The Miami Heat will be without starting point guard Kyle Lowry for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semis against the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night, having announced as much this morning. Lowry continues to be bothered by a left hamstring injury and was visibly uncomfortable in Sunday’s loss.
The former Toronto Raptors star injured the hamstring during the third game of Miami’s opening-round series against the Atlanta Hawks in April and missed four games prior to his return against Philly for Game 3 last Friday.
“We’ve dealt with it before,” Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said, per ESPN. “We’ve dealt with all the different rotation challenges and that’s just what we’re dealing with right now. We have plenty of guys that can step up, it can look a little bit different, but we’ve had recent experience with it.”
Spoelstra noted that Lowry did not require another MRI and is day-to-day with the injury, adding the guard has been as active as his teammates while he races to regain fitness.
“There is a human side to it,” Spo continued. “I know how competitive Kyle is and I know how much he wants to be out there, particularly at this point in his career, this is what he’s playing for, these moments. To be 2-2 locked up in a series, there’s nothing better than that. So I do feel for him, but he’s a great teammate.
“He was as active as anybody in this shootaround, just making sure that everybody’s prepped and all the details and all that. And he’ll just continue to do all of his treatment and do his Wolverine thing.”
The series between the Heat and Sixers is tied at 2-2.