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The team announced on Friday that All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry will be undergoing wrist surgery on Tuesday, and will probably be out of action until the playoffs.

Toronto Raptors All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry has been dealing with a right wrist ailment for the past few days, and now we have further insight as to what is really going on.

This is a major blow for the Raptors, who now sit fourth in the Eastern Conference behind the Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics and Wizards.

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Lowry injured the wrist in Toronto's game versus Charlotte on February 15, but played in the National Basketball Association all-star game four days later in New Orleans plus participated in the three-point shooting contest. Did Lowry hurt his wrist in a glorified exhibition in New Orleans last weekend?

The Raptors will certainly miss Lowry as they vie for one of the top spots in the East. Lowry played 18 minutes in Sunday's All-Star Game, scoring 19 points. However, the Raptors could lose home court advantage very quickly. The Boston Celtics (38-21) and the Washington Wizards (34-23) lead the Raptors by three games and mere percentage points in the Eastern Conference standings, respectively. The Raptors find themselves at 35-24 through 59 regular season games.

With Ibaka, the team can go small and the added presence of Tucker allows the Raptors to switch on defence without getting caught in poor matchups.