With the Eastern Conference Semifinals series between the Heat and 76ers tied at two games apiece, the teams are gearing up for a pivotal Game 5 at Miami’s FTX Arena.
After losing two games in a row, it appears that the Heat will have to get back on track without starting point guard Kyle Lowry, who has been battling a hamstring injury for over two weeks now.
Lowry missed the first two games of the series before returning for Games 3 and 4 in his hometown of Philadelphia, but he appeared to have reaggravated the injury in Miami’s Game 4 loss.
Is there any chance Lowry can take the floor in Tuesday’s Game 5? Here is the latest on the six-time All-Star’s status.
Will Kyle Lowry play in Game 5 vs. 76ers?
On Tuesday morning, the Heat announced that Lowry has officially been ruled out of Game 5 vs. the 76ers.
#PHIvsMIA INJURY UPDATE: Kyle Lowry (hamstring) has been ruled out of tonight’s Game 5 vs the Sixers.
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) May 10, 2022
The announcement comes after Lowry saw 30 minutes of action in a Game 4 loss to Philadelphia. Clearly hobbled, Lowry scored just six points (on 3-of-10 shooting), dished out seven assists but committed four turnovers.
Lowry has not looked like himself this postseason. In five appearances, the 36-year-old is averaging 6.2 points, 5.2 assists and 3.6 rebounds while shooting 29.7 percent from the field and 20.8 percent from the 3-point line.
The Heat have held their own in Lowry’s absence, going 4-0 in the four games without the guard, a record that is largely a product of other players stepping up.
What is Kyle Lowry’s injury?
In the third quarter of a Game 3 loss to the Hawks in the opening round of the playoffs, Lowry suffered a strained left hamstring.
Lowry made his return to action in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals — exactly two weeks after suffering the injury. He would tweak his hamstring just two days later in Game 4.
Heat vs. 76ers series schedule, TV channels
Here is the complete schedule for the first-round series between the Heat and 76ers. The series will continue at FTX Arena in Miami for Game 5.
|Date||Game||Time/Result (ET)||TV Channel (US)||TV Channel (CA)|
|May 2||Game 1||Heat 106, 76ers 92|
|May 4||Game 2||Heat 119, 76ers 103|
|May 6||Game 3||76ers 99, Heat 79|
|May 8||Game 4||76ers 116, Heat 108|
|May 10||Game 5||7:30 p.m.||TNT||TSN|
|May 12||Game 6||7 p.m.||ESPN||SN|
|May 15||Game 7*||TBD||TBD||SN|