BOSTON — On Saturday night, Miami Heat guard Kyle Lowry will face the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Lowry and P.J. Tucker were both named to Miami’s starting lineup shortly before tipoff.
Since reinjuring his left hamstring in Game 4 of the Eastern playoffs series against the Philadelphia 76ers, Lowry has not played. Tucker suffered a knee injury in Game 2 of the Boston series.
Williams’ knee is painful and swollen, according to Celtics coach Ime Udoka. He sat out three games in the Celtics’ East playoffs against Milwaukee before returning in Game 7 to help Boston beat the Bucks, and he had already played two games against the Heat.
Lowry first sustained the injury in
Game 3 of the first-round series between the Miami Heat and the Atlanta Hawks. Before returning, he missed the final two games of that series and the first two games of the Sixers series.
Lowry’s return could give an emotional boost for a Heat squad that is knotted 1-1 with the Celtics heading into Game 3 — but was overpowered by Boston in a 127-102 loss in Game 2 in Miami. Lowry’s presence has been praised by Heat players and coaches both on and off the court, and his return has piqued the interest of a good Celtics squad.
After the Saturday shootaround, Celtics wing Grant Williams remarked, “Kyle adds shooting, he provides tenacity when it comes to the defensive end.” “He makes use of his physique.”
You don’t necessary want to put him up since he does a terrific job taking charges, flailing around, and bringing the officials into the game.
“You have to take him out of the game because he gives them a scoring boost and they play a lot more in transition when he’s on the floor.” He’ll kick the ball forward, pull up in transition 3s, and fly off of moves. As a result, they have a different dynamic. It’ll be nice to get him back because you want every team to be totally healthy so they can compete at their best, and hopefully P.J.’s knee will be OK as well, so we can all go out and play.