After suffering an injury to his right wrist, All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry is set to have surgery.
Kyle Lowry to undergo surgery Tuesday morning to remove loose bodies from right wrist. Aim to return for playoffs. #WeTheNorth
— RaptorsMR (@RaptorsMR) February 27, 2017
This is very unfortunate for the Toronto Raptors. They currently sit at fourth place in the Eastern Conference, and have a solid chance to rise up in the standings.
The good news is that Lowry is expected to be back in time for the playoffs. The bad news is he may not have enough time to get back into rhythm by the time the playoffs roll around. Keep in mind this is Lowry’s shooting wrist that’s injured, so it definitely leaves a note of concern over the recovery time.
Even though the Raptors made some moves at the deadline, their bench still looks rather thin. Cory Joseph is the starting point guard right now and there is no proven player behind him, although fans seem to be excited about Fred VanVleet.
The Toronto Raptors impressed many with their 107-97 win over the (currently) second-seeded, Boston Celtics on Friday. It’s hard to believe that they can keep up these performances, especially without Kyle Lowry. However, this is the NBA, and any team can win on any given night, no matter the perceived talent level.
The Raptors should be avoiding the fourth and fifth seeds because that would mean (should Cleveland win their first-round series) they would be playing the Cleveland Cavaliers in the conference semi-finals. It would not be a particularly good look to lose in the second round, considering they made it to the Eastern Conference Finals last season, and put up a pretty good fight, taking the Cavaliers to six games.
The Toronto Raptors are in a bit of a sticky situation. They can still compete for an Eastern Conference Finals run, but they’ll need all hands on deck and be ready to battle in Kyle Lowry’s absence.