Saturday, July 2, 2022

Kyle Lowry injury update: Heat guard out for Game 1 vs. Celtics in Eastern Conference finals due to hamstring

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Miami Heat point guard Kyle Lowry is listed as out for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics. Lowry has dealt with a hamstring injury since the first round of the postseason, and as a result, has played just five games for the Heat during the playoffs. When asked about the severity of the issue during Miami’s second-round series against the Philadelphia 76ers, Lowry responded by saying “I’d put it this way, you don’t want to play with it.”

Lowry still tried to do so against Philadelphia to poor results. In two games against the 76ers, Lowry shot 3 of 14 from the field and 0 for 8 from behind the arc while struggling to move adequately around the floor. He ultimately sat out Games 5 and 6 of the series in which Miami clinched its Eastern Conference finals berth.

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The Heat also listed a number of players as questionable for Game 1: Caleb Martin (ankle), Max Strus (hamstring), P.J. Tucker (calf) and Gabe Vincent (hamstring). The Celtics have injury issues of their own to contend with. Marcus Smart is questionable with a sprained foot, and while Robert Williams III is available, it’s worth noting that he has not played since Game 3 of the second round for Boston.

It’s cliche to say that no team is truly healthy at this time of year, but it’s true. The Celtics are coming off a physically grueling matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks. Miami’s entire identity is turning every matchup into a physically grueling one. These teams are one round away from the Finals. They aren’t going to let injuries keep them off the mountaintop.

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