Kyle Lowry Will Be 'Out Of Commission For A While'

March 6, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Houston Rockets point guard Kyle Lowry (7) wipes his face during the third quarter against the Boston Celtics at TD Banknorth Garden. The Boston Celtics won 97-92. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

So, about that panic button I told you not to press? You may want to reconsider that approach.

To round out a rough losing streak, the Rockets are seemingly set to lose their starting point guard and team leader. Here's what Lowry tweeted today:

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The screencap cut off the timing of that first tweet (at the bottom), but there's a seven hour difference between these two tweets. Perhaps Lowry found out something worse in that time. We'll keep an eye out for what reporters have to say on the subject, but assuming Lowry's definition of "a while" adds up to at least a week or two, this could make for some interesting ramifications.

If the Rockets continue to lose games without Lowry and fall out of the playoff picture, you have to think that a third straight year of mediocrity would signal widespread change. That's what we're dealing with here. This injury alone, pending knowledge of its severity, could determine Houston's direction for the future. But before I get ahead of myself, I'll wait for some confirmation. Updates will follow.

Update!

Here is that confirmation, from Rockets guru Jason Friedman:

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We'll see how this bodes for a notoriously tough dude, but as we all know, "day to day" can sometimes escalate to "week to week." That said, I won't try to play Internet doctor. I will, however, somewhat retract my previous statement about the injury's "huge" ramifications. If this were something more serious, then I think we could say that.

In fact, I'm just going to stop. The Rockets need to find a way to win. That's that.

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