With all due respect to Landry Fields and Alan Anderson, Raptors fans have been waiting on a Kyle Lowry update for days, and it finally came on Wednesday with the news that Lowry will miss another one-to-two weeks with a bruised cuboid bone in his right foot.
While I was hopeful at first that Lowry could return this Saturday in Boston (since the Raptors had three off nights between their last game and Saturday), my hope quickly turned to fear that the Raptors’ leader would be out for a while once news emerged that the team sent him to get a second opinion on his ankle/foot. So in that regard, I’m actually a little relieved that it’s only another week or two.
And again, given how bad the initial injury looked, a total of two-to-three weeks out of the lineup really isn’t that bad.
If we look at the worst case scenario of Lowry missing another two weeks from today, which brings us to November 29, he would miss upcoming games against the Celtics, Magic, 76ers, Bobcats, Pistons, Spurs, Rockets and Grizzlies. If the Raptors can even grab three wins in those eight games to come out of this Lowry-less stretch with a 5-11 record, I think most Raptors fans would take it and go from there.
As for Fields and Anderson, Landry underwent what the team announced as “ulnar nerve transposition surgery,” but we can just call it elbow surgery, on his right arm, which just happens to be his shooting arm. Fields is out indefinitely and will be reassessed in two weeks. All we can hope for here is that the surgery, which was meant to relieve “compression/entrapment in his right elbow,” gives Fields his shot back.
The Raptors apparently feel the same way.
Raptors relieved that Lowry injury isn’t worse and that Fields was banged up and not actually a guy who forgot how to play basketball
— Ryan Wolstat (@WolstatSun) November 15, 2012
Alan Anderson is out three-to-six weeks with a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot after sustaining the injury in Saturday’s loss against Philadelphia.
With Fields and Anderson out of the wing rotation for the foreseeable future, the Raptors are going to lean on and need DeMar DeRozan to continue to play at the level he has been recently. In addition, Terrence Ross might be thrown into the fire earlier than any of us expected, and I’m perfectly fine with that. Ross has shown flashes of his offensive and defensive potential in his last few appearances, and if he earns the opportunity, I hope Dwane Casey rewards the rookie with playing time.
Speaking of help at the wing positions, ESPN’s Marc Stein floated this out there late Thursday night:
Injury-ravaged Raptors, I’m told, have pondered making fresh run at Mickael Pietrus but, w/15 guaranteed deals, lean toward staying course
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) November 16, 2012
I’m glad they reportedly only pondered it, and nothing more.
Lastly, with the injuries starting to pile up, this would be a great time for Andrea Bargnani to wake up, though I wouldn’t hold my breath.