The Wizards' path to the postseason got a little easier Monday, as the Toronto Raptors announced that All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry will likely miss the remainder of the regular season with a wrist injury.
Lowry was averaging a career-best 22.8 points per game to go along with 6.9 assists and 4.7 rebounds this season. However, he did manage to suit up and score 19 points in this year's All-Star Game back on February 19. Toronto is aiming to have him back for the playoffs.
Toronto now sits in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, one game behind the three-seeded Washington Wizards in the loss column with both teams three games back of the Celtics. He was fairly active during All-Star weekend, participating in the 3-point contest, as well as playing 18 minutes in the All-Star game. However, the Raptors could lose home court advantage very quickly.
Even with this competition, the Raptors felt confident after taking the Cavaliers to six games in the Eastern Conference Finals a year ago.
The Raptors will certainly miss Lowry as they vie for one of the top spots in the East.
Some of the stress will be taken off DeRozan, though, thanks to the Raptors' trade deadline moves.
The Celtics appear to have caught a break in their race for the Eastern Conference's No. 2 seed.