Hit in the back of the thigh in Game 3 against the Hawks, Kyle Lowry made his comeback in Round 3 against the Sixers. Absent four games, he knows that the hamstrings are fragile, and that relapses are frequent, and unfortunately, last night, he again left his teammates in the middle of a match.
He first joined the locker room in the middle of the 2nd quarter. Present on the return from the locker room, he finally hardly played in the last quarter.
“Let’s be clear, no one wants to play with this” he acknowledges. “But we’re in a playoff situation, in a hostile environment, and we’re in the same boat no matter what. I just try to be there for my guys no matter what, no matter what. »
Clearly, Kyle Lowry is not at 100% of his means, but he wants to help his teammates. Except that his 3 of 14 on shots in three games does not lie, but he does not plan to rest.
“We’ll go back to Miami, I’ll get treatment, and then we’ll see… I hope to play. It’s a complicated timing for a hamstring injury. I have never had a muscle injury. So if you ask me if I will try to play, the answer is “yes”. I will try to play Game 5.”
“If he can’t play, it’s a big void to fill”
For Jimmy Butler, the Heat have enough assets to compensate for a possible absence of Kyle Lowry. Listening to him, it is even desirable for his teammate to take the time to heal himself.
” I appreciate it. We all appreciate it. We appreciate that he wants to play, that he wants to be up to it and he knows that we have more chances of winning with him on the pitch. We are aware of it, but we also want him to be in good health. reacted Jimmy Butler. “We always have what it takes to win. We’ve always said it, and we really mean it. Like I said, we want Kyle Lowry on the court. He’s our starting point guard. If he can’t play, that’s a big void to fill, but someone will have to. And if Kyle isn’t here, it’ll be up to me. »
For Bam Adebayo, the influence of Kyle Lowry goes beyond the realm of stats, and his game intelligence is precious. “For me, that’s one of his biggest assets for me. His IQ, talking in the game, talking to him, seeing how he sees the game… He makes us all better just by communicating. »