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What many members of "We The North" Nation thought was just a sore right wrist for All-Star point guard, Kyle Lowry, has turned out to be much more serious. Kyle Lowry is now set to undergo surgery to remove loose bodies from his right wrist on Tuesday morning, in hopes of returning in time for the postseason (@RaptorsMR). It has also been reported by The Vertical's Adrian Wojranowski that Lowry could in fact return in 4-5 weeks and even partake in some regular season action.
Bottom line: The Raptors may be in trouble. Despite back-to-back wins against the Celtics and the Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto has a tough stretch ahead of them. Upon conclusion of their contest against the Knicks tonight, the Raptors then have to face the Washington Wizards in back-to-back games on March 1 and March 3. The Wizards, mind you, are currently ahead of the Raptors in the Eastern Conference standings, and have 2 less games played than the team north of the border.
So in place of Kyle Lowry will be veteran backup, Cory Joseph, who's having a decent season as the Raptors' backup point guard. Joseph is averaging 8.7 PPG, just shy of 3 assists, and 2.5 rebounds per game, while shooting 39.7% from behind the 3-point line. The only issue here is, now the Raptors bench is weakened, and their second unit PG is sophomore, Delon Wright. Wright is also respectable off the bench, with a 6.5/1.3/1.3 stat line to boot. But that is in a limited role. Without Kyle Lowry, the Raptors now need everyone to step up, not just DeMar Derozan, who came up with a career-high 43 points in Lowry's first game out against the Celtics.
There is almost no shot that the Raptors fall apart enough to the extent that they miss the playoffs, but it isn't out of the realm of possibility that they could wind up falling a couple slots in the standings. The Raptors need someone to step up along with Derozan or it is going to be a long month without their star point guard.