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22 November 2006

Lowry injures wrist

posted by Pete @ LetsGoNova.com
11/22/2006 03:12:00 AM

[update] CBS Sportsline now lists Kyle as "questionable" for his Nov. 24 game, while ESPN lists Kyle as "Day-to-Day". So hopefully this means the injury is not severe. The wrist is fractured and Kyle is out indefinitely.

Just one day after leading his Memphis Grizzlies to a win against the Orlando Magic, Kyle Lowry left the game tonight against the Cleveland Cavaliers after playing just 11 minutes. According to NBA.com, "Lowry injured his wrist in the third quarter and didn't return."

There is no word yet on how severe the injury is. Losing Lowry for an extended period of time would be a huge blow for the Grizzlies, as Kyle has already emerged as an invaluable sparkplug for the team.

After Kyle's fantastic performance against the Magic, where he scored 16 points, dished out 6 assists, grabbed 5 rebounds, and had 5 steals, in 30 minutes of play, an administrator on the official Grizzlies message boards wrote this in his keys to the Cleveland game post:

Match the Cavs energy level. This is code for play Kyle Lowry 30+ minutes. Playing at home and on 2 days rest, the Cavs are sure to come out with more energy than the Grizz. Last night the Grizz had no energy in the first quarter, until Lil' Lowry came in and turned the game around. Hopefully the high energy level Lowry installed last night can carry over to tonight. Last year in the 89-70 loss at Cleveland on Nov 11th, the Grizz played with almost no energy, evident by only scoring 70 points, starting the game with only 3 points in the first 6 minutes and having four separate times where the Grizz went scoreless for more than 5 minutes at a time. The Cavs main energy guy, Anderson Varejao, will come off the bench just like ours (Lowry) will. After the first round of substitutions, let’s hope that Lowry can lift the Grizz energy level higher than Cavs.

Of the three Villanova rookies in the NBA, Kyle has had by far the biggest impact on his team and the league, so far. We can only hope this wrist injury is not serious and that Kyle will be back on the floor soon.

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