Lowry will not be able to feature for a second time because of injury. The next match is against the Celtics, and Miami’s performance in Game 1 went unhindered without him. The Heat will eventually require the veteran point guard’s return, but for now he will be rested. Gabe Vincent is expected to start Game 2 on Thursday.
Kyle Lowry has been ruled out of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals by the Miami Heat due to hamstring issues. Lowry received the injury against the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the playoffs and returned in the second round against the Philadelphia 76ers. His injury troubles worsened in Game 4 and was forced to miss the final two games of the series.
The Heat defeated Philadelphia without Lowry last time around, so they’re used to playing without him. With Lowry out, Gabe Vincent and Tyler Herro will play bigger roles, albeit Miami’s series odds will likely suffer as a result. Lowry was a notable summer acquisition who has had a significant defensive impact for the Heat. Given Boston’s perimeter game, losing Lowry for an extended period of time may cause trouble for them in the series.