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March 3, 2015 Updates

Lowry will sit out a second consecutive game for rest on Monday when his Toronto Raptors take on the Philadelphia 76ers, and it sounds as if that absence could extend for multiple games to help the struggling point guard remedy multiple minor issues. Lowry sitting on Saturday, the second night of a back-to-back against a lowly New York Knicks team, was wholly justifiable, even if the Raptors did drop an embarrassing decision at MSG. A chance to sit against the equally uninspiring 76ers is fortunate timing, too, but an extended absence would leave the Raptors far less hope of emerging from their five-game losing streak and general malaise in an expeditious manner. The Score

As expected, Darren Collison will undergo surgery on Tuesday in Philadelphia to repair a core muscle injury, a source told CSNBayArea.com. After a Monday consultation with Dr. William Meyers of the Vincera Institute, the Philadelphia-based surgeon will perform the surgery. Collison will be evaluated in 3-6 weeks. CSNBayArea.com

March 2, 2015 Updates

Arash Markazi: A source said it would be "wildly optimistic" to expect Blake Griffin to return Sunday but the following week is likely. Blake Griffin's conditioning and cardio is back to normal and he's expected to start shooting this week. Twitter @ArashMarkazi

Ryan Wolstat: Kyle Lowry was getting stretched out in room instead of shooting around with Raptors. Take of that what you will. Lowry out tonight and from the way he is talking, (speculation here) could be a few more too. Said bigger things down the line are priority. Lowry said a bunch of things are bothering him. He would play through but said org smartly thinking long-term and it is right call. Lowry said not easy to sit at home but: “(They’ve) seen me enough this year and I think my family and friends understand the bigger plan. The long term is the plan, the long term for our season is really the goal in mind.” Twitter @WolstatSun

The Chicago Bulls announced today that an MRI of Jimmy Butler confirmed a Grade 2/3 ulnar ligament sprain and small bone impaction injury to the left elbow. It is estimated that Butler may be out three to six weeks. On the year, Butler has appeared in 55 games (all starts) and averaged a team-high 20.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.73 spg (ninth in the NBA) and 0.58 bpg in 38.9 mpg (first in the NBA). NBA.com

Jimmy Butler will miss an extended period of time and be evaluated on a week-to-week basis after Monday's MRI exam confirmed a sprained left elbow, league sources said. Butler suffered the injury during Sunday's loss to the Clippers when he ran into a DeAndre Jordan screen in the third quarter. He didn't return. Chicago Tribune

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