In the midst of a tough playoff chase in the western conference involving many evenly matched teams, a pick-me-up is certainly welcome.
Maybe Kyle Lowry’s return to the Rockets is more than a pick-me-up though.
Lowry is the Rockets emotional leader and their best player. Goran Dragic has performed admirably in Lowry’s absence but his return provides depth and maximizes the team’s production from the point guard position. It slides Dragic to the bench. Dragic is a below average starting floor general but is a great back up.
After a bacterial infection, which has sidelined Lowry for a month, he returned to practice today. Lowry discovered the infection after a groin injury sent him to the hospital.
In an interview with The Houston Chronicle Lowry said,
“This process has gone really fast.”
“It’s gone faster than I believed it would happen. I’ll just take it day by day,” he said.
“I have a better feeling, I definitely have a better feeling about coming back this season.”
There were rumblings that Lowry might miss the entire season. It would have spoiled a damn good season.
Lowry is averaging his career bests in scoring, assists, rebounds, steals and 3-point percentage. He is scoring nearly 16 points per game, 7.2 assists, 5.3 boards and 1.8 steals per game. 38.8 percent is the best 3-point shooting percentage of his six-year career.
Lowry resurgence could make Houston the favorite to garner the eight-seed.
His teammates were certainly proud of his first practice.
Dragic and Marcus Camby also spoke to the Houston Chronicle about Lowry’s practice performance.
“Kyle was on fire,” Dragic said. “He’s in good shape. He was making all those shots, penetrating, kicking, making assists. It’s going to be nice – he’s going to come back – to have more guys to make that playoff push.”
“He was the Kyle of old if you ask me,” center Marcus Camby said. “He probably missed one shot. He shot two feet beyond the 3-point line. I know his conditioning is not where he’d like, but it was definitely a good start.
Perhaps Lowry was performing on adrenaline.
But knowing Lowry’s toughness and grit, he will return to form soon.