Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry will sit out indefinitely with a strained left adductor muscle, the team announced on Monday. He's scheduled to undergo therapy and rehab while his teammates play a trio of preseason games this week.
Acquired from the Houston Rockets during the offseason, Lowry is expected to become the Raptors' starter at some point this season. Over the past few years, Toronto has depended on Jose Calderon at the point guard position, but Lowry gives the team youth, defense and some scoring punch.
Over 47 games during the lockout-shortened season, Lowry averaged 14.3 points and 6.6 assists per game while shooting 41 percent from the field. There's no timetable for the 26-year-old's return at this point, so Calderon will return to his role as the team's primary playmaker.
When Lowry returns, he'll be part of a young core of Raptors players that could potentially form the best Toronto team in years. With Andrea Bargnani, DeMar DeRozan, Jonas Valanciunas, Terrence Ross and Lowry, the Raptors should have an intriguing bunch with everyone healthy.