Initially expected to return by mid-week, it appears Rockets’ star point guard Kyle Lowry will actually miss several weeks of action.

Attributed to a bacterial infection, Lowry’s ailment will keep him action for at least 2-4 weeks. And comments from his teammates are even bleaker, with players like Chase Budinger suggesting the absence will more than likely fall on the long side of the range.

“It’s tough, it’s tough,” Budinger said, according to the Houston Chronicle. “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.”

Goran Dragic will serve as starting point guard until Lowry returns. He played well in both starts this weekend, achieving at least twenty points and eight assists in both affairs, although his efforts were not enough to lead the team to victory against the Cavaliers on Sunday.

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