Kyle Lowry has won an NBA championship with the Toronto Raptors in 2019, their first in team history, and is now a member of the Miami Heat.
The Miami Heat’s long-term strategy for veteran point guard Kyle Lowry is still being worked out, but the team’s short-term strategy is apparent. After missing 15 straight games due to left knee pain, play him off the bench for around 20 minutes each game while he regains his rhythm and conditioning. This decreased role is intended to keep Lowry, 37, fit and fresh after suffering from chronic soreness in his left knee for the majority of the season.
Kyle Lowry was held out of the Heat’s back-to-back set on Saturday in Chicago as part of their cautious approach, but he is anticipated to play on Sunday in Detroit against the Pistons in the second game of the back-to-back. Following this game, the Heat has two back-to-backs left on their regular-season schedule.
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After a disappointing defeat to the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night, the Miami Heat resume their two-game road trip on Sunday against the Detroit Pistons in the second half of their back-to-back. The Heat couldn’t overcome a 27-point second-half hole against the Bulls, falling 113-99.
According to Cleaning The Glass, Chicago had a 127.0 offensive rating in non-garbage time, which was in the 98th percentile; Miami had a 108.9 offensive rating despite making only 10-of-37 from deep (32nd percentile).
Jimmy Butler (24 points) and Bam Adebayo (23 points) were the two key engines in the team’s comeback, cutting a once-27-point advantage to three with 8:43 remaining. Nonetheless, Chicago’s 20-6 run over the next seven minutes was a knockout blow, sending Miami its 34th loss of the season.
Detroit, which has the NBA’s poorest record and is in the Victor Wembanyama sweepstakes, has lost two consecutive and 13 of its last 14 games, including a 119-100 setback to the Denver Nuggets on Thursday evening. Similarly to Miami on Saturday, the Pistons will have a considerable rest advantage over their opponent — but, as we have previously discovered, it may not matter in the end. The Heat have dropped five of their previous six games played away from Miami-Dade Arena. With 10 games remaining, they are two games behind the Brooklyn Nets and two games ahead of the Atlanta Hawks for the No. 7 spot.
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