BOSTON Miami HeatGuard Kyle LowryIn Game 3 of Eastern Conference finals, will face off against the Boston CelticsSaturday night
Lowry, P.J. TuckerThey were both included in the Miami's starting lineup just before tipoff.
Lowry hasn't played since he injured his left hamstring during Game 4 against the Philadelphia 76ers in the East semifinals. Tucker was injured in his knee and left Game 2 of Boston's series.
Meanwhile, Celtics center Robert Williams IIIThe team announced that he will not be able to play Saturday due to a left knee injury.
Ime Udoka, the Celtics coach, said that Williams is experiencing soreness and swelling in his knee. After missing three games in the Celtics' Eastern Conference semifinal series, he returned in Game 7 to help Boston win the Bucks. He had previously played the Heat the first two times.
Lowry was initially injured in Game 3 of Miami's series against the Tigers. Atlanta Hawks. Before attempting to return, he missed the final two games of the Sixers series as well as the first two of the Sixers series.
Lowry's return will provide an emotional boost for a Heat team that is tied at 1 with Celtics, but has been dominated by Celtics in a 127-102 series. Game 2 lossMiami. Lowry has been mentioned by Heat players and coaches numerous times as a valuable player on and off the court. A strong Celtics team has also paid attention to his return.
Celtics forward: Kyle brings shooting and intensity to the defensive end. Grant WilliamsAfter Saturday's shootaround, he said. “He uses the body in a great position; you don’t necessarily need to post him up. He does a great job taking the charges, kind of flailing getting the referees involved in the game.
He's a veteran that you need to get out of the game. He provides a scoring push for them and their transition play is much better when he plays. He's willing and able to kick the ball forward, pull up in transition 3, and fly off of actions. This gives them a completely different dynamic. It will be great to have him back. You want all teams to be healthy to compete at the highest level.So that we can all go out and play our best basketball,'s knee is also good.
ESPN's Tim Bontemps contributed this report.