Report: Heat guard Kyle Lowry likely won’t play in Game 1

At this point in the playoffs, every team has problems with bumps, bruises and injuries. The Miami Heat are no exception. Kyle Lowry has been struggling with a persistent hamstring issue for a while now.

Via the Miami Herald

Heat point guard Kyle Lowry — who missed the last two games in the Eastern Conference Semifinals and six games overall this postseason with a hamstring injury — did not practice Sunday, leaving his status for the start of the next round highly uncertain. Lowry attended practice and did “a few things on the side”, Erik Spoelstra said. The coach added that he had no update on Lowry’s status. But he seems unlikely to play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday night at FTX Arena unless there’s a drastic change. The Heat are sensitive to not wanting his injury to re-aggravate.

Since the start of the 2nd round series:

The Celtics are awaiting updates on Robert Williams’ knee issues. Marcus Smart’s list of “minor” injuries probably looks like the Operation game at this point. Who knows what other players are dealing with that we haven’t heard of yet.

It will be interesting to see how much Lowry plays in this series and how effective he can be going forward.

Amanda J. Marsh