the bench after fouling out of the game during the second half of Game 3 NBA Eastern Conference finals basketball action against the Milwaukee Bucks in Toronto on Sunday, May 19, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Kyle Lowry has undergone surgery to repair damaged ligaments in his left thumb, an injury he played through during the last two rounds of Toronto’s run to the NBA championship.

The Raptors said Friday that Lowry had the surgery in New York at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

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The All-Star point guard was hurt May 12 during Game 7 of a victory over Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference semifinals. He continued to play and helped Toronto win its first championship title when he finished with 26 points and 10 assists in Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.

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Lowry averaged 15 points and 6.6 assists in 24 post-season games. The Raptors also announced Friday they have signed guard Matt Thomas.

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The six-foot-five, 190-pound Thomas has spent the past two years playing professionally in Spain. He averaged 12 points last season with Valencia Basket, shooting 51.4 per cent from the field and 48.1 per cent from three-point range to help the team capture the 2019 EuroCup title.

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A native of Decatur, Ill., Thomas, 24, played four NCAA seasons at Iowa State (2013-17).