“I don’t know how long I’ll be able to play basketball” – Kyle Lowry on his availability for the Miami Heat in the absence of stars

Miami Heat v Golden State Warriors
Miami Heat v Golden State Warriors

The Miami Heat have been hit hard by injuries to start the current season. The team’s best player Jimmy Butler has missed the last five games with an injury. The team has also had to deal with issues with Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson, who have been injured this season.

One player who definitely knows the Heat’s injury woes is point guard Kyle Lowry. Due to players not being available, the 36-year-old Lowry has had to play increased minutes and carry the team for stretches. Lowry has played 656 minutes this season and is second in the league behind the Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant.

Lowry, when discussing his heavy workload, says that he is prepared for the summer.

“I prepare for it. I prepare for it in the summertime,” - Kyle Lowry
#WASvsMIA INJURY UPDATE: Jimmy Butler (knee), Duncan Robinson (ankle), Max Strus (right shoulder impingement), and Victor Oladipo (knee) have all been ruled out of tonight's game vs the Wizards.Tyler Herro (ankle) & Gabe Vincent (knee) are both listed as questionable.

Kyle Lowry is the only Miami Heat player to appear in all of the team’s 19 games this season. Lowry is currently averaging 14.3 points and 6.1 assists per game this season. Per Lowry’s own words he does understand the situation.

“It’s an unfortunate situation, but I got to try to do whatever it takes to help my team win. Unfortunately, us being down bodies, I got to step up and keep playing." - Lowry

The Heat are currently struggling as they go through this process. The team is currently 8-11 for the season and has lost their last four games before defeating the Washington Wizards 113-105 tonight. Lowry led the team with 28 points and got 24 points from Caleb Martin. Tyler Herro also returned to the lineup and provided 17 points in the victory.

Can the Miami Heat return to the Conference finals?

The Miami Heat are struggling due to injuries, but it's early in the season. Most of the players who are out are expected to make a comeback. With their full roster, the Heat can compete with any team in the conference. Their line-up matches up well against other Eastern Conference contenders like the Celtics and Cavaliers.

The Celtics appear to be the class of the conference so far, sitting in first place with a 14-4 record. The Miami Heat will also have to deal with the Milwaukee Bucks, who expect to get Khris Middleton back this season. The team has a group of battle-tested veterans who know what it takes to make a deep playoff run.

Coach Erik Spoelstra is a two-time champion and knows what it takes to win it all. The core of this roster has been together since the 2019-20 season, when the team reached the NBA Finals. Kyle Lowry was the point guard for the Raptors when they won the championship in 2019. Once healthy, the team should be up for the challenge.

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Edited by Arnav Kholkar
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