PHILADELPHIAGuard He injured his left hamstring in Game 4 against the Eastern Conference semifinalists His status for Game 5 on Monday night is uncertain. The series is tied at 2:2.
After Sunday's 116 to108 loss in Game 4, Lowry said, “Put this way, it's not your intention to play with it.” “But, we're now in a position in the playoffs in which we're facing a hostile environment. But we're still in this together. I'm just trying to be there for my guys no matter the circumstances.
Lowry did not give any details about the time the hamstring injury occurred. However, he returned to the locker room in the second quarter to have it checked and then he was out of the game for the final nine minutes, 42seconds.
Lowry indicated that he would receive treatment back in Miami, and then “go to there”, but he doubted that he would need another MRI for his hamstring. Asking about Game 5, Lowry, 36, remained optimistic.
Lowry stated, “We'll be seeing.” “… It was a tough time for a hamstring. I have never experienced soft tissue. [injury]. This goal is to get out there. If you are wondering if I will try to play, then yes.
This news is an emotional setback for the Heat team, which welcomed Lowry back on Friday during Game 3 against Sixers. Lowry missed four consecutive playoff contests after injuring his left hamstring in Game 3 during the Heat's Eastern Conference quarterfinals series.April 22,
Butler stated, “I appreciate him.” “We all do. His desire to play and compete is evident. He knows we have the best chance of winning if he's on the court. While we understand this, we want our man to be safe. We have always had more than enough. That is what we always affirm. We believe that.
Heat centerLowry's court intelligence is the most important thing if Lowry can't play.
Adebayo stated, “That's one his greatest assets to me.” “His intelligence, just talking through and talking to him about the game, seeing the game from his perspective, it makes all of us feel better.
Lowry is now on a perfect 3-for-14 record in this series. He was also moving slowly after his postgame press conference. Butler said that he was concerned about Lowry's injury.
Butler stated that “that's still no excuse for us to lose these games”. “Like i said, Kyle Lowry must be on the field. He's our starting PG. If he is unable to go, there are big shoes to fill. But somebody has to do it.
The Heat shot 14-for-15 from beyond the arc during their two losses in Philadelphia. Despite these numbers and Lowry's uncertainty status, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is confident that his team can turn things around once they return to Miami.
Spoelstra smiled after the game, “You know how quickly that can change though,” Spoelstra stated. “All of a sudden — we now have so many ignitable men. … They should be gunslingers who come out firing, and we playing the right way, the same way that we are used to doing things. That ignitability can be changed quickly.