heat star Kyle Lowry will miss Game 4 of the team’s first-round series against the Hawks on Sunday due to hamstring strain, according to the Sun Sentinel’s Ira Winderman (Twitter link). Lowry suffered the injury in Game 3 on Friday and was ruled out for the remainder of the game early in the fourth quarter.
“The coaching staff determined that he was not going to be able to play tonight,” head coach Erik Spoelstra mentioned, as relayed by Winderman. Lowry received round-the-clock treatment and had hoped to play. His status for Tuesday’s Game 5 is still unclear.
Without Lowry, the Heat lost the fourth quarter 34-25 in Game 3. His defense and passing were important for the team, although his goal production was low for three games. He’s averaging 8.3 points in 29.7 minutes, shooting 35% overall.
Miami is shallow at point guard, which means Tyler Herro, Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo will probably no longer have the ball. The team also has a backup playmaker Gabe Vincent available and could turn to Victor Oladipo, who only played eight games.