Rockets’ Kyle Lowry out 2-4 weeks with bacterial infection

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It was all a little weird. First Kyle Lowry tweeted that he was in pain and going to get an MRI, but that came back negative. Yet he spent a couple days in the hospital and was missing games.

Now we have an answer — bacterial infection. A pretty scary answer. He will be out two-to-four weeks recovering from it, reports the Houston Chronicle.

Lowry had been hospitalized in New York since Thursday. He underwent a laparoscopic examination after complaining of fever and abdominal distress. He is scheduled to be discharged from the hospital to return to Houston on Tuesday.

“It’s tough, it’s tough,” forward Chase Budinger said. “He’s definitely our leader and our go-to player on the team. Missing him for the next month or so is going to hurt us very much. The rest of us have to really step up because it’s a big hole to fill.”

It’s especially tough for a Rockets team that going into Monday night was the eight seed in the West, just one game up on the Timberwolves (who have their own point guard issues right now) with Portland, Phoenix and Utah all within two games. (Golden State is three back, if you want a dark horse.) Lowry gives the Rockets 15.9 points and 7.2 assists per game. With him out Goran Dragic starts and Jonny Flynn gets more minutes off the bench.

The bottom few spots in the West could be one of the most interesting races to watch as we round the clubhouse turn and head down the home stretch in the NBA.