(SB Nation Houston, Brandon Scott) The Houston Rockets just might have to finish their season without starting point guard Kyle Lowry, who has been out with a bacterial infection for more than two weeks now.
This is a major blow for a team that his holding for dear life to get into the Western Conference playoffs, with Houston carrying the 8th seed now, but tied in the conference standings with the Denver Nuggets. The Rockets host the Sacramento Kings on Monday night, before traveling to face division and state rival Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday.
Fortunately, Goran Dragic has performed well as a starter for the Rockets in place of Lowry. He's averaging 16.6 points and 9.5 assists per game in 11 starts. He's shooting 52 percent from the field and 46 percent from three over that span. Those numbers are better than the 15.9 ppg and 7.2 apg Lowry put up over 38 starts this season.
The Rockets, however, are 5-4 since Lowry went down.