Lowry could miss rest of reg­u­lar sea­son

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY LORI EWING THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Ma­sai Ujiri de­fended the Toronto Rap­tors’ han­dling of Kyle Lowry’s wrist in­jury, de­spite the fact the point guard is sched­uled to un­dergo surgery barely a week af­ter play­ing in the NBA all-star game.

“I don’t think there’s any bad op­tics here,” the team pres­i­dent said. “If you look at the his­tory of this kind of in­jury, play­ers some­times feel pain and some­times they don’t feel pain. Some­times if you feel that this thing is go­ing to go away, and that’s how he felt. There were a cou­ple of games when Kyle felt it in his wrist I’m sure, a cou­ple times where he slept wrong and he felt it, there was swelling.

“(Sun­day) Kyle felt OK ac­tu­ally, the swelling had gone down, we were very op­ti­mistic,” Ujiri added. “And then this morn­ing it swelled up again.”

Lowry will un­dergo surgery to­day to re­move loose bod­ies from his right wrist. He’s ex­pected to miss the rest of the reg­u­lar sea­son, with an aim to re­turn in time for the play­offs.

The Rap­tors were in New York to play the Knicks on Mon­day and Lowry vis­ited a sur­geon there who op­er­ated on his bro­ken left wrist in his rookie sea­son, and a joint de­ci­sion was made to per­form the surgery now rather than have to deal with the nag­ging in­jury the rest of the sea­son.

“Ev­ery­body drew the con­clu­sion that it will be good to clean this out now rather than it be some­thing that con­tin­ues to re-oc­cur,” Ujiri said. “With this kind of prob­lem, when it lodges in the joint, there can be some dis­com­fort one day and the next day you can feel good and then the next day you feel dis­com­fort again, or there’s swelling.”

Lowry in­jured the wrist against Char­lotte on Feb. 15, but played in the NBA all-star game four days later.

CP PHOTO

Toronto Rap­tors guard Kyle Lowry cel­e­brates af­ter sink­ing a three-pointer dur­ing NBA ac­tion against the Char­lotte Hor­nets in Toronto on Feb. 15.

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