Miami Heat point guard Kyle Lowry has been ruled out of Tuesday night's Game 5 against the Philadelphia 76ers because of a hamstring injury.
Although the Heat have not announced Lowry's status beyond Game 5, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reported Lowry may miss the rest of the series as the team takes a cautious approach.
Lowry suffered a left hamstring strain in Game 3 of the Heat's first-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks on April 22. He missed the remainder of that matchup plus the first two games of Miami's second-round postseason series versus the Philadelphia 76ers.
After sitting four games, Lowry returned last Friday for Game 3 against the 76ers and played 25 minutes. He has struggled shooting the ball since coming back, going 3-of-14 from the floor (0-of-8 from three-point range) in two games.
While Miami took a 2-0 lead with Lowry sidelined, Philadelphia evened the series by winning each of the past two games.
Lowry is a 16-year NBA veteran and six-time All-Star who won the 2018-19 NBA championship with the Toronto Raptors. He left Toronto in free agency last offseason and signed a three-year, $90 million contract with Miami.
The 36-year-old averaged 13.4 points, 7.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds for the Heat this season, helping Miami earn a 53-29 record and the No. 1 spot in the Eastern Conference.
Gabe Vincent has started with Lowry out. The three-year NBA veteran averaged 8.7 points and 3.1 assists in 23.4 minutes this year. He played in 68 regular-season games (27 starts).
Victor Oladipo should also see more playing time in Lowry's absence. He only played in eight regular-season games this year after undergoing surgery to repair his right quadriceps tendon in May 2021.
The two-time All-Star has looked like his old self at times upon his return, notably dropping 23 points to help Miami close out the Hawks in its five-game first-round series win.
The Heat have a deep roster and can weather the storm with Lowry out, but Miami is a better team with him on the floor and could use him back as soon as possible.