Only a few days removed from the Trade Deadline, and already there appears to be a new shake-up amongst the top contenders of the Eastern Conference. The Toronto Raptors, who many thought were big winners of the Deadline with the acquisitions of Serge Ibaka and then P.J. Tucker, announced Monday that star point guard Kyle Lowry will undergo surgery to remove loose bodies -that being small fragments of detached bone/cartilage in the body) from his right wrist. The timetable for his return is in the air as of right now, but it is heavily believed that he should see a return to action in around four-to-five weeks.
Per Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical–
Sources: Lowry could return within four-to-five weeks, play regular season games prior to playoffs. https://t.co/6V5tp3eo1A
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 27, 2017
The NBA Playoffs begin on April 15, so the Raptors are hoping to have him back playing with the team a little before that date.
This news comes as a huge hit to the Raptors and their fanbase as it may have a large effect on their playoff run this season. Without Lowry the offense will most definitely run through DeMar DeRozan, which could present some problems for the team. At in terms of efficiency.
In the 56 games played before going down with his injury, Lowry averaged 22.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 1.4 steals, while shooting .463 from the field and .417 from beyond the arc. He also boasted an incredible 23.06 PER, which ranked sixth amongst all qualified point guards in the NBA this season.