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Kyle Lowry injury update: Heat guard out for Game 1 vs. Celtics in Eastern Conference finals due to hamstring

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Miami Heat point guard Kyle Lowry is listed as out for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics. Lowry has dealt with a hamstring injury since the first round of the postseason, and as a result, has played just five games for the Heat during the playoffs. When asked about the severity of the issue during Miami’s second-round series against the Philadelphia 76ers, Lowry responded by saying “I’d put it this way, you don’t want to play with it.”

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Lowry still tried to do so against Philadelphia to poor results. In two games against the 76ers, Lowry shot 3 of 14 from the field and 0 for 8 from behind the arc while struggling to move adequately around the floor. He ultimately sat out Games 5 and 6 of the series in which Miami clinched its Eastern Conference finals berth.

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The Heat also listed a number of players as questionable for Game 1: Caleb Martin (ankle), Max Strus (hamstring), PJ Tucker (calf) and Gabe Vincent (hamstring). The Celtics have injury issues of their own to contend with. Marcus Smart is questionable with a sprained foot, and while Robert Williams III is available, it’s worth noting that he has not played since Game 3 of the second round for Boston.

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It’s cliche to say that no team is truly healthy at this time of year, but it’s true. The Celtics are coming off a physically grueling matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks. Miami’s entire identity is turning every matchup into a physically grueling one. These teams are one round away from the Finals. They aren’t going to let injuries keep them off the mountaintop.




Source: www.cbssports.com

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