During Monday night's loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, TSN 1050's Josh Lewenberg tweeted this in relation to Kyle Lowry's recent shooting slump:
Not too concerned about Lowry's elbow. He says he's been dealing w/it since London game in Jan. Slumps happen, wouldnt read too much into it— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) March 29, 2016
The tweet seemed benign enough. Every player deals with nicks and bumps as the NBA season wears on. But after the game it was revealed that Lowry has been dealing with inflammation in his right elbow. He said he had the elbow drained after Monday night's game.
"We just drained it. We thought it would calm down over the next couple days. We wanted to do it when we got home, couple days between games. I got it done, just drained it and hopefully we get a good reaction from it," said a bandaged Lowry after the game.
When asked how the injury is affecting his play, Lowry had this to say:
I not gonna make excuses but it's definitely something I don't want to play with and I don't like playing with. But it is what it is, at this time of year you just play through it ... It just gets you when you can't extend your elbow, your arm the complete way. But hopefully we got it taken care of ... hopefully I won't be playing and shooting as bad as I have the last three games.
Over those aforementioned three games, Lowry has averaged just 13.3 points, 6.7 assists and two rebounds while shooting just 23.9 percent from the field, 19.2 percent from distance and a bizarrely poor 54.2 percent from the line.
Lowry was then asked if rest would help him at all:
I don't think so. We tried to do the rest, we were precautionary in Boston ... then it got hit a couple times and it flared back up. Like I said, tonight we took care of it ... we've got a day in between (games) to get some treatment and hopefully it goes down and I can get back to my normal self.