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Old 11-17-2012, 12:58 AM   #28
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Default Re: New Raptor Kyle Lowry brings 'bulldog' mentality to team

Lowry to miss another week or two. Anderson out for an estimated 3 to 6 weeks.

TORONTO - Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry is expected to be sidelined for another one to two weeks after being diagnosed with a bruised cuboid bone in his right foot.

Lowry's prognosis was among a flurry of injury news the Raptors announced Thursday.

Guard-forward Landry Fields underwent surgery on his ulnar nerve in his right elbow Wednesday in New York. Fields had been suffering from tenderness in his right hand. he will be reassessed in two weeks.

And guard-forward Alan Anderson will be out as estimated three to six weeks with a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot. He is estimated to be out for three to six weeks.

Lowry has already missed four games after suffering the injury Nov. 6 at Oklahoma City.

TORONTO - The Raptors are protecting Kyle Lowry from himself.

The point guard’s fierce, competitive nature and desire to play through pain is making his absence difficult to deal with.

Lowry has missed the past four games and will miss at least the next four as well due to an ankle injury he aggravated earlier this month in Oklahoma City.

The team revealed Thursday that Lowry would miss another one to two weeks and the guard admitted on Friday that he was a little bit surprised with the decision.

“To be honest, yeah, very surprised and very shocked, but you know it’s day-by-day, we’ve got a great training staff, we’ve got guys, they want to protect me and make sure I get back to 100%, that’s the reasoning for that,” Lowry said.

The Villanova product said his ankle is feeling much better, which is why the team needs to tell him to slow down.

“Yeah, yeah, definitely, I definitely can say that,” Lowry said when asked whether he needed the team to step in and make sure he didn’t return too soon. Lowry said he’s not good at being patient.

Lowry was leading the Raptors in scoring, assists and steals when he went down and the team has gone 1-4 in his absence, including the Thunder game, which was already looking like a blowout when he got hurt.

Lowry has been frustrated often by injuries over the course of his career.

Last season, while with Houston, he missed games due to a sports hernia and a bacterial infection. He has also missed a handful of games due to injury in all but one of his pro seasons and going way back, had a minor ACL injury as a freshman at Villanova and missed most of his rookie season with Memphis after breaking his wrist following a nasty fall.

So, he’s been through this before. What does he need to do from here?

“Just come back happy. Just come back trying to do the things I was doing. It’s only a minor setback. It won’t kill me, but it will hurt me,” Lowry said.

No fan of media scrums, Lowry mixed in smiles and jokes at Friday’s session, a good sign that he is in the right frame of mind, despite his disappointment.

Lowry was traveling most of the day last Tuesday, so he missed Toronto’s stirring win over Indiana, which featured a not-so-stirring five-point fourth quarter, an all-time low for the Raptors.

“I didn’t see the game. I hear it was a great fourth quarter for us,” he said, suppressing a grin.

Lowry said it is hard to travel with the team but not play, which he will do for the next couple of trips, but he can still help his teammates.

“It’s very difficult because I know I want to be out there. But at the same time I’m out there supporting them. Being the eyes on and off the court. I always can (pull guys aside to talk). That’s what I try to do, even when I’m playing. I try to give my own perspective of what I can see and what can be done.”

Not being able to suit up against perennial Atlantic Division powerhouse Boston or in his hometown of Philadelphia for the first time as a Raptor on Tuesday will eat at Lowry, but he’s thinking long-term and that’s helping him stay positive and loose.

A few more wins by his mates wouldn’t hurt his well-being either.

For that to happen in Boston, Lowry’s backup, Jose Calderon, will have to continue his strong play.

Calderon registered his first career triple-double against the Pacers and notched 17 assists in the heartbreaking triple-overtime loss to Minnesota.

“Fantastic,” was Lowry’s assessment of Calderon’s play.

“He’s professional, he’s always a guy who can get great assist numbers and make some shots and that’s what he’s been doing. I can’t wait to get back on the court with him and make both our jobs easier.”
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