- The Washington Times - Monday, February 27, 2017

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 will undergo surgery on Tuesday morning to remove loose bodies from his right wrist. The injury should keep Lowry out 4-5 weeks, meaning he should be able to return for the postseason.

This is a major blow for the Raptors, who currently sit fourth in the Eastern Conference behind the Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics and Wizards. Cory Joseph is set replace Lowry in the starting lineup and has averaged 19.3 points and 5.3 assists when starting this season.

Lowry’s injury could make it a two-horse race between the Wizards and Celtics for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Wizards currently sit three games behind Boston in third place.

Washington will host Golden State at the Verizon Center Tuesday night. After that, it plays Toronto twice this week, on Wednesday in Toronto, then again Friday in Verizon Center.

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