Toronto Raptors: Why Kyle Lowry's Injury Should Not Be a Huge Concern

Patrick YaghoobiansAnalyst IINovember 7, 2012

TORONTO, CANADA - OCTOBER 31:   Kyle Lowry #3 of the Toronto Raptors talks to a teammate as they face the Indiana Pacers on October 31, 2012 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER:  User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by David Sandford/Getty Images)
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On Tuesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Toronto Raptors PG Kyle Lowry fell awkwardly on his foot, spraining it in the second quarter. He left the game and would not return.

Lowry is not expected to play Wednesday night against the Dallas Mavericks, but this should not cause Raptors fans to worry.

Lowry has easily been the best player on the Raptors' roster in the first four games, playing and producing LeBron James-like stats, except he is much shorter than LeBron.

He leads the team in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals through four games, as he and DeMar DeRozan have played exceptionally well together.

It was obvious how much the Raptors needed Lowry last night, and even though they were down by almost 20 WITH Lowry playing, the score would have been closer and the Thunder might have not scored as many points as they did.

DeRozan looked a little lost without Lowry and struggled for the rest of the night, scoring only eight points and getting four of his shots blocked by the Thunder.

A sprain is not a very serious injury in Lowry's case right now, and Lowry should be back soon. Jose Calderon will be starting in place of Lowry, and this is somewhat of a good thing because Calderon would be a starting point guard for a number of teams in the league.

The offense will definitely be slower these next few games until Lowry comes back, but it is nothing that Raptor fans should be worrying about too much. There are still 78 games left in the NBA season and although a 1-3 start is not very positive right now, the Raptors have had one of the hardest schedules in the NBA so far.


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