The bridge is coming up quickly on the horizon and Dwane Casey is going to soon have to cross it.
Injured Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry is close to returning to the active list and the team’s coach — who said last week he would “cross that London Bridge when he came to it” — will have a difficult decision to make.
Lowry took part in a full practice here on Christmas night and could play as early as Friday in New Orleans after missing six games with a partially torn right triceps muscle.
The Raptors won five of the first six games Lowry missed and took a season-high five-game winning streak into a matchup with the Spurs here Wednesday night.
And because of the leadership shown by veteran Jose Calderon, Lowry will come off the bench whenever he gets back.
“Jose has earned the position,” Casey said before the game. “Jose has played as well as any point guard we’ve had this year so that’s where it is right now.
“We’ll see in the next couple of days but right now Jose is the starting point guard and has done a solid job of running the team, building trust, directing the young guys, making sure they’re in the right place.”
Lowry was terribly rusty after missing six games with an ankle injury earlier this season; it’s unlikely he’ll be in tip-top shape after this absence.
“Conditioning is always an issue when you miss that kind of time and rust and rhythm and everything else,” said Casey. “He was a little rusty (at a Dec. 25 practice), a little out of rhythm so it’s going to take him a little time to get his conditioning back.