Kyle Lowry out 2-4 weeks with bacterial infection

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We finally have an answer to the mysterious illness that has kept Houston Rockets’ point guard Kyle Lowry hospitalized since last Thursday — bacterial infection.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Lowry will be out of action for the next 2-4 weeks to recover from it.

It’s a huge blow to the Rockets who are currently the 8th seed in the Western Conference, holding on to just a game lead over the Timberwolves while Utah, Portland and Phoenix are within two games.

Goran Dragic will get the start in his place while Jonny Flynn gets more minutes off the bench.

While the Rockets seemed to be steadfast in saying that they would not consider moving Lowry in a deal for Lakers’ big man Pau Gasol, that scenario is definitely off the table now. ¬†And Houston’s chances of making the playoffs got much tougher.